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Football, one of America’s favorite national pastimes, is overseen by the National Football League, but this multibillion-dollar commercial giant is finding itself under fire as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football’s connection to long-term brain injuries.

 

In a two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE and journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth. This special, FRONTLINE: League of Denial – The NFL Concussion Crisis, will air at 9pm Tuesday, Oct. 8, on CET and ThinkTV16.

 

What did the NFL know about brain injuries and when did it know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? This FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats.

 

Follow all the news about the NFL Concussion Crisis through PBS’s FRONTLINE website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/.

 

10/03/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

If you’re longing for a fresh dose of turn-of-the-19th-century fashion, then get ready for Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise.

 

This new British drama comes to ThinkTV16 and CET at 9pm on Sunday nights Oct. 6 through Nov. 17. The story, based on the classic French novel by Emile Zola, follows the stories of a gal named Denise Lovett who arrives in a booming northern city and takes a job at The Paradise, the glittering department store across from her uncle’s drapery shop.

 

Of course it’s not long before Denise’s beauty and talent catch the eye of the store’s dashing owner. Can Denise navigate the competing personalities of the ladieswear department and can her ingenuity save the day when she meets the challenges of a shop girl?

 

Here’s a preview of the first season of The Paradise thanks to BBC:

09/26/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

History and science come together for the premiere of Genealogy Roadshow. The four-part program airs at 9pm Mondays from Sept. 23 through Oct. 14 on ThinkTV16 and CET.

 

Genealogy Roadshow’s premiere season will include people from Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco out to explore genealogical claims passed down through family history that may or may not connect them to an event or historical figure. Experts use genealogy, history and DNA along with family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information.  They also chat with local historians to add color and context to the investigations and family stories.

 

The first city featured is Nashville, a cultural crossroad in the American South – famous for country music, Civil War history, architecture, arts and much more.  Check out the preview here: http://video.thinktv.org/video/2365079400/ or http://watch.cetconnect.org/video/2365079400/.

09/19/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

The first major television documentary series to chronicle the history of Latinos will premiere on ThinkTV16 and CET over three consecutive Tuesdays – Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.

 

The program, Latino Americans, follows the stories, struggles and triumphs of Latinos as well as how their stories have helped shape the United States and, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

 

Latino Americans is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Adriana Bosch and narrated by Benjamin Bratt. Many of the featured interviews include leaders from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture  —  including Herman Badillo, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno, among many others  —  as well as deeply personal portraits of lesser-known Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.

 

Join us at 8pm Tuesday, Sept. 17, on CET and ThinkTV16 for the first installment of this six-hour series. Find more information online here: http://www.thinktv.org/onair/programs/featured/latino-americans or http://www.cetconnect.org/programming/latino-americans.

09/12/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8pm American Masters will premiere a special about tennis star Billie Jean King. This is the first time American Masters has profiled a sports figure and the program is being presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “The Battle of the Sexes” match on Sept. 20, 1973.

 

Billie Jean King, a determined woman who fought for equality on and off the tennis court, will tell her own story along with perspective from fellow tennis stars Margaret  Court, Chris Evert, Ilana Kloss, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, and members of the Virginia Slims Circuit “Original 9,” including Peaches Bartkowicz, Rosie Casals, Julie Heldman, Nancy Richey, and Valerie Ziegenfuss.

 

American Masters: Billie Jean King also features interviews with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, friend and fellow activist Sir Elton John, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Bobby Riggs’ son Larry and “Battle of the Sexes” trainer Lornie Kuhle, King’s brother Randy Moffitt and ex-husband Larry King, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Obama, who chose King as the first female athlete to be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. King is also a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

 

Join us on September 10th on CET and ThinkTV16 to look back at the 12-year-old California girl who played on public tennis court and fought her way to win 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles all while pushing for equality for women athletes everywhere.

 

We’d also love for you to connect with us on social media! If you remember who you picked to win the “Battle of the Sexes,” tell us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest with the hashtags #TalkToThinkTV or #TalkToCET.

09/05/2013 Programs 0 Comments
     

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