F.S. KEY AND THE SONG THAT BUILT AMERICA celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of Key's loving wife Polly (played by Deborah Hazlett), the film highlights Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development. The documentary covers Key's major cases (including the Aaron Burr conspiracy), his vehement opposition to the War of 1812, his enlistment in the militia, his participation in the ill-fated defense of Washington, D.C., and his penchant for poetry and art.
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:00pm
In March 1936, one of the most devastating floods in over 300 years roared down the Connecticut River, inundating towns, destroying homes and bridges and leaving thousands homeless. Using actual flood footage, archival photography, newspaper accounts and eyewitness interviews, THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1936 reveals the story behind the disaster and its impact on residents of western Massachusetts and 11 other states. Starting at the Vernon Dam in northern Vermont, the program takes viewers down the Connecticut River, stopping at landmarks hardest hit by the flood. One of the first stops is the former location of the Northfield Bridge, which was destroyed by raging waters on March 18, 1936. The program also contains dramatic underwater footage of divers searching for flood wreckage.
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:00pm
CREATIVE HEARTS explores the power of synergy through art. Creative Clay is a grass roots organization dedicated to providing art education to the mentally challenged and disadvantaged. The program focuses on one of Creative Clay's distinguished programs — Artlink — during a five-month collaboration between ten community artists paired with ten clients of Creative Clay. CREATIVE HEARTS documents the works in various stages of progress, from the initial meetings to the "hands-on" creation stage. The documentary captures how the students and mentors grow in ability and in their relationship to one another, specifically during the ever-evolving and sometimes chaotic acts of creativity.
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:00pm
Every five years, 30,000 people gather on the same stage in the small country of Estonia to join voices at Laulupidu, the National Song Festival, to become the largest choir in the world.
More than a song festival, Laulupidu is an Estonian miracle that at least twice in history gave freedom to that country. TO BREATHE AS ONE explores the beauty and meaning of the choral festival through the eyes of the young members of the San Francisco-based Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, one of the few American choirs invited to participate. Learning complex songs – all in Estonian – the youngsters prepare for months and then set off to join the many thousands from around the world who gather every five years in Tallinn.
Forming cross-cultural friendships that span the oceans, there they discover the unique role that music has played for Estonians for over 150 years, as an integral force in maintaining strength and identity for a people who have faced cultural genocide – more than once.
From the filmmakers of the acclaimed, “The Singing Revolution”, the film reveals that for Estonians singing is not just a means of cultural expression, but a defining part of their identity.
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:00pm
Most people don’t think about singing when they think about revolution. But song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. The Singing Revolution is an inspiring account of one nation’s dramatic rebirth. It is the story of humankind’s irrepressible drive for freedom and self-determination. It is the story of David defeating Goliath without even a slingshot.
The Singing Revolution shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence. While violence and bloodshed was the unfortunate end result in other occupied nations of the USSR, the revolutionary songs of the Estonians anchored their struggle for freedom, which was ultimately accomplished without the loss of a single life.
The Singing Revolution tells the moving and dramatic story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom--and helped topple an empire along the way.
Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:00pm
Join Charlie Rose for highlights of conversations with the week’s guests on his nightly program.This new Friday night program will provide a retrospective of the best stories and interviews from the nightly PBS program CHARLIE ROSE. The show will capture the defining moments in politics science, business, culture, media and sports.
Sat, 09/06/2014 - 7:00pm
MOYERS & COMPANY investigates issues that matter to American democracy, particularly the continuing influence of big money and corporate self-interest on politics, the economy and daily life. Each week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts compelling conversations with today's top thinkers about new ideas, crucial issues and workable solutions. Select episodes also feature Moyers' own meticulously researched essays on a variety of topics.
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 7:00pm
Explore the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters — Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev — and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and outlines the courage and luck it took to climb out again.