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    The Way It Was

    The Way It Was

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    PBS (ended 1978)
    Welcome to The Way It Was guide at TV.com. "Nostalgia," according to Webster's Standard Dictionary, "is a sentimental yearning for the return of some past period." For five years, the first four on PBS, The Way It Was provided that sentimental return. Participants of famous games or teams reunited on stage with Curt Gowdy to relive the most talked-about sports events of the 1920s to the early 1970s. Often, the show brought in an original announcer to do replicated play-by-play. The Way It Was spent the years 1974 to 1977 in the studios of KCET in Hollywood. The 1978 season, consisting of five shows produced for syndicated television, were taped at the Las Vegas Hilton. We would like to thank the contributor who singled out airdates for two episodes of The Way It Was. More episode titles are being forwarded to the Episode List. Should this contributor be able to find airdates, that would be excellent.moreless
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    NatureScene

    NatureScene

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    Welcome to the NatureScene guide at TV.com. From 1978 to 2002, NatureScene was the most pleasant nature series ever to appear on public television. The South Carolina ETV Commission had initially produced the series as a local program, bringing South Carolina ciewers closer to the varied natural wonders of the State. By 1985, NatureScene was being syndicated throughout America, as hosts Jim Welch and Rudy Mancke went on nature journeys across the continent. They examined Costa Rican rain forests, islands ravaged by hurricanes, and city lots. You name it, they presented it in a pleasant format, augmented by the soothing pastoral music heard throughout each episode.moreless
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    Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way

    Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way

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    Jacques Pepin, a famous French chef, is now on Thirteen and WLIW21 showing viewers how to whip up very elegant foods very fast, in the twist of French culinary smarts and the whole world's culinary values.moreless
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    Washington Week

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    Washington Week in Review first aired on February 23, 1967 and became the first local program to air on the new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1969. With its 40 years of broadcasting it became the longest-running public affairs program on PBS. Every week a group of journalists participate in a roundtable discussion of current news events. Since October 01, 1999 Gwen Ifill is moderating the show. In 2001, the show was renamed Washington Week.moreless
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    Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

    Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

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    PBS (Mini-Series 2009)
    Billy Crystal and Amy Sedaris host this six-hour special that documents the funny men and women of our time.
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    Pajanimals

    Pajanimals

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    PBS Kids Sprout presents Pajanimals, a short-form musical series about getting ready for bed for children. Pajanimals features four cuddly friends - Sweetpea Sue, Squacky, Cow Bella and Apollo who love to snuggle and sing night time songs to preschoolers. In each segment, they explore issues ranging from wanting to stay and play to missing parents at night. Pajanimals airs nightly on PBS Kids Sprout's The Goodnight Show. Catch a different segment each night about halfway through the program (7:27 P.M., 10:27 P.M. and 1:27 A.M.) & catch "La La Lullaby" every night at the end of The Goodnight Show. Hungry for more Pajanimals? You can find videos of the program at Sprout's website. You can also find, by searching online, a video of the program's theme song, never broadcast on television. In April 2011, the Jim Henson Company officially announced production on a full half-hour version of Pajanimals (52 x 11'), scheduled to air on PBSKids Sprout beginning in fall 2011. Show Theme: [Female Vocalist] Are you ready for beddy-bye? [Pajanimals] The Pajanimals are ready for beddy-bye [Female Vocalist] The Pajanimals are ready for you To get ready for beddy-bye too [Mother] (It's bedtime.) [Female Vocalist] Apollo's looking forward to a good night hug Cowbella's with her lovie, she's as snug as a bug Squacky's picked a book to share with all of you Let's put on our pjs with Sweetpea Sue Are you ready for beddy-bye? [Pajanimals] The Pajanimals are ready for beddy-bye The Pajanimals are ready for you [Female Chorus] To get ready for beddy-bye too The Pajanimals are ready for you Good night, Pajanimals [Apollo] (Good night.) [Squacky] (Night night.) [Cowbella] (Good night. yawns) [Sweetpea Sue] (Nighty night.)moreless
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    GED on TV

