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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Secrets of the Dead

    Secrets of the Dead

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    Welcome to the Secrets of the Dead guide at TV.com.

    Sometimes the truth gets carried to the grave. The techniques of modern forensic science are used to investigate a historical mystery to find proof of what really happened.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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    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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    The Dust Bowl

    The Dust Bowl

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    Directed and narrated by Ken Burns, this two part PBS series explores the impact that the Dust Bowl had on America and her citizens during the Great Depression.
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    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the PBS series where the cultural critic and Harvard scholar explores the genealogy of famous Americans. In 10 episodes, Henry looks at the stories of stars like Kevin Bacon, Tyra Banks, Barbara Walters and more, in journeys that touch on race, history, family and identity.moreless
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    Prohibition

    Prohibition

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    PBS and acclaimed director Ken Burns bring you this new series that explores the risk America took when it decided to ban alcohol in the early 20th Century. A wide array of actors will lend their voices to the project including Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston and Samuel L. Jackson.moreless
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    Global Voices

    Global Voices

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    Global Voices gives viewers an international perspective through intimate and uncommon stories about everyday people. Some stories include the first-ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, a 14-year-old boy working in Bolivia's silver mines, and Arab Israeli women starting a pickle cooperative.moreless
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    How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson

    How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson

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    Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow

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    Genealogy Roadshow follows three professional genealogists around the country as they undercover anecdoctes stories that connects the members of the public with their past.
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    Pioneers of Television

    Pioneers of Television

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    PBS presents a revealing four-part documentary series that talks to nearly 100 stars from television's formative years. The special covers sitcoms, late-night, variety, and game shows with interviews with the stars and archival clips revealing never-seen-before images as well as timeless clips.moreless
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