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  • 1900 House
    1900 House

    The premise of the series 1900 House is deceptively simple: see what happens when a modern family is transported 100 years back in time to live for three months in a townhouse carefully restored to 1900 standard of ambiance and amenities. As viewers watch the Bowler family—parents Joyce and Paul, daughter Kathryn, twins Hilary and Ruth, and son Joe—they attain a real understanding of the daily joys, struggles, and responsibilities of the average middle-class British family one century... read more

  • 48 Hours: Heroes Under Fire
    48 Hours: Heroes Under Fire

    On December 3, 1999, a fire accidentally started by a homeless couple raged through a vacant warehouse in Worchester, Massachusetts, claiming the lives of six firefighters and shattering a community. This horrifying event stunned the nation, and for most of the press corps, that was where the story ended. However, for 48 Hours, it was the beginning of a six-month examination of the fire’s causes and a heart-wrenching personal look at the fallen heroes and their grieving families.... read more

  • 60 Minutes II: Death by Denial
    60 Minutes II: Death by Denial

    In this powerful five-month probe, 60 Minutes II: Death by Denial outlines the critical plight of 23 million Africans suffering from HIV and AIDS related illnesses. Correspondent Ed Bradley interviews patients, heads of state, government officials and members of grassroots organizations to bring one of the biggest international health stories of the past year to light. The complex AIDS crisis is made even more poignant by the poverty levels of African citizens, indifference of major drug companies, and... read more

  • Ali-Frazier 1: One Nation…Divisible
    Ali-Frazier 1: One Nation…Divisible

    The newest edition to HBO’s Peabody Award winning Sports of the 20th Century documentary series, Ali-Frazier 1: One Nation…Divisible chronicled the events that produced one of the greatest spectacles in the history of sports—Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden—that became widely known as The Fight of the Century. As keenly illustrated in this dramatic documentary, the conflict in the ring stood for far more than a heavyweight bout. With an estimated 300... read more

  • An Eighty-Four Year Old Youngful Man Lives in the Cabin
    An Eighty-Four Year Old Youngful Man Lives in the Cabin

    A fresh appealing glimpse into both a culture and a poignant time of life, An Eighty-Four Year Old Youngful Man Lives in the Cabin introduces viewers to Jongmin Cho, an elderly Korean man who lives with his 78-year-old wife in a primitive mountain cabin. Together, they brave the harsh winters, gathering brush to repair the roof of their small home, digging potatoes out of their storage place in the ground and cooking simple meals made from their own... read more

  • Arthur

    Arthur—PBS’s top-rated, animated children’s series based on the popular books by Marc Brown—is a show about growing up, exploring the world, and finding your place. Produced for three-to-eight year olds, Arthur focuses on that time of life when children find inner strengths, learn to make choices for themselves, and take responsibility for them. Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher, or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and... read more

  • Behind Closed Doors
    Behind Closed Doors

    In a groundbreaking public service effort between a Jacksonville, Florida, television station and a local domestic violence shelter, the documentary Behind Closed Doors, and the program’s follow-up created extensive community awareness of the complex issue of domestic abuse and violence. A Jacksonville domestic violence shelter, Hubbard House, invited WJXT Channel 4’s news crew to stay overnight to videotape the trauma facing abuse victims. To detail the flaws and frustrations of a system designed to assist victims, news anchor... read more

  • Building Big
    Building Big

    Filmed on four continents and hosted by renowned author/illustrator David Macaulay, Building Big is a unique five-part series about history’s largest and most complex structures and the architects, engineers and builders who dared to erect them. All the world is a classroom as Building Big takes viewers on an absorbing, enlightening journey through historical and technological advances that inspired ancient and modern engineers alike to build higher, longer, deeper and stronger in constructing the bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams... read more

  • Cancer: Evolution to Revolution
    Cancer: Evolution to Revolution

    When cancer strikes, people react with intense fear and acute anxiety at its seemingly sudden appearance. But, most don’t realize that it can takes years to develop. Most also don’t realize that cancer is actually over 100 different diseases and that, for several types of cancer, numerous treatment options exist. With a focus on major cancers—colon, breast, prostate, and lung—and touching on rarer cancers such as ovarian, cervical and childhood leukemia, Cancer: Evolution to Revolution dispels the “sudden... read more

