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3 Steps to Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, MD is a sixty-minute pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America. Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese - and that number is growing just like our waistlines! Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary health plan is not about will power, it is about knowledge. 3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! offers a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming the vitality and good health we all deserve.
It's early rock and pop at its best, hosted by the always vivacious and "Supreme" Mary Wilson, this show spotlights the girl groups and solo singers from the early and mid-1960s in an all-archival celebration that features original performances. Featuring The Marvelettes; The Angels; Martha & the Vandellas; The Shangri-Las; The Shirelles; The Crystals; The Ronettes; The Supremes; Dee Dee Sharp; Mary Wells; Aretha Franklin and many more.
In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, age 29, on a Canadian soundstage for the live music TV series "In Session," magic took place. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, waited for.
A celebration of song and story, this special spotlights the signature sound and indomitable spirit of five-time Grammy® winner and National Medal of Arts honoree Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (1923-2012). Blind since childhood, Doc developed an innovative flat-picking style of playing guitar and helped lead the folk roots revival of the 1960s.
For over half a century, the immensely popular and immediately identifiable melodies of composer Burt Bacharach have touched millions of music lovers around the world. This My Music special, hosted by Robert Wagner, celebrates Bacharach's hits of the 1960s-1980s by original artists Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield, and others.
The Universe of Battle - 1863 (episode 5) The turning point of the war is reached at the legendary Battle of Gettysburg. While 150,000 men face death in Pennsylvania's fields, the war spreads westward. As the Union drafts more soldiers, riots rage in New York, and African American troops join the fight. At Gettysburg's cemetery, President Lincoln articulates the poignant hope "that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
A celebration of Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie tunes and longtime fan favorites, this concert features performances of "Que Sera, Sera," "That's Amore," "Our Anniversary," "Silver Wings," "Blaze of Glory" and many more. Joining Daniel on stage is his six-piece band, back-up vocalists, and singing partner of 26 years, Mary Duff.
Don McLean - American Troubadour is an hour-long music documentary featuring the best performances of Don McLean's most popular songs. The performances will be intercut with newly filmed interviews and intimate documentary scenes of McLean and his family, and rarely seen archival footage, stills and graphics celebrating the 40-year career of one of America's premier singer-songwriters.
It’s the season finale of Downton Abbey. Lady Rose is being presented at the Palace and meets the Prince of Wales. Lady Cora’s mother (played by Shirley MacLaine) and brother (played by Paul Giamatti) come over for an extended visit. But as with previous seasons, who knows how it will end?
Easy Yoga: The Secret to Strength and Balance with Peggy Cappy
Discover how yoga can help you increase strength and mobility at any age. Peggy Cappy, whose gentle yoga approach has helped many reduce stress and create greater comfort and ease in body, mind and spirit for more than 40 years, shows how yoga poses can increase range of motion, improve awareness of the body, help prevent bone loss and keep the metabolism running efficiently.
Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii
In 1973, Elvis Presley performed what was probably the biggest performance of his career: a concert broadcast live from Hawaii. This show, created by Elvis's manager, Colonel Tom Parker reached 1.5 billion people in 40 countries around the globe. The King of Rock N' Roll croons to some of his biggest hits in this performance, including "C.C. Rider," "Burning Love," "Suspicious Minds," "Welcome to My World," "Steamroller Blues," and "American Trilogy."
Great Performances Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino
Andrea Bocelli, the international superstar tenor returns to Great Performances once again to delight fans with a new concert in which he puts classical music aside for an evening of international favorites inspired by the breathtaking coastal setting of Portofino, Italy.
The world's most beloved tenor singing the world's most loved songs in one of the most romantic settings on earth. Be carried away by the voice, the setting, the beautiful music.
Rock 'n' roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the '60s and '70s. Among the crowd-pleasing favorites are "What a Fool Believes," "Low Down," "Lido Shuffle," "Pretzel Logic," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Reelin' in the Years" and many more.
Singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa stars in a concert that mirrors his own atmospheric rise from performing in intimate club settings to world-class concerts halls. Featuring acoustic and electric performances from The Borderline, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Hammersmith Apollo, and Royal Albert Hall, the program treats viewers to a mix of old favorites, current hits, and tunes never before performed live.
Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash
Lawrence Welk and his orchestra play the music of the Big Band Era and salute legendary friends, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. The program includes performances of 20 full songs from many programs rarely, if ever, seen on the weekly series during the '70s and '80s.
Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. The program's mix of live performance and archival footage takes viewers back to the era's pop music days with classic moments from Patti Page, Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, the McGuire Sisters and more.
Patti Page and Nick Clooney co-host performances and archival classics from the late '50s and early '60s pop era with fellow co-hosts Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Mary Lou Metzger of "The Lawrence Welk Show." Featured are Frankie Laine, Julius LaRosa, the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Freshmen, Roger Williams, Lenny Welch, the Platters, the DeCastro Sisters, and archival performances from Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and Nat King Cole.