    GED on TV

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    PBS (ended 2001)
    Following an Orientation program, Wally "Famous" Amos guided viewers through the five-part Reading series. Basic concepts such as fact vs. opinion, satire, parody, emphasis, figurative language, and repetition were covered, as was map and table reading. Interspersed through the programs were reading passages and short quizzes on what was just read. The six-part Science series, hosted by Pamela Lewis, spanned biology, chemistry, and physics. Interspersed through the programs were reading passages and short quizzes on what was just read. The Social Studies series covered American history through five programs. It made use of reading passages as well as timelines and tables. The ten-part Writing series (identified as Write Right) were produced by Mississippi Public Broadcasting. In these programs, Traber Burns played Arthur, a textbook author who gave casual writing instructions to Sonya, an Eastern European immigrant, and Freddy, her co-worker at the Lacy's Department Store. In the course of these shows, writing skills are introduced, then used to build on good writing. The 15-part Math series (entitled Adult Math) were produced earlier than any of the other programs. These centered around Frank Hall, who was returning to an adult education center to help students improve mathematical skills. Starting with fractions, the class applied the principles of mathematics to understand proportions, decimals, percentages, and the first light into algebra, geometry, and converting measurements. The 43-part GED on TV series wrapped up with a program on taking the GED test itself: the format of the test and how to prepare for it.moreless
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    Colonial House

    Colonial House

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    PBS (ended 2004)
    True to the tradition of The 1900 House, The 1940s House, Frontier House and Manor House, PBS has crafted yet another way for ordinary people to "bond" on television. This time around, the participants involved were racially diverse as well as being both American and British. This was an eight-part series that aired two episodes back-to-back on consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays between May 17 and May 25, 2004. In this version, executive producer Beth Hoppe had selected people to bond in creating a community that would inspire the birth of the United States. 2004 Emmy Nominee: Outstanding Reality Programmoreless
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    Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home

    Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home

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    PBS (ended 2000)
    Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home was the last culinary series to star Julia Child. Teaming up with Julia for these 22 programs was Jacques Pépin, who had just finished Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine. This show took A La Carte Communications, its producing agency, into a new direction. After Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home, A La Carte grew by leaps and bounds with programs such as Michael Chiarello's Napa and America's Test Kitchen. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless
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    Sessions at West 54th

    Sessions at West 54th

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    PBS (ended 1997)
    short-lived PBS show
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    Lidia's Italian Table

    Lidia's Italian Table

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    PBS (ended 1998)
    39-part Italian/American cooking programme released to video.
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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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    Dinner At Julia's

    Dinner At Julia's

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    PBS (ended 1984)
    Dinner At Julia's was a cooking show from Julia Child that was filmed at the Swank Hope Ranch outside of Santa Barbara. This show was unlike her other cooking shows, because it allowed her to be a hostess to her guests. She was able to interact with all of her guests, instead of simply staying in the kitchen and cooking throughout the whole show. Child's dinner parties were often themed as well, and her recipes from each episode were thoroughly explained while Child was in the kitchen.moreless
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    Science is Elementary

    Science is Elementary

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    Science is Elementary is an educational series from the American Pubic Broadcasting System that teaches exploratory science to kindergarten and first-grade students. The educators in the show set out to nudge scientific exploration into the minds of children through experiments that include fun and games. The season starts with "Let's Explore Weather and Seasons" where students can learn about the fours seasons and how climates change by playing a weather game. Next in the series lineup is, "Let's Explore Water." In this segment children find out why water is so important by experimenting with plants and animals. In "Let's Explore Air," kids play with balloons, and in "Let's Explore Light and Shadows" children get to take home a shadow portrait of themselves while teachers explain how light creates the somber images. In every episode, after the show's educators instruct teachers and students, music plays with displays of colorful on-screen images during the task's execution.moreless
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    The Adams Chronicles

