Narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, the film explores the roots of American music — the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country. It is a story of America's quintessential musical instrument from its African slavery roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as from leading music historians, instrument builders and collectors. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash hosts.
Examining the efforts to save the Pacific Northwest salmon from extinction, which include raising them in hatcheries and then transporting them on trucks and barges to the Columbia River a few miles below the Bonneville Dam.
Examining the toll that building and servicing America's cellular infrastructure is taking on cell-tower workers, who are 10 times more likely than an average construction worker to die on the job. Also: a report on the reliability of expert testimony.
The week representatives from public television stations across the country gathered in Denver for PBS' Annual Meeting. I didn't go this year, but through social media, I was able to keep up with the highlights of what will be coming your way during the next year...from the all the excited tweets I followed it looks like its going to be a great year!
The big news is season three of MASTERPIECE'S Downton Abbey will head across the pond to our shores in January! I know that's a long way off, but it will be worth the wait!
This edition takes a look at research being done at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Executive Vice President for Research Douglas Stocco joins us in the studio to discuss the cancer research being done at the TTUHSC and where the Center turns to for funding.