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Okavango: River of Dreams

The Okavango in Southern Africa is a special river born in the highlands of Angola. Unlike most rivers that flow toward the shores of a nearby ocean, it instead runs inland through Botswana. After more than 1,000 miles, the waters of the Okavango create a huge river delta before finally disappearing into the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta is a true natural wonder - an unlikely oasis and lush paradise in the middle of a hostile desert that supports and feeds an incredible abundance of wildlife. Here an all-star cast of charismatic African wildlife lives and dies in the timeless drama of survival. This three-part, blue-chip series, filmed by award-winning Dereck and Beverly Joubert (Nature: Soul of the Elephant), presents a unique ecosystem at its finest and most beautiful. Narrated by F. Murray Abraham.


Natural Born Hustlers
PBS,

2016

| Documentary

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. To illustrate the point, we see a shady squirrel, double-crossing cuttlefish, a conniving orchid mantis and a deceitful bird called a drongo use mimicry, disguise, and trickery to get what they want. Throughout the episodes, scientists studying animal con artists pull back the curtain on their deceptions, using their latest research to demonstrate how each of them hustles their mark. This three-part series reveals the modus operandi of some of nature's greatest animal con artists as they outwit predators, line up their next meal, and get the girl.


A Taste of History
PBS,

2017

| Cooking/Food
Rating: 5/5

A Taste of History® is a TV cooking series that explores America's culinary beginnings from the birthplace of American cuisine. This innovative series brings America's history to life and makes it vibrant as we step back in time and get to know the founders of our country through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared.


The Unknown War
PBS,

1979

| Documentary

Sprawling, 20-part documentary history in film of the World War II conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Companion book, The Unknown War, written by NYT reporter Harrison Salisbury. Each episode is about 52 minutes, similar in format to The World at War. The footage was edited from over 3.5 million feet of film taken by Soviet camera crews from the first day of the war, 22 June 1941, to the soviet entry in Berlin in May 1945. Most of these films have never been seen outside this documentary series. Narrated by Burt Lancaster.


Manor House
PBS,

2003

| Reality

Manor House also known as 'The Edwardian Country House' was an acclaimed British mini-series in the reality tv genre, produced by Channel 4. It was first aired in the UK in April 2002 and was later broadcast in the U.S. on various PBS stations in 2003 as Manor House, where extra footage was added. In the series the Olliff-Cooper family are given the identities of turn-of-the-century aristocrats and housed in Manderston, an opulent Scottish country house, where they live for three months in the Edwardian style. Mr. and Dr. Olliff-Cooper become Sir John Olliff-Cooper, Bt, and Lady Olliff-Cooper. Interest and conflict is provided by the 14 servants, portrayed by individuals from several walks of life. Chief among these was Hugh Edgar, an architect from Surrey, who was cast in the role of the butler. Participants received instruction and a set of rules by which they were expected to abide for the duration of the experiment. Most of the 'upstairs' participants enjoy their time in the house, which is meant to represent the years 1905-1914. Those 'below stairs' have a different experience; for those in the lowest ranks, particularly the successive scullery maids, life appears to be intolerable.


Frontier House
PBS,

2007

| History, Reality

The Year: 1883. The Place: The Montana Territory. The Challenge: Blizzards, hunger, scorching sun, forest fires, the neighbors, and more ... Three modern families experienced life on the American Frontier. If you think you know everything that happened ... You don't.


Danger Rangers

This half hour animated series uses action-adventure, comedy and music to entertain, educate and empower children to Think Safe, Play Safe & Be Safe! This seven member action adventure team of animal characters teach kids the importance of safety through an action adventure episode. Each episode introduces an "arch nemesis" that never wants to play by the rules...enter the Danger Rangers to the rescue.


Ireland's Wild Coast

Ireland's Wild Coast is a journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special. This series features Ireland's west coast and wildlife wonders.


Raggs
PBS | Children
Rating: 3/5

"Raggs" is a half hour live action television series about five colorful, costumed dogs who make great rock 'n roll music as a band and share life together in their own clubhouse. Each episode is focused on life lessons as Raggs and his friends discover the joy of learning something new or preparing for a new activity in a world understood by the 3-6 year old preschooler. Each show's theme is supported by multiple segments including the live action story; music videos; animations; interviews with the band's pet cat, Dumpster; and live concerts.


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