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Interview and film clips trace Sidney Poitier''''s rise from humble beginnings in the Bahamas to his position as the first black super-star.
Special depicts the effect of high altitudes on the body and mind through an expedition to Mount Everest.
A loving tribute to Astaire the singer.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a middle-class Mexican-American teenager living in Los Angeles who comes to her father's aid when she discovers that he is an illegal alien.
After his World War I triumphs in the Arab deserts, T.E. Lawrence encounters a collection of power-broker diplomats at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he risks his reputation in order to fulfill his promise to create an Arab homeland free of foreign intervention.
A two-part documentary about the life of film comedian Harold Lloyd, covering his beginnings in Hollywood, his time with Hal Roach's acting company, and the advent of sound in motion pictures. Lloyd's life is drawn from film clips, home movies, photo stills and interviews with colleagues, family and
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a youngster's struggles to hold his family together after his parents decide to get a divorce.
A young girl places herself and the child for whom she babysits in jeopardy when she joins a street musician to organize a special evening for the neighborhood homeless.
A four-part Canadian adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic novel for young people. An elderly bachelor and his spinster sister want to adopt an orphan to help with the farm chores. But the orphanage mistakenly sends a mischievous, talkative, headstrong girl.The drama relates the adventures of Anne
Katharine Hepburn pays tribute to one of the screen''''s most natural actors, Spencer Tracy.
A drama about growing up on the streets of a major American city. The story focuses on a troubled young woman from a wealthy and respected New England family who, after getting into trouble with the law, becomes entangled in a strange relationship with a dedicated juvenile probation officer for the
A teenage immigrant from El Salvador finds herself stuck between wanting to hold on to her cultural roots and the desire to be accepted by her American peers.
The story of black civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, who worked as field director in Jackson, Mississippi, for the NAACP, and who, after delivering a speech in which he vowed to complete the task of assuring equal right to the African-Americans of Jackson, was assassinated on June 11, 1963.
A comic science-fiction story about an anti-hero in a not-so-distant time. Aram Fingal, a tiny cog in the giant wheel of a huge conglomerate, becomes lost in the inner workings of a massive computer when he illegally taps its off-limits "old movie" storage bank, and is "trans-computerized" into Rick
Production Companies (feature film)
An investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US military. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment. This crime is not perpetrated by the enemy, but by fellow soldiers. This expose on rape in the armed forces
Go behind the doors of Oakland's Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital fighting for survival while weathering the storm of a persistent economic downturn. Stretched to the breaking point, Highland is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race and religion, wi
Haiti's most celebrated big band, the 20-member group Septentrional, has been making music for 62 years. Here, we chart the history of Haiti, from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to the devastating earthquake of 2010, set against the music of Septentrional and punctuated with its
An exploration of how biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the "New Green Revolution" is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population, Opponents to the movement raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive smal
Mrs. Goundo is on a quest to spare her two-year-old daughter, Djenebou, from the same severe act she endured as a child: genital cutting. Millions of young girls have taken part in this West African tradition, which dates back thousands of years. Mrs. Goundo and her husband settle in Philadelphia, o
Documents the enduring legacy of one of the country's oldest African American communities just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.
A chronicle which brings to light the shameful legacy of African-American families who were violently driven from their land by their neighbors between the Civil War and the Depression. In following-up with their descendents, filmmaker Marco Williams tries to make sense of their tragic legacy.
An exploration of the firsthand accounts of American troops through their own words. The film is built upon the 'Operation Homecoming' initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghan
Estranged from her family due to a childhood indiscretion with her white brother, a young Korean adoptee woman seeks to regain a sense of home by exploring ties with the Asian-Americans she meets in her new apartment building, until suddenly, her brother shows up at the door, stirring up long lost f
The seminal Ferus Gallery groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York impor
Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him, when he's confronted by the death of his stepfather. Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") was an ANC (African National Congress) foot soldier and part of the first wave of South African exiles. Lee, with his e
The life of John Peterson, a farmer, artist and progressive thinker, as seen through family home movies, photographs, film and video. In the late 1960s, John turned his traditional family farm into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. In the late
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These
An account that traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The story is told predominantly through the experiences of 13-year-old Steven Cozza (now 15) and 69-year-old Dave Rice (now 71) b
A chronicle of Father John P. McNamee's experiences at the inner city St. Malachy's parish, in North Philadelphia. A self-proclaimed "kept man of the domestic church", McNamee organizes his schedule around the nightly procession of locals who come by for groceries and streetwise succor (one of them
Documentary film on the life of Marcus Garvey, the controversial leader of the largest mass movement of African-Americans (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in the 20th century, progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, and a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. Uses archival f
An adaptation of the play by Anna Deavere Smith that focuses on the Los Angeles riots during the spring of 1992, triggered by the verdict in the Rodney King case. Anna transforms herself into scores of individuals--using their words and duplicating their speech patterns, mannerisms, dress and attitu
In 1997, as Hong Kong changed hands from British to Chinese rule, Ruby Yang was present to document the transition. In addition to recording her own perspective, Yang gave video camcorders to three other young Hong Kong citizens: hardworking Qi Ke Jia who struggles with three jobs and college applic
Film is part documentary, part memoir and personal essay - weaving together facts, reflections and impressions about the meaning and lingering effects of the World War II internment on the Japanese-American community. It does not present the Japanese-Americans as model citizens in the camps, but as
For four generations the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the most dangerous public housing projects in America--Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. However, the family manages to get by, resolved to break the cycle of poverty. Filmmaker Tod Lending
The story of two women and the support group that anchors them. Debbie is a forty-three year old midwife. We Watch her story develop--from her pregnancy by a known donor, through the birth of her baby, and finally to the celebration of her son's first birthday. Jan, also forty-three, has a bumpier r
The story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916 and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950's. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across Ame
The story of Cecil Williams, a pioneering political activist in South Africa. Williams was British, but his political engagement was forged in the South Africa of the immediate postwar years. He joined the Springbok Legion, an anti-fascist group that saw blacks as equals, and was also a successful t
Examining the gender gap between lesbians and gay men and how both communities have had to bond in order to resist systematic homophobia.
A short visual essay examining the phenomenon of "Rush Limbaugh TV."
During the American Civil War, a Union Army Captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky. They come across a small, remote farm worked by Sarah Anders, a proud and defiant woman whose husband fights for the Confederates and whose daughter has been
A Seattle rocker gets an unexpected ego-check when her Japanese cousin comes to visit her.
A portrait of Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial, and other major public works of art. It tells the gripping story of how an unknown student was able to create, against great odds and intense political opposition, stunning memorials with profound impa
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman records the principal dancers of the American Ballet Theater in rehearsal in their New York studios, and on stage during a tour of Athens and Copenhagen in the spring of 1992. This is Wiseman's 27th documentary and his first about a cultural institution.
Set in the 1950s, a poor Mexican American boy and his migrant farmworker family struggle to adapt to life in American society.
Born in 1909, Carmen Miranda was already famous in Brazil during the 1930s; her discovery by Broadway impressario Lee Shubert in 1939 made her an international star. The film tracks Miranda's astonishing ascent in popularity, from dirt-poor singer and dancer in Rio de Janeiro to Broadway and Hollywo
Premise is similar to, though not as comic as, McElwee's previous film "Sherman's March" (USA/1986). McElwee documents his own life and those close to him as he explores the meaning of his marriage and the deaths of two family members.
A personal account of filmmaker Frank Perry's spirited battle with inoperable cancer. Over the course of 17 months, Perry confides his feelings to the camera while exploring unconventional medical and spiritual treatments.
An examination of the relationship between prime-time television and America's racial consciousness.
Story of two Jewish teenagers, Nathan "Babe" Leopold Jr and Richard "Dicky" Loeb, involved in the kidnapping and murder of a boy in 1924.
Story of an immigrant experience, focusing on a Chinese family living in New York City's Chinatown.
The filmmaker, through the use of documentary footage and cardboard cutout characters, comes to terms with her beloved grandmother's death.
The story of despair played out by a black family in Brooklyn's Red Hook housing projects.
A documentary that takes a look at opera through the eyes of eleven San Francisco Opera choristers -- their stories, ambitions and views of the stars.
A young woman, sold into slavery to save her starving family in China, ends up on the market in San Francisco, where her struggle to emancipate herself begins.
A French actress, living in Manhattan, and a Wall Street broker both take refuge in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A documentary about a group of activists who were part of the anti-Hitler underground in Nazi Germany.
AIDS takes its toll on a group of affluent white male homosexual friends in New York City over a ten year period.
Filmed theater performance of Peter Brook's international touring company production of the Indian classic.
A look at the United States' first all Chinese-American nightclub, which became an international hotspot in San Francisco during the 1930's and 40's.
A hopeful teacher uses math to give his gang-member students self esteem.
Using interviews and re-enactments, the film examines the 1976 murder of a Dallas policeman, and the wrongful conviction of one of the two men implicated in the killing.
Created from the writings left by the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, this film explores the struggles of a community to survive Nazi domination.
Documentary on the Atlanta journalist, an outspoken opponent of racial segregation.
A small-town teenage girl, in the throes of coming-of-age, becomes determined to lose her virginity and does so with a much older, mysterious ladies'' man.
Profile of entertainer Lily Tomlin and her support team as she developes, rehearses and stages her triumphant one-woman show "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe."
A dramatized portrait of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned African National Congress leader, and his wife Winnie Mandela, who struggles against the government of South African for her political activism on behalf of the victims of apartheid. The film chronicles the past 30 years of the anti-apartheid m
A portrait of the history of the homosexual experience in the United States. Using filmed recollections and a wealth of archival material from both the mass media's portrayal of homosexuality and from the gay subculture's own documentation, we trace the social, political, and cultural development of
A mother and daughter are at odds in a Chinese-American family over the fact that the daughter has not married yet.
A small-town newspaper reporter along the Florida Gulf, Jimmy is waiting for that "flash of green," a Gulf mirage said to occur during sunset. Caring for his dying wife is the only heroic thing that Jimmy does, counterbalanced by the very unheroic act of taking bribes to help a boyhood friend, now a
Three separate stories about women and men trying to cope with their relationships with each other, parents and children.
Chronicles the struggle of Guatemalan peasants against a long heritage of state and foreign oppression.
The story of two Central American political refugees who flee the coffee fields of Guatemala when their father is killed and their mother is arrested by the military.
Director Werner Herzog combats bad weather, morale problems and a South American war to make his epic Fitzcarraldo.
A translation error causes tragedy for a Mexican-American family.
A documentary study of women in army life.
Portrait of the Weavers, the acclaimed American vocal group that introduced traditional folk songs and labor songs to a popular audience.
Eva and David have been married for forty years, and their marriage has not been terribly happy. But when the couple travel to San Francisco to see their grandchildren, they rediscover the love that they once felt for each other.
A woman who has a terminal illness struggles to accept her fate. But this acceptance is even more difficult for her lover, her sister and her daughter.
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex
In early 20th century Wyoming, Elinore arrives at the home of reclusive Scottish farmer Clyde Stewart to work as his housekeeper. Although she is poorly paid, Elinore works tirelessly in the hope that she will save enough money to provide a better life for her 10-year-old daughter Jerrine. Clyde is
The screenplay is adapted from a novel by Marjorie Kennin Rawlings, better known I think for her book The Yearling which has also been films. Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her daddy's money and her cooking and cleaning, which she freely shares. Inevitably, he shows his true colors in a variety of ways. One day he brings home a very young woman with clear intentions of keeping her as a mistress (a gal young 'un) in the older woman's house. Business takes him elsewhere and the two woman are left alone in the woods together to come to terms with their shared exploitedness. The older woman's slowburn and eventual retaliation are masterfully crafted.
A New England household is upset by the arrival of two cousins from Europe.
Ray Sorenson was born in Sweden, but moved to North Dakota to farm there. In 1915, Ray organizes a populist group called the Nonpartisan League in response to bank foreclosures that have threatened the way he and his neighbors make their livings
A documentary about the California Youth Authority Prison in Chino, California.
Documentary on the mysteries of the brain, during gestation and infancy, childhood, adolesence, the mature brain and the elderly brain. Advanced imaging shows the brain at work and 3D computer animation portrays how the cells grow and forge connections. Examines neuroscientific knowledge in regards
Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot travels to South Africa to explore the origins of her instrument.
Biographical documentary of President Woodrow Wilson. In Part 1, Wilson rises from a Civil boyhood in Georgia to become president of Princeton University and an outspoken champion of progressive reform. He is elected governor of New Jersey, then narrowly wins the presidency, accomplishing a remarkab
An adaptation of James Agee's 1957 autobiographical novel "A Death in the Family," a story of a family's fragility and resilience. Set in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the summer of 1915. On his way home from visiting his father one night, Jay Follet is suddenly killed in a car accident. After his wi
In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out with a crew aboard The Endurance with the hope of being the first expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. However, packed ice crushed their frail wooden ship and left Shackleton and his men stranded nearly 1200 miles from civilization. Over the 14 months t
The hijackers of September 11 led lives so ordinary they moved through America and Europe virtually unnoticed. They joined health clubs, used computers at public libraries and took flying lessons. Focusing on several individuals, the program traces the hijackers' movements across two continents, fol
A revue of dances from various Bob Fosse musicals, including "Sweet Charity," "Pajama Game" and "Pippin."
Documentary that follows the exploits of John Dillinger, a desperado and bank robber no jail could hold. The program explores how J. Edgar Hoover used the outlaw's celebrity to burnish the reputation of his national law enforcement agency.
Are Neanderthals our ancestors? The program explores controversial evidence that the genes of these extinct hominids are mixed with our own. For all their brutish reputation, Neanderthals were highly sophisticated survivors in Europe for over 200,000 years, until modern humans arrived from Africa 10
In 1925, John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution in defiance of state law. His trial became an all-out duel between science and religion, and one of the epic legal battles of the 20th century.
The program reveals evidence that suggests Soviet spies penetrated some of America's deepest national secrets in the 1940s, including the Manhattan Project. It explores how the FBI hunted down some of these spies, but was never able to capture the mastermind, a physician named Ted Hall.
For 30 years, scientists have been on the hunt for the source of the most powerful and mysterious explosions in the universe. Defying their expectations, they have discovered that these powerful gamma ray bursts are located at the edges of the known universe. They are exploding so far back in time,
The program explores the science and art of those who play with fire for our visual delight. The history of pyrotechnics is traced back to China a thousand years ago. Marco Polo brought fireworks to Italy in the 13th century. In the U.S., the Zambellis of Pennsylvania call themselves "the first fami
During the 1930s, radical Mexican artist Diego Rivera painted some of his best murals, influencing an entire generation of American artists. He was hired by the Fords, and his work was destroyed by the Rockefellers. This program tells this story with rare images, interviews and an exploration of his
According to evolutionary theory, all four-limbed creatures -- from dinosaurs to humans -- are descended from one single creature, the first animal to crawl from water onto land. This vital bridge between fish and land-animal has long been a mystery to scientists. The program follows a group of pale
An artist's determination propelled the largest sculptural project in history. Gutzon Borglum directed dozens of ordinary Americans in the creation of what some call a monstrosity and others a masterpiece -- Mount Rushmore.
Documentary that tracks America's oldest beauty pageant -- the Miss America pageant -- from its inception in 1921 as an event to lure tourists to the seaside resort of Atlantic City. The program includes interviews with former contestants, social commentary and pageant footage and photographs.
Documentary with clips and commentary from fellow actors on the life and career of Gene Kelly. Interviews with Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron and Betty Garrett.
The program celebrates the master of the 20th century musical -- Richard Rodgers -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Rodgers composed over 800 songs and wrote more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collabo
Documentary that examines the American experiment of universal education, providing a history of public education from the American Revolution to today. The program looks at the efforts of Thomas Jefferson and others to create a common system of tax-supported schools that would mix people of differe
Concert performance of Broadway love songs from City Center, New York City, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Documentary, autobiographical in nature, that consists of a series of animated stories about nine dogs that the artist Paul Fierlinger has owned throughout his 64 years. The program not only reflects on the role of the dog as man's best friend, but also on the nature of love, political opression, ar
Documentary that chronicles the life and work of George Segal, the sculptor known for his life-size plaster casts of ordinary people caught in the act of daily life. The internationally known artist, formerly a New Jersey chicken farmer, became a sensation during the Pop Art movement of the '60s, an
A celebration of the people and things that can be found in parking lots, fairgrounds, drive-ins, sidewalks and wherever else someone has posted a sign saying "Flea Market."
Profile of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who played a major role in introducing America to modern art while championing the elevation of photography as an art form. Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keefe were just a few of the first wave of American artists whom Stieglitz mentored through
Features dance performances and documentary footage that reveal a portrait of the tap dance resurgence in contemporary American culture. The documentary segments include interviews with performers and behind-the-scenes footage of the dance workshops and rehearsals that took place during the Chicago
Whoppi Goldberg receives one of America's top prizes for humor, becoming the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Can science make a "safer" cigarette? As new brands with reduced emissions enter the market, the program probes the controversial quest for a less-toxic smoke. Are these products the answer to smoking related illnesses or are they simply the latest marketing strategy to increase cigarette sales?
In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river
The RMS "Lusitania" was the most luxurious and impressive passenger liner of its day. When the ship set sail on a rainy spring morning in 1915, those aboard expected a routine transatlantic voyage from New York to Liverpool. Instead, their journey ended in a tragedy that laid bare the savagery of 20
Documentary that looks at the ways Americans constantly evaluate and categorize others' social status. For four years, filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker crisscrossed the country, shuttling between swanky hang-outs like the Hamptons, to down-home events like Georgia's Redneck Games, to meet
Documentary follows the rise and fall of the American railroad system and the genesis of a desing movement on the rails and in popular culture. On the morning of May 26, 1934, a shimmering silver locomotive pulled out of Denver's Union Station bound for Chicago. The "Zephyr" was unlike any train se
An adaptation of the 1954 novel by Eudora Welty about Uncle Daniel Ponder, a wealthy man in Clay, Mississippi, in 1939, whose generosity upsets his niece, Edna Earle. Uncle Daniel marries Bonnie Dee Peacock, a young girl from the country who becomes the object of his gift giving, but soon, she disap
Holo Mai Pele (Pele Travels) tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pele, Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, and her sister Hi'iaka. The story is told through a performance program of ancient hula and chant, weaving together archetypal themes of creation, love, and betrayal. Performed by the Hawai
With male couples having children through surrogates and donors, women over sixty having babies, and babies being born with borrowed DNA, options open to infertile couples are wider than ever before, not to mention the possibility of manipulating a child's DNA.
Documentary about the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its denizens. The program looks at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the "Merc," which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own ccostume, means of communication ("open outcry"), rhythms, values
Performance-documentary celebrating the music of Aaron Copland on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program traces the development of Copland's work for the concert hall, theater and film, as well as his ballets for Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham.
The Houston Grand Opera's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's story of the coming of age of the four March sisters -- Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy -- in 19th century New England.
Colditz Castle in eastern Germany was the ultimate escape-proof prison of World War II, the place where the Nazi high command sent Allied prisoners whom they considered the most troublesome. Since many inmates had already escaped from other POW camps, this fortress of steep-sided battlements was for
Comedy special featuring an ensemble of veteran stand-up comics performing from Harrah's Atlantic City.
A profile of two young women following their dreams to become professional football players in an all-women start-up tackle football league.
Documentary that focuses on the years and events surrounding 1500 and the relevance to our time. Historians call this period the beginning of the Modern Age, the beginning of globalization. Before the 15th century, different cultures could inhabit the same globe, live separate lives and be oblivious
Performers volunteer their talents for this memorial concert to celebrate the spirit of the United States of America.
Tenors Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young demonstrate their versatility in a program of opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, spirituals and gospel.
A portrait of Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger and entertainer who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, "Q" has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into fusions, traversing virtually every medium -- records, live perform
Documentary special that depicts one local television station's efforts to lift its newscasts' ratings out of third place while simultaneously improving its journalistic standards. The behind-the-scenes look at WCNC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, follows the daily drama of the r
Biography of Samuel Goldwyn, one of Hollywood's founding fathers. Adapted from the biography by A. Scott Berg, the documentary contains film clips as well as rare footage and photography and first-person interviews.
Documentary that captures the behind-the-scenes story of the full-day cast-album recording session as the company lays down the score Mel Brooks expanded from his 1968 film "The Producers." The entire cast is on hand, led by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, plus director Susan Stroman and writer/c
An adaptation of "Don Giovanni" from the point of view of Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello. Taking the form of a film within a film, the program is simultaneously set in two separate eras -- 1930s Hollywood and 17th century Spain. Opening in 1930, the program presents Leporello as the host of a mov
A gnarled bristlecone tree in the White Mountains of California is the world's most ancient organism -- almost 5000 years old. The program explores the life and times of this sturdy survivor, relating its life to some of the most important historical events the world has ever seen.
For a millennium, the secrets of the Maya realm and its destruction lay sealed in stone, locked in symbols no one could decipher. Then in the 1980s, the Maya code was broken. At the ancient city of Copan in Honduras, a team led by archaeologist Bill Fash, recovered the names, dates and major events
In July 2000, scientists made an announcement that triggered front-page headlines around the globe. The goal of "reading" more than three billion chemical "letters" that make up a human DNA had been accomplished, and far more swiftly than anyone expected. It had been a neck-and-neck race between fed
Alan King hosts his third university forum exploring the historical principles of stand-up comedy from Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made m
Drama based on the novel by Henry James, "The American," about a self-made Midwesterner who discovers the sinister secret of an aristocratic French family when he falls in love with a daughter of the family. Christopher Newman, a 19th century "new man" who has amassed a fortune in California, heads
A salute to the third annual Mark Twain Prize-winner -- author, actor, writer and director Carl Reiner -- from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC.
Native Americans are struggling to protect sacred sites in the American West. Ten years in the making, the documentary profiles three such efforts, juxtaposing reflections on the spiritual meaning of place by Hopi, Lakota and Wintu elders with interviews with non-Indians who have their own ideas abo
Recovering from a debilitating stroke, Chinese/Vietnamese artist Paul Kwan must relearn how to use a wok. While he turns to food for lessons about history and memory, his sister Diana, a recent immigrant and struggling entrepreneur, regards it as the key to economic survival.
Tracks the struggles and transformations that come into the lives of 5 American girls who live in some of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods -- Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha and Haibinh -- as they confront the challenges of growing up in female in America. While revealing differences in race and class tha
Documentary that traces the development of uniquely American music genres during the 20th century, including blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, western swing, Tejano and Native American. Archival footage of the pioneers of this music, collected from more than 150 sources throughout th
Documentary that chronicles the founding of the Sun Records label by Sam Phillips. The program features contemporary artists performing the music of Sun Records artists, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.
Adaptation of John Henry Redwood's play, set in Harlem in the 1940s, about two sisters whose lives are altered when a young Southern man takes temporary lodging in their apartment. Quilly, newly separated from her husband, has come to live with her never-married sister Elizabeth. She is dismayed to
Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that people think they're folk tunes. All in all, he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races."
A profile of Merce Cunningham, one of the great 20th century choreographers, acclaimed for his abstraction, innovation and imagination. Merce opened his dance studio in 1953 and went on to choreograph over 150 pieces throughout his career.
Documentary about the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. The discovery has re-ignited the conflict between anthropologists and Native American people over the control of human remains found on ancestral lands. For the scientists, know
In 1965, a botched circumcision started an infant boy on a nightmare of medical meddling with his sexual identity. Born Bruce Reimer, he would be surgically castrated at age two and then raised as a girl, only later to insist that he be called David and restored as a male. The program tells the scie
A look at the men who are in control of Russia's nuclear missiles, standing just a heartbeat from the top Russian politicians and Armageddon. The program shows that despite low pay and the tedious existence, the men are motivated by a strong sense of patriotic duty and responsibility for the ultimat
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological
Featuring former students of Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute, the film focuses on dance education. It explores the impact of early exposure to the arts and the potential to transform the lives of children.
Special intended to dispel myths and to reveal what we as individuals and as a society can do to deal with a new threatening reality.
Adaptation of A.R. Gurney's play "Far East." Set in occupied Japan in 1954, the story focuses on a young naval officer, Sparky Watts, who is the heir to a Milwaukee beer fortune, and his relationship with his ship's captain and the captain's wife, Julia. Watts becomes trapped between his love for a
"Nova" partners with reporters from The New York Times to investigate the dark past and current prospects of germ warfare. The program is reported by The New York Times team behind the book, "Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War": Judith Miller, a specialist in Middle eastern terrorism
This program observes young performance poets as they perform before audiences and reveal what it's like growing up in the United States today.
Examines the tension between players of the Cuban Baseball League who have defected and the government that invested heavily in their training. Includes interviews with local Cuban officials, U.S. sports agents and player/defectors. Baseball in Cuba has served as a powerful symbol of socialist polit
A musical tribute to the World War II generation, the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and a 10th anniversary salute to the veterans of Desert Storm. The concert also honors former P.O.W.s of the Korean War and those who served in Vietnam.
A musical celebration of Independence Day from the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.
In the 1960s, Dr. Judah Folkman suggested that tumors cannot grow without a blood supply to nourish them -- and that if that supply could be blocked, tumor growth might be stopped. The idea was so simple and so revolutionary, many in the cancer research community dismissed it. After years of detecti
Cincinnati's May Festival, the oldest choral music festival in the western hemisphere, presents Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," led by the festival's music director, James Conlon.
Documentary that presents the history and contemporary legacy of early Asian immigrants to the Americas, from the 1700s to the 1900s. The first part explores the global economic and political forces that brought the first Filipinos, Chinese and Asian Indians to the shores of the Americas in the 18t
The program follows the yearlong conflict that polarized Ashland, Virginia, population 7200, when Wal-Mart decided to build a supercenter on the edge of town. The debate pits neighbor against neighbor in a battle between those who want to preserve their seemingly idyllic small-town way of life versu
In the middle of the South China Sea, a six-hour voyage from the Sultanate of Brunei, prospectors spot an ancient wreck on the sea bed. A team of archaeologists dives down and begins retrieving treasures -- more than 12,000 intact pieces of Chinese porcelain dating from the 14th century AD. The pric
Dual biography of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, focusing on their marriage. The program follows the couple from their strikingly different childhoods to their years in the White House; uncovers their ambitions and fears; and paints a picture of a couple who loved each other, quarreled inten
An updated edition of the story of human life from conception to birth using the latest technological advances in microscopy and medical imaging.
In 1987, "Nova" embarked with seven individuals on the nearly decade-long process of training to be a fully qualified doctor. The plan was to follow these seven members of the entering class at Harvard Medical School throughout their training, giving periodic updates on the intricate and exhausting
Documentary that tells the story of the many German-Jewish professors who, expelled from their homeland by the Nazis, found new lives and careers at all-black colleges and universities in the American South. Only months after Hitler seized power in 1933. Jewish intellectuals who had held prestigious
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, perform in a holiday special.
On August 2, 1947, an airliner took off from Buenos Aires for Santiago, Chile. It never arrived. Then in 1998, two mountaineers stumbled across a huge engine on the Tupangato glacier in the Andes. Despite thorough previous searches of the glacier, no wreckage had been sighted. The Argentine army led
Born in London but raised in the old Hollywood studio system, Elizabeth Taylor remains a silver-screen icon. A favorite leading lady of Tennessee Williams, she dazzled as Shakespeare's Kate and won an Oscar as Edward Albee's Martha. She is one of the most famous women in the world and is remembered
A literary biography of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The program includes excerpts from private letters, photos from family albums, interviews with Fitzgerald's friends and E.L. Doctorow, as well as Zelda Fitzgerald's drawings and paintings.
A backstage look at the premiere performance of Zhang Yimou's opera directorial debut of Puccini's "Turandot" at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival in Florence, Italy.
The story of the flying aces who flew and fought in the P-38 Lightning, the fastest warbird of World War II. The program interviews some of the World War II flying aces, ground crew members and current P-38 owners. Includes a report on the progress of the restoration of Glacier Girl, the P-38 excava
An adaptation of Willa Cather's novel about a young woman's struggle to achieve her destiny -- a struggle that takes her from a small Colorado town to the opera stages of the world. Thea Kronborg, a talented and beautiful young woman growing up in 1890s Colorado, travels to Chicago to make or break
Documentary about Yellowstone, the world's first national park. High in the heart of the American Rockies lies Yellowstone, a place of extraordinary landscapes and geysers, created by the largest volcanic explosions in the planet's history. Throughout history, the 2 million acres have experienced co
Documentary that chronicles aviation achievements that changed the world, from the experiments of the Wright Brothers to supersonic flight. Traces the 90-year history of commercial aviation with archival footage, photography and interviews with famed aviators of the past and present.
An investigative look at the controversial advancements that biotech scientists have made in genetically altering food. A gene from a jellyfish is placed in a potato plant, making it light up whenever it needs watering. Rice plants are genetically transformed to produce vitamin A, preventing millio
When European explorers first found tiny decorated huts in the rain forests of New Guinea, they thought these were homes of an unknown tribe of pygmies. In fact, they were bachelor pads built by animal architects -- the bowerbird.
The program profiles the work of eminent brain researcher Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, who studies patients with neurological deficits in order to learn more about the inner workings of the brain.
Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley grew up to become one of the most influential musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Initially using music as a way out of the ghetto, he became the voice of a country and an ambassador for peace and racial harmony throughout the wor
Special that showcases Irish music, dance and culture from the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington DC. The program opens with a remembrance of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 journey to Ireland. During that visit, Kennedy was met by enthusiastic crowds in Galway and other parts of the island.
The annual New Year's Day concert from Vienna's Musikverein Hall.
Exploration of the fragile alliance with the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia upon which the United States depends for 15 percent of the country's oil needs.
Documentary about the country's first listener-supported radio station, KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, which went on the air in 1949.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Neeme Jarvi, presents its first public performance since 1915, of Gustav Mahler's orchestration of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Gustav Mahler, the Viennese composer who served as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1909 until 1911, re
In 1991, professional diver John Chatterton discovered a sunken German U-boat from World War II, lying undetected only 60 miles off the New Jersey shore, its unexploded torpedoes and the bodies of its crew still aboard. The program follows Chatterton and his dive partners in their quest to identify
Documentary that finds that America's dream of a home in the suburbs following 20th century urbanization may be dying. The program focuses on the role of goverment in deciding how families should organize their lives and where they should live and work. Broadcaster/journalist Fred Barnes examines th
Documentary that presents an aerial tour of Idaho's geologic grandeur. Beginning near the headwaters of the Snake River, the program visits the mountains and wilderness, deserts and canyons, rivers and plains, big lakes and rolling hills that compose Idaho. Some of the natural wonders seen in the pr
Profile of Lucille Ball, the first female television superstar and first solo female head of a major studio.
Documentary that tells the story of African-Americans in opera from the time of Paul Robeson. Featured in interviews are the first black baritone to perform at the Met, Robert McFerrin, his son Bobby McFerrin, Grace Bumbry and Leontyne Price, as well as opera company directors and orchestra conducto
An original Southern drama about family ties, fireworks and romantic possibilities. The drama explores the ties that bind one to family, the land and the past through the emotions and actions of three characters in a small, rural town in Alabama. For nine years, Gloria Turner devotedly and diligentl
Journeying through the major traditions and stylistic currents that have shaped the 20th century history of the piano, this performance documentary bisects other important developments in music: recording techniques, instrument manufacture, Hollywood films and the psychology of the world's virtuoso
For at least 2000 years, a unique way of life has flourished around the shores of Japan's largest freshwater lake, Lake Biwa, fed by more than 500 rivers that descend from the rugged, forested interior of Honshu island. To exploit the abundant mountain water, generations of farmers have transformed
Musical loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," that follows the adventures of a young woman who poses as a man to pursue her dream of being a songwriter. Performed at the Pasadena Playhouse.
On December 2, 1998, the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Cape Kennedy carrying the first stage of the world's most ambitious and expensive engineering venture of all time -- the International Space Station. The program looks at this mission, the risks and hazards of long-term operations in s
Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever
Concert special featuring Paul Simon from the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Documentary about magician Harry Houdini. In 1912, Houdini was lowered into the East River in a chain-wrapped crate. The crowd of spectators gasped and reporters pulled out their stopwatches. Houdini was out in less than a minute. The resulting media blitz established him forever as the world's grea
Broadcaster/journalist Larry Elder investigates proposed reforms for America's public schools -- including public vouchers, charter schools, private scholarships, home schooling and tax credits. The program also looks at the forces that have changed the system.
Live coverage of the Republican Convention from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Special that features clips of debates with exclusive interviews conducted by Jim Lehrer over the past 10 years, with nearly all the debate participants, including Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Carter, Bush and Ford, as well as Vice Presidents Quayle and Mondale, plus contenders Geraldine Ferraro and
Profile of author, critic, intellectual, activist Norman Mailer. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1923, Mailer grew up in Brooklyn. At Harvard, he earned his first literary prizes. He joined the Army after graduation with the intention of writing a great war novel. He served as an infantry man in
Documentary about the rise and fall of the mustang in the western United States.
A candid look at third party efforts to expand American politics beyond Democrats and Republicans. It features the presidential nominees of the Reform, Natural Law, Socialist, Libertarian and Green parties, comparing their struggles for attention to the high-profile campaigns of Republican George W.
Documentary special in which a chef -- Dorinda Hafner of "United Tastes of America," Graham Kerr of "Graham Kerr's Kitchen," Mary Ann Esposito of "Ciao Italia," and Martin Yan of "Yan Can Cook" -- explores a region's food, culture and people -- by train.
An unconventional master class on the art of comedy with "Professor" Alan King, videotaped at Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
A century ago, workers won the right to an eight-hour work day. It was a remarkable achievement that ushered in a new era. But times have changed. The new economy is rapidly rewriting the rules. For millions of Americans, "nine to five" now seems like a quaint idea from a bygone era. The program exp
Documentary that brings into focus the history of Cuban-American relations through the lens of baseball. In addition to the historic two-game series that pitted the Baltimore Orioles against the Cuban National Team in 1999, the program highlights the defection of Cuban pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Her
Australian director Gale Edwards' take on the 1971 Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on the London revival, which also played Broadway. Redefined for a contemporary audience, the production rejects quasi-Biblical costumes, psychedelic lighting and hand-mikes for a gritty, police-state wo
Documentary that profiles young men and women from diverse backgrounds who compete to become firefighters. Set in Oakland, California -- one of the most multicultural cities in the nation -- the program follows a cast of aspiring firefighters through a series of extensive tests as they compete with
Documentary that follows teams of inquisitive people as they struggle to duplicate the technological feats of ancient civilizations.
Documentary that explores classic works that have been controversial -- and explores their current relevance. Featured in Mark Twain's novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; Manet's painting, "Olympia"; Hollywood movies, censorship and the Production Code of the 1930s and '40s; and jazz in the
Live program that examines the issues and questions that determine each voter's decision on Election Day.
Adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's stage musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," an interpretation of the biblical story of Joseph of Canaan.
In 1920, there were nearly one million black farmers in America; in 1999, there were fewer than 18,000. Traveling to her cousin's farm in rural Georgia, filmmaker Charlene Gilbert investigates the social and political implications of African-American land loss in the South. Both a historical examina
Documentary about the controversial Three Gorges Dam on China's Yangtze River. The program states the Chinese government's case for building the dam while reviewing the project's many consequences: the displacement of 1.5 million people, the imminent threat to regional wildlife, the loss of ancestra
Profile of violinist Isaac Stern, one of the 20th century's most renowned and celebrated musicians. Stern is also recognized as a teacher, emissary, speaker and humanitarian.
Nesting high on Bear Butte, peregrine falcons once hunted the skies above the grasslands at its foot and feasted on songbirds, ducks and other fowl. Peregrines take their prey in flight, diving in on the birds at fantastic speeds. However, unknown side-effects of agricultural chemicals used in the 1
Documentary that chronicles a year in the life of a bee colony. The sequences include the wedding flight of the colony's virgin queen as she mates in mid-air with a drone; the life-and-death battle between two rival queens for the colony's throne; and the defeat and death of a thieving wasp at the e
An adaptation of a story by Langston Hughes that focuses on the stories of black and white families in 1916-31 Iowa. Cora, an African-American woman living in an all-white Iowa town in the 1930s, gives up her livelihood and security in order to speak the truth about the tragic deaths of two children
Concert special featuring pop/jazz group Steely Dan.
Documentary investigating the politics of education and the plethora of reform initiatives -- from vouchers to charter schools to for-profit academies -- being touted and tested across the country. Examines the passionate educational reform debate and its impact on the presidential campaign in 2000.
Documentary that follows the riches-to-rags story of two young mathematicians who tried to bring science and reason into the world of investment, and how their efforts collapsed in an irrational panic that swept the world's markets.
Documentary that broadens the immigration debate by focusing on immigrants who are doctors, lawyers and nurses.
Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of f
Documentary that examines global warming by addressing the following questions: Does the release of greenhouse gases threaten the future of human life on the planet? According to many politicians and scientists, the answer is yes -- Earth is experiencing the first portents of a potential global cata
Profile of Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and architect of the first Republican House majority in more than 50 years. In the final years of the 20th century, President Bill Clinton seemed to be in the greatest danger of losing his office, as well as his integrity, but instead, Newt Gingr
Documentary about Japanese Americans who resisted internment after the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. The United States government, fearing subversion, ordered 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast into 10 internment camps. The resisters criticized the camps and then, when the gove
Coverage of the Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2000 concert, featuring pianist Maurizio Pollini accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Christoph Von Dohnanyi.
Nearly three million years ago, a massive explosion tore apart an enormous statovolcano in Eastern Africa's Great Rift Valley to form the Ngorongoro Crater, a barren wasteland of rock, smoldering with poisonous gases. Today, the Ngorongoro Crater is a microcosm of life, vibrant with rolling grasslan
Trilogy of one-act operas set in New York's Central Park and performed at the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center. In "The Festival of Regrets," congregants from a synagogue meet at the Bethesda Fountain for tashlich, a ceremony in which one throws bread into the water, symbolically casting off the
Documentary about the Impressionist period in art history. Through their works of art, the program discusses the interplay of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot and Cassatt -- who knew each other socially, as well as professionally -- with technology, sexism, love and rivalry.
A presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem Mass from St. Thomas Church in New York City.
Documentary about the breakthroughs that have been made in makeshift labs in Russia and China that may transform the marketing of diamonds, the world's most desirable gem. Modern science is closing in on the ability to manufacture gem-quality diamonds in a few days, instead of the billions of years
Dual biographies of George W. Bush and Al Gore, the two men who are competing to become the next President of the United States. The program goes beyond the political rhetoric to explore how the candidates and their values have been shaped by family background, history, victory and defeat.
Documentary that explores why some children are falling behind in the information age. Includes interviews with students, parents, teachers and technology experts.
Documentary about President Richard Nixon's visit to Beijing for an encounter with Chairman Mao Tse-tung in 1972, after a quarter-century of mutual antagonism between the United States and China. The climax of a secret White House initiative headed by Henry Kissinger, the diplomatic breakthrough sho
Profile of James Buchanan Eads, a self-made man and one of America's greatest engineers, who led a life inextricably intertwined with the nation's most important waterway, the Mississippi River. He explored the river bottom in a diving bell of his own design; made a fortune salvaging wrecks; built t
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Church of Saint Mary in Krakow, Poland, to commemorate the orchestra's 1882 founding and to reaffirm the cultural life of a reborn European community. With Bernard Haitink as guest conductor, the concert features soprano Christine Schafer performing
A performance of "La Forza del Destino," Giuseppe Verdi's tale of family loyalties divided by romance. Giuseppe Verdi's original 1862 version of "La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny), especially written to debut at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, differs in many respects from his 1869 r
Documentary about anorexia. Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychological illness -- over a 10-year period, five percent of all patients will die. Complications can include low blood pressure, bone loss and damage to the kidneys, liver and heart. The program takes viewers behind-the-scene
Documentary about the disappearance of British climber George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine, on June 8, 1924, near the summit of Mount Everest. Did Mallory and Irvine actually reach the top of Everest 29 years before Hillary and Tensing? Could they possibly have survived the conditions at
The debut of a new dramatic work, "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," by poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, that is an affirmation of the work of human rights activists. A staged reading of the play at the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC, is intercut
Documentaries by individuals who endured a rigorous audition process in order to tell their stories to a national television audience. In "Episode I, Jeanne," Jeanne, deaf since the age of two, investigates a cochlear implant, a controversial procedure with no guarantee. In "Episode II, Yolanda," 18
Documentary that traces the presidential nomination process from the smoke-filled rooms of conventions past to today's open primaries. Mara Liasson, National Public Radio's White House correspondent, examines the relationship between political parties and the governments they elect.
This journey to Seychelles, a collection of granite and coral islands about 1000 miles east of Kenya, reveals a landscape of natural wealth and scientific value. The islands, among the oldest islands in the world, are home to an array of exotic plants and animals. One island, Praslin, boasts rare or
Documentary about George Eastman, the innovator and entrepreneur who revolutionized the photographic industry, transforming a complex, expensive technology used by a small professional elite into one that anyone could use. Includes dramatic re-enactments.
Telecast of a concert from Preservation Hall, celebrating New Orleans jazz.
An adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata." Violetta Valery, a Parisian courtesan, leaves the luxurious life granted her by her protector in order to live with a naive, emotional man, Alfredo Germont. Germont's father persuades Violetta to leave Alfredo for the sake of the family reputati
Few families in America have been as powerful, as admired or as hated as the Rockefellers -- and no family has been as rich. Over the course of more than a century, they exerted an unparalleled influence over nearly every aspect of American life, from business and government to art and education.
Presentation of the Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner," the story of a famous, irascible, big-city radio personality (based on Alexander Woolcott) who is forced by injury to spend several weeks in the home of an unassuming Midwest middle-class family. Th
In the summer of 1979, violinist Isaac Stern undertook a musical tour of China that was documented in the Oscar-winning film "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China." Now, 20 years later, Stern returns to Beijing to conduct a series of musical encounters, reacquainting himself with the musicians h
Documentary about sports hero Joe DiMaggio. Raised in a poor Italian fishing community in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age.
Documentary about Chuck Jones, the creator of animated characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and other "Toons."
Over the past 100 years, humans have discovered and nearly destroyed the gorilla. The program details how a few people have changed the world's perception of Africa's great apes. Through archival footage, the program reveals the relationship between these pioneers of animal understanding and the wil
Documentary that steps out the back door to help gardeners determine if a garden insect is friend or foe. The program identifies insects -- both good and bad -- from larva to adult. Marla Bean shows gardeners how to attract insects that help maintain a natural balance in their garden without using p
Though history is often related in anecdotal terms, the program analyzes history through data and measurement, using narrative combined with graphics.
On January 11, 2000, a trial opened in London's High Court that would prove to be a crucial test of Holocaust "deniers." British author David Irving brought a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt, author of "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory." In her book, Lipstadt char
Few dancers imagine a professional life beyond 40, but one company embraces the rich potential of the older dancer. Under artistic director Jiri Kylian, the Nederlands Dans Theatre III strives to break stereotypical limitations. The program features six NDTIII dancers: former Nureyev protege Gary Ch
The story of an armored combat vessel that opened a new chapter in naval warfare. At a critical moment of the American Civil War in 1861, the Navy commissioned the U.S.S. Monitor to test a daring idea -- that a mechanical fighting machine could inflict a crushing defeat on Confederate forces. Not lo
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-Beethoven program that features the Ninth Symphony and the Second Piano Concerto in B-flat with Mikhail Pletnev as pianist.
Documentary that features some of the planet's most spectacular structures, highlighting the engineering principles and human stories behind these achievements. Part 1 focuses on bridges, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire, to Japan's giant all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge, th
A musical tribute to those who served in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Documentary that explores the riddle of quintessence -- a mysterious repulsive force that some scientists believe counteracts gravity. The program follows the efforts of two rival teams of astronomers as they search for exploding stars, map out gigantic cosmic patterns of galaxies and grapple with t
Documentary about the 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton, an impoverished immigrant from the West Indies who rose to become a framer of the U.S. Constitution and the architect of America's political economy, and Aaron Burr, a man born to wealth and privilege who served with distinction in the Revo
Documentary that chronicles the life of Ely Parker, a Seneca chief, Civil War hero and the first Native American to serve as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
Documentary about the rise and fall of ancient Greek civilization, focusing on Odysseus, Socrates, Pericles and Alexander the Great. Also examines how history is re-interpreted and how the ancient Greek culture is still relevant today.
Live coverage of a celebration of the Fourth of July from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC.
Documentary about George Wallace, the governor of Alabama for 20 years and four-time presidential candidate. The program examines the life of the man who divided a nation and launched a conservative movement that transformed the country. Born in 1919 in rural south Alabama, George Wallace was raise
At the heart of the Jewish tradition lies the mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Ever since their defeat and banishment by the Assyrians in 722 BC, the Lost Tribes' fate has inspired countless claims to Jewish ancestry by groups scattered on every continent. The program follows the first attempt
Live coverage of the Democratic Convention from Los Angeles, California.
Documentary about Kamchatka, a region of the former Soviet empire, just east of the Aleutian Islands and America. A top-secret submarine base gave the Soviets access to the Bering Sea and the Pacific, while two Soviet islands off Kamchatka -- Bering and Medhy -- provided convenient eavesdropping pos
Using the latest laboratory and field science -- DNA evidence, ice core samples, forensic archaeology, bone analysis, climatology and more -- scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of past mysteries.
Documentary that examines the characters and historic events surrounding the 100-year-old Spanish-American War and its relevance throughout the 20th century.
The death of Marilyn Sheppard in 1954 is one of the most famous unsolved murders in America. The indictment of her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, quickly became the "Trial of the Century," then the "Retrial of the Century," making a celebrity out of lawyer F. Lee Bailey. Although most of the forensic ev
Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming sing classical and popular romantic songs with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Guest artists perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Erich Kunzel live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
A biography of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, elected to the papacy in 1979.
By the summer of 1940, Hitler had conquered nearly all of Europe and surrender seemed imminent. But Winston Churchill had a secret weapon -- the world's most curious military unit, known as Station X. In a converted English country mansion, crossword fanatics, chess champions, mathematicians and Egy
Robert X. Cringely examines the Y2K dilemma and how people can deal with the repercussions.
Explores the turbulent psychology of America's suburban teenagers, uncovering among the children of relatively affluent Rockdale County, Georgia, patterns of group sex, binge drinking, drugs and violence -- beginning as early as ages twelve and thirteen.
A portrait of the Surf, one of America's best-known ballrooms and the site of the last performances of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in 1959. Documents the cultural, social and economic forces that affected the lives of four generations through their relationship w
Documentary profile of singer Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song.
A look at the history of the hot dog. Visits some of the places in the United States where you can get "great dogs" and examines how frankfurters and relish differ throughout the country.
Program that provides instruction and information for adults considering going online, or who have already taken the plunge and need help maximizing their computer and internet connections.
An exploration of the land of the Colorado Plateau. Located mainly in southeastern Utah, the plateau extends south into Arizona and east into Colorado, covering 40,000 miles. In the heart of the plateau is a geological spectacle where millions of years of exposure to weather and the chiseling force
Women from all walks of life share their childbearing stories, what it means to be a mother and memories of their own mothers.
The program tells six stories about the evolving relationship between the United States and Mexico. The stories exemplify the issues facing the region: NAFTA and the changing global economy; the crisis of water in desert communities; the migration in and out of the border region; litigation over lan
Documentary profiling the tempestuous association between two of the greatest figures in Hollywood history, producer David O. Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, whose clashes played out dramatically against the backdrop of the disintegrating institution of the Hollywood studio system.
Two American scientists use state-of-the-art sonar and sensitive underwater cameras in an attempt to track down and identify the Loch Ness Monster.
A look at older, traditional amusement parks that have survived across America. Two of the parks examined by the program, Playland in Rye, New York, and Kennywood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are recognized as National Historic Landmarks. California's Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Holiday World in Santa
Andrea Bocelli sings selections from religious music featured on his "Sacred Arias" CD. Taped at the Roman basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
Walter Cronkite hosts a New Year's celebration from Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Austria. Conductor Lorin Maazel leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a selection of waltzes composed by members of the Strauss family.
Concert performance celebrating the 50th birthday of composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Special concert performance saluting the women of the Great White Way.
A profile of playwright, cabaret composer and actor Noel Coward (1899-1973). Chronicles his image as a 1920s enfant terrible through his wartime career, his contacts with the Royal Family and his emigration from Britain. Includes clips from a 1969 BBC interview of Coward discussing his career and sc
Examines the debate over fairness in college admissions in a program that looks at how the rise of American meritocracy has created a national obsession with test scores and a multimillion dollar test-preparation industry. The program investigates the impact of standardized tests on racial diversity
Buried in the shallow mud beneath the waters of Matagorda Bay in Texas lies the only remnant of a tragic episode of the age of discovery. In the 1660s, France hatched a plan to control the whole of North America by seizing the Mississippi trade route. Led by LaSalle, four ships set sail in search of
To celebrate the 100th birthday of pianist, arranger and bandleader Duke Ellington , Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform selections of Ellington's music. The program also features swing dancing and documentary sequences that explore Ellington's compassions as a composer.
Documentary about the animals of the remote island of Hokkaido, thrust out into the North Pacific in the far north of Japan.
Backstage interviews and highlights from the Broadway season's hits. Also features the first hour of the American Theatre Wing's 53rd annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards and the live presentation of 10 awards, including Best Direction of a Play and Musical, Choreography, Original Score, Book of a
Documentary about pioneer community organizer Saul D. Alinsky. The program focuses on Alinsky's techniques and philosophy, chronicling his work with three organizations: The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, The Woodlawn Organization and the FIGHT organization. The program also reveals the pow
Documentary about butterflies that focuses on how to create a garden that attracts them.
Outlines histories and legends inspired by some of the world's most precious treasures. The program chronicles the fame of these cultural icons in tales of mishap and madness, inspiration and intrigue, devotion and discovery. Part 1 explores the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre on August 21, 1
A presentation of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of "Crazy For You," an adaptation of the 1930 George and Ira Gershwin musical "Girl Crazy." Banking heir and song-and-dance man Bobby Child, is sent by his mother to foreclose on the Gaiety Theater in Deadrock, Nevada. Instead, he falls in love w
Examination of one of history's most enduring struggles between Arabs and Israelis recounted by leading statesmen, generals, terrorists and others who made the headlines in the 50 years war.
Documents the gang-related murder-suicide that took the lives of four teenagers in the community of Appleton, Wisconsin, in May of 1995. Explores the issues of race, family dysfunction and youth violence in the context of one small, middle-American city.
A tribute to the late Alvin Ailey by choreographer-dancer Judith Jamison, performance artist-actress Anna Deveare Smith and filmmaker Orlando Bagwell. Features the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performing Jamison's choreography to Smith's synthesis of the dancer's memories of working with Ailey
Profile of artist Robert Rauschenberg, known for blurring the line between painting and sculpture with his multi-sided "combines."
Documentary about Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in Southeast Asia at 13,000 feet, the island teems with plant and animal life.
The 1999 opening night concert from Carnegie Hall. Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.
Adaptation of Ralph Ellison's short story "King of the Bingo Game." In 1943 Harlem, Sonny walks the streets of New York in search of work to support his ailing, pregnant wife, Laura, but he's unable to find a job. Hungry and desperate, he seeks refuge at the neighborhood movie house, where -- betwee
Master choreographer Marius Petipa's 1880 adaptation of Lord Byron's "Le Corsaire," with its swashbuckling tale of pirates and slave girls, was originally performed before audiences of imperial Russia, yet has been performed infrequently in America. With this re-staging, American Ballet Theatre is o
Three thematic segments profile American communities that exemplify positive, grass-roots responses to teen violence, street crime and hate crimes. Three public dialogues, based in Kansas City, Missouri, Portland, Oregon, and Columbia, South Carolina, allow experts, activists and local citizens to r
Documentary on Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the fight for women's suffrage. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the daughter of a wealthy attorney and former Revolutionary War hero. She married and had seven children. Susan B. Anthony was from a disciplined Quaker background and chose never t
Documentary that traces the origins of the Bible's Book of Revelation and how it has shaped Western ideas of the apocalypse, evoking images of doom and destruction, judgment and fear, death and hell. Yet, it also speaks of trial, deliverance and hope -- at least for those who prevail. The program ex
Special that explores what good can come from senseless tragedies. Each part outlines how engineers draw on the experience of accidents and disasters to redesign or reinvent new safety features, so that when history repeats itself, it does so with less tragic consequences.
Documentary about the possibility of time travel in the future. Many leading physicists now believe that time travel is possible and are now discussing how to build a time machine. Physicists discuss achieving it with "quantum wormholes" and some "exotic matter."
Eight-year-old Travis Jeffries lives in the South Bronx, and has full-blown AIDS. Filming over a three-year period, documentarian Richard Kotuk presents not only the roller-coaster of hope, pain, improvements and setbacks intrinsic to the disease, but also introduces us to an extended family -- from
Documentary that tells the story of a group of doctors' search for a practical artificial heart. The program dramatizes their rivalries and frequent battles against the skepticism of the medical establishment. Among the many characters is Dr. Michael DeBakey, who at age 90 is still at the forefront
Placido Domingo performs highlights from "Parsifal," Richard Wagner's opera that dramatizes the mystique of The Grail - the cup which Jesus drank from at The Last Supper. Violeta Urmana joins Domingo as Kundry and Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra and Choir. Features an interview with Wagn
An examination of U.S. war capability and the technology of a changing battlefield in a post-Cold War scenario.
A celebration of the songs of Rodgers & Hart. Features interviews, classic clips and new renditions of their songs.
A celebration of Latin music from the John F Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
Twenty-two couples dance a complete roster of 10 standard and Latin dance styles, enhanced by innovations drawn from flamenco, Lindy hop, jitterbug, salsa and street dance routines.
Documentary about the first major confrontation of the Cold War. The Soviets surrounded West Berlin, cutting off food and fuel to the starving population. The Allied Powers faced a dilemma: give the Soviets West Berlin, or resist and risk World War III. The program interviews members of the RAF and
Documentary about the social impact of American photography in the 20th century. Features famous and rarely seen historical and contemporary images and provides insights from experts, scholars and historians. Part 1 examines the time period of 1900-1934. Part 2 explores 1935-1959 and the explosion o
A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the moon landing and an examination of the future of space technology.
Documentary about Kakadu, a 8000-square mile national park located on Australia's northern coastline. This tropical antipodean wilderness is inhabited by fish that spit to disable their prey, birds that mate in threesomes, kangaroos that box, lizards with frills, green ants and flocks of flying fox.
Documentary that follows the rescue of a P-38 plane, one of a squadron of six P-38s buried in the glacial ice of Greenland since World War II. On July 15, 1942, storm clouds forced an American squadron en route to Great Britain to make emergency landings on a Greenland glacier. The crew radioed an S
The program explores how female teenage athletes try to find a balance between strength and femininity.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou's Maggio Musicale production of Puccini's "Turandot" is performed Beijing, China. "Turandot" is the story of a beautiful princess in ancient China who demands that her suitors solve three riddles or face death.
Special that examines the array of music that has grown up around the Mississippi River. Part one travels from the river's headwaters in Minnesota to Iowa, and covers such divergent genres as Scandinavian fiddle, Dixieland jazz, Tex-Mex and Ojibway. Part two, moving from Illinois to Kentucky, showca
Reveals the submarine accidents and high-risk spy missions that helped win the Cold War. Oceanographer and explorer Robert Ballard searches for clues to two tragedies of the Cold War, the wrecks of the nuclear submarines Thresher and Scorpion. Declassified footage gives a glimpse of the wrecks and a
Documentary portrait of singer, actor, author, civil rights activist and sports legend Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Includes exclusive interviews with friends and family, use of personal papers, letters, private films, confidential political documents, medical records and his wife's diaries.
Documentary that focuses on the revival of one area of the Polynesian culture -- wayfinding -- the art of navigating a canoe across long distances using only natural signs: the sun, the moon, the stars and the ocean swells. A community of Pacific Islanders build traditional sailing canoes, learn how
A behind-the-scenes look at the PBS kids' series "Zoom." The program features audition and rehearsal footage of the Zoomers -- Zoe, Jared, Keiko, Pablo, Lynese, David and Alisa.
Documentary examining 20th century African-American art through the stories of African-American writers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers.
Chronicling the gay and lesbian experience since the Stonewall riots on June 27, 1969 in New York City. The film documents stories of transformation and liberation that led to the formation of lesbian and gay movements and communities which in turn have rigorously challenged prevailing social assump
Documentary about South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, the most important penguin nesting and breeding area on Earth. Surrounded by glaciers and ice floes, this 106-mile expanse of ice-capped mountains endures storm winds that exceed 120 miles per hour and is home to elephant seals, alb
A look at the years between 1920 and 1949, when 178 women joined ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Their work turned up from vaudeville to Broadway, from the repertoire of the big bands to the movies of Hollywood. Documents the lives and work of the women of Tin Pan
The Mississippi Delta has been home to generations of Jewish families. A Jewish community thrived for more than a century as its members forged a hybrid identity out of their religious and regional heritage. Through the eyes of the handful of Jews who remain there, this documentary traces the histor
Program that examines the microbial world. Part 1 examines the human genome -- as scientists map it. They find ancient DNA of microbes at the root of the human family tree. This installment follows the quest of scientists to understand how all human life on earth is related. Part 2 explores how micr
Tribute to the king of the blues, Muddy Waters from the Kennedy Center's Opera House. Presented in three acts: "The Chicago Years," focuses on Waters' first hits; "The First Train From Clarksdale," describes his early years in Mississippi; and "Got His MoJo Working," takes the audience through his l
Documentary about the world's oceans. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the planet and contain 90 percent of the life on earth, yet oceans remain the most treacherous and alien part of the environment.
Profile of Canal Street, considered by some to be the noisiest and most vibrant street in New York City.
Even before it was finished, the Leaning Tower of Pisa began to topple, shaken by earthquakes and sinking slowly into the unstable soil. Presently, the top hangs 16 feet over the base and collapse seems imminent. The documentary follows a decade-long search for a solution to correct the lean and sav
Concert special featuring the Dave Matthews Band.
A sequel to the documentary "Affluenza," which introduced viewers to the "epidemic" of rampant consumerism and materialism.
A look at young Burmese girls taken to work as prostitutes in Bangkok, Thailand.
Special focuses on the crocodile and their continued success for over 70 million years.
A presentation of the stage musical, "Cats," about a magical meeting of assorted cats. Taped at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
Telecast of Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Swan Lake," reset in 1950s London with a cast of male swans. Videotaped at the Royalty Theatre, London, 1996.
A selection of short films exploring the female experience.
Documentary exploring the history of the controversial American opera, "Porgy and Bess," written by George and Ira Gershwin. Includes footage of rehearsals and early performances of the opera, dramatizations, and interviews with singers, actors, scholars and critics.
Documentary profile of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Includes commentary of architects, historians, biographers, writers, artists, former students of Wright and members of his family.
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Documentary examining the historical roots of today's social problems by exploring the history of slavery in America. From the nation's early days as an English settlement to the start of the Civil War, each part focuses on a different chapter in the struggle to define freedom. Combines first-person
Documentary special offering selections from Frank Sinatra's classic TV specials of the 1960s and '70s. Guests include Ella Fitzgerald, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gene Kelly.
Documentary explores the nature of tropical islands. Begins with the formation of the islands, their unique ecosystems and early colonization by native people; then explores the role of islands in assisting and defining the spread of species, cultures and religions; and finally, examines the islands
Documents the stories of children who have been placed by social agencies in temporary care situations. Almost a half-million children in the United States are in foster care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Chronicles the life and work of artist Pablo Picasso, with emphasis on the autobiographical nature of his canvases and sculptures.
Harry Connick, Jr. sings romantic ballads with his seven-piece band and a 30-piece orchestra, from the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Three-part documentary exploring Russian culture and art. Hosted by Dr. James H. Billington, the United States Librarian of Congress and a historian of Russia.
Examines the political and social landscapes of 1968 by combining archival footage with interviews of many key witnesses of the year's pivotal events, including the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and th
A look at urban poverty inspired by Jacob Riis' infuential 1890 book "How the Other Half Lives" about the slums of New York City.
A portrait of Arthur Campbell Jr., a disabled man who is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie.
Special depicts the various types of wildlife found in the African Kalahari desert, particularly those active after sunset.
A look at the island of Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. Three hundred miles off the coast of Africa, Madagascar has followed its own evolutionary path. More than 80 percent of the plants and animals are unique to the island.
Two-part documentary special on Ronald Reagan, who in 1989, after two terms in office, left the White House as one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century and one of the most controversial. When his Hollywood career began to wane, Reagan turned to politics. His opponents underestimated hi
Performance documentary showing the behind-the-scenes process of bringing the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime" to a new Broadway theatre constructed from two pre-existing 42nd Street landmark houses.
Dramatization of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother in the wilds of Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Ballard, kept a 27-year diary, from which Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote her book. An extraordinary woman, Ballard struggled against p
Performance of Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera, "L'Elisir D'Amore." This Lyon National Opera production is set in southern Italy in the 1930s. True-hearted peasant Nemorino believes he can win the heart of rich, beautiful Adina with an exotic elixir of love -- which in reality is simply red wine.
Documentary about Cold War politics, focusing on the race to build the first supersonic commercial jet.
A look at the annual Miss India Georgia Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia. Presents a juxtaposition between cultural heritage, homeland traditions and a contemporary American lifestyle.
Concert featuring rock legend John Fogerty performing songs he wrote for his band Creedence Clearwater Revival, from 1968 to 1972, as well as songs from his solo career.
Luciano Pavarotti and guest artists perform in Modena, Italy, to benefit the children of Liberia.
Documentary and performance footage featuring the leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre.
A survey of a century of tensions across the Taiwan Strait. Includes archival footage and on-site interviews to examine the Japanese colonial era, the 1947 massacre, stories of harsh government repression and cultural revival.
A look at the five interconnected Olympic Rings, representing five continents, symbolizing the kinship of the human family, as well as symbols of basic human emotions shared by all. Through an exhibition organized by J. Carter Brown for Atlanta's High Museum of Art for the 1996 Centennial Olympics,
Special saluting producer Cameron Mackintosh. Includes excerpts from many Mackintosh productions, including "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Song and Dance," "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "Martin Guerre," "Side by Side by Sondheim," "Putting It Together," "Follies" and "Five Guys Named Moe."
Playwright/actor Sam Shepard discusses his career and reads from his works. Woven throughout are performance excerpts from Shepard plays.
An operatic adaptation by Andre Previn and Phillip Littell of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Documentary features young survivors who are at different stages of struggling to overcome their experience of abuse and neglect. Examines a facility that uses peer pressure in an innovative healing approach and interviews subjects.
Three-part documentary examining the juvenile justice system and its role in promoting public safety. Features interviews with professionals working within the system to academic observers, from young offenders to their victims and from policy makers to individual community members who are working t
Reveals the story of quilts in historic and modern Hopi life. Visits quilters in the Hopi mesas of northern Arizona and shows how Hopi artisans have adopted the American quilting tradition and made it their own.
Holiday concert from Vienna of polkas, waltzes and marches composed by members of the Strauss family and others.
For 10 years, beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. They were called "Black Blizzards," dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. Disease, hardship
Compilation of performances of the world's greatest opera singers, from silent films, movies and television. Includes performances by Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Ezio Pinza, Rosa Ponselle, Leontyne Price, Tito Schipa, Rise Stevens, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi
Documentary surveys the problems aboard the aging Mir space station through the eyes of the Russian cosmonauts and the American astronauts who lived through them.
Nature documentary on Africa's Etosha, a vast and ancient land of seasonal paradox. During the blooming of the wet season, animals thrive, but the inevitable heat, drought and thirst put all life at risk, except for that of the opportunistic vultures.
Documentary about the destruction of the city of Yodefat almost 2000 years ago. The people of Yodefat, in the region that is now Israel, battled against the Roman army for 47 days but the Romans prevailed. The few Yodefat residents who weren't killed were enslaved, with the exception of Flavius Jose
Presentation of a gala evening, showcasing a wide range of performance disciplines, celebrating the inaugural season of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Documents the 13-year restoration of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the cleaning of Michelangelo's frescoes. Uses the Sistine Chapel as a starting point to examine Michelangelo, the man and the artist.
Nature documentary on Bhutan, or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the only remaining Buddhist Himalayan kingdom. Shrouded in mystery, Bhutan is one of the few surviving regions whose secrets have passed undisturbed through the millennia. Since 95 percent of the Bhutanese people remain subsistence far
Observes the leopard society of the Luangua Valley in Zambia, revealing the challenges and dangers faced daily by the animals.
Goes behind the scenes of the feature film "Titanic" and shows how James Cameron achieved his vision. Also reveals screts behind the explosions on the set of "The X-Files Movie" and the work that went into the animation in "Flubber."
An exploration of the phenomenon of the bumper sticker, a political and social forum for car-worshipping Americans.
Documentary examines the emerging forces of America in 1900 that would come to shape the 20th century.
Examines the geological evidence that suggests that Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano dormant since 1944, is on the move again. The program looks at scientific measurements of the volcano, at the threat posed by an eruption to the more than two million people who live under its shadow and at the critical day
Documentary on the experiences of two extended families, the Chapmans and Soules in Cayutaville, a small village in upstate New York.
Profile of broadcast journalism pioneer Don Hewitt, creator of "60 Minutes," the first television news magazine.
Documentary about the personal and professional partnership of French ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit. Traces their collaboration back to its first international success with "Carmen" in 1949. Also featured are clips from Jeanmaire's Hollywood musicals, her Petit-choreographe
Annual Memorial Day tribute dedicated to American soldiers who gave their lives for freedom. Features guest artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel, live from the West Lawn of the Capitol building.
Documentary special on Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. Since the 1950s, an international brigade of scientists has probed the secrets of Antarctica, struggling to work in conditions where the temperatures reach minus 49 degrees centigrade. Previously ignored and unc
Five-part documentary reports on the personal and public costs of addiction, medical research on the science of addiction and the challenges of recovery to those involved.
Documentary special highlights the science of the frozen past. Includes a journey to the Andes in search of clues to the ancient rite of "capacocha" -- child sacrifice; a journey to Siberia to search for information on the nomadic Pazyrk people who ruled the steppes of Central Asia 2400 years ago; a
Spotlights the work of glassblower Dale Chihuly in Venice, Italy. Chihuly and his team of glassblowers travel to Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Italy to collaborate with master glass artisans in the creation of monumental glass chandeliers to be installed over the canals of Venice.
A master promoter who produced elaborate spectacles to sell bicycles and cars, Carl Fisher had already made a fortune and built a motor speedway in his native Indianapolis when he was seized by a vision. On a narrow strip of swampland near Miami, Fisher created a tropical paradise of sand and palm t
A celebration of the opening of the season at Carnegie Hall with a centenary salute to composer George Gershwin.
A discussion of the elections, Washington politics and citizen participation with a diverse group of voters in Denver, Colorado. Woven through the discussion is taped reports on the crisis surrounding President Clinton and end-of-session battles over budget bills, analysis of polling and strategic i
Documentary on the flu epidemic which ravaged America starting in Spring 1918. In less than a year, the epidemic killed 675,000 people, more than died in all the wars of the 20th century combined, before disappearing as mysteriously as it began.
Examines the ancient civilization of China and ponders whether Western civilizations had any influence in the ancient East.
Explores the mystery of the pearl, a jewel that requires no mining, extraction, cutting or polishing to reveal its beauty. The program visits locations where pearls are harvested by divers and to farms where huge numbers of pearl are grown.
Native American musician Robbie Robertson -- known from his days with The Band and solo albums -- explores his musical heritage and collaborates with other Native American musicians.
A comprehensive view of the illusions, philosophies and history of the ancient art of magic. Includes interviews and performances by contemporary magicians.
Documentary examines the ideals and the reality of life in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where black and white families have lived side by side for 40 years.
Presentation of the Washington Opera's production of "I Pagliacci," a popular opera about a comedia dell'arte troupe whose leader is heartbroken when he discovers that his wife is having an affair, and the ultimate revenge that he exacts.
Special focuses on the continent of Antarctica and its shifting glacial coastlines. Scientists ponder the fate of our planet if Antartica is indeed melting.
Five-part, ten-hour special hosted by journalist Charles Osgood chronicling 20th century science, technology, experimentation and discovery.
Nature documentary on Palau, an archipelago of more than 200 mostly uninhabited islands, surrounded by waters and lagoons filled with more than 300 species of coral. The coral produce skeletons forming vast rock-like structures that attract a variety of fish.
Four-part special documents the creation of a Greek empire, stretching from the Balkans to India, by retracing Alexander the Great's 22,000-mile expedition that first joined East and West.
Documentary about architect Walter Burley Griffin. Griffin, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, helped develop America's first original architectural style known as the Prairie School. Reveals the shared dedication of Griffin and his wife, fellow architect Marion Mahony Griffin.
Four-part special about cancer, a disease that strikes one in three people and on which three trillion dollars has been spent in the search for a cure. Examines the social, historical, political and medical struggles and turning points that have accompanied the international fight against cancer.
Sergeant Hendriek Mohale of the South African Police Service in Soweto meets his counterpart, Sergeant David Van of the 23rd Police District in Philadelphia, through a digital video link. The two black policemen explore similarities and differences in police work, crime, race relations and life in t
Special documents the exploration of caves in South Mexico which may hold evidence of a lost civilization.
English literature teachers, Deborah Whitley of Washington, D.C., and Sima Daad of Tehran, engage in discussion through a digital video link. In conversations taking place over four days, they confront many of the social and political differences that have kept their countries at odds with one anoth
Live presentation of a concert celebrating Independence Day from the lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington DC. Features the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel. Includes a tribute to composer George Gershwin on the 100th anniversary of his birth in Brooklyn.
Profiles the effects of new medicines and therapies on the state of male impotence.
Documentary explores the events surrounding the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848), the conflict between neighboring nations struggling for land, power and national identity.
Profile of Lou Reed, the Long Island-bred, largely self-taught rock poet, guitarist and composer.
Four-part documentary tells the stories of great natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by the force of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.
In a collage of documentary and historical footage, Chinese medical charts, animation, and puppetry, filmmaker Paul Kwan goes on a personal quest to subdue an irksome body rash and then to heal from an unexpected and debilitating stroke, using both Western and Chinese medicine. Also examines the hea
Three-part documentary presenting the latest achievements of modern astronomy. Combines live-action sequences, computer animation and images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA archives, news footage and personal interviews with colleagues and family provide a portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
Specials focuses on the world of contemporary mathmatics and Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem.
Correspondents consider the shifting definition of who is, and who aspires to be, an American and how that affects the way citizens think of themselves and their country.
A panel of experts and a studio audience discuss discrimination against women in professional and college sports.
A portrait of gospel composers and performers, and the central role the church played in the music's evolution.
Documentary follows a little league baseball team from the opening day of tryouts to the end-of-the-season party. Tells the team's story through the eyes of 8-year-old narrator Wyatt Cowen of Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Special follows the expedition of the sunken Mediterranian city Alexandria. A regiment team of archeologists, map makers and artists dive along the Egyptian coast for the first time in 600 years in hopes of finding the Alexandrian lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the world.
The story of the birth of the Himalaya Mountains and the life that colonized them, observing how wildlife and man have adapted to the rarefied roof of the world.
Special depicts the efforts of pilots to break the sound barrier, long thought to be an impossible task.
The story of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their famous 1803 journey up the Missouri River on what was the United States' first official exploration into unknown territories. Lewis and Clark and their large crew, including Clark's slave, York, and a young Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, com
Personal account of the life of octogenerian John Hope Franklin, one of America's leading historians, emeritus professor at both the University of Chicago and Duke University, and recipient of the Medal of Freedom and 105 honorary degrees. Franklin leads viewers from a tiny black hamlet in Oklahoma
The San Francisco Opera returns to the refurbished and seismically secure War Memorial Opera House to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a concert featuring the world's finest singers.
Four-part documentary telling the story of transplant surgery, from its early experimental days to the present, when it has become almost routine.
Performance documentary on the life and work of pop hit composer Burt Bacharach.
Follows the preparation and launch of one of the top ballooning teams attempting to circumnavigate the Earth during the 1996-1997 season.
Two-part documentary on the life of Harry S. Truman, President of the United States from 1945-1953.
Performance documentary on the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb whose 35-year collaboration has produced Broadway and movie classics such as "Chicago," "Cabaret," "New York, New York," "Woman of the Year," and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
Documentary on the four-year construction of the Clark Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri and Alton, Illinois.
Portraits, paintings, drawings and excerpts from Jefferson's journals, letters, scientific papers and political writings help to outline many aspects of his life.
A performance of American concert song by baritone Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica Von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell and Jerry Hadley.
Special focuses on bomb disposal teams, particularly those of the British Army and the IRA.
Three-part documentary addressing patterns in American life that are subtly eroding common culture.
In his latest examination of American institutions, documentarian Fred Wiseman turns his unwavering eye on the poor who inhabit Chicago's Ida B. Wells public housing development. Besides showing the cliche signposts of despair of urban poverty and the grinding cycles of addiction, unemployment, raci
A panel of experts and a studio audience looks at new approaches to policing.
Documentary about Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper reporters, who worked for the "New York World" at the end of the 19th century and was a practitioner of "stunt journalism." Focuses on two of her exploits: her inmate's-eye view of an asylum in New York City and her journey around the w
Three-part documentary looking at the creative ways people across the United States are using down-to-earth concepts and innovative technologies in their quest to preserve the environment.
In 1947, on a balsa raft called the Kon-tiki, Thor Heyerdahl embarked on a journey to prove to the scientific community that ancient mariners crossed the world's great oceans. Original crew members, actual expedition footage and Thor Heyerdahl tell their story.
Documentary on the life and career of modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was shaped by Japanese and American cultures.
Telecast of the annual Fourth of July concert from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The centerpiece of this concert is the 40th anniversary celebration of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."
Octavio, a seven-year-old boy from the jungles of Costa Rica, has been newly adopted by an American couple. When he unpacks his suitcase, his stuffed monkey Mangas comes to life, filling his bedroom with the rain forest of his homeland.
Alan King hosts a forum at Harvard University exploring the origins of stand-up comedy styles.
Documentary chronicling the transformation of China to a world economic and military power since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Told through the voices of peasants, students, loyal revolutionaries, political prisoners, etc., the interviews are woven together with archival footage.
Documentary on the various types of wolves found in North America, focusing on the efforts of Yellowstone National Park to reintroduce their gray wolf population to the area.
Second in a series of specials which take the viewer on a journey to some of the most remote and unspoiled corners of the world, using only occasional musical scores and minimal narration. This special explores Patagonia in southern Argentina where the sites range from the towering mountains of Torr
Documentary of the life and work of author William Styron, whose works include "Sophie's Choice" and "The Confessions of Nat Turner."
Portrait of Native American jazz saxophone pioneer, Jim Pepper. Pepper merged his musical roots as a Creek/Kaw Indian from Oklahoma with his passion for jazz and was among the first to blend jazz with rock. Pepper, who died in 1992, is remembered as a talent who played with some of the giants of jaz
Performance of composer Tobias Picker's first opera, "Emmeline," based on a true story and later a novel by Judith Rossner. In pre-Civil War Maine, the 13-year-old Emmeline Mosher is sent from her home on a farm in Fayette to earn sorely needed money for her family in the textile mills of Lowell, Ma
Special documents the cause and effects of avalanche disasters.
Documentary of the scientific quests of physicist August Piccard and his son Jacques, who piloted his father's revolutionary submarine, the bathyscaph, to the bottom of the sea.
Primetime special celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Documentary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who became the first to reach the highest point on earth - the summit of Mt. Everest.
Documentary examining the hardships faced by gold prospectors in the Yukon rush of the the 1890s. Features photographs, personal correspondance, interviews, and expert reports.
Documentary on the 7,000-square mile Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru, home for some of the Amazon's most endangered species.
Documentary of Richard Byrd, who claimed to be the first man to fly over the North Pole and four years later, flew over the South Pole. In 1934, Byrd went on a controversial expedition to try to survive the Antarctic winter entirely alone.
Special taped in the Piazza de Cavaliere in Pisa, Italy, with tenor Andrea Bocelli performing music from his CD "Romanza," including "Time to Say Goodbye," a duet with soprano Sarah Brightman. Bocelli also sings duets with Italian rock legend Zucchero and soprano Nuccia Focile. Features documentary
On June 12, 1997, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance, the reconstruction of Shakepeare's Globe Theatre was officially opened. A documentary introduction shows how the Globe's return provides actors, designers and historians with new insights into Shakespeare's plays. Act IV from "Henry V" is then
Inspired by a short story by Cuban writer Maria Elena Llana. A mirror willed to the Santiago family by a deceased aunt appears to be a window to a place magically inhabited by the family's dead relatives.
Four-part documentary chronicling the epic struggle for water in the modern American West. The first three programs, based on Marc Reisner's book, "Cadillac Desert," are tales of astounding engineering feats, heroic determination, political machinations, and economic triumphs and disasters: how the
Nature documentary focusing on the array of colorful birds inhabiting the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.
Three-part national news magazine in which each program focuses on a U.S. city that serves as a microcosm of issues that resonate across America.
Special focuses on the community of people who live mobile lives on the road. Ellen Spiro examines the singular lifestyle and views of these nomadic people.
Reporters around the country interview Americans about what they do for a living and how they feel about it. Includes a report on the future of the union movement, how the so-called global economy is affecting "Main Street" and a look at innovations in the workplace.
This five-part documentary explores the mysteries of the ocean depths. The behaviors of sharks, whales, dolphins and other marine dwellers are revealed in underwater sequences.
Exploration of the technology and human ingenuity of ancient civilizations using unique hands-on experiments. Travels to Britain to examine Stonehenge, to Peru to unravel the mysteries of Incan grass bridges and stone fortresses, up the Nile to solve the riddle of ancient obelisks and to Italy and S
Special explores the pack life of wild wolves in Northern Canada.
Profile of celebrated 19th century composer, conductor and music performer, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
A panel of experts and a studio audience discuss the issue of animals in captivity as a starting point to explore our relationship to the animal world in general. Topics include the ethics of zoos, animals and technology, and protecting animals in the wild.
Annual New Year's day concert from Vienna's Musikverein Hall. The Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Riccardo Muti, plays a selection of waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family and other composers.
Documentary traveling to a 1200-mile strip of land off the southwestern coast of Africa where the searing Namibian desert and the frigid Atlantic Ocean meet. This coastal desert offers a unique habitat to a diverse group of desert fauna and forges bizarre connections between the ocean's inhabitants
Concert performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which includes Ravel's "Rhapsodie Espagnole" and "Concerto for Piano in G Major," Dvorak's "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, From the New World," and DeFalla's "Spanish Dance" from "La Vida Breve."
Documentary about Nazi SS Lieutenant Adolf Eichmann, tried in 1961 in Israel for crimes against the Jewish people after a 15-year manhunt by Israeli agents. The documentary features rare videotapes of the original trial, exclusive interviews with courtroom witnesses, prosecutors and others -- many o
Chronicles the GI Bill, passed by Congress in the closing months of World War II, that guaranteed education, housing and business loans to 15 million veterans, creating the largest middle class in the world.
Documentary looking at vaudeville as an art form and major influence on the entertainment industry. It features historic performance footage and interviews with surviving vaudevillians and contemporary entertainers in the vaudeville tradition.
Twenty-one period-garbed contemporary musicians play jazz classics on the Hey Hey Club set re-created for Robert Altman's fiction feature "Kansas City" (USA/1996).
Season-opening concert from New York's Carnegie Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Special examines the attempt by an invasionary force of 1,200 Cuban exiles, trained, financed, equipped and directed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, to overthrow the Cuban government headed by Fidel Castro in April 1961. Features archival film, newsreels, and interviews with veterans and go
Science-fiction fantasy set in a California state prison in the year 2005. The prison is host to an experimental program designed to rehabilitate prisoners through a microchip surgically implanted in the brain.
Rising talents, current champions and seasoned professionals participate in the twenty-third annual figure skating exhibition to benefit the Jimmy Fund, the children's branch of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Multi-part documentary examining life inside the AIDS epidemic, with profiles of people with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends and caregivers. Documentary segments are combined with a blend of performance, satire, animation, music, dance and first-person commentaries by a "chorus" of speakers.
Multi-part documentary following the development of the Boeing Company's most technically advanced aircraft -- the 777 -- from the corporate conference rooms to the factory floors, from the extensive testing process to the jetliner's first commercial flight with paying passengers.
A telecast of a performance of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Passion." Set in 19th century Italy, it depicts the relationship between a sensitive, young army captain and two women: one is beautiful, sensuous and content to live for the moments of passion in their affair; the other is ai
Performance of Rossini's comic opera, "La Cenerentola," a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Originally staged by the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), videotaped in performance by the Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Center's Brown Theater.
Examination of the history, effect and politics of affirmative action. Program weaves together documentary footage, interviews and a panel discussion by academics and specialists.
Documentary on the making and consumption of ice cream.
Documentary explores life aboard Queen Elizabeth's royal yacht, "Britannia," during the royal tour to South Africa in 1995 and traces the ship's history through archival film and recollections of crew members, passengers and Prince Philip.
The three-part series covers the enormous diversity of life on earth from prehistory to the present, including close-ups of the tiny invaders that reside in, on and around humans. The series also reveals how Swedish microphotographer Lennart Nilsson achieved some of his breathtaking footage for this
Multi-part documentary examining the influence the automobile had made on our lives and on the collective American consciousness, with particular emphasis on the social transformation of the United States. Makes use of memoirs, memorabilia, audio recording and archival film and photographs as well a
Portrait of Richard Daley, Chicago's mayor from 1955 until his death in 1976, who rose through the ranks to become the leader of arguably the mightiest political machine in the country.
Multi-part special probes the beliefs and passions of eight of the most respected -- and provocative -- religious leaders in the United States. Each episode features two interviews in which the religious leaders explore how they translate spirituality into their daily lives and how they confront and
Experiences of filmmaker Yvonne Welbon during her six-year stay in Taiwan, which transformed her understanding of what it means to be African-American and illuminated her connection to her Honduran-born grandmother.
A four-part exploration of what it really takes to run for public office.
An insider's examination of the culture and tactics of the national press corps. Through the eyes of a few key journalists, explores the dynamics of the news business and its troubling impact on American politics.
Documentary in which producer Marian Marzynski revisits a family "shtetl," a small village in Bransk, Poland, where he escaped the Warsaw ghetto and was raised by Christians. Tells the homecoming story of two elderly Polish-American Jews who return to their families' shtetl. They are aided by a Gent
Multi-part anthology of programs in which featured poets speak, rap, sing and chant works in settings and situations that reflect, comment on, and support their words.
Goldie Hawn journeys through India searching for a blind female elephant she first saw seven years ago in the wild, heightening awareness about the endangered Asian elephant.
The Doobie Brothers celebrate their 25th anniversary in a concert showcasing their hit songs. Former Doobie, Michael McDonald, joins the concert.
Documentary profiling the public and private lives of the Churchills during the 90 years they were at the forefront of Britain's affairs. Draws on Winston Churchill's own letters and memoirs, family archives and the reminsicences of relatives, friends and foes.
Documentary on the life of Jesse Jackson. Drawn from journalist Marshall Frady's biography.
In this documentary, Lena Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom from her early days in the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16, to her film career in Hollywood and her caberet career.
Documentary examining the mounting controversy that has pitted ailing women, health advocates, and product-liability lawyers against breast-implant manufacturers.
Survey of dance segments from the past twenty years of "Dance in America" telecasts.
Documentary on the debate over the death penalty, including a profile of Sister Helen Prejean, a long-time spiritual advisor to inmates on death row, whose life and work inspired the motion picture "Dead Man Walking."
Special features improvised performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and new classical compositions inspired by Appalachian folk tunes. Bobby McFerrin conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's in this concert.
Concert performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra led by music director Wolfgang Sawallisch, celebrating two milestones in the life of one of Philadelphia's native sons: the 50th birthday year of pianist Andre Watts and the 40th anniversary of his debut as a soloist.
Performance of three dance works choreographed by Paul Taylor, "Company B," "Funny Papers" and "A Field of Grace," set to pop music from the 1950s and 1960s.
A reunion concert featuring Peter, Paul & Mary performing with other folk singers.
"Scrapbook-style" documentary exploring some of the reasons why people go to the beach and what they do when they get there.
Documentary on the history of the Mexican-American civil rights movement.
Documentary recounting the story of the U-2, the CIA's top-secret project whereby especially recruited pilots flew spy planes over the USSR deployed to uncover information about the Soviets' military capabilities during the 1950s.
Excerpts from the television and film career of Danny Kaye, Oscar and Emmy winner, who was also a goodwill ambassador on behalf of UNICEF.
Set during the celebration of Kwanzaa, a recovering drug addict who now counsels drug users, inspires the residents of a Brooklyn housing project to apply the principles of the holiday (mutual well-being, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativ
Footage and interviews with an array of key players in Congress and the White House as well as often-unseen lobbyists and media personalities. Each of the two episodes is followed bya 40-minute voters' forum to consider the government's performance and to discuss how to make the system work more eff
Documentary investigating the expected $300 million flowing into the 1996 presidential campaign. Explores what big financial donors want for their campaign contributions and documents how the process works.
Offers tips and detailed information on the 1996 election campaign to help voters analyze debates, decode political commercials and decipher campaign finances. Relates how the candidates stand on key issues and previews the choices facing the next president and Congress.
As Dr. Jack Kevorkian faces his third criminal trial for assisting in the suicide of his desperate patients, "Frontline" examines the improbable saga of "Dr. Death" and assesses how the quirky Michigan pathologist seized center stage in the intricate and emotional debate over physician-assisted suic
Documentary following the intersecting lives of John Salvi, an anti-abortionist charged with murder in the armed attacks on two Massachusetts health clinics, and his victims, Leanne Nichols and Shannon Lowney, clinic receptionists.
At look at the world of female-rodeo competition.
Telecast of Henry Purcell's opera, "Dido and Aeneas." Retells the story of Dido, the proud queen of Carthage, and her wandering lover, who is cast upon the shores of Carthage after the fall of Troy. Their love is short-lived, as evil spirits invoke the gods and plan the lovers' destruction. A spirit
Live broadcast of a national congressional debate from the House of Burgesses at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Immediately preceding or following the national broadcast, local congressional debates are broadcast live on more than 75 public TV stations and cover as many as 29 Senate and 80 House r
Examination of U.S. Navy after the Tailhook controversy, investigating the shock caused by the sex scandal involving naval aviators five years ago and its continuing impact on the Navy. Explores the controversy over the post-Tailhook mandate to introduce women into combat roles and positions of grea
Tenth anniversary concert performance of the musical hit, "Les Miserables," based on Victor Hugo's novel. Concludes with a special version of the "Peoples' Song" sung by an international cast of 17 "Valjeans."
An irreverent look at opera divas and the transforming power of their musical gifts as matched against the more mundane world of their admirers, business managers and conductors. Features archive performances and/or interviews with divas and others.
"Frontline" goes to Milwaukee to examine what companies and employees are doing to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive economy. Examines critical questions being raised as America's economic anxiety takes center stage in the 1996 campaign.
Examination of the impact of character on the leadership of the presidents who served the United States from 1932 to 1992. Discussion by historians, biographers and journalists.
Documentary examining four diverse communities from across the United States that have developed grassroots programs to stop the cycle of youth violence through adult mentoring, job programs and entrepreneurship training.
Examines the most serious case of nuclear smuggling in Russia to date and explores the perilous state of nuclear security in a country already rife with chaos and corruption.
Biography of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Annual special marking the 15th anniversary of this ballroom dance event, featuring International Standard and International Latin division competitions and a video retrospective from previous exhibitions of "Ballroom"'s 15-year run.
History of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf Crisis, featuring interviews with key political and military leaders on all sides of the war.
Documentary recounting the clash between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over the production and release of Welles' 1941 film, "Citizen Kane," which was a brutal portrait of the newspaper magnate.
American writer and naturalist Robert Perkins retraces and reinterprets part of the long walk of his childhood hero -- explorer, naturalist and mystic John Muir.
Multi-part, irreverent look at the business and pleasure of television and its impact on contemporary life. Uses short, stylistic segments and video essays to examine the hold this pervasive medium has on people's perceptions of themselves, their world and the future.
Documentary examination of the life and career of actor Jack Lemmon. Features sequences from his films and the recollections of his peers.
Viewers are taken behind the scenes -- through basement corriders, kitchens and even into the private quarters of the First Family -- for a glimpse of the White House set against the backdrop of a state dinner for Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1995.
Examination of the movie poster art of illustrator Reynold Brown.
Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Includes a salute to George and Ira Gershwin.
Using documentary reports, town hall meetings and small discussion groups, segments striving to encourage Americans to participate in the political process include: an exploration of why people leave urban America and the desire to re-establish family values; a look at the daily life of the working
A documentary portrait of architect, designer, engineer, poet, author, teacher and philosopher Buckminster Fuller--known to some as a genius, to others as a crackpot.
Examination of the role of the Vice President of the United States. Interweaves interviews with Bob Dole, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale, Gerald Ford and Geraldine Ferraro with historical clips, historians' insights and footage from August's vice presidential selection at the Republican and Dem
Chronicle of an overland drive from London to New York, the world's longest drive. The expedition drove through the Channel Tunnel to France, across Europe and Russia, Northern Siberia, the ice of the Bering Straits, Alaska, the Yukon, Canada and then on to Manhattan. Richard Creasey, a television p
Documentary tour of America's schools, illustrating the vast differences among the inner city, rural and suburban schools in the United States. Bill Moyers moderates a town meeting immediately following the documentary.
"Frontline" producer June Cross tells the story of her own family through the prism of the changing face of race relations in America. Cross, born to a white mother and African-American father in the early 1950s, was given away by her mother to live with a black family in Atlantic City, New Jersey,
Multi-part documentary on the Great Rift of Africa, the geological phenomenon that links the mountains, rain forests and lakes of the continent.
Documentary chronicling the great migration westward along the Oregon Trail. The program features interviews and diary excerpts, analysis by contemporary historians, popular artwork of the period, artifacts, and contemporary re-enactments. Aerial footage and time-lapse techniques were used in filmin
Exploration of the American community by examining the challenging issues that lie behind the political catchphrase "family values." Focuses on the families of Rockford, Illinois, as representative of the American population.
Documentary on the life and career of President Richard Nixon. Part 1 profiles his childhood, his 1946 election to Congress, his service as vice president for two terms with President Eisenhower from 1952 to 1960, and his unsuccessful bids for the Presidency in 1960 and the California governorship i
Performance of Igor Stravinsky's only opera written to an English text. Inspired by English artist William Hogarth's series of engravings detailing the decline of an 18th-century libertine, it tells the tale of a well-meaning but weak country lad, lured from his faithful sweetheart to the fleshpots
A documentary on Rhode Island Republican candidate Kevin Vigilante's 1994 bid for U.S. Congress against Patrick Kennedy.
Choreographer Twyla Tharp discusses her distinctive approach to dance, followed by a complete performance of "In the Upper Room," with music by Philip Glass. with other folk singers.
Concert performance by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which launches its 117th season with a new music director, Dutch conductor Hans Vonk.
Prince Edward presents this documentary which offers insights into the private lives of his late great uncle former King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the American he loved and for whom he abdicated the throne. In Part 1, entitled "The Gilded Cage," Prince Edward interviews people who knew the Duk
Documentary examining the career of Gerald V. Bull, who designed long-range artillery used by Iraq during the Gulf War. Bull was murdered at his home in Brussels in March 1990. The murder was believed to have been orchestrated by Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency.
Examination of the lives and careers of Seantor Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton, 1996 Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. President, respectively.
Biographical documentary examining the life of Theodore Roosevelt.
Biography of labor and civil rights leader, Asa Philip Randolph. Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Potrers, won the first national contract for a black union, led the fight against legalized discrimination in government and the military, and spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington. T
Documentary covering the sailors who took part in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge, the 27,000-mile, around-the-world, solo sailing race. The race features 20 skippers from five continents with varied backgrounds and equipment.
A one-time songwriter rises to produce some of the screen''''s greatest musicals.
The stories of kids from Chicago, Florida and Los Angeles are told from their own unique points of view, which expose the complex issues that kids face as they struggle to break through the walls of poverty.
Multi-part documentary exploring the insect world. Computer animation, live-action footage and powerful cameras are combined to provide an "insect's eye-view" of their complex existence.
Presents both sides of the political debate over shifting power and authority from the federal government to the states and individuals.
Primetime holiday special based on the PBS children's science series "The Magic School Bus." Ms.Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire, and her class of enthusiastic adventurers ride the magically transformed bus to Murph's recycling plant. Another segment includes on-camera interviews and recording sessio
Profiles the game of high school basketball in South Central Los Angeles and shows how the game offers its players spirit and excitement. Follows the building of the championship game, graduation and what follows for the champions and their families -- the reality of joblessness in bleak and lawless
Documentary about the disappearance of public streetcars in U.S. cities during the 1930s.
Vietnamese-born filmmaker M. Trinh Nguyen returns to her native land for the first time since she was nine and discovers she no longer fits among the Vietnamese. Home movies of Nguyen's wealthy and loving San Francisco family are intercut with the Vietnam footage.
Documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Includes highlights of the team's many television appearances, featuring recently discovered kinescopes of live performances not seen since their original television broadcasts in the late 1950s and 60s. Four of their radi
Documentary investigating the war between network news and the tobacco industry in the wake of the $10 billion libel suit against ABC and the controversial decision by CBS not to allow "60 Minutes" to air an explosive interview with a tobacco company whistle-blower.
Documentary recounting how Wilbur and Orville Wright became world celebrities when, after producing the first plane to really fly in 1903, they had to prove to the public that they had actually mastered manned flight.
Celebrities travel the following well-known highways: Highway 61, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, Highway 93, and A1A.
Documentary exploring India and its people through the extensive Indian Railway.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy."
Five-part documentary exploring the universe of perception conveyed through smell, taste, hearing, touch and vision. Inspired by Diane Ackerman's book, "A Natural History of the Senses."
Tells the story of the Mexican-American experience in Texas through "Tejano" (Texas-Mexican American) folk music.
Documentary exploring what it's like to be a child living with the constant threat of innercity violence.
Shari Lewis, Lamp Chop and other puppets, as well as guest stars, celebrate the traditions, food, songs and stories of Chanukah, the Jewish holiday commemorating the military victory of Judah Maccabee over the Syrians.
Documentary telling the story of three young girls -- one of them the film's creator -- who survived the Nazi Holocaust in western Poland. Interviews with the three women are set against archival film footage and photos, creating a portrait of the individuals who helped them in desperate times.
A series of specials examining the Cold War as it looked from the other side of the Iron Curtain, including eyewitness accounts, secret documents from Kremlin archives and film footage from personal sources and newly opened state collections.
Country/pop singer Mary Chapin Carpenter performs in concert. Includes interviews and documentary footage of Carpenter's recording collaboration with Joan Baez.
Documentary examining the complicated issue of repressed memory. Explores some of the techniques used by therapists to uncover memories and the effects that remembered abuse can have on the families involved.
Global tour of tenor Luciano Pavarotti's most famous concerts combines arias and observations.
Documentary tracing the history of tuberculosis in America from the mid-1800s, when TB took on a mythology all its own, to today, when the disease has made a resurgence after 40 years of antibiotics.
Four-part documentary which uses recent advances in biology and brain sciences as a guide to the "big questions": "Who are we?" "Where did we come from?" "What are our prospects?" And "How can we all get along?"
Examination of the a notorious murder case -- the story of Maduev, a Russian gangster and killer known as "The Wolf." Maduev charmed and seduced all who crossed his path, including his state prosecutor, Natasha Voronstova, who smuggled him a gun to aid in his escape from prison.
Series for young people in which trumpet virtuoso and composer Wynton Marsalis teaches the fundamentals of classical music and jazz.
Documentary chronicling a year in the life of the students of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the only all-male, historically African-American institution of higher learning in the United States.
Photographs taken by a Nazi soldier on his birthday in 1941, as well as readings from captive Jews' diaries, depict the bleak Warsaw Ghetto which housed 380,000 Polish Jews at the beginning of World War II.
Profile of Rod Serling, screenwriter and creator of the television series, "The Twilight Zone."
Documentary taking a look at the seasonal progression of work done by Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) and his wildlife advisors, as they restore the countryside surrounding Highgrove House.
Examination of the ways teens and adults across the United States work together to reduce school violence.
Investigation of the April 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Dravidian compound at Waco, Texas.
Documentary following Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-winning writer and Russian historian, on his return to Russia after twenty years of exile in Vermont.
Profile of tenor and orchestra conductor Placido Domingo.
Examination of the 1968 Democratic Convention, held in Chicago, and the disorder that ensued as the convention degenerated into chaos over protests against the Democratic Party's position on the Vietnam War.
Conductor John Maurceri examines the great film scores of the 1930s and 1940s.
Robin Williams, Debra Winger and Christopher Reeve travel into the untamed natural world to encounter the animals of their choice -- dolphins, giant pandas and gray whales.
A combination of dance, jazz and dramatic stage imagery offering a symbolic exploration of New York, praising its flamboyance, brooding moods, joys, troubles and fantastic fusion of rituals and customs from every world culture.
Documentary that goes behind the scenes in Serengeti National Park to examine the researchers and filmmakers who make natural history films and study the behavior of its wildlife.
A documentary exploring the history of the American West from the time of the Gold Rush until shortly after the last of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee (1845 - 1893).
Special primetime episode of the series "Shining Time Station." The gang learns how important it is to be yourself, and not pretend to be something your not, when members of the royal family get stranded at Shining Time Station.
Documentary exploring the bond between parents and children and the profound implications for children's behavior later in life if that attachment is hampered. Includes surveillance camera footage from the homes of three middle-class families.
Documentary examining the opulent world of New York society in the early 20th century, against the backdrop of the sensational trial of Harry Thaw, an eccentric heir to a Pittsburgh fortune, for the murder of the renowned architect Sanford White.
Documentary exploring the hidden world of panhandlers in New York City -- investigating the stories behind why they beg and the impact of New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani's crackdown on panhandling.
Documentary focusing on aspects of California's history: life behind bars at Alcatraz prison, the treasure hunters of the California Gold Rush, and the boom and bust history of California's wine country.
Documentary exploring the effect air pollution has on the environment and on human health.
Examination of the new rush to stake claims in cyberspace. Reports on the effects these changes will have on the individual and how they will alter society.
A series of four specials profiling women who work in independent animation: Faith Hubley, Joanna Priestley, Ruth Peyser and Lynn Smith.
Documentary exploring the concept that the traditional American family has been "deinstitutionalized," looking at evidence scholars are uncovering about the impact broken families have on children.
Examination of the successes and failures of the organized effort between 1854 to 1929 to send homeless city children to Midwest farming communities to begin new lives with foster families.
A child's wish brings a heroic cowboy to life from a mural on the station house wall.
Documentary portrait of the life and work of fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon who revolutionized the very concept of fashion photography. Avedon, who began his career photographing showbiz personalities, but later moved on to recording ordinary people and political events, left an in
Documentary exploring how the distribution of water, the world's most precious natural resource, is affected by money and politics.
Documentary exploring the life and political influence of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Includes interviews with his family, audience and critics, as well as political strategists and members of Congress.
Adaptation of writer/performer Claudia Shear's one-woman, off-Broadway show. Shear weaves her true misadventures through 64 different jobs and searches for an identity beyond mere job description.
Documentary detailing Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler's attempts to prove that tobacco manufacturers manipulate nicotine in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked and how his mission is affected by the 1994 Republican landslide in Congress.
Documentary exploring what is known about the effects of television violence on actual social behavior. Following the documentary, Bill Moyers leads a 15-minute panel discussion on the subject.
Collection of dramatic monologues featuring a cast of acclaimed actresses playing women with little in common on the surface but a shared bond of tragedy or misfortune. The segments are entitled: "Handler," "Clear Glass Marbles," "Rodeo," "Twirler" "Marks" and "Lamps."
Political humorist Mark Russell travels throughout France and performs his unique brand of political satire in a music performance at the Paris residence of the American ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman.
Special showcasing master guitarist and singer Eric Clapton during a club appearance at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Includes archival footage and interviews with Clapton and other blues performers.
Documentary examining the infighting, fledgling alliances, betrayals, defeats and victories on the way to women's voting rights in the United States.
Examination of several cases of treatment for "satanic ritual abuse" in psychiatric hospitals and resulting insurance claims that escalated into millions of dollars.
Documentary examining the divergent political and social issues surrounding "scientific creationism" and efforts to introduce it into school curricula as an alternative to Darwinian evolutionary theory.
Live presentation of the annual Independence Day concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Musical celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary, with musical direction from two of its conductors -- Robert Shaw and Yoel Levi.
The Royal Ballet's latest production of Tchiakovsky's 1890 classic ballet, "The Sleeping Beauty."
A special highlighting the story of citizens and communities working to turn the tide of violence and keep their children safe. Presents information that highlights successful solutions -- including adult mentoring, conflict resolution, parent training, peer education, alternative sentencing, violen
Multi-part program in which an actor, a writer/comedienne, an actress, a percussionist and a poet each act as explorer and guide to five areas of the world: The Kimberley, Australia; The Zambezi, East Africa; Morocco; Korea; Mexico. For each of the guides, the journey represents a personal quest, am
Documentary examining Thomas Alva Edison's development, design and production of electric light and the personal, patent and corporate battles following the success of his invention.
Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera perform Manuel Penella's 1916 opera "El Gato Montes," about a love triangle between a gypsy woman, a bullfighter and a bandit.
Documentary tracing the development of the Boeing 777, one of the largest and most complex aircraft ever built.
Teresa Stratas, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed are among the singers who perform the songs of Kurt Weill, the classically-trained, socially-conscious, German-born composer who fled the Nazis and became one of Broadway's most creative talents.
Profile of macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe. Includes dramatizations of his work, interviews with writers and other artists he influenced and footage of his various homes.
Documentary exploring the rise and fall of the richest and most violent cocaine drug lord, Pablo Escobar -- hunted down and killed by the Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Includes interviews with Escobar's family, DEA agents and former drug smugglers.
An examination of the U.S. poverty programs created during the 1960s.
Bill Moyers tells the story of several hardworking Milwaukee families struggling with low-paying jobs after previous employers downsized their operations. Filmed over a period of five years, these families were first features in Moyers' 1992 documentary "Minimum Wages: The New Economy." Chronicles t
Examination of Rupert Murdoch's efforts to establish the first global telecommunications network.
Documentary following writer and naturalist Robert Perkins' canoe trip 400 miles down the Connecticut River, from the U.S.-Canadian border to Long Island Sound. Focuses on the river's return to health after a century of pollution, as well as personal accounts of its human elements.
Documentary examining possible health hazards caused by electromagnetic fields surrounding power lines.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman explores his personal affection for traditional Jewish music, ranging from Yiddish lullabies to klezmer wedding songs to classical violin solos based on Jewish themes.
Vintage performance glimpses of 16 podium titans at work, from Arthur Nikisch in 1913 to Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
An examination of how teens from around the world deal with the racism some of them encounter.
Documentary following ABC News correspondent Charles Glass on assignment in Egypt. Explores how he specifically compiles a story as well as how television generally covers the news of the world.
Four-part documentary examining the F.B.I.'s present and considering its future with access to the agency's inner workings and day-to-day activities.
Finals of the annual Championship Ballroom Dancing competition from Columbus, Ohio.
Musical tribute to lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, through performances of songs he wrote with composers Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers. Includes archival footage.
Performance documentary observing young jazz master Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins as they work together to create a new jazz dance for the New York City Ballet, "Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)."
Animator Paul Fierlinger recounts his life story in an animated autobiography.
Documentary examining the philosophical and societal implications of antidepressant drugs, such as Prozac.
Bonnie Raitt performs some of her most popular material along with a number of new songs previously unrecorded in this concert from the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California.
Documentary examining the Clinton presidency at midterm, with opinions expressed by biographers and journalists.
Documentary examining the political and racial implications of "Washington Post" journalist Leon Dash's four-year report on RosaLee Cunningham -- a thief, former prostitute and drug addict, and mother of eight children.
Assessment of the collapse of Communism in the former USSR and the emergence of opposition leaders, each of whom hopes to steer his embattled country in a new direction.
Four one-hour programs provide profiles of each of the presidential contenders for the 1996 elections. The programs open with a brief video segment on the featured candidate and then move to a one-on-one interview.
Documentary examining the difficulties and joys different communities have encountered in trying to racially integrate their churches. Explores those that have not integrated, those that have, and questions of Eurocentrism in modern church iconography.
Life of Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie, who won nine world champion titles and three Olympic gold medals. After turning professional, she made several Hollywood films and toured the United States with her ice show, "Hollywood Ice Revue."
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, opens the 1995 season at Carnegie Hall with an all-Tchaikovsky program.
Retrospective profile of the actress/singer Julie Andrews. Includes behind-the-scenes look at album recording sessions and rehearsals for the Broadway musical "Victor/Victoria," adapted from her hit movie, as well as clips from her varied film and television musical career.
Live telecast of an annual New Year's Day concert in Vienna, Austria, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of music by the Strauss family and others. The Vienna State Opera Ballet also performs two dance sequences.
A three-part special exploring human language: what it is, how it works, and where it comes from.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Royal Swedish Ballet perform two works by choreographer Ulysses Dove, "Vespers" and "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven."
The town loner is surprised to find in himself the wisdom to help a troubled young vistor to Shining Time Station.
Examines the grim world of prison and the misguided perception of jail as a desirable rite of passage. Explores constructive programs that give teens in trouble a second chance.
Documentary portraying clandestine radical Islamic fundamentalist activities in the United States. Includes video footage of secret conferences, profiles of "front" groups, and interviews with law enforcement officials and moderate Muslim leaders.
Princeton University professor of Politics and Russian Studies, Stephen Cohen, conducts an in-depth interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the former Soviet Union.
Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by conductor Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, performs works by Mozart and Rossini at Carnegie Hall's 1994 opening night.
Documentary about World War II's Battle of the Bulge (December 16, 1944), the biggest and bloodiest battle American soldiers have ever fought, as seen through the eyes of the soldiers and officers involved.
Some country music artists combine with performers of rhythm and blues for a duet of two seemingly separate music genres. Elaborates on the similarities between the two musical styles and shows the influences each has on the other. Includes interviews with the artists and archival footage that captu
An indepth look at the black independent film industry that thrived outside of Hollywood between 1910 and 1940.
Profile of W. Edwards Deming, creator of the "profound knowledge" theory of business management, which suggests goal-defined problem-solving techniques for top-level management and information, education, training, tools and a palatable work environment for middle management and workers. Includes in
Profile of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham.
Chronicles the devastating social consequences of the Bosnian conflict on an ethnically diverse village as its society disintegrates under the pressures of social and religious factionalism.
Documentary about historical regional conflicts -- in city streets, coal fields and courtrooms -- which hold lessons for the country as a whole.
The story of the many United States space flights which culminated in the historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and the 1975 U.S./Soviet handshake in space -- as shown through interviews with astronauts and flight directors, archival footage, and still photographs.
Four-part profile of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his wife Eleanor -- through film footage, family photo albums and interviews with family, friends and biographers.
Special celebrating the art of storytelling -- through dance, music, art and readings. Includes readings of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" stories by Danny Glover and Jack Nicholson, accompanied by music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Bobby McFerrin. Also includes storytelling through dance, with the
Documentary exploring the phenomenon of spiritualism in 19th-century America, a movement which inspired such social reforms as divorce, vegetarianism, women's suffrage, anarchism, universal government, and the eight-hour work day.
Follows a clan of elephants during a season of their herd activities and rituals in Botswana, Africa.
An examination of the disabled in the United States, through the search of one brain-damaged person -- Billy Golfus -- and his observations on living with a disability.
A documentary about the 1911 appearance of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, in the white man's world in Northern California and his collaboration with anthropologists to document aboriginal life in America.
Carnegie Hall concert tribute to jazz greats Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie.
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) profiles four people who have made a difference in their respective neighborhoods.
Exploration of the quartet as a musical form. Examines the quartet in all its varieties by featuring performances by disparate groups.
Concert tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, departing music director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Documentary about the changes a family must make when a deaf child is born to a hearing couple -- through home videos and interviews with deafness experts at leading medical and educational institutions.
Scott Simon of National Public Radio looks at the increasing amount of activity people in modern industrial nations fit into their already busy lives. Includes personal stories and archival photos of labor-saving devices, dramatic skits, and humorous historical footage.
Examination of the global economic race into the 21st century, how rivals such as Japan and Germany have gained competitive advantages, and some winning strategies for this nation's future. Includes a half-hour interview with President Bill Clinton.
The second episode in an on-going series to examine American health care reform, this special looks at events in three states that have leapt ahead of the federal government in establishing health reforms and legislation.
Examination of television coverage of the story concerning Michael Jackson's alleged child sex crimes. Looks at the people, organizations, and economic pressures that have led to the tabloidization of American television.
The Joffrey Ballet dances to songs by Prince in four short dance works by young choreographers.
Documentary investigating movement of the world's money to off-shore banking centers, many located on islands in the Caribbean where lax regulation harbors money laundering, insurance fraud and tax evasion.
Documentary following a diverse group of students and their principal through the 1993-94 academic year at a large, urban, multicultural high school in Berkeley, California -- chronicling the institution's conflicts over political correctness, multiculturalism, and race.
Life of pianist Vladimir Horowitz through concert performances and documentary footage.
World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning and friends give a skating performance which incorporates elements of vaudeville, classical ballet, music videos and tributes to cinema's golden age (including "The Big Melt," a black-and-white homage to "The Big Sleep").
World Premiere telecast of Conrad Susa and Philip Littell's opera "The Dangerous Liaisons," based on the 1782 French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The evil Marquise de Merteuil and her former lover Valmont dally with and ultimately destroy the lives of those around
A documentary examining America's response to the Holocaust and the social and political factors that affected government policy toward Jewish immigration. Focuses on the story of Kurt Klein who struggled against the bureaucracy at the State Department in an attempt to free his parents.
Profile of William Kennedy, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Ironweed," and how he has depicted Albany, New York, in his work.
Three-part special presentation of "Nova," surveying the increasingly successful effort to map the human family tree, from "Lucy," the oldest known forerunner of the human species to the anatomically modern humans who spread out over the world nearly 100,000 years ago.
Natalie Cole performs a festive repertoire of holiday favorites. Includes an appearance by "Sesame Street"'s Elmo.
A pilot for a series of half-hour programs that helps parents raise their children.
Five-part documentary exploring the Pacific islands of Polynesia -- from the natural history of the lands to the impact of the original human settlers and native wildlife on each other.
Examination of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's record of assisting in the suicides of chronically ill patients.
Documentary depicting the economic and political deterioration of Cuba, as well as United States' embargo-driven foreign and immigration policies toward Communism's island outpost.
Chronicle of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), New York's first subway line -- shown through home movies from the 1920s, archival photographs, and antique postcards.
Documentary about the Wellesley College Class of 1969, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's graduating class. Includes footage from the 25th reunion, profiles of half a dozen members of the class (as well as interviews with many more), photos, videos and biographical updates written for past reunions
Documentary examining the issue of "color consciousness" in the black community, exploring the effect of a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal.
Profile and critical reevaluation of playwright Tennessee Williams. Includes rare interviews with Williams himself, clips from the film productions of his plays and commentary from various associates, including director Elia Kazan.
Gospel Christmas special, featuring the Pointer Sisters and the 225-voice All-Atlanta Chorus, comprised of the best gospel choirs and soloists from the Atlanta, Georgia, area.
A documentary examining the Allied landing in Normandy during World War II.
Documentary examining how the centrist political front begun by Ross Perot has impacted legislatures and elections around the United States.
Documentary examining alleged wasteful or self-defeating programs at the United States Agriculture Department. Includes interviews with farmers, lobbyists, policy makers, and government officials.
Profiles six master folk music artists and their families. Included are an Eskimo Wolf Dance, an Irish ceilidh, a Cajun Saturday night, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, and a visit to a mariachi festival featuring an interview with Linda Ronstadt. Blues guitarist B.B. King is also profiled.
Examination of the natural lives of bears on Alaska's Kodiak Island.
Documentary exploring the myth surrounding the scarcity of diamonds and how their inflated value was created and maintained by the diamond cartel. Chronicles the history of one such family -- the Oppenheimers of South Africa.
Three-part program consisting of essays, personal declarations, commentaries and on-the-street interviews that examine American values -- liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness -- and how they are lived and interpreted today.
Fifteenth annual Fourth of July concert broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Profile of Will Rogers -- ranch hand, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist, author, radio personality, aviation pioneer and unofficial ambassador of good will under three presidential administrations. Includes interviews, film clips, rare home movie clips, newsreel footage, radio excerpts and
Performance/documentary/tribute which looks at the work of Jim Henson -- from the Muppets to his other fantastic creations for film and television. Includes interviews with friends, colleagues and family.
Over the course of five years in the 1980's, Phar-Mor Inc., a chain of discount drug stores, rose to financial success and fell in financial ruins when the company's top executives were caught embezzling $500 million.
Three one-hour programs about American transportation, looking back at how transportation shaped the American landscape, and looking ahead to the transportation challenges of the next century.
Telecast of a San Francisco Opera performance of Puccini's opera "Turandot." A haughty princess, renowned for her beauty, puts three riddles to any man seeking her hand in marriage. If they cannot answer them, they are put to death.
Egyptologist John Romer reveals the increasing deterioration of some Egypt's ancient burial chambers.
An Australian Opera production of Puccini's opera "La Boheme," updated to 1950s Paris.
Real stories of five women of the Old West (approximately 1860-1915), told in their own words and reenacted by five actresses. Rare photos and early film footage create a base for dramatic portrayals of a Piute Indian scout who made great efforts to help her people during the Bannock War of 1878; a
A documentary examining the life of Malcolm X.
Four-part series following four distinguished writers as they retrace long-traveled trails and find themselves on journey's of spiritual exploration. "The Gift of Incense" follows Emma Freud, great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, as she travels by land, sea and air along the ancient route used to t
Dramatic readings of Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol," punctuated by glimpses into Dickens' life and times.
A documentary in which actual parents are seen attempting to discipline and control their troubled son.
Examination of the implications to individual vs. community rights in the decision of the state of Massachusetts, in the late 1970s, to discharge more than 90 percent of the residents of the mental hospital in Northampton and provide them with community service programs as a bridge back into society
Concert tribute at the Hollywood Bowl to songwriter Jerry Herman.
Remake of Paddy Chayefsky's classic teleplay, originally aired live on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse in 1954. Alone for the first time in her life, a 66-year-old widow is determined to return to her former job as a seamstress in New York's garment district, despite her daughter's opposition.
Spanning a period of over a year, follows the everyday life of the people of Lijiang, China, to reveal their common concerns, hopes and fears amid a new wave of gang violence, drug abuse and economic and political reform.
Documentary featuring six successful stand-up comics, each of whom has a physical disability.
In a collage of documentary and historical footage, family photographs, animation, and puppetry, filmmaker Paul Kwan uses the springroll to reconcile his Vietnamese roots with his current American life.
An undersea wildlife documentary revealing marine life behavior in the waters of the Caribbean.
Special bringing together reports from public television stations across the United States, showing the impact of religious conservatives on local politics.
Four-part documentary tracing the British royal family through four generations -- from 1917 to 1992. Includes interviews with Royal family insiders, historians, and biographers.
Special celebrating the art of storytelling -- through music, art and readings. Includes a performance of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Tracey Ullman and the Crystal Theatre Children's Group, as well as animated adaptations of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" (narrated by actr
Features musical selections from the album "The Juliet Letters," a collaboration between singer Elvis Costello and the Brodsky String Quartet, released in early 1993. The songs were inspired by a newspaper article about a Verona, Italy, teacher who answered letters from the public addressed to "Juli
A look at the filmmaker's sister, who undergoes brain surgery to correct a severe epileptic condition.
When a traveling theater group -- "la carpa" -- comes to a rural Southern California town, they recreate on stage the killing of a Mexican farm worker by a sheriff's deputy.
A documentary about Greenwood, an all-black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which prospered in the 1920s and 1930s during a period of strict segregation.
Examination of the history, techniques and meaning involved in the creation of a sand mandala, a Tibetan form of sandpainting.
Performance of Stravinsky's 1927 opera, "Oedipus Rex," based on Sophocles' tragedy as staged by Julie Taymor at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Oedipus, the beloved king of plague-ridden Thebes, in his attempt to discover the murderer of the previous king so that the pestilence may sub
Special starring soul singer Sade (Sade Adu) filmed in concert at San Diego State University's Open Air Theatre.
Documentary about jazz band leader and clarinetist Benny Goodman.
A portrait of the late dancer Rudolf Nureyev, highlighting key performances and reminiscences by colleagues.
Robert Altman's perspective on Frank Norris' novel "McTeague," a turn-of-the-century tale of a simple dentist and his wife whose lives are destroyed by a bag of gold. Includes passages from the novel, read by Studs Terkel; scenes from composer William Bolcom's music-drama, a 1992 world premiere at L
Examination of the open conflict between Major League baseball's mega-rich owners and millionaire players.
A special broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol commemorating the men and women of the Armed Forces through musical and spoken tributes.
Documentary on the life and career of Pearl Buck, the only American woman ever to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.
Performance of George Gershwin's opera about the inhabitants of Catfish Row.
A broadcast in which jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is featured in extensive footage from the 1991 Montreux Festival. Also includes interviews with other musicians and rare television footage from the 1950s.
A look at Wolfgang Sawallisch and his three predecesors as music director of The Philadlphia Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti.
Compilation of film clips of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein at work.
A documentary concerning the array of desert-dwelling wildlife in the southwest African country of Namibia, specifically how these rugged creatures have adapted to and survived years of harsh extremes in this desolate region.
Follows middle school math teacher Kay Toliver and her students into the East Harlem community where they gain an appreciation of the history of their community while exploring mathematics in architecture, business and the environment.
Biographical documentary reexamining the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.
A two-part documentary exploring the island of New Guinea's rich animal and tropical undersea life and its diverse cultures.
A documentary chronicling the revitalization of traditional Native American music and dance as showcased by the American Indian Dance Theatre.
Composer Maurice Jarre leads the Royal Philharmonic in a special salute to his frequent collaborator, the late director Sir David Lean.
Examination of the diverse activities at the Miami Metro Zoo, exploring the issues of ethics, finances, technology, administration, and research that zoos confront.
A broadcast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical revue of 1920s and '30s jazz and blues, "Black and Blue."
Two-part examination of the history and prosecution in Edenton, North Carolina, in the trial of Bob Kelly, the owner of the Little Rascals daycare center and the first of seven defendants to be tried in one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in the United States.
Music director Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform works by Richard Strauss. Also includes a documentary background of Strauss's life and work.
A special which visits farms and ranches across the United States and looks at the way historic barns are being restored to their original beauty.
Two ninety-minute programs airing back to back of excerpts from Balanchine ballets. Climax of the New York City Ballet's two-month long, 73-work retrospective of the choreographer's works.
Concert performance of the musical "On the Town" about three sailors on 24-hour leave in Manhattan.
Seven arias from Handel operas are staged to tell the story of the sorceress Alcina and her attempts to steal away the young prince who is the object of her desires.
Television adaptation of Anna Deveare Smith's play chronicling the racial tensions that escalated in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in summer 1992 when an automobile, driven by a Hasidic man, jumped the curb and killed a seven-year-old black child. Hours later, in what appeared to be a retaliatory act, a
A special featuring top U.S. amateur figure skaters as well as top professionals in a skating exhibition.
Stresses the benefits of getting a GED (General Educational Development) high school diploma.
Four-part special examining death through the eyes of people around the world.
A special in which Elton John performs in concert from Barcelona during his 1992 world tour.
"Mathnet" detectives Pat Tuesday and George Frankly go undercover to investigate a record company sales scam.
Documentary biography of the life and career of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard and his band, The Strangers, perform classic songs from three decades as well as some new compositions.
Concert special starring Sting, taped live during a recent world tour.
Behind-the-scenes look at the production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." Includes scenes from production meetings, rehearsals, and backstage moments during the play's performance, as well as excerpts from the play and interviews with the cast. Documentary footage
Bob Dylan and other pop stars perform in concert from Madison Square Garden in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his first album.
A documentary on sexual harassment: the perception, the reality, the law, and what to do about it.
Examination of the songwriting process of Billy Joel as he prepares a new album, "River of Dreams."
A special showcasing the finals of the international modern and Latin competitions of championship ballroom dancing.
Documentary biography of the life of American aviator Amelia Earhart.
Concert version of Pete Townsend's musical play about an aging and reclusive '60s psychedelic rocker whose output seems stymied in a money-corrupted world.
A documentary examining the 1968 sanitation workers strike which brought Martin Luther King, Jr., to Memphis at a pivotal point in the civil rights movement. April 4, 1993 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of King in Memphis.
A two-part program, following George Rafferty, a veterinary surgeon, and his assistants as they make their rounds and treat animals in the Scottish highlands.
A special exploring the nature of anti-Semitism. Part 1, "From the Cross to the Swastika," traces the troubled relations between Judaism and Christianity from Roman times through the present. Part 2, "Enemies of the People," explores the relationship between the surge of nationalism in Europe and th
A special looking at the life and career of singer-songwriter Paul Simon.
Special featuring Joe Cocker performing his hits in a concert from Dortmund, Germany.
Profiles eight animal caretakers and their charges.
Japanese-American filmmaker Janice Tanaka searches for her father whom she last saw when she was three.
Documentary exploring the controversy behind Facilitated Communication (FC) -- a way for autistic patients, with a helper controlling their hands' involuntary movements, to express themselves through a keyboard. Includes interviews with leaders in the FC movement, parents of autistic children and sc
A broadcast of Tennessee Williams' one-act play. A psychiatrist tries to determine the events leading to the breakdown of his patient.
Profiles of Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his predessor, Sir Georg Solti.
Documentary presenting new evidence concerning the abrupt collapse of Maya civilization after 700 years of great achievements.
A tribute from Carnegie Hall to composer Stephen Sondheim by Hollywood and Broadway performers.
A broadcast of a performance of Puccini's opera "Tosca," filmed in its actual Rome settings.
Americans throughout the United States are interviewed concerning the successes, failures, priorities and policies of the Clinton administration. Includes footage from press conferences, talk shows and nightly news programs.
An exploration into the public's deep anxiety over the rising tide of violence and alienation that have become part of contemporary American life.
Documentary examining the pressure North American society puts on women to achieve a feminine body ideal. Discusses the gap between the idealized appearance of women in the media and the way they appear in real life, and the resulting epidemic of eating disorders.
Examines how fresh water affects the lives and livelihood of every American, particularly in five key areas: the Colorado river, the Ogallala aquifer, the Niagara and Buffalo Rivers in the Great Lakes region, Florida's Everglades, and the Columbia River.
Documentary on the life and career of jazz singer Shirley Horn. Includes a recording session for the title cut of Horn's "Here's to Life" album.
A documentary collection of newsreel footage chronicling the June 2, 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
A special showcasing the music of jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln. Interweaves shots from a special performance and recording sessions with interviews of Lincoln, her relatives, friends and colleagues.
A concert special featuring popular artists performing hit Beatles songs.
Documentary examining how General Motors went from being the undisputed number-one car company to suffering a $23.5 billion lost in 1992 -- the biggest corporate loss on record.
A broadcast in which Oscar-winning composer John Barry conducts the Royal Philharmonic in his music from "Midnight Cowboy," "Born Free," "Body Heat," "Out of Africa," "Somewhere in Time," "Chaplin," and "Dances With Wolves." Also includes interviews with Richard Attenborough, Kevin Costner, Francis
Account of the disastrous hurricane of September 1938 that ripped through Long Island, New York, and New England. Features interviews with survivors of the storm.
The early history of the circus and how Phineas T. Barnum transformed it in the late 19th Century.
A special hosted by chef Jeff Smith featuring soda fountain recipes and lucheonette specialties.
In this presentation of "Dance in America," Momix, the dance company formed by Moses Pendleton, performs several works set to Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Lar Lubovitch creates a duet to Ravel's "Bolero" entitled "Fandango."
A two-part documentary that traces the lives of Joe and Rose Kennedy and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward.
A special with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra featuring African-American spirituals, music of the Civil War and of the civil rights movement.
A documentary focusing on the complexities of Mexico as seen through the eyes of its people.
A special focusing on several individuals and their families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as they fight to make ends meet in a job market of lower incomes and fewer benefits.
A "3-2-1 Contact Extra" special that seeks to inform children about the effects of substances such as alcohol, nicotine, cocaine and other illegal drugs on the brain and body.
A special hosted by Kris Kristofferson of folk music documenting the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans share stories and songs from the 1991 album "In Country: Folk Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War."
A special starring Natalie Cole who sings many of the hits of her late father, Nat King Cole.
A documentary examining the recent surge in immigration to the United States, creating a new world culture.
A documentary focusing on Alaskan families and the challenges they must overcome from extreme weather conditions and physical survival to economic, political and psychological obstacles that come with living in the wilderness.
A profile of the life and work of four photojournalists who were killed while covering the war in Afghanistan -- American Jim Lindelof, British Andy Skripkowiak, Russian Sasha Sekretaryov, and Japanese Naoko Nanjo.
A performance of Simon Gray's play about a group of Cambridge University students who start a literary magazine to showcase their brilliant, forward-thinking ideas.
Five programs examining the role of the Bill of Rights in contemporary America. Topics for guest panelists include: rights issues surrounding abortion; the first amendment and "hate speech"; the right to privacy for the victim in a rape trial; the criminal justice system as applied to murder trials;
A documentary exploring the human services system in America as it works to help families suffering from the mounting pressures of disintergration.
Richard Strauss' final opera, "Capriccio," as performed at the Salzburg Music Festival. A countess is unable to choose between the affections of a poet and a composer.
Examination of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and Anita Hill's charges of sexual harassment in the context of the confrontation's impact on African-Americans. the context
A special based on the "Mathnet" segment of the PBS series "Square One TV," a math series for 8-to-12-year-olds. Pat Tuesday has apparently become a thief, stealing a dodecahedron-shaped jewel.
A "Frontline" special examining various institutions of democracy and how they are failing the public.
Documentary about the dance company formed by Bill T. Jones and his late partner Arnie Zane. Centers on Jones' creation, "The Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin," exploring some contemporary issues through dance and discussion: racism, sexism, homophobia and the devastation of AIDS.
A special hosted by chef Jeff Smith and puppet Elmo, exploring the joys and dangers of the kitchen.
This presentation of "Frontline" examines an alleged official Iraqi extermination program aimed at the Kurdish people.
This presentation of "Frontline" examines the life and political career of presidential candidate and former member of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke.
An over-the-hill baseball pitcher is on a hot streak that propels his team toward the Minor League World Series. The Mathnetters check out the scene to make sure everything is on the up and up.
A suburban matron confesses to shooting another shopper in a supermarket parking lot.
A documentary examining scientific knowledge concerning the nature of dinosaurs and the prehistoric world they inhabited.
A "Frontline" special report examining how the reshaping of the Soviet Union is affecting Communist China three years after the suppression of the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.
A presentation of "Great Performances." Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
Examination of the lives and careers of George Bush and Bill Clinton, 1992 Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. President, respectively.
A documentary examining counterfeiting and why United States currency is so easy to fake.
A five-part special examining the cultural history of mental illness. Each episode is part drama and part documentary.
An examination of the Democratic and Republican Parties, the forces leading to the 1992 presidential race, exploring the concepts of liberalism and conservatism. The two parts are entitled, "The Democrats, 1960-1992" and "The Republicans, 1960-1992."
A concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, featuring performances of "Rigoletto" (Act III), "Otello" (Act III), and "Die Fledermaus" (Act II).
A documentary recounting the plight of the people trapped in the Sierra Nevadas in the winter of 1846 on the infamous trek to California by the Donner and Reed families.
A special featuring the annual ballroom dance competition. The dances performed are from the categories of Latin, American Rhythm, International Modern, and American Smooth.
A broadcast of the 13th annual Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
A special examining the epic adventure of Christopher Columbus' first Atlantic crossing, as well as the mixed fortunes of his later voyages and the legacy of the encounter he initiated between the peoples of the Old and New Worlds.
A special hosted by Garrison Keillor, celebrating the coming of spring and the opening day of a new baseball season for the Lake Wobegon Whippets.
A special in which Mark Russell satirizes the 1993 Presidential Inauguration.
Robert Morse plays Truman Capote in a performance of the one-man Broadway play, "Tru."
A documentary chronicling Captain Richard Pratt's attempt to "civilize" and assimilate American Indians in the late 1800s by establishing off-reservation boarding schools.
A documentary focusing on radio pioneers Lee DeForest, Edwin Howard Armstrong and David Sarnoff.
Third annual National Memorial Day Concert broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II. Includes music from the 1940s and dramatic readings to honor those who served in World War II.
A documentary featuring footage taken aboard a space shuttle depicting life in space.
A special about the Berlin Philharmonic and its new conductor Claudio Abbado, who leads the orchestra in a performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
A documentary examining the complexity of rating audiences of television shows.
A program that uses a combination of town meeting and four short video essays to help American voters make determinations on the issues of race and poverty during the 1992 presidential campaign.
A performance of three works by the late choreographer Martha Graham, from the stage of the Paris Opera: "Steps in the Street," "El Penitente" and "Maple Leaf Rag," Graham's last completed work.
A special addressing some of the major issues facing American education.
A special based on the "Mathnet" segment of the PBS series "Square One TV," a math series for 8- to 12-year-olds. Pat and George go undercover and underwater to catch a burglar named Archie Leach.
A special documenting efforts to battle the puzzling phenomenon of whale strandings.
A documentary about the making of the cast album for the 1991 Tony-winning revival of the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls."
A documentary that profiles female kitchen workers in Kentucky trying to support their families on minimum wages and no benefits.
A documentary series focusing on ancient cultures in Iraq, India, China, Egypt and Central America, and how each civilization contributed to the modern world.
A special focusing on how the human brain handles information processing.
Live broadcast from Vienna's city hall in which Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo sing Christmas music.
A behind-the-scenes look at the candidates, the campaigns, and the media as they travel through the early stages of the 1992 election year. Major emphasis is on the March 17 Illinois Primary election.
A documentary exploring the Battle of the Little Big Horn from the perspectives of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow nations and the white settlers.
Set during the years 1938-50, a group of German writer emigres find themselves stranded in the twisted maze of Hollywood.
Examines the rise of the giant Japanese company, the Matshushita Electric Company, and its growing investments in the United States, climaxing in its 1990 purchase of MCA-Universal.
An adaptation on the "American Playhouse" series of a story by Edgar Allen Poe. A dwarf court jester is forced to play the fool to a corpulent King and his rotund ministers. Incorporates a variety of masks and puppets, and includes a short documentary on the process of making puppets.
A special exploring the Pueblo Indians' 450 years of contact with Europeans, using the stories of tribal elders and the voices of the Pueblo peoples.
A performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera set in Old California. A bandit and a sheriff compete for the affections of a woman in a mining camp.
A documentary focusing on the suit brought against the heavy metal band Judas Priest by the parents of a Nevada teenager who claim the band's lyrics incited him and a friend to attempt suicide.
A documentary on the making of the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam." Includes interviews with its creators and excerpts from the show as well as material on the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton.
A documentary examining the condition of rainforests throughout the world.
Second in a series of live televised debates among candidates for the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination.
A special profiling Ivan Husar and his creation of a family farm in the Ukraine modeled on the capitalist agriculture he saw in Iowa.
A documentary profiling the career of singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles.
A special showcasing world-class figure skaters performing routines at Harvard University's Bright Hockey Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
A documentary chronicling how a training program for inner-city teenagers called Journey attempts to modify their behavior by combining grueling physical challenges with loving discipline.
Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti discusses his favorite tenors of the past and sings works he rarely performs.
A special featuring the skating pair Torvill & Dean performing "Bolero" and "Revolution," as well as a dance commissioned especially for television.
Documentary telling the story of the American love-hate relationship with shopping malls. Examines how the social institution began and changed retailing and the sense of community.
A look at Palestinian and Israeli women in the occupied territories.
A documentary following nature-sound recordist Gordon Hempton as he travels the Earth to capture the natural sounds of dawn.
A documentary reporting on the trial of Tom and John Metzger, both found liable in the murder by three skinheads of an Ethiopian student in Portland, Oregon. Excerpts from the trial are interwoven with interviews and analysis.
A special celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Great Performances" by commissioning short new works by 20 performing artists. Segment performances include: "Kiss, Kiss Dahlings," "Not My Girl," "A Simple Melody," "Zoetrope," "Hip Hop - You Don't Stop," "Frankie Goes to Tanglewood," "The Last Mile,"
A documentary chronicling Bulgarian refugee Kalina Ivanov's family struggle against Communist oppression, including the internment of her grandfathers.
An updated version of Tchiakovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet choreographed by Mark Morris and inspired by comic-book artist Charles Burns. Set in the 1960s, the Stahlbaum household congregates around the TV clad in bell-bottoms and go-go boots to commence the family Christmas party.
A documentary chronicling the life of tap dancer/entrepeneur Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which the Chicano-American comedy trio "Culture Clash" performs various comedy skits satirizing Chicano icons and stereotypes.
Alan Berliner profiles his grandfather Joseph Cassuto (1905-74), a businessman who worked in Japan while his family stayed in Brooklyn.
A documentary exploring the life of George Washington beyond the popular American myth: his relationships with his wife and other women; with his troops and the cause of the American Revolution; and with his slaves and his fellow founding fathers.
A documentary about the reconstruction of an abandoned 85-year-old New York City tenement into a low-income housing cooperative called Mascot Flats.
A documentary examining the relationship between humans and dolphins.
Three one-hour programs exploring the personal, social and political aspects of fundamentalist movements within three religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
A Valentine's Day special hosted by Garrison Keillor, featuring Kate MacKenzie and Emmylou Harris and the Angel Band.
A concert commemorating the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to preserve the Earth's natural resources, held at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in June 1992.
A special exploring underground caves.
A special in which soprano Kathleen Battle and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis perform Baroque music by Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. Also shows Battle and Marsalis in their separate careeers -- Battle performing classical, and Marsalis playing trumpet in a New Orleans jazz club with his father.
A documentary examining how African lions and hyenas interact in the wild.
A compilation of short videotapes by video correspondents and independent producers on topics concerning the 1992 presidential election.
A two-part special examining American industry, standard of living and future economic health.
Compilation of off-beat video segments from video correspondents providing commentary and perspectives on 1992 election-year politics. Presents an inside view of the first presidential debate in St. Louis; an overview of Perot; a videotape about who votes and who does not.
A special in which five ballets choreographed by Peter Martins are performed.
A Royal Ballet production of Natalia Makarova's restaging of Pepita's "La Bayadere."
A special consisting of a number of short, multicultural documentary works by various producers linked by a distinctive theme -- America's unique popular culture. Segments include Nevada's business in fast weddings, mini-golf in Wisconsin; hollering contest in North Carolina; auto salvage yards in W
Account of the spring 1889 flood that swept Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 2,200 people within 10 minutes.
A special examining prehistoric Southwestern art discovered along the Pecos River.
A contemporary Latino adaptation of "La Pastorela," a musical retelling of the shepherd's journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. Adapted from a medieval Shepherd's/Mystery play.
A telecast of a performance of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical. The play links fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. The musical shows what might have happened after the "happily ever after" endings. Includes
Documentary examining the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Uses interviews, archival footage, home movies, propaganda films, feature movies and cartoons.
A series of programs focusing on the intellectual currents of the 15th century, the contacts between the old and new worlds, and the impact of Columbus's voyages, which are recreated using full-scale replicas of his ships.
Explores the life and career of Lyndon Johnson, from his early years in Texas politics to the turbulent times of his presidency.
A drama presentation on the "American Playhouse" series. A literature professor falls desperately in love with a student.
A special examining religious and ethical beliefs in regard to the environment. Filmed at a four-day conference at Middlebury College.
A special focusing on teens who have worked to improve their communities.
A drama based on the true-life story of a small Vermont town that successfully adopts a Cambodian refugee family after a long battle with Washington bureaucrats.
A special consisting of short documentary works by various producers linked by the rather open-ended theme, "the meaning of freedom." The films examine the ongoing challenges and strains of living in a "free society."
A "Frontline Special Report" examining the action taken by the Bush administration to prepare for and threaten war against Iraq in retaliation for its invasion of Kuwait in August, 1990, as well as the accompanying reaction from Congress and from the American public.
A documentary profiling the life of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A confident, jetsetting executive for a multinational conglomerate discovers that his high ranking doesn't count for much when his spouse crosses the line between corporate grace and personal confession while addressing a gathering of business executive wives. A presentation of "American Playhouse."
A documentary chronicling the difficulties encountered by an Amerasian boy who emigrated to the United States.
A stage presentation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," about the hardships of the Joad family and their flight from Oklahoma's dustbowl to California. The Steppenwolf Theater Company's production featuring the original Broadway cast.
A broadcast of The Paul Taylor Dance Company performing a dance examining the dark underside of a small American town's religious fervor.
A special featuring a premiere performance of an oratorio written by Paul McCartney and Carl Davis, inspired by the former's childhood in Liverpool. Includes a documentary introduction featuring the extensive preparations and rehearsal for the concert as well as reminiscenes by McCartney.
A documentary profiling the life of 19th-century painter and sculptor of the American West, Frederic Remington. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
An adaptation of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" reset in New York's South Bronx. Based on the legend of Don Juan, the Spanish libertine who receives his due as his victims claim vengeance. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary focusing on the world of abstract expressionist art in New York in the 1950s and Robert Motherwell, a pioneer of the movement.
A documentary exploring some of the controversial issues raised in a 1989 North Carolina case, in which young children testified about allegations of sexual abuse in a day-care center.
A documentary following the efforts of conservationists who attempt to prevent the extinction of Hawaii's native plants and animals.
A special featuring works choreographed by new wave artist Michael Moschen. Also included is documentary footage of the artist at work.
An adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's play about a ruthless Spanish matriarch and her five unmarried daughters.
Documentary about the corruption of the quiz-show industry in the 1950s, which was revealed after Charles Van Doren, an attractive, self-effacing teacher, was discovered to have participated in a rigged quiz on "Twenty-One." Congressional investigations of rigged quiz shows led to the blacklisting o
A three-part special for "American Playhouse" about a group of people living in a Florida retirement community. "Yiddish" is the story of two married retirees who form a bond when they discover a mutual appreciation of their native language. "The Detective" follows Seymour Shapiro, who is starved fo
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring artificial intelligence.
In this presentation, "Frontline" investigates a case of child abuse in the family of Adam Mann and reveals a documented record -- stretching back seven years -- of how New York City's child welfare system failed to protect Adam and his three brothers.
A presentation of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekov's "Uncle Vanya," a turn-of-the-century tale of a beautiful woman's devastating effect on a serene Russian household. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
Examination of the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and J. Edgar Hoover's control of the agency for almost fifty years.
A Christmas music special from Carnegie Hall in New York with Kathleen Battle, Frederica Von Stade, Wyton Marsalis, and Andre Previn conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Examination of boxing promotor Don King's life and career.
A documentary examining physicist Albert Einstein's roles as humanitarian and philosopher. Uses home movies, archival footage and interviews with Einstein's friends and colleagues. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A documentary focusing on the community of Aspen, Colorado, and the people who live, work, visit and play there.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Samuel Barber's 1966 opera based on Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
A "Smithsonian World" presentation featuring interviews with several seniors, including choreographer Agnes DeMille.
A special focusing on videotaped reports from communities throughout the nation regarding childcare issues.
A documentary examining the corruption endemic in "amateur" college-level athletics in America. Includes a discussion and debate on the recommendations put forth by the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
A special focusing on contemporary dancers and choreographers of music videos.
A drama about two teenaged friends in New York City in 1936 who come from very different homes.
A documentary profiling the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A satire lampooning the icons of Black-American art and culture in a series of ten sketches. Based on the 1986 play, "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe, originally produced by New Jersey's Crossroads Theatre Company. Presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary about Corita Kent, the artist and civil-rights activist who once lived as a nun.
Explores the life and career of composer, pianist and orchestra leader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington.
Set in Hollywood, 1939, a diabolical gossip columnist becomes obsessed with a famous movie director and his terrible secret. The director, in turn, becomes obsessed with the columnist and with the need to vanquish him.
A broadcast of the sixteenth annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala. Features highlights by operatic stars who sang during the tribute to the late tenor as well as appearances by winners of the Richard Tucker Awards.
A presentation of Giuseppe Verdi's "A Masked Ball," a tale of court intrigue in 18th-Centruy Sweden.
A live broadcast of the 12th annual Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year's celebration also commemorates singer Tony Bennett's 40th year in show business.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining both the positive and negative effects of altering consciousness -- not only through drug use, but also through athletics, dance, art, and religious meditation.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the changing role of gender in American society -- from the formation of gender roles in early childhood to the socially constructed roles of masculinity and femininity experienced throughout life.
A short film about a seven-year-old girl in a seedy trailer park in the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the night sky is her only escape.
An adaptation of Willa Cather's 1913 novel about immigrants settling in Nebraska. A presentation of "American Playhouse." In the turn-of-the-century American West, a pioneer Swedish immigrant, inherits her father's ailing farm and single-handedly pulls the land out of potential ruin. But she earns s
A special consisting of a number of short, multicultural documentary works by various producers linked by a distinctive theme -- the many ways Americans create a sense of home and place.
A presentation of "American Playhouse." The story of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, centering around her love affair with photographer Alfred Steiglitz.
A documentary focusing on commercial fishing in Alaska.
An adaptation of two short stories by Hisaye Yamamoto. Set in California's Salinas Valley in the late 1930s, a ten-year-old Japanese girl grows up on a farm amidst a mixture of traditional Japanese customs and American popular culture. Presentation of "American Playhouse."
A short film about a future society where time is actually used as money thereby shortening the buyer's life.
A drama exploring the life of renowned attorney Clarence Darrow.
A portrait of Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century.
A short film about a young boy growing up amid the fear created by the nuclear-clouded environment of the 1950s. An "American Playhouse" presentation from Chanticleer Films' Discovery Program.
An adaptation of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" reset in a roadside diner. Don Alfonso bets two young men that their girlfriends would not be faithful if put to the test. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary on the life and career of actress Helen Hayes. Friends and associates are interviewed and film clips of some of her performances are shown. Also includes an interview with Hayes. Airing as part of the PBS series, "American Masters."
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." In this monologue, a middle-aged English professor tries to ignite some liberal enthusiasm in his students by inviting an obscure Polish emigre novelist to a special lecture.
Eleven HIV positive individuals, from various backgrounds, relate their stories.
A special featuring two works performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, "For Bird -- With Love" and "Episodes." Presentation of "Dance in America," broadcast as a segment of "Great Performances."
A documentary exploring the history of The Actors Studio, the academy founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasburg. The school advanced a naturalistic style of acting based on the work of Russian director and teacher Konstantin Stanislavski, which in the U.S. has a
A special focusing on the achievement of ordinary Americans. Includes segments on a New York City garbage truck covered with mirrors, a farmer helping a ewe deliver a lamb, and a retarded couple's family.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the American advertising industry.
An adaptation of David Leavitt's novel about a young man who tells his family that he is gay, causing his father to come to terms with his own sexuality.
Live broadcast from Lincoln Center of a concert hosted by tenor Luciano Pavarotti and featuring his guests, Cheryl Studer, Paul Plishka, and other well-known artists.
A special exploring the origins and meaning of rap music.
A documentary on the racial, religious, national, ethnic, sexual and personal aspects of hatred around the world.
A documentary about Charles H. Houston, the African-American attorney who led the legal campaign to overturn the Constitution's sanction of racial segregation, resulting in the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case, four years after his death.
A documentary examining the devastating effects of humankind on the planet's environment and profiling heroic people trying to preserve it. Also features interviews with environmentalists.
A documentary on actor, writer, producer and director John Cassavetes. Explores his 30-year career on stage, in films and on television, from his first ventures and performances in the 1950s to his death in 1989. Includes "The Making of 'Husbands'" (1971).
A documentary exploring the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the struggle for reform in Brazil.
A performance by the American Ballet Theatre of two ballets choreographed by Antony Tudor, "Dark Elegies" and "Jardin aux Lilas." Former Tudor dancers Agnes DeMille and Maude Lloyd appear in a documentary tribute.
A dark comedy about a young man haunted by his mother's suicide as he tries to connect with other women.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a 14-year-old who discovers that she was adopted and sets out to find her natural mother.
A two-part documentary on journalist Edward R. Murrow. This program explores his life through archival recordings, film clips and interviews with contemporary journalists. Broadcast as a presentation of the series "American Masters."
A concert featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and his 16-piece orchestra performing their blend of classic jazz and swing. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
Live broadcast from Lincoln Center of a concert hosted by tenor Luciano Pavarotti and featuring his guests, Leona Mitchell, Carol Vaness, and other well-known artists.
A documentary about director, screenwriter and playwright Preston Sturges. The program includes extensive clips from Sturges's feature films as well as interviews with friends and associates.
A special hosted by Spike Lee and Debbie Allen in which musical groups perform a variety of a capella music. Taped before an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theater. A presentation of "Great Performances."
A concert broadcast live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with four soloists joining Zubin Mehta as he leads the New York Philharmonic in music by Beethoven, Haydn, Bizet, Faure, Ravel, and Weber.
A presentation of "Great Performances" celebrating the life and music of Mozart in a gala from the Salzburg Music Festival. The program also explores other sites in historic Salzburg.
A documentary profile of director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Includes clips from his films and television specials as well as interviews with Fosse, remembrances from his friends, and commentary by Gwen Verdon. A "Dance in America" presentation, broadcast as part of "Great Performances."
A documentary chronicling fifty years of popular music with the late veteran music producer John Hammond, who is credited with discovering and promoting Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Count Basie. Features interviews with popular artists Hammond discovered and recorded as well as other friends an
Three programs based on classic stories by the Brothers Grimm. Each program consists of two tales which are put in American settings.
A documentary examining the roles of African-American political leaders throughout the country.
A program featuring an original, five-movement ballet composed by Gordon Parks, which captures significant moments in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parks introduces the ballet in a documentary segment, which includes his photographs from that tumultuous period.
A performance of the San Francisco Opera production of Boito's "Mefistofele." Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A three-part series, hosted by Harry Belafonte, exploring the origins of Afro-Cuban music. Interviews and archival footage trace the music from Africa through the Caribbean to the United States.
A documentary that focuses on the lives of migrant workers from Latin America who lived in the Green Valley Camp in North San Diego County.
A special of six music videos incorporating High Definition Television (HDTV) technology to interpret six well-known classical pieces for television.
A documentary on global warming and its effects on the Earth.
A five-part series that examines the worlds of architecture, construction and high finance involved in the planning and building of skyscrapers. The documentary series focuses on the development and construction of Worldwide Plaza, a 49-story tower built on the former site of Madison Square Garden i
A three-part presentation of "WonderWorks" about Luke, a 16-year-old who visits Africa to spend four months with his father. From the day he arrives, Luke is at odds with Themba Maposa, a 16-year-old African. But as the story unfolds, common experiences unite them in an uncommon bond of friendship.
A documentary about director Martin Scorsese. This portrait captures the director at work on his film, "Good Fellas," and features interviews with directors, actors, and associates.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a 10-year-old adopted boy who was found as an infant. He receives a mysterious inheritance as his "finding day" approaches, which threatens to tear his comfortable world apart.
A four-part series documenting the destruction of the Amazon rain forest.
A program of traditional Native American dances encompassing a diverse range of sacred, seasonal, and celebratory Indian movement and music. Company members talk about their art and its special role in Indian life in segments taped at an intertribal powwow in Oklahoma and at the Zuni Pueblo in New M
A drama focusing on the relationship that develops between an AIDS victim's mother, who denied her son's homosexuality during his lifetime, and the son's lover, after the young man's death.
A documentary that presents case studies of creative, practical, and economically sound solutions to environmental problems.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation exploring the universe that quantum physics describes. The scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyics help provide insights to what the "quantum universe" of the 20th Century means for science and our culture.
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which Shirley Jones hosts a musical tribute to composer Richard Rodgers. This profile uses film clips and newly taped performances of musicals in which Rodgers collaborated.
A documentary tracing the evolution of Jewish humor from New York's turn-of-the-century Lower East Side to the present.
A performance of Mozart's comic opera, "The Abduction From the Seraglio," taped at the Salzburg Festival. Set in a Turkish harem, the opera concerns the escapades of a young couple trying to elude the grip of a powerful pasha.
Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn remembers her life, from her first dancing lesson through her international ballet career. Fonteyn discusses her professional as well as her personal life. Also included are interviews with her colleagues.
A two-part presentation of "WonderWorks." Tells the story of a young pioneer girl in Wisconsin who learns what it means to become a young woman. In Part I, Cousin Annabelle comes to visit, and Caddie gets some unwelcome lessons on being a young lady. In Part II, news of Indian massacres frightens th
A live broadcast from "The Mostly Mozart Festival," including a performance of Mozart's Piano Concert No. 25 and a concert version of his early one-act opera, "The Impresario."
A presentation of "Great Performances" in which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its music director, Sir Georg Solti, performs Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony." Solti discusses his "un-traditional" interpretation of the work, which is really a strict adherence to Beethoven's own tempo
A television drama, broadcast as part of the PBS "American Playhouse" series, about the African-American writer, oral historian and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Combines passages from the author's writings, anecdotes, folk tales told by actors, and sketches from the Hurston's life.
A parody of British television retrospectives of beloved actors. Comedian Harry Enfield stars as the Olivier-like subject, Sir Norbert Smith.
A special based on the "Mathnet" segment of the PBS series "Square One TV," a math series for 8- to 12-year-olds. A wily fortune-teller, Swami River, cons a group of retired lawyers into betting on his predictions. Two Mathnetters use their deductive reasoning and mathematical knowledge to trap the
A documentary profiling three female ex-convicts who used "Bright Fires," a creative writing project, to help turn their lives around.
Frederica Von Stade, Jerry Hadley, and Samuel Ramey perform some of the numbers from the venerable musical comedy, "Show Boat," as well as arias from the operatic repertoire.
A documentary on the life and works of the 20th century, avant-garde composer John Cage. Airing as part of the PBS series "American Masters."
A special examining how Iraqi President Saddam Hussein built Iraq's massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s.
A four-part series exploring how the common thread of natural disaster has had diverse effects on the cultures and peoples of the 30,000-mile stretch of land surrounding the Pacific Ocean, called the Pacific Rim. have settled along the Pacific Rim
A four-part program focusing on the modernization process taking place in the Soviet Union and its effects on the Russian people.
Louise Van Lew is a 12-year-old living in Richmond, Virginia, with her aunt during the final days of the Civil War. Her aunt's anti-war, anti-slavery views make things difficult for Louise, but when a suspicious Confederate general comes to search the house for an escaped Yankee, Louise is forced to
A documentary about one of the founding members of the Group Theater and one of the American theater's best-known teachers of actors, Sanford Meisner.
A documentary that provides a close-up look at the world of the modern-day rancher, visiting four of the largest, oldest, and most famous ranches in the West.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation that explores some of the ways America has adapted food to its fast-paced and ever-changing technological culture.
A documentary about songwriter Cole Porter. Explores his contributions to Broadway and Hollywood and celebrates his distinctive lifestyle and point of view through archival material and interviews with friends.
Documentary chronicling the exuberant, reckless year (1929) when the stock market rose, seemingly without limits, until October 29 -- the fateful day when the market crashed, bringing extraordinary financial loss to investors both large and small.
A documentary focusing on the peacekeeping forces used by United Nations troops stationed around the world.
Based on an off-Broadway play, relating the oral history of an Alabama sharecropper, spanning a period of eight decades.
A three-part "WonderWorks" presentation that continues the C.S. Lewis classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Relates the story of Prince Caspian and the crew of the Dawn Treader on their mission to find the world's end and complete the search for the missing lords of old Narnia.
A concert special featuring Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman of the Metropolitan Opera singing traditional spiritual songs. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A documentary special featuring Huell Howser in a series of candid conversations with some residents of Moscow.
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." Adaptation by Arthur Miller of Ibsen's classic play about a doctor who discovers that the mineral springs which have brought economic prosperity to his village are poisoned. When he insists on telling the truth about the pollution, he is p
A two-hour performance of Terence Rattigan's play set in England just before World War I. A young cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is expelled from the Royal Naval College when he is accused of petty theft. His father, making a considerable sacrifice, fights for two years to prove the boy's innocence. Ronnie
A broadcast of Julie Andrews' one-woman show, "An Evening With Julie Andrews," recorded live on stage at the Wiltern Theatre. In the show, Andrews reviews her life in song, concluding with a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, composers of two of her most popular shows, "My Fair Lady" an
A documentary that focuses on six women whose careers as Balanchine ballerinas span four decades. The program includes footage featuring these women dancing in major works.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining contemporary African art. Features an exhibit of contemporary African Sculpture at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, as well as extensive on-location filming of artists in Nigeria.
A musical presentation of the Beatrix Potter story of a tailor miraculously aided by the mice in his shop on Christmas Eve.
A New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" with Kevin Kline in the title role.
A performance of the Joffrey Ballet's reconstruction of the 1913 Nijinsky ballet, "The Rite of Spring." The broadcast also includes a documentary detailing the story of the original production at the Ballet Russe in Paris -- at the first performance of which a riot broke out in the theater -- and th
A documentary that examines the effects of the ongoing civil war on the people of El Salvador and Honduras. The program profiles three families, who recount their personal stories and reveal the hardships of living in a war zone.
A fictionalized autobiographical play written by Czechoslovakian playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel in 1984 upon his release from a four-and-one-half-year prison term for political subversion. The play focuses on two days in the life of a dissident writer who is awaiting the knock at the door
A presentation of the New York City ballet performing Balanchine's "Serenade" and "Western Symphony."
A drama broadcast as a presentation of "American Playhouse." A two-person play about an emotionally crippled British playwright and an American actress who suffers from a rare neurological disease. When Joe Green calls from London to give Sarah Wise permission to star in an off-off-Broadway producti
A special that documents a day in the life of CBS Evening News anchor, Dan Rather. His schedule includes production meetings, the Evening News broadcast, a radio spot, and a debate between the vice-presidential candidates Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.
A documentary exploring the controversy over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the intense environmental debate between preservationists and the oil industry.
A live special celebrating the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Congress. E.G. Marshall hosts the 11th annual Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Three friends since the 1930s are reunited, not altogether joyfully. Through scenes that alternate between the present and the past, a web of relationships is explored. A presentation of "American Playhouse."
A "Smithsonian World" presentation that uses art, literature and anthropology to examine humankind's search for a collective identity through an explanation of our origins. Included is a dance company interpreting evolution.
A documentary that looks at the variety of ways people use New York's Central Park. The program also illustrates the complex problems the New York City Parks Department faces in order to maintain and preserve the park and keep it open and accessible to the public.
An adaptation of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," reset in New York City's Trump Tower. The plot pits the servants, Figaro and Susanna, against the machinations of their unscrupulous master, Count Almaviva.
A documentary that explores the roots of "Amazing Grace," a hymn that continues to serve as a source of inspiration and strength for many people. Dramatic re-enactments are used to tell the story of John Newton, the 18th Century English slave ship captain turned country preacher, who wrote the lyric
A "Smithsonian World" presentation that examines the relationship between humans and animals. Examining the history of zoos and the various forms they have taken over the years, the program focuses on the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where keepers attempt to replicate the animals' natural habit
A ballet version of the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella," choreographed by Maguy Marin. A presentation of "Alive From Off Center."
A documentary on the life and work of American artist Jasper Johns. Art critics, curators, artists and acquaintances as well as Johns himself are interviewed.
A live broadcast of the opening-night performance of the 148th season of the New York Philharmonic. The concert features soprano Jessye Norman and the music of Wagner, Mahler, and Mozart.
A "Great Performances" special featuring trumpet player Wynton Marsalis in concert with his jazz quartet. Also included are scenes of Marsalis coaching young musicians in a master class at Harvard University and a younger group of students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C
A comedy broadcast as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." An orthopedic shoe salesman and part-time saxophone player discovers that even after cheating on your taxes and finding yourself before a Latin-American firing squad, there is still hope for true love.
A two-part documentary examining the life and career of actor Richard Burton, who died in 1984. Included are clips from Burton's stage and screen performances and interviews with family members.
A program profiling the Group Theatre, a theatrical company which introduced "method" acting and was founded in the 1930s in New York. Surviving members of the group are interviewed and archival footage of excerpts from plays originally produced by The Group Theatre is shown.
A performance documentary on the newly formed orchestra of young musicians, Miami's New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
A documentary series examining the history of the relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines in the 20th century. The premiere episode, "Colonial Days," explores the roots of American influence in the Philippines. The second episode, "Showcase of Democracy," explores the problems of independe
A concert of selections from the operatic repertoire featuring tenor Luciano Pavarotti and his specially invited group of guest artists.
"Wingers Over the Serengeti" reveals nature's most misunderstood creatures--vultures and other scavengers--as an integral part of Africa's bounty. Were it not for their recycling of the raw elements and left-over carcasses of life, the plains would be an immense graveyard. From the mighty lion to th
A "Frontline" special investigating the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. The broadcast pieces together the latest information on the investigation -- about the bomb, the terrorist network believed to be responsible, and the actions of the government and police
Documentary about Iain Brown, who at the age of thirteen left the comfortable world of his middle-class family to become a male hustler in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and at the age of nineteen became another statistic of teenage suicide.
Broadcast of a fund-raising gala honoring lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, taped from Lincoln Center in New York. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
A special featuring a line-up of celebrities in the forefront of the sing-along tradition as they lead the 3,000 voices of the audience in song.
Mikhail Baryshnikov dances the lead role in two Balanchine ballets -- Stravinsky's classic "Apollo" and Gershwin's jazzy "Who Cares?"
A drama, set in St. Louis in 1950, concerning an American family and the first courtship and sexual awakening of the teenage son. Ben Griffin lives with his widowed mother and beautiful 22-year-old sister, Dodie. The restoration of the family's affluence seems to hinge on Dodie's romances and hoped-
A television special celebrating the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Congress. E.G. Marshall hosts the tenth annual Fourth of July concert from the West Lawn of the Capitol building.
A documentary investigating the causes behind hunger, and the effects of malnutrition in children in America. Focusing upon several families around the united States -- California, Washington State, Minnesota, Alabama, and Connecticut -- the common bond is poverty, a lack of food, and concern for th
A telecast of Dominick Argento's opera based on Henry James' novella of the same name. In the opera, set in a crumbling villa on Lake Como, Italy, in 1895 (with flashbacks to 1835), a long-retired and reclusive diva lives with her unmarried niece. A scholar charms his way into their impoverished hou
A drama based on the landmark 1879 legal case that established for the first time that Native Americans were recognized as having equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.
A two-character play, taped during a performance from the Plaza Theatre in Dallas, based on Mark Twain's humorous look at the ever-changing relationship between men and women, as told in imagined "diary entries" of Adam and Eve during their stay in the Garden of Eden and their life together outside
A concert featuring Linda Ronstadt in a revue of Mexican ballads, romantic dances, and festive songs.
An animated special about a young girl who must learn to accept her divorced mother's remarriage.
A documentary examining the life of Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice from 1953 to 1969. Also surveys the landmark decisions made during Warren's tenure on the Court as well the controversies accompanying the changes. Includes archival footage, photographs, and interviews with family, fr
A "Live From Lincoln Center" presentation featuring a concert which marks the Chamber Music Society's 20th anniversity and honors its founder and artistic director, Charles Wadsworth.
A live broadcast of a concert performance from the twenty-third annual Mostly Mozart Festival from Lincoln Center. Guest artist violinist Itzhak Perlman plays the music of Mozart and Bach.
A comedy about a disgruntled family man who makes a smoking declaration of independence by taking up his old smoking habit against everyone's wishes.
An "American Playhouse" presentation focusing on the fast-paced, unfulfilled lives of three young professionals: Fran, a fashion model who regards modeling as an empty profession and yearns to become a serious actress; Michael, a successful investment banker and the man who supports Fran; and Paul,
A "National Geographic Specials" presentation that explores a primitive tribe in a southeast Cameroon rain forest that adheres to a traditional lifestyle. Dependent on their forest surroundings for survival, the Baka Pygmies tap its resources for food, clothing, shelter and medicine -- virtually all
A "National Geographic Specials" presentation which focuses on elephants as beasts of burden, gods, sources of income and show-business amusements. The special also examines how poaching is threatening elephant populations.
A documentary that looks at mentoring programs in which adult volunteers are getting involved in one-on-one relationships with young people to help them expand their horizons and encourage them to remain in school.
A performance of the classic ballet by August Bournoville. Set in Scotland, "La Sylphide" centers around a young farmer who is captivated by a sylph (that is, a nymph, woodsprite, spirit). When he attempts to capture her with a magic shawl, she dies in his arms.
A "Great Performances" special featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov and pianist Andre Watts, performing works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Benjamin Britten. Taped during a live performance from Wolf Trap Farm Park.
A production of Sigmund Romberg's swashbuckling operetta set in 18th-century New Orleans. Members of the New York City Opera perform from Wolf Trap Farm Park. In the operetta, Robert Mission works as a bondservant in New Orleans in 1792 to avoid detection that he is really a French nobleman wanted f
A one-hour documentary showing guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke in an inpromptu jam session with Doc Watson and Chet Atkins in Nashville, during a concert performance in Toronto, and on a drive through the countryside near his home in Minnesota. At the same time, he offers his musings on guitars, cars and
A half-hour comedy in the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A talented, young professor discontented with his success and nearly flawless wife, embarks on an affair with an unlikely colleague, a chain-smoking, bulldozing misanthrope.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a poor, latchkey teenager in New York City. He learns about the harsh life of urban runaways when he goes into hiding after being falsely accused of causing an accident in which his friend is seriously injured. The boy lives for 121 days in the subway tunnels of Ne
A documentary on the life and work of acting teacher Stella Adler. It features an extensive conversation with Adler as well as interviews with actors Karl Malden and John Abbott, and director and acting teacher Bobby Lewis.
A documentary that focuses on the physical abuse and economical problems of the elderly.
Celebrities from Broadway and classical and pop music join the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summer home, the Tanglewood Music Festival, in a gala seventieth birthday salute to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
A documentary on the life and work of jazz innovator Charlie Parker, airing as part of the "American Masters" series. A selection of the saxophonist's recordings is highlighted. Musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, and Thelonious Monk also appear in clips, as well a
A documentary profiling the life and work of writer James Baldwin.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation, set in South Australia in 1953. An 11-year-old hearing-impaired boy decides to run away from home after a series of disturbing events befall him.
A performance of the 1989 Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about life in a small New England town at the turn of the century.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation unraveling the tale of the long-lost art collection of Henri Vever, a celebrated Parisian jeweler, connoisseur, and leader in the Art Nouveau movement. His collection of Persian and Indian paintings from the 14th through the 18th century "disappeared" in occupied F
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 1985 production of Puccini's opera, set in the late nineteenth century in the city of Nagasaki, about a young Japanese woman who weds an American naval officer who later abandons her and the child she bore him.
A comedy in the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A recently widowed woman finds a job at Burger Guy, a fast-food franchise, working for a tyrannical 19-year-old manager.
A documentary on the life and work of playwright Neil Simon. Friends and associates as well as the writer himself are interviewed.
An anthology of four short films by different directors. Animator Ralph Bakshi's live-action "This Ain't Bebop" is a contemporary narrative about a man's odyssey through the surreal cityscape of downtown Los Angeles as he tries to find the life he has lost. Ed Lachman's "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
A production of Gioacchino Rossini's comic opera based on the popular fairy tale, "Cinderella." The production was taped at the 1988 Salzburg Festival.
A documentary that chronicles the life and career of daredevil pilot, Jimmy Doolittle, who led an air attack on Toyko four months after the devastation of Pearl Harbor.
A documentary special, based on David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which examines the tension between Arabs and Jews living within the lands under jurisdiction of the Israeli state, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
A documentary exploring the years prior to the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Archival footage is combined with interviews.
A performance of Jerome Kern's classic 1928 musical, "Show Boat." Set aboard Mississippi riverboats at the turn of the century, it tells the story of the bittersweet romance between Magnolia Hawkes, daughter of the "Cotton Blossom" captain, and Gaylord Ravenal, a rakish riverboat gambler.
A dark comedy about five characters whose lives interweave late one summer in the Hamptons of Long Island. Kip is a bored and frustrated 20-year-old boy trying to break ties with his divorced mother Jinx, who is having an affair with Hank, a married man. Upset by this relationship, Kip decides to le
A comedy about two people who have grown up together thinking they are opposites. Against her wishes, Elizabeth and Nelson are thrown together by their parents, who hope to create the perfect romantic alliance. In order to put an end to her parent's persistence, Elizabeth convinces Nelson that they
A documentary profiling Keith Haring, formerly a subway graffiti artist, whose playful, simplistic drawings reflect his serious commentary on society, including such issues as AIDS, drugs and South African racism.
A profile of the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Married to famed muralist Diego Rivera, the documentary uses photographs, paintings, home movies, archival footage and interviews with family and friends to depict the life of the artist.
A broadcast that examines the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in the Israeli-occupied territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The program includes an opening background piece, shot in Israel, presenting the Israeli point of view on the occupation; the 90-minute documentary "Days of Rage:
A documentary examining the tremendous moral and political issues cities around the United States face in combating the growing problem of public drunkenness.
A news special and documentary that examines the problem of international debt. Includes coverage of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Conference held in Washington and a documentary entitled "The Debt Crisis," as well as analysis by major economists and journalists.
A new school term begins at the Lawrenceville Academy and Hickey finds himself saddled with an insufferable and insufferably wealthy freshman, whom he quickly dubs "The Uncooked Beefsteak." His efforts at cutting this braggart down to size are topped only by those of his arch enemy and rival, The Te
A "Great Performances" presentation of the 1967 Alan Ayckbourn farce which examines the subject of love as a juggling act of romantic relationships, including adultery and mistaken identity. Greg is jealous of his girlfriend Ginny. He discovers she has been involved previously with an older man, bu
A documentary on the life and career of Harold Clurman, a co-founder (with Stella Adler and Clifford Odetts) of the Group Theatre and the man often credited with introducing method acting to the United States. Includes footage of Clurman rehearsing Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, and Julie Harris. Als
A documentary focusing on the life of Mexican writer, critic, teacher and diplomat Carlos Fuentes. Features readings by Fuentes and interviews with close friends and associates.
A documentary focusing on the return of two nurses, Elizabeth Hughes and Margaret Stanley, to China 40 years after they left. In the northwest province of Shaanxi, the women share pictures they took four decades ago with old friends who remember their help, and with young people who have heard stori
A performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine," staged at the San Francisco Opera. Set in the early sixteenth century, the opera tells the story of the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama and the two women who love him.
A drama based on the book by Katherine Paterson about 15-year-old Louise Bradshaw's jealousy of her twin sister, Caroline. Eventually she finds peace and is able to define her own goals and desires.
A concert featuring Kenny Rogers as he performs holiday classics and his biggest hits. Taped live in December 1988 at the Fox Theatre, in Atlanta, Georgia.
A comedy special featuring Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco in a spoof of American television.
A comedy broadcast as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." A self-absorbed yuppie couple must confront a series of bizarre occurrences provoked by a most unusual household helper and a television remote control.
A "Great Performances" presentation, hosted by Gregory Hines, featuring performances by some of today's tap-dancers. The show also includes a tribute to legendary tap-dancer Honi Coles. Performed before an audience of tap dancers at the former Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in New York City.
A 13-part documentary series tracing the dramatic 40-year history of nuclear weapons, nuclear policy and arms control.
A "Smithsonian World" special examining the human quest to understand and control the genetic basis of life on this planet. The program looks at the ethical questions man faces as domination over nature brings about an uncertain future. Scientists, historians, social analysts and a philosopher-poet
A documentary about the life of Jessica Mitford, political activist, one-time member of the American Communist Party, controversial author and member of one of England's most colorful families. Her life is related within the contexts of her writings, her personal recollections, archival footage and
A comedy airing as part of the PBS anthology series "Trying Times." An everyday suburban man gets seduced into social activism when his name appears on a mysterious computer printout as a possible target of assassination and a fascinating female agent comes calling.
A four-part "Great Performances" presentation dramatizing the life of world-renowned opera star Nellie Melba, whose career spanned 40 years beginning in 1885. The story follows Melba from her early days as a plantation owner's wife in Australia to her stardom in the opera houses and courts of Europ
A political drama inspired by the real-life meeting of U.S. nuclear arms negotiator Paul Nitze and Soviet delegate Yuli Kvitszinsky in Geneva in 1982. The two took "a walk in the woods" in an attempt to reach an agreement on disarmament outside of normal diplomatic channels.
A three-part presentation about the boyhood and young manhood of Charlie Chaplin, who grew up in London in extreme poverty during the early years of this century. By making use of his imagination, the young Charlie survived his unhappy childhood to become the biggest star of his era and one of the g
A documentary on the life and work of Czechoslovakian-born film director Milos Forman. The program combines footage of Forman directing "Valmont" with a retrospective of his life and work, featuring conversations with the director, interviews with his colleagues, and clips from his films.
A documentary focusing on how an "all-American" town, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been changed by the AIDS virus. Individual stories are used to show how Fort Wayne's residents are confronting the moral, political, economic and legal issues surrounding the spread of the disease.
A documentary/dramatization of the life of American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-78), who captured the social conditions of his era on film. Recreated scenes are interwoven with comments by historians, colleagues, friends, and family members.
A special commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. Tells the story of eight astronauts who participated in the Apollo program. Examines how their voyages to the moon resulted in life-altering changes once bank on earth.
A documentary examining the complex and controversial history of mental institutions in the United States. It focuses on St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., founded in 1855 as a model for the humane treatment of the mentally ill.
A drama that speculates on what might have happened to the Civil Rights movement in the United States had Malcolm X and Martin Luther King joined forces. In a fictional meeting, set in a room at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, the two black leaders explore their philosophies as they argue with each oth
A three-part "WonderWorks" adaptation of the first book in C.S. Lewis's seven-volume series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." The fantasy story, set in 1940, centers around the enchanted, mythical kingdom of Narnia, where the evil White Witch holds the land in a never-ending winter with no Christmas. T
A four-part examination of the political games played in Washington, D.C., as depicted in Hedrick Smith's bestselling book.
A special concert performance held at Carnegie Hall featuring many of the world's most renowned pianists.
A documentary on the life and work of trumpeter, singer and bandleader Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Film clips of Armstrong's major Hollywood and television appearances are included as well as home movies from the 1930s and 1960s and interviews with those who knew him and were influenced by him. Airin
A documentary examining the rapid growth of AIDS in minority communities.
A TV adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry drama about race relations in America in the 1950s. It is the story of a black American family torn between a mother's pursuit of the middle-class dream, and her son's desire to begin a new life.
A special featuring performances by some of the top rock 'n' roll acts of the 1950s and '60s. Taped during two concerts held at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles.
A "WonderWorks" presentation, set in 1955, about how the life of an American family is disrupted when a young Japanese girl scarred during the bombing of Hiroshima comes to stay with them.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a teenage boy who has a hard time transferring his affections from reptiles to girls, though he is helped by his pet -- a 600-year-old talking frog.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring music director Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic in a festive New Year's Eve performance with guest artist Placido Domingo.
A program examining perceptions of the U.S. presidential election campaign in several countries, including Britain, West Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union.
A "Frontline/Time Magazine" special profiling presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and George Bush, exploring the candidates' political and personal histories. Interviews with the candidates and their wives, Barbara Bush and Kitty Dukakis, are featured.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about an extraordinary and strange substitute teacher who brings an exciting new approach to sharing information to a blase group of inner-city youngsters bored by the pedantic techniques of their usual teacher.
A documentary recounting the life of Senator Samuel J. Ervin, Jr., from his first venture into politics, to his service in the state legislature and on the bench of the North Carolina Supreme Court, to his historic role as chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee.
A documentary, part of the Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS) campaign, which focuses on youth and literacy. The special looks at literacy programs for young children in four cities.
A dramatic adaptation of a short story by William Faulkner, set in Hollywood's heyday, concerning a Nebraska businessman whose values crumble and family drifts apart as he succumbs to a decadent lifestyle while seeking fame and fortune. A "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" presenation.
A documentary about four families who have illegally lived in the U.S. for many years, and who live in fear of deportation. The film focuses on the new immigration laws and their impact on the families.
A "Smithsonian World" special that examines life at Groton, a small private school in Massachusetts that a century ago trained America's elite, but today seeks to create greater educational opportunities for those born with very little.
A documentary following photographer Andre Kertesz in the last year of his life as he travels from New York to Budapest, to Paris, illustrating how these three cities greatly affected his art.
An adaptation of a short story by P.G. Wodehouse set in Hollywood's heyday about a former film goddess and her younger sister, who collaborate on a racy memoir that could ruin the biggest names in show business.
A courtroom drama based in its entirety on the actual transcripts of the trial of Bernhard Goetz, a New Yorker accused of attempted murder when he shot and seriously wounded four black youths, his fellow passengers on a subway train, when one asked him for money.
A program looking at the Republican Party and its success in presidential elections since 1968 and what this may mean to the future of the party.
A documentary that follows a group of young Chinese dancers on their first visit to America as they attend dance workshops and make their debut performance in New York. Included are interviews with dancers and dancer instructors, and masterclasses with Paul Taylor, Suki Schorer, and Alvin Ailey.
A documentary that looks at the dilemma of child care and showcases some of the most innovative and successful child care solutions around the country.
A program looking at the turbulent history of the Democratic Party since the early '60s and how they hope to reverse their losing record in the last five presidential elections.
A documentary which tells the story of the blues and its impact on popular culture. Included are interviews with blues musicians and historical footage and performance segments.
Investigation of some of the motivation behind the 1980 slaying of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman.
A presentation of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's classic play, set in Hollywood in the 1920s, about three vaudeville players who seek their fortunes teaching silent film stars how to talk.
A holiday special featuring the folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary in concert singing Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and classic folk songs.
A two-part series featuring an intimate look at the operations and varied personalities of the Supreme Court, as well as profiling the history and evolution of the Court.
A dramatic adaptation of a short story by Gavin Lambert set in 1950s Hollywood concerning a young director seduced by the deadly charms of a fading movie star who forms her own production company to make her comeback. A "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" presentation.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall of a concert with the New York Philharmonic and cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing works by Dvorak and Mahler.
A documentary which focuses on America's prison crisis. Taped in seven states, the program reports on the current state of U.S. penitentiaries. Included are interviews with prison officials.
A documentary featuring photographer David Goldblatt discussing his feelings for his native South Africa. Included is a look at some of his photos which provide glimpses of the troubled country.
A program investigating the positive and negative impact of television in the election process and the many shades of opinion that lie in between. The special also explores the influence of advertising, the adversarial relationship of the political process, and how television has supplanted the trad
Profile of opera legend Maria Callas. The special includes never-before-seen footage of concert and operatic performances and interviews with friends and key people in the opera world.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about two orphaned children who face the harsh Australian outback in their desire to get to Perth so they can board a ship and find their only surviving relatives in England.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation which offers an inside look at the Smithsonian Institution and the people involved in its enormous range of activities in Washington, D.C. and around the world.
A "Great Performances" presentation of Mozart's opera, taped in the Summer of 1987 at the Salzburg Festival and commemorating the 200th anniversary of the opera's premiere in Prague in 1787. The opera is based on the legend of Don Juan, the Spanish libertine and seducer. The program also includes a
A live telecast of the New York City Opera's production of Verdi's tragic opera about the hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, who seeks revenge on his patron, the Duke of Mantua, for the seduction of his daughter, Gilda.
A documentary which reveals TV's "invisible" aspects--its legal and economic foundations and proposed legislation that may alter television as we know it. The program uses the medium itself to expose all these aspects with a view toward what the average citizen can do to better manage the nation's
A special featuring the South American satirist and stage personality Pieter-Dirk Uys. The program features Uys in a one-man show, using his satirical and humorous impersonations to dramatize South African apartheid. Uys performs dress-up caricatures of President P.W. Botha, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
A special election night broadcast originating in Washington, D.C., reviewing the central issues facing the United States and its new president.
A documentary that presents profiles of life within three gay families--one foster, one biological and one adoptive.
One of Brahms' most immense and mysterious works is discussed and conducted by Leonard Bernstein when he leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in this "Great Performances" presentation, filmed in the historic "Golden Hall" of Vienna's Musikverein.
A documentary examining the life and work of Lillian Gish. The "American Masters" presentation includes a personal interview, film clips and photographs of some of her most memorable performances.
A four-part documentary series focusing on the United States' northern neighbor, Canada. The first part, entitled "The Relationship," explores the history of U.S./Canadian political relationships; the second, entitled "Where Is Here?" explores the connection between Canada's vast geography and its
A two-part documentary offering a retrospective of the career of Duke Ellington, specifically his music, revealing the man behind it, his varied creative accomplishments and his enormous contribution to American music. An "American Masters" presentation.
A live concert from Lincoln Center's annual "Mostly Mozart" festival, featuring mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and pianist Vladimir Feltsman.
A documentary examining the varied Hispanic cultures and peoples -- Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and other Latino nationalities -- living in Chicago, Illinois. The program looks at the rich cultural diversity within this increasingly visible group and shows how the differences serve to create an i
Based on the book by architect/illustrator David Macaulay, this special uses live-action and animation to tell the story of the planning, construction, and cultural significance of the Great Pyramid at Giza, built around 2500 B.C.
The American Ballet Theatre performs George Balanchine's "La Sonnambula" and Merce Cunningham's "Duets" in this "Dance in America" presentation, taped in Denmark in July, 1987. Also included is an interview taped in New York in September, 1987, with Mikhail Baryshnikov, in which he discusses the two
A "Frontline" special examining the difficult economic choices that the next president wil have to face upon taking office. The program focuses on four communities across the U.S. that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years. Through a series of interviews, the "Shadow Debate" is exp
A special "3-2-1 Contact" episode which addresses some of the questions and concerns children have about AIDS. Sixteen-year-old Ryan White, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion, is the focus of the special. The program uses simple animation to explain how the AIDS virus atta
A "Great Performances" presentation which follows conductor Herbert von Karajan through five weeks of preparation and performances during Europe's 1987 Salzburg Festival. The program captures the maestro discussing his life and work backstage and rehearsing the Vienna Philharmonic for their perform
Drama tracing the early artistic development of the writer Eugene O'Neill.
A live broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring pianist Andre Watts commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic.
An "American Playhouse" production continuing the saga of William Hicks, first seen in "The Prodigious Hickey." The program focuses on the students at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, providing a close look at prep school life 80 years ago. The story begins with Hickey's return to school for
Adaptation for television of two American short stories. In John Updike's "Pigeon Feathers," a young farm boy searches for a way to keep his soul alive forever. Along the way, he questions the validity of theological explanations concerning heaven and earth. "The Revolt of Mother," by Mary E. Wilkin
A "Great Performances" presentation featuring Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the city of Naples in southern Italy, greeting its people and singing its songs.
A program looking at the American political system through the eyes of one community -- the people in Jamaica, Queens, a New York City neighborhood torn apart by drugs and violence.
A "WonderWorks" presentation in which a boy in New South Wales, Australia, in the early 1900s, saves his family from financial ruin when he turns a foundling colt into a champion race horse.
A documentary chronicling the contributing factors that made the Vietnam involvement different from other wars and how these differences affected war veterans. Includes archival news footage and interviews with World War II and Vietnam vets.
A dramatization of the life of sculptor Augustus Saint Gauden, drawing on his unpublished autobiography as well as writings of friends and collaborators.
A four-and-a-half hour adaptation for television of Eugene O'Neill's epic play (which, performed in a rotating series of performances, ran over nine hours in its original stage production on Broadway in the '20s) about a woman, who, grieving for her fiancee who was killed in action in the World War,
A "American Playhouse" presentation relating the story of Mary Austin, a little-known American writer of the turn of the century, and her extraordinary exploits as she begins to form a relationship with the local Native Americans despite the criticism of local whites. Austin eventually moves to Los
A three-hour world premiere telecast of the minimalist and romantic opera documenting Richard Nixon's historic trip to China, telecast from the Houston Grand Opera as part of "Great Performances."
A live concert broadcast from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 4th, with a program celebrating Irving Berlin's 100th birthday. The concert ends with a display of fireworks from the grounds of the Washington Monument.
A documentary following the career of Aretha Franklin from her early years as a gospel singer to her rise to fame. The program features performance clips and interviews with family and friends.
A documentary which focuses on the life of celebrated mythologist Joseph Campbell.
An "American Playhouse" presentation of Lanford Wilson's autobiographical play about a young man in the 1950s who tries to re-establish his relationship with his estranged father and his second wife thirteen years later.
A special featuring excerpts and background interviews from the five top-winning entries submitted to the Superfest Film Festival: "Looking Up, A Success Story, A Romance"; "Nobody's Child"; "I Want the Sun to Stand Up!"; "A Fragile Tree Has Roots"; "I'm Not Stupid! Learning Disabilities." Now in it
A retelling of the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta by the English National Opera in the style of a Busby Berkeley/Marx Brothers film set in a seaside English hotel. A "Great Performances" presentation.
A documentary which provides a comprehensive look at Guatemala's change from a military to a civilian government. The program examines the current situation in the Central American country and raises questions about regional peace in light of major continuing problems. Included are interviews with
An "American Playhouse" presentation of Robert Anderson's autobiographical play about the evolving relationship between an iron-willed, domineering father and the grown son who desperately wants to love him.
A documentary revealing the tragedy of Uganda, a country that has suffered nearly a decade of Civil War, in which about three-quarters of a million people have been killed. The program documents the ravages left by Uganda's overthrown government and the problems the new president, Yoweri Museveni,
A profile of British actor John Gielgud. The special features stills and excerpts from his films and television plays. Also included is an interview with Gielgud at his Buckinghamshire home.
An in-depth profile of conductor Arturo Toscanini, featuring music from the renowned NBC Symphony telecasts.
A documentary examining those works of Mexican artist Diego Rivera which he painted in the United States and the controversy and public debate that surrounded them. The artist's influence on American art and his lasting legacy are also explored.
A "Smithsonian World" special exploring fashion's powerful meanings, from medieval times to the present. The program examines the unstated rules that govern our clothing choices and looks at how dress embodies cultural values. Included are interviews with fashion professionals and a look into the wo
A "Great Performances" broadcast of a concert taped at Wolf Trap Farm Park in June 1987, celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's 70th birthday. Included are film clips of Dizzy with other historical figures in jazz, stills and sound recordings, and interviews with friends and colleagues.
An "American Playhouse" remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 thriller about a woman who thinks her husband is trying to kill her.
A three-part documentary examining the rise and decline of Mexico's one-party system and the forces of the 20th century that have shaped modern Mexico. The first segment, "Revolution: 1910-1940," explains the importance of the Revolution of 1910 and how the institutions of contemporary Mexico evolve
A documentary focusing on the history of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, spanning almost three decades of American social and political protest.
A ficticious drama based on the real Orphan Trains which transported children from New York to the sparcely populated Midwest for adoption. The story deals with Billy, a 13-year-old street kid from New York City, who gets a chance at a new life when an orphan train brings him to Nebraska and to a ha
A "Great Performances" presentation of Moliere's classic play about a widower who allows his miserliness to rule his whole exlistence and that of his children.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs two 1985 masterworks -- "Roses" and "Last Look" -- that demonstrate the versatility of Taylor's choreography. Also included is an interview with the choreographer.
A production by the Paris Opera Ballet of the classic tale of Cinderella set in the art deco world of Hollywood in the 1930s.
A televison adaptation of Clifford Odets' 1949 Broadway stage play about greed and avarice in the Hollywood film industry during the 1940s. A top movie star is torn between the lure of a new contract offered by a ruthless studio boss who knows a dark secret from his past, and the love of his wife, w
A live presentation of the New York City Opera's new production of Mozart's opera, telecast from the stage of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. The "Live From Lincoln Center" presentation is performed in German with English subtitles.
A drama, adapted from a story by Graham Greene, about the friendship between a priest and a communist mayor. The two journey together from their village of El Toboso, Spain, to Madrid, both being on holiday. On the way to Madrid and back, they debate their totally opposite beliefs. Hectic encounters
Actor-composer John Rubinstein hosts a profile of his pianist grandfather, Arthur Rubinstein, who, had he lived (he died in 1982), would have celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on January 28, 1987. To commemorate that anniversary, the people of Lodz, Poland, brought the Rubinstein family back to
A documentary which focuses on Madame C.J. Walker, a black woman who, in 1910, made a small investment in a company specializing in black hair and skin care products and realized a dream that made her America's first self-made millionairess. The program also documents the life of her daughter, A'Le
A live broadcast of a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York with tenor Placido Domingo and his guests. The format breaks the mold of the traditional, formal concert as Domingo chats with the audience in between selections from the classical and the popular repertoire.
An Australian production about an old scrap dealer who lives with his three grandchildren and their beloved Clydesdale workhorse Sam on a prime piece of real estate in a rundown neighborhood. Their lives are disrupted when a wealthy Japanese land developer decides to build a large hotel next door an
A drama about two sisters, proud and independent, who try to maintain their dignity and self-respect in the face of advancing years and failing health and fortune. Set in 19th century New England, the story explores the tensions of coping with the infirmities of old age and the desire to live an ind
A five-part series, telecast as three consecutive "American Playhouse" presentations, tracing the trials and tribulations of author Horton Foote's family in a small Texas community from the turn of the 20th century thru the end of World War I. This is part of a nine-play cycle entitled "The Orphan's
The second of six specials in PBS' first original comedy series, "Trying Times." Robin Stone faces a pre-mid-life crisis when her boyfriend leaves her for an actress. After making up a list of how a single woman can move forward in her life, she decides that learning to drive a car is the most exp
A "Smithsonian World" special examining the many faces of Islam, its Judeo-Christian roots, numerous achievements, current resurgence and likely future as a religious, social and cultural force.
A profile of composer Steve Reich, a leading creator of stripped-down, "minimal" music. The program explores how Reich's music eventually became accessible to the musical audience at large. Included are interviews with the composer himself, and contemporaries, and also performances of some of his
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1947 play about a family in turmoil because of the father's dishonesty and compromise. Joe Keller was a war profiteer and his partner went to jail for selling defective parts to the Army while Joe was absolved. Joe's older son was killed in the war, yet Kate Keller,
A drama aimed to foster understanding and reduce prejudice by able-bodied youngsters toward their physically challenged peers. Danny, a boy who uses a wheelchair, discovers the wonderful feeling of weightlessness during a hydrotherapy session. Danny then confronts his family, friends and NASA to ens
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Cav Rand, a young boy newly orphaned, who sells the family belongings so he can buy a horse and join a cattle drive. When the horse is stolen by a crooked peddler, he becomes a cook in the cattle drive and, along with his new friends, outwits the peddler to get his
A documentary in which Bill Moyers examines the current Iran/Contra scandal as the most recent example of a growing "Secret Government" that is threatening U.S. democratic values.
A production of Shakespeare's comedy played in vaudeville style, with the bard himself part of the performance. The story concerns two sets of identical twins and the inevitable problems of mistaken identity that ensue when different pairs of them meet up in different combinations.
A documentary chronicling the career of composer George Gershwin, originally airing during the 50th anniversary year of his death in 1937 at the age of 39. The program includes material from the Gershwin family's photo albums and home movies, footage of Gershwin in performance and rehearsal, and cli
Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the tragic Tyrone family, presented in a controversial production by Jonathan Miller. Under Miller's direction, the characters interrupt each other much like normal conversation, thereby both shortening and dramatically heightening the action. The p
A one-hour documentary investigating visa denials under the notorious McCarran-Walter Act, a law which has been used to restrict the entry of thousands of foreigners into the United States on the basis of their published ideas and opinions that are deemed "anti-American" by the State Department.
A documentary which provides a look at the women who made history in the early 1940s with the first organized professional athletic league for women in the U.S.--the All-American Girl's Professional Baseball League. The program uses archival film clips and recollections from league members to recou
A documentary which showcases a group of young musicians and dancers whose performances of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming have captivated a worldwide audience. The program profiles the group called Kodo (the Japanese word for "heartbeat"), exploring their commitment to a unique aest
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining five Latin American writers -- from the 16th-century son of an Incan princess and a Spanish conquistador to a distinguished contemporary novelist. The program interweaves dramatizations with interviews and commentary. Performing in the dramatized segments
The first episode in the three-part series, "Tales From the Hollywood Hills." The stories are all set in Hollywood's golden era of the '30s. John O'Hara's "Natica Jackson" deals with an actress who is tired of being alone and enters into an affair with a married man.
A documentary which takes a dispassionate look at the "born again Christian" phenomenon, by examining the power source of the fundamentalist movement: the small, tightly knit community church. The program looks at an independent Baptist church outside Worcester, Massachusetts--the Shawmut Valley B
In Depression-Era Australia, Young Joe O'Riordan turns his part-time paper boy job into a full-time occupation to support his family when his father loses his factory job. His subsequent flirtation with communism causes a rift with his father that provokes Joe to leave home and live on the streets.
A concert broadcast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York, featuring the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and guest artists in performances of music by Bach and Mozart.
A special featuring the thoughts and reflections of Agnes DeMille, legendary choreographer of "Rodeo," "Fall River Legend," and "Oklahoma!" Exerpts from her many works are featured.
A documentary which examines America's fastest-growing church, the Mormon, focusing particularly on its unusual missionary outreach program, a two-year effort undertaken by all male Mormons that serves as a rite of passage to their becoming full members of the church. The growth of the sect is a dir
A documentary exploring the pain and isolation experienced by incest victims. The program also focuses on the perpetrators of incest, and offers views by various psychologists as to the motivation for such crimes. Also included is a look at communities and schools that are teaching children how to
Bill Moyers explores how religious beliefs are shaping political events both at home and abroad. The first program, "The Kingdom Divided," describes how upheaval in Central America pits mainstream U.S. Christians against fundamentalists in a theological and political duel with historic consequences.
A documentary which celebrates the immense impact of black music and rhythm on American dance by tracing the popular dances and the trends of dance in 20th-century America. The program uses a selection of dancing to illustrate each period of dance and interweaves archival photos, film and televisio
Three ballets, written and constructed by David Gordon, are offered with Mikhail Baryshnikov as the star performer. The works are: "Valda and Misha," "TV Nine Lives," and "Murder." The first of the ballets ("Valda and Misha") was commissioned for this telecast.
A performance of a South African drama that probes the roots of injustice under apartheid. "Asinamali," which in Zulu means "we have no money," concerns five prison inmates who recount the crimes for which they were arrested. Their stories, darkly hilarious, expand into a nightmare version of life
Young Barney Palmer fears he has inherited the Scholar family magical powers when he becomes haunted by the spirit of his great uncle.
A two-part special that celebrates the music and life of composer George Gershwin. The first part, "The Jazz Age," traces the composer's career from 1919 when he had his first hit, "Swanee," through the '20s when he composed his first big orchestral piece, "Rhapsody in Blue." The second part, "'S Wo
A ballet by choreographer Jerome Robbins, from a violin concerto by German composer Alban Berg, about a young woman about a young woman facing death. The music conjures imagery associated with death so strongly that Robbins' male character is actually death personified. Berg wrote the piece in the l
A documentary airing as a sequel to "The Chemical People," which was previously broadcast on PBS. Focuses on the themes of teen drug and alcohol abuse, teen suicide, pregnancy, and school dropouts. The documentary profiles 10 communities that once had, statistically, some of the country's worst teen
A documentary which looks at systematic discrimination against women, and how it effects the lives of women today. The program focuses on the personal and psychological issues surrounding women's education, work, and families. The source of sex discrimination in attitudes toward women and the attitu
Frederica Von Stade, Melba Moore and Rex Smith sing Christmas music from the Alpine village of St. Wolfgang, Austria.
A profile of Soviet spokesman and journalist Vladimir Pozner, the unofficial voice and face of the Soviet Union in the West. Pozner's background is outlined, including the years he spent growing up in New York City. Also featured are clips from Pozner's appearance on the "Phil Donahue" show, and a l
An "American Playhouse" presentation adapted from Eudora Welty's story about a young couple coming of age in the American South in 1933. Set in rural Mississippi, the story focuses on the turbulent relationship of a young married couple -- William Wallace and his wife Hazel. Recently wed, their youn
The relationship between art and technology is examined in this "Smithsonian World" special. The documentary explores the changes in this historical relationship from Greek mythology to laser technology and computer graphics. Filmed at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Mu
A gala New Year's Eve concert with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, telecast live from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
Four one-hour documentaries on the American Constitution and its impact on the lives of the American people. By focusing on contemporary problems, the series underscores the enduring qualities of the Constitution. The broad subjects of the four episodes are freedom of speech and religion, judicial p
A three-part adaptation of the classic novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett. The story deals with Sara Crewe, the gifted daughter of a wealthy man, who is reduced to working as a scullery maid when her father suddenly dies, leaving her penniless. Sara's hope and determination, along with help from a sec
A dramatic musical special celebrating Mexican-American music and culture. The bilingual production combines music, dance and drama and features selections from the acclaimed El Teatro Campesino stage production, "Corridos!" which have been completely restaged and specially adapted for television.
A tribute to composer Jule Styne taped in New York City at the St. James Theatre on January 26-28, 1987. The program features renditions of Styne standards, clips of Gene Autry, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra performing his songs, and the composer talking with various personalities.
Documentary tracing the story of a girl who committed suicide after going to Hollywood from Minnesota, getting involved with X-rated movie-making and drugs and becoming estranged from family and friends.
A documentary that examines today's ranchers and the economic realities of operating a ranch in the 1980's.
A special five-part series, airing as part of the PBS series, "Frontline," which traces over 400 years of South Africa's racial history -- from the early battles between Afrikaner and African, through decades of British domination, to the creation of apartheid, to the development of the black resist
The third segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." This presentation is adapted from three of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Pat Hobby Stories," and deals with a hard luck hack Hollywood screenwriter who starts an unlikely collaboration w
A behind-the-scenes look by documentary film team Albert and David Maysles at the private and public life of celebrated conductor Seiji Ozawa. The director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is seen rehearsing, performing, and relaxing at Tanglewood, Massachusetts (the summer home of the orchestra), a
An adaptation of Simon Gray's 1981 British stage hit, set in the 1960s at an English school for foreigners. St. John Quartermaine, one of the teachers there, is at the center of the story, as he serves as a sounding board for his colleagues. Broadcast as a segment of "Great Performances."
A documentary presentation of "Smithsonian World" about the departure of today's American farmers from Thomas Jefferson's ideals. Current agricultural production methods and the effect on soil and future generations are examined.
A "Great Performances" presentation saluting the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), founded in 1914 and with a membership today of nearly 40,000 writers and publishers. The program was taped at Wolf Trap Farm Park in June 1987, and features performers from every aspect of
The second segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." Budd Shulberg's drama deals with the head of a film studio who plans a small dinner party at the nightclub, "Ciro's," creating the opportunity for the guests and the staff of the
A documentary that travels the streets of the world's largest city to explore daily life in modern Tokyo. The program reveals the contrasts that exist in a city hailed as the technological capital of the world.
In 1985, the PEN Center, a New York organization that protects the rights of writers around the world, held a celebration at eight New York theater benefits. Some of America's best-known writers offered interpretations of their own writing and shared insights into the writing process. The program pr
A drama from Britain about the growing bond of affection between a lonely woman and her 85-year-old still vigorous-minded aunt. Etta Marsha, now a widow and having no other family to turn to, visits her mother's elderly sister, whom she has not seen in many years. She finds her aunt in the care of
A drama which depicts one Sunday evening in the lives of seven disparate New Yorkers attending a dinner party. Their encounter reveals the desperation, fear, loneliness, and unhappiness that often lurks beneath banal cocktail party chatter, resulting in a view of social relationships in the 1980's.
The story of Asian immigrants who settled in what is now called the International District, located in Seattle, Washington. The documentary, through vivid stories of its Asian residents -- both past and present -- depicts the history of their immigration to the American Northwest and traces the area
A live concert broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. celebrating Independence Day. The performance is capped by a fireworks display.
A series presenting three documentaries on the lives of the two-thousand residents of the tiny rural Chinese village of Long Bow. The first, "Small Happiness," focuses on the stories of two women--mother-in-law Puopuo and sister-in-law Ling Qiao--to show the advances women have mjade within the cou
An "American Playhouse" presentation of John Guare's comedy/drama set in Queens at the time of a papal visit. The production is that of the Lincoln Center Theatre Company which moved to Broadway, where it was taped at the evening performance at the Plymouth Theater on 1/29/87. Guare's play was origi
A "WonderWorks" presentation about a 14-year-old girl who feels alone and disoriented after moving to a small town with her newly-separated mother and younger sister. Adding to her frustration is her discovery that there is no girls' team for her favorite sport, hockey. Despite protestations from
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a Depression-era family living in Australia, who decide to go off and search for gold. In the first part, the Fletcher family sets up camp along with other poverty-stricken families hoping to find gold, and 12-year-old Alec Fletcher finds he has a problem
A performance taped earlier in 1987 at the Union Congregational Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, featuring the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the internationaly acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet.
A film of Verdi's opera adapted from Shakespeare's tragedy about a man destroyed by suspicion. Based on a Salzburg Festival production conceived, produced, and conducted by former Nazi Herbert Von Karajan. The telecast is the American television premiere of the film, which was made in the early 1970
The fifth episode in PBS' first original comedy series, "Trying Times." The lives and space of a married couple are invaded when the husband's old high school flame arrives on the doorstep. The anxiety levels take on marriage-shattering proportions.
An adaptation of John Fowles' novel about a famous, elderly British painter who lives with two young women. A young art critic comes to interview the painter and upsets the elderly man's lifestyle.
The fourth episode in PBS's first original comedy series, "Trying Times." The story deals with a hopeless insomniac who can't sleep because of a deep-rooted dilemma: to be a father or not to be. His girlfriend's biological clock is ticking and it is keeping him awake.
A small Australian town becomes the center of national attention when a poor but happy family fight to keep one of three foster children, a six-year-old physically challenged boy named Hector, after a welfare counselor deems the family's home unsuitable. The family hides Hector, claiming he was tak
An "American Playhouse" production set at a boys prep school in 1905. The story begins in September when the new semester begins, and revolves around the returning big man on campus, William Hicks, otherwise known as "the prodigious Hickey" for his ingenious pranks. Also featured in the story are th
An "American Playhouse" one-woman drama about Eleanor Roosevelt, adapted from her writings and radio shows.
A "WonderWorks" presentation centering on the escapades of a bright 14-year-old girl who dreams of being a detective. Molly McCue becomes bored with her quiet, suburban life and fantasizes about becoming a detective. She gets her chance when the urn containing the ashes of her recently departed gran
A drama about a victim of agoraphobia, the fear of being in open or public places, who learns that her oldest sister is dying of leukemia. Her decision to venture outside the sanctuary of her home to visit her sister forces her to confront both her phobia and their strained relationship.
The sixth, and last episode in PBS' first original comedy series, "Trying Times." After living in the same house for 20 years (and raising kids and getting divorced), Barbara must survive one of the true tests of resolve: the day the movers come. A father-and-son moving team pose problems and, on t
The opening night concert of the 1987-88 New York Philharmonic Season, telecast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Sir Colin Davis conducts a concert of music by Beethoven and Brahms, with Murray Perahia as piano soloist.
The story of Simon Rodia, the real-life artist who spent 30 years constructing Los Angeles' Watts Towers, a monument to Christopher Columbus, and his fictional relationship with Daniel, a young boy.
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Mike, a young hang-gliding enthusiast, who mysteriously finds himself transported to the year 2457 into a land virtually destroyed by nuclear war. The residents believe that their prayers have been answered when the young man with the machine that flies is deposit
The documentary reports on a research project undertaken by college students and primate specialists at the Granby Zoo near Montreal, Canada, to determine the effects of captivity on gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and lemurs.
A documentary focusing on a group of about a dozen of America's wittiest writers and performers of the 1920s and their renowned daily luncheons at the Hotel Algonquin in New York. What began as a practical joke aimed at one of the group's members became a legendary gathering that has come to symboli
A special, airing as part of Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS), which examines the problems of illiteracy in the workplace. The documentary focuses on small and large businesses in several locations around the country and shows how promoting better basic skills increases productivity as well as enhances
A performance of Verdi's opera, taped on October 15, 1987, at Houston's Wortham Theater Center, the new home of the Houston Grand Opera.
A documentary examining the life and art of Nikki Giovanni, the popular American poet. She weaves into the documentary observations about her family with poems about her childhood.
Young Carol Trig has been trained as a top track athlete. When Angie becomes a new student at her school, Carol discovers she is an expert dancer despite her forbidding punk look. They find common ground for a friendship that leads to heightened self-awareness and determination on the part of each.
A drama about a new teacher in a tough inner-city school, and how he arouses the interest of his "problem" students by getting them involved in the game of chess. The story is based on the real-life happenings at a school in Philadelphia.
The first episode in PBS' original six-part comedy anthology series, "Trying Times." A young woman, Kara Dimly, must survive her first meeting with her future in-laws, a situation wrought with tension and comic angst.
A portrait of legendary jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis, who defined the sound of contemporary jazz. The program profiles his life and career, and features Davis in performance at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans as part of the 1986 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and i
Leonard Bernstein discusses and conducts the orchestral works of Johannes Brahms in a five-program series. The concerts were videotaped in Vienna with the maestro conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. In extended introductory segments, Bernstein discusses the music at hand in the style of his well-kno
Wagner's opera of medieval Antwerp, and the mysterious knight of the Holy Grail, Lohengrin. The knight, led by a swan, comes to Antwerp to save the innocent Elsa from the evil grasp of the sorceress Ortrud. Ortrud makes Elsa suspicious of her future husband, who finally crushes the evil forces. But
A program examining the failure of government, despite its "good intentions," to curb dependency on welfare, unemployment, and crime among blacks. Experts in the fields of government, community services, civil rights, economics, education and race relations debate the issues.
A documentary profiling three contemporary Native American artists whose works are representative of the self-expression and stylistic variation in Native American Art. The first program, "Jaune Quick-To-See Smith," examines the work of that Shosone French Cree painter. The second program, "Dan Na
The film presents a world-wide perspective on the physical and psychological dangers of noise -- in the workplace, during recreation, and at home. Emphasis is placed on ways to protect the ear from hearing loss, with special attention given to the importance of safeguarding children from noise.
An examination of the policies, practices and pressures that shape television news coverage of current events by focusing on the news coverage of the racial conflict in Miami in 1980.
The film tells the dramatic story of Dr. Charlie Clements' journey from pilot in Vietnam to doctor behind rebel lines in El Salvador.
A documentary that examines the issues surrounding radioactive waste disposal in the United States.
Tina Howe's off-Broadway play about a talented artist who returns to her New England roots after an absence of many years in order to paint a portrait of her aging, eccentric parents. The bittersweet drama is a dramatic portrait of the inner-workings of a loving and talented family.
An adaptation of Peter Parnell's off-Broadway play which describes the experiences of Daniel Rocket who, as a twelve-year-old boy, loves Alice. Twenty years later, after becoming rich and famous, he returns to his hometown a lonely man, reminded of his past love. The fantasy-drama focuses on Rocket'
A four-part series presenting outstanding television documentaries from around the world. "Burning Patience" tells of a postman's friendship with the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and recounts the history of Allende's Chile and Neruda's life and work. The film was produced for West German tele
A documentary examining the limited American news coverage of Africa. Through a series of profiles, the program shows the problems and rewards that come with uncovering stories related to Africa. Included are interviews with editorial decision-makers and African heads of state.
The film traces the life and career of great comedian W.C. Fields. Film clips, newsreel footage, home movies, and interviews are included.
A documentary using dance, animation, computer graphics, and location photography to explore the cultures of the native Americans who discovered and civilized South America. The program starts with the peopling of the Americas 65,000 years ago, to the grand civilizations that later arose, to the com
On the morning of June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine started up the final slopes of Mount Everest with a good chance of being the first ever to climb the world's tallest mountain. Shortly after midday, they were spotted less than 1000 feet from the top. Then the clouds rolled in and they
A documentary examination of what has happened to Hungary socially, politically and economically since the 30th anniversary of the unsuccessful uprising of October 23, 1956. Dezso Biczo, a Hungarian dissident who is seen returning to Hungary for the first time since he fled to America 30 years ago,
This documentary focuses on the Hispanic community in America, with an emphasis on the contribution they have made to American society. The program combines field reports with live studio discussions to explore issues and concerns of Hispanics. The first segment profiles hispanic political power by
A film examining the long-standing dispute between the Navajo and Hopi Indians over their common land, the congressional settlement which will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated one-half billion dollars, and the effects of the settlement on the culture of each Indian tribe.
A documentary compiled from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Darnton's interviews and observations, exploring Spain's journey from dictatorship to democracy in the last ten years.
A "Smithsonian World" presentation examining America's foremost family of artists -- the Wyeths. The documentary focuses on the talent of N.C. Wyeth as an artist and as a father. Interviews with Wyeth's five children are included.
A musical salute to composer Irving Berlin, whose music has captured the American spirit for more than fifty years. Included in the program are vintage television performances, archival news footage, and fifty years of film clips. In addition, interviews with performers associated with Berlin's musi
Sir Richard Kitchen, a former Health Minister in the British government, is spending his last days at his daughter's house. Kitchen ponders the predicament of political failure, old age, and impending death.
A film describing the transformation of the nation's capital from a sleepy Southern city into a bustling metropolis when the United States entered World War II, and Washington, D.C., became the nerve center of the war effort. The program includes archival films, photos, and wartime memorabilia, as
A documentary film about the "diggers," the black men who came from the West Indies -- primarily Barbados and Jamaica -- to work on the construction of the Panama Canal from 1881 to 1914.
Documentary recording the deliberations of a Wisconsin trial jury.
A three-part dramatic recreation of the first encounters between English explorers and Native American Indians between the years 1584 and 1590, when the British landed on Roanoak Island to begin trading with the Algonquian-speaking Indians. The drama is based on hundreds of pages written by the expl
An adaptation of Robert Pine's one-act play which chronicles an insurance agent's solitary dinner in a New York coffee shop. The agent, who has literary aspirations, becomes interested in his waitress, and he soon analyzes every word and gesture she makes, searching for clues to her identity. After
Orson Ziegler is a "straight arrow" student at a midwestern college in the '50s. Conflict arises in Orson's ordered, well-planned life when he acquires a new roommate, Hub Palamountain, an eccentric iconoclast, a beat generation rebel.
A documentary about the Potomac River, the waterway of our nation's capital. In a 382-mile journey from its source to the ocean, the film shows its past and present history, from simple agrarian life to the most complex modern society.
An examination of terrorism from the perspective of former Brazilian terrorist Fernando Gabeira.
A filmed adaptation of Humperdinck's beloved fairy-tale opera. Sung in German with English subtitles.
A documentary portrait of the famous composer, Gian Carlo Menotti. Featured in the program are excerpts from his works and interviews with the composer, his friends and colleagues.
A documentary examining the politics of the leading opponent to South Africa's apartheid, the outlawed African National Congress (ANC).
Two diverse ballets by the choreographer Jerome Robbins are performed. "Antique Epigraphs," first seen in 1984, is neo-classic in style and derived from ancient Greek themes. "Fancy Free," one of the staples of American ballet, describes the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City.
The seventh annual music extravaganza, taped in January, 1985, at the Vienna State Opera, hosted by Beverly Sills. Well-known artists from the concert, opera, and ballet worlds perform.
A documentary examining a pastoral letter entitled "Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy," written by the Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S., which questions America's fundamental economic ideas. The letter recommends a major government commitment to full employment and encourages more part
In celebration of Independence Day, the National Symphony is conducted by its music director, Mstislav Rostropovich, in a live concert from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, accompanied by a fireworks display.
A one-hour documentary film that recalls the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima.
A musical inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte," and based loosely on the life of its creator, French Neo-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat (1859-1891), and the characters depicted in the painting. The program was taped at the Booth Theatre, on Broadway.
Chiefs of Staff from the Eisenhower to the Carter administrations are questioned by John Chancellor about the Presidency and their roles as advisors. Taped at a symposium held at the University of California at San Diego in January, 1986, the program is presented in two parts.
A live performance, taped at Madison Square Garden on August 8, l985, of excerpts from several zarzuelas (Spanish operas). Tenor Placido Domingo performs with the Antologia de la Zarzuela, Spain's leading Zarzuela touring troupe.
An adaptation of Clifford Odet's 1938 play, set in a dentist's office in New York City on a hot summer day. Ben Stark, the dentist, feels that his life has come to a standstill, with his clinging wife, Belle, and his alluring secretary, Cleo, adding to his distress. Stark begins to live spontaneousl
An adaptation of a short story by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), written while he was in prison and inspired by the thoughts of a dying prisoner, about a safecracker named Jimmy Valentine who decides to reform when he falls in love with the daughter of his potential victim.
Twenty-five master blues performers gather at Atlanta's Moonshadow Saloon to perform music that spans the blues spectrum, with sounds from Mississippi cotton plantations to the smokey nightspots of southside Chicago.
