Thursday, October 3, 2013

PBS Emmy Award Winning Documentaries

The POV Blog has posted a convenient list of news programs and documentaries that won 2013 Emmy Awards, all of which are currently available to watch online.

Even though I have a computer attached to my main television, I'm finding that I prefer to navigate to watch programs using my Roku and Chromecast (linked to my phone).  An interesting feature of the PBS Roku channel is that you initially log in with your zip code so that you will also have options to watch from your local PBS station (in my case, WHA-TV in Madison, Wisconsin).  Of the many WHA-TV options, readers of this blog might be interested in checking out episodes of Director's Cut, which features Wisconsin filmmakers and their films.

I was very excited when the PBS Roku channel appeared, and indeed there is a great wealth of programming available through it.  The one disappointment I had, however, was the delay in access to new episodes to the PBS Newshour.  Ideally, I would like to watch the 6:00 broadcast sometime later that evening or as late as the following afternoon.  The Roku channel delay often did not make this possible.  I did find an alternate solution, however, when the Chromecast came out and I discovered that full episodes of PBS Newshour are posted relatively quickly on their YouTube channel.  Individual segments of the broadcast are posted very quickly, and complete episodes are available usually by 10:00 p.m.

Regardless of how you access these programs, these links provide a good way to pass the time during the government shutdown by appreciating what PBS provides to us.

From the POV Blog (follow link to find links to all of these programs online):

At last night’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony, PBS programs garnered nine awards. FRONTLINE alone collected seven of those awards, with Nature and American Experience each receiving one. The good news for you — all of these winners are available to watch for free online at!

American Experience

Jesse Owens
Outstanding Research
The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.


The Battle for Syria
Outstanding Coverage Of A Breaking News Story In A News Magazine
Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad journeys to the heart of the insurgency, with rebels that are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in the streets of Syria’s largest city. Within “liberated zones” near the city of Aleppo, the rebels not only fight the Syrian Army, but struggle against each other. Then, FRONTLINE examines how the president is holding on to power.

Big Sky, Big Money
Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form
FRONTLINE travels to the remote epicenter of the campaign finance debate for a tale of money, politics, and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? Ask Montana, which has tried to challenge the ruling in court, is investigating alleged campaign abuses and is playing host to a bitter race that could decide control of the U.S. Senate.

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
Outstanding Continuing Coverage Of A News Story – Long Form
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.

The Interrupters
Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form
From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (“There Are No Children Here”), an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.

Money, Power, and Wall Street
Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form
As Wall Street innovated, its revenues skyrocketed, and financial institutions of all stripes tied their fortunes to one another. FRONTLINE probes deeply into the story of the big banks — how they developed, how they profited, and how the model that produced unfathomable wealth planted the seeds of financial destruction.

Opium Brides
Outstanding Investigative Journalism In A News Magazine
Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the deadly bargain local farm families have been forced to make with drug smugglers in order to survive.

Fall Preview: How Come?
Outstanding Promotional Annoucement – Institutional


An Original DUCKumentary
Outstanding Nature Programming
Masters of the water and air, they have conquered the globe. From deft dabblers to great divers, these are one of the Animal Kingdom’s ultimate athletes. Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds.

A fan of web documentaries? You can also view all of the winners of the New Approaches categories online:

In Jennifer’s Room
New Approaches: Current News Coverage
A harrowing tale, told with simple illustrations, about what happened to a young developmentally disabled woman in a place that was supposed to keep her safe.

Clouds Over Cuba
New Approaches: Documentaries
Relive the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years later and discover what might have been.

Life, Interrupted
New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture
Suleika Jaouad, a 23-year-old writer from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is chronicling her experiences as a young adult with cancer.

Also, to recognize their nominations in this years Emmy Awards, POV’s Nostalgia for the Light, Give Up Tomorrow, and The City Dark are available for streaming until Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

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