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Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocen
After his World War I triumphs in the Arab deserts, T.E. Lawrence encounters a collection of power-broker diplomats at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he risks his reputation in order to fulfill his promise to create an Arab homeland free of foreign intervention.
A young girl places herself and the child for whom she babysits in jeopardy when she joins a street musician to organize a special evening for the neighborhood homeless.
A teenage immigrant from El Salvador finds herself stuck between wanting to hold on to her cultural roots and the desire to be accepted by her American peers.
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Haiti's most celebrated big band, the 20-member group Septentrional, has been making music for 62 years. Here, we chart the history of Haiti, from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to the devastating earthquake of 2010, set against the music of Septentrional and punctuated with its
An exploration of how biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the "New Green Revolution" is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population, Opponents to the movement raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive smal
Mrs. Goundo is on a quest to spare her two-year-old daughter, Djenebou, from the same severe act she endured as a child: genital cutting. Millions of young girls have taken part in this West African tradition, which dates back thousands of years. Mrs. Goundo and her husband settle in Philadelphia, o
Documents the enduring legacy of one of the country's oldest African American communities just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.
A chronicle which brings to light the shameful legacy of African-American families who were violently driven from their land by their neighbors between the Civil War and the Depression. In following-up with their descendents, filmmaker Marco Williams tries to make sense of their tragic legacy.
The seminal Ferus Gallery groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York impor
Estranged from her family due to a childhood indiscretion with her white brother, a young Korean adoptee woman seeks to regain a sense of home by exploring ties with the Asian-Americans she meets in her new apartment building, until suddenly, her brother shows up at the door, stirring up long lost f
The life of John Peterson, a farmer, artist and progressive thinker, as seen through family home movies, photographs, film and video. In the late 1960s, John turned his traditional family farm into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. In the late
Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him, when he's confronted by the death of his stepfather. Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") was an ANC (African National Congress) foot soldier and part of the first wave of South African exiles. Lee, with his e
Documentary film on the life of Marcus Garvey, the controversial leader of the largest mass movement of African-Americans (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in the 20th century, progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, and a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. Uses archival f
An adaptation of the play by Anna Deavere Smith that focuses on the Los Angeles riots during the spring of 1992, triggered by the verdict in the Rodney King case. Anna transforms herself into scores of individuals--using their words and duplicating their speech patterns, mannerisms, dress and attitu
For four generations the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the most dangerous public housing projects in America--Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. However, the family manages to get by, resolved to break the cycle of poverty. Filmmaker Tod Lending
The story of two women and the support group that anchors them. Debbie is a forty-three year old midwife. We Watch her story develop--from her pregnancy by a known donor, through the birth of her baby, and finally to the celebration of her son's first birthday. Jan, also forty-three, has a bumpier r
The story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916 and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950's. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across Ame
A short visual essay examining the phenomenon of "Rush Limbaugh TV."
During the American Civil War, a Union Army Captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky. They come across a small, remote farm worked by Sarah Anders, a proud and defiant woman whose husband fights for the Confederates and whose daughter has been
Born in 1909, Carmen Miranda was already famous in Brazil during the 1930s; her discovery by Broadway impressario Lee Shubert in 1939 made her an international star. The film tracks Miranda's astonishing ascent in popularity, from dirt-poor singer and dancer in Rio de Janeiro to Broadway and Hollywo
The story of despair played out by a black family in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing projects.
A documentary about a group of activists who were part of the anti-Hitler underground in Nazi Germany.
A young woman, sold into slavery to save her starving family in China, ends up on the market in San Francisco, where her struggle to emancipate herself begins.
A hopeful teacher uses math to give his gang-member students self esteem.
Documentary on the Atlanta journalist, an outspoken opponent of racial segregation.
Created from the writings left by the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, this film explores the struggles of a community to survive Nazi domination.
A small-town teenage girl, in the throes of coming-of-age, becomes determined to lose her virginity and does so with a much older, mysterious ladies' man.
A dramatized portrait of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned African National Congress leader, and his wife Winnie Mandela, who struggles against the government of South African for her political activism on behalf of the victims of apartheid. The film chronicles the past 30 years of the anti-apartheid m
A mother and daughter are at odds in a Chinese-American family over the fact that the daughter has not married yet.
A translation error causes tragedy for a Mexican-American family.
Eva and David have been married for forty years, and their marriage has not been terribly happy. But when the couple travel to San Francisco to see their grandchildren, they rediscover the love that they once felt for each other.
A woman who has a terminal illness struggles to accept her fate. But this acceptance is even more difficult for her lover, her sister and her daughter.
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex
Ray Sorenson was born in Sweden, but moved to North Dakota to farm there. In 1915, Ray organizes a populist group called the Nonpartisan League in response to bank foreclosures that have threatened the way he and his neighbors make their livings
A documentary about the California Youth Authority Prison in Chino, California.
Are Neanderthals our ancestors? The program explores controversial evidence that the genes of these extinct hominids are mixed with our own. For all their brutish reputation, Neanderthals were highly sophisticated survivors in Europe for over 200,000 years, until modern humans arrived from Africa 10
In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out with a crew aboard The Endurance with the hope of being the first expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. However, packed ice crushed their frail wooden ship and left Shackleton and his men stranded nearly 1200 miles from civilization. Over the 14 months t
Documentary that chronicles the life and work of George Segal, the sculptor known for his life-size plaster casts of ordinary people caught in the act of daily life. The internationally known artist, formerly a New Jersey chicken farmer, became a sensation during the Pop Art movement of the '60s, an
Documentary that looks at the ways Americans constantly evaluate and categorize others' social status. For four years, filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker crisscrossed the country, shuttling between swanky hang-outs like the Hamptons, to down-home events like Georgia's Redneck Games, to meet
Recovering from a debilitating stroke, Chinese/Vietnamese artist Paul Kwan must relearn how to use a wok. While he turns to food for lessons about history and memory, his sister Diana, a recent immigrant and struggling entrepreneur, regards it as the key to economic survival.
For a millennium, the secrets of the Maya realm and its destruction lay sealed in stone, locked in symbols no one could decipher. Then in the 1980s, the Maya code was broken. At the ancient city of Copan in Honduras, a team led by archaeologist Bill Fash, recovered the names, dates and major events
Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that people think they're folk tunes. All in all, he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races."
The program profiles the work of eminent brain researcher Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, who studies patients with neurological deficits in order to learn more about the inner workings of the brain.
Documentary about the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. The discovery has re-ignited the conflict between anthropologists and Native American people over the control of human remains found on ancestral lands. For the scientists, know
The story of the flying aces who flew and fought in the P-38 Lightning, the fastest warbird of World War II. The program interviews some of the World War II flying aces, ground crew members and current P-38 owners. Includes a report on the progress of the restoration of Glacier Girl, the P-38 excava
Documentary that traces the development of uniquely American music genres during the 20th century, including blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, western swing, Tejano and Native American. Archival footage of the pioneers of this music, collected from more than 150 sources throughout th
A profile of Merce Cunningham, one of the great 20th century choreographers, acclaimed for his abstraction, innovation and imagination. Merce opened his dance studio in 1953 and went on to choreograph over 150 pieces throughout his career.
Colditz Castle in eastern Germany was the ultimate escape-proof prison of World War II, the place where the Nazi high command sent Allied prisoners whom they considered the most troublesome. Since many inmates had already escaped from other POW camps, this fortress of steep-sided battlements was for
Alan King hosts his third university forum exploring the historical principles of stand-up comedy from Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Documentary about the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its denizens. The program looks at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the "Merc," which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own ccostume, means of communication ("open outcry"), rhythms, values
Over the past 100 years, humans have discovered and nearly destroyed the gorilla. The program details how a few people have changed the world's perception of Africa's great apes. Through archival footage, the program reveals the relationship between these pioneers of animal understanding and the wil
Nesting high on Bear Butte, peregrine falcons once hunted the skies above the grasslands at its foot and feasted on songbirds, ducks and other fowl. Peregrines take their prey in flight, diving in on the birds at fantastic speeds. However, unknown side-effects of agricultural chemicals used in the 1
In the summer of 1979, violinist Isaac Stern undertook a musical tour of China that was documented in the Oscar-winning film "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China." Now, 20 years later, Stern returns to Beijing to conduct a series of musical encounters, reacquainting himself with the musicians h
Profile of Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and architect of the first Republican House majority in more than 50 years. In the final years of the 20th century, President Bill Clinton seemed to be in the greatest danger of losing his office, as well as his integrity, but instead, Newt Gingr
Documentary that steps out the back door to help gardeners determine if a garden insect is friend or foe. The program identifies insects -- both good and bad -- from larva to adult. Marla Bean shows gardeners how to attract insects that help maintain a natural balance in their garden without using p
Though history is often related in anecdotal terms, the program analyzes history through data and measurement, using narrative combined with graphics.
Documentary that chronicles the life of Ely Parker, a Seneca chief, Civil War hero and the first Native American to serve as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
On January 11, 2000, a trial opened in London's High Court that would prove to be a crucial test of Holocaust "deniers." British author David Irving brought a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt, author of "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory." In her book, Lipstadt char
This journey to Seychelles, a collection of granite and coral islands about 1000 miles east of Kenya, reveals a landscape of natural wealth and scientific value. The islands, among the oldest islands in the world, are home to an array of exotic plants and animals. One island, Praslin, boasts rare or
An unconventional master class on the art of comedy with "Professor" Alan King, videotaped at Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
Documentary that finds that America's dream of a home in the suburbs following 20th century urbanization may be dying. The program focuses on the role of goverment in deciding how families should organize their lives and where they should live and work. Broadcaster/journalist Fred Barnes examines th
Documentaries by individuals who endured a rigorous audition process in order to tell their stories to a national television audience. In "Episode I, Jeanne," Jeanne, deaf since the age of two, investigates a cochlear implant, a controversial procedure with no guarantee. In "Episode II, Yolanda," 18
Nearly three million years ago, a massive explosion tore apart an enormous statovolcano in Eastern Africa's Great Rift Valley to form the Ngorongoro Crater, a barren wasteland of rock, smoldering with poisonous gases. Today, the Ngorongoro Crater is a microcosm of life, vibrant with rolling grasslan
An original Southern drama about family ties, fireworks and romantic possibilities. The drama explores the ties that bind one to family, the land and the past through the emotions and actions of three characters in a small, rural town in Alabama. For nine years, Gloria Turner devotedly and diligentl
Documentary that presents an aerial tour of Idaho's geologic grandeur. Beginning near the headwaters of the Snake River, the program visits the mountains and wilderness, deserts and canyons, rivers and plains, big lakes and rolling hills that compose Idaho. Some of the natural wonders seen in the pr
Documentary about the rise and fall of the mustang in the western United States.
Documentary about Kamchatka, a region of the former Soviet empire, just east of the Aleutian Islands and America. A top-secret submarine base gave the Soviets access to the Bering Sea and the Pacific, while two Soviet islands off Kamchatka -- Bering and Medhy -- provided convenient eavesdropping pos
Special that features clips of debates with exclusive interviews conducted by Jim Lehrer over the past 10 years, with nearly all the debate participants, including Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Carter, Bush and Ford, as well as Vice Presidents Quayle and Mondale, plus contenders Geraldine Ferraro and
The debut of a new dramatic work, "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," by poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, that is an affirmation of the work of human rights activists. A staged reading of the play at the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC, is intercut
Documentary about anorexia. Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychological illness -- over a 10-year period, five percent of all patients will die. Complications can include low blood pressure, bone loss and damage to the kidneys, liver and heart. The program takes viewers behind-the-scene
Twenty-two couples dance a complete roster of 10 standard and Latin dance styles, enhanced by innovations drawn from flamenco, Lindy hop, jitterbug, salsa and street dance routines.
Documentary about South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, the most important penguin nesting and breeding area on Earth. Surrounded by glaciers and ice floes, this 106-mile expanse of ice-capped mountains endures storm winds that exceed 120 miles per hour and is home to elephant seals, alb
Profile of Canal Street, considered by some to be the noisiest and most vibrant street in New York City.
A behind-the-scenes look at the PBS kids' series "Zoom." The program features audition and rehearsal footage of the Zoomers -- Zoe, Jared, Keiko, Pablo, Lynese, David and Alisa.
The death of Marilyn Sheppard in 1954 is one of the most famous unsolved murders in America. The indictment of her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, quickly became the "Trial of the Century," then the "Retrial of the Century," making a celebrity out of lawyer F. Lee Bailey. Although most of the forensic ev
Concert performance celebrating the 50th birthday of composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
A portrait of the Surf, one of America's best-known ballrooms and the site of the last performances of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in 1959. Documents the cultural, social and economic forces that affected the lives of four generations through their relationship w
Documentary that examines the characters and historic events surrounding the 100-year-old Spanish-American War and its relevance throughout the 20th century.
Program that provides instruction and information for adults considering going online, or who have already taken the plunge and need help maximizing their computer and internet connections.
Documentary about butterflies that focuses on how to create a garden that attracts them.
Outlines histories and legends inspired by some of the world's most precious treasures. The program chronicles the fame of these cultural icons in tales of mishap and madness, inspiration and intrigue, devotion and discovery. Part 1 explores the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre on August 21, 1
Documents the gang-related murder-suicide that took the lives of four teenagers in the community of Appleton, Wisconsin, in May of 1995. Explores the issues of race, family dysfunction and youth violence in the context of one small, middle-American city.
Documentary about Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in Southeast Asia at 13,000 feet, the island teems with plant and animal life.
Robert X. Cringely examines the Y2K dilemma and how people can deal with the repercussions.
Documentary about pioneer community organizer Saul D. Alinsky. The program focuses on Alinsky's techniques and philosophy, chronicling his work with three organizations: The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, The Woodlawn Organization and the FIGHT organization. The program also reveals the pow
Documentary that follows the rescue of a P-38 plane, one of a squadron of six P-38s buried in the glacial ice of Greenland since World War II. On July 15, 1942, storm clouds forced an American squadron en route to Great Britain to make emergency landings on a Greenland glacier. The crew radioed an S
Chronicling the gay and lesbian experience since the Stonewall riots on June 27, 1969 in New York City. The film documents stories of transformation and liberation that led to the formation of lesbian and gay movements and communities which in turn have rigorously challenged prevailing social assump
A look at young Burmese girls taken to work as prostitutes in Bangkok, Thailand.
Profiles the effects of new medicines and therapies on the state of male impotence.
Sergeant Hendriek Mohale of the South African Police Service in Soweto meets his counterpart, Sergeant David Van of the 23rd Police District in Philadelphia, through a digital video link. The two black policemen explore similarities and differences in police work, crime, race relations and life in t
Special focuses on the continent of Antarctica and its shifting glacial coastlines. Scientists ponder the fate of our planet if Antartica is indeed melting.
Presentation of the Washington Opera's production of "I Pagliacci," a popular opera about a comedia dell'arte troupe whose leader is heartbroken when he discovers that his wife is having an affair, and the ultimate revenge that he exacts.
Documentary explores the nature of tropical islands. Begins with the formation of the islands, their unique ecosystems and early colonization by native people; then explores the role of islands in assisting and defining the spread of species, cultures and religions; and finally, examines the islands
Harry Connick, Jr. sings romantic ballads with his seven-piece band and a 30-piece orchestra, from the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Chronicles the life and work of artist Pablo Picasso, with emphasis on the autobiographical nature of his canvases and sculptures.
A selection of short films exploring the female experience.
Documentary special offering selections from Frank Sinatra's classic TV specials of the 1960s and '70s. Guests include Ella Fitzgerald, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gene Kelly.
Special focuses on the crocodile and their continued success for over 70 million years.
Reveals the story of quilts in historic and modern Hopi life. Visits quilters in the Hopi mesas of northern Arizona and shows how Hopi artisans have adopted the American quilting tradition and made it their own.
Documentary on the experiences of two extended families, the Chapmans and Soules in Cayutaville, a small village in upstate New York.
Nature documentary on Africa's Etosha, a vast and ancient land of seasonal paradox. During the blooming of the wet season, animals thrive, but the inevitable heat, drought and thirst put all life at risk, except for that of the opportunistic vultures.
Documentary about the destruction of the city of Yodefat almost 2000 years ago. The people of Yodefat, in the region that is now Israel, battled against the Roman army for 47 days but the Romans prevailed. The few Yodefat residents who weren't killed were enslaved, with the exception of Flavius Jose
Concert featuring rock legend John Fogerty performing songs he wrote for his band Creedence Clearwater Revival, from 1968 to 1972, as well as songs from his solo career.
Documentary features young survivors who are at different stages of struggling to overcome their experience of abuse and neglect. Examines a facility that uses peer pressure in an innovative healing approach and interviews subjects.
Spotlights the work of glassblower Dale Chihuly in Venice, Italy. Chihuly and his team of glassblowers travel to Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Italy to collaborate with master glass artisans in the creation of monumental glass chandeliers to be installed over the canals of Venice.
A discussion of the elections, Washington politics and citizen participation with a diverse group of voters in Denver, Colorado. Woven through the discussion is taped reports on the crisis surrounding President Clinton and end-of-session battles over budget bills, analysis of polling and strategic i
Documentary about architect Walter Burley Griffin. Griffin, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, helped develop America's first original architectural style known as the Prairie School. Reveals the shared dedication of Griffin and his wife, fellow architect Marion Mahony Griffin.
Documentary special on Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. Since the 1950s, an international brigade of scientists has probed the secrets of Antarctica, struggling to work in conditions where the temperatures reach minus 49 degrees centigrade. Previously ignored and unc
Documentary examines the ideals and the reality of life in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where black and white families have lived side by side for 40 years.
Inspired by a short story by Cuban writer Maria Elena Llana. A mirror willed to the Santiago family by a deceased aunt appears to be a window to a place magically inhabited by the family's dead relatives.
Reporters around the country interview Americans about what they do for a living and how they feel about it. Includes a report on the future of the union movement, how the so-called global economy is affecting "Main Street" and a look at innovations in the workplace.
Special explores the pack life of wild wolves in Northern Canada.
Science-fiction fantasy set in a California state prison in the year 2005. The prison is host to an experimental program designed to rehabilitate prisoners through a microchip surgically implanted in the brain.
Special examines the attempt by an invasionary force of 1,200 Cuban exiles, trained, financed, equipped and directed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, to overthrow the Cuban government headed by Fidel Castro in April 1961. Features archival film, newsreels, and interviews with veterans and go
NASA archives, news footage and personal interviews with colleagues and family provide a portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
Correspondents consider the shifting definition of who is, and who aspires to be, an American and how that affects the way citizens think of themselves and their country.
A panel of experts and a studio audience discuss the issue of animals in captivity as a starting point to explore our relationship to the animal world in general. Topics include the ethics of zoos, animals and technology, and protecting animals in the wild.
Three-part documentary presenting the latest achievements of modern astronomy. Combines live-action sequences, computer animation and images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
In 1947, on a balsa raft called the Kon-tiki, Thor Heyerdahl embarked on a journey to prove to the scientific community that ancient mariners crossed the world's great oceans. Original crew members, actual expedition footage and Thor Heyerdahl tell their story.
Documentary chronicling the transformation of China to a world economic and military power since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Told through the voices of peasants, students, loyal revolutionaries, political prisoners, etc., the interviews are woven together with archival footage.
Follows the preparation and launch of one of the top ballooning teams attempting to circumnavigate the Earth during the 1996-1997 season.
Documentary follows a little league baseball team from the opening day of tryouts to the end-of-the-season party. Tells the team's story through the eyes of 8-year-old narrator Wyatt Cowen of Jacksonville, Arkansas.
The story of the birth of the Himalaya Mountains and the life that colonized them, observing how wildlife and man have adapted to the rarefied roof of the world.
A panel of experts and a studio audience discuss discrimination against women in professional and college sports.
Four-part documentary telling the story of transplant surgery, from its early experimental days to the present, when it has become almost routine.
Documentary of the scientific quests of physicist August Piccard and his son Jacques, who piloted his father's revolutionary submarine, the bathyscaph, to the bottom of the sea.
In his latest examination of American institutions, documentarian Fred Wiseman turns his unwavering eye on the poor who inhabit Chicago's Ida B. Wells public housing development. Besides showing the cliche signposts of despair of urban poverty and the grinding cycles of addiction, unemployment, raci
Three-part documentary looking at the creative ways people across the United States are using down-to-earth concepts and innovative technologies in their quest to preserve the environment.
Documentary on the life and career of modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was shaped by Japanese and American cultures.
Documentary on the various types of wolves found in North America, focusing on the efforts of Yellowstone National Park to reintroduce their gray wolf population to the area.
Three-part national news magazine in which each program focuses on a U.S. city that serves as a microcosm of issues that resonate across America.
Documentary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who became the first to reach the highest point on earth - the summit of Mt. Everest.
Documentary of Richard Byrd, who claimed to be the first man to fly over the North Pole and four years later, flew over the South Pole. In 1934, Byrd went on a controversial expedition to try to survive the Antarctic winter entirely alone.
Documentary of the life and work of author William Styron, whose works include "Sophie's Choice" and "The Confessions of Nat Turner."
A panel of experts and a studio audience looks at new approaches to policing.
Nature documentary focusing on the array of colorful birds inhabiting the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.
Documentary about the disappearance of public streetcars in U.S. cities during the 1930s.
Documentary covering the sailors who took part in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge, the 27,000-mile, around-the-world, solo sailing race. The race features 20 skippers from five continents with varied backgrounds and equipment.
Multi-part documentary exploring the insect world. Computer animation, live-action footage and powerful cameras are combined to provide an "insect's eye-view" of their complex existence.
Presents both sides of the political debate over shifting power and authority from the federal government to the states and individuals.
Profiles the game of high school basketball in South Central Los Angeles and shows how the game offers its players spirit and excitement. Follows the building of the championship game, graduation and what follows for the champions and their families -- the reality of joblessness in bleak and lawless
Multi-part documentary examining the influence the automobile had made on our lives and on the collective American consciousness, with particular emphasis on the social transformation of the United States. Makes use of memoirs, memorabilia, audio recording and archival film and photographs as well a
Multi-part special probes the beliefs and passions of eight of the most respected -- and provocative -- religious leaders in the United States. Each episode features two interviews in which the religious leaders explore how they translate spirituality into their daily lives and how they confront and
Examination of the history, effect and politics of affirmative action. Program weaves together documentary footage, interviews and a panel discussion by academics and specialists.
Annual special marking the 15th anniversary of this ballroom dance event, featuring International Standard and International Latin division competitions and a video retrospective from previous exhibitions of "Ballroom"'s 15-year run.
As Dr. Jack Kevorkian faces his third criminal trial for assisting in the suicide of his desperate patients, "Frontline" examines the improbable saga of "Dr. Death" and assesses how the quirky Michigan pathologist seized center stage in the intricate and emotional debate over physician-assisted suic
Telecast of Henry Purcell's opera, "Dido and Aeneas." Retells the story of Dido, the proud queen of Carthage, and her wandering lover, who is cast upon the shores of Carthage after the fall of Troy. Their love is short-lived, as evil spirits invoke the gods and plan the lovers' destruction. A spirit
Performance of three dance works choreographed by Paul Taylor, "Company B," "Funny Papers" and "A Field of Grace," set to pop music from the 1950s and 1960s.
Using documentary reports, town hall meetings and small discussion groups, segments striving to encourage Americans to participate in the political process include: an exploration of why people leave urban America and the desire to re-establish family values; a look at the daily life of the working
Documentary on the history of the Mexican-American civil rights movement.
Live broadcast of a national congressional debate from the House of Burgesses at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Immediately preceding or following the national broadcast, local congressional debates are broadcast live on more than 75 public TV stations and cover as many as 29 Senate and 80 House r
Set during the celebration of Kwanzaa, a recovering drug addict who now counsels drug users, inspires the residents of a Brooklyn housing project to apply the principles of the holiday (mutual well-being, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativ
Offers tips and detailed information on the 1996 election campaign to help voters analyze debates, decode political commercials and decipher campaign finances. Relates how the candidates stand on key issues and previews the choices facing the next president and Congress.
Documentary examining four diverse communities from across the United States that have developed grassroots programs to stop the cycle of youth violence through adult mentoring, job programs and entrepreneurship training.
Multi-part documentary on the Great Rift of Africa, the geological phenomenon that links the mountains, rain forests and lakes of the continent.
A documentary on Rhode Island Republican candidate Kevin Vigilante's 1994 bid for U.S. Congress against Patrick Kennedy.
Documentary chronicling the great migration westward along the Oregon Trail. The program features interviews and diary excerpts, analysis by contemporary historians, popular artwork of the period, artifacts, and contemporary re-enactments. Aerial footage and time-lapse techniques were used in filmin
Choreographer Twyla Tharp discusses her distinctive approach to dance, followed by a complete performance of "In the Upper Room," with music by Philip Glass. with other folk singers.
Examination of the role of the Vice President of the United States. Interweaves interviews with Bob Dole, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale, Gerald Ford and Geraldine Ferraro with historical clips, historians' insights and footage from August's vice presidential selection at the Republican and Dem
Chronicle of an overland drive from London to New York, the world's longest drive. The expedition drove through the Channel Tunnel to France, across Europe and Russia, Northern Siberia, the ice of the Bering Straits, Alaska, the Yukon, Canada and then on to Manhattan. Richard Creasey, a television p
Documentary examining the career of Gerald V. Bull, who designed long-range artillery used by Iraq during the Gulf War. Bull was murdered at his home in Brussels in March 1990. The murder was believed to have been orchestrated by Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency.
Exploration of the American community by examining the challenging issues that lie behind the political catchphrase "family values." Focuses on the families of Rockford, Illinois, as representative of the American population.
"Frontline" goes to Milwaukee to examine what companies and employees are doing to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive economy. Examines critical questions being raised as America's economic anxiety takes center stage in the 1996 campaign.
Rising talents, current champions and seasoned professionals participate in the twenty-third annual figure skating exhibition to benefit the Jimmy Fund, the children's branch of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Experiences of filmmaker Yvonne Welbon during her six-year stay in Taiwan, which transformed her understanding of what it means to be African-American and illuminated her connection to her Honduran-born grandmother.
Special primetime episode of the series "Shining Time Station." The gang learns how important it is to be yourself, and not pretend to be something your not, when members of the royal family get stranded at Shining Time Station.
Documentary exploring the effect air pollution has on the environment and on human health.
Documentary detailing Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler's attempts to prove that tobacco manufacturers manipulate nicotine in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked and how his mission is affected by the 1994 Republican landslide in Congress.
Documentary exploring the bond between parents and children and the profound implications for children's behavior later in life if that attachment is hampered. Includes surveillance camera footage from the homes of three middle-class families.
Robin Williams, Debra Winger and Christopher Reeve travel into the untamed natural world to encounter the animals of their choice -- dolphins, giant pandas and gray whales.
Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera perform Manuel Penella's 1916 opera "El Gato Montes," about a love triangle between a gypsy woman, a bullfighter and a bandit.
Documentary focusing on aspects of California's history: life behind bars at Alcatraz prison, the treasure hunters of the California Gold Rush, and the boom and bust history of California's wine country.
Documentary exploring the rise and fall of the richest and most violent cocaine drug lord, Pablo Escobar -- hunted down and killed by the Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Includes interviews with Escobar's family, DEA agents and former drug smugglers.
Political humorist Mark Russell travels throughout France and performs his unique brand of political satire in a music performance at the Paris residence of the American ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman.
Profile of macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe. Includes dramatizations of his work, interviews with writers and other artists he influenced and footage of his various homes.
Bill Moyers tells the story of several hardworking Milwaukee families struggling with low-paying jobs after previous employers downsized their operations. Filmed over a period of five years, these families were first features in Moyers' 1992 documentary "Minimum Wages: The New Economy." Chronicles t
Vintage performance glimpses of 16 podium titans at work, from Arthur Nikisch in 1913 to Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman explores his personal affection for traditional Jewish music, ranging from Yiddish lullabies to klezmer wedding songs to classical violin solos based on Jewish themes.
Documentary examining the philosophical and societal implications of antidepressant drugs, such as Prozac.
An examination of how teens from around the world deal with the racism some of them encounter.
Documentary following ABC News correspondent Charles Glass on assignment in Egypt. Explores how he specifically compiles a story as well as how television generally covers the news of the world.
Four-part documentary examining the F.B.I.'s present and considering its future with access to the agency's inner workings and day-to-day activities.
A special highlighting the story of citizens and communities working to turn the tide of violence and keep their children safe. Presents information that highlights successful solutions -- including adult mentoring, conflict resolution, parent training, peer education, alternative sentencing, violen
Documentary examining the infighting, fledgling alliances, betrayals, defeats and victories on the way to women's voting rights in the United States.
Documentary examining the divergent political and social issues surrounding "scientific creationism" and efforts to introduce it into school curricula as an alternative to Darwinian evolutionary theory.
Special showcasing master guitarist and singer Eric Clapton during a club appearance at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Includes archival footage and interviews with Clapton and other blues performers.
Documentary examining Thomas Alva Edison's development, design and production of electric light and the personal, patent and corporate battles following the success of his invention.
Documentary tracing the development of the Boeing 777, one of the largest and most complex aircraft ever built.
Live telecast of an annual New Year's Day concert in Vienna, Austria, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of music by the Strauss family and others. The Vienna State Opera Ballet also performs two dance sequences.
Documentary examining the difficulties and joys different communities have encountered in trying to racially integrate their churches. Explores those that have not integrated, those that have, and questions of Eurocentrism in modern church iconography.
Musical tribute to lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, through performances of songs he wrote with composers Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers. Includes archival footage.
Documentary following writer and naturalist Robert Perkins' canoe trip 400 miles down the Connecticut River, from the U.S.-Canadian border to Long Island Sound. Focuses on the river's return to health after a century of pollution, as well as personal accounts of its human elements.
Documentary examining the political and racial implications of "Washington Post" journalist Leon Dash's four-year report on RosaLee Cunningham -- a thief, former prostitute and drug addict, and mother of eight children.
Documentary examining possible health hazards caused by electromagnetic fields surrounding power lines.
Examines the grim world of prison and the misguided perception of jail as a desirable rite of passage. Explores constructive programs that give teens in trouble a second chance.
Documentary following Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-winning writer and Russian historian, on his return to Russia after twenty years of exile in Vermont.
Documentary taking a look at the seasonal progression of work done by Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) and his wildlife advisors, as they restore the countryside surrounding Highgrove House.
Global tour of tenor Luciano Pavarotti's most famous concerts combines arias and observations.
Examination of the ways teens and adults across the United States work together to reduce school violence.
Examination of the a notorious murder case -- the story of Maduev, a Russian gangster and killer known as "The Wolf." Maduev charmed and seduced all who crossed his path, including his state prosecutor, Natasha Voronstova, who smuggled him a gun to aid in his escape from prison.
Country/pop singer Mary Chapin Carpenter performs in concert. Includes interviews and documentary footage of Carpenter's recording collaboration with Joan Baez.
Documentary examining the complicated issue of repressed memory. Explores some of the techniques used by therapists to uncover memories and the effects that remembered abuse can have on the families involved.
Documentary tracing the history of tuberculosis in America from the mid-1800s, when TB took on a mythology all its own, to today, when the disease has made a resurgence after 40 years of antibiotics.
Documentary chronicling a year in the life of the students of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the only all-male, historically African-American institution of higher learning in the United States.
Documentary telling the story of three young girls -- one of them the film's creator -- who survived the Nazi Holocaust in western Poland. Interviews with the three women are set against archival film footage and photos, creating a portrait of the individuals who helped them in desperate times.
Photographs taken by a Nazi soldier on his birthday in 1941, as well as readings from captive Jews' diaries, depict the bleak Warsaw Ghetto which housed 380,000 Polish Jews at the beginning of World War II.
Four one-hour programs provide profiles of each of the presidential contenders for the 1996 elections. The programs open with a brief video segment on the featured candidate and then move to a one-on-one interview.
