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Variety and PBS SoCal take you inside the biggest TV shows of the year through candid conversations between today’s most acclaimed actors. Each episode of the 14th season brings together actors engaging in intimate one-on-one discussions about their craft and work.
In the late 1800s, Italians immigrated to St. Louis in search of the American Dream resulting in one of the largest Italian American neighborhoods in the United States today, The Hill. Here they started their own businesses, built their own church, and created a self-sufficient “city within a city.” While similar immigrant neighborhoods across the country have long ago lost their identity, The Hill remains strong, making it the last of a dying breed. America's Last Little Italy: The Hill tells the story of this enduring neighborhood by looking at its past, present, and future.
A film about small ranching and farming, exemplified by the story of a lifelong Colorado cowboy. Howard Linscott “is” the original Marlboro Man, a gruff, chain-smoking 70-year-old who’s been ranching all his life. The film explores whether cherished Western traditions and this fiercely-independent lifestyle can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the west.
In The Roads Most Traveled, Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti shares heart wrenching stories from his forty-year career documenting history as it unfolds. Internationally recognized for his commitment to photographing the migration of Central Americans to the United States, Bartletti’s images reveal the never-ending saga of illegal immigration by individuals desperate to improve their lives.
Hurricane season turns the nation's attention to tropical storms and the threat to life and property. When destructive storms come ashore, they may dominate the news for a few days. Then they, and the communities ravaged, are often forgotten. This happened to three small towns in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Their struggle to recove and setbacks from a second hurricane in 2018, brings to life the realities of disaster recovery. There are lessons here for all, especially rural communities with limited resources.
Life in the Logwoods: the East Texas Timber Legacy interweaves the rugged history of this region with profiles of modern loggers, sawmill operators, tree farmers and migrant workers—all the people who do the demanding and dangerous work of bringing wood to market.
"Shelter Me: 2020" is hosted by Entrepreneur and Star of Shark Tank, Daymond John. This timely film was made during the early days of the pandemic to show how the best in people prevailed in the face of adversity. Our cameras were rolling when New York City was the epicenter of COVID-19 and the country began to shut down. The people working at the animal shelter were on the front lines and, at great risk to their own lives, persevered to help the animals and the people. We visit a pet food pantry to show a community coming together to keep beloved pets with their families. Plus, we see people fostering pets for the first time to help their local shelter, to give themselves companionship and to help the animals find their permanent homes.
Shelter Me: Soul Awakened" is hosted by John Legend and features a program where incarcerated men at a maximum security prison train overlooked shelter dogs to help them get adopted and prepare other dogs to become service animals for veterans with PTSD. The film also includes former California Governor Jerry Brown discussing criminal justice reform.
SONGS AT THE CENTER celebrates the Singer-Songwriter. The series features Grammy Award-winning Songwriting Royalty, as well as up-and-comers you will want to know better. The series can be summed up in three words: Songs. Singers. Stories.
“Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” is a series that follows 13 young people from across the U.S. and Canada at a new genetics and genealogy camp as they study their own DNA and family histories to answer the question “Who am I?” Inspired by the popular PBS series "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." and shot on the campus of Penn State University, campers explore their ancestry using an innovative middle school genetics and genealogy curriculum never before used in an educational setting. The web address for the curriculum web site (where teachers and caregivers can view and download free lesson plans, teacher support materials and video episodes) is shared onscreen.
When Maria Lawton was six years old her family emigrated to the United States from the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, a stunning archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Maria documented the cooking and food memories so vital to her childhood, rediscovering her family's traditional recipes and putting them into her first cookbook, Azorean Cooking: From My Table to Yours. As a complement to her book, Maria blends her love of Portuguese food, traditions, and culture with the cooking and travel series “Maria’s Portuguese Table”. In this first series she goes on an 8-part food and travel odyssey starting in Rhode Island USA to Sao Miguel Azores, to California. Rediscover one of the world’s oldest cultures with her!
Welcome to CAMP TV – a day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, guides “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Memphis Zoo, and more.
IN THE EXECUTIONER’S SHADOW draws viewers into riveting personal stories: the rare perspective of a former state executioner who nearly executes an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who face abandoning their values or fighting for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice.
JOURNEYS THROUGH THE FINGER LAKES takes you on a journey through lush topography to bring you stories of the cultural landscape, seminal moments, singular institutions and visionary icons that make up the rich tapestry of this extraordinary place.
With humanity facing unprecedented challenges we must evolve and learn to mindfully coexist with Mother Nature and each other. Through the fun adventures of its multiracial hosts - vegan chef Michael and his yogi wife, Bianca - Conscious Living explores what it takes to be a more mindful human. Take a dip at a Zen hot springs meditation retreat near Big Sur. Heal with a yoga detox high in the Himalayas. Sit front row at an upcycled eco-fashion show in Hong Kong. Then hunt for the tastiest vegan street food from Bali to Berlin. Journey with Conscious Living around the world and travel the uncharted path to a brighter tomorrow.
Gullah Roots” follows leaders of the South Carolina and Georgia Gullah/Geechee communities as they experience a homecoming to Sierra Leone in December 2019. This is the fourth time Gullah/Geechee people have traveled to Sierra Leone to explore their roots. The first homecoming, in 1989, was the basis for SCETV’s “Family Across the Sea,” one of the station’s most popular and enduring programs. “Gullah Roots” reaffirms the ties between Gullah/Geechee people and West Africa, examines the challenges many in the Gullah/Geechee community face today, and explores the progress they have made since the first journey to Sierra Leone 30 years ago. After the trip, the filmmakers interviewed the travelers to record their responses to the journey; their moving reactions to the similarities between Sierra Leonian culture and Gullah Geechee traditions – the food, music, dance, crafts and religious worship – form the emotional heart of the documentary.