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If you have a chance, watch My Grandfather's War. I just finished the third episode in this 4 episode series. The Grandfathers and Grandmothers were  all exceptional people. What a treasure.

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Is there a forum thread for the Ken Burns Hemingway doc?   If so, I haven't been able to find it.   And if you haven't seen it, it is slow at times but Hemingway was a Rockstar in his day.  Movie Star handsome, and all the things he did by the time he was 30.  Not what you'd call a "good" human being, but it appears that not many great artists have been.  

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Anyone watch Romeo and Juliet on Great Performances

 I know it's getting rave reviews, but I missed a lot of the language.  What was left seemed particularly dark and depressing.   Romeo and Juliet is a romantic comedy until act three.   I missed those lighter moments.

I also couldn't get past the memory of Josh O'Connor's Prince Charles to accept him as Romeo.   Because so many of Mercutio's lines were cut, I didn't get a sense of the friendship/relationship between him and Romeo.  In this version, it would have made more sense for Benvolio to kill Tybalt.  

 

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On 4/20/2021 at 12:27 PM, 12catcrazy said:

Is there a forum thread for the Ken Burns Hemingway doc?   If so, I haven't been able to find it.   And if you haven't seen it, it is slow at times but Hemingway was a Rockstar in his day.  Movie Star handsome, and all the things he did by the time he was 30.  Not what you'd call a "good" human being, but it appears that not many great artists have been.  

It doesn’t look like it, but you can talk about it here or create a topic in the Other Non-Fiction section. I recorded it but haven’t had the chance to watch it yet

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Some interesting PBS shows coming up in May (check your local listings; some may have already played or started in April):

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, looks at vaccines and other medicines that helped us live better and longer

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, 3 parts (this started in April on some stations), about the young Swedish activist who looks at climate change in several places

Human: The World Within, 6 parts, about the body's inner workings

Inside the Met, 3 parts, about the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 150th birthday and how it got upended by the pandemic and social justice protests

Life at the Waterhole, 3 parts, about creation of an artificial waterhole in Africa and the study of the animals who visit it

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, about the 1921 Tulsa race massacre

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The first episode of Life at the Waterhole was pretty interesting. The thing I kept thinking was how are they going to feel if some of those animals get eaten by predators simply because they were lured to a man-made waterhole for study? Though I think they hinted that some were killed on their way to the waterhole

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Most interesting PBS content coming up in June (check your local listings for specific dates and times):

Masterpiece: Us - Sundays, June 20-27, 9-11pm, 4 episodes

The Mysteries of Mental Illness - 4 parts, June 22 and 23, 9-11pm

 

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Great programming note: For those who get WETA, the PBS station in DC, they will be replaying the 6-part landmark civil rights doc series Eyes on the Prize June 19 and 26, 8-11pm. They will then play the 8-part followup Eyes on the Prize II in July. So check your local listings if you don't get WETA to see if your PBS station will play it over the Summer

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Another June program to check out: Tell My Story, Jun 21, about teen suicide

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Judy Woodruff was overjoyed to have David Brooks & Jonathan Capehart in the studio, sitting across from her. Slowly but surely, things are getting back to almost normal.

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I recently finished American Experience's American Oz about Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum and thought it was pretty interesting. I hadn't known that much about Baum but he was certainly an interesting character. I knew the Oz books (original and sequels) were well-received but I didn't realize how popular they were, along with the various early stage productions. I didn't realize that Oz movies were such failures with the audience until the 1939 MGM version, which managed to do quite well and remains a beloved movie. I watched it a lot as a kid when CBS I think showed it a lot. The two things that forever frightened me in that movie were the tornado sequences and the flying monkeys attack on Dorothy's group. I have read the original Oz book and several of the sequels and liked them quite a bit

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Most interesting PBS content coming up in July (check your local listings):

The Latino Experience, 3 episodes, Tuesdays at 9pm starting July 6

Icon: Music Through the Lens (about live music photography), 6 episodes, Fridays at 9pm starting July 16

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On 1/3/2021 at 3:46 PM, chediavolo said:

The documentary was pretty interesting seems like her daughter did most of the writing.

Rose Wilder Lane did NOT do most of the writing.  She did do a lot of the editing, but she herself was a hack writer who couldn't have come up with anything 1/100th as good as what her mother did.

On 1/3/2021 at 3:46 PM, chediavolo said:

And not much like he was portrayed in the series.

