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Apr 16, 2015, 09:00 ET
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WNET Receives Landmark Bequest from Estate of Sylvia Poyta

In the largest bequest in its 53-year history, WNET will receive approximately $20 million from the estate of Sylvia and Simon B. Poyta and has...

Apr 01, 2015, 12:00 ET
"American Masters," THIRTEEN's award-winning biography series, explores the lives and creative journeys of America's most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation's landscape, heritage and traditions. Watch full episodes and more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters.

THIRTEEN's American Masters Series Presents the National Broadcast Premiere of Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler April 16 and 17 on PBS (check local listings)

 Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen (American Masters — Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, The...

Mar 31, 2015, 12:15 ET
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Met Music Director James Levine Leads Wagner's Grand Comedy Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg On Great Performances at the Met Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m. on PBS

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Wagner's epic human comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg ("The Mastersinger of Nuremberg") in its...

Mar 02, 2015, 13:07 ET
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Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert Featuring Classics from the Great American Songbook Airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances on Friday, April 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS

Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to...

Feb 25, 2015, 12:15 ET
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Rossini's Comic Gem Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Featuring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, And Christopher Maltman on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 22 at 12 noon on PBS

 The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia —featuring some of the most instantly recognizable...

Feb 24, 2015, 10:51 ET
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THIRTEEN's Nature Examines a Species Under Siege in The Last Orangutan Eden Wednesday, February 25, 2015 on PBS

Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its...

Feb 23, 2015, 12:00 ET

Acclaimed Irish Chef Debuts Second U.S. Public Television Series Kevin Dundon's Back to Basics

In Kevin Dundon's Back to Basics, the award-winning Irish chef demonstrates how easy and straightforward cooking can be without using an abundance...

Feb 19, 2015, 10:58 ET

New Original Web Series from WNET and PBS Digital Studios to Explore Issues Surrounding Sexuality and Gender Identity

 WNET, the flagship PBS station based in New York and PBS Digital Studios, have announced the launch of First Person, an original digital...

Feb 12, 2015, 15:09 ET
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Bryan Adams in Concert, Internationally Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter In an Evening of Rock Classics, Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances in March on PBS

With his distinctive vocals, Canadian born singer-songwriter Bryan Adams has been one of the most successful international...

Feb 12, 2015, 10:05 ET
Mission US: City of Immigrants. Lena Brodsky, a young Russian Jewish teen, who has recently immigrated to New York City in 1907.

THIRTEEN's Award-Winning History Game Series Mission US Launches Its Fourth Virtual Adventure for Teens

THIRTEEN announces the launch of "City of Immigrants," the fourth interactive experience in the award-winning Mission US series of free, digital...

Feb 12, 2015, 08:40 ET

THIRTEEN's Award-Winning History Game Series Mission US Launches its Fourth Virtual Adventure for Teens

 THIRTEEN announces the launch of "City of Immigrants," the fourth interactive experience in the award-winning Mission US series of free,...

Feb 04, 2015, 12:00 ET
"American Masters," THIRTEEN's award-winning biography series, explores the lives and creative journeys of America's most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation's landscape, heritage and traditions. Watch full episodes and more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters.

THIRTEEN's American Masters and WQED Co-Produce the First Documentary About Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Playwright August Wilson

 THIRTEEN's American Masters series and Pittsburgh PBS affiliate WQED join forces to explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson...

Feb 03, 2015, 10:05 ET
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Bizet's Ever-Popular Carmen Returns with Anita Rachvelishvili as the Gypsy Seductress on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon on PBS

 Acclaimed director Richard Eyre's production of Carmen stars Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role of the seductive...

Jan 29, 2015, 16:44 ET
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La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema with the New York Philharmonic Featuring Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming and Josh Groban on THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, February 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Dawning in the dark aftermath of World War II, the fertile mid-century decades of Italian cinema delighted international movie audiences with an...

Jan 06, 2015, 10:00 ET
"American Masters," THIRTEEN's award-winning biography series, explores the lives and creative journeys of America's most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation's landscape, heritage and traditions. Watch full episodes and more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters.

THIRTEEN's American Masters Series Launches 29th Season with its First Profile of a Magician

 For the first time, THIRTEEN's American Masters series profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, considered one of the world's greatest...

Dec 24, 2014, 09:50 ET
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Met Music Director James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre's New Production of Mozart's Comic Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro on Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS

 Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre,...

Dec 12, 2014, 10:15 ET
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Renee Fleming Hosts American Voices, a Performance Documentary Celebrating the Very Best in American Singing, on THIRTEEN's Great Performances - Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on PBS

The art of singing is center stage in our country's popular culture: from Glee and 106 & Park to American Idol, The Voice, and Nashville, and...

Dec 11, 2014, 13:21 ET
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THIRTEEN's Shakespeare Uncovered Returns with Six New Films Telling the Stories Behind Shakespeare's Greatest Plays, Friday, January 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on PBS, beginning Friday, January 30 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) and continuing the...

Dec 03, 2014, 10:25 ET
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Julie Andrews Returns as Host of From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2015, This Year Conducted by Zubin Mehta, On THIRTEEN's Great Performances Thursday, January 1 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. ET on PBS

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the sixth time to host the festive annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic,...