by PBS 4,558 views
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Doomsday Volcanoes premieres Wednesday, January 2nd at 9PM on PBS.
In April, 2010 the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano turned much of Europe into an ash-strewn no-fly zone, stranding millions of travelers. But was Eyjafjallajökull just the start? Now, an even more threatening Icelandic volcano, Katla, has begun to swell and grumble. Two more giants, Hekla and Laki, could erupt without warning. Iceland is a ticking time bomb: When it blows, the consequences could be global. As CGI takes us inside these geological monsters, we meet atmospheric scientists who are working to understand just how devastating an eruption could be—not just for air travel but for the global food supply and for Earth's climate. Could we be plunged into years of cold and famine? What can we do to prepare for the disaster to come?
by PBS 6,626 views
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Premieres Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland provoked vast economic chaos by paralyzing one of the world's major air traffic networks for several days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes are now ready to wake up in Iceland. This episode tries to discern which volcano could awaken next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be.
by PBS 83,566 views
Are you a fan of MASTERPIECE's Downton Abbey? Check out this fun overview of Downton Abbey's first two seasons in preparation for Season 3, premiering on PBS Jan. 6! More at http://www.pbs.org/downton
by PBS 8,245 views
Hugh Bonneville (Robert), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora), and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) discuss what's ahead in season three and how their characters will adapt...for better and for worse. Find out for yourself when Downton Abbey Season 3 premieres, Sunday, January 6 on MASTERPIECE.
by PBS 4,140 views
The story of how abolitionist allies Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, Angelina Grimke, William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation
by PBS 2,596 views
Premiering January 14, 2013 at 10pm ET on PBS.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about the soul-food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and culinary dishes such as ribs and grits and fried chicken is culturally based, complex, and often deadly. Through candid interviews "Soul Food Junkies" puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences.
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by PBS 1,337 views
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What happens when a Vietnamese American political rookie goes up against the realities of Southern racial politics and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington, DC? Directed by S. Leo Chiang, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON follows the unexpected journey of Representative Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican who scored a surprise victory when he was elected in a predominantly African American Democratic district in New Orleans. The first Vietnamese American ever elected to the U.S. Congress and the only non-white House Republican of the 111th Congress, Cao quickly made headlines as the only Republican to vote for President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act. But will two years in Washington allow Cao to keep his integrity and idealism intact?
MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON premieres on Thursday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings)
by PBS 3,374 views
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Decoding Neanderthals premieres Wednesday, January 9th at 9PM/8c on PBS.
Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans—people physically identical to us today—left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundred of thousands of years. So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did we make love or war? That question has tantalized generations of scholars and seized the popular imagination. Then, in 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome—an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago—but their analysis showed that "we" modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today. In Decoding Neanderthals, NOVA explores the implications of this exciting discovery. In the traditional view, Neanderthals differed from "us" in behavior and capabilities as well as anatomy. But were they really mentally inferior, as inexpressive and clumsy as the cartoon caveman they inspired? NOVA explores a range of intriguing new evidence for Neanderthal self-expression and language, all pointing to the fact that we may have seriously underestimated our mysterious, long-vanished human cousins.
by PBS 2,119 views
Premieres Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 8 p.m. ET
The first episode of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION features the first standup comediennes to appear on television and the sitcom stars who followed. Interviews include Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and Marla Gibbs. The episode also covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.
by PBS 11,842 views
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Uncover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973).
AMERICAN MASTERS "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll" Premieres Friday, February 22, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET.