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Using Skyfall to Fight Back Against Kim Jong-un

James Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
James Jones

While making Secret State of North Korea for the investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, we found a group of defectors who are risking their lives once again to fight back against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

Saving Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Terrence Stevens Story Featured on PBS

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.24.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

WATCH: Documentary Explores African-American Funeral Traditions

Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices

In Harlem, 62-year-old Isaiah Owens is known as "Fix Em," for his ability to repair dead bodies ravaged by disease, mishap or violence; in the forthco...

American Masters: Philip Roth and the Writer's Life Unmasked

Aimee Pozorski | Posted 05.27.2013 | Books
Aimee Pozorski

The documentary is not intended to "unmask" Philip Roth in the sense that you learn every possible thing about him. What the film unmasks is the solitary life of the writer, the life of one who has become, as Manera articulated, "a self-appointed slave to his writing."

Women in the Arts

NYC-ARTS | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

The women we look up to in the arts -- from New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan soaring above the stage at Lincoln Center to action hero Elizabeth Streb scaling a building in London -- have their own inspiring heroines, some famous and others less known.

WATCH: Filmmaker Aims To Humanize The Drug War Through The Life Of A Mexican Cemetery 'Watchman'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.27.2012 | Latino Voices

Decapitated bodies, blood soaked streets, and mugshots of the cartel leaders behind the violence flash before television audiences, all in an attempt ...

WATCH: PBS' 'VOCES' Documentary Series Back For Third Season

Posted 09.12.2012 | Latino Voices

It’s no secret that the Latinos population have has grown steadily over recent years. Hispanics in the United States are reshaping our culture and ...

WATCH: Is The End Of AIDS In Sight?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.13.2012 | Black Voices

In the time it takes to read this article, someone in the United States will contract HIV and, according to recent statistics, there's a 50 percent ch...

David Kennard: 40 Years of Nonfiction Hits

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Terence Clarke

Kennard has just finished writing, producing and directing a remarkable series of films for PBS titled Keeping Score. Each film features a single major piece by a particular composer.

Cracking Your Genetic Code: NOVA-Hastings Film Explores Issues That Arise From Genomic Science

Michael Roth | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Michael Roth

On the one hand, genomic science promises us an unprecedented look at the material sources of our lives, and on the other hand, this science may tempt some to think that we are nothing more than our genetic makeup.

PBS Says It Will Revisit Maligned Moves

nytimes.com | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media

Under intense public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, including a Twitter campaign, PBS on Thursday agreed to find a new home next se...

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

The team at PBS consists of dedicated people; constantly looking for ways to increase their audience. But there is always a danger, in any organization, of only seeing the world from the top down, and then counting heads to measure whether something is good or not.

'Billy The Kid' PBS Film Explores Hispanic Link

AP | By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- His mythical exploits and jail escapes made this son of Irish immigrants one of the nation's most famous Old West outlaws. Yet fe...

Documentaries: In Defense of Diversity -- Documenting Our Changing World

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.26.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Instead of fear, a chaotic economy in the West and upheavals elsewhere causing us to think nationally and turn inwards, now is actually the time to reach out towards other parts of the planet. Will this happen? Documentaries can help us move in this direction.

Still Looking for Alexander

David O. Stewart | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
David O. Stewart

If good intentions and a lively imagination were all that counted, the documentary Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton would be a masterwork.

Save the "Street": A Technological Reboot in Order for Public Television?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christina Gagnier

As we move forward with the development of free platforms to create dynamic programming online, an American institution has been left behind: public television.

PBS "Earth Days" Premiere tonight! A Must-See Interview with Producer/Director Robert Stone

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Robert Stone, director of the American Experience documentary film "Earth Days" says "the great mistake of the environmental movement was when it go...

America's Best Idea

Edward J. Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Edward J. Murray

Few things attract people to move to a new community like beautiful parks. If there is such a thing as "secular religion" in America, our parks are its chapels.

Michelle Obama and I Agree: Commit to the Arts in Schools

Michael Tilson Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Tilson Thomas

With state budgets under attack, we in the arts are bracing for a familiar song: whether or not to fund arts in the schools.

Ken Burns' New National Parks Documentary Starts Slowly, But Gets Better

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

I suspect those who only watch the first few episodes will be teetering on the edge of boredom. Those who stay around longer, or just cherry-pick an episode to watch among the later ones will end up much more excited and satisfied.

The Simple Health Insurance Solution

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've had my own angry, screaming battles with my health insurance carrier. It seems everyone I've talked to has had a similar experience. I just don't see them marching on Washington about it.

The Ten Best Movies About Journalism by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the wake of the revered Walter Cronkite's passing, I've attempted to isolate the ten best movies about journalism.

Back to the Future in Pakistan

Shuja Nawaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shuja Nawaz

As 2007 was lurching toward a messy end in Pakistan, a documentary film suddenly caught much attention inside the country and abroad, especially among the diaspora Pakistanis.

If You Experience An Election Lasting More Than...

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

The debates are over but the campaign goes on and on... and on. We need it to be over, but there's still so much to be done. And will it even be over when it's over?