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    The Eyes of Nye

    The Eyes of Nye

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    Bill Nye, most widely known as the zany host of ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’, a show geared towards exposing young viewers to all different forms of science, is back with a new series aimed at a more mature audience. In his new series, ‘The Eyes of Nye’, Bill explores some of today’s most controversial topics as well as taking a look at everyday science. He incorporates a comedic approach, similar to that of ‘Science Guy’, to tackle some serious issues and educate his audience in a very straight forward manner.moreless
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    The Art Maker

    The Art Maker

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    This was a sequel to The Art Chest. In it, Dan Mihuta gave intermediate art lessons to intermediate school children.
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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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    It Figures

    It Figures

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    Three years after ThinkAbout produced their finest hours, AIT began Phase Two of their Skills Essential to Learning Project. The earliest series to emerge from that project was It Figures. It Figures was a 28-part mathematics series for fourth graders. Each introduced real-life situations involving math concepts that can, at times, prove difficult. Often a child would get caught in the problem and not come out successfully, but experience would prove the best teacher. Capsizing the information taught in each program was a cartoon sequence by the same talents who had enlivened Eureka! These cartoons, most often, provided previews of what would follow in the live-action sequence to follow. It Figures was produced in six locations involving seven groups of children. Included were: • In rural New Jersey: Houston Tally, a boy who is just starting to learn the basics • Along the Chesapeake Bay: The Pirates, a fourth-grade club finding out visuals and prediction skills • In urban New Jersey: The Vulcans, also of advanced mathematical knowledge • In Illinois: Schoolkids who are learning and applying the basics of division and fractions • In Los Angeles: Kaylin and Chenetta, whose adventures involve visualizing problems • In South Carolina: The Fourth Street Players, who need to visualize problems to make sense of them • In Las Vegas: Ned and Jessica, avid swimmers in the sunnier part of town The content of It Figures was developed by a consortium of 31 state and provincial education agencies. Managing the project were Ed Cohen and the late Larry Walcoff, who remained true to the code of AIT: Together…serving education. Individual programs were produced by Larry Wood Productions (in the facilities of KLVX in Las Vegas), the Illinois State Board of Education, New Jersey Network (NJN), KLCS in Los Angeles, the defunct Maryland Instructional Television and South Carolina ETV.moreless
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    Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary

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    Madame Bovary is the Masterpiece Theatre miniseries adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel, Starring Francesca Annis as Emma Bovary. Emma is a typical country woman who hides a craving for a more thrilling life, aspiring to a life of love, passion, and excitement. She marries a simple country doctor, but finds her quiet life unfulfilled. She attends a grandiose ball, and her desire for an exciting and glamorous life grows stronger. She tries to emulate the lives of the heroines in her favorite romance novels, and she begins having an affair with a wealthy bachelor. She soon learns that the thrilling and passion filled life can come with a price. The adaptation brings the classic story of adultery, passion, and pain to the small screen with a supporting cast including Tom Conti, Gabrielle Lloyd, Ray Smith, and Brian Stirner. Watch as Emma Bovary's simple life unfolds into the passionate and exciting one she dreamed of in Madame Bovary.moreless
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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
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    The Righteous Apples

    The Righteous Apples

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    Welcome to The Righteous Apples guide at TV.com. This comedy-drama series aired for two seasons of ten episodes each season on PBS in 1980-1982. It chronicles The Righteous Apples, an ethnically diverse teen aged rock band at Sherman High School in the Boston area. This series was unconventional for a comedy series because it also dealt with serious topics like race issues and abortion. A special one hour episode (titled Silver City) taking the singing group to Hollywood aired in 1982 on Nickelodeon cable. The series was re-broadcast many times on the SHOWTIME cable network later on during the 80's. An album of songs from the series Righteous Apples - St. (82) (Righteous Apples Records) was solicited in advertising during the 80's and was mailed out to buyers. Several regulars including Mykelti Williamson and E. G. Daily went on to successful careers. Guest stars included pre-Miami's Vice Phillip Michael Thomas and a very young Kim Fields.moreless
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    Tilson's Bookshop

