In December of 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 children and adults with a Bushmaster rifle before taking his own life with a handgun.
The tragedy shocked the nation, sparking an outpouring of grief and widespread calls from the public for politicians to “do something” about guns. The moment, it seemed, was gun control advocates’ to seize. But like many times before, they ran into intense opposition from a powerful political force: the National Rifle Association (NRA).
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a skinny, buck-toothed boy into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica, and freakish oddities.
Hovering just off camera on the set of Downton Abbey is the man who watches the actors’ every move. The director? No, it’s the historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, guaranteeing that the behavior above stairs and below stairs is true to the period of 1900s Britain.
Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Downton Abbey Season 5 airs Sundays, January 4 - March 1, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. on Masterpiece Classic. The series repeats Sundays at 7:00 p.m. beginning January 11.
Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize is a PBS music special honoring singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The 90-minute program will premiere Friday, January 2nd at 8:00 p.m. on KUED, as part of PBS Arts.
The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the scenic city
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the sixth time to host the festive annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, from Vienna’s Musikverein.
On the heels of a record-breaking U.K. ratings bonanza – with its recent season finale reaching half of the country’s television viewership – The Great British Baking Show makes its U.S. premiere on Monday, December 29th at 9:00 p.m. on KUED.
From bedchambers to flower beds, a new one-hour PBS special reveals the secluded spaces of British royal families. Tales from The Royal Bedchamber premieres Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. on KUED. The program underscores the importance of this space in the lives of the royal household, with insightful interviews and unprecedented public access to these most intimate chambers.