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Pakistani sculptor chisels away at taboos for women

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PBS NewsHour
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Humaira Abid is a sculptor and painter who creates everyday objects out of wood to cope with her experiences. Based in the Seattle area, she spends several months out of each year in Lahore, Pakistan, where she grew up and still maintains her main studio. Video produced by Laila Kazmi, KCTS 9 For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Brian Knappenberger on 'The Internet's Own Boy'

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PBS NewsHour
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Aaron Swartz was a teen tech-prodigy who became a leader in the fight against regulation and privatization of information on the internet. His story is told in the new documentary, 'The Internet's Own Boy,' by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. Continue


Plaintiffs meets the media

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PBS NewsHour
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The plaintiffs against Proposition 8 introduce themselves to the media in "The Case Against 8," a documentary film by Ryan White and Ben Cotner. Clip courtesy HBO. Continue


Making music from Detroit's vacant homes

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PBS NewsHour
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Reclaim Detroit is a nonprofit organization that dismantles vacant buildings to re-use their materials. That’s music to the ears of Michigan luthier Gary Zimnicki, who is using reclaimed floorboards and ceilings to craft ukuleles and mandolins. Filmmaker Roy Feldman from WTVS Detroit Public Television takes us inside Zimnicki’s studio. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Season Two Preview

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Finding Your Roots
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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the hit PBS series "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." Enjoy a preview of the exciting second season of "Finding Your Roots," premiering September 23, 2014. Continue


Charles Bradley channels past heartaches for soulful sound

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Singer Charles Bradley was making a living as a James Brown cover act when he was “discovered” by Daptone, a record label helping bring about a resurgence of soul music. These days, Bradley's songs reflect the story of his own past, drawing a growing number of fans to his gospel of soul and heartbreak. Jeffrey Brown shares the story of the singer’s breakthrough and latest album. Continue


Menopause The Musical

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To The Contrary
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Watch this video on the hit show Menopause the Musical for a chance to win 4 tickets to opening night, June 13th, at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. Continue


PBS Previews: The Roosevelts

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The Roosevelts
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THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a new, seven-part documentary by Ken Burns, will air beginning September 14, 2014. The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. Continue


Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

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American Masters
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Author Jay McInerney says that George Plimpton "liked to tell people that he had saved me from becoming a pharmacist." It was Plimpton who published McInerney's first story ever in "The Paris Review" in 1982, which formed the basis for the iconic novel, "Bright Lights, Big City." This is a web exclusive outtake from "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself," airing May 16 at 9 pm on PBS. Continue


Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun - Trailer

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American Masters
PBS


Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929–2000) was a mesmerizing ballerina with the New York City Ballet who greatly influenced choreographers George Balanchine (her husband) and Jerome Robbins (her friend). Filmmaker Nancy Buirski spotlights Le Clercq’s ballet career, influence on dance, and her struggle with polio, which paralyzed her at the height of her fame. The film premieres June 20 at 10 pm on PBS. Continue


TRAILER: Season 7 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (2014)

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ART:21
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Trailer for Season 7 (2014) of the Peabody Award-winning series, "Art in the Twenty-First Century". Featured artists include: Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Leonardo Drew, Omer Fast, Thomas Hirschhorn, Elliott Hundley, Katharina Grosse, Graciela Iturbide, Joan Jonas, Wolfgang Laib, Trevor Paglen, and Arlene Shechet. Continue


Ted Olson and David Boies team up against Prop 8

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"The Case Against 8" captures reactions to the unexpected teaming-up of Ted Olson and David Boies in the case against Proposition 8. Clip courtesy HBO. Continue


Becoming a plaintiff against Prop 8

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Sandy Stier and Kris Perry discuss the decision to become a plaintiff in against Proposition 8 in "The Case Against 8," a documentary film by Ryan White and Ben Cotner. Courtesy HBO. Continue


Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning - Preview

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American Masters
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Her photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a portrait that came to represent America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman who created the portrait: Dorothea Lange. Directed and narrated by Lange's granddaughter Dyanna Taylor, the two-hour film premieres Friday, August 29 at 9 pm on PBS. Continue


When I Walk: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
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Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook discuss the making of the film When I Walk. Continue


Mass Shootings; Arianna Huffington's Thrive; Maya Angelou

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To The Contrary
PBS


Mass shootings are looked at through a gendered lens. Arianna Huffington's new book teaches us how to Thrive with rest and recovery. Remembering poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou. PANEL: Sabrina Schaeffer, Dr. Lara Brown, Donna Brazile, Francesca Chambers Continue


How many more times can the world be twice as big?

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PBS NewsHour
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PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with former pharmaceutical executive Chris Martenson, who now lives in rural Massachusetts, about exponential growth and the danger of rising debt. Continue


Author Betty Medsgar on her new book 'The Burglary'

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PBS NewsHour
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Betty Medsger sat down with chief correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about her new book, "The Burglary," about the unlikely group that stole papers from the FBI in 1971. That theft provided evidence of a wide-scale surveillance of U.S. citizens. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Full Film

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American Masters
PBS


Co-founder of The Paris Review and a participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a fascinated journalist who lived fully, strangely and incredibly. With George Plimpton’s own narration, the film includes extensive archival footage of his sport stunts and participatory journalism gigs, and interviews with friends, family and contemporaries. Premieres nationally May 16, 2014, on PBS. Continue


Capturing the Viet Cong during a Vietnam War reenactment

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PBS NewsHour
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Viet Cong soldiers are captured during a Vietnam War reenactment in the documentary "In Country," by award-winning filmmakers Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara. Continue


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