PBS and The WNET Group Launch #PBSForTheArts, a New Campaign Celebrating the Resiliency of the Arts





PBS and The WNET Group Launch #PBSForTheArts, a New Campaign Celebrating the Resiliency of the Arts in America During the COVID-19 Pandemic Shutdown and Reopening

As America’s home for the arts, PBS launches an expanded slate of multiplatform arts programming beginning April 23

(ARLINGTON, Va. – April 21, 2021) Today, PBS and The WNET Group announced #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening. The campaign features a variety of programming across broadcast and digital platforms to showcase the devastating impact of the pandemic to the arts industry. While some arts organizations did not survive the effects of the shutdown, others adapted and evolved to meet the moment, but continue to fight to make a full recovery. Launching on all platforms on Friday, April 23, the collection of #PBSForTheArts content will be available for broadcast on PBS and streaming on pbs.org/arts and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts will be available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.

#PBSForTheArts kicks off with new programming filmed within the constraints of the pandemic: GREAT PERFORMANCES “Romeo & Juliet” (Friday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET), a contemporary rendering of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy from the National Theatre, where a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the timeless tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate; GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Arts Interrupted” (Friday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET), a new documentary special featuring the survival stories of arts organizations across America; and the new three-part series INSIDE THE MET (Friday, May 21 at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET and Friday, May 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET), which goes behind the scenes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s struggle to survive amid the pandemic and its response to the urgent demands for social justice during its 150th anniversary.

As the campaign expands over the coming months, it will include new specials and original digital content from long-standing arts strands including GREAT PERFORMANCES, AMERICAN MASTERS and PBS NEWSHOUR’s CANVAS, while PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS, The WNET Group and other award-winning PBS arts series will provide digital programming. PBS member stations will also contribute content to their local schedules that examine the resiliency of the arts and artists in their communities.

Exclusive #PBSForTheArts blogs, published on pbs.org/arts, will also spotlight the inspiring pandemic survival stories of artists across the country. From Broadway dancers and concert performers to classical musicians, visual artists, and beyond, audiences will discover how these creative, resourceful artists have kept the arts vivid and vital during the pandemic, and learn about the projects they’re working on as the arts world gradually reopens.

“As we prepare for life post-COVID, it is so important that we come together to restore and revitalize the arts, which are central to the cultural health of our country,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “Through this sweeping initiative, PBS and our member stations will showcase the resilient spirit of the arts and ensure that all Americans can continue to access extraordinary dance, theater and musical performances on public television.”

As PBS’s largest producer of arts programming for more than 50 years, The WNET Group, home to PBS stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21, the network NJ PBS, and arts and culture media provider ALL ARTS, will lead digital content production and PBS member station collaboration efforts nationwide. The WNET Group will gather and curate content from local musicians, actors, dancers and artists that represent the range, diversity and scope of the performing arts.

“In times of crisis, the arts have the ability to lift us up, bring us together and give us hope for a better tomorrow. We are pleased to partner with PBS to spotlight the resilience of performing arts organizations as we look forward to the return of live performances and an end to the pandemic,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of The WNET Group.

For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the United States, it has decimated the arts community. Thousands of performers have lost their jobs as theater and dance companies, orchestras and music venues have struggled to survive or been forced to close. Through it all, PBS has continued to deliver high-quality arts and performance programming to homes nationwide, ensuring that the arts remain accessible to all, on air through its nearly 335 local public television stations and online through pbs.org and the PBS Video app.

All filmed under COVID restrictions, the #PBSForTheArts collection of programs include:

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Romeo & Juliet”

Premieres: Friday, April 23, 9:00 p.m. ET

Experience a contemporary rendering of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy from the National Theatre where a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the timeless tale of two young lovers. Stars Golden Globe winner Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Uncle Vanya”

Premieres: Friday, May 7, 9:00 p.m. ET

Experience Anton Chekov’s masterpiece in this Olivier Award-nominated West End production adapted by Conor McPherson starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage from London’s Harold Pinter Theater.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Arts Interrupted”

Premieres: Friday, May 14, 9:00 p.m. ET

How have the arts been managing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Arts organizations across America share their survival stories, along with examples of innovative performances, from COVID-19 inspired theater to site-specific operas. Learn how the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have impacted America’s emerging artists.

WE ARE FAMILY: SONGS OF HOPE AND UNITY

Premieres: Friday, May 14, 10:00 p.m. ET

Join the American Pops Orchestra, Maestro Luke Frazier and a star-studded cast for an exciting evening of songs that bring us together. Filmed in front of a small, socially distanced live audience under strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures, the program features performances by “Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’s” Gabrielle Ruiz (joining APO from Los Angeles); “America’s Got Talent” vocalist Rayshun LaMarr; Broadway star and recording artist Morgan James; Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes; and celebrated recording artist Nova Payton. Hosted by Emmy and Tony Award winner Judith Light.

INSIDE THE MET

Premieres: Fridays, May 21-28, 9:00 p.m. ET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Americas, prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday with a treasure trove of landmark exhibitions. When COVID-19 strikes, the world shuts down and, for the first time in its history, the Met closes its doors indefinitely. Then, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the museum is met with urgent demands for social justice. Facing an uncertain future and questioning its very purpose, this great institution makes history in ways no one could have predicted.

ONE VOICE: THE SONGS WE SHARE

Premieres: Friday, May 28, 10 p.m. and 10:30pm ET

Join us for a new 30-minute series featuring the American Pops Orchestra celebrating uniquely American music. Hosted by Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, “The Sacred” features music that transcends its original genre and audience—music once only performed in church adapted by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Aretha Franklin to be shared beyond the walls of the sanctuary. Hosted by Tony Award winner Jesse Mueller, “Broadway” features classic showtunes recorded by the Rat Pack, Johnny Mathis and other chart-topping artists of the time, as well as musical theater songs that give a broader voice to our changing society.

BEYOND THE CANVAS

Various Fridays March-July 2021

From PBS NEWSHOUR, and hosted by Amna Nawaz, this half-hour program showcases some of the nation’s leading cultural creators—musicians, playwrights, comedians, costume designers, among many others—who show us how they turn their visions of the world into art. Topics to be examined include finding meaning in writing; what it takes to achieve excellence; trailblazing women in the arts; the power of music to honor the past and inspire the future; and arts of Mexico.

PBS Digital Studios – Original Episodes of SOUND FIELD

As part of an ongoing arts content partnership with the classical arts organization the Cliburn, PBS Digital Studios and General Audience Programming will partner with Twin Cities PBS to produce special episodes of the Webby-winning music education series, SOUND FIELD, in May 2021. Beyond utilizing the Cliburn’s extensive library of concert performances, their roster of affiliated performers and their consultation on writing/research throughout these episodes, this collaboration will illustrate the goal of the #PBSForTheArts campaign to highlight the creative work being done by arts organizations at all levels throughout the country.

Nahre Sol, a touring pianist and classical composer and a co-host from SOUND FIELD’s season one, will return for these two episodes. These SOUND FIELD episodes will showcase diversity in classical music and generate awareness about #PBSforTheArts among younger, diverse audiences across PBS digital platforms.

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About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 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 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 Communications on Twitter.

About The WNET Group

The WNET Group creates inspiring media content and meaningful experiences for diverse audiences nationwide. It is the nonprofit parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN – America’s flagship PBS station – WLIW21, THIRTEEN PBSKids, WLIW World and Create; Long Island’s only NPR station WLIW-FM; and ALL ARTS, the arts and culture media provider. The WNET Group also operates NJ PBS, New Jersey’s statewide public television network, and newsroom NJ Spotlight News. Through these channels and streaming platforms, The WNET Group brings arts, culture, education, news, documentary, entertainment and DIY programming to more than five million viewers each month. The WNET Group’s award-winning productions include signature PBS series Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company and trusted local news programs MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi. Inspiring curiosity and nurturing dreams, The WNET Group’s award-winning Kids’ Media and Education team produces the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase, interactive Mission US history games, and resources for families, teachers and caregivers. A leading public media producer for nearly 60 years, The WNET Group presents and distributes content that fosters lifelong learning, including multiplatform initiatives addressing poverty, jobs, economic opportunity, social justice, understanding and the environment. Through Passport, station members can stream new and archival programming anytime, anywhere. Community-supported, The WNET Group represents the best in public media. Join us.



NEW DOCUMENTARY “FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY” MOVES TO 5/12





NEW DOCUMENTARY “FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY” EXPLORES BARRIERS TO REPRODUCTION FROM THE SOCIAL TO THE BIOLOGICAL,

AND THE ROLE TECHNOLOGY PLAYS

One-hour film intimately follows the journeys of people navigating fertility challenges from structural inequalities and racism to falling sperm counts, egg freezing, and IVF

NOVA “FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY”

Premieres Wednesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT on PBS

Also Available for Streaming Online and on the PBS video app

pbs.org/nova|@novapbs

(Boston, MA)—On May 12, 2021, the PBS science series NOVA, a production of GBH Boston, will premiere FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY, a film examining the complexities of reproduction and the emerging science and technologies that can assist those who are struggling to have children. Featuring experts from across the medical community, FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY encourages prospective parents to have an open dialogue about the realities and challenges of starting a family.

As hopeful, would-be parents share their quests to have a child, FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY offers an unfiltered look at a growing health crisis many in our country are facing: infertility. With about one in ten adult Americans suffering from infertility and approximately 160,000 turning to in-vitro fertilization—or IVF—each year, FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY brings to light the struggles often associated with trying to have one’s own biological children.

Offering a raw, intimate look at conception, FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY addresses commonly held beliefs about starting a family, and tackles the stigma head-on. Importantly, FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY gives a voice to people who are often excluded from the larger societal conversation on reproductive health, namely the LGBTQ+ and Black communities.

Throughout the one-hour film, viewers hear from a couple exploring technology surrounding “mosaic” embryos, a young husband grappling with low sperm count, a transgender man breaking boundaries, and another couple facing a life-changing diagnosis. Each story challenges how we think of a family in 2021, instills hope, and catapults tough conversations into the mainstream, helping us all confront inequities—in particular the systemic racism that contributes to infertility rates that are twice as high for Black women as for white women. Additionally, viewers are introduced to advocates dedicated to making a difference in the infertility crisis, such as Reverend Stacey Edwards-Dunn, who founded Fertility for Colored Girls, and Trystan Reese—known globally as the “pregnant man”—who speaks candidly about his own journey towards parenthood and the healthcare disparities surrounding the LGBTQ+ community-at-large.

“The opportunity to build families has grown infinitely thanks to advances in science. FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY aims to capture the diversity of families and all of the hurdles that people need to overcome with fertility,” said Director Larkin McPhee. “The film shows that we all need better transparency around what available options exist because it can be confusing. Our hope is the film will give people a roadmap on how to engage with their doctors or their employers in order to find the right solutions.”

FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY introduces viewers to some of the most impactful scientific discoveries in modern times and pulls back the curtain on one of the most complex and under-explained processes. The film offers a broader examination of fertility and ultimately helps introduce new possibilities into the larger conversation by showcasing viable options not previously considered. The film illuminates important research on the impact of our lifestyle choices on fertility and outlines ways we can think differently about conception, whether that’s through “mosaic” embryos, surrogacy, or egg freezing.

“Unfortunately, infertility is often a taboo topic partly because people often expect reproduction to be easy. When it doesn’t turn out that way, many experience complex feelings of shame and guilt. The reality is infertility is very common, and it’s so important for people to know they’re not alone,” said NOVA Co-Executive Producer Julia Cort. “Our hope with FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY is not only to inform viewers about the state of reproductive technologies, but also to foster a compassionate conversation around these important issues, including the current inequities that can impact health and restrict access to care.”

FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY is a NOVA Production by Larkin McPhee Productions, LLC for GBH Boston. Edited by Steve Fischer. Written, Produced, and Directed by Larkin McPhee. Executive Producers for NOVA are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt. NOVA is a production of GBH Boston.

Original funding for FIGHTING FOR FERTILITY was provided by Draper, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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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 GBH 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 GBH

GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. It is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Arthur and Molly of Denali, as well as WORLD Channel and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR®; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® station. Dedicated to making media accessible to and inclusive of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide with PBS LearningMedia and has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at wgbh.org.



Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten Uncovers the Emotional Truth





Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten Uncovers the Emotional Truth Behind One of the Worst Incidents of Racial Violence in American History, Premieres Monday, May 31 on PBS

Produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers, new documentary explores the 1921 tragedy, the history of anti-Black violence and Black resilience

https://www.pbs.org/video/tulsa-fire-and-forgotten-preview-s5vwka/

(New York, April 13, 2021) – Although rarely mentioned in textbooks, there is no question that the Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of racial violence in American history. As the country continues to reflect on the shocking murders and arson that took place from May 31-June 1, 1921, and considers more recent incidents of social injustice like the killing of George Floyd last May, a new documentary Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, premiering Monday, May 31 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app, examines this deadly assault on humanity on the 100th anniversary of the crime.

Directed by Jonathan Silvers, and reported by The Washington Post’s DeNeen L.Brown, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten looks back at the explosion of violence when the once prosperous neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street” was destroyed by a mob of white residents. Hundreds of Black-owned businesses and homes in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were burnt to the ground, killing an estimated 100-300 Black residents and leaving an estimated 10,000 Black residents homeless. This 90-minute documentary, narrated by Emmy-winning journalist Michel Martin, Amanpour and Company contributor and weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, also chronicles present-day public efforts to memorialize the Tulsa Race Massacre and other racial violence around the country, and how Black and white communities view such efforts.

“Stories have power and if they’re told, they can change the future and they can provide some healing. So my goal here would be to finally find answers for some of the descendants of the victims, and if they do find bodies, put those souls to rest,” said Brown. “This spring, the City of Tulsa plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre, as descendants of survivors demand reparations for what was lost and protest against current oppression and racism.”

Brown, who was inspired by her own personal connection to Tulsa, investigates the deadly assault and racial atrocity that has gone without punishment by the law as she explores issues of atonement, reconciliation and reparation in the past, present and future through the historical lens of white violence and Black resistance. Brown sits down with descendants of Greenwood residents, business owners and today’s community activists for an honest conversation on the community’s demands for reparations and the efforts to revive the Black district of Greenwood through education, technology, business development and more.

“The Tulsa Race Massacre is an atrocity that is often overlooked in our history,” said Lesley Norman, executive producer for The WNET Group. “With this documentary, we hope to examine the true history of race relations in America while paying respect to the lives lost and celebrating those fighting towards a better future for Black Tulsa residents and for African Americans across the country.”

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten features interviews with civil rights activists, lawyers, Black community leaders, archaeologists, anthropologists and historians, including Greg Robinson II (Community Activist and Descendant), Kristi Williams (Community Activist), Regina Goodwin (Oklahoma State Representative – Tulsa House District 73), G.T. Bynum (Mayor of Tulsa), Amy Brown (Deputy Mayor), Rev. Robert Turner (Pastor, AME Church), Dreisen Heath (Investigator, Human Rights Watch), Nicole Austin-Hillery (Director of US Programs, Human Rights Watch), Dr. Joshua Freeman (Historian, CUNY), Greg Brown (Community Organizer), Rev. Floyd Brown (DeNeen Brown’s father), Marc Carlson (Archivist, University of Tulsa Library), Michael Mason (Publisher, This Land Press), Francis Shelton (Mayor of Boley, Oklahoma), Henrietta Hicks (Historian, Boley, Oklahoma), John Raphling (Investigator, Human Rights Watch), Betsy Warner (Historic Researcher), Hannibal Johnson (Historian), Tyrance Billingsley II (Founder, Black Tech Street) and Drew Diamond (former Tulsa Police Chief). In addition, producer Eric Stover, founder of the Human Rights Center at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, who has investigated numerous acts of genocide and mass murder over many decades, speaks with Tulsa natives and surveys the current excavation and search for mass graves. The documentary also features a moving performance from Tulsa native artist Majeste Pearson, who is scheduled to perform the Black national anthem on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

“The film’s power is in hearing the voices and memories of those whose very existence was redefined by this massacre,” said Eugenia Harvey, executive producer for Chasing the Dream. “The unflinching resilience of north Tulsa’s descendants and residents gives inspiration to all Americans seeking truth in our nation’s history.”

As Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum cautions in the film, “It is terrifying because you realize that it could happen today. It is an instance of hatred overpowering the rule of law in a community…I hope that people see that it’s never too late to try and do the right thing. The investigation that we’re doing right now, we shouldn’t be doing it. The city should have done this 98 years ago.…We as a community are trying to do right by our neighbors in 2020 and 21.”

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten is a production of Saybrook Productions Ltd. in association with The WNET Group. Produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers. Produced and reported by DeNeen L. Brown. Produced by Eric Stover. For The WNET Group: Lesley Norman is executive producer, Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge and Eugenia Harvey is executive producer for Chasing the Dream.

Funding for Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten is provided in part by The Derfner Foundation, A. W. Fong, Joseph and Diane Steinberg, Carolyn Patty Blum, Darian Swig, Neal and Ashley Robin, the Albert A. Robin Family Foundation, and Craig Mowry. Additional funding is provided by Chasing the Dream, a WNET initiative made possible by The JPB Foundation and The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, and by PBS.

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About The WNET Group

The WNET Group creates inspiring media content and meaningful experiences for diverse audiences nationwide. It is the nonprofit parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN – America’s flagship PBS station – WLIW21, THIRTEEN PBSKids, WLIW World and Create; Long Island’s only NPR station WLIW-FM; and ALL ARTS, the arts and culture media provider. The WNET Group also operates NJ PBS, New Jersey’s statewide public television network, and newsroom NJ Spotlight News. Through these channels and streaming platforms, The WNET Group brings arts, culture, education, news, documentary, entertainment and DIY programming to more than five million viewers each month. The WNET Group’s award-winning productions include signature PBS series Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company and trusted local news programs MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi. Inspiring curiosity and nurturing dreams, The WNET Group’s award-winning Kids’ Media and Education team produces the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase, interactive Mission US history games, and resources for families, teachers and caregivers. A leading public media producer for nearly 60 years, The WNET Group presents and distributes content that fosters lifelong learning, including multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty, jobs, economic opportunity, social justice, understanding and the environment. Through Passport, station members can stream new and archival programming anytime, anywhere. Community-supported, The WNET Group represents the best in public media. Join us.



New Four-Part Series Explores the Life-Extending Role of Science, Medicine and Public Health





New Four-Part Series Explores the Life-Extending Role of Science, Medicine and Public Health

EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER to Premiere on
May 11, 2021 on PBS

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Steven Johnson and David Olusoga Guide Viewers Through Three Centuries of Health Innovations

Arlington, VA; February 1, 2021 — EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER, a new four-part series from Nutopia that examines the science and medical innovations that conquered some of the world’s deadliest diseases and doubled life expectancies for many across the globe, will air Tuesdays, May 11-June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS, and stream via pbs.org and the PBS Video app.

Set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, this series explores the lessons learned from previous global pandemics—including smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu and others—and reveals how scientists, doctors, self-experimenters and activists launched a public health revolution, saving millions of lives, fundamentally changing how we think about illness and ultimately paving the way for modern medicine.

Best-selling author Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map, HOW WE GOT TO NOW) and historian and broadcaster David Olusoga (CIVILIZATIONS, “Black & British: A Forgotten History”) combine expertise to guide viewers across 300 years of medical innovation, and go behind the scenes of modern medicine to meet the unsung heroes who are tackling COVID-19 and other public health threats. Johnson and Olusoga shed light on scientific breakthroughs and reveal how collective efforts around the world can lead to extraordinary outcomes, including doubling the human lifespan in under a century.

While the series features many leading public health authorities and scientists on the front lines of the current pandemic, EXTRA LIFE examines the bigger picture and sparks a global conversation about how we’ve learned to save lives. The series explores how the pioneering approaches and innovative medical triumphs of the past provided a blueprint for our future in the battle to live longer.

The series is particularly sensitive to the cultural blind spots that influenced our approach to health, tracing the origins of inoculation back to Africa, long before the discovery of vaccination in the west, and highlighting the often-overlooked inequalities in access to health.

“Now more than ever, we need powerful storytelling that captures and explains the achievements in public health and medicine over the past few centuries,” said Johnson. “The fact that we have doubled life expectancy may well be the single most important development in modern history.”

“The revolution in medicine and public health that has taken place over the past three centuries is one of the greatest achievements of all time,” said Olusoga. “The series is a history of unsung heroes and forgotten pioneers whose incredible stories deserve to be better known.”

Each episode will explore one aspect of public health that has played a central role in our battle to live longer.

Episode One: “Vaccines” explores the history and use of vaccination, from early practices in Africa introduced to America during the slave trade and Thomas Jefferson’s clinical trials, to the first anti-vax protests in the 19th century and COVID-19 today.

Episode Two: “Medical Drugs” focuses on the more recent medical inventions that combat illness directly, particularly antibiotics, and the development of antiviral drugs for HIV. Knowledge of how to produce safe, effective drugs and distribute them quickly around the globe now underpins work to find treatments for COVID-19.

