What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. Now, a new PBS documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier’s experiences as never before.
War is the ultimate paradox. Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. Going to War helps us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier in times of war. The film illuminates the experiences of training, battle, and coming home for soldiers across conflicts, revealing the universals of the warrior’s journey.
Leading our exploration are Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and director of the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo, and Karl Marlantes, decorated Marine officer and author of the bestselling novel Matterhorn and the fearless memoir What It is Like to Go to War. Both men bring firsthand experience, hard-won wisdom, and an abiding commitment to telling the warrior’s story with insight and unflinching candor.
Premier: PBS – May 28 (Memorial Day), 2018, 9:00 P.S. EDT, Common Carriage
Cream Productions for Twin Cities PBS
They were ruthless men with unchecked power, controlling their people with an iron fist. Suppressing all dissent, they demanded absolute loyalty, jailing or killing those who opposed them. They ruled by force of personality, but were plagued by secret fears and private demons. What drove their thirst for domination and control? How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? These questions are more relevant today than ever. We’ll answer them in six immersive hours. As different as these men were from each other, all of them followed a series of essential steps, from seizing power to eliminating enemies—an unwritten Dictator’s Playbook.
Coming to PBS in Early 2019
They are the most iconic animals on Planet Earth—giant crocodiles, magnificent elephants, stupendous whales. To see them is to marvel—and to ask a surprisingly challenging question: Where did these amazing creatures come from?
Lineage takes us on a global adventure to find the answers. Starting today, with animals we can see and film, we travel millions of years into the past to unravel their ancient stories. Along the way we’ll meet an extraordinary cast of ancient characters, from knee-high elephants to crocs that would dwarf anything alive today. We’ll follow each lineage right up to today, and investigate where each of our iconic species is heading in this age of global change. Every whale in the ocean, every elephant struggling to survive, carries its ancient lineage into the future.
Coming to PBS in Summer of 2019
SciGirls Season 4: Latina SciGirls
With the goal of engaging Latina girls in STEM learning, TPT will launch this three-year media, outreach and research project. TPT will create six new half-hour episodes of SciGirls – produced entirely in Spanish – that will follow teams of Hispanic girls and Latina STEM professional mentors as they investigate engaging STEM topics. Latina SciGirls will air nationally on PBS and Univisión and be streamed online at PBSKids.org, and its educational outreach initiatives will reach children, educators and families nationwide.
6 x 30 | PBS Plus | Release: February 2018 TBD
STILL DREAMING is an uproarious film about the powers of creativity, and how engaging in art-making can deeply enrich our lives at any age.
At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. This wistful, honest, and frequently hilarious documentary follows the rehearsals as opening night approaches. Tempers flare, health concerns abound, and disaster seems imminent. But as these former entertainers forge ahead, they realize that creativity is a magical force of renewal