WELL BEINGS Provides Teens Platform to Share Stories





WETA PUBLIC MEDIA IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND COALITION OF PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS LAUNCH NATIONAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

WELL BEINGS Provides Teens Platform to Share Stories,

Find Resources Amid COVID-19 Crisis with Digital-First Content

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs’ Journalists

Report on Youth Mental Health Across the Country

Ken Burns to Executive Produce Documentary on Youth Mental Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 21, 2020 — Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., today announced that the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital is launching WELL BEINGS, a major public media campaign addressing the health needs of Americans. The campaign debuts with the YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT, beginning with original digital content, social media campaigns, and information on mental health resources from project partners emphasizing mental health needs and voices of youth.

Americans are facing an increase in mental health concerns — from anxiety, depression, access to resources, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and suicide — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization and The Mental Health Coalition. While the WELL BEINGS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT was conceived of and in development prior to the pandemic, organizers are launching a digital phase now, given the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having on America’s youth.

The project launch includes a new website, WellBeings.org, publication of WELL BEINGS social media channels, and social media campaigns featuring content from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and BRAVE TEENS video diaries, both with a focus on youth mental health during this critical time. WELL BEINGS will provide information, community resources, and new digital-first content that will share the personal accounts of young people around the country living with and managing mental health challenges, especially during the pandemic and afterwards.

“Public media is uniquely situated to convene expert partners, reach wide audiences, and create cross-platform content on urgent public issues. The mental health crisis in this country is critically important, and we have the opportunity to create a national conversation on this topic as well as provide robust resources” noted Rockefeller. “Mental health issues are particularly acute for young people now, but they are also showing us new ways to intervene and provide care and assistance to those with the greatest needs. By listening to their peers, removing the stigma associated with these illnesses, and helping guide those in need to resources, young people are inspiring all who are seeking new approaches and changing how Americans think about mental health issues.”

Rockefeller also announced that Ken Burns, a WETA production partner for more than 30 years, will executive produce a new documentary — HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS (w.t.) — that explores how young people are addressing their mental health needs and the impact of mental health stigma and stress on today’s youth. The four-hour film, produced and directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers of Ewers Brother Productions, will look at the experiences of young people who live with mental health conditions and focus on the importance of awareness and compassion. This film will shine a clear light on what life is like for these young people as well as for the parents, teachers, friends and healthcare providers in their lives.

“As a society, we continue to test the resiliency of youth without truly understanding how the stresses of today, including this unprecedented pandemic, are impacting them,” said Ken Burns. “Erik and Christopher set out to listen and learn to America’s young people, documenting their experiences but also listening to how they are identifying new ways to address mental health challenges. It is a remarkable journey that we hope will capture the unique voices of these young people as they navigate an extraordinarily difficult moment in our country’s history.”

In addition to the major public television film, the YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT will feature digital content from BRAVE TEENS, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, American Public Media’s Call to Mind, and OUT OF THE DARK (w.t.). It will also include a 24-city WELL BEINGS TOUR with in-person activities and timing to be determined based on public health conditions.

BRAVE TEENS Video Diaries

The BRAVE TEENS video diary series is a first-of-its-kind digital community of teen storytellers who are going on the record about their mental health journeys. The daily diaries —shot candidly on cell phones — are personal, unfiltered accounts from young people (ages 14-19) who are living with or recovering from a mental health condition or substance abuse. Debuting on WellBeings.org and WELL BEINGS social media channels, BRAVE TEENS seeks to break down stigmas and help young people struggling with mental health challenges.

With their schools abruptly closed, graduations and proms cancelled, and college plans up in the air, teens are increasingly — and understandably — overwhelmed. The series is co-produced by WETA and Principle Pictures, and features storytellers from This Is My Brave, an organization that uses performing arts to fight the stigma around mental health challenges and addiction. A preview of BRAVE TEENS is available at https://youtu.be/8qlqKdbLysQ.

These themes will be further explored in BRAVE HIGH (w.t.) — WETA’s first feature-length digital documentary, expected in 2021. This character-driven verité film, directed by Beth Murphy of Principle Pictures, will dive deep into the personal lives of talented teens who are preparing for This Is My Brave’s high school stage production that welcomes teens from all walks of life to stand up on stage and bravely share their mental health stories without fear, shame or stigma.

“With both BRAVE TEENS and BRAVE HIGH (w.t.), we want to give young people who are facing mental health challenges a chance to hear directly from their peers, feel inspired and see that they are not alone,” Murphy, founder of Principle Pictures, noted.

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is an award-winning program from PBS NewsHour that connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum to develop digital media, critical thinking, and communication skills while producing original news reports. Student Reporting Labs will serve as a digital content partner for the YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT, producing stories focused on youth mental health — all developed, produced and edited by high school students. The initial series, which launched in early 2020, focuses on challenging stereotypes and misconceptions around mental health. In addition, their student journalists will serve as panelists throughout the project’s tour.

“Every year we ask our community of youth reporters: what issues are top of mind? And every year they talk about teen mental health from the perspective of journalists who know this issue is not understood or discussed enough,” said Student Reporting Labs Executive Director Leah Clapman. “We’re so proud to be a WELL BEINGS partner and deploy our network of student journalists to explore stories in their local communities and elevate youth voices in the national conversation through the power of storytelling and media making.”

An overview video about PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/kxKII_cC0Oc

American Public Media’s Call to Mind

Call to Mind is American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Call to Mind will partner with regional public media stations to create live events for the WELL BEINGS TOUR on youth mental health that will be recorded for broadcast. The events will be designed to create relevant and engaging conversations for regional audiences, covering topics such as mental health and new technology and the experiences of athletes, people of color and Indigenous peoples, and high school and college students[LD1] . The live events will be broadcast by regional public media stations, featuring moderated discussion with regional mental health experts, youth, and celebrities, and including audience experiences and questions.

“Today’s youth are facing mental and emotional challenges that are often far more stressful than those faced by their parents and grandparents,” said Babette Apland, Managing Director of Call to Mind. “As half of all life-long mental illnesses emerge by age 14 and three-fourths by age 24, youth are creating a generational shift in awareness that demands national attention.”

An overview video about American Public Media’s Call to Mind is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/C94iPswCOnI

OUT OF THE DARK (w.t.) Digital Series

An integral part of WELL BEINGS’s digital content includes the multi-part digital series OUT OF THE DARK (w.t.), premiering online in the second half of 2020. The series is in development with the award-winning production company Redglass Pictures, led by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason. OUT OF THE DARK (w.t.) will push to destigmatize mental health conditions through the emotional, inspiring, and sometimes irreverent stories of people whose lives have been touched and changed by mental health challenges. The pieces will spark dialogue and empower a generation of young people to be vocal and open about their mental health journey. To reach this younger audience and fuel further engagement, WETA will integrate these stories into unique social media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat.

WELL BEINGS TOUR

The campaign is slated to include a 24-city tour (2020–2022) where caregivers, teachers, counselors, and youth with lived-experiences will discuss mental health today and provide resources and information on best practices, including youth-focused engagement and support systems. The tour, which will be virtual and/or in-person depending on the market and public health conditions, may include Mental Health First Aid Training sessions for members of the community who support youth. Mental Health First Aid, which is operated by the National Council on Behavioral Health, is a skills-based training course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to mental health conditions and substance use issues. The main public event in each tour stop will begin with a resource fair featuring volunteer opportunities and information from local community organizations. The resource fair will be followed by arts performances, a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts.

Funding Support

“Such an ambitious project would not be possible without the generosity of dedicated funders,” Rockefeller said. “We are particularly grateful to the Staglin family for their tireless commitment to brain and mental health and their leadership in empowering WELL BEINGS to bring content and resources to communities nationwide.

The WELL BEINGS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT is made possible by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Dauten Family Foundation, Dana Foundation, Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, Frances Von Schlegell and John E. Von Schlegell, Robina Riccitiello, Sutter Health, Jackson Family Enterprises, and Pritzker Traubert Foundation. The project underwriters are leveraging their organizational resources to support WELL BEINGS and have created a video at https://youtu.be/6Ke4BTivJzU.

Engagement & Content Partners

WETA has assembled a wide range of partners to collaborate on the project, both for digital content and the WELL BEINGS TOUR. In addition to local public media stations, the project will include American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, PEOPLE, Forbes Media, Mental Health America, National Council for Behavioral Health, The Steve Fund, WE organization, and Active Minds, among others.

Project Advisors

WETA has formed a robust group of project advisors — including mental health professionals, researchers, patient advocates, educators and parents — to provide feedback on the WELL BEINGS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT. Advisors include Cheryl Aguilar with Hope Center for Wellness; Ira Burnim with Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Lauren Carson with Black Girls Smile; Jennifer (Roseman) Christman with MyAdvisor/VetAdvisor; Justin Constantine with Veteran Success Resource Group and The Constantine Group; Pamela End of Horn with Indian Health Service Headquarters at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Bob Findling with Virginia Commonwealth University; Joshua A Gordon with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Pamela Harrington with Bring Change to Mind; Dr. David B. Herzog with Harvard Medical School; David B. Hoppe with Gamma Law; Kay Redfield Jamison with The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Mary Pat King with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; Peta-gay Ledbetter with The Alliance, A United Way Agency; Amanda Lenhart from the Data & Society Research Institute; Brian McNeill with National Latinx Psychology Association and Washington State University; Alison Malmon with Active Minds; Lau Morrison with The Code Green Campaign; Meaghan O’Brien with Mental Health Association of San Francisco; Michael Rich with Boston Children’s Hospital; Kristina Saffran with Equip Health; Phil and Donna Satow with The Jed Foundation; Karen Severns with Aberdeen Indian Health Services (IHS); Jane Ellen Stevens with ACEs Connection; Amanda Southworth with Astra Labs; Kevin Wong with The Trevor Project; and Scott Zeller with UC-Riverside.

About WELL BEINGS

The WELL BEINGS campaign addresses the critical health needs of Americans through broadcast content, original digital content, and impactful local events. The multi-year campaign, created by WETA Washington, D.C., brings together partners from across the country, including patients, families, caregivers, teachers, medical and mental health professionals, social service agencies, private foundations, filmmakers, corporations and media sponsors, to create awareness and resources for better health for all. To learn more, visit WellBeings.org or follow @WellBeingsOrg on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and join the conversation with #WellBeings.

About WETA

WETA is the leading public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on television, radio and digital. WETA Washington, D.C., is the second largest producing-station of new content for public television in the United States, with news and public affairs programs including PBS NEWSHOUR and WASHINGTON WEEK; films by Ken Burns such as COUNTRY MUSIC, KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY and THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY; series and documentaries by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., including FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (Seasons 3-6) and RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR; and performance specials including THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE and THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org. Visit www.facebook.com/wetatvfm on Facebook or follow @WETAtvfm on Twitter.



RELIEVE STRESS AT HOME AND GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MOVIE MASTERPIECE





RELIEVE STRESS AT HOME AND GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MOVIE MASTERPIECE
THIS MAY WITH NEW PROGRAMS
STREAMING ON PBS LIVING
Arlington, VA – May 15, 2020 – This May, PBS Distribution is releasing programs sure to entertain, educate and even get your blood pumping on PBS Living. The programs available for streaming include Relieving Stress with Yoga with Peggy Cappy who teaches us how to relax, unwind and let go with yoga while at home and Excalibur: Behind the Movie, a deep dive behind the making of one of the Arthurian masterpieces. Information about each program is listed below.
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Relieving Stress with Yoga with Peggy Cappy
With three out of four Americans regularly experiencing stress, there’s no better time than now to start your yoga practice. Everyone’s favorite yoga instructor Peggy Cappy leads this yogic routine to ease stress and anxiety levels. Viewers will learn about what happens in the body and brain during a yoga class, as well as, the various components of yoga that best help with symptoms like tension, tightness, and pain. Her solutions include simple techniques like breathing practices that can easily be used in anyone’s daily practice.

Streaming Date: May 1, 2020
Episodes: 1
Genre: Fitness: Yoga

Excalibur: Behind the Movie
Described by director John Boorman as the toughest film he ever made, Excalibur told the tale of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone and helped start the careers of actors Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart. These actors join other cast and crew members to share their memories from filming of this Arthurian masterpiece.

Streaming Date: May 3, 2020
Episodes: 1 (film)
Genre: Documentary

Poetry In America, Season 2
Poets, public figures and members of various communities join series creator Elisa New to engage in close readings of a single American poem. Each episode mixes lively discussion with archival materials, location footage and vivid animation. The series offers audiences an immersive and accessible experience in reading poems that touch on many aspects of American life, past and present.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 9
Genre: Documentary, Educational

MotorWeek, Season 38
MotorWeek, television’s original and longest-running automotive magazine series, pulls into season 38 with an eye on cultural and lifestyle shifts and their impact on the automotive industry. Host John Davis and the MotorWeek team invite you on the ride to experience all that’s new for 2019, the year where driver convenience means more than a custom ride and “sharing” extends beyond the road.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 52
Genre: Instructional, Educational

Weekends with Yankee, Season 4
Travel to New Hampshire where Chef David Vargas brings his Mexican heritage to his restaurant, with tortillas crafted from corn grown at Tuckaway Farms, Richard hops on an ATV to see why this pastime is so popular, and we take a sunset hang gliding lesson at Morningside Flight Park. And on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s Grand Illumination Night, featuring homes decorated with paper lanterns old and new.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 13
Genre: Travel

Mind of a Chef, Season 3-5
With narration from Anthony Bourdain, in seasons three through five of this Emmy award winning series, viewers dive deep into the minds of five world-renowned chefs. Viewers get an all access look inside chef Magnus Nilsson’s kitchen, which is inside what most experts deem the most creative and surprising restaurant in the world. Nilsson travels throughout Scandinavia, Paris, and the Faroe Islands showcasing traditional Nordic culinary techniques. Chef Edward Lee uses a culinary style that draws from his Asian heritage, New York training, and his embrace of the American South, combined with his emphasis on local farms. Season four highlights chef Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch, and in season five viewers follow world-renowned chef Ludo Lefebvre.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 40
Genre: Food & Wine, Educational

