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Marcus Samuelsson and Vivian Howard stand besid...

Chefs Marcus And Vivian: A Taste Of What's Next

Dec. 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Vivian Howard and Marcus Samuelsson have been traveling around the country to better understand immigrant foodways. While in Los Angeles, the two chefs visit Grand Central Market to meet new friends who contribute to the richness of L.A.'s food scene.

Rowan LeCompte painting on glass.

Let There Be Light

Dec. 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. Six years in the making, the film is told with stunningly beautiful imagery as it documents Rowan's life-long passion, imagination and creativity in using glass and light.

Largely built by the Nasrids in the 13th-centur...

The Ornament Of The World

Dec. 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Filmed in Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Toledo, this is the story of a remarkable 800-year period when Muslims, Christians and Jews in medieval Spain forged a common cultural identity that often transcended their religious differences.

Archipelgao owner, Chef Aaron Verzosa teaches C...

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: Season 2 (New Season Premiere)

Dec. 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture.

George Attla and his daughter, Amanda.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Attla

Dec. 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the inspiring true story of Alaska Native dogsled champion George Attla, who, with one good leg and fierce determination, rose to international fame. His racing prowess and ability to identify and train exceptional dogs made him a legend.

Host Ken Kramer

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO: Johnny Downs, Lymon Judson Gage, Famous Graves, Guess The Year

Dec. 11
By Jennifer Robinson

We remember San Diego TV host Johnny Downs. Who was Lymon Judson Gage, and why was he so important to our history? Famous graves in our county; a quiz to test how much you know "About San Diego"; "Guess the Year" and more!

(L-R) Sebastian Brudenell (Patrick Walshe McBri...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: Ill Met By Moonlight

Dec. 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Frank and Lu must recover a precious jewel and a rebellious teenager before midnight strikes at Lady Bede's end-of-summer ball.

Lu Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) and Frank Hathaway (...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: The Rascal Cook

Dec. 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Frank and Lu feel the heat in the kitchen when they investigate a campaign of culinary sabotage.

Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) and Lu Shakespeare...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: The Chameleon's Dish

Dec. 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Awkward teen, Hamish, is plagued with a recurring dream in which he sees the body of a murdered woman but always wakes up before he can learn anything more. He is pretty sure it's a premonition, and needs Frank and Lu to tail him over the weekend and keep him out of trouble.

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with filmmaker Mich...

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Hard Times

Dec. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny — three people whose distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

Photograph from a local surfers protest in 1961...

A Line In The Sand: The Story Of America's First Surfing Park

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Since its dedication as America's first surf park 50 years ago, Tourmaline Surfing Park has enjoyed a rich history of beach culture, surfing and lifeguarding. This film documents the inspiring and fascinating events that led to its creation and features interviews from surf legends.

Leon Tarsich (Karl Davies) and Sebastian Bruden...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: The Fairest Show Means The Most Deceit

Dec. 3
By Jennifer Robinson

A workplace compensation claim is not as straightforward as it first seems, and Frank is sceptical when a long-lost relative tracks him down.

Exterior shot of Whaley House Museum as feature...

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO: I-5 Mystery, Regis Philbin At The Whaley House, Guess The Year

Dec. 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the story of a freeway mystery on Interstate 5. We learn what happened to Regis Philbin at the Whaley House, and try to duplicate his experience. We play "Guess The Year"; see things viewers have sent in, and more!

Vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and pro...

Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa

Nov. 27
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Quincy Jones, David Foster and the multi-talented Sheléa for this intimate concert taped in Los Angeles. Sheléa performs a wide range of songs, including a Whitney Houston medley, a tribute to Aretha Franklin and "Somewhere" from "West Side Story."

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Kinky Boots

Nov. 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Rejoice with the Tony Award-winning high-heeled hit musical with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, about an unexpected duo that embraces their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes.

Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) and Lu Shakespeare...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: Exit, Pursued By A Bear

Nov. 26
By Jennifer Robinson

It's a slow day in the office for Frank and Lu until a hysterical Sally Balthasar flies into the office in a whirlwind of tears. Sally reveals she's in town staging her new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” but someone's left a menacing message on her hotel room window.

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NOVA: Animal Espionage

Nov. 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Camera traps and drones are revolutionizing the study of wildlife by providing an up-close look at animals without disturbing them. See how these technologies are helping us understand everything from mysterious whale behavior to tiger migration.

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive pro...

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: The Pioneers

Nov. 25
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers who broke new ground and paved the way for their modern-day descendants to continue shaping our culture.

Peter and Pinkalicious

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC: Amazing Sled Run/Frost Fairy

Nov. 25
By Jennifer Robinson

On "Amazing Sled Run," it's a snow day for Pinkalicious, Peter, Rafael and Jasmine! And then Pinkalicious and Peter find Felix the Frost Fairy fast asleep on the job.

The Mayor balloon at London’s New Year’s Day Pa...

London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2020

Nov. 25
By Jennifer Robinson

London, consistently voted as one of the world’s most popular destinations, packed full of landmark buildings, world class tourist attractions, restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and, for the past 33 years, The London’s New Year’s Day Parade is more fondly known by Londoners as LNYDP.

Plastic recycling ready for resale in a facilit...

PBS NEWSHOUR Presents: The Plastics Problem

Nov. 25
By Jennifer Robinson

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NEWSHOUR takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it's impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.

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Arthur's First Sleepover/Arthur's New Year's Eve

Nov. 22
By Jennifer Robinson

In "Arthur's First Sleepover," the boys feel a bit uneasy being outside in the dark, due to the recent reports of UFO sightings. Arthur has a hard time staying up to find out what really happens at midnight, on "Arthur's New Year's Eve."

Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) students at Easter...

COLLEGE BEHIND BARS (New Series)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

This four-part documentary film series directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein, and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States – the Bard Prison Initiative.

Shown: Haley Lu Richardson in

MASTERPIECE: The Chaperone (New!)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Journey from Kansas to New York City with the diffident chaperone to uninhibited dancer Louise Brooks in this Jazz Age drama that reunites DOWNTON ABBEY screenwriter Julian Fellowes, actress Elizabeth McGovern and director Michael Engler.

Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) and Billy ‘The Bri...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: Toil And Trouble

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Lu and Frank try to exonerate local criminal William 'Billy the Brick' Porters after the mayor is murdered in the dead of night.

Margaret Odette, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson and ...

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Much Ado About Nothing

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Recorded live at The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon.

The Vienna Philharmonic

GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2020

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna City Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.

Human skull. Violence is all over the news. But...

NOVA: The Violence Paradox

Nov. 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Violence is all over the news. But some say we’re living in the most peaceful time in history. Journey through time and the human mind to investigate whether — and how — violence has declined.

A New Year's Eve celebration with all of our fr...

New Year's Eve On Sesame Street

Nov. 19
By Jennifer Robinson

It's New Year's Eve on Sesame Street! Rosita and Telly try to help Elmo stay awake until the new year so he can celebrate with his friends.

Lucy Worsley in Henry VIII costume with boar's ...

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days Of Tudor Christmas

Nov. 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas — from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine — has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

The Bach Festival Society puts on a yearly perf...

A Classic Christmas With The Bach Festival Society

Nov. 19
By Jennifer Robinson

This program features the 175-voice Bach Festival choir, youth choir and orchestra under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. The esteemed ensembles offer traditional holiday selections, including well-known Christmas hymns and carols beautifully arranged for the performers.

The Jubilee Singers circa 1875.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice And Glory

Nov. 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover how a group of former slaves saved their school by singing in the decade after the Civil War. The Fisk Jubilee Singers battled prejudice and oppression to sing their way into the world’s heart in a series of concerts in the U.S. and Europe.

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with comedian Sarah...

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: No Laughing Matter

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Polar bear female coming out the den with a thr...

NATURE: Bears

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow the adventures of bears across the globe, from grizzlies to pandas to sloth bears, as they draw on their brains, brawn and unique adaptations to survive. Find out what it really takes to be a bear in today's ever-changing world.

Waad al-Kateab filming the ruins of a building ...

FRONTLINE: For Sama

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

The astonishing personal story of a young Syrian mother's perseverance through the siege of Aleppo. Told as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, the film explores the agonizing dilemma of whether to abandon Aleppo and the fight for freedom.

The New York Philharmonic (pictured) and guest ...

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve 2019: Sondheim Celebration

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

The New York Philharmonic and guest vocalist Katrina Lenk ("The Band's Visit") celebrate the orchestral music of Stephen Sondheim, performing suites from "Sunday in the Park," "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd" and more.

L-R: Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), V...

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2019

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

Handel's Messiah

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

A 90-minute docudrama - narrated by Jane Seymour - that tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18. With more than 42 operas on three continents, Handel was a prodigious musical genius.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Sq...

Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress and singer, for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Chris eating corn with turkeys in a scene from ...

WILD KRATTS: Happy Turkey Day

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson

The Wild Kratts are on a mission to defend the honor of the wild turkey and to stop Gourmand, who is hunting for the largest, fattest turkey in the forest.

Aerial view of homes in Southampton.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Conscience Point

Nov. 15
By Jennifer Robinson

A golf club built atop a sacred burial ground triggers a woman's relentless fight to protect her tribe from the onslaughts of development.

N. Scott Momaday. Interview in New York City.

AMERICAN MASTERS: N. Scott Momaday: Words From A Bear

Nov. 15
By Jennifer Robinson

Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for "House Made of Dawn" and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.

Host Andreas Viestad prepares ribs on location ...

NEW SCANDINAVIAN COOKING: A Treat For The Holidays

Nov. 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Andreas visits Savalen in Eastern Norway, where he makes some of his Christmas favorites. Andreas also prepares and savors the most common Norwegian holiday food: pork ribs, cooked twice.

SESAME STREET is all ready for its 50th anniver...

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Nov. 14
By Jennifer Robinson

SESAME STREET is all ready for its 50th anniversary celebration with host Joseph Gordon Levitt and featuring classic SESAME STREET songs sung by some of today's most beloved celebrities. All the muppets and cast members celebrate 50 years of the street where everyone is welcome.

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Christmas At Belmont 2019

Nov. 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

NATURE CAT, a PBS KIDS animated series.

NATURE CAT: A Nature Carol

Nov. 14
By Jennifer Robinson

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Old school magician, Lawrence Pross (Daniel Cer...

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY-PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS: This Rough Magic

Nov. 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Old school magician, Lawrence Pross, is in the midst of his grand finale when tragedy strikes and his unlucky volunteer is fatally trapped in his medieval iron maiden. His daughter Maggie doesn't believe the trick was faulty and convinces Lawrence to enlist Frank and Lu.

Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch in

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Red

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko’s greatest challenge, creating the murals for New York’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Stars Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch as Rothko’s assistant.

Lucy Worsley with the choir of Hampton Court Ch...

Christmas Carols With Lucy Worsley

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the fascinating and often-surprising history of our most beloved carols, as popular historian Lucy Worsley uncovers their hidden stories. Hear from a host of international experts and special guests, including the award-winning gospel group, The Kingdom Choir.

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man from 1492.

NOVA: Decoding Da Vinci

Nov. 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating—and what it took to create it.

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