New PBS streaming documentary videos

Clinton (American Experience) In the tradition of American Experience’s acclaimed Presidents series, Clinton provides an intimate, honest, balanced look at the 42nd president’s life, career, and legacy. The definitive biography tracks William Jefferson Clinton from his difficult childhood in Hope, Arkansas, through his meteoric rise in state politics, to the highs and lows of his tumultuous presidency.

The Amish (American Experience): Explores the insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 400-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and baffled Americans for more than a century. The film examines the beliefs, lifestyle, and history of the Amish, as well as their complex relationship to mainstream American culture. Beautifully and lyrically photographed, The Amish is part history, part observational documentary that takes viewers into the world of the Amish.

Separating twins (Nova): The incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins were ready for a series of delicate operations which would prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives.

Inside Japan’s nuclear meltdown (Frontline): In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. This is their story, with rare footage from inside the plant and eyewitness testimony from the people on the frontlines.

Raccoon nation (Nature):  With their agile little hands, raccoons have become the urban bandits we love and hate. In the past 70 years, their population has exploded in North American cities, and interaction with humans is making them smarter — maybe even pushing them down a new evolutionary path. Using high-definition, infrared cameras that turn pitch dark into daylight, The Nature of Things achieves something that has never been done before: it intimately follows a family of urban raccoons over the course of six months. Under the watchful eye of their mother, the young grow, develop and learn to navigate the raccoon capital of the world, Toronto.

Blueprint America, The big fix: “The Big Fix” examines what policy makers and politicians in Washington, including President Barack Obama, mean when they say that rebuilding our crumbling highways and bridges, leaky water systems and other vital lifelines stimulates the economy and generates jobs. Will fixing our infrastructure save the economy?

Blueprint America, Beyond the Motor City: Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America.

Blueprint America, Road to the future: Blueprint America goes to three very different American cities – Denver, New York and Portland, and their surrounding suburbs – to look at each as a microcosm of the challenges and possibilities the country faces as citizens, local and federal officials, and planners struggle to manage a growing America with innovative transportation and sustainable land use policies

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