Nothing in the series was like Laura's books, let alone real life.  Except the names.

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On 4/24/2021 at 7:35 PM, Phebemarie said:

Anyone watch Romeo and Juliet on Great Performances

 I know it's getting rave reviews, but I missed a lot of the language.  What was left seemed particularly dark and depressing.   Romeo and Juliet is a romantic comedy until act three.   I missed those lighter moments.

I also couldn't get past the memory of Josh O'Connor's Prince Charles to accept him as Romeo.   Because so many of Mercutio's lines were cut, I didn't get a sense of the friendship/relationship between him and Romeo.  In this version, it would have made more sense for Benvolio to kill Tybalt.  

 

I know you wrote this months ago, but my daughter and I just watched this.  When Mercutio died after about a half an hour, we looked at each other and said - this seems a little soon - they're leaving out half of the text!

I had more trouble with Jessie Buckley's Irish Juliet than O'Connor's Romeo.  And Mercutio loses his character completely.

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Interesting stuff coming up in August:

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets, Vol 2 (3 parts) premieres on August 29 with a look at the Reformation

Generation 9/11 premieres on August 31. It's a doc that follows the kids born to men that died on 9/11. That's probably one of the few 9/11 anniversary docs I'll be watching this year because I found watching 9/11 docs over the years is a bit hard

Icon: Music Through the Lens, which started in July, is pretty interesting so far

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20 hours ago, DanaK said:

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets, Vol 2 (3 parts) premieres on August 29 with a look at the Reformation

I adore Lucy Worley and her specials. She has the best job!

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The August issue of PBS DC station WETA's schedule magazine indicates the next season of Secrets of the Dead will premiere in October with episodes "Magellan's Crossing", "Lady Sapien" and "Stonehenge"

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PBS folks will be talking to TV critics in their annual summer press tour (virtual like last year) over the next 3 days so I'll be posting several press releases on what's coming up, particularly in the next few months

See https://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/blogs/news/ for press releases, including other PBS info that I'm not posting here, including kid and digital stuff

Nature will premiere its new season (40th!) on October 20 https://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/blogs/news/nature-celebrates-40-years-with-new-season/

American Masters will premiere a documentary on choreographer Alvin Ailey on January 20, 2022 https://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/blogs/news/american-masters-explores-the-life-and-impact-of-visionary-choreographer-and-dancer-alvin-ailey/

The Great American Recipe, an 8 part cooking competition, will premiere Summer 2022 https://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/blogs/news/pbs-celebrates-americas-diverse-culinary-roots-in-the-great-american-recipe/

 

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A listing of the various panels at the press tour, including items I'm not posting https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/Summer-2021-Virtual-TCA-Press-Tour

4-part series "American Veteran", about the veteran experience, premieres October 26. Plus there will be a podcast and digital content https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/AMERICAN-VETERAN

2-part American Experience doc "Citizen Hearst", about publisher William Randolph Hearst, will be broadcast September 27 and 28 https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/AMERICAN-EXPERIENCE/CITIZEN-HEARST

4-part series "Muhammad Ali", by Ken "Yes, I'm going to mess up your viewing of the new TV season yet again" Burns, will be shown September 19-22 https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/m/Muhammad-Ali

American Masters doc "Rita Moreno" will premiere on October 5 https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/AMERICAN-MASTERS/2907-Rita-Moreno

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I’ve not seen a press release for it yet nor is there a panel for it at this week's press tour, but the 3-part “Future of Work”, premiering September 1, looks very interesting. It explores the monumental changes in the workplace and the effects on employers, employees, educators and communities. I’m retired now so it doesn’t affect me directly, but it’s definitely an important issue that affects a lot of people. The show’s website https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/future-of-work/

ETA: Ah, finally see a press release about it on their pressroom site https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/f/Future-Of-Work

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Besides a Hearst 2-parter, American Experience will have an episode on first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on September 13 https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/AMERICAN-EXPERIENCE/Sandra-Day-OConnor-The-First

Independent Lens will show "Ferguson Rises" November 8 https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/i/INDEPENDENT-LENS/Ferguson-Rises

There will be an interesting 2 part series "La Frontera with Pati Jenich" premiering October 15 on the sights, sounds, and flavors on the US-Mexico border https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/l/LA-FRONTERA-WITH-PATI-JINICH

Several interesting POV docs starting at the end of this month https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/p/POV

Nova has a really interesting doc called "The Cannabis Question", premiering September 29, that looks at the history of Cannabis in the US https://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/n/NOVA/4811-The-Cannabis-Question

Check your local listings of course

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On 7/25/2021 at 9:56 AM, chitowngirl said:

I adore Lucy Worley and her specials. She has the best job!

