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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These Docs

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Independent Lens
PBS


March is Women’s History Month, to celebrate women, we’ve compiled a list of just a few documentary films (both Independent Lens films and others) about important and fascinating women, including a few available to watch online via PBS. Continue


Thomas A. Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

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Independent Lens
PBS


First documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. The filmmaker talks about his relationship with photography and what he hopes viewers will gain from seeing the film. Continue


Ben Franklin’s Scientific Achievements

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


America’s Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was intellectually curious about the world and he operated in it as a gentlemanly scientist. He pursued experiments related to electricity, he looked at better ways to make clocks and improve bifocal lenses. In 1752, he had won world-wide fame when he proved that lightening was not an act of God but in fact electricity. Continue


The Rise of the Body Snatchers

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


In the 18th century, private anatomy schools were set up across London to give medical students the opportunity to learn anatomy by dissecting human cadavers. But supply lagged behind demand. Anatomists needed many more bodies than the ones of hanged murderers, which were the only bodies legally available at that time for their study. This created a business for body snatchers. Continue


Scenes from Season 2 – The SS

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Nazi Mega Weapons
PBS


As Hitler’s power grows within Nazi Germany, so does the SS — the most sinister force in Nazi Germany and one of the most terrifying cults the world has ever seen. Engineered to oppress a state, the SS, led by Heinrich Himmler, controls an empire through terror and brutality. Continue


Scenes from Season 2 – V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile

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Nazi Mega Weapons
PBS


In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a ground breaking weapon: the world's first cruise missile, the V1. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich. Continue


Hitmakers

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PBS Arts
PBS


Here is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Continue


The Act of Killing: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
PBS


Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer on the making of his film The Act of Killing. Continue


Cuban Missle Crisis

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Three Men Go to War
PBS


Premiering on the 50th anniversary of the missile crisis, "Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War" focuses on three central figures in the crisis — President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Continue


MAKERS Season 2 - Preview

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Airs Tuesdays, September 30-November 4, 2014 at 9/8c. Check your local listings. Continue


The American Dream (1945-present)

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The Italian Americans
PBS


In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them? Have Italian Americans finally shed the old stereotypes and become fully accepted in America? Continue


Sinking Ship Guitar Hero

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NOVA
PBS


As the ship Oceanos began to sink, a guitarist aboard helped lift passengers to safety. Continue


Get a Sneak Peak at Scenes from "The Jewel in the Crown"

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PBS
PBS


Flip through photos from "The Jewel in the Crown," the dramatic series about men and women in India facing violent change from 1939-45. The program was originally adapted from novels by Paul Scott in 1984. Airs throughout January. Check your local listings. Continue


The Jewel in the Crown - Series Preview

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PBS
PBS


Adapted for television from the four novels by Paul Scott, "The Raj Quartet", The Jewel in the Crown is set in India in the last uneasy years of British rule, when rioting and violence heralded the granting of independence. It is the story of the men and women of both ruling and ruled classes, trying amidst the turmoil to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them. Continue


Ben Franklin's Bones: Preview

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven Street was the former residence of Benjamin Franklin. Continue


Scenes from Season 2 - The Wolf's Lair

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Nazi Mega Weapons
PBS


As European countries fall like dominoes to the all-conquering German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He orders the construction of a huge, heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings named the Wolf’s Lair. Continue


Saving South Africa's Constitutional Court art collection

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa's Constitutional Court talks to senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the symbolism and importance of the high court's art collection and the need to preserve it. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: The Truth Outside the Frame

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POV
PBS


Tom Roston discusses Ken Burns's The Roosevelts on POV's Doc Soup blog Continue


Web Exclusive: Japanese-American Internees Today

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American Masters
PBS


Photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. found surviving Japanese-Americans who were photographed by Dorothea Lange and others as they were taken to internment camps during World War II. This forced relocation process was led by the U.S. War Relocation Authority in 1942. Kitagaki took portraits of these former internees, often taking the photos in the same locations or arrangements as the 1942 photos. Continue


Full Episode

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The Fidel Castro Tapes
PBS


In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This is the story of the Cuban dictator’s turbulent career, told in part through media reports, rare images and recordings. Continue


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