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Mike Nichols on Directing: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


According to celebrated director Mike Nichols, "Plays and movies are not supposed to be answers to a thousand questions, but there's supposed to be a few unanswered questions that you can't get out of your head." Nichols (1931 - 2014) gave this interview for "American Masters: Inventing David Geffen." This web-exclusive outtake share his views about the role of the unconscious in film and drama. Continue


FACES OF AMERICA: Mike Nichols' Escape from Nazi Germany

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Mike Nichols recounts his family history, detailing his escape from Nazi Germany and journey to the United States just before WW2 broke out. ‘Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.' aired in 2010 on PBS. The exploration of shared American ancestry using the latest tools of genealogy and genetics continues as 'Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’ Continue


Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin Sing Together

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American Masters
PBS


America's most famous crooners --- Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin --- sing "The Oldest Established" song from the musical Guys and Dolls. This web-exclusive clip captures the three legendary singers in a televised performance that took place in 1964. This is an web-exclusive outtake from American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered, premiering Dec. 2 at 8 pm on PBS. Continue


Unlocking Deval Patrick's Past with Autosomal DNA

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Genealogy expert CeCe Moore uses Autosomal DNA analysis to trace Gov. Deval Patrick's family history, linking him genetically to the man who enslaved his ancestors. Continue


Protecting Afghanistan's ancient Buddhist heritage

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Brent Huffman, the director behind the new documentary “Saving Mes Aynak,” tells the story of one of Afghanistan’s archaeological treasures and the threats it faces from a Chinese mining company. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story - Preview

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Return to the Wild
PBS


Using Chris McCandless' own letters, released for the first time, as well as new and surprising interviews, probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of the "Into the Wild" story that has become part of the American literary canon and compels so many to this day. Continue


Decoding Our Past Through DNA Promo

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Deval Patrick is the first African American Governor of Massachusetts, and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican American heritage. But cutting edge DNA analysis reveals that their family trees in fact contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Continue


Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari on satire in the face of darkness

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"Rosewater," the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 and was subsequently held captive. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss their new film “Rosewater” and how humor can play a powerful role in handling adversity. Continue


George Stephanopoulos' Heroic Ancestors

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


George Stephanopoulos learns that his Great-Grandfather heroically resisted Nazi occupation during WW2 and was imprisoned for his acts of bravery. Continue


Fiction

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ART:21
PBS


What makes a compelling story? How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths? This episode features artists who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning. Continue


Mike Nichols on Not Giving Up: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


An In Memoriam tribute to Mike Nichols (1931 - 2014), a director who won a Grammy, an Oscar, and Emmy and Tony Awards. In this exclusive outtake from his interview for "American Masters: Inventing David Geffen," Nichols speaks of the trait so rare and important in the arts: the ability to never give up. "It's a very hard thing to understand," Nichols says, "that there just is no giving up." Continue


FACES OF AMERICA: Mike Nichols' Famous German Ancestor

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers that Mike Nichols' is indeed related to Albert Einstein, revealing the truth in his family lore despite Nichols' disbelief. ‘Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. aired in 2010 on PBS. The exploration of shared American ancestry using the latest tools of genealogy and genetics continues as 'Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’ Continue


Bing Crosby's Charity and "Take Care of" List

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby used his fame and wealth to help friends, acquaintances and strangers in ways both public and nearly invisible. In this web-exclusive outtake, Crosby's biographer Gary Giddins describes the "take care of" list of people the entertainer kept, and how Crosby generally did not draw attention to his charitable giving. American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered premieres Dec. 2 on PBS. Continue


Jessica Alba's Mexican Roots

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Jessica Alba, a Mexican-American with roots in California, learns more about the life her ancestors made for themselves after immigrating to the United States. Continue


Fusing a marriage with metal and glass

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Artists Barbara and Larry Domsky of Domsky Glass have been married for two decades and have been working side-by-side for even longer. Their work is know internationally and now, in a new studio, with a new gallery, their relationship and their art continue to grow and thrive. Continue


Bing Crosby's Style of Singing

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby sang as if he were addressing only one person with his voice. "What Bing created was the art of intimacy," says singer Tony Bennett. Entertainer Michael Feinstein uses the song "Moonlight Becomes You," from the film Road to Morocco to illustrate how Bing would change a song's phrasing and melody to make it more conversational. Bing Crosby Rediscovered premieres Dec. 2 on PBS. Continue


How 'Rosewater' became Jon Stewart's directorial debut

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"Rosewater" marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. The film follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the chief challenger to incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss how it all came about. Continue


David Sedaris' Patriot Ancestor

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Professor Gates introduces David Sedaris to his his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier wounded in the Battle of Saratoga. Continue


Tracing Tina Fey's Paternal Line

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Professor Gates introduces Tina Fey to her 5th Great-Grandfather, John Hewson, a British textile manufacturer who was once the esteemed guest of founding father Benjamin Franklin. Continue


Bing Crosby Rediscovered

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American Masters
PBS


Bing Crosby (1903-1977) was the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme. For this new documentary, Crosby’s estate granted American Masters access to the entertainer’s archives, including never-before-seen home movies, Dictabelt recordings, photos and more. Continue


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