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America in Primetime

Since its inception, television has served as a lens on American society, and in the expansive world of modern TV, today's heroes and villains have come a long way from their predecessors. America in Primetime showcases this iconic American art form, which has both reflected and shaped our national character.


My Wild Affair

Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.


Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
PBS,

2015

| Documentary

The show matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting history documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.


The Italian Americans

The show reveals the unique and distinctive qualities of one immigrant group.


Cool Spaces!

Cool Spaces! is a TV series that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design. The stakes are high when a client asks for a signature architectural design. All sorts of challenges stand in the way, from budget issues to site constraints to construction logistics. It's the great buildings, interiors, and landscapes that not only meet these challenges but exceed expectations. Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture is a TV series developed for public television that profiles these projects and takes the viewer on an up-close and informative tour - not just of the building, but of the design process itself, from idea to reality. Cool Spaces! features some of the 21st century's most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme - such as Performance Spaces or Art Spaces - and profiles three buildings. Season 1 will consist of eight episodes in 2013: four aired in the spring and four in the autumn. In each project segment, viewers will learn why something was designed, see how it was designed, and discover just what makes it so cool. Guided by architect and teacher Stephen Chung, we'll set off to explore these exciting designs and decide for ourselves if something really is a "Cool Space"!


Sid the Science Kid
PBS,

2008

| Children, Animation
Rating: 5/5

Meet Sid, an inquisitive preschooler who uses scientific principles to help satisfy his curiosity about the world around him. Produced by the Jim Henson Company, this series takes the classic puppetry style of the Muppets and uses motion-capture technology to create virtual puppet characters.


Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Bill Moyers interviews legendary scholar and teacher Joseph Campbell about the origins and meanings of mythology. Using history, art, Jungian psychology, and even modern cinema, Campbell demonstrates the origins of mythic images in the deepest parts of our psyche and the power of myth in our daily lives. Most of these conversations were filmed at George Lucas' 'Skywalker Ranch.' Lucas volunteered the use of the buildings to thank Professor Campbell for the role his work played in shaping Lucas' Star Wars films.


The West
PBS,

1996

| Documentary

This documentary covers the history of the American West from the Native American tribes to their encounter with Europeans and how the Europeans conquered them and settled the land. In telling this story, the film takes into the account to both the viewpoints of Indians and other minorities to balance the white populations history.


Craft in America

We have a deep sense of longing for the handmade. Perhaps because each of us, in our own way, has had a craft experience. Sometimes it's an object passed down to us, or one that crosses our path, and connects us to others in traditions, heritage, and rituals. Craft is all around us. You'll find it wherever you look - hiding in plain sight. Craft in America offers you a place to explore these connections and to inspire your own creativity. Join us on this voyage of discovery. Craft in America explores the vitality, history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on our nation's rich cultural heritage. Capturing the beauty, creativity and originality of craftsmanship, the film highlights artists and explores the inter-relationship of what they do, how they do it and why they have chosen a life of creating art.


The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements
PBS,

2015

| Documentary
Rating: 4/5

"The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements" is an exciting PBS series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what the world is made of-to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. Three hour-long episodes introduce viewers to some of history's most extraordinary scientists: Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen-and radical interpretation of it-led to the modern science of chemistry; Humphry Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, whose Periodic Table brought order to the growing gaggle of elements; Marie Curie, whose groundbreaking research on radioactivity cracked open a window into the atom; Harry Moseley, whose discovery of atomic number redefined the Periodic Table; and Glenn Seaborg, whose discovery of plutonium opened up a whole new realm of elements, still being explored today.