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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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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    The Joy of Painting

    The Joy of Painting

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    The Joy of Painting was a television show dedicated to the art of the late Bob Ross, during this half an hour television show, Bob would do his best to teach everyone, from the most talented painter, to casual art type, his special techniques. Bob was famous for his landscapes and "Happy little trees" that would be our little secret.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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    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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    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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    Kingdom of David

    Kingdom of David

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    More than 3,000 years ago, a small group of tribes gave birth to a nation and a religion - a religion that would dare to redefine humanity's relationship with God. This documentary tells the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's most profoundly monotheistic religion. The stories of the patriarch Abraham, the liberator Moses, the poet-king David and his son, Solomon, all come to life in the dramatic tale of loss and triumph that has shaped humanity's moral struggle for more than three millennia.moreless
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    Scientific American Frontiers

    Scientific American Frontiers

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    Welcome to the Scientific American Frontiers guide at TV.com.

    This show was a TV version of the venerable popular science magazineScientific American. Host Alan Alda interviewed those who were exploring the cutting edge of research in all areas of science.moreless
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    The Open Mind

    The Open Mind

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    The Open Mind is the PBS interview series created by Richard Heffner. The show began in 1956, and is still produced weekly by Richard Heffner, a historian, college professor, and your host for these interviews. Heffner is a University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University, also teaching an honors seminar at NYU. Along with creating shows like The Open Mind, he has authored books like A Documentary History of the United States. His show, The Open Mind, is a place for conversations about history, biography, media, communications, news and public affairs. Join Richard for candid interviews with important voices in politics, law, media, pop culture and more. Over the years, the show has recorded over a half century of intellectuals, through times of hope, disappointment, revolutions and challenges. The show has featured guests from all arenas, from intellectuals like Max Lerner and Allen Bloom to politicians like Herman Badilo and Ed Koch, entertainers like Robert Redford, and economists like Alan Greenspan and Milton Friedman. Tune in for some interesting discussions from some of the greatest minds of the past 50 years on the PBS series The Open Mind.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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    Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

    Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

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    This nine-part PBS mini-series tells you everything you ever needed to know about baseball history. Ken Burns offers up a lesson for fans of this great American pastime. The program won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series.moreless
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    Empires

    Empires

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    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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    Inventing LA

    Inventing LA

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    Inventing LA is a an award-winning documentary about an influential group of socialites, a wealthy family and the Los Angeles Times, as these forces set out to create the destiny of the city. Created by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones, Inventing LA takes us through the names and faces that would eventually make LA the city it is today. The influential Chandler family, along with Harrison Gray Otis and other movers and shakers, used their power and control over the predominant media outlet of the time, the Los Angeles Times, in steering the economic, social and cultural climate to their benefit. It is a retelling of the American Dream, complete with the harrowing stories of the challengers of the individual to change their destiny, and the more sinister aspects of keeping the dream alive. The film follows the lives of our heroic characters as they climb over each other to achieve social status and wealth, during a sleepy old town into the brightest city ever imagined.moreless
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    P.O.V.

    P.O.V.

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    Since 1988, P.O.V. has been showcasing "documentaries with a point of view." P.O.V. is the longest-running series on television featuring documentary films. Many of the films deal with social issues around the world, taking an intimate and unrelenting look at people and places that aren't always covered by mainstream media. The series has developed a highly distinguished reputation, and many P.O.V. programs have gone on to win various awards including three Oscars, nineteen Emmys, thirty-six CINE Golden Eagles, and twelve Peabody Awards. Dozens of high-profile and well respected directors have had films premiere on P.O.V., including Michael Moore, Jonathan Demme, Terry Zwigoff, Errol Morris, Albert and David Maysles, Michael Apted, Frederick Wiseman, MArlon Riggs, and Ross McElwee. The 2010 season kicked off with Robert Kenner's Oscar nominated Food, Inc., an examination of corporate farming in the United States. P.O.V. airs on PBS and is a production of American Documentary, Inc.moreless
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    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue

    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue

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    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue is the PBS series where technology reporter David Pogue shows viewers the materials that will shape the future. Pogue is a technology writer, columnist, and commentator who has worked for the New York Times, CBS News Sunday Morning, and CNBC. He has written and co-written many books on technology, including seven titles in the For Dummies series, and his own how-to books called the Missing Manual series. Born in Ohio to an attorney father, David went to Yale University, graduating with a Distinction in Music. He spent a decade working for the Office of Music Theatre International, while moonlighting as a Broadway musical conductor. In 2000 he began serving as the New York Times personal-tech columnist, with a weekly column, State of the Art. Now David is working with NOVA to bring a mini-series called Making Stuff, where he explores the latest in materials science. From carbon nanowires to spider silk made from goats, stab-proof clothing, invisibility cloaks, smart pills and much more. Take a look at how these innovations will work to make products stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than we could ever imagine, on PBS' NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue.moreless
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    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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    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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    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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