Performance documentary observing young jazz master Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins as they work together to create a new jazz dance for the New York City Ballet, "Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)."
Special bringing together reports from public television stations across the United States, showing the impact of religious conservatives on local politics.
Documentary about the changes a family must make when a deaf child is born to a hearing couple -- through home videos and interviews with deafness experts at leading medical and educational institutions.
Documentary exploring the myth surrounding the scarcity of diamonds and how their inflated value was created and maintained by the diamond cartel. Chronicles the history of one such family -- the Oppenheimers of South Africa.
Special celebrating the art of storytelling -- through music, art and readings. Includes a performance of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Tracey Ullman and the Crystal Theatre Children's Group, as well as animated adaptations of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" (narrated by actr
A documentary in which actual parents are seen attempting to discipline and control their troubled son.
Documentary examining the issue of "color consciousness" in the black community, exploring the effect of a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal.
Documentary examining alleged wasteful or self-defeating programs at the United States Agriculture Department. Includes interviews with farmers, lobbyists, policy makers, and government officials.
Documentary examining how the centrist political front begun by Ross Perot has impacted legislatures and elections around the United States.
Over the course of five years in the 1980's, Phar-Mor Inc., a chain of discount drug stores, rose to financial success and fell in financial ruins when the company's top executives were caught embezzling $500 million.
Documentary depicting the economic and political deterioration of Cuba, as well as United States' embargo-driven foreign and immigration policies toward Communism's island outpost.
World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning and friends give a skating performance which incorporates elements of vaudeville, classical ballet, music videos and tributes to cinema's golden age (including "The Big Melt," a black-and-white homage to "The Big Sleep").
Chronicle of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), New York's first subway line -- shown through home movies from the 1920s, archival photographs, and antique postcards.
Five-part documentary exploring the Pacific islands of Polynesia -- from the natural history of the lands to the impact of the original human settlers and native wildlife on each other.
Profiles six master folk music artists and their families. Included are an Eskimo Wolf Dance, an Irish ceilidh, a Cajun Saturday night, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, and a visit to a mariachi festival featuring an interview with Linda Ronstadt. Blues guitarist B.B. King is also profiled.
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) profiles four people who have made a difference in their respective neighborhoods.
The second episode in an on-going series to examine American health care reform, this special looks at events in three states that have leapt ahead of the federal government in establishing health reforms and legislation.
A documentary about the 1911 appearance of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, in the white man's world in Northern California and his collaboration with anthropologists to document aboriginal life in America.
A pilot for a series of half-hour programs that helps parents raise their children.
The Joffrey Ballet dances to songs by Prince in four short dance works by young choreographers.
Natalie Cole performs a festive repertoire of holiday favorites. Includes an appearance by "Sesame Street"'s Elmo.
Documentary following a diverse group of students and their principal through the 1993-94 academic year at a large, urban, multicultural high school in Berkeley, California -- chronicling the institution's conflicts over political correctness, multiculturalism, and race.
Documentary investigating movement of the world's money to off-shore banking centers, many located on islands in the Caribbean where lax regulation harbors money laundering, insurance fraud and tax evasion.
Scott Simon of National Public Radio looks at the increasing amount of activity people in modern industrial nations fit into their already busy lives. Includes personal stories and archival photos of labor-saving devices, dramatic skits, and humorous historical footage.
Three-part special presentation of "Nova," surveying the increasingly successful effort to map the human family tree, from "Lucy," the oldest known forerunner of the human species to the anatomically modern humans who spread out over the world nearly 100,000 years ago.
Documentary portraying clandestine radical Islamic fundamentalist activities in the United States. Includes video footage of secret conferences, profiles of "front" groups, and interviews with law enforcement officials and moderate Muslim leaders.
Documentary about historical regional conflicts -- in city streets, coal fields and courtrooms -- which hold lessons for the country as a whole.
Profile of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham.
Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by conductor Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, performs works by Mozart and Rossini at Carnegie Hall's 1994 opening night.
Princeton University professor of Politics and Russian Studies, Stephen Cohen, conducts an in-depth interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the former Soviet Union.
Chronicles the devastating social consequences of the Bosnian conflict on an ethnically diverse village as its society disintegrates under the pressures of social and religious factionalism.
Profile of W. Edwards Deming, creator of the "profound knowledge" theory of business management, which suggests goal-defined problem-solving techniques for top-level management and information, education, training, tools and a palatable work environment for middle management and workers. Includes in
Examination of the global economic race into the 21st century, how rivals such as Japan and Germany have gained competitive advantages, and some winning strategies for this nation's future. Includes a half-hour interview with President Bill Clinton.
Four-part documentary tracing the British royal family through four generations -- from 1917 to 1992. Includes interviews with Royal family insiders, historians, and biographers.
Americans throughout the United States are interviewed concerning the successes, failures, priorities and policies of the Clinton administration. Includes footage from press conferences, talk shows and nightly news programs.
Documentary examining how General Motors went from being the undisputed number-one car company to suffering a $23.5 billion lost in 1992 -- the biggest corporate loss on record.
A portrait of the late dancer Rudolf Nureyev, highlighting key performances and reminiscences by colleagues.
Examination of the history, techniques and meaning involved in the creation of a sand mandala, a Tibetan form of sandpainting.
Documentary about jazz band leader and clarinetist Benny Goodman.
Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard and his band, The Strangers, perform classic songs from three decades as well as some new compositions.
A broadcast in which jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is featured in extensive footage from the 1991 Montreux Festival. Also includes interviews with other musicians and rare television footage from the 1950s.
Compilation of film clips of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein at work.
Stresses the benefits of getting a GED (General Educational Development) high school diploma.
Two-part examination of the history and prosecution in Edenton, North Carolina, in the trial of Bob Kelly, the owner of the Little Rascals daycare center and the first of seven defendants to be tried in one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in the United States.
A documentary on sexual harassment: the perception, the reality, the law, and what to do about it.
A special showcasing the finals of the international modern and Latin competitions of championship ballroom dancing.
Behind-the-scenes look at the production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." Includes scenes from production meetings, rehearsals, and backstage moments during the play's performance, as well as excerpts from the play and interviews with the cast. Documentary footage
A documentary examining the 1968 sanitation workers strike which brought Martin Luther King, Jr., to Memphis at a pivotal point in the civil rights movement. April 4, 1993 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of King in Memphis.
Television adaptation of Anna Deveare Smith's play chronicling the racial tensions that escalated in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in summer 1992 when an automobile, driven by a Hasidic man, jumped the curb and killed a seven-year-old black child. Hours later, in what appeared to be a retaliatory act, a
A special featuring top U.S. amateur figure skaters as well as top professionals in a skating exhibition.
Examination of the songwriting process of Billy Joel as he prepares a new album, "River of Dreams."
Profiles eight animal caretakers and their charges.
A special exploring the nature of anti-Semitism. Part 1, "From the Cross to the Swastika," traces the troubled relations between Judaism and Christianity from Roman times through the present. Part 2, "Enemies of the People," explores the relationship between the surge of nationalism in Europe and th
Documentary exploring the controversy behind Facilitated Communication (FC) -- a way for autistic patients, with a helper controlling their hands' involuntary movements, to express themselves through a keyboard. Includes interviews with leaders in the FC movement, parents of autistic children and sc
Documentary biography of the life of American aviator Amelia Earhart.
A documentary about Greenwood, an all-black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which prospered in the 1920s and 1930s during a period of strict segregation.
Documentary examining the pressure North American society puts on women to achieve a feminine body ideal. Discusses the gap between the idealized appearance of women in the media and the way they appear in real life, and the resulting epidemic of eating disorders.
A look at the filmmaker's sister, who undergoes brain surgery to correct a severe epileptic condition.
Profiles of Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his predessor, Sir Georg Solti.
A documentary collection of newsreel footage chronicling the June 2, 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Biographical documentary reexamining the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.
An over-the-hill baseball pitcher is on a hot streak that propels his team toward the Minor League World Series. The Mathnetters check out the scene to make sure everything is on the up and up.
A documentary exploring the human services system in America as it works to help families suffering from the mounting pressures of disintergration.
A program that uses a combination of town meeting and four short video essays to help American voters make determinations on the issues of race and poverty during the 1992 presidential campaign.
A documentary on the making of the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam." Includes interviews with its creators and excerpts from the show as well as material on the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton.
A documentary focusing on the suit brought against the heavy metal band Judas Priest by the parents of a Nevada teenager who claim the band's lyrics incited him and a friend to attempt suicide.
A special featuring the annual ballroom dance competition. The dances performed are from the categories of Latin, American Rhythm, International Modern, and American Smooth.
A documentary chronicling Captain Richard Pratt's attempt to "civilize" and assimilate American Indians in the late 1800s by establishing off-reservation boarding schools.
An examination of the Democratic and Republican Parties, the forces leading to the 1992 presidential race, exploring the concepts of liberalism and conservatism. The two parts are entitled, "The Democrats, 1960-1992" and "The Republicans, 1960-1992."
A special in which Mark Russell satirizes the 1993 Presidential Inauguration.
A special examining the epic adventure of Christopher Columbus' first Atlantic crossing, as well as the mixed fortunes of his later voyages and the legacy of the encounter he initiated between the peoples of the Old and New Worlds.
A documentary chronicling how a training program for inner-city teenagers called Journey attempts to modify their behavior by combining grueling physical challenges with loving discipline.
A special profiling Ivan Husar and his creation of a family farm in the Ukraine modeled on the capitalist agriculture he saw in Iowa.
A documentary examining the condition of rainforests throughout the world.
A special showcasing world-class figure skaters performing routines at Harvard University's Bright Hockey Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
A documentary featuring footage taken aboard a space shuttle depicting life in space.
Second in a series of live televised debates among candidates for the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination.
A special hosted by Garrison Keillor, celebrating the coming of spring and the opening day of a new baseball season for the Lake Wobegon Whippets.
A documentary exploring the Battle of the Little Big Horn from the perspectives of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow nations and the white settlers.
A special documenting efforts to battle the puzzling phenomenon of whale strandings.
A documentary that profiles female kitchen workers in Kentucky trying to support their families on minimum wages and no benefits.
A look at Palestinian and Israeli women in the occupied territories.
A documentary exploring the life of George Washington beyond the popular American myth: his relationships with his wife and other women; with his troops and the cause of the American Revolution; and with his slaves and his fellow founding fathers.
Documentary telling the story of the American love-hate relationship with shopping malls. Examines how the social institution began and changed retailing and the sense of community.
A documentary chronicling the life of tap dancer/entrepeneur Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates.
A compilation of short videotapes by video correspondents and independent producers on topics concerning the 1992 presidential election.
A special hosted by chef Jeff Smith featuring soda fountain recipes and lucheonette specialties.
A documentary examining the relationship between humans and dolphins.
