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The Road Films: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope

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American Masters
PBS


At the age of 37, Bing Crosby had 24 films behind him and his Hollywood career was at a crossroads. He found the perfect comedic partner in Bob Hope, with whom he had first performed on stage in 1932. Starting in 1940, Hope and Crosby would star in seven "Road" films. This film excerpt from American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered is rich in archival footage of interviews and film. Continue


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary

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PBS Specials
PBS


Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades. Continue


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


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


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


Filmmaker Interview: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

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American Masters
PBS


Director Robert Trachtenberg worked with the Bing Crosby estate to bring a wealth of audio recordings and images to the public from the first time. In this interview he speaks about the challenge of presenting the man who down-played how hard he worked to become a sensation in film, radio and television. American Masters - Bing Crosby Rediscovered premieres Tue., Dec. 2 at 8 pm on PBS. Continue


Jay Leno

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Mark Twain Prize
PBS


This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize. 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


Full Episode

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Richard Pryor: Icon
PBS


Richard Pryor was one of the first black men ever on television, he pioneered a new brand of humor and he was a hit. This show defines his lasting impact on comedy and culture, often in his own words, showing us why he is an :ICON. 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


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