    Tilson's Bookshop

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    Tilson's Bookshop was part of the trilogy of Ann McGregor's reading motivation series for WVIZ in Cleveland. Set in a neighborhood bookstore, Mrs. McGregor (as she was called on-air) helped Mr. Tilson run the store and read books to the first-grade viewing audience. Over the course of 32 programs, the focus shifted from picture books to stories that first and second graders could read themselves. The 32 Tilson's Bookshop programs aired on WVIZ on a regular basis from approximately 1972 to 1990. However, during the 1980s, the final two shows in the series were kept off-air.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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    Truly American

    Truly American

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    "Truly American is an educational series that originally aired on PBS in 1974. It consists of 32 twenty-minute episodes and is suitable for use in an American history class from 5th through 10th grade. Each episode provides a biography of one or two Americans using recreations and archival footage. Many of these Americans will already be familiar to the students, although not all of them are famous. The first episode covers the lives of Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Banneker. Franklin is well-known as a printer, scientist and politician. Banneker was a free African-American who lived in the eighteenth century and was an almanac author, astronomer and surveyor. The next episode is about Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the third and seventh United States presidents respectively. The third episode in this series deals with James and Dolly Madison, the fourth U.S. president and his wife. Eddy Halas is the host and Bob Halas is the narrator for this series."moreless
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    Stepping into Rhythm (1967)

    Stepping into Rhythm (1967)

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    From its first telecast February 7, 1965, WVIZ-TV in Cleveland was devoted, under the 28-year leadership of president Betty Cope, to provide educational materials for schools. Among the first "TV teachers" on WVIZ was Brenda Veal. She brought tothe local public audience music education, an element so rare at any time in PBS history (think back to the short life of The Charlie Horse Music Pizza). Brenda Veal's achievements caught the attention of a company in Bloomington, Indiana called (at the time) the National Center for School and College Television. Their efforts brought Brenda Veal to a nationwide audience. The result was Stepping into Rhythm, whose two releases in 1967 and 1974 are legendary. This guide has been established to honor the 1967 edition of Stepping into Rhythm. It is the result of an exhaustive online search which yielded the print material pictured here. Episode synopses will emerge shortly.moreless
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    The Human Spark

    The Human Spark

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    Some people have special abilities and unique human talents, but where did these abilities derive? Alan Alda looks for the reason behind this spark in the human brain.
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    Return of The Art Maker

    Return of The Art Maker

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    Return of The Art Maker is an educational TV series from the American Public Broadcasting System that broadcasts a celebrity art instructor teaching intermediate students different art genres. Educator Dan Mihuta invites Western Instructional Television cameras into his Parma, OH, studio to film some intermediate art lessons. Mihuta starts the season with sketch drawing, giving kids lessons on how make shapes out of lines. Next up in the curriculum is creative painting. Mihuta goes into his backyard and looks for something that will inspire a good portrait. Clay art, print making, soap carving and silhouette drawing are among the different types of lessons that the instructor gives throughout the season. Viewers can find advanced subjects towards the end of the series when Mihuta puts art appreciation on his agenda, as he heads off to the museum to find some oriental paintings and cave drawings. The instructor then takes viewers back into the studio to give some lessons on how to recreate them.moreless
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    Wonderworks

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    When PBS was receiving federal funding, they decided to expand their original programming. WonderWorks was PBS' attempt for quality family programing. This show was styled after their very successful American Playhouse. Most episodes were one or two parts with an occasional multipart miniseries. While the target market was for children 7-12 years old, the shows were of such high quality it had a large adult audience. To accomplish this, WonderWorks cast up and coming actors with seasoned veterans. (Such as newcomers LeVar Burton, Alfre Woodard and Danny Glover with vetrans Shelly Duvall, Robert Hooks, Clarence Williams III and Beah Richards.) Unfortunately, in the late 80's the federal government drastically cut PBS funding and WonderWorks felt the cuts first. By 1990, the series all but disappeared but the popularity never truly diminished.moreless
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    Readit

    Readit

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    Welcome to the Readit guide at TV Tome. For eight years, John Robbins had been producing and hosting language arts series for the late Ray V. Gladfelter at a company which would become Children's Television International. Most of these shows were designed to motivate children to read. These series ran under various titles, among them Cover to Cover, The Book Bird, and Storybound. All were acclaimed for excellence in educational television. When Children's Television International faced financial strife in 1981, John Robbins established his own company, Positive Image Productions. Staffing the new company were some of his co-workers on his past productions. Robbins reconnected to AIT, the company that had given him his first national TV exposure with Cover to Cover. The first Positive Image Productions series was Readit with John Robbins, built on the Cover to Cover format. In Readit, Robbins would introduce a children's book and its characters, set the stage for a major plot point, and draw a key scene. Over this, a narrator would be heard reading a passage from the book. Besides Robbins' drawings, another artists would provide additional artwork to go with another passage. Traditionally, each episode would leave the book at a critical juncture, and Robbins would tell viewers to borrow the book from their library and read the entire book themselves. While reading motivation was the cornerstone of John Robbins' ITV legacy, it would be five more years before he would produce another such series. That project would be the 1987 revival of Cover to Cover which most people are familiar with. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless
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    Literary Visions

    Literary Visions

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    Literary Visions is an educational series from PBS that was released in 1992. The series is comprised of 26 half-hour episodes designed to teach literary analysis to students at the high school level and above. Literary Visions explores how audiences get meaning from literary works. Excerpts from select literary works are presented to demonstrate conventions, such as plot, symbolism, characterization and setting, as well as to provoke discussion. These excerpts, which are takenfrom short stories, plays, essays and poems, are acted out in dramatizations or performed as readings. Stephen Crane's "The Blue Hotel," Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing," Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" are among the literary works included in Literary Visions. Commentary from authors, scholars and critics informs viewers about the excerpts, delves into their literary workings and encourages further analysis. Susan Glaspell, Marge Piercy, Stephen Dixon, Ernest Gaines, James Dickey and Gary Soto are some of the authors who participate in the series.moreless
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    Wish Kids

    Wish Kids

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    Welcome to the Wish Kids guide at TV.com. The spin-off from Kids Inc., this television show is from the producers of Kids Inc, and Sesame Street. It's about 2 girls, who let their imaginations run wild, though always managing to run into conflict. Becoming princesses then having to battle the pressures of evil witches, becoming astronauts and battling aliens, growing up and finding the pressures of adolescence. Though this show only lasted a year, it lead a good run with children from 3-11 and managed to climb itself up the charts of Kids Choice Television series in US to number 7.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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    Global Watch

    Global Watch

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    Global Watch is a news documentary TV series developed by PBS that centers on the world and the global image set forth by the United States. In a time when America had been considered one of the major powerhouses of the past century, Global Watch looks at how the public image is truly viewed by other countries, especially now that the reputation is in a major decline. Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal, field correspondents Gordon Corera, Mark Mullen, and Judy Muller, Global Watch sets out to educate, inform, and connect with viewers in order to become not only citizens of their respective countries but also citizens of the world. While America has dealt with its own problems on the home front, Global Watch is there to show the evolution on where the United States stands in the eyes of the world, including that of its allies, neutrals, and non-friendlies. Global Watch offers videos, newscasts, and articles of recent events, from the U.S. War on Terror and the impact of China, as well as offering ways for viewers to express their opinions with discussion forums and updates.moreless
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    Teletales

    Teletales

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    Welcome to Teletales. Paul Lally tells them, Rae Owings draws them. The prequel to Teletales was Gather 'Round, which relied on familiar fairy tales. In this series, though, Lally and Owings concentrated on less-recognized folk tales long out of print. In a sense Teletales' producer John Robbins was rescuing fables and myths. The Production Team: For years, Lally and Owings had worked together with John Robbins on many ITV series, including Cover to Cover, The Word Shop, The Book Bird, Storybound and Readit. These series were filmed in Virginia for the late Ray V. Gladfelter. As the 1980s began, Robbins started his own production company, Positive Image Productions, and with his familiar team surrounding him, continued to film ITV programs for schools. Teletales was one of Positive Image Productions' last works. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless