This November 22, we arrive at the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The events of that grim day in Dallas have continued to shape the way we live, even five decades later. On the night of Friday, November 22, KCET explores some of these ways with two insightful documentaries.
On Nov. 22, 1963, the motorcade transporting President John F. Kennedy was met by thousands of citizens and hundreds of members of the press as it slowly made its way through downtown Dallas. Moments later, the president's assassination would forever change the country, the world and the landscape of broadcast journalism. Narrated by Emmy-winning newscaster Jane Pauley, "JFK: Breaking the News" focuses on media coverage of the national tragedy, with an insightful look at the emergence of television as the nation's primary source of breaking news information.
Based on Larry Sabato's book, "The Kennedy Half-Century" chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy's life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy's legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton's infatuation with the 35th president, and the "twinning" of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Idyllwild"
Located 5,300 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs, Idyllwild offers a well-balanced mixture of natural, cultural and historic wonders.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Egg Collection"
Have you ever wondered what one of the largest collections of eggs in the world looks like? Well the San Bernardino County Museum has just such a collection. Huell takes a close up look and some very beautiful and very unusual eggs.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Magician"
John Gaughan is a magician who designs and builds spectacular illusions for big-name magic acts and stage effects for rock musicians. He has also devoted many years to collecting and restoring vintage magic devices dating back to the eighteenth century. His workshop has been in the same place for 35 years and two of his employees have been with him for 25 years.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Dental Museum"
The Orange County Dental Society has an impressive collection of vintage dental objects housed in its Dental Museum in Orange. Huell sees firsthand what a visit to the dentist might have been like decades ago as he examines display after display of chairs, tools and other devices. There are items dating back to the 19th century, and even a denture belonging to George Washington by some accounts.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Modjeska House"
Huell visits the historic home and gardens of Helena Modjeska. Still considered Poland's most famous actress, she settled in Orange County in 1876 creating a beautiful residence to return to while performing throughout the United States.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Miso"
Many of us have sat down to a Japanese meal and have been served a brothy soup named miso. In this adventure, Huell visits Miyako Oriental Foods Inc, to find out how this this traditional Japanese staple is made.
At the time this was posted, a MoveOn.org petition to get KCET to air "Citizen Koch," a documentary on the Koch brothers and the extent of their influence, had gathered nearly 10,000 signatures. In light of this, KCET decided that the petition-signers could benefit from some clarification about the documentary, PBS and the prospect of the "Citizen Koch" airing on this station.
We have a petition signed by 10,000 people for you to air "Citizen Koch." When do you plan to put it on your broadcast schedule?
As an independent public television station, KCET is no longer part of the PBS network, and as such, the film was never offered to us for broadcast. We have not seen the film. When the filmmakers determine how the film will be distributed, we would be open to considering it for broadcast.
Previously we have offered documentaries that shed light on the issues surrounding the influence of corporate money on the media with, "Shadows of Liberty" by Jean-Philippe Tremblay as well as "Koch Brothers Exposed" from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald. To be able to continue to air films like these, we need your support. Please donate today.
By not airing this, KCET and PBS are allowing corporate influences to determine what you broadcast. How do you respond to this as a public media organization
KCET is no longer part of the PBS network, so PBS programming acquisitions and productions have no impact on KCET and our schedule. Since 2011, we are a non-profit independent public television station for Southern and Central California with a commitment to providing news, information and entertainment that reflects the diverse community it serves, and giving a voice to those who otherwise may go unheard. In the nearly 50 years we have served this region -- both as part of PBS and as an independent organization -- we have never wavered from this mandate.
As you may know, KCET recently merged with Link TV to form KCETLink, a national independent public transmedia network committed to delivering content that enriches lives and broadens perspectives from global independent sources that are not influenced by commercial interests. We provide stories and information you won't find in mainstream media. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink and maintain their distinct editorial voices.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Clocker's Corner"
Huell rides out to Santa Anita Park and meets up with trainers, jockeys and fans at Clocker's Corner. It's a great spot for breakfast that provides an up-close view of racehorses going through their morning workout.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Toilets"
From its humble beginnings in 1945, the family-owned Acorn Engineering has turned into one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel plumbing fixtures for the commercial, architectural, industrial, correctional, institutional and residential sectors. Huell discovers that toilets and fixtures that were originally made for prisons have turned into the height of architectural design.
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The Danes are coming. And they're bringing new episodes with them.
Tune in Friday, Oct. 4, at 10PM for the U.S. premiere of the third season of the Danish drama "Borgen." It's the first time that the third season has ever been broadcast for an English-speaking audience, and you can only watch this season on KCET and LinkTV. Should you be excited? That's an emphatic ja. This is the show that The Daily Beast called "the best TV show you've never seen," and fans of high-quality television all over the world have been eagerly anticipating the final season.
We'll be streaming the season premiere online immediately after the episode airs on TV, and then we're re-airing it again on KCET on Monday at 10PM.
Not quite ready for Season 3? We've got you covered:
- Still need to catch up on Season 2? No worries -- the entirely of the second season of "Borgen" is still streaming online! But act fast, because the streaming window for Season 2 episodes will begin closing on October 13.
- And our "Borgen" character guide has been updated through the end of Season 2, just in case you have trouble telling one political party leader from the next.
- Still haven't seen Season One? We can help you fill in the gaps with our "Help, I don't know what 'Borgen' is" primer and recaps for all ten episodes.
- Not convinced Danish political drama is for you? Check out our list of five reasons why it should be.
- Need a primer on the Danish political system? We can get you up to speed before you can say "leverpostej."
- And in case the gravity of the Danish political sphere becomes just too much for you, know that yes, there is a "Borgen" drinking game.
Monday@ 7:30PM -- "Hollywood Ladies"
Huell visits five ladies who were all actresses in the 40s and who have remained friends and walked together every Saturday for 50 years.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Chino Dairy"
Huell visits the city of Chino, which was once known as the "dairy capital of the world."
Looking for streaming episodes of 'Borgen' online? Click here.
Smorgasborgen is back, and it's as Danish as ever! Yes, we're re-airing all ten episodes of the most recent season of "Borgen" again. Here's everything you need to know.
When does the marathon start?
Smorgasborgen returns this Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10PM! That's when we're airing the first episode of the second season, "89,000 Children." Immediately following that, we're airing the next episode, "In Brussels No One Can Hear Your Scream." And then on Monday we'll air the next two episodes in a similar fashion. The marathon concludes with episode 20, "An Extraordinary Remark," which airs at 11PM on Thursday, Oct. 3.
On what channel are the episodes airing?
Not your regular KCET-HD channel, actually, but on KCETLink, our digital channel that's broadcast over the air 28.2. (Get more info on KCET's three digital channels here.) This channel is found in different places, depending on where you live and how you get your TV. If you need help finding it, we have a handy page that tells you based on your ZIP code.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Citrus Packing House"
The College Heights Lemon Packing House is the last visible link to Claremont's pioneering history in the citrus industry. While largely perceived as a college town, Claremont's major source of income until after the World War II was the citrus industry. Very little remains of this history and the packing house almost was lost until the community came together with a developer that had real vision and a love of history. The "Packing House" is now a wonderful destination in Claremont filled with shops, restaurants, arty galleries and even some housing. It's a true success story and great example of re-use.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Folk Music Center"
It began in 1958 in the back room of Boots Beer's Real Estate Office with a couple of old records and some instruments. Almost fifty years later it has become one of the countries premier folk music destinations. Filled with instruments from all over the world and staffed by wonderful people who really know their music, the Folk Music Center is a wonderful place to lose yourself. Huell gets a very special tour from the family that still owns the center
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