In today’s INTERVUE, America is getting ready to turn 243 years this Saturday and we are celebrating n this style with our annual July 4th celebration, A Capitol Fourth on PBS! While the program is not taped live as with previous years, the fortieth anniversary promises to deliver the same triumphant performances that bring the country together for ninety spectacular minutes.
Today’s guest is part of the best vocal groups of all-time! With 14 No 1 singles on the R&B charts in the 60s & 70s, the mighty Temptations ruled radio waves to become one of the most dominant vocal groups of all time. Here to talk with me about his role on the 40th Anniversary we have the mighty Temptation himself, the legendary Otis Williams!
PBS will address race and racism in America with a series of specials and streaming content including: Race Matter: America in Crisis, A PBS Newshour Special; America in Black and Blue 2020; Films with Historical Context by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and more through the month of June.
America in Black and Blue 2020 will begin the month on Thursday, June 4th (9/8C).
On this edition of THE INTERVUE, Memorial Day is around the corner for us and the people of Washington, you know what that means. A time-honored tradition returns to television, the 31st Annual National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday night at 8pm EST on PBS. While the concert won’t be televised live this year, due to COVID-19, the show does prevail with some amazing talent including our next guest. She is the best selling and most awarded female gospel artist of all time. The legendary CeCe Winans.
PBS has announced the premiere date for a new special – In This Together: A PBS American Portrait – that will share how Americans are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.
In This Together: A PBS American Portrait will air on Friday, May 8th – and will begin streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV and Chromecast, simultaneously.
Lynn Novick (The Viet Nam War, Prohibition, Frank Lloyd Wright, The War) has directed and produced a new documentary series, College Behind Bars, that reveals the transformative power of higher education through the experiences of incarcerated men and women.
The four-part docu-series will air on PBS in November. Details follow.
Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson are Iraq veterans who came home with demons. In order to deal them, they decided to walk from Milwaukee to Santa Barbara – while also raising awareness of the pandemic of suicides among veterans.
POV is telling their story in a documentary called Almost Sunrise – appropriately premiering following Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 13th on PBS.
The Child In Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of a child.
A co-production with BBC One, The Child In Time will air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2018.
American Epic is a documentary series that ‘explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties.’
The premiere episode of American Epic, The Big Bang, explores music captured by traveling recorders – music by The Carter Family, Jimmie Rogers and the Memphis Jug Band.
Rapper Nas talks about the Memphis Jug Band and their music still sounds contemporary because of its content, ‘These guys are talking about carrying guns, shooting something, protecting their honor, chasing after some woman who’s done them dirty…it’s the same as rap music today, so it just tells you something about American culture, American music…’
American Epic premieres on PBS on Tuesday, May 16th. Concert film American Epic Sessions will premiere on Tuesday, June 6th.
Dalya’s Other Country is the story of how Dalya, a Syrian girl, and her family face adjusting to a new, very different culture – and how her life has changed since she and her family were displaced from their home city of Aleppo in Syria’s ongoing conflict.
Dalya’s Other Country with two equally timely shorts: the Oscar®-nominated 4.1 Miles, which follows local coast guard officers stationed off the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of migrants have braved the Mediterranean to flee conflicts at home; and From Damascus to Chicago – two young Syrian siblings recently resettled in Chicago enroll in a dance class as their family navigates a new city and country.
Dalya’s Other Country, 4.1 Miles and From Damascus to Chicago premiere on POV on PBS on Monday, June 26th.