Food – Delicious Science
Dr. Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong give viewers the scientific story of their next meal by celebrating the physics, chemistry, and biology hidden inside every bite. In “We Are What We Eat” viewers travel the world and step inside the UK’s leading food laboratory to deconstruct our favorite meals, studying food at the molecular level and revealing how the hidden chemistry keeps our bodies healthy. In “A Matter of Taste,” take a global culinary tour to unearth the science that makes our food taste delicious and why it has such a powerful effect on our tongues and noses. Taste itself is much more than a sensory reaction that we enjoy. In “Food On The Brain” learn about the chemistry in food that affects our brains and creates cravings. This program teaches us a whole new way of looking at our relationships with food and the modern diet.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 3
Genre: Food & Science, Education

American Masters: Ted Williams
Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, narrated by Jon Hamm, adds another addition to PBS’ American Masters series, with this documentary of the legendary Boston Red Sox player whose only goal in life was to become the greatest hitter in the game. A layered and entertaining portrait of a man who was as obsessive as he was talented. Discover the many sides of this Hall of Famer with Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, and Joey Votto. Explore his complex relationships with his Mexican-American background, family, press, and fans, as well as, the impact he has had on the current generation of MLB stars.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 1
Genre: Documentary, Educational

Born to Explore, Season 3
Against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and extraordinary wildlife, explorer Richard Wiese immerses himself and the viewers into local cultures for a truly intimate and authentic experience. This is much more than a travelogue. The series follows Richard as he interacts with natives, gathering honey with Batwa Pygmies in Uganda, tracking white rhinos in South Africa, or receiving a Hindu blessing in India, the exploration never stops. With Richard’s curiosity, warmth, and humor as the viewers’ guide, his travels inspire and transform us all. From animal encounters to elaborate rituals and celebrations of people everywhere, Born to Explore is a window to the world and a unique combination of human drama, adventure, and breathtaking scenery.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 13
Genre: Travel

Jesus: Countdown to Calvary
In this special, world renowned actor and Cambridge theology graduate Hugh Bonneville reveals how the perfect storm of political intrigue, power struggles, and clashing religious passions combined, in a single week, to cause an event that changed the world: the killing of Jesus Christ. Jesus: Countdown to Calvary offers a revolutionary new telling of “the greatest story ever told” – the story of an itinerant Jewish healer and preacher, who went from hero to victim in a moment’s time, 2,000 years ago, and ended up dead on a cross. Bonneville sets out to discover why that one execution, in a century when as many as 500 people were killed in a single day by the Romans, had such a seismic, lasting, and global impact, for better and for worse. He uses all the investigative and storytelling tools at his disposal to reveal the context, characters, and chain of events behind this single week that changed the world forever. In the process, he finds that this is no dusty religious story, but a political thriller with intrigue, spin, conspiracy, power battles, betrayal, and terror.

Streaming Date: Available now
Episodes: 1
Genre: History

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“KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY” AND “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! BAPTISTE”





“KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY” AND “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! BAPTISTE” AMONG SEVEN PROGRAMS COMING TO DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL THIS MAY
Arlington, VA – May 15, 2020 – This May, PBS Distribution is releasing seven new programs on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital. This slate of releases includes a Ken Burns presentation on the human genome, three new NOVA programs, as well as a Masterpiece Mystery! series. Learn more about the science behind the importance of dogs’ and cats’ relationships to humans, sleep, water, and the polar extremes of our planet. Information about each program is listed below.

Masterpiece Mystery! Baptiste

NOVA: Polar Extremes

H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
NOVA: Cat and Dog Tales

NOVA: Mysteries of Sleep

Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History
Relieving Stress With Yoga With Peggy Cappy

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Baptiste
Retired and restless, Detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo, “The Missing”) is visiting Amsterdam where his daughter has recently given birth. A lunch with old flame Martha Horchner, Amsterdam’s chief of police, turns out to be more than a catch-up on old times: she wants his help finding Natalie, a missing girl who is the niece of Englishman Edward Stratton (Tom Hollander, “The Night Manager”). Martha believes the case is connected to a Romanian sex trafficking gang.

Street Date: May 5, 2020
Run Time: 360 min.
SRP: $39.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Arts: Mystery
Baptiste meets up with Edward and they begin their search, but it’s not long before he realizes that all is not as it seems. Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about the missing girl? Who is the man following Baptiste’s wife? What is the connection between the case and the transsexual brothel whose owner has sent someone to follow them? And who is the mysterious woman who helps the sex industry girls and tells them that Natalie has run away to Germany? As Baptiste starts to uncover some of the truths behind the lies, he realizes there is more to this case than meets the eye. By the time he becomes aware of the danger that he’s been drawn into, his own family is in grave peril.

NOVA: Polar Extremes
Viewers join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson on an epic adventure through the current polar extremes of our planet, detailing the history that the terrain has undergone. Following a trail of strange fossils found in odd places – beech trees in Antarctica, hippo-like mammals in the Arctic – Johnson unearths the bizarre past of the poles, from miles-high ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. Throughout the program, Johnson aims to answer questions like what caused such dramatic changes at opposite ends of our Earth?

Street Date: May 5, 2020
Run Time: 120 min.
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Issues/Events: Society
What controls the dial on Earth’s thermostat? Today, the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else in the world and Antarctica has enough water locked within its ice to raise sea level a terrifying 200 feet. The way the poles will react to our warming climate is one of the greatest unknowns in predicting our climate’s future. Johnson uses history as a cipher to decode what is going on at our polar extremes today, and what the future may bring.

H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
The world’s living ecosystems are alive and thriving because of liquid water. The entire success of the human population is intimately and inextricably linked to our relationship with this simple molecule. However, the growth of our civilization has created a dangerous dependence on this precious resource that might be about to run out. This three-part series explores the astonishing importance of how critical water is to our survival and the challenges that we are facing now.

Street Date: May 12, 2020
Run Time: 180 min.
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Biology

NOVA: Cat and Dog Tales
In this NOVA series, which combines two programs Cat Tales and Dog Tales, experts examine the science of our favorite animal companions. What can science tell us about the relationships humans have with cats and dogs? Cats have stolen the hearts of many a pet owner and have often came close to breaking the internet, but as we all know cats can be confusing pets: cuddly and playful, yet aloof and uncaring.

Street Date: May 12, 2020
Run Time: 120 min.
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Animals
People have often raised the question: Did humans ever actually successfully domesticate felines? How can science explain the history of cats and give us insight into their relationships with humans? Dogs have long been known as dependable companions to humans, but that was not always the case. A look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes everything a bit clearer. Researchers reveal how humans tamed dangerous canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them humans’ best friend.

