“The Poison Squad” premieres January 28 on PBS

“The Poison Squad” premieres January 28 on PBS

Source:  American Experience

By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers.

Based on the book by Deborah Blum, “The Poison Squad” tells the story of government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley who, determined to banish these dangerous substances from dinner tables, took on the powerful food manufacturers and their allies.

Wiley embarked upon a series of controversial trials on 12 human subjects who would become known as the “Poison Squad.”

American Experience’s “The Poision Squad” premieres January 28 on PBS.

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Nature shows are hot again

Nature shows are hot again

Source:  The New York Times

At a time when millions of species are at risk of extinction and deep-pocketed streaming services are spending billions on content, an old television genre, the nature show, is booming.

The latest big-budget nature documentary series from BBC Studios, “Seven Worlds, One Planet,” will make its debut tonight in the United States across various AMC cable networks such as BBC America and SundanceTV.  The first installment of the series, which is a follow-up to the recent ratings hits “Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II,” will focus on Australia.

There has never been more to watch for fans of the genre.  Netflix, Disney, and Apple are investing heavily in wildlife programming as part of their efforts to lure subscribers to their streaming services.

And nature shows are thriving on cable and public broadcast networks, with roughly 130 original nature series airing in 2019, more than the previous three years combined, according to Nielsen.

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Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Source:  CNN

Hulu has released the official trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

For “Hillary,” director Nanette Burstein sat down with Clinton for 35 hours and culled together more than 1,700 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a portrait of the one-time Democratic presidential nominee.

The docuseries covers several periods of Clinton’s life, from her upbringing and years in law school to public scandals and her presidential campaign.

“There was nothing off limits,” Clinton said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday.

“Hillary” premieres March 6 on Hulu.

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“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

Source:  FRONTLINE

Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world; he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism.  His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is unrivaled.

As politicians and regulators around the world continue to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

“Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” premieres February 18 on PBS.

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Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Below are the nominees in the documentary categories.

Documentary Feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (f You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Winners to be revealed at the Academy Awards ceremony on February 9 on ABC.


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