Episode Three: “Data” looks at how the emergence of fact-based research, data mapping and analysis has improved public health. The practice evolved out of the 19th century science of epidemiology and cholera mortality reports in the 1840s, where the now ubiquitous “curve” of an epidemic was first documented.

Episode Four: “Behavior” examines the importance of public engagement during a health crisis, from the discovery that the simple act of handwashing could save lives in a 19th century Viennese maternity hospital, to facemasks and lockdowns used to combat the Spanish flu 100 years ago, along with what we are experiencing today.

EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER is a multiplatform collaboration. The series will be accompanied by an extensive education outreach component in partnership with The Pulitzer Center, which will distribute resources to schools and colleges.

The New York Times Magazine will publish a special issue, featuring a lead article by Johnson, that will delve into the larger history of science, medicine and public health. The issue will also feature data visualizations and articles by historians and other science writers.

Timed to the series premiere, Riverhead will publish a book authored by Johnson titled EXTRA LIFE: A Short History of Living Longer (Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House; on sale May 11, 2021). Johnson is the best-selling author of 12 books, including The Ghost Map, one of the seminal books on epidemics.

EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.

EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER is a production of Nutopia for PBS. The series is executive produced by Jane Root, Nicola Moody, Fiona Caldwell and Steven Johnson, and directed by Duncan Singh, Helen Sage, Tristan Quinn, David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg. Bill Gardner is the Executive in Charge for PBS.

Funding for EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the New Venture Fund and PBS.

About Nutopia

Nutopia is an award-winning television production company known for creating acclaimed, non-scripted series on a global scale. The UK and US based company is credited with creating the television genre known as the “mega-doc,” combining epic, motion picture-quality cinematography, action-driven content and prominent Hollywood actors to produce and star in the projects. The company, which was founded in 2008 by Jane Root, former President of Discovery Channel US and Controller of BBC2, and co-founder of Wall to Wall TV, has become synonymous with creating high-quality, notable content for buyers that include Netflix, Disney+, CNN, National Geographic, BBC, PBS, HBO Max and A+E Networks. Recent projects include “A World of Calm,” based on the meditation and sleep app from the billion-dollar tech company Calm, “Babies,” exploring the key developmental years in life, and Emmy Award-nominated “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” Nutopia also produced, the much-honored National Geographic series “One Strange Rock”; the BBC/PBS co-production “Civilizations”; interactive series “The Great American Read”; and Emmy Award-winning series “How We Got to Now” and “America: The Story of the US.” Upcoming projects include “Limitless,” with Chris Hemsworth, and “Welcome to the Earth (working title)” with Will Smith for Disney+, and “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” for PBS.

About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 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’s 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’s 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 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.



NEW KEN BURNS AND LYNN NOVICK DOCUMENTARY, “HEMINGWAY,” NOW STREAMING





NEW KEN BURNS AND LYNN NOVICK DOCUMENTARY, “HEMINGWAY,” NOW STREAMING ON THE
PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
— Special 4K Ultra High-Definition Version Also Available on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel —
Arlington, VA – April 8, 2021 – This April, filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick chronicle the life of legendary literary icon, Ernest Hemingway, in his newest series, “Hemingway,” now available to stream on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel. The three-part, six-hour film examines the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will also be streaming a special 4K Ultra High-Definition version of the program approximately one week after its debut on the Channel, beginning April 11, 2021.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.
Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Premiere Date April 5, 2021 & April 11, 2021 (in 4k UHD)
Episodes 3
Genre Biography, Documentary
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Photograph
Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and
Museum, Boston)
“Hemingway” is intimate and insightful, weaving together an eventful biography with carefully selected excerpts from Hemingway’s iconic short stories, novels, and non-fiction. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure, displaying the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the legends and the art he created.

Approximately one week after its debut on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, a special exclusive version of the docuseries will premiere in 4K Ultra High-Definition.

Narrated by long-time collaborator Peter Coyote, the series features an all-star cast of actors bringing Hemingway (voiced by Jeff Daniels), his friends, and family, vividly to life. Through letters to and from his four wives — voiced by Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson — the film reveals Hemingway at his most romantic and his most vulnerable, grappling at times with insecurity, anxiety, and existential loneliness. Burns and Novick paint a picture of Hemingway, who captured on paper the complexities of the human condition in profound prose, and whose work remains deeply influential around the world. Informed by interviews with celebrated writers, scholars, and Hemingway’s son, Patrick, the filmmakers explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most notable works of fiction, in novels such as, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea; short stories “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Up in Michigan,” “Indian Camp” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro;” as well as the nonfiction works Death in the Afternoon and A Moveable Feast.