The most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century, Oscar Hammerstein worked in the theater for more than 40 years, writing the lyrics for over a thousand songs and the books for 45 operettas and musicals. Brimming with movie clips from his greatest musicals, this PBS special also features interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others.
Best-selling author and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard offers groundbreaking research to protect against memory loss and offers new ways to offset the risks for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. By showing three simple steps that can derail degenerative processes and warning against potential threats to the brain, Dr. Barnard provides viewers with the research-backed information that gives them the power to protect their memory.
In his latest two-hour special, travel guru Rick Steves tours the ancient glories and back-street riches of three great Italian cities - Rome, Venice and Florence. Starting in Florence, Rick beholds the art of Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Michelangelo. In Rome, he ventures into the rustic neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Ghetto. In Venice, he gazes upon the splendor of the Doge before embracing the good life with a gastronomic pub crawl and a romantic gondola ride.
Suze Orman's latest special sharply focuses on helping individual viewers manage their money today - and make smart choices toward a more economically secure tomorrow. In the show, taped at American University in Washington, D.C., Suze gives up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues - and responds with savvy, humor and empathy to specific questions from an enthusiastic audience.
The Best of the 60's (My Music Archives)
For the past dozen years, the My Music series has been preserving and archiving the greatest songs of the 1960s. Devoted to the classic era of rock, pop and folk, this program features a special selection of original hit songs from My Generation: The '60s; The British Beat; Motown; '60s Pop, Rock & Soul and The '60s Generation.
Join us as we sample five British comedies - two classics and three never-been-seen on WTVP. Then, make your pledge and vote for your favorite. Your votes will decide which series wins a spot in our BritCom Saturday night line-up. Watch samples of: Fawlty Towers, Hebburn, Moone Boy, Spy and The Vicar of Dibley.
Filmed at a sold-out concert in a stunning outdoor venue in Salt Lake City, Utah, this concert explains this musical group's meteoric rise. YouTube sensation The Piano Guys, featuring Steven Sharp Nelson on cello and Jon Schmidt on piano, offer new songs and fan favorites all showcasing the "wow" factor that sets their performances apart.
Under the Streetlamp, America's hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack, the quartet - recent leading cast members of the Tony® Award-winning musical Jersey Boys - deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment featuring doo-wop, Motown, old time rock 'n' roll and favorite songs from the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Four Seasons and many others.
The longest running primetime news and public affairs program on television has been delivering the most interesting conversation of the week for more than 40 years. This program features a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of major current news events.
Hosted by icons Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Davy Jones of The Monkees, this concert spectacular features hits and favorites of the AM radio era from Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Question Mark & The Mysterians and Jefferson Starship. Every song is a classic from the decade of peace, love and profound social change - sung by performers who represent a period of time that resonates through the generations.
Iconic soul and R&B vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville is featured in a special concert performing songs from his upcoming doo-wop inspired album My True Story. Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, this special features an array of musicians along with special guests Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings.
The men and women who helped tame the West were larger-than-life Americans - rebels, pioneers, and icons of the frontier culture. Both heroes and villains, they captured the imagination of a nation and inspired a stream of novels, television shows, and big-screen dramas. Step into the past with this new special, which features some of the best moments from American Experience's films of the Wild West: Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Custer's Last Stand, Jesse James, Kit Carson, and Wyatt Earp.
Big Band Vocalists
This special looks back at the "crooners" and "canaries" of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands. Among the legendary artists and timeless hits included in the rare, vintage footage are Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Doris Day, Helen Forest with the Harry James Orchestra, Peggy Lee with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and many more favorites from the World War II era. Nick Clooney and Peter Marshall host.
Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Emerald Isles with Celtic Woman as they offer enchanting re-imagined versions of fan favorites from their treasure chest of Celtic songs. This family-friendly, one-of-a-kind interactive concert showcases the group's sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
Classical Rewind (My Music)
Experience the beauty, romance and dramatic power of musical masterpieces in this visual and auditory joyride through the world of classical hits. Host Martin Goldsmith guides viewers on this fresh and engaging exploration of the world of classical music, with personal reflections from Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of The Police, among others.
Shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England, this program features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest Doc Martin series (Season 6). Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.
Welcoming back pivotal R&B and pop vocal groups of the late '50s and '60s, this special features never-before-broadcast archival and new live performances of their most loved hits. Pop music icons Smokey Robinson, Mike Stoller (of the writing team Lieber & Stoller), producers Mitch and Phil Margo of the Tokens, Aaron Neville, Neil Sedaka and more share their favorite doo wop styles and songs of the genre.
In the most personal program of his career, Dr. Dyer offers an intimate conversation about what his own personal experiences have taught him: There are no accidents, and all the choices we make and actions we take weave a life tapestry uniquely our own. Exploring the five principles that have guided his own choices, Dr. Dyer shows why it is important to have - and act on - a burning desire, why life's lowest moments can reveal our true purpose, and how the principle of love allows us to see our lives more clearly and reach greatest awareness.
Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics - The 60s (My Music)
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on "The Ed Sullivan Show." This installment in the My Music series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. From the Beatles' American television debut to the Doors' infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas and more, the special focuses on full-length music performances that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.
Exuding youth, energy and incredible harmonies, the newest a cappella singing sensation brings down the house in a concert performance at Chicagoland's prestigious Star Plaza Theatre. The musical selections range from the legendary Manhattans, Bill Withers, Rolling Stones, Rascal Flatts and the Spencer Davis Band - all interpreted with the unique harmony and "wow" factor that set Gentleman's Rule apart.
Great Performances Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration
Great Performances presents a special encore of highlights from 1992's star-studded concert tribute to the American pop music icon at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Taking viewers from front-row center to back stage, the program captures all the excitement of this historic once-in-a-lifetime concert as many of the greatest names in popular music - including June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Chrissie Hynde, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, and more - pay homage to Dylan and the songs that made him a legend.
A high-octane dance extravaganza, this new special blends the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa. Created by the producers and director of Riverdance, this tantalizing musical tour de force takes viewers on a dream voyage - a love story of what might happen if beautiful cultures met in a vision.
Focusing on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era, this special features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades, plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. The program features Pete Seeger and Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn," Harry Belafonte's hit "Jamaica Farewell," Trini Lopez's rendition of "If I Had a Hammer," Rod McKuen's classic "Seasons in the Sun," Bobby Darin's heartfelt "Simple Song of Freedom" and many, many more.
This star-studded once-in-a-lifetime event celebrates the life and music of the legendary Levon Helm. From country to rockabilly to blues to rock, the concert features performances by Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, My Morning Jacket, Roger Waters and many others.
Get an exciting taste of the new season of "Mr. Selfridge," the series based on the life of department store impresario Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven). After a brief recap of the first season, this special offers a preview of the second season premiere: It is now 1914 - the store is celebrating its fifth anniversary - and the many characters whose lives revolve around Selfridges & Co. have moved into a new era.
On November 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing three nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to see legendary bluesman Muddy Waters perform. It didn't take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining him on stage. Later, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz also played their part. Luckily, this amazing blues night was captured on camera and has now been restored from the original footage.
For 35 years, the solid, trusted reporting on PBS NewsHour has made it one of the most reliable news programs on television. Each episode features in-depth news coverage, including segments of interviews and news conferences.
In this lively half-hour special, Rick Steves captures Europeans doing what they do so expertly - celebrating the good life. He experiences the pleasures of Andalucia, ventures into Parisian streets on Bastille Day, takes in the royal pageantry in London, wanders through a Venetian palace, runs with the bulls in Pamplona, dines at an exclusive mens' club in Basque country, embraces high culture in Vienna, enjoys the lovable chaos of Naples, and walks the final stretch of the Camino di Santiago in Spain.
Sewing with Nancy: Sew Amazing Scarves
Grab a yard of fun fabric, set your machine for a straight stitch or use your serger, and within an hour, you'll be able to sew an amazing scarf. The sewing is absolutely easy, plus you'll make a fashion statement.
T'ai Chi, Health and Happiness with David Dorian-Ross
Host David-Dorian Ross, author, lecturer and eight-time T'ai Chi U.S. national champion, demonstrates why this ancient Chinese martial art is the ultimate exercise for body, mind and spirit. Ross offers an engaging and detailed description of the practical benefits of T'ai Chi, and the special health and wellness advantages of each part of the forms.
Take a joyful trip behind the scenes of the 35th Annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. For 35 years, piano players from across the world have strapped on their bow ties, arm garters, and straw boater hats and descended on Peoria, Illinois, to battle for the championship title - and to remind the world that Ragtime, the first truly American popular music, should not be forgotten just yet.
Singer, television host, actor, and businessman Jimmy Dean is credited with bringing country music into the forefront in the 1960s. This special captures the essence of who Jimmy Dean was, from his lighthearted banter with Rowlf the Muppet to his heartfelt prayer-song "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You." Also featured are songs that capture the memories of a happy, simpler time from country legends like Chet Atkins, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Dottie West, and more.
Explore the dramatic and inspiring story of the eight musicians who continued to play as the Titanic went down. Their story is told through new recordings of songs from the White Star Songbook, along with archival photos and interviews with experts on the tragedy, the era and its music, offering insight into the musicians and why the courageous men continued to play until the end.
With their unique style and modern "Rat Pack" persona, Under the Streetlamp brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level in this electrifying concert. The show includes classic hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s with the perfect balance of tender ballads and up-tempo classics, all performed with the same signature harmonies and slick dance moves that have made this group irresistible.