    The Adams Chronicles

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    PBS (ended 1976)
    This was an award-winning, thirteen-episode special by PBS that aired in the mid-1970s to commemorate the Bicentennial. It "chronicles" the story of the Adams progeny over a 150-year span, including John (signer of the Declaration, accomplished diplomat, and our 2nd President), his wife Abigail, his son John Quincy (acclaimed Secretary of State, our 6th President, and prominent abolitionist Congressman), grandson Charles Francis, and much-heralded members of the fourth generation.moreless
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    Behind the Scenes

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    Adventures with Kanga Roddy

    Adventures with Kanga Roddy

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    PBS (ended 1999)
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    Meeting of Minds

    Meeting of Minds

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    PBS (ended 1981)
    Welcome to the Meeting of Minds guide at TV.com. Steve Allen, already the originator of the Tonight show, later created what one critic called "the ultimate talk show" and presented, on the PBS network, a series called Meeting of Minds which was constructed in a typical chat-show format, but featured guests who played important roles in the drama of history. Among those who appeared were Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, Marie Antoinette, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Paine, Francis Bacon, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire and Charles Darwin. The multi-award winning series still exists in the form of video cassettes, audio cassettes and a four volume set of books, published by Prometheus. Most of the women's roles were played by Allen's wife, Jayne Meadows. Allen clarified at the time "The idea is that every syllable will be part of an actual quotation. The degree of the exact quotation varies from character to character. In the case of some people who played important roles in the drama of history, of course, there is no record of anything they ever said or wrote. Two examples that come to mind are Cleopatra and Attila the Hun. Nevertheless, they were both fascinating characters for our show. And there's nothing difficult in creating dialog for them. You bring factual information into conversational form -- and commit no offense in doing so. The more scholars know about the people we're dealing with, the more impressed they are with how accurate our renderings are. It's remarkable how little negative criticism we've received." Meeting of Minds encourages the viewer and reader, who may be historically illiterate, to become more familiar with the great thinkers and doers of the past and to whet their appetites for more research and study. It is an exciting classroom tool (through audiocassettes, videocassettes and books) for students of history and philosophy. "I felt that putting the greatest figures of all time together and showing them interacting was an entertaining way not only to have a better understanding of what is going on in the world today, but also to be in a better position to make decisions for the future." It took Allen some 18 years to bring this project to fruition. When it finally reached the national marketplace, it was honored with a multitude of awards, among them the Peabody Award, one national Emmy, three national Emmy nominations, a TV Critics Circle Award, the Encyclopedia Britannica Award and the Film Advisory Board Award. The series was produced in the studios of KCET, the PBS outlet in Los Angeles, with Loring d'Usseau, a prime and early supporter of the Allen brainchild, acting as executive producer. In 1989, Prometheus Books published the 24 scripts in book form, and in 1992, Dove Audio, Inc. released the programs on audiocassette. From SteveAllen.commoreless
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    High Feather

    High Feather

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    PBS (ended 1987)
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    Franny's Feet

    Franny's Feet

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    Franny Fantootsie has the most wonderful adventures. This smart, friendly little girl is the star of children's animation "Franny's Feet", in which she is seen spending time with her Grandpa, the owner of "Fantootsie shoe repairs". Invariably, each episode begins with Franny doing something away from the front counter, or trying to help her Grandpa - only to be interrupted by the ringing of the bell on the door and her trademark cry of "A customer!" - at which she is seen skipping over to the counter to pull up a stool to stand on. Grandpa takes in a pair of shoes which need fixing, and asks Franny to "put them in the fix-it box, please". That's where her adventures begin, because when she tries on the footwear, anything is possible, as Franny knows; when she asks "Where will my feet take me today?", she really doesn't know! She could be in Jamaica on a beach, trying to explain to a child who has never seen snow, how it looks and feels - or by a lake, trying to get a Flamingo and a Peacock to stop arguing and co-operate - or in the jungle, cleaning up after a monkey who litters the jungle floor from a tree. Franny's feet is an absolutely beautiful 2D preschool animation which runs in a 30 minute slot, 2 x 15 minute episodes, and helps children to explore the inner world of their minds through imagination, play and co-operation. It's a direct relationship with the audience which endears children to this entertaining and brilliantly thought out cartoon, which will keep audiences spellbound.moreless
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