WNET.ORG Correspondent Rafael Pi Roman speaks with New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley about the expected return of the H1N1 virus during the normal flu season.
The Producers Guild Awards celebrate the year’s finest producing work in motion picture and television. This past Saturday, American Masters was honored as Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television, beating out 30 for 30 from ESPN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations from the Travel Channel, Deadliest Catch from the Discovery Channel, and Undercover Boss from CBS.
The PGA Awards win follows other honors for the 25th anniversary season of American Masters, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Nonfiction Series – its eighth win in 11 years! – and two Peabody Awards for A Letter to Elia and LennoNYC .
Congratulations to the American Masters team! Other winners from the PBS family include Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey (with the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television) and Sesame Street (with the Children’s Programs award).
Lincoln Square Business Improvement District hosted the 12th annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York City’s largest outdoor holiday festival, on Monday, November 28th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. WNET returned this year as an official media sponsor of the event.
The festivities kicked-off in Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street) at 5:30 p.m., with a performance by Arlo Guthrie and family and the Newark Boys Chorus, followed by the traditional lighting of the Upper West Side neighborhood’s holiday tree. The Outer Borough Brass Band performed after the Tree Lighting. Immediately following the festivities in Dante Park, Broadway — from Time Warner Center to 68th Street –transformed into a winter wonderland featuring free musical and theatrical entertainment, food tastings from area restaurants, and fun activities for people of all ages. Activities took place on the sidewalks of Broadway as well as inside at area businesses and nonprofit organizations.
As a media sponsor, WNET hosted an open house at The Tisch WNET Studios. Visitors to the studio had the opportunity to:
- Meet and pose for photos with Buddy from Dinosaur Train
- Be interviewed about public television for upcoming Street Talk interstitials
- Tour the studio
- Hear performances by the Kaufman Center’s Face the Music Quartet and Pannonia Quartet
- Watch outtakes from NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone
- Pick up Membership, Education, and Kids Club Thirteen information
- The first 150 Thirteen or WLIW members to show their active MemberCard received a gift from WNET and Lincoln Square BID
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The New York Cares Coat Drive was the event’s charitable beneficiary, and the Parks Department ran a free trolley service up and down Broadway during the event. Winter’s Eve attendees were encouraged to donate gently used or new coats of all sizes on the night of the event at Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street, at Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society (Broadway and 61st Street) and at various other locations throughout the neighborhood. New York Cares especially needs children’s coats and large men’s coats this season to help people in need citywide.
Winter’s Eve official sponsors include presenting sponsor Time Warner as well as The Shops at Columbus Circle, the American Bible Society, Con Edison, Glenwood Management, Ogden CAP Properties LLC, Fordham University, Roosevelt Hospital, Milstein Properties, Century 21 Department Store, Mandarin Oriental New York, Empire Hotel, Bonafide Estates, Inc., TD Bank, Titan, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Fidelity Investments, New York Institute of Technology, Atlantic Grill, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, Zagat Survey; media sponsors include WABC-TV, WNET, Time Out NY Kids, WFUV radio, WBGO, and IN New York and Where magazines.
THIRTEEN continues the tradition of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month throughout September with a wide range of documentaries and films spotlighting Latino people and their contributions to music, history, politics and more.
Check out our list of programs below, and share your own stories with us.
American Masters – Cachao: Uno Mas is a portrait of the late Afro-Cuban bassist Israel Cachao Lopez, and centers on a sold-out concert at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. The film was produced and narrated by Andy Garcia. Airs Friday, September 2 at 9:30 p.m.
Abita: Toda Una Vida – Cuban Masterworks captures the Havana-born songstress and composer Albita Rodriguez as she records a studio album. Airs Sunday, September 4 at 3 p.m.
Paraiso For Sale explores the impact of American retirees and developers in Bocas del Toro on the local community. Airs Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 p.m.
2501 Migrants: A Journey explores the story of the thousands of primarily poor and young Mexicans who abandon their native homes in search of jobs and the promise of a brighter economic future. This documentary chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago, who returned to his village after more than a decade living abroad, only to find a virtual ghost town. Airs Sunday, September 18 at 11:30 p.m.
Storm that Swept Mexico takes a look at the Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, which not only changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of the world. This program looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy. Airs Monday, September 19 at 10 p.m.
Pati’s Mexican Table brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. Airs Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
Mexico: The Royal Tour explores the extraordinary locations and landmarks of Mexico; hosted by Peter Greenberg and led by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Airs Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m.
On Great Performances – Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles, the celebrated tenor reflects on his favorite roles from opera houses around the world. Airs Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m.
In Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, the Mayor of Patchogue, New York leads residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town. Airs Friday, September 23 at 3 a.m.
In Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home, a WNET film crew accompanies dancer and choreographer Pedro Ruiz as he returns to his native Cuba for an unprecedented collaboration with the Havana dance troupe Danza Contemporarea. The crew also joins Pedro on his first visit to his hometown since he left Cuba 30 years ago. Airs Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
PBS Food: a site where cooking shows, blogs and recipes from PBS and local stations across the country come together. From Julia Child to local restaurant reviews, PBS Food celebrates the iconic chefs and culinary treats you love from PBS. Enjoy a sneak preview of the site, featuring the new Fresh Tastes blog featuring Jenna Weber and Marc Matsumoto.
Mike Colameco’s Real Food: Join Mike Colameco for an insider’s guide and behind the scenes look from a chef’s perspective on how some of the best restaurants in the world put together their dishes.
Airs Saturdays at 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
Lidia’s Italy: Travel to Italy with chef Lidia Bastianich to explore elaborate food markets, fishing villages and farms and learn to prepare her favorite Italian meals at home.
Starting on September 10, the series shifts its spotlight from Italy to America, where Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian American cooking on Lidia’s Italy in America.
Airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
Made in Spain: Watch online – a series exploring the culinary and cultural riches of Spain, hosted by chef Jose Andres.
Everyday Food: Watch online – A television series based on the Everyday Food magazine and book, featuring tasty and easy to prepare recipes.
Masterpiece fans: if you’ve missed out on the Zen series (or just couldn’t get enough), all three episodes are now available to watch online! Vendetta, Cabal, and Ratking will be available through August 30.
Starring Rufus Sewell (Aurelio Zen), Caterina Murino (Tania Moretti), and Ed Stoppard (Vincenzo Fabri), Zen is based on the Aurelio Zen mysteries by Michael Dibdin.
Watch the series here:
Fans flocked to Downton Abbey on THIRTEEN in January to catch the ups and downs of the Crawley family and their sometimes loyal – sometimes scheming, staff. The final episode left us all craving more, and impatient for Downton Abbey’s second season, coming in the winter of 2012.
However, you can keep the drama alive by bringing home the complete first season of Downton Abbey on DVD and Blu-Ray. As a thank-you for your gift to THIRTEEN, we’ll send you the original, unedited UK version, including fascinating bonus features.
Watch a preview:
As Matthew grows into his role as heir, he brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith. Meanwhile, servants Thomas and O’Brien scheme against Bates, and housemaid Anna becomes increasingly attracted to him.
Yesterday, PBS announced the release of the PBS App for iPhone and iPod touch, which features over 300 hours of free video, including full-length programming from FRONTLINE, Nature, Need to Know, and others.
The app also includes scheduling information, previews, and a new tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal.
The PBS Antiques Roadshow game app (available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) also launched yesterday, and lets players virtually collect, appraise, and bid on real antiques and collectibles from different cities added regularly.
The app is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore, and the Antiques Roadshow App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.