PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel to Bow Carousel for Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This April, the  PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will launch a special carousel in anticipation of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

The PBS programs recognize the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States.

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The titles that will be on the carousel include “Asian Americans,” “American Experience: Mr. Tornado,” “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March,” “American Masters: Tyrus,” “Frontline: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “A Tale of Three Chinatowns,” “First Vote,” “Frontline: President Xie,”  “Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing,” “American Experience: Plague at the Golden Gate” and “Frontline: A Thousand Cuts.”

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Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in April include “La Frontera with Pati Jinich” season two on April 3; “The Sun Queen” (“American Experience”) on April 4; “America and the Taliban” season one (“Frontline”) on April 4; “Reel South” volume eight on April 11; “My Grandparents’ War” season two on April 11; “Weather the Future” (“Nova”) on April 12; “Hummingbird Effect” (“Nature”) on April 12; “Picture a Scientist” (“Nova”) on April 15; “Niagara Falls” (“Nature”) on April 19; “Changing Planet” season two on April 19; “Treasure of the Caribbean” on April 26; “Chasing Carbon Zero” (“Nova”) on April 26; and “Bill Nye: Science Guy” on April 26.

PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Unveils COVID-19 Collection

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel has launched a special collection of documentaries entitled “Processing the Pandemic,” featuring programs that highlight the many different aspects of how COVID-19 disrupted everyday life and how different countries and communities handled it.

The titles include “The Virus: What Went Wrong,” “Death Is Our Business/Love, Life and the Virus,” “The Virus That Shook the World,” “China’s COVID Secrets,” “America’s Medical Supply Crisis,” “Iraq’s Assassins/Yemen’s COVID Cover-up,” “COVID’s Hidden Toll,” “Outbreak” and “Pandemic in Seattle.”

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Other titles being added to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in March are: “Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story”; “Frontline: Age of Easy Money,” due March 14; “Girl Talk,” due March 17; “Secrets of the Dead: Decoding Hieroglyphics,” due March 24; and “The Movement and the Madman,” due March 28.

‘Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World’ Among Titles on PBS Documentaries Prime Video in January

The documentary series “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” and the ninth season of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” arrive this January on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel.

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Featuring firsthand accounts from some of rap’s most integral players, “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” recounts the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there at the beginning, creating an anthology of how hip hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments via intimate interviews and archival footage, ”Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” covers four years of Hip Hop history and explores how the genre quickly created a provocative narrative of America. The series, which begins streaming Jan. 31, was developed by rap icon Chuck D and features interviews with legendary artists Ice-T, Fat Joe, Run DMC and MC Lyte, among others.

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“Finding Your Roots” highlights the genealogical backgrounds and ancestral stories of prominent guests that helped to define who they are today. In the ninth season, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. sits down with actors Jamie Chung (“Lovecraft Country”), Brian Cox (“Succession”), Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Jeff Daniels (“American Rust”), Viola Davis (The Woman King), David Duchovny (“The X-Files”), Richard Kind (Inside Out), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Julia Roberts (Ticket to Paradise) and Danny Trejo (Machete); pop icon Cyndi Lauper; comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash; athlete and sportscaster Tony Gonzalez; journalists Jim Acosta and Van Jones; activist Angela Y. Davis; and statesman Jeh Johnson. The ninth season begins streaming Jan. 3.

 Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in January include:

  • The Letter: A Message for Our Earth Jan 2
  • The Lie Detector (“American Experience”) Jan. 3
  • Global Spyware Sandal: Exposing Pegasus (“Frontline”) Jan. 3
  • First Contact: An Alien Encounter Jan. 4
  • Marian Anderson: The Whole World in their Hands Jan. 16
  • Secrets of the Dead: Hidden in the Amazon Jan. 16
  • Breach of Trust Jan. 16
  • Wildheart (“Nature”) Jan. 18
  • The Earthshot Prize Jan. 20
  • Soul of the Ocean (“Nature”) Jan. 25
  • Putin and the Presidents (“Frontline”) Jan. 31

‘Groucho & Cavett,’ ‘Adventures of Saul Bellow’ Due on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December

Arriving this month on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel are two new films from “American Masters,” Groucho & Cavett and The Adventures of Saul Bellow.

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Due Dec. 27 is American Masters: Groucho & Cavett. The documentary chronicles the enduring friendship between Emmy Award-winning television personality Dick Cavett and iconic comedian Groucho Marx. Cavett, a writer for Jack Parr on “The Tonight Show,” met Marx at the funeral of playwright George S. Kaufman in 1961. When Cavett made the transition from writer to comedian in 1965, he was encouraged and mentored by Marx. In 1968, Cavett became the host of his own talk show and Marx became a frequent guest, capturing what Cavett calls “the last of Groucho’s greatness.” American Masters: Groucho & Cavett chronicles the pair’s relationship through new interviews with Cavett, footage from Marx’s visits to “The Dick Cavett Show” and other rare recordings.

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Streaming starting Dec. 12 is American Masters: The Adventures of Saul Bellow. The documentary explores Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Saul Bellow’s impact on American literature, illuminating how Bellow transformed modern literature and navigated through the issues of his time, including race, gender and the Jewish immigrant experience. The film traces Bellow’s rise to eminence and examines his many identities: reluctant public intellectual, “serial husband,” father, Chicagoan and Jewish American. It also sheds light on his willingness to confront social issues, his criticisms of American society and materialism, and his provocative political views. The documentary includes rare archival footage and interviews with Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and many others.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December include Crime Scene: Bucha on Dec. 6; Can Science Stop Crime? (Nova) on Dec. 6; How Smart Can We Get? (Nova) on Dec. 16; Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible on Dec. 16; Counting on Birds: Tales of Migration on Dec. 17; and The Musicians’ Green Book: An Enduring Legacy on Dec. 20.

‘Putin’s War at Home,’ ‘Tutankhamun’ Doc Among Titles on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in November

Arriving in November on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel are “American Experience’s” two-part miniseries on the Iran hostage crisis Taken Hostage; “Frontline’s” Putin’s War at Home; Tutankhamun: Allies & Enemies; and “Nova’s” Zero to Infinity

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Available starting Nov. 1 is Putin’s War at Home. It follows defiant Russians who push back against Putin’s crackdown on critics of the war in Ukraine. It chronicles the inside stories of activists and journalists facing arrest and imprisonment, refusing to stay silent and protesting the Kremlin’s war effort.  

Due Nov. 14 is the two-episode American Experience: Taken Hostage. Like a political thriller, it tells the story of the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats, Marines and civilians were held hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979. For the next 444 days, the world watched as the United States received a daily barrage of humiliation, vitriol and hatred from a country that had long been a close ally. Told through the candid, personal testimony of those whose lives were upended by the action, the documentary chronicles the crisis that would transform both the United States and Iran and forever suspend the focus and direction of American foreign policy.

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Due Nov. 16 is Zero to Infinity, which explores the seemingly opposite, obvious and indispensable concepts, which are relatively recent human inventions. Viewers discover the surprising story of how these key concepts that revolutionized mathematics came to be — not just once, but over and over again, as different cultures invented and re-invented them across thousands of years.

Streaming beginning Nov. 23 is the two-episode Tutankhamun: Allies & Enemies. Marking the 100th anniversary of the unearthing of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter, the film follows Egyptian co-hosts Yasmin El Shazly and Mahmoud Rashad as they delve into the mysteries and unanswered questions about the boy king’s life: the religious and cultural revolution started by his father, those advising him as he ascends to the throne at a very young age, and the circumstances around his untimely death. 

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in November include Woodpeckers: The Hole Story (“Nature”) and Nazca Desert Mystery (“Nova”) Nov. 2; Mount Rushmore (“American Experience”) Nov. 8; Crypto Decoded (“Nova”) and American Ocelot (“Nature”) Nov. 9; Last Days of Pompeii (“Secrets of the Dead”) Nov. 17; and Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine Nov. 29.

Docs About Black American History Headed to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in October

Four documentaries presenting key figures and events in Black American history will stream in October on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel.

First up is “Making Black America: Through the Grapevine,” professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s newest series highlighting the vibrant cultural and social spaces at the heart of the African American experience. The series, which begins streaming on Oct. 4, chronicles the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” The four-part documentary series recounts the establishment of the Prince Hall Masons in 1775 through the formation of all-Black towns and business districts, historically Black colleges and universities, destinations for leisure, and the social media phenomenon of Black Twitter. Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders and old friends including Charles M. Blow (journalist and commentator), Angela Davis (political activist, scholar and author), André Holland (actor), Fab 5 Freddie (hip-hop pioneer and visual artist), Jason King (chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music), and Killer Mike (rapper and activist) to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today. 

Two films from Academy Award-nominee Stanley Nelson and Nicole London premiere during the month. Streaming starting Oct. 4 is the documentary Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom, a portrait of the woman known as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Streaming starting Oct. 11 is the documentary Becoming Frederick Douglass, the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. Also added to the channel Oct. 3 is Nelson’s documentary The Murder of Emmett Till that prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to re-open the case. It features interviews with Till’s mother, witnesses, friends and others who reveal how the inadvertent violation of a code in the South cost a Black teenager his life. 

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Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in October include Tutwiler Oct. 7, Computers v Crime (“Nova”) Oct. 12, Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March Oct. 17, Michael Flynn’s Holy War (“Frontline”) Oct. 18, Running with the Beest (“Nature”) Oct. 19, Can Psychedelics Cure? (“Nova”) Oct. 19, Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes Oct. 21, Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes (“Frontline”) Oct. 25, Ocean Invaders (“Nova”) Oct. 26, Canada: Surviving the Wild North (“Nature”) Oct. 26  and Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World Oct. 31.

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Doc ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Available on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The three-part documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein exploring America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history, is now available to watch in its entirety on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel. 

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In addition to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, the program is available to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and Vizio. “The U.S. and the Holocaust” is also available stream on PBS Passport. 

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Combining the first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors and interviews with leading historians and writers, The U.S. and the Holocaust dispels competing myths that Americans either were ignorant of the unspeakable persecution that Jews and other targeted minorities faced in Europe or that they looked on with callous indifference. The film tackles a range of questions that remain essential to our society today, including how racism influences policies related to immigration and refugees, as well as how governments and people respond to the rise of authoritarian states that manipulate history and facts to consolidate power. 

‘The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family’ Among Titles on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in August

Frontline’s Ukraine: Life Under Russia’s Attack and the documentary miniseries The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family are among the titles available on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel this August.
 
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Ukraine: Life Under Russia’s Attack, debuting Aug. 2, is a dramatic and intimate look inside the Russian assault on Kharkiv told by displaced families trying to survive underground, civilians caught in the fight, and first responders risking their lives amid the shelling of Ukraine’s second largest city.

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, debuting Aug. 28, covers the scandalous rise and fall of the Boleyn family in a three-part documentary series filled with love, betrayal and obsession. Told from the unique perspective of the family itself, the series juxtaposes narration from historical academics with actors performing significant scenes.

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Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in August include Eugene O’Neill: A Film by Ric Burns (“American Experience”) on Aug. 9; Afghanistan Undercover (“Frontline”) on Aug. 9; Roberto Clemente (“American Experience”) on Aug. 18; and Rise of the Bolsonaros on Aug. 30.

Two Docs About Ukraine Added to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel has added two programs that deliver historical background on how the current situation has unfolded in Ukraine.   

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin is a new documentary profile of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It charts the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader. It explores the man behind the series of game-changing media appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. 

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Frontline: Putin’s Road to War follows the inside story of what led to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. It presents the events that shaped the Russian leader, the grievances that drive him, and how a growing conflict with the West exploded into war in Europe.

Ken Burns Doc ‘Benjamin Franklin’ Headed to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4

A new two-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, Benjamin Franklin, will launch on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4.

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The program explores the life and work of one of the most consequential figures in American history — a prolific writer and publisher, a groundbreaking scientist and inventor, a world-renowned diplomat and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. This dramatic re-creation of Franklin’s mind and world is scripted exclusively with Franklin’s own words, preserved from letters and diaries, bringing to life intimate conversations with the viewer. 

In addition to Emmy-Award winning Mandy Patinkin providing the voice of Franklin, Benjamin Franklin includes interviews with some of the country’s leading scholars of early American history, including Franklin biographer Walter Isaacson, who also served as a senior advisor to the project.

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Franklin, whose life has been celebrated as a quintessential American story, was anything but typical. His 84 years spanned nearly the entirety of the 18th century — an epoch of revolutionary change in science, technology, literature, politics and government — change that Franklin himself helped to advance. He launched the first public library in America, organized a volunteer fire company, and founded an academy that eventually became the University of Pennsylvania. His annual publication, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” set a model for future humorists such as Mark Twain and contained maxims that are still part of our shared lexicon. There were also his famous experiments with electricity, which led to one of his most important inventions — the lightning rod.