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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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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    Austin City Limits has established a reputation for showcasing great live musical performances. The show's studio allows for intimate and engaging performances by independent, mainstream, critically acclaimed, and popular artists. The show was originally created to display the emerging talents of the alternative country music scene in Austin, TX in the 1970s. Soon, however, the show branched out to include all types of music: alt country, pop rock, bluegrass and zydeco are just a few. Many television historians attribute MTV, CMT and VH1'a success to the contributions of this groundbreaking musical series. On Wednesday, November 12th, 2003; President Bush presented ACL with the National Medal of the Arts. ACL was the first television show (ever) to win the award.moreless
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    The Joy of Painting

    The Joy of Painting

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    PBS (ended 1994)
    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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    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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    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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    Visions

    Visions

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    PBS (ended 1980)
    VISIONS was an hour-long anthology series aired back in 1976 on the Public Broadcasting Service. It was a series of original plays written expressly for TV. 4 seasons aired during 4 years. The show won an Emmy in 1977, and received 2 more Emmy nominations.moreless
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    The 1930s

    The 1930s

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    Beginning with the stock market collapse in the "Crash of 1929," the series looks at the creation of FDR's Tree Army in "Civiian Conservation Corps," the constructino of one of the greatest engineering projects of the modern era in "Hoover Dam," the impact of the catastrophic drought that transformed the plains in "Surviving the Dust Bowl," and an unlikely hero that gave downtrodden Americans hope in "Seabiscuit."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 Civil War

    The Civil War

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    PBS (ended 1990)
    This award-winning documentary chronicled the people and events of the bloodiest conflict in US history. The Civil War broke new ground by blending archival photographs, unique cinematography, music, narration, and a chorus of voices to animate the key figures of the time. The addition of notable experts on the subject created not only an accurate and exhaustive historical document - but also a riveting emotional journey through one of America's darkest and most pivotal times.moreless
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    In the Life

    In the Life

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    "In the Life" is a national news magazine reporting on the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community, issues, and culture. Like "60 Minutes" "In the Life" contains multiple segments in each episode covering topics about the GLBT community. Over the 15+ years, the segments included topics covering:
    • Our youth
    • Education
    • Health
    • AIDS
    • The fine arts
    • Culture
    • The workplace
    • Relationships
    • Families
    • Global GLBT issues
    • and many other topics
    "In the Life" broadcasts throughout the USA at various times during each month on over 246 member stations of the Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS). The series reaches over 70 million American homes, including all of the top 20 viewer markets. In the Life Media, Inc., produces In The Life. The corporation is a not-for profit (501(c)(3)) member support educational project. The goal of In the Life Media is the presentation of the GLBT community using accurate information.moreless
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    Ken Burns: America

    Ken Burns: America

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    Ken Burns: America is a historical documentary TV series developed by PBS that follows the award winning and acclaimed historical documentaries of Ken Burns, an American director known for his intimate and no-hold approach in his films. In the America series, Burns has spent the past twenty years telling the stories of topics deeply ingrained in the history and culture of what makes America what it is today. From the deeply American classic of baseball with its die hard fans and memories and myths that cross all generations (Baseball) to the bloody war between brothers in the civil war (The Civil War) to the development and dominance of America’s first form of mass medium in the form of the radio (Empire of the Air), Ken Burns holds nothing back in sharing, enlightening, and expanding upon the knowledge of who, what, when, where, why, and how these pieces of the United States became the defining factors of the American people and, in some ways, the world. Baseball, the Civil War, radio, inventor Frank Lloyd Wright, the infamous development of Jazz, the unparalleled achievement of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Women’s Movement with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are all just some of what Ken Burns considers American Stories.moreless
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    The Presidents Collection

    The Presidents Collection

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    Henry Adams, the American historian and the grandson and great-grandson of presidents, said the president "resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek." Each of our presidents has taken America on a different voyage - voyages shaped by how each sitting president has defined the institution of the presidency. Some have been more bold than others - working to mold public opinion and actively pushing their programs through Congress. Others have not ventured far - feeling that presidential intervention often causes more problems than it solves. One can look at the presidency in the 20th century and through the office see the drama of contemporary American history - war, economic hardship, women's rights, race relations, our triumphs and our failures - it is all there.moreless
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    Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson is the probing Ken Burns documentary that recounts the complex life of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that "all men are created equal" yet owned slaves. Covering Jefferson's diplomatic work in France, his two presidential terms, his retirement at Monticello and more, the absorbing biography features narration by Ossie Davis, Sam Waterston, Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow and other noted actors.moreless
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    In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

    In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

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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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    American Cinema

    American Cinema

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    PBS (ended 1995)
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    Gardens of the World

    Gardens of the World

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    PBS (ended 1993)
    This was the only TV series Audrey Hepburn ever starred in.
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    Ken Burns: American Lives

    Ken Burns: American Lives

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    Ken Burns: American Lives is a comprehensive reoccurring series of incisive and exhaustive documentaries produced for PBS on a myriad of historical luminaries. As he did with The Civil War and Baseball (as well as his earlier works which are now also in a box set, not to mention The West, New York and Jazz). Ken Burns continues to present his "American Stories" with pictures and narration that bring the past alive. Ken Burns is the king of the modern documentary film. He cast a probing eye on such American subjects as The Statue of Liberty (1985), The Congress (1988), painter Thomas Hart Benton (1988) and early radio with Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991). The series is excellent and informative. Highly recommended.moreless
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