‘NOVA: Vikings Unearthed’ Will Impress Audiences Of All Types

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

Christopher Columbus was not the first person to reach America.  The Vikings discovered North America centuries before Columbus.  This is a fact that has been well-known for ages yet still seems to be ignored by so many people.  This has been known as a Viking settlement was found in Newfoundland as far back as the 1960s proving without a doubt that they reached “the new world” well before Columbus.  However, it might not have been the only Viking settlement in the region, as is revealed in a recent episode of PBS’ hit series NOVA.  This past July, PBS Distribution released NOVA: Vikings Unearthed on DVD.  The special two-hour episode, presented in partner with the BBC, follows researchers as they work to uncover what they believe may be a second Viking settlement in North America.  If it is indeed a settlement, it would be the first discovery of a Viking settlement in North America in more than fifty years.  The story that is presented in this extended episode of NOVA is the most important of its elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  It will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in the program’s presentation is its pacing.  It is tied directly in to the program’s information and story and is, in turn, just as important as those elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  When they are assembled together, they make NOVA: Vikings Unearthed a program that audiences of all interests will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is an episode of PBS’ hit history and science based series that audiences of all types will enjoy.  It is a program that students and lovers of history will enjoy just as much as students and lovers of archaeology and even anthropology.  That is because its story touches on all three sciences.  The story in question follows a group of researchers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham as they chase down what they believe could be a long-lost Viking settlement at Point Rosee.  Point Rosee is a location in Southwestern Newfoundland.  As a setup to the central story, the program provides an in-depth history of the Vikings and how they eventually became the infamous seafaring people that are known the world over today.  While the central story isn’t presented until later in the second half of the program, it is still fully engaging.  It leaves audiences engaged because of the surprises that are revealed in the group’s research.  Even up to the end, the answer is still not entirely conclusive.  That means that the program’s story still leaves plenty of room for discussion even after it ends.  Considering this and the story itself, the story forms a solid foundation for this episode of NOVA.  The story is by itself an important part of the episode’s presentation.  It is not the only key element to consider in examining the episode’s presentation.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is in itself a hugely important part of the program’s presentation.  That is because of its ability to keep audiences completely engaged throughout the course of its two-hour run time.  It is not the program’s only key element, though.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to note in the program’s presentation as its story.  The in-depth background on how the Vikings became the feared seafaring raiders that the world knows of today is one of the most interesting pieces of information provided within the program’s story.  It explains how the Vikings went from living in the northern regions of Europe to eventually becoming the feared seafaring pillagers that the world knows of today.  It does this by explaining how the Vikings built their sturdy ships and expertly crafted their weapons.  This is just some of the interesting information presented within the program’s story.  Just as interesting to note is the revelation that the Vikings might not have in fact been the blonde-haired, blue-eyed warriors that have become the stereotype today.  The program reveals that many of the Vikings encountered early in their history were red-head, not just blondes or even brunettes.  That is such a surprise because of the stereotype of the Vikings being big, burly, dark-haired (and blonde) warriors.  The only redheaded Viking that most people know of is Erik the Red.  So the seeming prominence of the red-head gene among the Viking community is in itself an interesting revelation.  It is yet another key piece of information that is presented within the program’s story.  It is not the story’s only other key piece of information.  There is much more information that audiences will find interesting throughout the program.  When that other intriguing information is joined with the information noted here, the importance of the story’s overall information proves to be just as much as that of the story.  It still is not the last of the program’s important elements.  The program’s pacing is just as important as its story and its information.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unleashed and the information provided therein are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  When they are coupled, they give audiences plenty of reason to view this episode of NOVA.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The program’s pacing ties in to both its story and its companion information.  That is because the pacing of the information and the pacing of the story in whole is what determines the program’s ability to keep audiences engaged.  Audiences will be glad to see that between the program’s main story, its background story, and all other elements, the pacing remains relatively stable from one segment to the next.  The end result is a program that, despite being two hours without any real segment breaks, is still very well-balanced in its pacing from beginning to end.  In maintaining their engagement, viewers will agree that it works with the program’s story and information to make the program in whole another wholly enjoyable episode of NOVA.  It is an episode that audiences of all types will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is a program that audiences of all types will enjoy.  Those audiences include lovers and students of history, archaeology, and anthropology.  That is due to the program’s central story, the story’s companion information, and the balance of the pacing throughout it all.  There is no denying the importance that each element presents to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit science and history based series.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release ‘Nazi Mega Weapons: Season 3’ On DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced the home release date for the third season of its WWII-based series Nazi Mega Weapons.

