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Independent Lens

Independent Lens logoIndependent Lens introduces new drama and documentary films made by independent filmmakers. Independent Lens films vary in length from four-minute comic shorts and half-hour experimental pieces to hour-long dramas and feature-length documentaries. Past seasons of Independent Lens have been presented by hosts Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Susan Sarandon, and Edie Falco. The current host is Terrence Howard.

Islam - Empire of Faith

Islam - Empire of Faith logoThis three-part series covers more than a thousand years of Islamic history and culture, with emphasis on the contributions that Muslims have made in science, medicine, art, philosophy, learning, and trade.

It Figures

It Figures logoWelcome to the It Figures guide at TV Tome. Three years after ThinkAbout produced their finest hours, AIT began Phase Two of their Skills Essential to Learning Project. The earliest series to emerge from that project was It Figures. It Figures was a 28-part mathematics series for fourth graders. Each introduced real-life situations involving math concepts that can, at times, prove difficult. Often a child would get caught in the problem and not come out successfully, but experience would prove the best teacher. Capsizing the information taught in each program was a cartoon sequence by the same talents who had enlivened Eureka! These cartoons, most often, provided previews of what would follow in the live-action sequence to follow. It Figures was produced in six locations involving seve...

It's a Big Big World

It's a Big Big World logoIt's a Big Big World features Snook the sloth and his many friends in the World Tree. With the help of Madge, an old and wise turtle, he helps everyone to learn about scientific concepts such as metamorphosis, molting and much more. Featuring lively music and "Shadowmation," a process developed by Mitchell Kriegman, creator of Bear in the Big Blue House. Their tree house is on the middle of the rain forest. They even have school in the tree house. They have all kind of animals there. Snooc is very old, slow, and he sleeps a lot. That's the big big world.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire logoCommanding shoguns and fierce samurai warriors, exotic geisha and exquisite artisans—all were part of a Japanese renaissance between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan went from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace. But stability came at a price: for nearly 250 years, Japan was a land closed to the Western world, ruled by the shogun under his absolute power and control. Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire brings to life the unknown story of a mysterious empire, its relationship with the West, and the forging of a nation that would emerge as one of the most important countries in the world.

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns logoThis series explores the history of the major American musical form. We track its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920's to the mid 1940's both in its original form and in Swing through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres into the present day. Along the way, we learn of the lives and work of major contributors to the form such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie "Bird" Parker and many others who helped form Jazz into the vibrant musical form it is. Moreover, we see how the music reflected the political and social issues of the African American community over the course of the form's history.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth logoBill Moyers interviews legendary scholar and teacher Joseph Campbell about the origins and meanings of mythology. Using history, art, Jungian psychology, and even modern cinema, Campbell demonstrates the origins of mythic images in the deepest parts of our psyche and the power of myth in our daily lives. Most of these conversations were filmed at George Lucas' 'Skywalker Ranch.' Lucas volunteered the use of the buildings to thank Professor Campbell for the role his work played in shaping Lucas' Star Wars films.

Journey of Man

Journey of Man logoHow did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.

Journey To Planet Earth

Journey To Planet Earth logoHosted by Matt Damon, "Journey to Planet Earth" is a current PBS series that explores the fragile relationship between people and the world they inhabit. The series is designed to help viewers cope with the complexities of developing an agenda to deal with the most important environmental issues of the 21st century. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology, and history.
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