A documentary about the reconstruction of an abandoned 85-year-old New York City tenement into a low-income housing cooperative called Mascot Flats.
The early history of the circus and how Phineas T. Barnum transformed it in the late 19th Century.
Compilation of off-beat video segments from video correspondents providing commentary and perspectives on 1992 election-year politics. Presents an inside view of the first presidential debate in St. Louis; an overview of Perot; a videotape about who votes and who does not.
A special hosted by Kris Kristofferson of folk music documenting the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans share stories and songs from the 1991 album "In Country: Folk Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War."
This presentation of "Frontline" examines an alleged official Iraqi extermination program aimed at the Kurdish people.
A documentary examining scientific knowledge concerning the nature of dinosaurs and the prehistoric world they inhabited.
A "Frontline" special report examining how the reshaping of the Soviet Union is affecting Communist China three years after the suppression of the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.
A special hosted by chef Jeff Smith and puppet Elmo, exploring the joys and dangers of the kitchen.
A "Frontline" special examining various institutions of democracy and how they are failing the public.
A special based on the "Mathnet" segment of the PBS series "Square One TV," a math series for 8-to-12-year-olds. Pat Tuesday has apparently become a thief, stealing a dodecahedron-shaped jewel.
Five programs examining the role of the Bill of Rights in contemporary America. Topics for guest panelists include: rights issues surrounding abortion; the first amendment and "hate speech"; the right to privacy for the victim in a rape trial; the criminal justice system as applied to murder trials;
A performance of three works by the late choreographer Martha Graham, from the stage of the Paris Opera: "Steps in the Street," "El Penitente" and "Maple Leaf Rag," Graham's last completed work.
A series of programs focusing on the intellectual currents of the 15th century, the contacts between the old and new worlds, and the impact of Columbus's voyages, which are recreated using full-scale replicas of his ships.
A special consisting of a number of short, multicultural documentary works by various producers linked by a distinctive theme -- America's unique popular culture. Segments include Nevada's business in fast weddings, mini-golf in Wisconsin; hollering contest in North Carolina; auto salvage yards in W
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Samuel Barber's 1966 opera based on Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
A drama about two teenaged friends in New York City in 1936 who come from very different homes.
An adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's play about a ruthless Spanish matriarch and her five unmarried daughters.
Examination of boxing promotor Don King's life and career.
Examination of the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and J. Edgar Hoover's control of the agency for almost fifty years.
A documentary profiling the life of 19th-century painter and sculptor of the American West, Frederic Remington. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary exploring some of the controversial issues raised in a 1989 North Carolina case, in which young children testified about allegations of sexual abuse in a day-care center.
A special consisting of short documentary works by various producers linked by the rather open-ended theme, "the meaning of freedom." The films examine the ongoing challenges and strains of living in a "free society."
A confident, jetsetting executive for a multinational conglomerate discovers that his high ranking doesn't count for much when his spouse crosses the line between corporate grace and personal confession while addressing a gathering of business executive wives. A presentation of "American Playhouse."
A documentary chronicling the difficulties encountered by an Amerasian boy who emigrated to the United States.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining both the positive and negative effects of altering consciousness -- not only through drug use, but also through athletics, dance, art, and religious meditation.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the changing role of gender in American society -- from the formation of gender roles in early childhood to the socially constructed roles of masculinity and femininity experienced throughout life.
A special consisting of a number of short, multicultural documentary works by various producers linked by a distinctive theme -- the many ways Americans create a sense of home and place.
Documentary about the corruption of the quiz-show industry in the 1950s, which was revealed after Charles Van Doren, an attractive, self-effacing teacher, was discovered to have participated in a rigged quiz on "Twenty-One." Congressional investigations of rigged quiz shows led to the blacklisting o
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring artificial intelligence.
A drama exploring the life of renowned attorney Clarence Darrow.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the American advertising industry.
A documentary focusing on commercial fishing in Alaska.
Explores the life and career of composer, pianist and orchestra leader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington.
A documentary on the racial, religious, national, ethnic, sexual and personal aspects of hatred around the world.
A special exploring the origins and meaning of rap music.
A special featuring two works performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, "For Bird -- With Love" and "Episodes." Presentation of "Dance in America," broadcast as a segment of "Great Performances."
A special examining prehistoric Southwestern art discovered along the Pecos River.
A special focusing on the achievement of ordinary Americans. Includes segments on a New York City garbage truck covered with mirrors, a farmer helping a ewe deliver a lamb, and a retarded couple's family.
A special focusing on teens who have worked to improve their communities.
Documentary examining the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Uses interviews, archival footage, home movies, propaganda films, feature movies and cartoons.
A special examining religious and ethical beliefs in regard to the environment. Filmed at a four-day conference at Middlebury College.
A drama based on the true-life story of a small Vermont town that successfully adopts a Cambodian refugee family after a long battle with Washington bureaucrats.
Account of the spring 1889 flood that swept Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 2,200 people within 10 minutes.
A documentary profiling the life of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary on global warming and its effects on the Earth.
A documentary exploring the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the struggle for reform in Brazil.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which Shirley Jones hosts a musical tribute to composer Richard Rodgers. This profile uses film clips and newly taped performances of musicals in which Rodgers collaborated.
A three-part presentation of "WonderWorks" about Luke, a 16-year-old who visits Africa to spend four months with his father. From the day he arrives, Luke is at odds with Themba Maposa, a 16-year-old African. But as the story unfolds, common experiences unite them in an uncommon bond of friendship.
A five-part series that examines the worlds of architecture, construction and high finance involved in the planning and building of skyscrapers. The documentary series focuses on the development and construction of Worldwide Plaza, a 49-story tower built on the former site of Madison Square Garden i
A documentary that focuses on the lives of migrant workers from Latin America who lived in the Green Valley Camp in North San Diego County.
A documentary profiling three female ex-convicts who used "Bright Fires," a creative writing project, to help turn their lives around.
A documentary that provides a close-up look at the world of the modern-day rancher, visiting four of the largest, oldest, and most famous ranches in the West.
A special based on the "Mathnet" segment of the PBS series "Square One TV," a math series for 8- to 12-year-olds. A wily fortune-teller, Swami River, cons a group of retired lawyers into betting on his predictions. Two Mathnetters use their deductive reasoning and mathematical knowledge to trap the
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the universe that quantum physics describes. The scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyics help provide insights to what the "quantum universe" of the 20th Century means for science and our culture.
A New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" with Kevin Kline in the title role.
Based on an off-Broadway play, relating the oral history of an Alabama sharecropper, spanning a period of eight decades.
A documentary on the life and works of the 20th century, avant-garde composer John Cage. Airing as part of the PBS series "American Masters."
A four-part program focusing on the modernization process taking place in the Soviet Union and its effects on the Russian people.
A four-part series exploring how the common thread of natural disaster has had diverse effects on the cultures and peoples of the 30,000-mile stretch of land surrounding the Pacific Ocean, called the Pacific Rim. have settled along the Pacific Rim
A special examining how Iraqi President Saddam Hussein built Iraq's massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s.
A documentary special featuring Huell Howser in a series of candid conversations with some residents of Moscow.
A documentary examining the devastating effects of humankind on the planet's environment and profiling heroic people trying to preserve it. Also features interviews with environmentalists.
A documentary on actor, writer, producer and director John Cassavetes. Explores his 30-year career on stage, in films and on television, from his first ventures and performances in the 1950s to his death in 1989. Includes "The Making of 'Husbands'" (1971).
A documentary that focuses on six women whose careers as Balanchine ballerinas span four decades. The program includes footage featuring these women dancing in major works.
A special that documents a day in the life of CBS Evening News anchor, Dan Rather. His schedule includes production meetings, the Evening News broadcast, a radio spot, and a debate between the vice-presidential candidates Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation that examines the relationship between humans and animals. Examining the history of zoos and the various forms they have taken over the years, the program focuses on the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where keepers attempt to replicate the animals' natural habit
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining contemporary African art. Features an exhibit of contemporary African Sculpture at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, as well as extensive on-location filming of artists in Nigeria.
A ballet version of the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella," choreographed by Maguy Marin. A presentation of "Alive From Off Center."
A "Smithsonian World" presentation that uses art, literature and anthropology to examine humankind's search for a collective identity through an explanation of our origins. Included is a dance company interpreting evolution.
A documentary that presents case studies of creative, practical, and economically sound solutions to environmental problems.
A documentary investigating the causes behind hunger, and the effects of malnutrition in children in America. Focusing upon several families around the united States -- California, Washington State, Minnesota, Alabama, and Connecticut -- the common bond is poverty, a lack of food, and concern for th
A comedy about a disgruntled family man who makes a smoking declaration of independence by taking up his old smoking habit against everyone's wishes.
Documentary about Iain Brown, who at the age of thirteen left the comfortable world of his middle-class family to become a male hustler in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and at the age of nineteen became another statistic of teenage suicide.
Mikhail Baryshnikov dances the lead role in two Balanchine ballets -- Stravinsky's classic "Apollo" and Gershwin's jazzy "Who Cares?"
A four-part examination of the political games played in Washington, D.C., as depicted in Hedrick Smith's bestselling book.
A special featuring a line-up of celebrities in the forefront of the sing-along tradition as they lead the 3,000 voices of the audience in song.
A documentary on the life and work of American artist Jasper Johns. Art critics, curators, artists and acquaintances as well as Johns himself are interviewed.
A documentary examining the complex and controversial history of mental institutions in the United States. It focuses on St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., founded in 1855 as a model for the humane treatment of the mentally ill.
A special concert performance held at Carnegie Hall featuring many of the world's most renowned pianists.
A special featuring performances by some of the top rock 'n' roll acts of the 1950s and '60s. Taped during two concerts held at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles.
A documentary examining the rapid growth of AIDS in minority communities.
A "Smithsonian World" special examining the human quest to understand and control the genetic basis of life on this planet. The program looks at the ethical questions man faces as domination over nature brings about an uncertain future. Scientists, historians, social analysts and a philosopher-poet
A documentary on the life and work of Czechoslovakian-born film director Milos Forman. The program combines footage of Forman directing "Valmont" with a retrospective of his life and work, featuring conversations with the director, interviews with his colleagues, and clips from his films.
A documentary on the life and career of Harold Clurman, a co-founder (with Stella Adler and Clifford Odetts) of the Group Theatre and the man often credited with introducing method acting to the United States. Includes footage of Clurman rehearsing Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, and Julie Harris. Als
A 13-part documentary series tracing the dramatic 40-year history of nuclear weapons, nuclear policy and arms control.
A comedy airing as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." An everyday suburban man gets seduced into social activism when his name appears on a mysterious computer printout as a possible target of assassination and a fascinating female agent comes calling.