I think she's cute, esp. her excitement over wearing costumes.  But apparently a lot of people find her annoying.

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On 8/10/2021 at 2:41 PM, DanaK said:

American Masters doc "Rita Moreno"

Highly appropriate, given her history of working on PBS programming.

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American Masters will have a documentary on Helen Keller, "Becoming Helen Keller", on October 19

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The first episode of The Future of Work doc series, “The New Industrial Revolution”, was pretty interesting. It covered the disruption of robotics, the digital revolution, outsourcing, the pandemic and other things and how all that effects workers, the gig economy, medicine, farming, etc. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. I’m glad I’m retired and have a good pension and investment income and don’t have to worry about it. Workers especially have to be more nimble and many may not have access to a secure retirement

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On 8/11/2021 at 1:20 PM, Tom Holmberg said:

I think she's cute, esp. her excitement over wearing costumes.  But apparently a lot of people find her annoying.

I find her exceedingly annoying, especially the way she tends to insert herself into historical scenes.  I don't care about the host wearing costumes.  I only care about the history.  I was interested in the subjects of the specials PBS is running right now, but when I saw she was involved, I knew I wouldn't be watching them.

 

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1 hour ago, proserpina65 said:

I find her exceedingly annoying, especially the way she tends to insert herself into historical scenes.  I don't care about the host wearing costumes.  I only care about the history.  I was interested in the subjects of the specials PBS is running right now, but when I saw she was involved, I knew I wouldn't be watching them.

 

Straight forward history would be nice, but it's television and therefore they feel they need to be "entertaining" (as if actual history isn't).  I don't find her analysis very deep (Ken Burns' programs aren't either), but it is what it is. It's better than what's on AHC ("American Hitler Channel").  

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27 minutes ago, Tom Holmberg said:

Straight forward history would be nice, but it's television and therefore they feel they need to be "entertaining" (as if actual history isn't).  I don't find her analysis very deep (Ken Burns' programs aren't either), but it is what it is. It's better than what's on AHC ("American Hitler Channel").  

That is true.  And to be honest, if it were an attractive man, I'd probably watch.  (I used to love watching Michael Wood's shows, partly for the eye candy.  Yes, I'm shallow.)

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4 hours ago, Tom Holmberg said:

Straight forward history would be nice, but it's television and therefore they feel they need to be "entertaining" (as if actual history isn't).  I don't find her analysis very deep (Ken Burns' programs aren't either), but it is what it is. It's better than what's on AHC ("American Hitler Channel").  

I love Lucy Worsley. I learned more about Queen Anne on her show than I ever learned in history class. She doesn't have much time for analysis since her specials are an hour long. I think she does a good job interviewing the experts on her shows.

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On 9/3/2021 at 5:59 PM, kathyk24 said:

I love Lucy Worsley. I learned more about Queen Anne on her show than I ever learned in history class. She doesn't have much time for analysis since her specials are an hour long. I think she does a good job interviewing the experts on her shows.

She doesn't have much time for analysis because she spends so much time playing dress up, imo.  But to each, their own.  I prefer my history more straight forward, but then, I was a history major.

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8 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

She doesn't have much time for analysis because she spends so much time playing dress up, imo.  But to each, their own.  I prefer my history more straight forward, but then, I was a history major.

Of viewers, there's two possibilities. Some might watch and be interested enough to investigate further, which is a good thing.  Others might think they now know about the subject and go back to watching AGT or Dancing With the Stars, which is a bad thing.

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I finally watched the 3rd episode of Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets and she did a good job of breaking down the myths around Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. Too bad about the French Revolution as it devolved into a killing spree, then the French got a new monarchy with Napoleon, though to be fair, that was through a coup

The second episode of the "Future of Work" series was much more downbeat than the first, focusing on workers and how they can navigate this new world of non-lifetime and shifting employment and how hard it is for them, especially gig workers who don't have secure employment, good pay or proper benefits

 

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The American Experience doc on Supreme Court Justice and first woman on the court Sandra Day O’Connor was pretty interesting. I remember a little of her nomination but had forgotten a lot about her tenure

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