NOVA: Mysteries of Sleep
Like virtually every other animal, humans need sleep to survive, but what do we gain from spending nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? What’s at stake if we sleep poorly? The exact benefits of sleeping have long been something of a mystery, but now scientists are looking deep into the brain to see exactly what happens when we catch z’s. One study has revealed that well-timed bursts of pink noise can nudge a person’s brain waves to extend periods of slow-wave, aka deep, sleep.

Street Date: May 19, 2020
Run Time: 60 min.
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Biology
Toddlers that are learning new words have a greater chance of remembering information if they take a short nap after learning something new. As for sleeping poorly, studies have shown that interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as missing sleep completely. As scientists are trying to understand the powerful role that sleep – or lack of sleep – plays in everything from memory to trauma to emotion regulation, one thing is obvious: this biological function is as complex as it is crucial.

Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History
This four-hour documentary from executive producer Ken Burns and senior producer Barak Goodman is adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by award-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, about how genes impact heredity, disease, and behavior. This program tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 1800s to CRISPR.

Street Date: May 19, 2020
Run Time: 240 min.
SRP: $29.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Biology
It offers the hope that new science that can alter DNA with pinpoint precision could revolutionize the treatment of some of the world’s most complex diseases. Powerful, contemporary personal stories and stunning breakthroughs weave with the fascinating story of the historical search for the human genome and the accomplishments of generations of dedicated scientists and amateur researchers. The science of genetics holds at once the promise of eradicating disease but also the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. The series tackles the daunting ethical challenge these technologies pose for humankind.

Relieving Stress with Yoga with Peggy Cappy
With three out of four Americans regularly experiencing stress, there’s no better time than now to start your yoga practice. Everyone’s favorite yoga instructor Peggy Cappy leads this yogic routine to ease stress and anxiety levels. Viewers will learn about what happens in the body and brain during a yoga class, as well as the various components of yoga that best help with symptoms like tension, tightness, and pain. Her solutions include simple techniques like breathing practices that can easily be used in anyone’s daily practice.

Street Date: May 19, 2020
Run Time: 145 min.
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Health: Fitness
In a special bonus documentary, hear testimonials from Peggy’s students about how Peggy has helped them personally incorporate her practice into their lives – and the positive results that follow.

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PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers.



PBS SCIENCE SERIES, NOVA, PRESENTS “EAGLE POWER”





PBS SCIENCE SERIES, NOVA, PRESENTS “EAGLE POWER”

One-Hour Special Premieres Wednesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS

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Boston, MA; Updated May 6, 2020—Eagles dominate the skies. They are capable of tackling enormous prey, spotting food at vast distances and soaring for miles on the wind. What’s the secret to their remarkable predatory powers? On Wednesday, May 20, the award-winning science series, NOVA, produced for PBS by WGBH Boston, will debut “EAGLE POWER,” a one-hour special that explores the extraordinary abilities and resilience of these truly inspirational creatures. The special premieres at 9 p.m. ET/8c on PBS and will be available for streaming online and on the PBS Video app. Watch the trailer here.

“EAGLE POWER” explores the lives of these spectacular birds to unlock the secrets—and the science—behind their incredible skills. NOVA gives viewers a stunning, up-close look inside the nest of a new bald eagle family. Their dramatic story begins during a snowy breeding season in Iowa, as the adult female incubates her eggs through freezing temperatures until they hatch. NOVA follows as the eaglets struggle to stay alive—facing everything from sibling rivalries to blood-sucking black flies to precarious ventures outside the nest—until they finally learn the skills they’ll need to survive on their own.

The special goes far beyond Iowa; eagles reside in a huge range of habitats across the planet—from the harpy eagle in the rainforests of South America, to Steller’s sea eagles in the icy North Pacific, to fish eagles in the great lakes of Africa. Bald eagles are one of about 70 eagle species around the world, all characterized by a blend of power and beauty. They top the food chain in many places, but to dominate their world they must master three feats: They need to cover hundreds of miles on the wing, spot their prey at vast distances, and tackle the largest prey of any bird species.

To reveal how they achieve this, viewers meet a remarkable bird, called Tilly. She is a golden eagle, but what is so special about her is the relationship she has with her lifelong partner, Lloyd Buck. Ever since he was a boy, Lloyd has been obsessed with birds and has kept many different species, but Tilly stands out among the rest. Lloyd and Tilly have been working together for 20 years, and Lloyd has shown incredible dedication to her training. Tilly acts just like a wild bird, but is comfortable around people and scientific equipment, providing a unique opportunity for researchers to learn more about these remarkable predators. Using cutting-edge filming technology, NOVA follows Lloyd and Tilly as they take on a series of remarkable experiments to reveal the science behind her exceptional strength, eyesight, hunting techniques, and flight maneuvers.

“In this special, we reveal the science behind the greatest abilities of America’s favorite bird—from their unrivalled vision, to the powerful talons used to overpower their prey, to the unique wing shape that allows them to soar efficiently,” says NOVA Co-Executive Producer Julia Cort. “We’re thrilled to be able to give audiences such an intimate window into the lives and challenges of these magnificent animals, whose combination of agility, skill, and strength has long captured our imagination.”

“Eagles have this mesmerizing blend of power and beauty that is intoxicating, but their life at the top of the food chain is not as easy as you might expect. In this film, we wanted to reveal what it takes to be the most powerful bird in the sky. What we captured was a surprise to us all,” says Producer and Director Simon Baxter. “Spending time with an eagle is unlike any other wildlife encounter I’ve had before. They’re elegant and gorgeous, but when they stare into your eyes it feels like they’re making a calculated character assessment. It’s chilling and enlightening at the same time.”

“EAGLE POWER” also sheds light on the historic resilience of eagles during times of hardship. Globally, about a third of eagle species are considered endangered or vulnerable. In the United States, with the help of some extreme conservation efforts, bald eagles have been able to make a truly remarkable comeback from the historic effects of DDT on wildlife. Now, to date, there are over 140,000 bald eagles in the U.S. The bald eagle is a North American legend, with a deep connection to Native American cultures and emblematic status that helped it make a remarkable journey back from the brink of extinction.

Follow the stories of experts throughout the film including, Lloyd Buck, bird specialist; Michael Jones, avian veterinarian; Misti Sporer, environmental scientist; William Voelker, member of the Native American Comanche tribe in Oklahoma; and more, as they explore what it takes to be the most powerful bird in the sky. To take the story even further, visit the eagle’s nest featured in the film, which streams LIVE 24/7 at the Raptor Resource Project.

NOVA “EAGLE POWER” premieres Wednesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/8c on PBS and will be available for streaming online and on the PBS Video App.

“EAGLE POWER” is a BBC Studios Production for NOVA/WGBH Boston and BBC. Produced and directed by Simon Baxter. Co-Executive Producers for NOVA are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston.

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

Photo Caption: Golden eagle close up with natural background

Photo Credit: © Simon Baxter/BBC

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About NOVA

NOVA is the most popular primetime science series on American television, demystifying the scientific and technological concepts that shape and define our lives, our planet, and our universe. The PBS series is also one of the most widely distributed science programs around the world, and is a multimedia, multiplatform brand reaching more than 55 million Americans every year on TV and online. NOVA’s important and inspiring stories of human ingenuity, exploration, and the quest for knowledge are regularly recognized with the industry’s most prestigious awards. As part of its mission to make the scientific enterprise accessible to all, NOVA is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work, from the production process to the range of stories we tell and voices we feature. In addition, science educators across the country rely on NOVA for resources used in the classroom as well as in museums, libraries, and after-school programs. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston; more information can be found at pbs.org/nova, or by following NOVA on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.



PBS Primetime Program Highlights – June 14-20





Week of June 14-20

*NEW* On Sunday, June 14, two new MASTERPIECE dramas premiere: GRANTCHESTER Season 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) and BEECHAM HOUSE (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET).

*NEW* Get to know two trailblazing American women in MAE WEST: AMERICAN MASTERS (Tuesday, June 16, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET) and GREAT PERFORMANCES “Ann” (Friday, June 19, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET).

*NEW* FRONTLINE examines why the U.S. was caught so unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic in “The Virus: What Went Wrong?” premiering Tuesday, June 16, 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET.

*NEW* Take a remarkable journey through America’s fossil country when PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP premieres with “Welcome to Fossil County” Wednesday, June 17, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET.
New and Notable Video

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* PRINCE ALBERT: VICTORIAN HERO REVEALED (PALB) (TV-PG)
Discover the little-known yet profound role Prince Albert played in shaping Victorian Britain.

9:00-10:00 PM:
*NEW* GRANTCHESTER SEASON 5 ON MASTERPIECE “Episode One” (MAST) (#5027) (TV-14)
A college student’s murder forces Will and Geordie to navigate the murky world of campus politics.
@masterpiecepbs

10:00-11:00 PM:
*NEW* BEECHAM HOUSE ON MASTERPIECE “Episode One” (MAST) (#5033) (TV-PG)
Former soldier John Beecham arrives at Beecham House to start a new life, but he carries a secret.
@masterpiecepbs

MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Honolulu” (ANRO) (#2416) (TV-G)
Say Aloha to amazing appraisals revisited 14 years later including one that’s now $250,000-$300,000.
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

9:00-10:00 PM:
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage New York” (ANRO) (#2020) (TV-G) (R)
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

10:00-11:30 PM:
*NEW* INDEPENDENT LENS “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project” (INLE) (#2118) (TV-14)
Look inside the life of a radical activist who videotaped everything on television for 30 years.
@IndependentLens | #IndieLensPBS

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2020

8:00-9:30 PM:
*NEW* AMERICAN MASTERS: MAE WEST (AMMS) (#3008) (TV-14)
Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West.
@AmerMastersPBS | #AmericanMastersPBS

9:30-11:00 PM:
*NEW* FRONTLINE “The Virus: What Went Wrong?” (FRON) (#3901) (EXEMPT)
As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared?
@frontlinePBS | #FrontlinePBS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
SPY IN THE WILD, A NATURE MINISERIES “Love” (SPYW) (#101) (TV-PG) (R)
@PBSNature | #NaturePBS

9:00-10:00 PM:
NOVA | AUSTRALIA’S FIRST 4 BILLION YEARS “Awakening” (NOVA) (#4009) (TV-PG) (R)
@novapbs | #NOVAPBS

10:00-11:00 PM:
*NEW* PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP “Welcome to Fossil Country” (PREH) (#101) (TV-G)
Travel with Emily through billions of years of history to meet some of the earliest life forms.
#PrehistoricRoadTripPBS

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR “Paradise No Pain No Gain; Indoor Garden, Fireplace Hearth” (NTOH) (#1815) (TV-G) (R)
#AskTOH | #WhatIsIt

9:00-11:30 PM:
THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA “The Last Refuge (1890-1915)” (NPAB) (#102) (TV-G) (R)
@KenBurns

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020

8:00-8:30 PM:
*NEW* WASHINGTON WEEK (WWIR) (#5952) (EXEMPT)
Join Robert Costa and noted journalists for a discussion of the big stories from DC.
@washingtonweek | #WashingtonWeek

8:30-9:00 PM:
*NEW* FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER (FLMH) (#351) (EXEMPT)
Join Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas.

9:00-11:00 PM:
*NEW* GREAT PERFORMANCES “Ann” (GPER) (#4417) (TV-14)
Enjoy a revealing look at iconic Texas governor Ann Richards in this play starring Holland Taylor.
#GreatPerformancesPBS

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020

11:00 PM-12:00 AM:
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Chris Stapleton/Turnpike Troubadours” (AUCL) (#4313) (TV-PG) (R)
@acltv | #acltv



PBS DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES NEW EPISODES




PBS DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES NEW EPISODES OF ARTHUR, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC,
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS, AND NATURE CAT
COMING TO THE PBS KIDS PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
Arlington, VA – May 13, 2020 – This May, PBS Distribution has a packed slate of programs to stream filled with new compilations of classic children’s series like Arthur and The Berenstain Bears, as well as new episodes from kids’ favorite programs Pinkalicious & Peterrific and Nature Cat. There’s also a collection of outdoor themed PBS KIDS episodes, all coming to the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel.

Families can also watch full episodes of PBS KIDS series for free on their local PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app.

Visit the Screening Room

ARTHUR: Volume 23
It’s time for fun-filled adventures in Elwood City! In Fright Night/Citizen Cheikh, Buster’s uncle Bob visits and tells Buster a spooky bedtime story. Then, in The Pea and the Princess/D.W. and Dr. Whosit, the third grade class puts on a production of The Princess and the Pea, and Prunella is at the helm as director! Finally, Ladonna discovers the army is transferring her dad to Oregon, so the whole family must move in When Duty Calls – Parts 1 & 2. Will Ladonna’s friends be able to help make the transition easier?

Street Date: May 8, 2020
Episodes: 3

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC: Volume 7
In Drawing Noses/Pinka on Ice, Pinkville’s Great Skate is coming up, but Pinkalicious has trouble learning the final move: Jasmine’s Sparkle Spin! Can she learn the move in time for the finale? Then, in Amazing Sled Run/Frost Fairy, it’s a snow day for Pinkalicious, Peter, Rafael and Jasmine! With all the snow on the ground, the kids decide to build a pinktastic sled run. Other episodes include Pinkfoot/Flossie the Mossling and A Real Hoot/Amazing Tower of Igloos.

Street Date: May 15, 2020
Episodes: 4

ARTHUR: Summer Stories
It’s time to celebrate summer! Join Arthur as he takes a family vacation and visits Grandpa Dave’s farm in Arthur’s Family Vacation/Grandpa Dave’s Old Country Farm. Then, in Lost!/The Short, Quicker Summer, Arthur, D.W. and Buster spend a few days at the beach where they discover the simple joys of building sandcastles.

Street Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 5
Though, eventually summer vacation has to come to an end. Will Arthur be able to do all the fun summer activities before it’s time to head back to school? Other episodes include Swept Away/Germophobia, D.W.’s Deer Friend/Buster Hits the Books, and Home Sweet Home/Do You Believe in Magic.

NATURE CAT: Backyard Explorer
Get ready, it’s time for Nature Cat’s annual Summer Fest, featuring summer fun all day long! In Freezin’ in the Summer Season/Total Eclipse of the Sun, Nature Cat wonders if the dark clouds will ruin their wonderful festival of summer. Then, Hal is nervous about the solar eclipse, even though the rest of the pals are excited for it, because the sun will be totally blocked out by the moon!

Street Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 4
Nature Cat and his pals also celebrate midsummer, join a backyard campout party, and lots more in episodes Garden Impossible/Agents of the Great Outdoors, Magical Mushroom Mystery Tour/A Midsummer Day’s Dream, and Backyard Bigfoot/Imperfect Produce.

PBS KIDS: Outdoor Adventures
Explore the outdoors with your favorite PBS KIDS characters! In Who Messed Up the Treehouse?/Fact or Fiction?, join Jet and his friends from Ready Jet Go! as they work together to clean up their treehouse. Kids can also watch a fun PBS KIDS crossover episode featuring the Kratt brothers and Nature Cat. This PBS KIDS collection includes episodes Moon Circus/Every Day is Earth Day from Ready Jet Go!, The Mystery of Flaming Pink from Wild Kratts, and The Wild Batts/No Bird Left Behind and Wisteria Hysteria/Soil Turmoil from Nature Cat.

Street Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 5

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC: A Pinktastic Summer
Pinkalicious and Peter are looking forward to a campout in their yard in Indoor Camp-In/The Flutterbugs, but plans change when it rains! That won’t stop them, though – with a little imagination, indoor camping can be fun too. Then, in The Sand Palace/Zoo Day, there’s a sandcastle competition and Pinkalicious can’t wait to build a sand palace. Pinkalicious also visits the zoo with her family, starts up a lemonade stand with her brother, and much more in Pink Lemonade/Pink Sneakers.

Street Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 3

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: Fun and Games
Join Brother and Sister for exciting stories filled with fun and games! In Go to the Movies/Car Trip, the Bear Family goes to the movies and spends time together while on a car trip. Then, Brother and his pals work together to build a car for the upcoming go kart race in Hug and Make Up/Big Road Race. Other episodes include Too Small for the Team/The Jump Rope Contest and Visit Fun Park/The Perfect Fishing Spot.

Streaming Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 4

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: Summer Vacation
Join the Bear Family for fun-filled summertime adventures. Brother and Sister spend their summer working with farmer Ben and learning all about nature, then building a big red kite with Papa in The Summer Job/The Big Red Kite. In Too Much Vacation/The Trouble With Grown-Ups, the Bears enjoy swimming while on vacation at their beach house, and many more fun activities. Other episodes include White Water Adventure/Showdown at Birder’s Wood and By The Sea/Catch The Bus.

Streaming Date: May 20, 2020
Episodes: 4

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution, jointly owned by PBS and WGBH, is a leading distributor of public media content around the world. Distribution platforms include: direct-to-consumer subscription video-on-demand (DTC-SVOD) channels– PBS MASTERPIECE, PBS KIDS, and PBS LIVING – all on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with PBS LIVING also available on the Apple TV app, transactional video-on- demand (TVOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) licensing, and physical products on DVD and Blu-ray. Other divisions of the company include: theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight and international licensing.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers. Follow PBS Distribution on Facebook and Twitter.



PBS DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES A PBS KIDS FIFTEEN-EPISODE COMPILATION





PBS DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES A PBS KIDS FIFTEEN-EPISODE COMPILATION AND VOLUME THREE OF “THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: TREE HOUSE TALES” ON DVD THIS MAY
Arlington, VA – May 13, 2020 – This May, PBS Distribution is releasing the
PBS KIDS: 15 Pet-tastic Tails DVD with multiple episodes from Arthur, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Molly of Denali, Nature Cat, and many other popular PBS KIDS series. In the fifteen-episode (plus one bonus episode) compilation, kids will learn about responsibility and compassion. In addition, The Berenstain Bears third volume has Brother, Sister, and the whole Bear family continuing on their classic, fun-filled escapades. Every purchase supports public television for all.

Families can watch full episodes of PBS KIDS series for free on their local PBS station, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app.

PBS KIDS: 15 Pet-tastic Tails
From dogs and cats to hamsters and turtles, new friends come in all shapes and sizes. Kids will join their favorite characters as they learn all about responsibility and caring for others. In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhoos, Daniel and his classmates release their classroom pet named Ducky after he’s grown too big in “Duckling Goes Home,” and in Wild Kratts, Chris and Martin unpack from an adventure, only to discover a wolf pup in their bag in “Little Howler!”

Street Date: May 12, 2020
Episodes: 16
SRP: $6.99
Format: DVD
Genre: Kids
Plus, “Winter Champions,” a special bonus episode from Molly of Denali is also included. This pet-packed collection also features stories from other beloved PBS KIDS series including Arthur, Let’s Go Luna!, Nature Cat, Peg + Cat, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, Super WHY! and Caillou.

The Berenstain Bears: Tree House Tales Volume 3
Children will join Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Sister and Brother for fun-filled adventures in Volume 3 of Tree House Tales. When Sister must write about a bear she admires the most for a school project in “The Giddy Grandma,” she quickly learns just how many awards and trophies Grizzly Gran won in her younger years. Then, in “Car Trip,” the cubs are excited about going on a family trip – until they find out the destination isn’t Grizzlyland, but instead a tour of Bear Country’s national parks.

Street Date: May 19, 2020
Episodes: 28
SRP: $14.99
Format: DVD
Genre: Kids
Finally, the cubs are sad when they hear that their friends down the street are moving away in “Moving Day.” Brother and Sister learn about the positive side of moving – new adventures and new friends! This jam-packed, lesson-filled DVD collection covers important topics including compromising, helping those in need, and much more.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution, jointly owned by PBS and WGBH, is a leading distributor of public media content around the world. Distribution platforms include: direct-to-consumer subscription video-on-demand (DTC-SVOD) channels– PBS MASTERPIECE, PBS KIDS, and PBS LIVING – all on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with PBS LIVING also available on the Apple TV app, transactional video-on- demand (TVOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) licensing, and physical products on DVD and Blu-ray. Other divisions of the company include: theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight and international licensing.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers. Follow PBS Distribution on Facebook and Twitter.