His relationships with women — his mother, sisters, wives and the World War I nurse who broke his heart — profoundly affected his work. Yet for all his bravado and hyper-masculine posturing, Hemingway wrote about relationships between men and women with sensitivity, nuance, and clarity. The filmmakers were granted unusually open access to the treasure trove of Hemingway’s manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The film also explores Hemingway’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time. The iconic literary figure considered one of the greatest American writers and among the first to live and work at the treacherous nexus of art and celebrity, left behind an unparalleled body of artistic work and a complicated emotional legacy for those closest to him.
Other titles that will be coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel this April are listed below:
INDEPENDENT LENS: Charm City
Marriner Eccles: Father of the Modern Federal Reserve
My Grandparents’ War
When My Time Comes
FRONTLINE: American Insurrection
Nature: Leopard Legacy
NOVA: Picture a Scientist
Slavery by Another Name
American Experience: American OZ
Nature: Sharks of Hawaii
NOVA: Reef Rescue
Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyond
FRONTLINE: The Virus That Shook the World
Story of Us: A PBS American Portrait Special
NOVA: Runaway Universe
NOVA: Fighting for Fertility
About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video that launched August 2020. This new streaming channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION

PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CAN), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



Three-Part Series “Life at the Waterhole” Premieres Wednesdays, May 19-June 2, 2021





Three-Part Series “Life at the Waterhole” Premieres Wednesdays, May 19-June 2, 2021
The three-part series – from PBS, in partnership with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit – explores the daily drama of African wildlife at a unique waterhole rigged with partially submerged and weather-proofed cameras in Tanzania.
[via press release from PBS]
Three-Part Series LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE Premieres Wednesdays, May 19-June 2, 2021
Dr. M. Sanjayan Works with Local Communities to Help Build the World’s First Waterhole with Built-In Cameras, Designed to Capture the Fascinating and Dynamic Role of Water for Africa’s Wildlife

ARLINGTON, VA (April 7, 2021) – PBS, in partnership with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, announced today the premiere of LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, a new three-part series that explores the daily drama of African wildlife at a unique waterhole rigged with partially submerged and weather-proofed cameras in Tanzania. Created by working with local Hadzabe and Maasai communities and hosted by renowned conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan alongside award-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole, the series premieres Wednesdays, May 19-June 2, 2021 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem as bustling oases where elephants, lions, leopards and hundreds of other species meet and compete for water. The competition for existing resources has even led to human-animal conflict. Despite the growing fight for resources, little is known about how these waterholes support so much life. To film LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and PBS, working with Mwiba Wildlife Reserve and local communities in Tanzania, build an artificial waterhole and outfit it with cameras. Within hours of construction, thirsty animals flock to drink, and the team uncovers the waterhole’s complex dynamics for the first time. Filmed over three periods – the middle of the dry season, the hottest time of year and the height of the first rains – the series reveals dramatic interactions and unlikely rivalries, as well as some unexpected moments of humor. As elephants, warthogs, giraffes, monkeys and big cats jostle for position, scientists gain a greater understanding of the important role of water in Africa as its wildlife faces the growing impact of climate change.

Episode 1 (Wednesday, May 19)

The new waterhole is built in the middle of an open patch of savannah, enabling wildlife to approach from all directions. The team excavates 100 tons of soil, lays five miles of fiber optic cable and pumps in 13,000 gallons of sustainable groundwater. Within an hour, warthogs and elephants discover this new oasis, and soon a cast of wild animal characters keeps coming back. Dr. Sanjayan uncovers the surprising schedule of a day at the waterhole and uses state-of-the-art thermal cameras to record how different animals cool down to survive. As the landscape becomes drier, tensions rise between the two biggest drinkers: elephants and cape buffalo. Cameraman Bob Poole looks at the waterhole’s effect on the wider landscape, including embarking on an adventurous nightime stakeout with Sanjayan to monitor the resident big cat population. As leopards and lions close in, the waterhole quickly becomes a dangerous place.

Episode 2 (Wednesday, May 26)

As the weather heats up, the waterhole becomes busier in the cool of the evening. With remote cameras able to get within close proximity, the team uncovers the new nighttime dynamics. The shift to nocturnal activity brings a new predator out of the shadows: hyenas, creatures so elusive it is hard to know the size of the clan. Their arrival dramatically impacts other predators, and no lions or leopards are spotted while they are around. To discover more about the hyena clan, Dr. M. Sanjayan and wildlife cameraman Bob Poole head into the bush to rig remote cameras to monitor their nearby den. The waterhole is becoming an increasingly risky place for many herbivores, but new bird species continue to flock to the oasis. In an ambitious experiment, Dr. M. Sanjayan and scientist Dr. Meredith Palmer attempt to count the hyenas at night, discovering larger numbers than they ever imagined. As rain clouds gather, another dramatic change is on the horizon, and we meet a very special elephant.

Episode 3 (Wednesday, June 2)

The rains begin to fall, and the area transforms into a lush grazing pasture. This time of year can be harder for predators as prey migrate further and temperatures are more moderate. Using remote cameras, Dr. M. Sanjayan and the team reveal how the hyena clan copes with these new circumstances. Cameraman Bob Poole catches up with some of the waterhole community that is now spread out across the landscape, looking for the freshest grass. With plenty of calories available, now is the time for many species like giraffes to mate. Back at the waterhole, Dr. Sanjayan uncovers a massive shift in the drinking schedule as a great migration of wildebeest heads towards Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. These grazing animals move en masse and require a lot of food and water. Will this put further pressure on the waterhole residents? As the rains continue, it’s not just the landscape around the waterhole that changes. With food and water in abundance, it’s birthing season for many herbivores. But how will an increase in population affect the area? At the end of the rainy season, Dr. Sanjayan delves into the data to discover how animals have used the waterhole across the past three seasons.

LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE is a BBC Studios Natural History Production for PBS and BBC. Series Producer is Anwar Mamon. Executive Producer is Roger Webb. Executive in Charge for PBS is Bill Gardner.

