Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise tells the full story of Maya Angelou’s life, and it was a life that included a lot more than her memorable writing.
The Independent Lens documentary Tower tells the stories of the victims, survivors, and first responders of the 1966 UT Austin school shooting.
There’s extraordinary footage in PBS’ Spy in the Wild, a five-part series that uses robot animals with cameras instead of eyes to film non-robot animals.
Why are people fleeing and settling in Europe and the United States? Who are these refugees? Let’s meet a few of them—no politics, just people.
Watch a researcher uncover evidence that solves a mystery that’s eluded experts for more than 125 years: What happened to Vincent Van Gogh’s ear?
PBS’ The Contenders: 16 for ’16 tells the stories of 16 presidential hopefuls, three of whom became president, and many of whom shared similar traits.
A review of Genius By Stephen Hawking, a new unscripted series on PBS that gives three people challenges and tasks to help explain very complex ideas.
For the next six nights, PBS will re-air the Ken Burns series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which explores the birth and evolution of the parks.
As the director of the National Museum of Natural History rappels down vertical rock in the Grand Canyon, in 100-degree heat, he pauses, dangling by a rope. As he talks about the “ancient landscape frozen in time,” a crack rapidly moves up the face of the canyon, the canyon rumbles, and a large slice of it slides out…. continue reading
The charming series A Chef’s Life is back for a third season on PBS, chronicling chef Vivian Howard’s exploration of ingredients in the South. But as much as it is about those ingredients, the Peabody Award- and Daytime Emmy-winning reality series is also about her life—and about changing the way food television treats chefs. While… continue reading
Big Blue Live is essentially a nature documentary broadcast in real-time, and it’s a must-watch. Where else will you possibly see a blue whale, the largest animal on our planet, hunted to near-extinction, make a cameo appearance on live television? Broadcast from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, there are two live feeds each evening,… continue reading
Finding Your Roots with Louis Gates, Jr. has filmed part of a third season, but there are no plans to air it yet—though PBS does hope it will return. The show’s limbo is a result of the leaked e-mail message that revealed Ben Affleck asked to have mention of his slave-owning ancestors removed from his… continue reading
Tonight, PBS airs the second episode of Life on the Reef, a three-episode series that explores the Great Barrier Reef with the same kind of care and sensibility the BBC brought to Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. I never get tired of television shows that teaches me about complex things using beautiful imagery, and from… continue reading
Ben Affleck’s appearance on PBS’ Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. last fall didn’t include the revelation that his great, great, great grandfather was a slave owner. Why? Because Affleck asked for it to be edited out. Since that was revealed, PBS has begun an investigation and the Project Greenlight star has posted… continue reading
In the United States, McDonald’s French Fries have 19 ingredients, as former Mythbusters host Grant Imahara discussed in his sad web series. In the UK, McDonald’s fries have four ingredients. Like our fries, our cooking competitions in the U.S. are mostly overstuffed with unnecessary things, and the difference is clear in the wonderful, filler-free The Great British Baking Show. Earlier this… continue reading