PBS Primetime Program Highlights – June 7-13

Week of June 7-13

PBS Primetime Schedule, Sunday-Saturday
On-air Picks of the Week
*NEW* See how LGBTQ+ Americans live authentically and with pride in the modern South in PRIDELAND premiering Friday, June 12, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Pipe Dreams” full-length program. Premieres Monday, June 22, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET.
IN THIS TOGETHER: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY official trailer. Premieres Friday, May 8, 9:00-9:30 p.m. ET.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE “Episode Four” (TUNL) (#304) (TV-14) (R)
#TheTunnelPBS

9:00-10:00 PM:
THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE “Episode Five” (TUNL) (#305) (TV-14) (R)
#TheTunnelPBS

10:00-11:00 PM:
THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE “Episode Six” (TUNL) (#306) (TV-14) (R)
#TheTunnelPBS

MONDAY JUNE 8, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Milwaukee 2020” (ANRO) (#2417) (TV-G)
Discover which magnificent Milwaukee treasure has an updated value of $70,000-$100,000 and more.
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

9:00-10:00 PM:
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Tucson” (ANRO) (#2019) (TV-G) (R)
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

10:00-11:30 PM:
INDEPENDENT LENS “ACORN and the Firestorm” (INLE) (#1918) (TV-PG) (R)
@IndependentLens | #IndieLensPBS

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
SECRETS OF THE DEAD “King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom” (SEDE) (#1703) (TV-PG) (R)
@SecretsPBS | #SecretsDeadPBS

9:00-10:30 PM:
STONEWALL UPRISING: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (AMEX) (#2309) (TV-14) (R)
@AmExperiencePBS | #AmericanExperience

10:30-11:00 PM:
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW RECUT “Politically Collect 1” (ANRE) (#101) (TV-G) (R)
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
OPERATION MANEATER “Polar Bear” (OPMA) (#102) (TV-PG) (R)

9:00-10:00 PM:
NOVA “Ghosts of Stonehenge” (NOVA) (#4414) (TV-PG) (R)
@novapbs | #NOVAPBS

10:00-11:00 PM:
WWII MEGA WEAPONS “Battleship Yamato” (WMEW) (#102) (TV-PG) (R)

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR “Paradise Out of the Ashes; Weird Shower Valve, Mossy Roof” (NTOH) (#1826) (TV-G) (R)
#AskTOH | #WhatIsIt

9:00-11:00 PM:
THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA “The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)” (NPAB) (#101) (TV-G) (R)
@KenBurns

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020

8:00-8:30 PM:
*NEW* WASHINGTON WEEK (WWIR) (#5951) (EXEMPT)
Join Robert Costa and noted journalists for a discussion of the big stories from DC.
@washingtonweek | #WashingtonWeek

8:30-9:00 PM:
*NEW* FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER (FLMH) (#350) (EXEMPT)
Join Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas.

9:00-10:00 PM:
*NEW* PRIDELAND (OULO) (TV-PG)
Follow queer actor Dyllon Burnside on a journey of LGBTQ discovery across the South.

10:00-11:00 PM:
THE LAVENDER SCARE (LAVS) (TV-PG) (R)

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020

11:00 PM-12:00 AM:
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Vampire Weekend” (AUCL) (#4506) (TV-PG) (R)
@acltv | #acltv

NOVA SPECIAL “DECODING COVID-19” Premieres Wednesday, May 13





NOVA SPECIAL “DECODING COVID-19” Premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on PBS

— New one-hour film follows scientists in the global race to develop a vaccine and takes viewers to the frontlines in Wuhan, China, and New York during the height of the outbreak —
pbs.org/nova | @novapbs

BOSTON, MA (May 6, 2020) –Today, the award-winning science series, NOVA, produced for PBS by WGBH Boston, announced a new one-hour special, “DECODING COVID-19,” a scientific investigation into the coronavirus that has caused an international public health crisis and turned the world upside down. Premiering Wednesday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on PBS, the film reveals the biology of the tiny pathogen devastating lives from Wuhan, China to Brooklyn, NY and follows the unprecedented global collaboration among scientists racing to develop a vaccine. The special also presents harrowing, humanizing chronicles from the frontlines, following the health care providers, patients, and families battling the disease. Watch the embeddable trailer here.

In December 2019, several cases of pneumonia caused by an unknown virus were detected in Wuhan, China. Symptoms included a fever, dry cough, and in some cases, severely compromised breathing. On January 7, 2020, Chinese researchers announced they had identified a novel coronavirus and a few days later, the first death was reported. Within two months, the outbreak had reached every continent except Antarctica and, on March 11, the WHO declared it a pandemic. With the number of cases and deaths still rising, the world has been brought to its knees by the tiniest of villains—a contagious pathogen about one thousandth the width of a human hair.

“DECODING COVID-19” opens in Wuhan and tells the exclusive story of Liu Qi, a 21-year-old university student who is among the first to contract the disease. As he relays his ordeal, the film calls on U.S. infectious disease experts and scientists working at the cutting edge of research to break down how this devastating virus emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic—all told with NOVA’s signature clarity and accessibility. The special also presents a hopeful focus: the search for scientific solutions. Though scientists have not yet found a cure, the worldwide effort to attack the virus on multiple fronts has been unprecedented and inspiring.

“Science is going to be crucial to getting us out of this problem and scientists across the globe are coming together in ways they never have before to stop this killer,” says NOVA Co-Executive Producer Julia Cort. “This film goes beyond the disease itself, telling a deeply human story of cooperation and innovation as scientists and researchers race to save lives in the face of a common enemy.”

Unlike with previous viral threats such as Ebola, SARS, and MERS, COVID-19 patients are highly contagious before they show symptoms and sometimes remain asymptomatic, making the task of identifying the sick and mapping the disease’s spread all the more difficult.

Researchers are now turning to antibodies, proteins the immune system develops to fight off specific invaders, both to track the virus’s spread and possibly provide a treatment. In Wuhan, we follow Liu Qi in the weeks after he recovers as he donates his blood plasma, which local doctors will use to treat other COVID-19 patients. They’re not the only ones: doctors around the world are turning to this tried-and-true method—transferring the antibodies from previously infected patients to severely ill patients—a measure that has shown some success. “DECODING COVID-19” also takes viewers inside a level 4 biosafety lab where scientists are testing thousands of antiviral drug compounds in hopes of discovering a new and more effective treatment that might reduce the severity of the disease.

“This film examines an encouraging array of innovative new approaches that scientists are now pursuing to harness the immune system to fight back,” says NOVA Co-Executive Producer Chris Schmidt. “And, we show how advances in genomics, combined with a new level of openness in sharing data and results among experts and health officials around the world, have greatly accelerated efforts.”

Still, while the research is promising, many believe that immunity treatments and antiviral drugs alone won’t be enough to stop the ravages of COVID-19. A vaccine against the coronavirus is now the holy grail for science. But creating vaccines with traditional approaches, like the ones used against smallpox and measles, can take years. To speed things up, scientists are betting on new approaches to vaccines—building them with genetic instructions. In January 2020, the coronavirus’s genome was published online, giving researchers an easy and fast way to make copies of the parts of the code—either RNA or DNA—that might train the immune system to recognize and neutralize the virus. But, although this approach is fast, no one knows if it will actually work. And even if one of these vaccines pass clinical trials in record time, they face other major hurdles: RNA in particular is fragile and unstable at room temperatures, posing a huge challenge when the goal is to manufacture and deliver vaccines to billions of people across the planet. NOVA takes viewers inside leading research labs where hopes are high that one or more of these vaccines will work and help end the pandemic—though there are no guarantees.