A documentary about the life of Jessica Mitford, political activist, one-time member of the American Communist Party, controversial author and member of one of England's most colorful families. Her life is related within the contexts of her writings, her personal recollections, archival footage and
A documentary focusing on how an "all-American" town, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been changed by the AIDS virus. Individual stories are used to show how Fort Wayne's residents are confronting the moral, political, economic and legal issues surrounding the spread of the disease.
A news special and documentary that examines the problem of international debt. Includes coverage of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Conference held in Washington and a documentary entitled "The Debt Crisis," as well as analysis by major economists and journalists.
A comedy special featuring Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco in a spoof of American television.
A documentary focusing on the life of Mexican writer, critic, teacher and diplomat Carlos Fuentes. Features readings by Fuentes and interviews with close friends and associates.
A documentary/dramatization of the life of American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-78), who captured the social conditions of his era on film. Recreated scenes are interwoven with comments by historians, colleagues, friends, and family members.
A documentary focusing on the return of two nurses, Elizabeth Hughes and Margaret Stanley, to China 40 years after they left. In the northwest province of Shaanxi, the women share pictures they took four decades ago with old friends who remember their help, and with young people who have heard stori
A comedy broadcast as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A self-absorbed yuppie couple must confront a series of bizarre occurrences provoked by a most unusual household helper and a television remote control.
A concert featuring Kenny Rogers as he performs holiday classics and his biggest hits. Taped live in December 1988 at the Fox Theatre, in Atlanta, Georgia.
A profile of the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Married to famed muralist Diego Rivera, the documentary uses photographs, paintings, home movies, archival footage and interviews with family and friends to depict the life of the artist.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation, set in South Australia in 1953. An 11-year-old hearing-impaired boy decides to run away from home after a series of disturbing events befall him.
A documentary on the life and work of acting teacher Stella Adler. It features an extensive conversation with Adler as well as interviews with actors Karl Malden and John Abbott, and director and acting teacher Bobby Lewis.
A documentary profiling Keith Haring, formerly a subway graffiti artist, whose playful, simplistic drawings reflect his serious commentary on society, including such issues as AIDS, drugs and South African racism.
A documentary examining the tremendous moral and political issues cities around the United States face in combating the growing problem of public drunkenness.
A documentary special, based on David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which examines the tension between Arabs and Jews living within the lands under jurisdiction of the Israeli state, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
A documentary exploring the years prior to the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Archival footage is combined with interviews.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation unraveling the tale of the long-lost art collection of Henri Vever, a celebrated Parisian jeweler, connoisseur, and leader in the Art Nouveau movement. His collection of Persian and Indian paintings from the 14th through the 18th century "disappeared" in occupied F
A documentary that chronicles the life and career of daredevil pilot, Jimmy Doolittle, who led an air attack on Toyko four months after the devastation of Pearl Harbor.
A performance of the 1989 Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about life in a small New England town at the turn of the century.
A one-hour documentary showing guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke in an inpromptu jam session with Doc Watson and Chet Atkins in Nashville, during a concert performance in Toronto, and on a drive through the countryside near his home in Minnesota. At the same time, he offers his musings on guitars, cars and
A "Frontline" special investigating the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. The broadcast pieces together the latest information on the investigation -- about the bomb, the terrorist network believed to be responsible, and the actions of the government and police
A "Smithsonian World" special that examines life at Groton, a small private school in Massachusetts that a century ago trained America's elite, but today seeks to create greater educational opportunities for those born with very little.
A dramatization of the life of sculptor Augustus Saint Gauden, drawing on his unpublished autobiography as well as writings of friends and collaborators.
An "American Playhouse" presentation of Robert Anderson's autobiographical play about the evolving relationship between an iron-willed, domineering father and the grown son who desperately wants to love him.
A program looking at the American political system through the eyes of one community -- the people in Jamaica, Queens, a New York City neighborhood torn apart by drugs and violence.
A documentary which focuses on the life of celebrated mythologist Joseph Campbell.
A three-part documentary examining the rise and decline of Mexico's one-party system and the forces of the 20th century that have shaped modern Mexico. The first segment, "Revolution: 1910-1940," explains the importance of the Revolution of 1910 and how the institutions of contemporary Mexico evolve
A documentary which provides a comprehensive look at Guatemala's change from a military to a civilian government. The program examines the current situation in the Central American country and raises questions about regional peace in light of major continuing problems. Included are interviews with
A special featuring excerpts and background interviews from the five top-winning entries submitted to the Superfest Film Festival: "Looking Up, A Success Story, A Romance"; "Nobody's Child"; "I Want the Sun to Stand Up!"; "A Fragile Tree Has Roots"; "I'm Not Stupid! Learning Disabilities." Now in it
A documentary revealing the tragedy of Uganda, a country that has suffered nearly a decade of Civil War, in which about three-quarters of a million people have been killed. The program documents the ravages left by Uganda's overthrown government and the problems the new president, Yoweri Museveni,
A "Great Performances" broadcast of a concert taped at Wolf Trap Farm Park in June 1987, celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's 70th birthday. Included are film clips of Dizzy with other historical figures in jazz, stills and sound recordings, and interviews with friends and colleagues.
A documentary that looks at the dilemma of child care and showcases some of the most innovative and successful child care solutions around the country.
A documentary recounting the life of Senator Samuel J. Ervin, Jr., from his first venture into politics, to his service in the state legislature and on the bench of the North Carolina Supreme Court, to his historic role as chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee.
A holiday special featuring the folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary in concert singing Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and classic folk songs.
A two-part series featuring an intimate look at the operations and varied personalities of the Supreme Court, as well as profiling the history and evolution of the Court.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation which offers an inside look at the Smithsonian Institution and the people involved in its enormous range of activities in Washington, D.C. and around the world.
A documentary examining the varied Hispanic cultures and peoples -- Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and other Latino nationalities -- living in Chicago, Illinois. The program looks at the rich cultural diversity within this increasingly visible group and shows how the differences serve to create an i
A documentary which focuses on America's prison crisis. Taped in seven states, the program reports on the current state of U.S. penitentiaries. Included are interviews with prison officials.
A documentary that presents profiles of life within three gay families--one foster, one biological and one adoptive.
A special election night broadcast originating in Washington, D.C., reviewing the central issues facing the United States and its new president.
A special featuring the South American satirist and stage personality Pieter-Dirk Uys. The program features Uys in a one-man show, using his satirical and humorous impersonations to dramatize South African apartheid. Uys performs dress-up caricatures of President P.W. Botha, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
A "Frontline" special examining the difficult economic choices that the next president wil have to face upon taking office. The program focuses on four communities across the U.S. that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years. Through a series of interviews, the "Shadow Debate" is exp
A documentary which reveals TV's "invisible" aspects--its legal and economic foundations and proposed legislation that may alter television as we know it. The program uses the medium itself to expose all these aspects with a view toward what the average citizen can do to better manage the nation's
A documentary chronicling the contributing factors that made the Vietnam involvement different from other wars and how these differences affected war veterans. Includes archival news footage and interviews with World War II and Vietnam vets.
A documentary, part of the Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS) campaign, which focuses on youth and literacy. The special looks at literacy programs for young children in four cities.
A documentary which tells the story of the blues and its impact on popular culture. Included are interviews with blues musicians and historical footage and performance segments.
A program looking at the turbulent history of the Democratic Party since the early '60s and how they hope to reverse their losing record in the last five presidential elections.
A program looking at the Republican Party and its success in presidential elections since 1968 and what this may mean to the future of the party.
Investigation of some of the motivation behind the 1980 slaying of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a teenage boy who has a hard time transferring his affections from reptiles to girls, though he is helped by his pet -- a 600-year-old talking frog.
A program examining perceptions of the U.S. presidential election campaign in several countries, including Britain, West Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union.
A special "3-2-1 Contact" episode which addresses some of the questions and concerns children have about AIDS. Sixteen-year-old Ryan White, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion, is the focus of the special. The program uses simple animation to explain how the AIDS virus atta
A program investigating the positive and negative impact of television in the election process and the many shades of opinion that lie in between. The special also explores the influence of advertising, the adversarial relationship of the political process, and how television has supplanted the trad
A documentary featuring photographer David Goldblatt discussing his feelings for his native South Africa. Included is a look at some of his photos which provide glimpses of the troubled country.
Frederica Von Stade, Melba Moore and Rex Smith sing Christmas music from the Alpine village of St. Wolfgang, Austria.
Young Carol Trig has been trained as a top track athlete. When Angie becomes a new student at her school, Carol discovers she is an expert dancer despite her forbidding punk look. They find common ground for a friendship that leads to heightened self-awareness and determination on the part of each.
A profile of Soviet spokesman and journalist Vladimir Pozner, the unofficial voice and face of the Soviet Union in the West. Pozner's background is outlined, including the years he spent growing up in New York City. Also featured are clips from Pozner's appearance on the "Phil Donahue" show, and a l
The story of Asian immigrants who settled in what is now called the International District, located in Seattle, Washington. The documentary, through vivid stories of its Asian residents -- both past and present -- depicts the history of their immigration to the American Northwest and traces the area
A documentary which focuses on Madame C.J. Walker, a black woman who, in 1910, made a small investment in a company specializing in black hair and skin care products and realized a dream that made her America's first self-made millionairess. The program also documents the life of her daughter, A'Le
A tribute to composer Jule Styne taped in New York City at the St. James Theatre on January 26-28, 1987. The program features renditions of Styne standards, clips of Gene Autry, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra performing his songs, and the composer talking with various personalities.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a 14-year-old girl who feels alone and disoriented after moving to a small town with her newly-separated mother and younger sister. Adding to her frustration is her discovery that there is no girls' team for her favorite sport, hockey. Despite protestations from
A drama about a victim of agoraphobia, the fear of being in open or public places, who learns that her oldest sister is dying of leukemia. Her decision to venture outside the sanctuary of her home to visit her sister forces her to confront both her phobia and their strained relationship.
A production of Shakespeare's comedy played in vaudeville style, with the bard himself part of the performance. The story concerns two sets of identical twins and the inevitable problems of mistaken identity that ensue when different pairs of them meet up in different combinations.
A special five-part series, airing as part of the PBS series, "Frontline," which traces over 400 years of South Africa's racial history -- from the early battles between Afrikaner and African, through decades of British domination, to the creation of apartheid, to the development of the black resist
Bill Moyers explores how religious beliefs are shaping political events both at home and abroad. The first program, "The Kingdom Divided," describes how upheaval in Central America pits mainstream U.S. Christians against fundamentalists in a theological and political duel with historic consequences.
