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Great Railways of Europe

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PBS Specials
PBS


Travel across Europe for a delightful sampling of some of the most dramatic and fascinating railway journeys in the world. From the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, host Julian Davison guides viewers through breathtaking scenery, providing cultural and historical insights along the way. Continue


A Filmmaker in Pursuit of “Happiness”

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Independent Lens
PBS


The director Thomas Balmes talks about what brought him to Bhutan to make Happiness, including how encroaching technology like TV may change everything, not necessarily for the better, in that tiny Himalayan nation, and about how filming in a remote mountain village was even harder than he expected. 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


Paris Side-Trips Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite. We explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings Continue


Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Exploring Italy's most remote, romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure. Continue


The Best of Israel

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, with its in-love-with-life beaches; ponder the fortress of Masada; and join pilgrims at biblical sights around the Sea of Galilee. We'll pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and savor the local cuisine. Continue


Italy's Verona, Padova, and Ravenna Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


In the shadow of Venice, we visit three great cities. Padova is famed for its venerable university, precious Giotto frescoes, and pilgrim-packed Basilica. Verona is a hit with aficionados of Roman ruins and Romeo and Juliet fans. And Ravenna, with its shimmering mosaics, was once the western bastion of the Byzantine Empire. We enliven each stop with a tasty dose of Italian dolce vita. Continue


Palestine Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Palestine is the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, drop in on friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region. Continue


Central Turkey

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


We marvel at the fascinating landscape of Cappadocia from high above in a balloon...and from deep below, prowling an underground city where Christians once hid out. We'll join a circumcision party, explore troglodyte ghost towns, shop for sheep at the market, and chat with an imam. Then we enjoy the modern capital, Ankara, and pay our respects to the father of modern Turkey, Atatürk. Continue


France's Loire: Château Country Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative châteaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden. 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


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


The Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The hour-long RICK STEVES' SPECIAL: THE HOLY LAND, ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS TODAY weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives to better understand a place that is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought over for centuries. Continue


Twin Sisters Filmmaker Captures Sibling Bond

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Independent Lens
PBS


Norwegian filmmaker Mona Friis Bertheussen talks about her journey from Norway to Sacramento in making the film Twin Sisters, the story of the reunion between two twins who were separated at birth in China, including how she gained the trust of the families and the girls. Continue


Palestine

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Palestine is the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, drop in on friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region. Continue


Paris Side-Trips

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite. We explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings. Continue


Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Exploring Italy's most remote, romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure. Continue


The Best of Israel Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, with its in-love-with-life beaches; ponder the fortress of Masada; and join pilgrims at biblical sights around the Sea of Galilee. We'll pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and savor the local cuisine. Continue


France's Loire: Château Country

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative châteaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden. Continue


Western Turkey

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


From the port of Kusadasi, we wander the streets of ancient Ephesus, soak in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learn why the dervishes whirl at Konya, munch lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruise the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet from Antalya. Turkey is a mighty nation whose ancient heritage, Muslim faith, and western ways are coming together...and we'll see how. Continue


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