PBS Digital Studios will also launch IN OUR NATURE, a new six-episode series inspired by LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE that reveals the spectacular life and biology of the Serengeti, and what it says about ecosystems in North America. Hosted by Dr. Joe Hanson of PBS’s popular digital series IT’S OKAY TO BE SMART and produced by Spotzen, each episode highlights a major biological principal best understood through life in the Serengeti. Filmed on location in Tanzania and across the United States, the series is co-hosted by Jahawi Bertolli, a 2019 National Geographic Explorer, wildlife filmmaker, photographer and music producer based in Kenya, and features guest appearances from well-known YouTube personalities and science communicators Emily Graslie (The Brain Scoop, PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP) and Trace Dominguez (Seeker, NATURE “Animal IQ,” Uno Dos of Trace, Star Gazers). The series will launch in the summer of 2021.

About Dr. M. Sanjayan

Dr. M. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist whose work spans from genetics to wildlife migration to nature’s impacts on human well-being. The CEO of Conservation International, Sanjayan holds a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of California-Santa Cruz. His peer-reviewed scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology. He is a visiting researcher at UCLA and a distinguished professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is also a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Raised in Southeast Asia and West Africa, Sanjayan has attracted widespread media coverage from The New York Times, Outside Magazine and CNN International. His media appearances include NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” and he has hosted more than a dozen documentaries from PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Showtime. Most recently, he hosted the University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab series, which garnered over 20 million views. Sanjayan lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter. When able, he spends time in Montana fly-fishing, or birding and diving around the world.

About Bob Poole, Wildlife Cameraman

Bob Poole grew up in Kenya, where his family spent much of their time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. His career began as a teenager while working on a film about elephants for National Geographic. With a university degree in Earth Science, he became a cinematographer, working around the world on natural history programs. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, his extensive credit list includes landmark shows for PBS, BBC and National Geographic. Working on the other side of the camera, Poole fronts shows and live TV for PBS, BBC and National Geographic. He tours with National Geographic LIVE, speaking in cities across the world, and is a Fellow with the Explorers Club.

About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 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 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 Communications on Twitter.

About the Natural History Unit, BBC Studios Production

BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces the world’s most iconic natural history programmes, such as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, which have been watched by more than a billion people globally. Ranging from technically challenging live shows and super-landmarks to long-running series and children’s content, The Natural History Unit programmes include Seven Worlds, One Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough, Primates, Earth’s Tropical Islands, Dynasties, Blue Planet Live, Springwatch, Bears About the House, Andy’s Aquatic Adventures and third-party commissions for Discovery, Apple, NBC, Quibi, National Geographic and BBC America. The Natural History Unit is part of BBC Studios, a subsidiary of the BBC, which develops, produces and distributes bold, British content, making over 2500 hours of content each year, operating in 22 markets globally and generating revenue of around £1.4bn. In the year to March 2019, it returned £243m to the BBC Group, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.



NEW SEASONS OF “CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET” AND “SIMPLY MING”





NEW SEASONS OF “CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET” AND “SIMPLY MING”
STREAMING ON PBS LIVING THIS APRIL
Arlington, VA – April 5, 2021 – This April, a number of new and inspiring programs are coming to the PBS LIVING channel, available on Prime Video and Apple TV Channels. In the all-new season of “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street,” viewers will be presented with cuisines from around the world, and will be able to expand their own culinary abilities in the process. Then, viewers can watch as award-winning chef Ming Tsai and his son, Henry, prepare delicious and easy-to-follow recipes from their home in season 18 of “Simply Ming.” Other programs available on the channel include “Story of Us: An American Portrait Special,” “Weekends with Yankee, Season 5” and “My Grandparents’ War.”

The subscription rate for PBS LIVING is $2.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS LIVING is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99/month with no additional annual fees. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Information about each of the programs is listed below.
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, Season 4

Premiere Date: April 1, 2021
Episodes: 23
Genre: Cooking, How-To

“Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street” takes viewers around the world to discover techniques and ingredients that can transform home cooking, producing bigger, bolder dishes with less time and effort. In the fourth season, viewers travel with Kimball to different locations around the world, including Italy, Mexico and Israel. Featured dishes include Bolognese-Style Pork Cutlets, which can be made on a weeknight, Mexican Sweet Corn Cake, Vietnamese Chicken Curry, a flourless chocolate cake with bourbon and orange called Bête Noire, and many more.
Simply Ming, Season 18

Premiere Date: April 27, 2021
Episodes: 13
Genre: Cooking, How-To

The newest season of “Simply Ming” takes cooking at home to a whole new level! Award-winning host chef Ming Tsai opens the door to his own kitchen as he and his son, Henry Tsai, prepare delicious and easy-to-follow recipes. From Smoked Salmon and Crispy Fennel Okonomiyaki, to Edamame-Shitake Ravioli, to Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, Ming, with an assist from Henry, demonstrates new and unique Asian-inspired recipes, along with his versatility and knowledge in the kitchen.
Other titles streaming on PBS LIVING in April:

My Grandparents’ War
Story of Us: A PBS American Portrait Special
Weekends with Yankee, Season 5

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



“INDEPENDENT LENS: CHARM CITY” ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL





“INDEPENDENT LENS: CHARM CITY” ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
THIS APRIL
Program Follows Citizens, Organizations and Law Enforcement’s Attempts to Quell Violence and Advance Racial Equality in Baltimore
Arlington, VA – April 5, 2021 – Coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel this April is the powerful and moving documentary, “INDEPENDENT LENS: Charm City.” Filmed during some of the most violent years in Baltimore’s history, “Charm City” delivers a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore. With grit, fury and compassion, they try to reclaim their city’s future.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Information about the program is listed below.
INDEPENDENT LENS: Charm City

Premiere Date April 23, 2021
Episodes 1
Genre Documentary, Public Affairs
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andre Lambertson)
On the streets of Baltimore, the Charm City nickname had never seemed less apt; shooting was rampant, the murder rate was approaching an all-time high, and distrust of the police was at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman tried to combat the epidemic of violence. Filmed during the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, “INDEPENDENT LENS: Charm City” is a powerful cinéma vérité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. The film highlights the positive actions undertaken by groups and individuals, who came together to rebuild, heal and forge a better way forward.
Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
in April:
FRONTLINE: American Insurrection
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: American OZ
NOVA: Fighting for Fertility
Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
NATURE: Leopard Legacy
Marriner Eccles: Father of the Modern Federal Reserve
My Grandparents’ War
NOVA: Picture a Scientist
NOVA: Reef Rescue
NOVA: Runaway Universe
NATURE: Sharks of Hawaii
Slavery by Another Name
Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond
Story of Us: A PBS American Portrait Special
FRONTLINE: The Virus That Shook the World
When My Time Comes
About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video that launched August 2020. This new streaming channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



“BASEBALL: A FILM BY KEN BURNS,” STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL





CATCH UP ON AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME!
EMMY® AWARD WINNING, LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY SERIES,
“BASEBALL: A FILM BY KEN BURNS,”
NOW FULLY REMASTERED IN HD
STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
(Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY)

About “Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns”

Just in time for Major League Baseball’s opening weekend, Ken Burns’ landmark documentary series, “Baseball”, is fully remastered in HD and streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel. Viewers can watch the story of how, over the years, baseball has not just been a game, but America’s pastime that continuously echoed the social issues and created unforgettable moments in history.

“Baseball”, the Emmy® Award Winner for Outstanding Informational Series, encapsulates the history and enthralling atmosphere of the sport. Now, the series is rejuvenated as each photograph and clip were meticulously inspected and repaired to create the most visually appealing presentation. This breathtaking story sheds light on the icons who have graced us with their presence on the diamond and the moments that have forever changed the way fans look at the game. With all of us anxiously waiting for baseball’s return, what better way to curb the craving than with the tremendous story-telling of Ken Burns.

“Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns” will be streaming in HD on the
PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The subscription rate for PBS Documentaries is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video that launched August 2020. This new streaming channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION

PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



Masterpiece Announces Second Season of “Miss Scarlet and The Duke”





Masterpiece Announces Second Season of “Miss Scarlet and The Duke”
Almost eight million viewers tuned in to the series’ first season, which premiered on PBS in January as part of Masterpiece’s 50th anniversary lineup.
[via press release from PBS]
MASTERPIECE Announces Second Season of Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Boston, MA; March 29, 2021 – MASTERPIECE and Element 8 Entertainment have announced a second season of Miss Scarlet and The Duke, the popular mystery starring Kate Phillips as the fearless, first-ever female detective in Victorian London and Stuart Martin as her childhood friend and potential love interest Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington.

Almost eight million viewers tuned in to the series’ first season, which premiered on PBS in January as part of MASTERPIECE ‘s 50th anniversary lineup. It was streamed 3.6 million times.

“Miss Scarlet and The Duke was an instant fan favorite,” says Susanne Simpson, executive producer of MASTERPIECE. “Our audience couldn’t resist its lighthearted tone and the appealing characters so wonderfully portrayed by Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin. We’re delighted the show will return for a second season.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston.

In a performance called “enthralling” by IndieWire, Phillips (The Crown, Wolf Hall) plays Eliza Scarlet, daughter of a retired investigator played by Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), who tutored young Eliza in the crime-solving arts. When he dies, she is left penniless and determined to become a private detective to support herself. Unfortunately, detectives have always been men, but a family friend at Scotland Yard called The Duke and played by Martin (Jamestown) offers to help. So begins a collaboration that grows into something more ardent. “Will they or won’t they?” became the subject of much speculation across MASTERPIECE social communities.

Writer/Creator Rachael New says: “I’m absolutely thrilled at the news that Miss Scarlet and The Duke will be back for a season 2. I have so much in store for Duke, Eliza and her crew. With even more action, adventure and of course a nice big dollop of romance, it’s going to be a cracking season. The fans are going to LOVE it!”

“We have found our dream partners in MASTERPIECE and PBS Distribution,” says Patricia Lenahan Ishimoto, Managing Partner, Element 8. “They have embraced the series and given us the gift of creative license to continue to unfold the magic that Rachael New has so thoughtfully crafted for Eliza, Duke and their eclectic band of friends. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for them.”

The second season of Miss Scarlet and the Duke will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS in 2022.

Season 2 of Miss Scarlet and The Duke is a Co-Production of Element 8 Entertainment and MASTERPIECE in association with Patrick Irwin and Todd Berger. It was created by Rachael New and written by Rachael New and Ben Edwards. The lead director is Steve Hughes. It is distributed by PBSd.

Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking(R) and Raymond James, with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The Masterpiece Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

Terms of Use: PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.