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Beyond the Doc: Do You Believe It?

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American Experience
PBS


From shrunken heads to chewing gum statues to woolly mammoth hair, the Ripley's Warehouse in Florida contains 10,000 bizarre artifacts that grew from Robert Ripley's original collection. Continue


The Candy Bomber

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PBS Specials
PBS


Hear the heartwarming true story of Colonel Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the American pilot who brought joy to children living in the rubble of post-war Germany by dropping treats from his plane during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. Continue


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


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


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


Coming in Winter 2015

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American Experience
PBS


Watch a short video about what is coming to American Experience this January and February, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. The season kicks off on January 6 with "Ripley: Believe It or Not," followed by "Klansville U.S.A.," "Edison," "The Big Burn," and "The Forgotten Plague." Continue


Decoding Our Past Through DNA

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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 the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Continue


Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power - Preview

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Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power
PBS


Admiral Hyman G. Rickover transformed the Navy, helped win the Cold War and changed the course of America's technological development with his quest to create the first nuclear-powered submarine, aircraft carrier and power plant. 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


Tales from the Royal Bedchamber - Preview

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Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
PBS


Host Lucy Worsley explores the beds of past British monarchs to uncover the secrets of the royal bedchamber. She shows us that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. 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


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


Introducing Robert Ripley

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American Experience
PBS


Robert Ripley built a vast multimedia empire by showcasing the bizarre, strange, and downright grotesque from all over the globe. The public was fascinated by his "curioddities," but also by the man himself. Part globetrotter, part "hayseed," Ripley would become an international superstar... "Believe It or Not!" Premieres January 6, 2015 on American Experience 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


The Candy Bomber - Preview

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The Candy Bomber
PBS


Hear the true story of the American pilot who brought joy to German children in post-war Berlin. Continue


Cold War Roadshow

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American Experience
PBS


In the fall of 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev toured the United States for 12 days at the invitation of President Dwight Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and potentially chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year. Continue


Firestone and the Warlord

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war. 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


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


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