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    The New Yankee Workshop

    The New Yankee Workshop

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    America's favorite craftsman, Norm Abram, continues to re-create timeless classics while taking on new challenges. Join Norm in TNYW for his trademark, step-by-step approach that will inspire woodworkers-from casual to expert-to roll up their sleeves, put on their safety goggles, and get building.moreless
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    PBS American Masters

    PBS American Masters

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    Produced (or acquired) by Thirteen/WNET New York for the Public Broadcasting Service, episodes of American Masters are dedicated to documenting and honoring America's most notable creative artists and the inspiration behind their work. Each year a series of special broadcasts profiles a cross-section of the nation's finest artistic pioneers from the past and present.moreless
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    Great Performances

    Great Performances

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    Great Performances is the longest running performing arts anthology on television. It is part of of the PBS tradition of bringing the arts to viewers free of charge. The show began as Theater in America in 1972. The next year, several arts productions, including Dance in America, were brought together under the Great Performances umbrella. Great Performances at the Met would join the family in 1977. Over the years the productions have moved more toward music than plays. Check your local listings for air times.moreless
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    Independent Lens

    Independent Lens

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    Celebrate independent films with this Emmy award-winning PBS series. Each week spotlights new documentaries, dramas, shorts and other cinematic artistry by different filmmaking visionaries.
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    Ask This Old House

    Ask This Old House

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    Kevin O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and Roger Cook take on some pretty big projects on This Old House, which means they can only work on one or two projects a year. Homeowners have many home-improvement questions for them on smaller projects. Hosted by Kevin O'Connor, Ask This Old House addresses these problems and answers viewers' questions from a renovated New England barn loft. And they make house calls.moreless
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    Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century

    Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century

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    This one-hour program works to expose different artists in America today. Each show compares the artists presented and allows the audience to analyze them.
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    Ken Burns: Jazz

    Ken Burns: Jazz

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    Ken Burns: Jazz is an acclaimed 2001 television documentary miniseries produced for the venerated PBS network. A sumptuously rich bite of jazz American pie. Ken Burns succeeds in documenting this impossibly large subject. Clocking in at just less than 20 hours, the series is an exhaustive and complete overview of Jazz in the 20th Century. Never dull, this set is a sophisticated and engaging exploration of the evolution of Jazz from its roots to the present. This documentary is a social history of the musicians who created one of America's greatest contributions to art and it covers the years 1900 to around 1960. The emphasis here is on the mainstream artists of the trade. Burns unravels his story in a chronological and quite accessible way that is not over the head of the neophyte nor beneath the interest of the educated jazz connoisseur. Some artists are omitted, and the last 40 years is compressed into one single episode.moreless
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    Latin Music USA

    Latin Music USA

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    This show takes a look at how Latin music has influenced so many of the popular genres of music in America today including: jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues.
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    Legends of Jazz

    Legends of Jazz

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    Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis is a 12 week, USA-wide PBS show, produced by the Chicago-based independent music entertainment company, LRSmedia. It began on PBS stations in April 2006. The series is the first weekly network television jazz show in 40 years.moreless
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    Keeping Score

    Keeping Score

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    Keeping Score is a musical documentary TV series developed by PBS in conjunction with the San Francisco Symphony that follows host Michael Tilson Thomas as he explores the greats of classical music composers and the inspirations for some of their better-known masterpieces. When Romantic French composer Hector Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique, it had been inspired by more than just a desire to create a beautiful new work of music but instead was fierce and dedicated love letter to a beautiful actress. Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) throws out the question and hunts down his answer of how Aaron Copland, a Brooklyn Jew, managed to blend the unique sounds of jazz, folk, and hymns to create a sound that to this day is known as being the sound of the 20th Century America. With the original score and its markings, MTT tries to recreate the same journey of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky as the Russian composer rehearsed, fine-tuned, and premiered his Fourth Symphony just as the San Francisco Symphony mirrors the preparation. Keeping Score is a combination of the inspiring history and the modern interpretations of composers and their masterful pieces of music.moreless
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    Sound Tracks

    Sound Tracks

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    Sound Tracks is a documentary TV series developed by PBS that follows Marco Werman, a well-known public radio host of The World, as he works with a team of international reporters, Alexis Bloom, Arun Rath, and Mirissa Neff, in a journey to discover the intricacies, delights, and stories of music. From the bayous of Louisiana to desert music festivals in Mali, these four journalists hope to bring the pleasure of the world and its music with interviews of Rock and Roll greats, Bollywood singers, and musical prodigies. They ask questions into the significance and meanings of lyrics, the historical and cultural affect the music has, and even how it can embody the soul of a nation. Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders is a musical odyssey highlighting the international and domestic thrills of music with the stories that go along with it.moreless
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    Zoom

    Zoom

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    Welcome to the ZOOM guide at TV.com.

    Originally shown in the 70s the Emmy award winning show is back!

    ZOOM is a show targeted at ages 6-11 but many people older than that watch it too! The show makes ZOOM-dos, CafeZooms, Znacks, ZOOMsci's, and more that you can do at home! They are time friendly and kid friendly! Many people watch the show because it is made by kids and for kids. Being shown on PBS Kids (Public Broadcasting Service), the show is nonviolent and is played without commercial interruption.

    Each season of ZOOM consisted of seven average kids (3 boys, 4 girls)called ZOOMers. The ideas for activities for the show were sent in by the viewers either by e-mail or snail-mail (Z-O-O-M box 350, Boston Mass.) At the beginning of each season, some of the old cast members would leave and be replaced with new kids, only two cast members stayed more than two seasons (Caroline, seasons 2-5, and Shing Ying, seasons 5-7).

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    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

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    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is a documentary series on PBS that tells the dramatic story of the Italian Medici family and their influence on the Renaissance and Western history. The Medici family was an important group of donors, philanthropists and benefactors that helped financed some of the most important works that propelled the European Renaissance. They helped fund the works of some of the greatest thinkers, artists and engineers in history. The documentary visits Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the European Renaissance and home of the Medici family.The series is shot beautifully on 16mm film and goes on location to the various courts, cathedrals and palaces where history was made. The narrative presented in the series weaves greed, desire, pride and murder as the driving force behind such works as the great dome of Florence, the "Birth of Venus," Michelangelo's "David," Martin Luther's Reformation and Galileo's attack on the Church and the universe.moreless