In the meantime, the first big city to suffer the full impact of the pandemic, Wuhan, has lifted its lockdown. But life there is far from normal. We see Liu Qi learn to navigate the complex—and some would say invasive—digital tracking and constant health monitoring that every citizen there must now participate in. As the film ends, it asks a provocative question: are we willing to pay a similar price to reopen society?

In addition to the science behind the virus and the race for a solution, “DECODING COVID-19” includes powerful human stories from the front lines of emergency services in New York and other cities at the height of the outbreak, as families and health care workers struggle with the devastation of the disease. In one, a Brooklyn family has no way of communicating with their infected grandfather until the hospital staff arranges for them to make a final farewell to him over the public address system. “This whole episode brought to all of us—how much we’re all in this together. How much we depend on each other,” says the patient’s palliative care physician, Dr. Alice Beal.

Experts throughout the film include Kizzmekia Corbett, National Institutes of Health (NIH); Rhiju Das, Stanford University; Galit Alter and Dan Barouch, Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard; Nahid Bhadelia, Boston University School of Medicine; Michael T. Osterholm, University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy; Jeffrey Shaman, Columbia University; Robert A. Davey and Ronald B. Corley, Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL); David Pride, University of California San Diego; Duane Wesemann, Harvard Medical School, and others.

NOVA “DECODING COVID-19” premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on PBS and will be available for streaming online and on the PBS Video app beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6C.

“DECODING COVID-19” is a NOVA Production by Holt Productions, LLC for WGBH Boston. Written, produced, and directed by Sarah Holt. Co-produced by Jane Teeling, Caitlin Saks, David Borenstein and Ma Liyan. Edited by Ralph Avellino, Ryan Shepheard, and Michael Amundson. Co-Executive Producers for NOVA are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston. PBS International is distributing NOVA “DECODING COVID-19” worldwide.

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

Photo Caption for Above: Illustration of coronavirus structure
Credit: Courtesy CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

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Arlington, VA – May XX, 2020 – This May, PBS Distribution is bringing an array of critically acclaimed Walter Presents titles to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel including new seasons of “Thicker Than Water,” “The Teacher,” “The Blood Pact,” and “Inspector Falke.” In addition, the brand-new program, “The Queen at War” will also be added to the channel examining Queen Elizabeth’s childhood as she endured WWII and how her actions impacted England as a whole. Information about each of the programs is listed below.

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Walter Presents: Thicker Than Water, Season 2

The second season of “Thicker Than Water” picks up two months after the three Waldemar siblings have completed running the guest lodge for the summer. Having fulfilled their mother’s last wishes, the siblings decide to close the lodge for the time being. They now have to ask themselves: what now? Oskar wants to re-open the lodge for the winter season, but isn’t sure he can do it on his own since his family has left him.

Premiere Date: May 1, 2020
Episodes: 10
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish with English

Jonna is in London pursuing her acting career, but when she realizes nothing is going to come of it she decides to go back to the island to help Oskar with the lodge. Lasse is back in Stockholm trying to get his next business venture up and running, but no one wants to invest. In an act of desperation Jonna asks Lasse to come back to the island to help her and Oskar make sure the lodge is ready before the guests arrive for the holidays. Will they be able to do it? What new secrets will be uncovered?

The Queen at War

Narrated by Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”), viewers take a look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch in history. Seventy-five years after the end of the war in Europe, “The Queen at War” offers a fascinating look at how Princess Elizabeth, just 13 years old when World War II broke out, was set on her life’s path to become a legendary monarch.

Premiere Date: May 5, 2020
Episodes: 1
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Together with sister Margaret, the young princesses became symbols of hope for a nation wracked by a horrific war, the terrors of the Blitz and the relocation of over a million children. By 1945, Elizabeth had been transformed from a shy girl into a confident young woman and proved her mettle as a driver and mechanic in the women’s branch of the army. She was also already in love with the handsome naval officer she would one day marry. Told through the reminiscences of friends, including Lady Glenconner, royal biographers Christopher Warwick, Robert Lacey, Jane Dismore and Hugh Vickers, among others, the documentary features rare footage of the Queen’s war years culled from private and public collections.

Walter Presents: The Teacher, Season 2

“The Teacher” returns delivering answers and perhaps even closure from open questions left at the end of season one. Embarking on a brand new gripping storyline teacher Paweł Zawadzki aka “The Teach” finds himself forced to take up a new job at an elite high school in Wroclaw.

Streaming Date: May 15, 2020
Episodes: 8
Genre: Drama/Crime Thriller
Language: Polish with English Subtitles

A few days after he begins, a tragic event takes place at the school – leaving many questions, but no answers. As he begins to investigate, Paweł discovers that the school’s prestigious facade may be a deceptive illusion. For this is no ordinary school, and these are not ordinary students – a murderous game is being played and the new teacher is there for a reason.

Walter Presents: The Blood Pact, Season 2

One year has passed since Marius and Hugo shot Wally. They had agreed to limit their communication and contact, but fate has other plans. Their lives end up tangled again – this time messier than the first. Hugo’s older daughter Laura is dating a man twice her age who Hugo doesn’t approve of, Marius’s wife Kitty has finally fulfilled her dream of opening a restaurant but is having financial issues, and a gangster, Ron, is blackmailing Marius.

Streaming Date: May 22, 2020
Episodes: 10
Genre: Drama/Crime Thriller
Language: Dutch with English Subtitles

When Hugo and Marius decide it’s safe enough to move Wally’s body, everything starts to go south. Hugo is losing sleep over Laura’s relationship and confides in Kitty who wants to help. She asks Marius to scare the boyfriend a little. Marius, dealing with his own troubles, takes his anger out on Laura’s boyfriend and accidentally puts him in a coma. The accountant Kitty hired to help with the restaurant’s finances has been scamming her and she now faces possible jail time for money fraud. She begs Hugo, who stills works at the IRS, to help whitewash some of the dirty money so she can avoid criminal prosecution. Marius realizes that Ron will never stop blackmailing him and sees no other alternative than to hire a hitman. On top of everything, Wally’s body has been found by the police. Once again Hugo and Marius end up needing to work together to repair the complicated web of conflicts they find themselves in.

Walter Presents: Inspector Falke, Season 2

Although Inspector Thorsten Falke is a devoted police officer taking down criminal gangs across the city of Hamburg, he has traded his family and social life in the name of justice. The second season of this gritty crime drama sees Falke with a new sidekick, Julia Grosz, as they’re thrown in the deep end to figure out if xenophobia is the motivation behind a gruesome murder.

Streaming Date: May 29, 2020
Episodes: 6
Genre: Drama/Crime
Language: German with English Subtitles

When the body of a Persian engineer is found at a local gas extraction plant in a small town, the investigation is stunted when the inhabitants of the town start behaving strangely. Could it be that the pollution has got to their heads? Or is something even more sinister at play?

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