Nazi Mega Weapons will be released on DVD Tuesday, September 13th. The latest installment of episodes from the series, Season Three focuses on the Blitzkrieg, Hitler’s mountain powerhouse topped with what has come to be known as The Eagle’s Nest, U-Boat Type 21 and the Nazi fortifications of the Channel Islands.  That is all just in the season’s first disc.

The set’s second disc expands beyond Hitler’s mega weapons and into the weapons used by the Japanese military including the battleship Yamato and the Tunnels of Okinawa.

Nazi Mega Weapons: Season Three runs 360 minutes (6 hours) and is spread across two discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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‘SOTD: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings’ Is Another Enjoyable Discovery From PBS

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan has for centuries been a source of mystery and intrigue for people around the world.  That is because of how little has been known about the city including how it came to be built, its people and their culture and even what happened to the people who once called it home.  That was until 2003 when a rainstorm revealed a long-hidden tunnel that some surprising finds.  Late last month PBS presented a new episode of its hit history based series Secrets of the Dead that was centered on that find in Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings.  Now audiences can own that episode for themselves on DVD.  There is a lot to appreciate about this DVD beginning with the story at the episode’s center.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story.  It is just another of the program’s most important elements.  The footage that is used in order to tell the story rounds out its most important elements.  It brings the program’s presentation full circle and shows together with those previously noted elements why this episode of Secrets of the Dead is yet another enjoyable experience for educators and history buffs alike.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead. This is proven in part through the story presented at the heart of the episode.  The story at the heart of the episode follows archaeologist Sergio Gomez as he searches long-hidden tunnel that lies below the Temple of the Plumed Serpent.  The tunnel was discovered after heavy rains uncovered it in 2003.  As Gomez and his team of researchers dig through the site, surprising theories and revelations are made about not just the tunnel and the temple under which it runs but also about the city and its history.  The theories and revelations come from evidence uncovered in the operation including what looks like a hand print that had long been preserved and stones found at the heart of the tunnel among other items.  Throughout it all the ancient city and its central temple are put in a whole new light thanks to the story.  It is thanks to all of this that the episode’s central story will keep audiences of all ages engaged and informed from beginning to end.  Of course even as informative and engaging as the story proves to be in the long run, it is just one part of what makes this episode of Secrets of the Dead so enjoyable.  The information that is shared throughout the course of the episode is just as important to its presentation as its story.

There is no question that the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is an important part of the episode’s presentation in its new home release.  The episode’s central story is just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable.  The information that is included in the story is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The most important information presented in the episode is the factual historical information.  That information includes not just the city’s (and temple’s) known history but also the theories and revelations made through the group’s work.  Among that material is the belief that the ancient city was built by people who came from its surrounding areas.  It is theorized that the very first people to settle the city did so after fleeing their own former homes, which were destroyed by a volcano.  As the city grew and thrived, it is said that it grew outward, with its growth even being compared to that of Rome. That comparison comes from the belief that the city’s people spread out into its surrounding regions and conquered those regions, thus expanding its empire.  Perhaps most intriguing of the provided information is the belief of how the city met its end so to speak.  It is speculated by researchers that a natural disaster dramatically impacted the area and that the city was unable to fully recover from that disaster, thus leading its inhabitants to simply leave the city and search for a safer area.   This is so interesting to learn because of the belief that the city’s original inhabitants had themselves ironically fled another natural disaster before founding Teotihuacan.  These are just some of the interesting pieces of information that are shared over the course of the program.  There is much for audiences to take in over the course of its roughly hour-long run time.  They will discover it all when they order the DVD themselves via PBS’ online store.

Both the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings and its information are key elements in the program’s presentation.  The pair works hand in hand to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead well worth the watch both by educators and history buffs alike.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The footage that is used to help tell the city’s story rounds out the episode’s most important elements.  It brings the presentation full circle. The footage that is used throughout the episode includes both actual footage of the dig and computer animations to help tell the episode’s story.  There are even some re-enactments that are incorporated into the story alongside the dig footage and computer animations.  Audiences will be glad to see that throughout the course of the movie all of these elements are expertly balanced.  No one piece of footage is ever used more than another at any one point in the story.  Each piece of footage is used at just the right moment and in just the right way.  The end result is a story that is just as visually entertaining as it is educational and informative.  When that balanced footage is set against the episode’s central story and the information provided through the story, all three elements work together to make the episode in whole, again, well worth the watch among educators and history buffs alike.  They combine to make Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another impressive episode of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  It is also one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.  That is proven in part through the story at the heart of the episode.  The story focuses not just on the legendary city’s history but also uses actual evidence to make educational theories about the city’s foundation and the fate of its people.  It doesn’t even try to tackle the countless conspiracy theories that abound in regards to both topics.  Audiences will be especially appreciative of that.  Speaking of those conspiracy theories (and the lack thereof), the information that is provided throughout the course of the story adds to the episode’s interest.  The information presented includes factual information, educated hypotheses, and revelations made via physical evidence.  There are no conspiracy theories to be heard at any point.  That makes the program all the more engaging.  The footage that is used throughout the program is just as well-balanced as the episode’s information and story in general.  All three elements work together seamlessly to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead wholly engaging and entertaining for educators and history buffs alike.  It is available online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘ATK: Season 16’ Is Yet Another Enjoyable Run From One Of TV’s Top Cooking Shows

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution

Late last year Chris Kimball, host of PBS’ hit cooking show America’s Test Kitchen bid adieu to the show that he had helmed for so many years.  Though, it was announced not long after that he would continue to host the show on the radio.  Adding to that announcement, it was also recently revealed that he has his own new program titled Milk Street Kitchen that will premiere this fall on PBS stations nationwide.  While fans wait for his return to television they can enjoy his final season on America’s Test Kitchen in the form of the recently released America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16.  This latest installment of the standout series offers just as much to appreciate as was presented in the home releases of its previous seasons if not more beginning with its dishes.  That will be discussed shortly.  The extra segments included in the season are just as important to note of the set’s presentation as the meals that are made in each episode.  The bonus printable recipes round out the season’s most important elements and bring everything full circle in this season.  Each element is important in its own right.  Collectively, they make this season of America’s Test Kitchen yet another enjoyable run for the show and a fond farewell for Kimball from a show that he helped build.

America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run for a show that is one of television’s elite cooking programs.  It is also a fond farewell for long-time host Chris Kimball.  That is due in part to the dishes that are presented throughout the course of the program’s twenty-six episodes.  There are dishes for singles, couples, and families alike.  Regardless of where one falls into one of those categories, the dishes presented throughout this season can be made on a weeknight or a weekend.  There are even meals made just for vegetarians including black bean burgers ad super greens soup with Lemon –tarragon cream.  The weekend dishes include the likes of Ultimate charcoal-grilled steaks, sweet and tangy grilled country-style pork ribs, and roast rack of lamb.  The easy, weeknight meals featured in this season include Sausage meatballs and spaghetti, tagliatelle with prosciutto and peas, and Japanese-style stir-fried noodles with beef among many others.  There are even some really tasty desserts that could be made just as easily on a weeknight included in this season.  The dishes are accompanied by Kimball’s familiar “cooking chemistry” lessons are there to help audiences understand the importance of what goes into making each dish.  He explains once again the importance of each element and even the history of the meals and cooking methods.  It gives each episode a richer presentation.  Between the variety of meals and the educational material presented within each episode, the whole of the episodes becomes clearly key to the season’s presentation.  That whole is just one of the key elements to consider in this season’s presentation.  The companion segments that are featured throughout are just as pivotal to the season’s presentation as its episodes and their overall content.

The meals and material presented throughout each of Season 16’s episodes are important in their own right to the season’s new home presentation.  Even as important as they are to the season’s presentation they are not its only collectively key portions of its presentation.  The companion segments that once again come with the show are just as important to note as the meals and their educational information.  The familiar taste test segments are there as are the kitchen equipment segments.  But this season has seen an expansion of those segments.  There is now a second equipment feature this season as well as a “Letters to the Editor” segment, too.  One can only guess why the shows heads decided to expand the presence of its companion segments in this season.  That is beside the point.  The “Letters to the Editor” adds its own interest with its viewer questions.  One viewer question asks whether a person should wait for a pot of coffee to finish brewing before pouring that first cup.  Kimball’s response is a frank “yes.”  He notes that the first cup of coffee that is poured from a fully brewed pot of coffee is eight times stronger than any other cup that is poured after.  So that should give plenty of motivation (especially in a family) to be the one to get that first cup of joe.  There are lots of other interesting letters presented in this new feature.  Audiences will find their favorites for themselves when they purchase this season for themselves.  The same applies to the extra gadget segments and the familiar taste testing segments, too.  All in all, the companion segments that are featured in this season of ATK are just as important to its presentation as the meals and their educational information.  When all of that is set side by side the bigger picture painted of Season 16 is one that shows just why Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows.

The meals that are presented throughout the 16th season of ATK and their educational material, and the episodes’ companion segments are each important in their own way to the whole of its home release.  Altogether they make Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of TV’s top cooking shows.  They also make this season a fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  They are not the set’s only important elements.  The bonus printable recipes that come with the season round out the season’s presentation, bringing the whole thing full circle.  Just as with the series’ previous seasons this season also comes complete with printable recipes for each and every meal featured in this season.  So those viewers who might be making their own personal cookbooks (whether from this series’ recipes, other recipes, or even a combination of sources) have plenty more options here from which to choose and develop those cookbooks even more.  They are presented in easy to access .pdf files.  There’s no having to download some app or anything else.  Viewers just put the discs in their computers’ DVD drives (for those who still have computers with said drives) and they can instantly access those recipes.  It is that easy.  The recipes join with the season’s meals and information, and the episodes’ companion segments to complete the set’s viewing experience.  That overall enjoyable viewing experience reveals the season’s home presentation to, once again, be yet another enjoyable run from a show that is one of television’s top cooking shows.

The 16th season of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen is one more enjoyable run from a series that is one of television’s top cooking shows.  That is evident in large part through the meals that make up the main body of the season’s twenty-six episodes.  The dishes are delectable and fitting for any night of the week.  They are also fitting for singles, couples, and even families.  The familiar educational information provided in each episode makes the episodes all the more enjoyable.  The companion segments that come with each episode are just as familiar as that noted educational material.  What’s important to note of those segments is that there are even more of them this season than in previous seasons.  So audiences get even more extra information this season than ever before.  The bonus printable recipes featured in this season round out its presentation and bring that presentation full circle.  They allow cooks at home to build their own personal cookbooks even more and try their hand at the featured meals at their own leisure.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of America’s Test Kitchen in its 16th season.  All things considered they make America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows and an equally fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Season 16 is available online along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘WordWorld’ DVD Is A Great Set Any Time Of Year

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

School is officially out for summer.  Even with families taking their vacations, children’s education should not take a vacation, too.  Enter PBS Kids and its vast array of DVDs being released throughout the summer.  One of those DVDs, WordWorld: It’s Time For School, is one of those new DVDs.  The fittingly titled compilation will be released Tuesday, July 26th, just in time to start getting kids young viewers a head start on the new school year.  The DVD features eight more episodes from the family friendly vocabulary-building series.  The episodes are in themselves a key element to this compilation.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are presented within each of the episodes are just as important in their own right to the collection.  That will be discussed later.  The bonus material included with the collection rounds out the collections most important elements.  It is the set’s finishing touch.  Together with the collection’s featured episodes and the lessons contained therein the whole of the collection proves to be yet another collection that will be welcome in any family’s home.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is yet another collection of WordWorld episodes that will be welcome in any family’s home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  The collection is made up of eight from episodes from the series.  Audiences will note that the episodes are lifted from all three of the series’ seasons.  What’s more at least a pair of the featured episodes—“The Best Nest” and “Tick Tock Space Clock”—has in fact been previously released in another WordWorld DVD released a few years ago by NCircle Entertainment.  The others may or may not have been previously released when NCircle had distribution rights for the series.  Regardless the very fact that once again PBS Kids has included eight episodes (versus four put into each collection from NCircle) is in itself impressive.  What’s more not everybody out there has all of the WordWorld DVDs previously released by Ncircle Entertainment.  To that end, the episodes may in fact be new to many audiences.  Keeping that in mind the episodes presented in this collection show in their own way to be a collectively important part of the collection.  They are not the collection’s only important element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD are in themselves a collectively important part of the collection’s presentation.  Previously released or not, the episodes are important because not every viewer has seen these episodes before.  Keeping that in mind, they remain a collectively important part of the DVDs overall presentation.  They are not the set’s only key element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as its episodes.  That is because the episodes feature more than just the standard vocabulary building lessons.  The DVD’s lead episode “Sharks First Day Of School” is one of the episodes that presents multiple lessons within its own body.  On the surface, the standard vocabulary building lessons are there.  Along with those lessons is the lesson about overcoming that all too common fear of the first day.  Not every child goes through this situation even on the first day of school.  But more do than don’t.  The writers address the situation by having Duck, Cat, and the others at school show Shark that school is a good place to be.  They are completely supportive of Shark along the way, showing him all the good things that school has to offer.  For those parents that are getting ready to send their children off to kindergarten, this is a great way to help their children overcome those potential first day jitters.  On another level, an episode such as “Welcome Home, Duck” teaches an important lesson about friendship alongside its vocabulary lesson.  It does so by Frog showing his excitement at Duck coming back from vacation.  Frog wants to show how much he missed Duck and appreciates him as a friend.  That message of friendship is just as important as the lesson centering on overcoming first day jitters.  It is not the only other lesson presented in these episodes, either.  Some might call it a stretch but in “Duck at Bat” it could be argued that the writers incorporated the lesson of perseverance.  No matter how many times Duck kept making the wrong word and using the wrong items as a bat, he kept trying.  He did finally get the right letter to make a bat.  And he even got a hit when he went up to the plate.  To that end, one could argue that the writers were teaching the lesson to the show’s young viewers that they should not give up on anything, especially not on anything worth doing.  There’s even a lighter lesson about teamwork incorporated into the episode for good measure.  Between these lessons and the episodes’ vocabulary building lessons it is obvious that there is plenty to be learned in these episodes.  All things considered the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes in this set prove in the long to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material included with the DVD rounds out the set’s most important elements.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD and the lessons contained within each are all important elements in the DVD’s overall presentation.  Each does its own part in making this new DVD another enjoyable presentation from PBS Kids.  They are not the DVD’s only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  Just as with PBS Kids’ previous WordWorld compilations this set includes a trio of vocabulary building activities that the whole family can do together and that even teachers can do with their students in class.  One involves matching words on index cards to make compound words.  Another involves matching rhyming words with their related pictures.  Another is a game of hide-and-seek of sorts.  Except in the case of this game, there is no chasing around.  Rather in the case of this game, children have to identify the sound that they hear and where it comes from in order to get a turn.  As an additional bonus, PBS Kids has also included in this DVD’s case an activity booklet for children.  This is something with which PBS Kids has only experimented in its previous WordWorld DVDs (and other series’ DVDs).  So to see it full blown like this for the first time is impressive.  The activity booklet includes coloring pages, word searches, maze games, matching games and even a kid friendly crossword.  Parents can take the coloring pages, copy them and save them to their computers before their children color them in the book.  That way they [parents] can print them out any time they want for children to color.  Teachers can do the same with any of the other activities so as to use them each year with each new class.  Keeping all of this in mind, the activities and complimenting activity booklet included in this DVD are true bonuses.  They are activities that serve to drive home the lessons presented in the disc’s episodes.  They also serve to entertain young children.  They are in essence a fitting final touch for the DVD’s presentation.  Together with the disc’s episodes and their lessons, all of the noted elements join to make WordWorld: It’s Time For School a disc that is great for families any time of the year.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is a great watch for the whole family any time of the year.  Whether ahead of the new school year or even during, this DVD proves itself to be another impressive collection of WordWorld episodes.  That is evident in the episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The lessons that are tied into each of the episodes play their own part in proving this.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD’s case rounds out its most important elements.  In regards to that material not only has PBS Kids outshined NCircle in regards to its handling of the series’ DVDs, it has outdone itself this time around, too.  Considering this, the bonus material included in this collection is a fitting final touch to the DVD’s presentation.  It joins with the DVD’s featured episodes and their lessons to make this DVD, again, another welcome collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ beloved family friendly vocabulary building series.  It will be available later this month both in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More episodes of WordWorld are available online now along with more WordWorld games, activities, and much more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Takes Viewers To Alaska In New Polar Bear Documentary