A program dealing with the impact of AIDS on the community hardest hit by the epidemic so far -- gay men. Based on a San Francisco theatrical production of the same name, the program combines performance and documentary, interweaving excerpts from the theatrical production "Unfinished Business: The
International competition and the need to cut production costs are forcing American-based businesses to shut down and search the globe for low-wage labor. The film looks at the internationalization of work and its meaning for Americans and third world countries.
A documentary profiling Tony Price, a New York artist who has used scraps of metal, glass, and plastic found in the salvage yard at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to create sculptures that confront the horrors of the nuclear age.
A teleplay about a Hispanic family living in New York City. The Iglesia family is in crisis over shattered dreams and dreams yet to be fulfilled, and Ramon Iglesia, after living in the United States for nineteen long, disappointing years, decides to move his family back to his native Puerto Rico. Th
A young boy decides to run for mayor of his home town. Based on the real experiences of Brian Zimmerman.
A dramatized portrait of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned African National Congress leader, and his wife Winnie Mandela, who struggles against the government of South African for her political activism on behalf of the victims of apartheid. The film chronicles the past 30 years of the anti-apartheid m
An adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's serious comedy about a cultured society concerned with the vagaries of love, heartbreak, and civil values, while the vision of World War One looms ahead.
A performance documentary about the collaboration between composer Philip Glass and theater artist Robert Wilson who are seen at work remounting their opera, "Einstein on the Beach," for the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 1984 Next Wave Festival. The film, a presentation of "Great Performances," featur
A documentary that profiles the professional and personal lives of black entertainers Stepin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sidney Poitier. By exploring the careers of these five black film stars, the film reveals how black film roles have changed in American movies
Using a combination of dramatized scenes, archival footage, and witness recollections, this one-hour program tells the story of the nation's first successful desegregation case, occuring at the Lemon Grove Grammar School in San Diego, California, and involving white children and children of Mexican
Mozart's comic masterpiece about the valet Figaro who must defend the honor of his bride-to-be against his master, the lecherous Count Almaviva. The performance was videotaped at the Metropolitan Opera House on December 14, 1985.
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera's production of Leonard Bernstein's operatic adaptation of Voltaire's short novel about the nature of good and evil in this, "the best of all possible worlds."
A film adaptation of Richard Strauss's monumental one-act opera, based on the play by Sophocles. Set in ancient Mycenae in the time just after the Trojan War, the story depicts a young woman, Elektra, who plots revenge on her mother, Klytemnestra, for the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. The pr
The Sydney Dance Company performs a high-tech, futuristic ballet, a collaborative effort of choreographer Graeme Murphy and composers Iva Davies and Bob Kretschmer of the Australian band "Icehouse."
Composer Virgil Thompson is profiled in this documentary. The program looks at the American composer who turned 90 on November 25, 1986. Thompson speaks for himself, looking back over his long and prolific career. Also included are interviews with friends and colleagues, and excerpts from some of hi
A Salt Lake City newspaper columnist looks inside the world of professional wrestling to find out where the sport ends and fantasy begins. His fascination with the sport began in the 1950s when he watched Gorgeous George, the "Human Orchid," decimate his opponents on late-night television.
The pilot program for a proposed eight-part series titled "Governing America: The Executive Power" that examines the workings and personalities of the executive branch of the government. The pilot program examines the Justice Department and the Attorney General, Edwin Meese.
A telecast from the Kennedy Center in Washington of Gian Carlo Menotti's new opera, "Goya." The story concerns the love affair between the celebrated Spanish artist of the Napoleanic era and the Duchess of Alba, his mistress and model for his "Maja" portraits.
A adaptation of Mark Twain's classic tale of the adventures of the runaway boy, Huckleberry Finn.
A series of four programs on the lives and careers of America's energetic black female performers in music, theater, and the movies. The programs are titled: "The Beginnings," "The Depression Years," "The War Years Through the Fifties," and "The Reckless Sixties to the Present."
Celebrating his silver anniversary as a performer, Luciano Pavarotti is heard in a concert of solos, duets, and ensembles telecast live from Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The "plus" of the event consists of eight young American singers invited to participate by Pavarotti himself.
A three-part chronicle of the historic achievements by black athletes in America. The documentary uses rare archival footage to illustrate how many black champions, both famous and little-known, successfully challenged racism to achieve a level of prominence almost always denied them in other areas
A gala reunion performance with some of the original Cotton Club stars who made the Harlem night club one of the most famous in the world. Interviews and film clips from the era are combined with live performances.
Franco Zeffirelli's film version of Mascagni's one-act melodrama about jealousy, betrayed love, and treachery in a Sicilian village. The opera was filmed on location in Sicily, and is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
A documentary that confronts the problem of adult illiteracy in the United States, and how certain communities are dealing with the situation.
The teleplay, adapted from a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., tells the story of a young half-black, half-German boy named Tobias who lives in a makeshift orphanage operated by a nun in the wasteland of post-World War II Germany. Tobias is determined to locate his father, whom he has been told was
In 1915, eager, hopeful, and frightened Chinese immigrants await permission to cross San Francisco Bay and enter the United States. While in the detention center on Angel Island, the main characters confront the indignity of being treated as aliens as they try to realize their dreams for a better li
In 1968 Jane Elliott, an Iowa elementary school teacher, performed a classroom experiment in which children with blue eyes were considered superior to children with brown eyes. This documentary explores what the children learned about discrimination and how it continues to affect them.
The documentary looks at the cycle of events leading to landmark consumer laws which usually followed the pattern of disaster, research, groundswell of public protest, regulatory bill, compromise, second disaster, and final law.
A teenager has big dreams of striking it rich and bringing his separated family back together. His problems begin when his dream comes true.
Jake, a successful journalist, has difficulties living up to the expectations of his family. He struggles to re-define his life as he attempts to cope unsuccessfully with his troubled wife, his demanding child, his parents, and his sister at a family reunion.
Giuseppe Verdi's comic masterpiece about the romantic adventures of Shakespeare's Knight, Sir John Falstaff, is seen in a filmed version conducted by Sir Georg Solti. The program concludes with highlights from Orson Welles' film from the same material, "Chimes At Midnight."
At the beginning of the Civil War, Union gunboats sailed into Port Royal Sound, on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia. White plantation owners fled, and the 10,000 blacks who lived there, almost all of whom were slaves, were freed in the first test of President Abraham Lincoln's dream of emanc
The film explores different styles of tap dancing with four proponents of the art.
The drama, adapted from a story by Katherine Anne Porter, tells of a Swedish immigrant who arrives on a small Texas farm at the turn of the century for work, is hired, and subsequently, and inadvertantly, causes the downfall of his employer when a suspicious visitor comes to call.
An adapation of Lee Kalcheim's stage play, which describes a day in the life of a couple who broadcast a radio talk show from their New York apartment in the early '60s.
A British production of Oscar Wilde's nineteenth-century comedy of manners. Through deception and wit, two friends find themselves assuming the same identity, one they would both like to shed but can't if they are to marry their respective fiancees.
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a sensitive young girl and her reclusive aunt who come to love and understand each other through their mutual love for nature, particularly a seal named Lora.
A three-part drama set in 17th-century Massachusetts at the time of the Salem witch trials. Sarah Cloyce, a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft, bravely faces her accusers to emerge triumphantly.
An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story about a ghost, walled up in a dungeon and left to die centuries ago for cowardice, who must prove his courage before being released from his haunting duties.
A young black girl is greatly moved by the coming of the civil rights movement to her sleepy Mississippi town.
This documentary examines the historical and scientific significance of comets, including the most famous one of all--Halley's Comet which is predicted to reappear in 1986.
Originating live from the Juilliard Theater and the Juilliard Drama Theater, the telecast celebrates the conservatory's eightieth anniversary. The program includes drama, dance, and musical excerpts.
A musical tribute to composer Gioacchino Rossini, staged as a nineteenth-century gala performance at the palace of Versailles.
An adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, set in the 1920s, which describes the experiences of Myra Harper who hangs around the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel in New York City where many romances bloom under the famous Biltmore clock. Myra finds a husband but problems arise when she meets th
A number of unfortunate accidents occur at a circus, culminating in the fall of lovely young wire walker. The juggler, who loved the wire walker from afar, is blamed for the circus's misfortunes and is murdered by the ringmaster. However, the troupe is not rid of its jinx. In the dramatic finale,
In occupied France during World War II, a nun and her young charges risk their lives to harbor a group of Jewish children escaping the Nazis. Based on a true story.
An animated special about Molly Conway, a lovable, carefree child with a colorful imagination and one big problem. Her parents don't get along anymore and their situation seems irreconcilable. When they decide to divorce, Molly has her own plans to keep them together.
The story of a special friendship between two 11-year-olds in a rural farming community: a sensitive and quiet farmboy who builds a private world with an imaginative, independent tomboy.
A special compilation of highlights from Public Television's most revealing documentaries and dramas which illuminate women's lives and special concerns. Featured are scenes from "Nova," "Frontline," and "Masterpiece Theatre."
Documentary featuring never-before-broadcast footage taken by Allied troops as they entered Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II.
The film tells the story of the Statue of Liberty as a gift from the French to the American people. The film features original material relating to the genesis, innovative construction, and carefully orchestrated installation of the monument, as well as testimonials by historians, politicians, and i
An adaptation of short stories by Jean Shepherd describing the growing-up pangs and pains of Ralph, the teenage son of a typical midwestern family. At Thanksgiving dinner, Ralph discovers his infatuation with an exotic Polish girl from East Chicago who has moved next door.
The drama, adapted from a short story by Kate Chopin, is set in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, and tells the story of a frail child-bride, married to a man who refuses to let her out of the house "for her own good." Circumstances lead her to believe that she can break free from her "prison," but
A young couple, much in love, is separated by the girl's family so that she can marry a rich but unattractive nobleman. A boy, through his generosity, unknowingly helps a god who gives him a magic flute. When played, this flute makes people dance against their will. Through the boy's use of the flut
This is a story of two suburban men -- one, a rising, young, alcoholic advertising executive whose wife has left him and who is now bent on his own destruction; the other, an Italian ex-mobster turned Good Samaritan who's determined to save his life.
A two-part presentation of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, performed at the Baroque cloister library of the Wiblingen bei Ulm in Germany by the Concentus musicus of Vienna as conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The work is made up of six concertos Bach gathered into a collection in 1721 for Christian L
A filmed version, made for television, of Verdi's "Rigoletto" and directed by veteran opera stage producer, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The opera tells the story of the Duke of Mantua and his seduction of Gilda, the daughter of his court jester, Rigoletto, and the vengeance by the wronged father that prod
A two-part "WonderWorks" presentation about a perfect instant child "born" in a factory at age 8. Due to a mistake in the factory's computer, Konrad is delivered to Bertie Bartolotti, a woman whose life and appearance are in a constant state of disarray. Konrad arrives looking like a gremlin, but wh
Songs and scenes by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and Irving Berlin, performed by some of the country's leading musical comedy stars, and hosted by Sylvia Fine Kaye. The performance was taped before a live audience at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
The story of young Booker T. Washington prior to the Civil War, whose greatest dream is to learn how to read in the South where reading is a crime for blacks.
The story of a black slaughterhouse worker who was part of the pioneering attempt to unionize the often fractious Chicago meatpackers at the end of World War I. But the post-war recession only increased the racial tensions already simmering within the slaughterhouses and stockyards and culminated in
A dramatization of the Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers spy case of the late '40s as it was carried out in hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The case against Hiss later went to a criminal court where he was convicted -- some contend unjustly -- of espionage and treason agaist his
An "underground" newspaper and its publisher/editor sturggle to survive in the face of financial disaster. The editor is a driven man whose whole life has been a series of failures. When he does finally succeed in building a huge media empire, he finds it is "lonely at the top."
An updated adaptation of Leoncavallo's 1892 opera, set in Depression-era southern Italy, about love, betrayal and jealousy among a touring group of clowns. The plot is based on a true story which came to light during a trial over which Leoncavallo's father, a judge, presided: an actor, overcome wit
An "American Playhouse" presentation, adapted from a novel by Philip Roth, telling of the experience of Nathan Zuckerman, a 45-year-old writer who, as a young man, visits an older, world famous author, Manny Lonoff, whom he discovers living in seclusion with two women -- his frustrated wife, and a y
An adaptation of D. L. Coburn's play about two residents of a nursing home whos gin rummy games bring out the best and the worst in both of them.
An adaptation of O'Neill's play about a down-and-out gambler whose very survival depends on his talent for telling tales and on the necessity of having someone there to listen -- in this case, the bored and lonely front desk clerk at the flea-bitten hotel where Erie resides.
A black family moves into an old house that hides several mysteries, including one involving a ghost.
Two women -- one a mountain hermit; the other, a sullen suburban girl -- find, to their mutual surprise, that they need each other.
A boy fights to retain his childhood dreams when he runs away to search for the troll he knows exists outside of fairy tales.
Two-part documentary examining the psychology of Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the "Hillside Strangler," who raped and killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles and then pleaded innocent on the grounds of a split personality.
The story, set in a Mississippi Delta plantation house, focuses on a wealthy southern family divided by hypocrisy and malice. Big Daddy, the head of the family, is dying of cancer and about to lose his power over his family. His son, Brick, a former football hero, is having marital problems with his
A two-part documentary retrospective on the life and career of choreographer George Balanchine. Using materials assembled from numerous sources, including archival and private collections, the programs follow the development of Balanchine's art from his youthful years at the Maryinsky Theater in pre
Two young urban professionals, each with their own individual, idiosyncratic, eccentric neuroses, make the fatal mistake one day of meeting by chance at an automatic bank teller machine and making a date for the movies. From there on in, it's anyone's guess whether egos and emotions will survive the
An adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel. The film focuses on the Ramsay family's last summer at the seashore, before personal tragedy and the outbreak of World War I destroy their world.
An adaptation of Mark Twain's novel of mistaken identity, in which a slave woman cradle-switches her own light-skinned son with her master's white son. The ruse is uncovered by Pudd'nhead Wilson, the local lawyer.
Flagg Purdy, a stubborn, principled man who does not believe in celebrating Christmas as a holiday, must cope with the attempt by his daughter's fiance to introduce Christmas to the Purdy household for the first time.
A ballet reflecting on the plight of the American Indian is based loosely on the story of Richard Oakes, one of the leaders of a group of Indians which occupied Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. The ballet uses special effects, larger-than-life-size graphics and special video effects to infuse the
An adaptation for television of Sam Shepard's play about the antagonistic relationship of two brothers, Lee, a slovenly drifter and cat burglar, and Austin, an up-and-coming screenwriter. Set in rural California, the action begins when Lee turns up unexpectedly at his mother's house, now being tende
Twelve-year-old Milo Crimpley takes a crash course on how to be a perfect person from his outlandish fairy godfather, Dr. Silverfish.
A one-hour adaptation of a short story by Isaac Bashvis Singer which tells the story of a successful European-born writer, a refugee in the United States, and a young woman who is a survivor of the Holocaust. The action takes place in a 1960s New York City cafeteria which is a haven for isolated and
Set at the turn of the century, a young girl and her family are the only blacks living in a small midwestern community, where they face hatred and prejudice.
Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov combine talents to recreate for television three outstanding Tharp ballets: "The Little Ballet," "Sinatra Suite," and "Push Comes to Shove." The works are linked by "The ABCs of Dance," a "stroll" through the vocabulary of dance conducted by Baryshnikov.
A boy brings home a 266-pound live chicken for his family's Thanksgiving dinner.
Based on his own writings, the drama follows the life of Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped into slavery in the mid-19th century and spent twelve years as a slave on Louisiana plantations.
A three-part documentary that explores the history of blacks in the American armed forces. Part One, "Unknown Soldiers," examines the earliest black involvement in the military, from the Civil War to World War I; Part Two, "The Troops," continues that history from World War II to the war in Vietnam;
Amid the streets and panoramas of Seville, Spanish-born tenor Placido Domingo performs operatic excerpts from works inspired by that fabled city. Conductor James Levine and the Vienna Symphony accompany the singer.
The story of the uphill struggle of a small southern town to unionize its textile mill. It focuses on the efforts of a black mill worker and a white union organizer who meet opposition not only from plant management but also from their families. The drama explores the important role of women in the
Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Ochestra in a concert of Rossini overtures.
The story of the ups and downs of the Antrobus family, a group based on the biblical first family of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel. Their adventures are meant to represent those of the family of humanity throughout its long, sordid history.
An adaptation of the 1892 play by Brandon Thomas about Fancourt Babberly, an English aristocrat inveigled into portraying the aunt of his friend, Charley, a Yale undergraduate, so he can act as a chaperone while Charley entertains his proper young lady.
A story of an old man whose imminent death finds his four sons bickering over the inheritance that crystallizes the marked differences between them.
Adapted from Arthur Kopit's play, the drama is a stream-of-consciousness account of the experiences of Emily Stilson, a former daredevil aviatrix, who has suffered a stroke. The woman shares her confusion and frustrations with viewers, as she struggles to make sense of the world and to recover her p
A young woman whose former involvement with a couple being investigated by the FBI leads her first before a grand jury and then to a jail cell -- all because she refuses to testify. The film examines the legal process that put her behind bars and the increasing pressures for her to compromise her pr
A black G.I. marries a white English girl and brings her to the United States in the 1950s. As an interracial couple they face the racial tensions of the American South. Their daughter later travels to England at the time of the Brixton race riots.
A dramatization of the last years in the life of the American artist, Mark Rothko, his tragic suicide, and the ensuing art scandal involving the illegal sale of his works, which resulted in a nationally publicized trial and damages of $9.2 million.
An adaptation of Mark Twain's humorous account of his first voyage overseas with a band of pious pilgrims.
A tribute to Eubie Blake, pianist and composer of over 1000 songs, on the occasion of his one-hundredth birthday.
A dramatization of Nathaniel West's novel which tells the story of a young reporter during the Depression who is assigned to write the newpspaper's lovelorn column. He meets one of the lonely women who has written to him, and his base response to her pitiful attempt at seduction shocks and saddens h
An hour of first-person poetry performed by Richard Kiley as he assumes the personas of several legendary characters immortalized in well-known poems.
A dramatization of the life of Juan Seguin, a heroic Mexican-Texan who became entangled in the struggle between two contrasting cultures in the turbulent decade between the Texas Revolution (1836) and the Mexican-American War (1846-1847).
The story of a man who immigrated to the U.S. in 1918 and became a successful proprietor of a small cafe in Yonkers, New York. In 1953, he realizes his dream of taking his son on a six-week pilgrimage to Greece where his old mother and brother still live. The journey is complicated by the fact that
In this adapatation of an Ann Beattie short story, George, an attractive college professor, has lived with Lenore for many years. When he is attracted to a young coed, George must re-examine his relationship with Lenore in this drama of commitment and infidelity.
An adaptation of a Ray Bradbury short story and play set in a small midwestern town in the late '40s concerning a mysterious stranger who calls himself Charles Dickens. The man arrives in Green Town, Illinois, and changes the life of a young boy who comes to idolize him. In the process, the stranger
A drama about Andreas Lambrakos, a young Greek sailor who jumps ship one foggy night in New York harbor in the early years of the twentieth century. The young man's search for success and respectability in a strange new land takes him from a Manhattan shoeshine parlor to an Oregon railroad gang to a
A special, taped at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., celebrating American theater.
A television adaptation of Lanford Wilson's 1978 drama about Ken Talley, Jr., a disabled, homosexual Vietnam vet struggling to cope with a family he loves and fears.
A one-hour film, adapted from a story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., about a painfully shy young man who can only be dynamic when acting in the local amateur theatrical society. In real life, Harry is the timid, bashful clerk at the local hardware store. When a new co-star for Harry comes onto the scene, th
An adaptation of short stories by Jean Shepherd describing the quintessential American family on a hot Fourth of July in Indiana in the 1940's. Dad and Mom, their two sons, little Randy and 16-year-old Ralph, the hero of the drama with time on his hands, and several town eccentrics complete the pict
Adapted from an unfinished novel by Shirley Jackson, the film tells the story of Mabel Lederer, an eccentric clairvoyant widow who tries to find happiness by assuming a new identity and moving away to a town that enchants her, in spite of the complaining voice of her deceased husband.
A young soldier, bound for the front in World War II, makes a last visit home to attend to his mother's funeral -- and finds that his charming, traveling salesman father has had a second family for many years.
Ghost story about immigrant ancestors set on Ellis Island.
Sitting in a bathrobe in the office of his U.S. army psychiatrist, a young black Vietnam vet, recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, confronts the demons that haunt him from his war days. Inspired by the case of an actual veteran, the drama examines the social and individual cost of the
The film, by noted documentarian Perry Miller Adato, focuses on the work and early years of the renowned American poet, biographer, and historian, Carl Sandburg. A variety of materials and techniques, both documentary and dramatic, are woven together to create the portrait of Sandburg, and the last
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book about the average working man and woman which takes the viewpoint that he or she is anything but average.
A "choreopoem" with music and movement distilled from the personal vision of poet Ntozake Shange, reflecting her pain and happiness, and the broad spectrum of the black woman's experience in America.
The current economic problems of the New York City garment industry and its ramifications for millions of people in a variety of related industries in the U.S. are examined in this documentary. Sweatshop production, competition from foreign imports, high interest rates, trade unionism, and the influ
A boy's mysterious disappearance from the suburb of Shady Hill sets the pace for this contempory comedy of errors about the incongruities of daily life in small-town America. The teleplay, complete with parody commericals, pokes fun at television reporting and the complacent lifestyles of this typic
A tribute to the American musical theater featuring Russian-born ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov. The program, originally aired on ABC, was repeated in 1986 on PBS.
Considered by many to be Martha Graham's greatest dance work, the ballet tells the story of Queen Clytemnestra, who murdered her husband, King Agamemnon, after he returned to Greece from the Trojan War in vengeance for his murder of their daughter Iphigenia as a sacrifice to the god Apollo prior to
A live telecast of a production of the well-known ballet, "Coppelia," performed by the New York City Ballet.
The Phoenix Theater production of Wendy Wasserstein's play about a reunion of five graduates of an exclusive New England college for women.
The American Ballet Theatre performs four works from its repertoire in a live broadcast from Lincoln Center. The ballets include: "Les Sylphides," "Don Quixote Pas de Deux," "Theme and Variations," and "The Firebird." During the two intermissions there are live on-camera interviews with Mikhail Bar
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Menotti's drama about first-generation immigrants in the Little Italy district of New York City.
The San Francisco Ballet performs the full-length version of "Romeo and Juliet," with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Michael Smuin.
"Esplanade" and "Runes" -- two works by noted modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor -- are performed by members of his company.
A live broadcast of the New York City Opera production of Massenet's opera about a tragic love affair in eighteenth century Louisiana.
Erich Leinsdorf conducts the New York Philharmonic in a live telecast from Avery Fisher Hall, with pianist Andre Watts performing music by Brahms.
Mstislav Rostropovich performs double duty as conductor and cellist in a Haydn concert with the orchestra of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.
An adaptation for television of Samuel Beckett's play, performed by the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre. Two tramps try to amuse themselves while waiting for an appointment with an illusive gentleman named Godot.
The course of modern dance is traced from the early years of this century through the 1930s. Dances performed are: "Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan," "Polonaise," "Soaring," "Mother," "Scriabin Etudes," and "Japanese Spear Dance."
The Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs four works: "Ocellus," "Ciona," "Monkshood's Farewell," and "Untitled."
A production of S.N. Behrman's comedy by the Charles MacArthur Center for American Theatre, in association with the Asolo State Theater of Sarasota, Florida.
The Chelsea Theater Center production of Heinrich Von Kleist's drama.
A live telecast of Adolphe Adam's ballet "Giselle," performed by the American Ballet Theatre.
Excerpts from nine works are performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, including: "Minutiae," "Solo," "Westbeth," "Septet," "Antic Meet," "Scramble," "Rainforest," "Sounddance," and "Video Triangle."
The Dance Theatre of Harlem performs five ballets from its repertoire: "Forces of Rhythm," "Bugaku," "Dougla," "Holberg Suite," and "The Beloved." The company is also seen in rehearsal.
The Phoenix Repertory Company production of William Gillette's drama about spies and counterspies in the Civil War.
A modern adaptation of five fourteenth-century Easter mystery plays from Chester, England.
The first of a two-part special honoring the celebrated choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine. Includes performances of ballets such as Ravel's "Tzigane," Hindemith's "The Four Temperaments," and one inspired by Mozart's "Divertimento No. 15."
A film of Richard Strauss's opera, based on Oscar Wilde's play of the biblical story of Salome, the neice of King Herod Antipas who falls passionately in love with John the Baptist, only to demand his execution after he spurns her.
The second of a two-part special. Members of the New York City Ballet dance in a special performance as a tribute to their principal choreographer, George Balanchine. The music performed includes Tchaikovsky's "Diamonds" and a violin concerto by frequent Balanchine collaborator Igor Stravinsky.
"Great Performances" celebrates Artur Rubinstein's ninetieth birthday in an interview with the pianist at his Paris home, and in a concert of piano concertos by Grieg and Saint-Saens filmed at Fairfield Hall in Croyden, England.
An adaptation for television of Dicken's novel about the hard life of workers in a grimey industrial town in Victorian England.
Leonard Bernstein conducts the Boston Symphony in a Liszt concert taped at Symphony Hall in Boston. A presentation of "Great Performances."
From the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic in a concert with guest soloist, soprano Shirley Verrett.
In a performance taped in Tel Aviv, Leonard Bernstein conducts the Israel Philharmonic in a Mahler concert. A presentation of "Great Performances."
A performance of Edward Albee's play by the Hartford Stage Company.
The American Ballet Theatre performs two ballets: Meyerbeer's "Les Patineurs" and Aaron Copland's "Billy the Kid."
The Circle Repertory Company in New York performs Lanford Wilson's play.
A performance of the play by Tennessee Williams, from a production by the Old Globe Theatre of San Diego.
A production of Shakespeare's comedy by the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco.
In a performance at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, maestro Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony in a concert of music by Mendelssohn.
A live concert broadcast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with conductor Andre Previn, and piano soloist Van Cliburn.
A live telecast of a performance of Tchaikovsky's well-known and well-loved ballet, from a production by the American Ballet Theatre.
Herbert Von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert of Brahms and Beethoven performed at the Philharmonie in West Berlin.
A performance of six works by Martha Graham: "Frontier," "Lamentation," "Appalachian Spring," "Diversion of Angels," "Adorations," and "Cave of the Heart." All dances are performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company.
The Asolo State Theater of Sarasota, Florida, performs Sidney Kingsley's play about the dispute between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton in the early days of the republic.
The Joffrey Ballet performs excerpts from the following ballets: "Remembrances," "Olympics," "Parade," "The Green Table," and "Trinity."
Guest artists interpret the essence of America in song in a special filmed and performed all over the country. A presentation of "Great Performances."
Rafael Kubelik conducts the New York Philharmonic in a live telecast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with pianist Claudio Arrau performing music by Beethoven.
A taping of a performance of Eugene O'Neill's play, from a production at the McCarter Theatre of Princeton University.
A recital featuring renowned pianist Andre Watts, telecast live from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
An American opera featuring characters based on real people who lived through the fabled silver mining days in 19th century Colorado. Baby Doe is a beautiful young woman who wins the love of Horace Tabor, 30 years her senior and the richest man in Colorado. He spurns the love of his first wife, Augu
A live broadcast of a performance of Rossini's comic opera, from a production by the New York City Opera Company.
A performance of Gardner McKay's two-character play, from the production of the Manhattan Theatre Club.
John Houseman's group, The Acting Company, performs Saroyan's comedy.
An adaptation for television of a production by the Long Wharf Theatre of Eugene O'Neill's comedy about a young man coming of age in small town America at the turn of the century.
The Negro Ensemble Company performs Leslie Lee's drama about a middle-class black family.
A complete performance of renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp's ballet, "Sue's Leg."
A film adaptation of Puccini's opera about a fragile Japanese woman betrayed and abandoned by her husband, an American navy officer.
Excerpts from the following ballets are performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet: "Madrigalesco," "Grosse Fugue," "Adagio Hammerklavier," "Concerto Barocco," and "Concerto Grosso."
A production of eight mystery plays of the fourteenth century performed in Chester, England.
A performance of Frank Chin's play, from the American Place Theatre's production.
A performance by the Long Wharf Theatre in their production of Peter Nichols's comedy.
A television adaptation of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage production of the play by Elie Wiesel.
A performance of Robert Penn Warren's play, from the production by the Trinity Square Repertory Company.
A taped performance of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Chekhov's comedy about a tormented young intellectual.
A taping of a performance of Oliver Hailey's play, from the 1975 production at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
An edifying talk given by philosopher Alan Watts.
The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis performs Sheridan's comedy about two brothers, one compulsively phony, the other brutally unaffected and honest.
A performance of Pirandello's play, from the production of the Phoenix Theatre in New York.
A television adaptation of a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare's tragedy.
An adaptation for television of Eugene O'Neill's play, the first of a planned cycle of plays telling the story of an Irish family in America. Set in New England in the early nineteenth century, the story relates the conflicts between an immigrant and his American-born son.
An adaptation for television of Edmond Rostand's romantic play about the great French poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac, who loves the beautiful Roxanne in vain and courts her vicariously through the handsome but ineloquent Christian.
A television adaptation of Marsha Sheiness' comedy, performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse.
Production Companies (special)
In Thornton Wilder's classic play, recently deceased wife and mother Emily Webb is allowed to relive her happiest day only to find that the living don't appreciate the gift of life nearly as much as the dearly departed.
A documentary tracing the career and life of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Waldo Salt, who overcame the stigma of the 1950s blacklist to write "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home."
A broadcast of the 1989 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award ceremony, honoring astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, a prominent leader in the Chinese people's struggle for democracy.
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Annual presentation of the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Awards for the best in radio and television broadcast journalism.
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Production Companies (TV Mini-Series)
A pair of Native American/Navajo tribal police try to draw a connection between a vandal painting odd symbols on a nearby mountainside, a professor's obsession with the final days of Butch Cassidy and a series of murders, including one of a local cop.
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