Month: November 2014

Return to the Wild:
The Chris McCandless Story

 

Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie Into the Wild. McCandless’ letters, released for the first time, as well as new and surprising interviews, probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of a compelling story that has become part of the American literary canon.

 

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
What Are Our Options as Our Lives End?

 

What options do we have to ensure our lives end in a dignified manner? How can we guarantee our comfort when faced with assisted living or hospice care? What rights do we have as we face the end of our lives? What choices are available to those who are terminally ill? On the next INSIGHTS on PBS Hawai‘i, Malia Mattoch moderates a discussion on the question: What are our options as our lives end? Guests: Patricia Camero, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Pohai Nani; Lori Protzman, Advanced Care Planning Coordinator, Queens Medical Center; and Dr. Rae Seitz, Medical Director, HMSA Department of Quality Management.

 

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Muscle Shoals

 

Located alongside the Tennessee River, the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios.

 

Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” with the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.

 

This documentary is followed by the short film “Waiting For a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story.”

 

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Finders Keepers

 

Finders Keepers

Tucked behind a fireplace, buried in a cotton field, mistaken for insulation in the ceiling of a basement – some treasures show up where you least expect to find them. In this new special, ROADSHOW shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident. Examples include a formerly buried Weller Coppertone vase that the guest almost tripped over, valued at $2,500 to $3,000, and a collection of Cole Porter and Monty Woolley letters, appraised for $50,000 to $70,000, that were saved from the dumpster in true trash-to-treasure fashion.

 
Madison, WI, Part 3 of 3
In Madison, WI, the Roadshow visits a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin wonder with appraiser Noel Barrett: The House on the Rock, built on and around a chimney rock and filled to the rafters by its eccentric owner with antiques and collectibles. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include an intricately carved turn-of-the-century Japanese bamboo sculpture; the happy marriage of Edwardian natural pearl earrings elongated with Art Deco pendants; and a massive oil painting by noted 19th-century California painter Thomas Hill, purchased at a church rummage sale for $25 and valued at $60,000 to $80,000.

 

 

 

NA MELE
Natalie Ai Kamauu and Family

 

Natalie Ai Kamauu brings a voice that fills the PBS Hawaii studio.  Joined by her husband, Iolani Kamauu, on guitar and vocals, and their daughter, Sha-Lei Kamauu, who accompanies the music with hula, Natalie performs with a passion that comes from the origins of the songs she sings, and the love she has for her family.

 

Among the songs featured are “Pili Aloha,” which connects Natalie to her mother, kumu hula Olana Ai, and “Shower Tree,” which was written for Natalie and Iolaniʻs son, Chaz. Sha-Lei joins Natalie and Iolani with hula, including the playful “Hula Tease,” and a graceful accompaniment to Natalie and Iolaniʻs performance on “Uhiwai.”

 

 

Richard Pryor
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Richard Pryor’s impact on the craft of comedy and today’s top comics is legendary and unrivaled. This program surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time. The program features interviews with close personal friends and comedians he influenced, including Tracy Morgan and George Lopez.

 

 

Jay Leno:
The Mark Twain Prize

 

This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize. Among the talent scheduled to appear are: Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Robert Klein, Al Madrigal, Seth Myers, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes, with special appearances by Jamie Foxx and Betty White.

 

 

THE MIND OF A CHEF
France

 

Journey into Chef Magnus Nilsson’s meticulously planned and executed kitchen at Fäviken for a look at what it takes to run, manage and maintain standards at what some say is the most creative and surprising restaurant on the planet. Chef Nilsson explores how his early cooking experience influenced him to focus on local ingredients in his homeland, Sweden, and nearby Norway. He shows how to make the most of ingredients at their freshest and preserve them in creative ways, and examines traditional Nordic culinary techniques in the Faroe Islands.

 

France
As a young cook, Magnus Nilsson was living in France and looking for a job. He eventually convinced Paris chef Pascal Barbot of l’Astrance to give him a chance. Once there, Magnus was introduced to new techniques and flavors, but the most valuable lesson he learned was how to care for ingredients. In this episode he remembers his time in France and visits with the people and places that had a profound impact on his cooking philosophy.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Cats

 

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

 

 

NATURE
Invasion of the Killer Whales

 

As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world’s greatest aquatic hunter – the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhals, belugas and bowhead whales.

 

 

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