  • CNN Perspectives: Cry Freetown
    CNN Perspectives: Cry Freetown

    When the rebels entered Freetown, Sierra Leone, on January 6, 1999, they threatened to kill every journalist they met. The next day, Sorious Samura ventured out with a camera, and began to cover a story that typifies the kind of courageous journalism the Peabody Awards have always been proud to honor. Captured by the rebels, he was taken to their base, beaten and punished, and finally allowed to film on the condition that if the rebels appeared in... read more

  • Dateline NBC: The Paper Chase
    Dateline NBC: The Paper Chase

    In 1993, one woman filed for medical accident coverage resulting from an auto accident claim. Her auto insurance company, State Farm, substantially reduced her medical claims after subjecting them to a “paper review,” the practice of sending only medical files and accident reports, not claimants themselves, to an independent firm for a second opinion. Her situation let to a 15-month investigation of this process by executive producer Neal Shapiro, senior producer Allan Maraynes, producer Lynne Dale, correspondent John... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre:  David Copperfield
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre:  David Copperfield

    Of all his books, Charles Dickens wrote he liked David Copperfield best, and this star-studded adaptation by Adrian Hodges is also the best. Produced by Kate Harwood and splendidly directed by Simon Curtis, David Copperfield stars 10-year-old Daniel Radcliffe as the young David and Ciaran McMenamin as the grown man. Throughout this fully-developed, lavish production, the true meaning of family is explored as the orphaned David becomes a part of many families and finally finds love through marriage... read more

  • FRONTLINE: Drug Wars
    FRONTLINE: Drug Wars

    For more than thirty years the United States government has struggled to stamp out the use of illegal drugs. Despite efforts, drugs thrive on America’s streets, and international drug trafficking has exploded into a multimillion-dollar industry that is an integral part of the world economy. Drug Wars, presented by FRONTLINE in collaboration with National Public Radio, tells the story of this thirty-year war from both sides of the battlefield. Under the direction of senior executive producer David Fanning,... read more

  • Hearts and Minds: Teens and Mental Illness
    Hearts and Minds: Teens and Mental Illness

    As part of a larger public service effort, the documentary Hearts and Minds sympathetically follows the lives of four teens with the diagnosis of mental illness thus encouraging other young people to seek help. Commissioned by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and produced by Idaho Public Television under the guidance of executive producer Bruce Reichert and health and welfare project manager Ann Kirkwood, the program shows how people with a diagnosis of mental illness can and... read more

  • Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs
    Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs

    In Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs, renowned British composer Howard Goodall examines five seismic moments in the development of Western classical music. Mr. Goodall contends that without these moments—Big Bangs—music would not have evolved over the past millennium from the simplicity of medieval plainchant into the polyphony of musical riches today. This engaging 1000-year musical history starts with its first Big Bang, the development of “numes” or primitive musical notes. This liberating innovation enables music to be recorded on... read more

  • King Gimp
    King Gimp

    Affectionately known as King Gimp, Daniel Keplinger has cerebral palsy and his outward demeanor is characterized by the flailing limbs and sputtered dialogue symptomatic of this disease. But inside this young man roars an artist whose heart, spirit and resolve are awe-inspiring in their magnitude. In Mr. Keplinger’s case his vital need for expression is fulfilled through painting. Producer Susan Hannah Hadary and producer/director William A. Whiteford follow Dan Keplinger’s saga starting when he was twelve years old... read more

  • Malcolm in the Middle
    Malcolm in the Middle

    Going far beyond the formulaic constraints of most contemporary American sitcoms, Malcolm in the Middle revolves around a suburban family in Anytown, America. The lead character, Malcolm—a precocious 13-year old boy with an I.Q. of 165—often addresses the audience directly, offering comments on both his eccentric family and his life as a teenager. This innovative program stands apart because it delves into the comedic underbelly of an unusual American household. Devoid of a laugh track, Malcolm in the... read more

  • Marketplace

    From humble beginnings in January, 1989, in Long Beach, California, Marketplace has grown into one of the most-listened-to daily business and financial news programs in the United States. Produced today by Minnesota Public Radio in Los Angeles and in association with the University of Southern California, the program offers listeners a refreshing, perceptive account of the day’s international economic news and gives it audience insight into and understanding of the global economy affecting their communities and their lives.... read more

  • Napoleon

    The life and career of Napoleon comes alive in producer, writer and director David Grubin’s remarkable epic documentary. No longer a one-dimensional caricature of a diminutive tyrant with his hand thrust inside his vest, the Napoleon of this enlightening four-part series is a full-bodied portrait of a military leader whose historic impact is still felt today. The series is marked by insightful commentary from historians supported by live action reenactments, beautiful footage from numerous locations in Europe, and... read more

  • Personal Award: H. Martin “Marty” Haag
    Personal Award: H. Martin “Marty” Haag

    Good journalism, high ethical standards, and strong ratings are compatible. That’s the philosophy of H. Martin (Marty) Haag, and for 27 years he followed it as he played a key role in transforming WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, from a typical news operation to one of the consistently best local news organizations in the U.S. today. He joined Belo Corporation’s WFAA in 1973 as executive news director. In 1989 he was named vice president/news of Belo’s Broadcast Division with... read more

  • Personal Award: Katie Couric for “Confronting Colon Cancer”
    Personal Award: Katie Couric for “Confronting Colon Cancer”

    It’s no news that television news persons often play a role in initiating story ideas about health and medicine and even trumpet their own recovery from illnesses ranging from breast cancer to heart disease. Rarely are such stories done as painstakingly as Katie Couric’s potentially life-saving five-part series, Confronting Colon Cancer, and her month-long public awareness campaign on colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. From interviews with a man whose life... read more

  • POV: Regret to Inform
    POV: Regret to Inform

    “We regret to inform,” the telegram began, as Barbara Sonneborn received word that her husband, Jeff, had been killed in the Vietnam War. Twenty years later, Sonneborn, now a photographer and visual artist, embarks on a very personal and moving journey in search for the truth about the war and its legacy. Framed as an odyssey through the U.S. to Vietnam, Sonneborn weaves together the stories of widows from both sides of the American-Vietnam war. The result is... read more

  • School Sleuth: The Case of an Excellent School
    School Sleuth: The Case of an Excellent School

    What constitutes excellence in education? Based on years of reporting in schools all over the country, School Sleuth: The Case of an Excellent School probes five aspects of schooling in its search for excellence-safety, the curriculum, the physical environment, the adults in the building, and the school’s sense of purpose. This pragmatic piece is framed in a clever and entertaining way. Using parody of film noir, veteran journalist and former teacher John Merrow becomes a “school sleuth,” a... read more

  • Sharing the Secret
    Sharing the Secret

    The story of a teenage girl with an eating disorder is a familiar television theme. But Sharing the Secret, with its searing portrayals of a mother and daughter affected by the teenager’s bulimia, is fresh and special. Written by Lauren Currier, produced by Philip Kleinbart, and directed by Katt Shea, this sensitive depiction of their relationship avoids sensationalism and presents the daughter’s condition clearly and powerfully. The drama is marked by exceptional acting, especially from Alison Lohman, who,... read more

  • Slavery

    Officially, slavery is banned in all countries, yet today an estimated 27 million people are virtually enslaved-people paid no money, locked away and controlled by violence. In this shocking documentary, the tortured slaves share their stories. Peabody Award-wining producers Kate Blewett and Brian Woods (1995’s The Dying Rooms) interview parents in India whose young son has been kidnapped and forced to work 20-hour days on a carpet-weaving loom for no pay. In the Ivory Coast the filmmakers talk... read more