Four one-hour documentaries on the American Constitution and its impact on the lives of the American people. By focusing on contemporary problems, the series underscores the enduring qualities of the Constitution. The broad subjects of the four episodes are freedom of speech and religion, judicial p
A documentary that travels the streets of the world's largest city to explore daily life in modern Tokyo. The program reveals the contrasts that exist in a city hailed as the technological capital of the world.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Cav Rand, a young boy newly orphaned, who sells the family belongings so he can buy a horse and join a cattle drive. When the horse is stolen by a crooked peddler, he becomes a cook in the cattle drive and, along with his new friends, outwits the peddler to get his
In 1985, the PEN Center, a New York organization that protects the rights of writers around the world, held a celebration at eight New York theater benefits. Some of America's best-known writers offered interpretations of their own writing and shared insights into the writing process. The program pr
The documentary reports on a research project undertaken by college students and primate specialists at the Granby Zoo near Montreal, Canada, to determine the effects of captivity on gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and lemurs.
Actor-composer John Rubinstein hosts a profile of his pianist grandfather, Arthur Rubinstein, who, had he lived (he died in 1982), would have celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on January 28, 1987. To commemorate that anniversary, the people of Lodz, Poland, brought the Rubinstein family back to
Documentary tracing the story of a girl who committed suicide after going to Hollywood from Minnesota, getting involved with X-rated movie-making and drugs and becoming estranged from family and friends.
A documentary which examines America's fastest-growing church, the Mormon, focusing particularly on its unusual missionary outreach program, a two-year effort undertaken by all male Mormons that serves as a rite of passage to their becoming full members of the church. The growth of the sect is a dir
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1947 play about a family in turmoil because of the father's dishonesty and compromise. Joe Keller was a war profiteer and his partner went to jail for selling defective parts to the Army while Joe was absolved. Joe's older son was killed in the war, yet Kate Keller,
A series presenting three documentaries on the lives of the two-thousand residents of the tiny rural Chinese village of Long Bow. The first, "Small Happiness," focuses on the stories of two women--mother-in-law Puopuo and sister-in-law Ling Qiao--to show the advances women have mjade within the cou
A documentary exploring the pain and isolation experienced by incest victims. The program also focuses on the perpetrators of incest, and offers views by various psychologists as to the motivation for such crimes. Also included is a look at communities and schools that are teaching children how to
A small Australian town becomes the center of national attention when a poor but happy family fight to keep one of three foster children, a six-year-old physically challenged boy named Hector, after a welfare counselor deems the family's home unsuitable. The family hides Hector, claiming he was tak
The first episode in the three-part series, "Tales From the Hollywood Hills." The stories are all set in Hollywood's golden era of the '30s. John O'Hara's "Natica Jackson" deals with an actress who is tired of being alone and enters into an affair with a married man.
A documentary which showcases a group of young musicians and dancers whose performances of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming have captivated a worldwide audience. The program profiles the group called Kodo (the Japanese word for "heartbeat"), exploring their commitment to a unique aest
A special, airing as part of Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS), which examines the problems of illiteracy in the workplace. The documentary focuses on small and large businesses in several locations around the country and shows how promoting better basic skills increases productivity as well as enhances
A performance of a South African drama that probes the roots of injustice under apartheid. "Asinamali," which in Zulu means "we have no money," concerns five prison inmates who recount the crimes for which they were arrested. Their stories, darkly hilarious, expand into a nightmare version of life
A performance of Verdi's opera, taped on October 15, 1987, at Houston's Wortham Theater Center, the new home of the Houston Grand Opera.
A documentary that examines today's ranchers and the economic realities of operating a ranch in the 1980's.
A documentary which looks at systematic discrimination against women, and how it effects the lives of women today. The program focuses on the personal and psychological issues surrounding women's education, work, and families. The source of sex discrimination in attitudes toward women and the attitu
The film presents a world-wide perspective on the physical and psychological dangers of noise -- in the workplace, during recreation, and at home. Emphasis is placed on ways to protect the ear from hearing loss, with special attention given to the importance of safeguarding children from noise.
International competition and the need to cut production costs are forcing American-based businesses to shut down and search the globe for low-wage labor. The film looks at the internationalization of work and its meaning for Americans and third world countries.
A documentary profiling three contemporary Native American artists whose works are representative of the self-expression and stylistic variation in Native American Art. The first program, "Jaune Quick-To-See Smith," examines the work of that Shosone French Cree painter. The second program, "Dan Na
A dramatized portrait of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned African National Congress leader, and his wife Winnie Mandela, who struggles against the government of South African for her political activism on behalf of the victims of apartheid. The film chronicles the past 30 years of the anti-apartheid m
A documentary that confronts the problem of adult illiteracy in the United States, and how certain communities are dealing with the situation.
The pilot program for a proposed eight-part series titled "Governing America: The Executive Power" that examines the workings and personalities of the executive branch of the government. The pilot program examines the Justice Department and the Attorney General, Edwin Meese.
A series of four programs on the lives and careers of America's energetic black female performers in music, theater, and the movies. The programs are titled: "The Beginnings," "The Depression Years," "The War Years Through the Fifties," and "The Reckless Sixties to the Present."
A program examining the failure of government, despite its "good intentions," to curb dependency on welfare, unemployment, and crime among blacks. Experts in the fields of government, community services, civil rights, economics, education and race relations debate the issues.
This documentary focuses on the Hispanic community in America, with an emphasis on the contribution they have made to American society. The program combines field reports with live studio discussions to explore issues and concerns of Hispanics. The first segment profiles hispanic political power by
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining America's foremost family of artists -- the Wyeths. The documentary focuses on the talent of N.C. Wyeth as an artist and as a father. Interviews with Wyeth's five children are included.
A documentary compiled from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Darnton's interviews and observations, exploring Spain's journey from dictatorship to democracy in the last ten years.
A one-hour documentary film that recalls the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima.
Composer Virgil Thompson is profiled in this documentary. The program looks at the American composer who turned 90 on November 25, 1986. Thompson speaks for himself, looking back over his long and prolific career. Also included are interviews with friends and colleagues, and excerpts from some of hi
Twenty-five master blues performers gather at Atlanta's Moonshadow Saloon to perform music that spans the blues spectrum, with sounds from Mississippi cotton plantations to the smokey nightspots of southside Chicago.
A documentary profiling Tony Price, a New York artist who has used scraps of metal, glass, and plastic found in the salvage yard at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to create sculptures that confront the horrors of the nuclear age.
A Salt Lake City newspaper columnist looks inside the world of professional wrestling to find out where the sport ends and fantasy begins. His fascination with the sport began in the 1950s when he watched Gorgeous George, the "Human Orchid," decimate his opponents on late-night television.
A documentary examining a pastoral letter entitled "Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy," written by the Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S., which questions America's fundamental economic ideas. The letter recommends a major government commitment to full employment and encourages more part
Tina Howe's off-Broadway play about a talented artist who returns to her New England roots after an absence of many years in order to paint a portrait of her aging, eccentric parents. The bittersweet drama is a dramatic portrait of the inner-workings of a loving and talented family.
The film tells the dramatic story of Dr. Charlie Clements' journey from pilot in Vietnam to doctor behind rebel lines in El Salvador.
A film examining the long-standing dispute between the Navajo and Hopi Indians over their common land, the congressional settlement which will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated one-half billion dollars, and the effects of the settlement on the culture of each Indian tribe.
A four-part series presenting outstanding television documentaries from around the world. "Burning Patience" tells of a postman's friendship with the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and recounts the history of Allende's Chile and Neruda's life and work. The film was produced for West German tele
A documentary examination of what has happened to Hungary socially, politically and economically since the 30th anniversary of the unsuccessful uprising of October 23, 1956. Dezso Biczo, a Hungarian dissident who is seen returning to Hungary for the first time since he fled to America 30 years ago,
A documentary examining the limited American news coverage of Africa. Through a series of profiles, the program shows the problems and rewards that come with uncovering stories related to Africa. Included are interviews with editorial decision-makers and African heads of state.
An examination of the policies, practices and pressures that shape television news coverage of current events by focusing on the news coverage of the racial conflict in Miami in 1980.
A documentary using dance, animation, computer graphics, and location photography to explore the cultures of the native Americans who discovered and civilized South America. The program starts with the peopling of the Americas 65,000 years ago, to the grand civilizations that later arose, to the com
A documentary about the Potomac River, the waterway of our nation's capital. In a 382-mile journey from its source to the ocean, the film shows its past and present history, from simple agrarian life to the most complex modern society.
An examination of terrorism from the perspective of former Brazilian terrorist Fernando Gabeira.
A film describing the transformation of the nation's capital from a sleepy Southern city into a bustling metropolis when the United States entered World War II, and Washington, D.C., became the nerve center of the war effort. The program includes archival films, photos, and wartime memorabilia, as
A documentary examining the politics of the leading opponent to South Africa's apartheid, the outlawed African National Congress (ANC).
Documentary recording the deliberations of a Wisconsin trial jury.
The drama, adapted from a short story by Kate Chopin, is set in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, and tells the story of a frail child-bride, married to a man who refuses to let her out of the house "for her own good." Circumstances lead her to believe that she can break free from her "prison," but
The documentary looks at the cycle of events leading to landmark consumer laws which usually followed the pattern of disaster, research, groundswell of public protest, regulatory bill, compromise, second disaster, and final law.
A number of unfortunate accidents occur at a circus, culminating in the fall of lovely young wire walker. The juggler, who loved the wire walker from afar, is blamed for the circus's misfortunes and is murdered by the ringmaster. However, the troupe is not rid of its jinx. In the dramatic finale,
The story of a special friendship between two 11-year-olds in a rural farming community: a sensitive and quiet farmboy who builds a private world with an imaginative, independent tomboy.
In occupied France during World War II, a nun and her young charges risk their lives to harbor a group of Jewish children escaping the Nazis. Based on a true story.
This documentary examines the historical and scientific significance of comets, including the most famous one of all--Halley's Comet which is predicted to reappear in 1986.
Originating live from the Juilliard Theater and the Juilliard Drama Theater, the telecast celebrates the conservatory's eightieth anniversary. The program includes drama, dance, and musical excerpts.
The drama, adapted from a story by Katherine Anne Porter, tells of a Swedish immigrant who arrives on a small Texas farm at the turn of the century for work, is hired, and subsequently, and inadvertantly, causes the downfall of his employer when a suspicious visitor comes to call.
Documentary featuring never-before-broadcast footage taken by Allied troops as they entered Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II.
A special compilation of highlights from Public Television's most revealing documentaries and dramas which illuminate women's lives and special concerns. Featured are scenes from "Nova," "Frontline," and "Masterpiece Theatre."
An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story about a ghost, walled up in a dungeon and left to die centuries ago for cowardice, who must prove his courage before being released from his haunting duties.
A young black girl is greatly moved by the coming of the civil rights movement to her sleepy Mississippi town.
A three-part drama set in 17th-century Massachusetts at the time of the Salem witch trials. Sarah Cloyce, a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft, bravely faces her accusers to emerge triumphantly.
A teenager has big dreams of striking it rich and bringing his separated family back together. His problems begin when his dream comes true.
