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  • Great Performances: Star-Spangled Spectacular
    The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His message 200 years ago and the poem he set to music quickly spread and became the rallying cry for the new nation. Today, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays a central part in our everyday lives. We sing it at every sporting event and patriotic gathering as a declaration of pride of country. But it wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared it our National Anthem. This coming September 13, 2014, on the occasion of the Anthem’s 200th birthday, GREAT PERFORMANCES will partner with Maryland Public Television to produce a major entertainment event on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor front to commemorate the Anthem’s creation and the courageous battle which inspired it.
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    From AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) through the first season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS (2012), Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests. Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries.
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    From the time of its birth, the boomer generation has significantly and uniquely changed our world. In 2014, the last boomer turns 50. American Masters: The Boomer List is a comprehensive look at 19 iconic boomers–one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964, including Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Joel, Tommy Hilfiger, Amy Tan, Maria Shriver, Kim Cattrall, Erin Brockovich, Rosie O’Donnell, David LaChapelle and John Leguizamo. TV viewers, museum visitors and readers will gain insight into the boomer generation through intimate interviews and large-scale portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List and The Out List) that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Subjects will illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics will include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; technology and media. The Boomer List is also an exhibit of large-format portraits on display September 26, 2014 – July 5, 2015 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Companion book (Luxury Press) and DVD (Perfect Day Films) available October 1, 2014. The Boomer List is sponsored by AARP and is part of its yearlong program, Boomers@50+, which celebrates this influential generation.
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    For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before.

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American Masters
American Masters
Cyberchase
Cyberchase
Great Performances
Great Performances
Great Performances at The Met
Great Performances at The Met
Nature
Nature
PBS Newshour Weekend
PBS Newshour Weekend
Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead