Was Al Capone a quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer-- or both? From pin-stripe suits to bloody violence, try to decide why Americans are fascinated with the celebrity gangster. AL CAPONE: ICON premieres TONIGHT at 8/7c as part of "Gangster Night" on PBS.
Coming up today and tomorrow, we'll be at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles, during which we'll preview many upcoming PBS programs (including many of your favorites!) for the nation's TV critics. Watch for photos, announcements and more coming to you from this event, on the PBS Facebook page. Here's a look: https://vine.co/v/M2dXZ6OFpib #TCA14
This Week in History: this week in 1925, a Tennessee high school science teacher, John Thomas Scopes, was found guilty for allegedly teaching evolution, which violated Tennessee state law. The Scopes Trial, known as the “Monkey Trial,” lasted only a week, but ignited conversation and debate over whether to teach Creation or Evolution in the classroom.
The court acquitted Scopes on a technicality but upheld the constitutionality of the state law which was eventually overturned in 1967.
"To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity...we can never let up." Explore the inspiring story and brilliant words of Ralph Bunche, the first African-American to win a Nobel Peace Prize. (from PBS Black Culture Connection)
The legacy of the first black Nobel laureate, Ralph Bunche, whose personal and professional creed was to choose mediation over conflict. Talk Back with this featured topic from PBS Black Culture Connection.
Increasingly, laws that criminalize homelessness are cropping up in cities throughout the country, while simultaneously, a national shortage of shelter beds and housing options is roiling the system. Continue reading →
There was quite a bit of social media chatter about last night's season finale of Endeavour on MASTERPIECE | PBS (Masterpiece Theatre). If you didn't see it, you can stream it online at http://to.pbs.org/1p7eM4d
Between 2010 and 2030, the ratio of Americans 65 and older to those of working age is projected to increase by nearly 60 percent. With Americans living and working longer, Yale Law School's Lincoln Caplan questions the accuracy of what's known as the "age-old dependency" ratio, and argues that older…
Stuart (Derek Jacobi), Freddie (Ian McKellen) and the gang hit the night club when Ash (Iwan Rheon, “Game of Thrones”) gets a new job. Who will get swept up in the night scene with Ash’s trendy friends? See when VICIOUS “Episode 4” premieres Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 10:30/9:30c on PBS.
A new episode of our online series The Art Assignment. Here are the instructions: 1. Choose an artist or a maker. 2. Get to know their work and practice. 3. Make something in that style. 4. Upload it to the social media platform of your choice using #theartassignment, telling us who you've chosen and how they've influenced you. 5. Fame & glory. (Your work might be featured in an upcoming episode.)
As Alan & Celia find inspiration to celebrate, learn why conflict does not bode well for Caroline & Gillian’s relationships on Sunday's episode of LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX (Season 2) TONIGHT at 8/7c on PBS.
We note the passing of actor James Garner. The star of TV's "The Rockford Files" and “Maverick" had a special ability to instantly connect with audiences—women swooned at his good looks, men saw him as a regular guy. But Hollywood insiders had one more reason to respect James Garner: he was perhaps the best stunt driver in California. Rockford Files creator Stephen J. Cannell didn’t want Garner to do his own car stunts, fearing for the actor’s safety. But when Cannell came to realize that the professional stunt drivers weren’t nearly as good as Garner himself, Cannell agreed to let Garner drive. In an interview with the producers of PBS "Pioneers of Television,” James Garner was eager to discuss why he liked Rockford’s Pontiac Firebird Espirit: “It had the the right wheel base, the perfect engine power; driving it was the most fun I had as an actor.” Garner was so good at one particular driving maneuver that it was named in his honor. The trick involved driving a car backward at high speed, then spinning it 180°, and continuing forward without changing the direction of travel. Today, stunt drivers call that move a “Rockford” because no one did better than James Garner. It was just one of many ways he was an American original.
PHOTO CAPTION James Garner on the set of “Maverick"
PHOTO CREDIT Courtesy the Pioneers of Television archives
"The most precious gift one person can give to another is attention." That's what Robert Mason, a.k.a. DOCTOR GEEZER, says about his work through the volunteer organization Bumper T Caring Clowns. (from South Carolina ETV and PBS Digital Studios)
From PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers: It only takes five minutes to assemble this delicious blueberry crisp. Once it’s baked to perfection, top it off with vanilla ice cream. It’ll be the highlight of your week!
A simple summer fruit dessert recipe that can be prepared in 5 minutes before going into the oven. Made with fresh blueberries and a oat crumb topping, this dessert is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
July 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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