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FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Hollywood Royalty

 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.

 

 

 

COUNTRY MUSIC
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 – 1983)

COUNTRY MUSIC: A Film by Ken Burns - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 – 1983)

 

Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Christchurch, New Zealand

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Those willing to make the long journey to New Zealand will be handsomely rewarded. From the legendary landscapes to its famous wines, and even more famous hospitality, this island in the middle of the South Pacific offers something for everyone. Even though Christchurch is the oldest established city in New Zealand, there’s a newness to this city, and a momentum unlike any other. Here’s why Christchurch, New Zealand is a place to love.

 

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RUDY MAXA’S WORLD
Kyushu

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Kyushu

 

It was still snowing when the Rudy Maxa’s World film crew shot in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. But just short flight away, on one of Japan’s most southernmost islands, Kyushu, the cherry blossoms were out and beach goers were burying themselves in the hot sand-heated by the island’s volcanos-on beaches. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restauranteur and chef Daisuke Utagawa introduce many viewers to this lush island with luxurious resorts and a history of providing the world with Wagyu beef, black pork, and other delicacies that have made Japanese cuisine well known around the world.

 

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RUDY MAXA’S WORLD:
Hokkaido

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Hokkaido

 

The northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido is the home of the international food favorite, ramen. Known as Japan’s “soul food,” ramen is revered in Hokkaido, where it enjoys a long history. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. chef Daisuke Utagawa explore the island that’s a world-class skiing venue-Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972. Along the way, they track down the multi-generational families that produce the ingredients of ramen and visit the island’s stunning lakes; one of the island’s premier ski resorts, as well as a whiskey distillery that helps makes Japan’s award-winning spirits.

 

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RUDY MAXA’S WORLD:
Tokyo

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Tokyo

 

Rudy Maxa’s World takes a second look at the vibrant city of Tokyo, this time with an emphasis on Tokyo’s cuisine. “There are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo than in Paris and New York combined,” notes Washington, D.C. chef and restaurant owner Daisuke Utagawa. “And it’s well known that Japanese chefs are highly regarded around the world. But it’s also the commitment, or the kodawari, of producers of many of the food products those chefs use that helps makes the cuisine what it is.” Utagawa joins show host Rudy Maxa to bring the concept of kodawari to the screen, visiting the producers of the food that’s made Japanese cuisine so famous.

 

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Circus, Part 2 of 2

 

See how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey merged to create a circus of more than 1,100 people and 1,000 animals, only to limp through the Great Depression against competition from radio and movies.

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Circus, Part 1 of 2

 

This two-part series follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus, recounting the era when Circus Day could shut down a town, and circus stars were among the most famous people in the country. Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America’s first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. The arrival of P. T. Barnum in 1871 transformed the trade, and the five Ringling brothers created a spectacle of their own.

 

 

Secrets of the Tower of London

 

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1,000 years, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous buildings.

 

 

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