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    The Complete Jane Austen

    The Complete Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen fans can get their fill of all the famous stories in this Masterpiece Theatre series of film adaptations of such titles as Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion and more.
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    On Common Ground

    On Common Ground

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    Welcome to the On Common Ground guide at TV.com.

    On Common Ground: Civics and Government in Action, A New Approach to U.S. Studies and Citizenship was a part of the PBS Adult Learning Service which premiered in winter/spring 1999. The telecourse was from INTELECOM and was considered "an ideal companion to the ESL telecourse Crossroads Café" which also appeared on PBS at the same time. On Common Ground was intended for learners pursuing the study of civics, citizenship, or social studies who wanted to learn in a way other than the traditional textbook method.

    According to PBS promotional material regarding the series from 1999: "The 15 half-hour On Common Ground videos are packed with thought-provoking dramas that offer viewers lively consideration of civics concepts. The backdrop for the anthology of stories that unfold in On Common Ground is the City Hall of a medium-sized city. The characters that are central to the series, like the audience for On Common Ground, are both native and foreign born-a blend of ethnicities, races, ages, and backgrounds. The dramas themselves reflect the real-life choices citizens face as they strive to maintain a civil society. They do not shy away from issues that may be 'uncomfortable,' or lack single 'right' answers. The telecourse emphasizes the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The historical underpinnings of the nation are linked to the themes of the stories in short documentaries called 'Turning Points.' These segments, which conclude each episode, focus on a pivotal situation in the history of the United States that proved to be a turning point in the evolution of our constitutional democracy."moreless
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    Our Vanishing Wilderness

    Our Vanishing Wilderness

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    Our Vanishing Wilderness is a nature documentary TV series developed for PBS based on the hybrid book developed by Shelly and Mary Louise Grossman that delves into some of the more devastating issues affecting America's wildlife. Considered one of the first environmental TV series in the United States, Our Vanishing Wilderness brings light to not only the negative relationships between people and the land they live on but also some of the positive. In 'The Prairie Killers', watch as their cameras capture the destruction of the Great Plains as ranchers continue to strike down the wilderness in an unnecessary push to protect their livestock and livelihood. In 'Santa Barbara ' Everybody's Mistake', learn of the 1969 oil leak that led to the destruction of the local habitat and safety of every thing near by in Santa Barbara as the blame is thrown around between oil companies, the government, scientific groups, and the people of the area. In 'Of Broccoli and Pelicans and Celery and Seals', look at the effect of pesticides on the food chain in how animals are affected by the additives to vegetation and the ground water. Our Vanishing Wilderness was considered a 'worthwhile expose on the environment' by Time Magazine and shows that even before Earth Day, the concern was there.moreless
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    Ground War

    Ground War

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    Ground War on PBS is a four-part series that explores the evolution of ground warfare. Ground combat has been constantly redefined from the times of the chariot to today's tanks and other weaponry. This series goes far beyond simply describing weapons used over the ages, though; it provides an in-depth look at how technological advances and strategic breakthroughs - some planned, some unexpected - have affected ground warfare. Even the smallest changes such as the stirrup, a classic advance, and less-known innovations like the gunner's quadrant have had significant and wide-ranging influence on ground warfare tactics and outcomes on the battlefield. The series also explores how these advances have influenced commanders and soldiers on the battlefield as they adapt to advances in equipment and tactics. Episodes include "Warrior Weapons," focusing on soldiers and their gear; "Battlefield Mobility," movement in the combat zone; "Firepower," advances in artillery; and "Command and Control," battlefield engineering.moreless
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    Master Class at Johnson & Wales

    Master Class at Johnson & Wales

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    Recorded on location at Johnson & Wales University, Master Class at Johnson & Wales follows on the same premise seen in Cooking Secrets of the CIA. Master chefs prepare and share recipes before a class of culinary students.moreless
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    Closer to Truth

    Closer to Truth

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    Closer to Truth brings together leading scientists, scholars and artists to debate latest discoveries and their impact on the human condition. Series creator Robert Lawrence Kuhn hosts a series of spontaneous and intimate conversations with some of the world's most esteemed experts that combine leading-edge science and informed intuition to address the fundamental issues of our times. Topics for the first two seasons were clustered in 5 categories: Brain & Mind, Health & Sex, Creativity & Thinking, Technology & Society, and Universe & Meaning. Topics for season 3 are clustered in 4 categories: Brain & Mind, Biology & Medicine, Cosmos & Universe, and Science & Our World.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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    America's Ballroom Challenge

    America's Ballroom Challenge

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    The most talented ballroom dancers in North America come together to vie for the honor of America's Ballroom Challenge Champion in this exciting show. Footage from behind the scenes is included in addition to all the glitz and glamour on the dancefloor.moreless
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    Egypt's Golden Empire

    Egypt's Golden Empire

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    This three-part program tracks the development of Egypt's glorious New Kingdom, a majestic era marked by the rise of powerful rulers, the birth of a sophisticated civilization and advances in art, culture and politics that would influence the world for years to come. Originally broadcast on PBS, the series blends archival documents and ancient artifacts with on-location footage and expert interviews to weave a complex but compelling narrative.moreless
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    Classic Gospel

    Classic Gospel

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    Classic Gospel combines classic gospel music performances spanning over two decades of live Gaither Homecoming Gospel Concerts. Featured in the 13-episode series are the harmony and vibrant spirit of Southern gospel music pioneers and contemporary greats.moreless
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    The Steven Banks Show

    The Steven Banks Show

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    Welcome to The Steven Banks Show guide at TV.com.

    "My name is Steven, how the hell are you? I said good evening, how the hell are you? This is my show, in case you didn't know, So sit right back, don't have a heart attack or a stroke. This is my show, so now you know."

    "On this show, I am the wacky neighbor" comedian/musician Steven Banks commented on this rare American-produced PBS comedy series. The show was taped before a live audience in Altadena and presented by Brandon Tartikoff's Easting Down productions and WYES-TV in New Orleans.

    The Steven Banks show began as Banks' play "Home Entertainment Center," which aired on the Showtime Network. The play depicts Steven coming home from work and having to provide a speech to the board of directors at work. Rather than work on the speech, chronic procrastinator Banks embarks on various diversions, such as picking up various musical instruments in his cluttered apartment and improvising entire songs. The play became the basis of a pilot which Showtime aired, but never developed into a series. PBS picked up Steven Banks for his own show in the summer of 1994, when public television was under pressure from right-wing critics who criticized PBS as a "liberal media elite", and gave him a limited 8-episode run on Monday nights from July 11, 1994 to September 5, 1994.

    The series was based on the pilot, and featured Michael Kostroff and Teresa Parente as the entire supporting cast, as well as various other one-time roles. Banks was still himself, still a bachelor in his mid-thirties, acting out his own fantasies and procrastinating in his cluttered apartment in what some critics described as "Pee-Wee's Playhouse for baby-boomer shut-ins."** However, the show vanished from the air in September of 1994, leaving 5 episodes untelevised in the U.S.

    -Vanity Fair, "Viewer-supported Shtick," August 1994moreless
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    How Art Made the World

    How Art Made the World

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    How Art Made the World is the PBS documentary series hosted by acclaimed art historian and University of Cambridge lecturer Dr. Nigel Spivey, where we investigate the role of art in our society, and how it came to be so. Each episode looks at a modern-day mystery, and Dr. Spivey leads a quest to solve it by looking at artifacts spanning 100,000 years and five continents. Spivey speaks in colorful and understandable language, using computer graphics to help demonstrate his research. He explores the essential role of art in humanity, and how the functions were necessary in early civilizations and up through today. He claims that no characteristic of humanity is more basic than the desire to make art, and tries to find answers to where these artistic inclinations came from. Are human brains hardwired to make art? Find out with Dr. Nigel Spivey and the PBS series How Art Made the World.moreless
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    Newscast from the Past

    Newscast from the Past

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    Welcome to the Newscast from the Past guide at TV Tome. Fifteen years after Michael Palin and Terry Jones put out The Complete and Utter History of Britain for LWT, Gary Witt rediscovered this humorous concept and made it his own with Newscast from the Past. True, The Complete and Utter History of Britain was devised purely as a humor program with no educational intent. Gary Witt, however, saw the incredible potential of the format Terry Jones and Michael Palin had devised. Newscast from the Past was a mock news broadcast covering historical events from various points in a century. Every aspect of an actual newscast was in place, including field reports, anchor stories, debates, and commercials. Always the program began with this disclaimer: "While the events in this program did not occur simultaneously, mnost were contemporary." This was a method to educate a world fifteen years removed from The Complete and Utter History of Britain. The success of Newscast from the Past within schools was significant enough that Gary Witt and PBS tried their hand at a prime-time version of the same concept. The result was the brilliant, but troubled Timeline. Newscast from the Past was produced by the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council station KLRN/San Antonio and the Newscast Company with grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Humanities, Meadows Corporation, and Texas Council for the Humanities ©1984 Newscast Company. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless
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    The Robert MacNeil Report

    The Robert MacNeil Report

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    Welcome to The Robert MacNeil Report guide at TV.com. On October 20 1975 a new evening television news program first broadcasted weeknights on PBS in the United States. Unlike most other evening newscasts in the country, it is an hour in length. The program runs longer segments than most other news outlets in the U.S., with in-depth coverage of the subjects involved. The NewsHour avoids the use of sound bites, playing back extended portions of news conferences and holding interviews that last several minutes. The program was initially hosted by Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, but MacNeil left the spotlight in 1995. The show continues to be produced by their joint production company, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Broadcast History MacNeil and Lehrer had covered the United States Senate Watergate hearings for PBS starting in 1973, which led to an Emmy Award. This recognition helped them as they worked to create "The Robert MacNeil Report" with Jim Lehrer as a half-hour local news program for WNET in 1975 that covered a single issue in-depth. A few months later, the program was renamed "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" and began to be broadcast nationally on PBS stations. The program changed formats and extended to an hour in length in 1983, becoming known as "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" until MacNeil left the program and now the title is "The News Hour with Jim Lerher". Compared with other shows, The NewsHour runs at a slow pace. At the start of the program, a news summary that lasts a few minutes is given, briefly explaining many of the headlines around the world. This is typically followed by three or four longer news segments running 10-15 minutes that explore a few of the headline events in greater detail. The program usually wraps up with a debate between two journalists. As of 2004, the two people who usually debate are Mark Shields and David Brooks. According to Nielsen ratings at the program's website, 2.7 million people watch the program each night, and 8 million individuals watch in the course of a week. It is broadcast on more than 300 PBS stations, reaching 99% of the viewing public, and audio is broadcast by some National Public Radio stations. Broadcasts are also made available worldwide via satellites operated by various agencies. Archives of most of the shows are available in several streaming media formats (including full-motion video) at the program's website. The program originates in Washington, D.C., with additional facilities in San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado, and is a collaboration between the WNET, WETA, and KQED television stations.moreless
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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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    3-2-1 Contact

    3-2-1 Contact

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    In Search of Shakespeare

    In Search of Shakespeare

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    The Great American Dream Machine

    The Great American Dream Machine

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    Retirement Revolution

    Retirement Revolution

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    Retirement Revolution is the PBS documentary series that explores the financial challenges facing America's largest generation as they enter retirement. The show is hosted by news anchor Paula Zahn, who beings with the origins of retirement, and explores how it has evolved over the past several decades. Looking at the lives of real people, experts weigh in on the problems that they are facing, as well as offering solutions for the issues. We see the stories of people who are getting a wake-up call that they may not be on the right track for retirement, and are searching out solutions. With the recession causing a shift in spending and making Americans view retirement different, the game is changing and the techniques you need to succeed are changing. From boomers entering retirement to millenials who are just starting their careers, the advice is important to people of all ages. Tune in and learn about the retirement process and how it is changing on the PBS documentary series Retirement Revolution.moreless
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    Finding Our Way

    Finding Our Way

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    Finding Our Way is an educational series that originally aired on PBS from September, 1979 to January 1, 1980. It consists of 16 episodes with one episode broadcast per week. The series is a documentary on maps that is suitable for use in a classroom environment for children in grades 4 through 8. The first episode is "Tools We Need," which provides a general description of items such as maps, compasses and sextants. The next episode is "Global Concepts," which is a general overview of reading a map. The third episode in this series is "East West Lines," which discusses lines of latitude. The following episode is "North South Lines," which covers lines of longitude. The episode "Language of Symbols" provides instructions on interpreting the legend of a map. The episode entitled "Scaling Down the World" presents the concept of scale as it pertains to map making. "The Meaning of Relief" covers the use of topographical lines on maps.moreless