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution

This past Tuesday PBS Distribution took audiences to the wilds of Alaska in its new documentary The Great Polar Beast Feast.

The Great Polar Bear Feast was released this Tuesday, July 5th.  The program was released in partnership with Renegade Films.  It follows a group of Polar Bears living in Alaska as they face the impending challenges of the Arctic Summer.  That is the time when the sea ice covering the region begins melting at an increasingly rapid speed.  One of the bears presented in the program is a female with two cubs.  She heads south from the Beaufort Sea to Kaktovik and is able to take part in the annual feast of whale blubber.  The other, also a female, only has one cub.  She stays put.  In turn it is forced to swim hundreds of miles north to get to the nearest ice.  In the bigger picture, the story examines the relationship between the polar bears and the Inupiat Tribe, which lives in a nearby village.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is available now on DVD.  It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered at a discounted price of $19.99 online via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS “Digs Up” Another One Of History’s Mysteries In New Documentary

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Courtesy: PBS DIstribution

Early this spring the world stopped to mark a very important date in the literary world—the 400th anniversary of playwright William Shakespeare’s death.  And next week PBS Distribution will release a program originally aired on PBS in conjunction with the anniversary in the form of Shakespeare’s Tomb.

Shakespeare’s Tomb will be released next Tuesday, July 12th.  It will be available exclusively on DVD.  The program follows Dr. Helen Castor and a team of researchers as they make their first investigation into what is believed to be Shakespeare’s burial site.  The investigation centers on a skull found in a crypt beneath a country church in England.  Castor and company have set out to find out if the skull is in fact that of Shakespeare and if the body contained in the grave is also that of the legendary playwright.  The reason for the investigation is that there is a 19th Century story stating that Shakespeare’s skull was stolen by trophy hunters some 100 years prior.  As a result of the alleged grave robbing a curse has said to have been put on anyone that should move the bones from the grave.  The curse is etched onto a stone at the grave.  It reads, “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”  It is a fitting tale for any bibliophile’s Halloween party and an equally intriguing tale for any Shakespeare aficionado.

Shakespeare’s Tomb will be released next Tuesday, July 12th.   It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered direct online at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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