World

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:00pm

ANTHEM tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. ANTHEM also reveals interesting facts about Key's upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song. During the program, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John's College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:30pm

An American Mosque is a groundbreaking documentary about religious freedom and the struggle against intolerance set in a rural California town. Sparked by the destruction of a mosque, we witness how a community responds to hate through painful but ultimately positive discussions about the perception of Islam in America and our responsibility to defend everyone’s Constitutional right to worship. In the end, determined members of different faiths come together to support the Muslim community as it peacefully rebuilds its mosque. As mosque projects are increasingly scrutinized around the country, An American Mosque tells a timely story that suggests how we can become a more tolerant society.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00pm

PBS NEWSHOUR continues to provide in-depth analysis of current events with the NEWSHOUR’s team of seasoned and highly regarded journalists. Co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the nightly broadcast features Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society; and Margaret Warner, chief foreign correspondent, who deliver compelling original reporting and newsmaker interviews from the field. Senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan delivers news to the digital world and anchors the news summary on the television broadcasts.
For tonight's topics, visit the Newshour website here.

Perfect Day
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:00pm

Amid the fjords and glacier at Lofoten, a string of islands stretching from the northwestern Norway into the Atlantic, adventurous Tina Nordström hikes a glacier and prepares a chilly apple sorbet and drink. Later she visits a longbow house and Viking museum where she cooks without the benefit of modern-day appliances. Recipes: Storm Soup – Potato and Onion Soup with Horseradish and Ham Breadsticks; Fire- Cooked Salmon on Birch Wood with Caper and Grape Salad; Baked Apples with Cardamom and Vodka Sorbet; Apple Sorbet on Black Ice. (Episode #101)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:00pm

PBS NEWSHOUR continues to provide in-depth analysis of current events with the NEWSHOUR’s team of seasoned and highly regarded journalists. Co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the nightly broadcast features Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society; and Margaret Warner, chief foreign correspondent, who deliver compelling original reporting and newsmaker interviews from the field. Senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan delivers news to the digital world and anchors the news summary on the television broadcasts.
For tonight's topics, visit the pbs news hour website HERE.

Civil War:The Untold Story
Sun, 06/29/2014 - 9:00pm

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation does not only free slaves in the rebelling states. It changes the war from one of reunification, to one of ending slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation also gives African Americans freedom to fight. By war’s end, some 200,000 will enlist. In truth, Lincoln’s proclamation is an empty promise without the power of the United States Army to enforce it. In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant begins a campaign to take Vicksburg, Mississippi, a Confederate citadel overlooking a strategic section of the lower Mississippi River. In May, Grant begins laying siege to the city of 4500. Mary Loughborough is one of the many terrified civilians who have dug caves into the hillsides for protection. Clutching her 2-year old daughter, Mary “endeavored by constant prayer to prepare myself for the sudden death I was almost certain awaited me.” On July 4, 1863 – the day after Pickett’s disastrous charge at Gettysburg – the Confederates surrender Vicksburg to Grant. With the Mississippi River now under Union control, the campaign moves eastward to Chattanooga, Tennessee, a rail center that Lincoln considers to be as important as the Confederate capital of Richmond. Eight miles south, along the Chickamauga - a creek the Cherokee call “the river of death” - Union and Confederate forces clash in what will become the biggest battle of the Western Theater.

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 2:00pm

Today, 2.3 million people in the United States — an all-time high — call prison home. Nearly two-thirds of inmates will face re-arrest within three years, and nearly 50 percent will return to prison. In response to these disheartening statistics, one innovative program in Kansas aims to reduce the high rate of recidivism in an unexpected way — through the power of music.

CONDUCTING HOPE reveals the story behind the East Hill Singers, the only secular prison choir in the country allowed to perform outside prison gates. During the documentary, choir director (and former opera singer) Kirk Carson works tirelessly to prepare the men — minimum security inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility — for an upcoming public performance alongside community volunteers and former inmates. Carson's passion never wavers despite the challenges of turning the novices into concert-ready singers capable of performing a repertoire ranging from traditional choral to contemporary music to a "rap of redemption." For many of the inmates, whose offenses range from drug-related crimes to burglary, rape and murder, the choir teaches valuable real-world lessons about discipline, responsibility and teamwork. These traits, along with a newfound self-esteem, confidence and pride, eventually may ultimately help ease the men's reintegration back into society.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 6:00pm
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:00am

See the trailer for the film here.

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.

Australian Story
Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:00pm

Scott Johnson was a young man with everything going for him - a math genius with a bright future. But on a trip to a Sydney beach one sunny day in 1988, everything changed. The search for the truth of what happened that day has brought together a wealthy internet pioneer, an international super sleuth, and the North South Wales Police Cold Case Unit.

Healed

Renowned cornet virtuoso Jim Klages was at the height of his career, having achieved his dream as soloist for the elite “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band© in Washington D.C. But when the happily married family man noticed a strange tingling in his arm and nearly dropped his cornet, everything began to change. The diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. What followed was a series of hardships that would test even the most indomitable spirit – the end of a career, a marriage stressed to the breaking point, and the loss of his home and financial security. As Jim’s health continued to deteriorate, he was faced with his ultimate challenge: finding his way back to the art that had once sustained him. Jim persevered, determined to heal himself through composing and teaching.
Through vérité and archival footage, interviews, and music recordings, Healed illuminates the ways in which the creative spirit adapts not only to survive, but to thrive. Featuring Wynton Marsalis, "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band©, and research experts from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Southern California.

Healed takes viewers into one artist’s world of infirmity, hope and determination.

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