Jake, a successful journalist, has difficulties living up to the expectations of his family. He struggles to re-define his life as he attempts to cope unsuccessfully with his troubled wife, his demanding child, his parents, and his sister at a family reunion.
In 1915, eager, hopeful, and frightened Chinese immigrants await permission to cross San Francisco Bay and enter the United States. While in the detention center on Angel Island, the main characters confront the indignity of being treated as aliens as they try to realize their dreams for a better li
In 1968 Jane Elliott, an Iowa elementary school teacher, performed a classroom experiment in which children with blue eyes were considered superior to children with brown eyes. This documentary explores what the children learned about discrimination and how it continues to affect them.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a perfect instant child "born" in a factory at age 8. Due to a mistake in the factory's computer, Konrad is delivered to Bertie Bartolotti, a woman whose life and appearance are in a constant state of disarray. Konrad arrives looking like a gremlin, but wh
A boy brings home a 266-pound live chicken for his family's Thanksgiving dinner.
A one-hour adaptation of a short story by Isaac Bashvis Singer which tells the story of a successful European-born writer, a refugee in the United States, and a young woman who is a survivor of the Holocaust. The action takes place in a 1960s New York City cafeteria which is a haven for isolated and
An adaptation of O'Neill's play about a down-and-out gambler whose very survival depends on his talent for telling tales and on the necessity of having someone there to listen -- in this case, the bored and lonely front desk clerk at the flea-bitten hotel where Erie resides.
Set at the turn of the century, a young girl and her family are the only blacks living in a small midwestern community, where they face hatred and prejudice.
Two women -- one a mountain hermit; the other, a sullen suburban girl -- find, to their mutual surprise, that they need each other.
Two-part documentary examining the psychology of Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the "Hillside Strangler," who raped and killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles and then pleaded innocent on the grounds of a split personality.
Two young urban professionals, each with their own individual, idiosyncratic, eccentric neuroses, make the fatal mistake one day of meeting by chance at an automatic bank teller machine and making a date for the movies. From there on in, it's anyone's guess whether egos and emotions will survive the
An adaptation of D. L. Coburn's play about two residents of a nursing home whos gin rummy games bring out the best and the worst in both of them.
An updated adaptation of Leoncavallo's 1892 opera, set in Depression-era southern Italy, about love, betrayal and jealousy among a touring group of clowns. The plot is based on a true story which came to light during a trial over which Leoncavallo's father, a judge, presided: an actor, overcome wit
A two-part documentary retrospective on the life and career of choreographer George Balanchine. Using materials assembled from numerous sources, including archival and private collections, the programs follow the development of Balanchine's art from his youthful years at the Maryinsky Theater in pre
Based on his own writings, the drama follows the life of Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped into slavery in the mid-19th century and spent twelve years as a slave on Louisiana plantations.
An adaptation for television of Sam Shepard's play about the antagonistic relationship of two brothers, Lee, a slovenly drifter and cat burglar, and Austin, an up-and-coming screenwriter. Set in rural California, the action begins when Lee turns up unexpectedly at his mother's house, now being tende
A dramatization of the last years in the life of the American artist, Mark Rothko, his tragic suicide, and the ensuing art scandal involving the illegal sale of his works, which resulted in a nationally publicized trial and damages of $9.2 million.
A black G.I. marries a white English girl and brings her to the United States in the 1950s. As an interracial couple they face the racial tensions of the American South. Their daughter later travels to England at the time of the Brixton race riots.
A story of an old man whose imminent death finds his four sons bickering over the inheritance that crystallizes the marked differences between them.
The story of the ups and downs of the Antrobus family, a group based on the biblical first family of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel. Their adventures are meant to represent those of the family of humanity throughout its long, sordid history.
The story of the uphill struggle of a small southern town to unionize its textile mill. It focuses on the efforts of a black mill worker and a white union organizer who meet opposition not only from plant management but also from their families. The drama explores the important role of women in the
An hour of first-person poetry performed by Richard Kiley as he assumes the personas of several legendary characters immortalized in well-known poems.
A three-part documentary that explores the history of blacks in the American armed forces. Part One, "Unknown Soldiers," examines the earliest black involvement in the military, from the Civil War to World War I; Part Two, "The Troops," continues that history from World War II to the war in Vietnam;
Adapted from Arthur Kopit's play, the drama is a stream-of-consciousness account of the experiences of Emily Stilson, a former daredevil aviatrix, who has suffered a stroke. The woman shares her confusion and frustrations with viewers, as she struggles to make sense of the world and to recover her p
Sitting in a bathrobe in the office of his U.S. army psychiatrist, a young black Vietnam vet, recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, confronts the demons that haunt him from his war days. Inspired by the case of an actual veteran, the drama examines the social and individual cost of the
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book about the average working man and woman which takes the viewpoint that he or she is anything but average.
A boy's mysterious disappearance from the suburb of Shady Hill sets the pace for this contempory comedy of errors about the incongruities of daily life in small-town America. The teleplay, complete with parody commericals, pokes fun at television reporting and the complacent lifestyles of this typic
A dramatization of the life of Juan Seguin, a heroic Mexican-Texan who became entangled in the struggle between two contrasting cultures in the turbulent decade between the Texas Revolution (1836) and the Mexican-American War (1846-1847).
A young soldier, bound for the front in World War II, makes a last visit home to attend to his mother's funeral -- and finds that his charming, traveling salesman father has had a second family for many years.
Considered by many to be Martha Graham's greatest dance work, the ballet tells the story of Queen Clytemnestra, who murdered her husband, King Agamemnon, after he returned to Greece from the Trojan War in vengeance for his murder of their daughter Iphigenia as a sacrifice to the god Apollo prior to
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Menotti's drama about first-generation immigrants in the Little Italy district of New York City.
"Esplanade" and "Runes" -- two works by noted modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor -- are performed by members of his company.
A live telecast of a production of the well-known ballet, "Coppelia," performed by the New York City Ballet.
The Phoenix Theater production of Wendy Wasserstein's play about a reunion of five graduates of an exclusive New England college for women.
The San Francisco Ballet performs the full-length version of "Romeo and Juliet," with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Michael Smuin.
The first of a two-part special honoring the celebrated choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine. Includes performances of ballets such as Ravel's "Tzigane," Hindemith's "The Four Temperaments," and one inspired by Mozart's "Divertimento No. 15."
The Dance Theatre of Harlem performs five ballets from its repertoire: "Forces of Rhythm," "Bugaku," "Dougla," "Holberg Suite," and "The Beloved." The company is also seen in rehearsal.
A live telecast of Adolphe Adam's ballet "Giselle," performed by the American Ballet Theatre.
Excerpts from nine works are performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, including: "Minutiae," "Solo," "Westbeth," "Septet," "Antic Meet," "Scramble," "Rainforest," "Sounddance," and "Video Triangle."
The Phoenix Repertory Company production of William Gillette's drama about spies and counterspies in the Civil War.
The course of modern dance is traced from the early years of this century through the 1930s. Dances performed are: "Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan," "Polonaise," "Soaring," "Mother," "Scriabin Etudes," and "Japanese Spear Dance."
The Chelsea Theater Center production of Heinrich Von Kleist's drama.
An adaptation for television of Samuel Beckett's play, performed by the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre. Two tramps try to amuse themselves while waiting for an appointment with an illusive gentleman named Godot.
A modern adaptation of five fourteenth-century Easter mystery plays from Chester, England.
The Negro Ensemble Company performs Leslie Lee's drama about a middle-class black family.
A production of eight mystery plays of the fourteenth century performed in Chester, England.
The American Ballet Theatre performs two ballets: Meyerbeer's "Les Patineurs" and Aaron Copland's "Billy the Kid."
Excerpts from the following ballets are performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet: "Madrigalesco," "Grosse Fugue," "Adagio Hammerklavier," "Concerto Barocco," and "Concerto Grosso."
The Asolo State Theater of Sarasota, Florida, performs Sidney Kingsley's play about the dispute between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton in the early days of the republic.
A live broadcast of a performance of Rossini's comic opera, from a production by the New York City Opera Company.
An American opera featuring characters based on real people who lived through the fabled silver mining days in 19th century Colorado. Baby Doe is a beautiful young woman who wins the love of Horace Tabor, 30 years her senior and the richest man in Colorado. He spurns the love of his first wife, Augu
A performance of Gardner McKay's two-character play, from the production of the Manhattan Theatre Club.
A complete performance of renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp's ballet, "Sue's Leg."
A taping of a performance of Eugene O'Neill's play, from a production at the McCarter Theatre of Princeton University.
A recital featuring renowned pianist Andre Watts, telecast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
A production of Shakespeare's comedy by the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco.
The Joffrey Ballet performs excerpts from the following ballets: "Remembrances," "Olympics," "Parade," "The Green Table," and "Trinity."
The Circle Repertory Company in New York performs Lanford Wilson's play.
A performance of Edward Albee's play by the Hartford Stage Company.
A performance of six works by Martha Graham: "Frontier," "Lamentation," "Appalachian Spring," "Diversion of Angels," "Adorations," and "Cave of the Heart." All dances are performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company.
A performance of the play by Tennessee Williams, from a production by the Old Globe Theatre of San Diego.
An adaptation for television of a production by the Long Wharf Theatre of Eugene O'Neill's comedy about a young man coming of age in small town America at the turn of the century.
A taped performance of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Chekhov's comedy about a tormented young intellectual.
The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis performs Sheridan's comedy about two brothers, one compulsively phony, the other brutally unaffected and honest.
An edifying talk given by philosopher Alan Watts.
A performance of Frank Chin's play, from the American Place Theatre's production.
A television adaptation of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage production of the play by Elie Wiesel.
A performance by the Long Wharf Theatre in their production of Peter Nichols's comedy.
A performance of Robert Penn Warren's play, from the production by the Trinity Square Repertory Company.
An adaptation for television of Eugene O'Neill's play, the first of a planned cycle of plays telling the story of an Irish family in America. Set in New England in the early nineteenth century, the story relates the conflicts between an immigrant and his American-born son.
Documentary special about The Beach Boys. Features interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and archival interviews with the late Carl and Dennis Wilson.
An adaptation for television of Edmond Rostand's romantic play about the great French poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac, who loves the beautiful Roxanne in vain and courts her vicariously through the handsome but ineloquent Christian.
A television adaptation of Marsha Sheiness' comedy, performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse.
Documentary, autobiographical in nature, that consists of a series of animated stories about nine dogs that the artist Paul Fierlinger has owned throughout his 64 years. The program not only reflects on the role of the dog as man's best friend, but also on the nature of love, political opression, ar
Based on the book by architect/illustrator David Macaulay, this special uses live-action and animation to tell the story of the planning, construction, and cultural significance of the Great Pyramid at Giza, built around 2500 B.C.
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