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    Frontline

    Frontline

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    Since it began in 1983, ‘Frontline' has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.moreless
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    Nature

    Nature

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    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    The Naked Brothers Band

    The Naked Brothers Band

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2009)
    Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff set out to prove that rock and roll isn't just for adults in this rock-mockumentary parody, with songs composed by the Wolff brothers themselves. As for being based on real life, the series is created by the siblings mom, Polly Draper ("thirtysomething" actress), who also serves as chief writer, executive producer, and director. Draper's husband and Nat and Alex's dad, jazz pianist Michael Wolff (former music director of "The Arsenio Hall Show") stars as the accordion playing dad on the show, who also serves as music supervisor/producer. The path to super stardom is a long, difficult one. The cameras follows Nat and Alex through their concerts, their rehearsals, and their private lives, as they deal with the growing pains related to love, friendship, and fame. Do the boys have what it takes to make it in the music business? By the music business we mean The Naked Brothers Band consisting of Nat and Alex Wolff, Allie DiMeco (as Rosalina), Cooper Pillot as the band's manager, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, and Qaasim Middleton.moreless
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    NOVA scienceNOW

    NOVA scienceNOW

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    "NOVA scienceNOW" is a magazine-style offshoot of the popular NOVA series. Airing five times a year, NOVA scienceNOW covers the latest news in the most controversial and headline-making fields of science such as the origins of life, artificial life, hurricane tracking, hydrogen fuel cells, and stem cell research.moreless
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    The FBI Files

    The FBI Files

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2006)
    Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI’s mission has changed to meet the various threats. The show is hosted by James Kallstrom, the former director in charge of the FBI's New York office. Along with The New Detectives, the FBI File is one of Discovery Channel's highest rated series. The FBI Files is also available on international televisions. Globally, key outlets include RTL 2 in Germany, Channel 5 in the UK, TVDanmark, and the Discovery Channel in the UK, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Selected regional showtime: Discovery Channel (U.S.): weekdays at 3PM EST / PST Discovery Asia: Friday at 11PM Discovery Australia: Wednesday at 7:30PM AESTmoreless
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    Catfish

    Catfish

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    MTV - Music Television
    Based on the popular documentary of the same name that was released in 2010, this reality show on MTV focuses on social network users who want to know more about their online relationships.moreless
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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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    Showtime (ended 2010)
    In society, there are many products and ideas that we buy in to. Some of these products, services or ideas are just plain bullsh**. Well-known magicians, Penn and Teller, are here to knock some sense into people in a humorous and informal way and to explain why some things in life are just plain bullsh**.moreless
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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    Popular Mechanics for Kids

    Popular Mechanics for Kids

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    (ended 2001)
    Jay, Elisha, Tyler, and Vanessa are the hosts of this amazing television series that explains to children, about how technology in the world works and gives large amounts of information to learn from. Along the way, Charlie shows you how to build and perform different, exciting things. For the fourth season different themes are used for each episode but the content used are from previous episodes of seasons one, two, and three. Popular Mechanics for Kids were nominated for several times in the Gemini Awards

    1998 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1998 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Series

    1999 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1999 - Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Seriesmoreless
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    Forensic Firsts

    Forensic Firsts

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    Smithsonian Channel
    Forensic Firsts gives viewers an inside look at how detectives strive to solve history's dramatic murder cases using innovative forensic science. More criminals are being convicted that ever before. See how forensic tools are changing crime solving.moreless
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    This Emotional Life

    This Emotional Life

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    This Emotional Life is a documentary TV series developed by PBS that explores how we as people interact with our social and emotional natures, from improving relationships to dealing with internal wars of depression and anxiety. Harvard Psychologist Professor Daniel Gilbert, a best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, interviews and discusses with experts, his fellow psychologists and scientific researchers, on what the latest science has to hold on what makes us tick and what we can do to combat any and all of the emotional issues a number of us face every day. This Emotional Life looks specifically at what exactly these issues are, from what is stress to anger and addiction, to what effect they have on the physical body with unique stories from the perspectives of people experiencing them, such as Chevy Chase on how he fell in love with his wife and Richard Gere’s personal philosophy on meditation.moreless
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    Circus

    Circus

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    Ever wonder what it would be like to join the circus? PBS invites viewers to take a look behind the scenes, of the big top to the back lot. "Circus" tells the story of what it takes to make it as a performer in the Big Apple Circus.moreless
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    Empires

    Empires

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    PBS (ended 2002)
    This PBS series spotlights a number of historical films that illuminate people and passions that had profound effects on the world.
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    Women Behind Bars

    Women Behind Bars

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    WE - Women's Entertainment
    We TV profiles the lives of women who have been convicted of murder in this moving series. Heard the stories of how and why they committed their crimes, and what it's like to be incarcerated.moreless
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    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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    PBS (ended 2009)
    Ken Burns and his documentary team spent almost ten years producing this series of programs that detail the history of the United States' National Park System. Though filled with scenes of the majestic beauty of the lands, the broadcasts are also about the people who created the parks - men and women who identified the value of National Parks and who continue to refine their mission and operations to meet the changing needs of new generations of Americans.moreless
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    The Story of India

    The Story of India

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    BBC (Mini-Series 2007)
    The history of India begins almost 500,000 years ago when man first appeared on the subcontinent. The Stone Age man shared their habitat with many animals and took shelter in caves. They lived the lives of hunter-gatherers for thousands of years.moreless
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    This American Life

    This American Life

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    Showtime (ended 2008)
    The widely popular, award-winning Chicago Public Radio show of the same name debuted on the small screen on March 22, 2007 on Showtime. Drawing on compelling stories from everyday folks culled from six months on the road, host Ira Glass and company create a specific brand of radio and television entertainment that is uniquely American.moreless
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    History Detectives

    History Detectives

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    This series explores the true stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales at the request of citizens all over America, with the help of an inquisitive team of fact-finders with an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth.moreless
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    America Revealed

    America Revealed

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    Yul Kwon is set to host this new series that will debut in Fall 2011.
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