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Islamic Art: In Paradise There Is Always Water

Michael Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

Such is the vision of the "Better World" that Islamic civilization created from the eighth century onward. These intrepid empire-builders managed to create great palace-garden complexes, where water is the central element.

Islamic Architecture: Mirror Of The Invisible World

Robert Gardner | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Gardner

Two buildings that represent a great contrast and diversity in Islamic architecture are the Taj Mahal in India, one of the most memorable buildings in human history, and the Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali, the largest mud construction in the world.

Nora Ephron Talked 'Last Meals' With Charlie Rose

Posted 08.26.2012 | TV

When Nora Ephron released her book, "I Remember Nothing," two years ago, the late beloved screenwriter, author and playwright sat down for a rare tele...

'Fireworks' Are Coming To 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 06.19.2012 | TV

From its ratings success to its six Emmy Awards, "Downton Abbey" has become a phenomenon. And from the sounds of Season 3, "Downton" obsession won't b...

'Antiques Roadshow' Goes Back To '97 For A Second Look

Posted 06.19.2012 | TV

For the first time in its long history, "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. ET on PBS) took a look back at some items they'd appraised in a previous epi...

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High School Mariachi Changes Students' Lives | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home

Eloy Martinez didn't fall into Zapata High School's mariachi band as much as he was completely bowled over by it. Six years ago, he was a fifth grader...

Singer Alfie Boe and PBS: A Match Made in Musical Heaven

Tamar Abrams | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Tamar Abrams

As much as it is possible to give credit to one specific medium for the success of a star, PBS should take a bow for propelling British singer Alfie Boe into so many American living rooms and hearts.

WATCH: Exploring Northern Ireland Beyond Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.14.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

About half-way up the Antrim coast we stop for a bio-break at the chocolate-box village of Carnlough, on the edge of an uncongenial harbor bobbing with blue and white boats. We are in the middlemost of the rainy season, but the weather doesn't know it. The sun is beaming, so I sprawl on a picnic table for a few minutes, close my eyes and sail away.

WATCH: Beyond The Titanic In Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is no escaping Titanic in Belfast, but my friend offered to show me some non-Titanic facets of her cisatlantic city.

WATCH: Searching For The Titanic In Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.12.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is one view that celebrating a tragedy of this scope with commercial tours, tributes and knick-knacks is somehow disrespectful and gauche, like grave dancing. But those who subscribe to George Santayana's trope rationalize a nobleness in the exercise.

WATCH: Richard Bangs Explores Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.11.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The only thing Belfast does in moderation is moderation.

WATCH: Mister Rogers Gets Gloriously Auto-Tuned

Posted 06.07.2012 | Comedy

Get ready to feast your eyes and ears on something truly amazing and uplifting. Thanks to PBS Digital Studios, we now have the masterpiece, "Garden O...

KLCS (PBS) Hosts the TV Premiere of Hollywood To Dollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Last summer, Parton hosted two sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl. This year, she's the inspiration of a documentary film that will benefit our city's only public television station.

PBS Deserves Tons of Awards, but Not for Selling Kids on Chick-fil-A

Susan Linn | Posted 07.23.2012 | Media
Susan Linn

PBS deserves lots of awards, but using a beloved children's character to entice children into fast food restaurants is nothing to celebrate. Families deserve more from public television.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving Making a Memorable Memorial Day

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

For many of us, it seems that Memorial Day may have lost some of its meaning. But there are some things you can do to change this that are relatively easy.

'Antiques Roadshow': Painting For $2.50 Worth How Much?

Posted 05.22.2012 | TV

It's that fantasy that so many people have had. Let's face it, the general public doesn't know a lot about fine art, and certainly doesn't know a lot ...

A Pot Luck Meal Of Ideas

John Merrow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Remember pot-luck suppers, when everyone brought a dish or two? What follows is the the equivalent -- although substituting ideas for food. Because t...

What To Watch On TV This Week

Posted 05.15.2012 | TV

It's a week of finales on TV this week, so before getting excited about next season's series, let's remember to say goodbye to our tried and true show...

'Antiques Roadshow': How Much For A Cardboard Cutout Of Elvis Presley?

Posted 05.15.2012 | TV

"Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. ET on PBS) was in Minneapolis Monday night, and one of the standout items brought in to be appraised was a cardboard...

WATCH: Director Discusses New Johnny Carson Documentary

Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty

Twenty years after he stepped down as host of The Tonight Show, PBS will premiere a documentary on Johnny Carson called "King of Late Night" as a part...

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.

'Antiques Roadshow': Woman's Engagement Ring Is Worth $160,000

Posted 05.08.2012 | TV

The "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. ET on PBS) stopped in Minneapolis Monday night where it gave regular viewer Lesley a bit of a shock. She had...

PBS Will Air New Documentary On Latinos

AP | Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK — PBS said Wednesday it is preparing a six-hour documentary series on the history of Latinos in the United States, set to air in the fa...

The Rebirth of American Manufacturing

Yul Kwon | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Yul Kwon

Like a lot of people, I had come to accept the conventional wisdom that America doesn't make anything anymore. What I discovered is that the prevailing narrative of decline and decay is overly simplistic and, in some ways, flat-out wrong.

How Much Is Willie Mays' Away-Game Uniform Worth?

Posted 05.01.2012 | TV

Willie Mays' jerseys are known to fetch high prices when sold at auction, but how much would would a whole uniform go for? On "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon...