SPACE: THE LONGEST GOODBYE: Filmmaker Ido Mizrahy, astronaut Cady Coleman, subject Jamey Simpson on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

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SPACE: THE LONGEST GOODBYE premieres on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS on Monday, May 6, and is now available to stream on the PBS app and on PBS’s YouTube channel. Directed by Ido Mizrahy, the documentary examines the effects of long space missions on both the astronauts and the families they leave at home. Mizrahy’s previous projects include the narrative feature THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES and the documentary GORED. During PBS’s portion of the Winter 2024 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, SPACE: THE LONGEST GOODBYE director Mizrahi, chemist and former NASA astronaut Catherine Grace “Cady” Coleman, who was […]Read On »


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TWO STRIKES: Filmmaker Ursula Liang on new PBS FRONTLINE documentary – Exclusive Interview

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The documentary TWO STRIKES premieres as part of PBS’s FRONTLINE on Tuesday, September 5, paired with TUTWILER. Both films deal with incarceration. TUTWILER concerns women inmates who give birth in prison. TWO STRIKES examines Florida’s HB 1371, the Prisoner Releasee Reoffender Act, which was passed in May 1997. This dictates that anyone convicted of certain categories of crime who reoffends within three years is subject to life in prison without parole, even if this is only a second offense. TWO STRIKES filmmaker Ursula Liang focuses on the case of Mark Jones, and the impact on both him and his wife […]Read On »


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RICHARD III: Director Robert O’Hara on new PBS Shakespeare adaptation – Exclusive Interview

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The Shakespeare in the Park production of RICHARD III, starring Danai Gurira (who has played warriors in THE WALKING DEAD and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as being an award-winning playwright) in the title role, ran from June 21, 2022 through July 17, 2022 at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. In July, 2022, the production was recorded for PBS’s GREAT PERFORMANCES series, to air Friday, May 19, 2023. Robert O’Hara, who directed the production of RICHARD III, was born in Cincinatti, Ohio. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of SLAVE PLAY. […]Read On »


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SAM NOW: Filmmaker Reed Harness discusses his family documentary mystery – Exclusive Interview

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SAM NOW is a multi-award-winning documentary that has its television premiere Monday, May 8, on INDEPENDENT LENS on PBS. Filmmaker Reed Harkness began making short films featuring his younger half-brother Sam Harkness when Sam was eleven. These shorts often featured Sam as the character the Blue Panther. Sam’s mother mother Jois (pronounced Joyce) had divorced Reed and Sam’s father Randy Harkness and remarried. When Sam was fourteen, Jois disappeared. But SAM NOW is not a true crime story. Reed and Sam Harkness set out on a road trip to find Jois when Sam was seventeen. What they found shows family, […]Read On »


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ICONIC AMERICA: OUR SYMBOLS AND STORIES WITH DAVID RUBENSTEIN – Exclusive Interview

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David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chairman of the extremely successful international private equity firm The Carlyle Group. He is also an original signer of the Giving Pledge, and involved in chairing nonprofit organizations, including the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Council on Foreign Relations, to name a few. As if that’s not enough to do, Rubenstein is also the host of PBS’s new eight-part ICONIC AMERICA: OUR SYMBOLS AND STORIES WITH DAVID RUBENSTEIN, which premieres Wednesday, April 26. Rubenstein’s other PBS series, HISTORY WITH DAVID RUBENSTEIN, recently concluded its fourth […]Read On »


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FREE CHOL SOO LEE: Filmmakers and activists Julie Ha, Eugene Yi, Gail Whang and Ranko Yamada on new PBS doc – Exclusive Interview

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Chol Soo Lee was a young Korean immigrant living in San Francisco’s Chinatown when he was arrested on June 7, 1973, and subsequently convicted, for the murder of Yip Yee Tak. While in prison, Lee was given the death penalty for the killing of a fellow inmate, although Lee claimed self-defense. In June of 1977, reporter K.W. Lee (no relation to Chol Soo), after hearing from young Asian-American activists, began investigating the case for a series of articles in the SACRAMENTO UNION. K.W. Lee found facts that strongly suggested that Chol Soo Lee had been wrongly targeted for the murder […]Read On »


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WORK IT OUT WOMBATS! Creators on new PBS Kids animated series – Exclusive Interview

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PBS Kids’ new series WORK IT OUT WOMBATS! premieres Monday, February 6, on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel. For those unfamiliar with the animal, a wombat is an Australian marsupial mammal that looks a little like a woodchuck. Except, in the case of WORK IT OUT WOMBATS!, the wombats are animated siblings who live with their grandmother in the Treeborhood (that’s a neighborhood in a tree). The program is designed to help children ages three through six begin to understand computer coding. If this ambition sounds like a tall order (especially if you’re an adult who still doesn’t understand […]Read On »


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PBS NATURE: Executive producer Fred Kaufman on the Season 41 premiere – Exclusive Interview

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PBS NATURE celebrates its forty-first season this year, beginning Wednesday, October 19. The Season 41 premier e episode, RUNNING WITH THE BEEST, documents the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest from one East African nation to another and back, as well as the issues surrounding this mass movement. PBS NATURE executive producer Fred Kaufman, who has won eight Emmy Awards in that capacity, started on the series as a producer when it began back in 1982, and has been with it ever since. He explains how he became the executive producer, what’s going on with the wildebeest, and […]Read On »


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MAGPIE MURDERS: Creator and executive producers on new PBS series – Exclusive Interview

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MAGPIE MURDERS, the six-episode mystery series based on Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling 2016 novel, makes its U.S. debut on Sunday, October 16, on PBS MASTERPIECE. (The series premiered earlier this year in the U.K. on Britbox.) In MAGPIE MURDERS, two worlds are intertwined. In the real present, London book editor Susan Ryeland (Lesley Manville, Oscar-nominated for her performance in 2017’s PHANTOM THREAD) is trying to find the missing last chapter of the latest murder mystery by famous writer Alan Conway (Conleth Hill), who has died under suspicious circumstances. And in Conway’s book, MAGPIE MURDERS, we’re inside the novel with the character […]Read On »


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PBS miniseries doc: THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST – Exclusive Interview

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THE U.S. AND THE HOLOCAUST is a meticulously-researched documentary miniseries about what Americans did – or often did not do – to address the rise of fascism and genocide in Germany, and around the world, before, during and after World War II. The parallels to contemporary events are terrifying. The six-hour film airs on PBS over three nights – Sunday, September 18, Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21 – in two-hour installments. The film was directed and produced by prolific documentarians and frequent collaborators Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick. Novick was a director/producer with Burns on the […]Read On »


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