  • The Corner
    The Corner

    This landmark six-hour miniseries is a raw, provocative drama about the seedy, destructive junkie subculture on one of America’s mean streets, West Baltimore’s Fayette Street, in the early 1990s. Based on a non-fiction book by David Simon and Edward Burns, and brought to the screen by Simon and co-executive producer and writer David Mills, The Corner takes viewers through a strikingly frank chronicle of a year in the drug-immersed lives of 15-year old DeAndre McCullough (Sean Nelson) and... read more

  • The Crossing
    The Crossing

    Based on historian Howard Fast’s novel, this engaging and dramatic film brings General George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware to life. In a role that depicts America’s First President as a daring strategist, Jeff Daniels plays the resolute General George Washington during America’s darkest period of the Revolutionary War. At Christmastime in 1776, warned by Congress and his disheartened advisors to retreat from the fast approaching British Army, the unwavering general leads his greatly diminished, frozen, bedraggled,... read more

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000

    Out of the convoluted sameness of media coverage of the last presidential election sprang the irreverent and inventive Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000. Offering biting political satire, these scintillating segments had something droll and amusing to say about almost everything and everyone associated with American politics and the presidential election. The highly original pieces covered the campaigns, conventions, election night and recounts with flagging and with exceptional insight. Providing a bird’s eye view of an ever-expanding... read more

  • The NPR 100
    The NPR 100

    With the help of their staff, more than 14,000 listeners, and a panel of renowned American musicians, National Public Radio showcased the “100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.” These engaging pieces aired throughout the year 2000 on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday and Weekend All Things Considered. A dream course in contemporary music appreciation, this ambitious series consisting of 1900 features told the story behind each musical work... read more

  • The Sopranos
    The Sopranos

    For the second year in a row, The Sopranos has won a Peabody for its sharply honed portrayal of “family” —one traditionally American and the other composed of larger-than-life mobsters. Caught between these two families is Tony Soprano, exquisitely played by James Gandolfini. Helping Tony sort out his family issues is therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco. His complicated relationships involve his wife Carmela, played by Edie Falco, and his children Meadow and Anthony, Jr. played... read more

  • The West Wing
    The West Wing

    In its second season The West Wing continues to be a tour de force as it achieves what reality often fails to accomplish—making the political process both captivating and exceptionally interesting. In putting high-octane politics into the prime time mix, producer Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme, and co-producer John Wells have adapted a repartee and a visual complexity that distinguishes this series from other dramatic productions. Quick-witted, intelligent banter and discussions focused on substantive public issues are hallmarks... read more

  • Treading on Danger?
    Treading on Danger?

    For years, motorists found themselves in deadly crashes when the tread on one of their Firestone ATX tires peeled off at high speed. Acting on viewer complaints and a tip from a local attorney in late November 1999, KHOU’s Investigative Unit led by David Raziq, reporter Anna Werner, and editor/photographer Chris Henao began researching accidents connected with Firestone’s ATX and ATXII tires, which were original manufacturer’s equipment on Ford Explorer Sports Utility Vehicles. Beginning with local crashes and... read more

  • Walking with Dinosaurs
    Walking with Dinosaurs

    The ultimate dinosaur series, Walking with Dinosaurs introduces viewers to some of the most spectacular creatures the world has ever known. In this genuinely original three-hour co-production, the BBC and The Discovery Channel recreate an ancient planet using state-of-the-art imaging technology. Long extinct species are resurrected by marrying actual live action footage with the latest generation of computer animation, animatronic models and prosthetic devices. Covering 155 million years of prehistory, these spectacular beasts are depicted as living in... read more

  • Witness to an Execution
    Witness to an Execution

    This unique narrative approach to capital punishment takes listeners into the Texas death chamber where the state’s most dangerous inmates are executed by lethal injection. Narrator and co-writer Jim Willett is the prison warden who oversees all executions in Texas. His matter-of-fact voice and words add authenticity to the story by illuminating his closeness to—and distance from—the process. Interwoven throughout the warden’s commentary are the personal accounts of onlookers and prison officials who, through their varied perspectives, tell... read more