Rena Garrett

Development/Promotion Director, TV

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Science
3:54 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Watch this intimate and revealing story on Stephen Hawking's life on Wednesday, January 29th

Portrait of Stephen Hawking and his assistant Judith Croasdell in his office at DAMTP, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge.

This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he “wows” a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends.

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Science
3:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

"Ghosts of Murdered Kings" on NOVA airs Wednesday, the 29th at 8 pm

The NMI team excavate Cashel Man

In the hills of Ireland’s County Tipperary, a laborer harvesting peat from a dried-up bog spots the remnants of a corpse — a headless torso almost perfectly preserved and stained dark brown by the bog. Archaeologists recognize it as one of Europe’s rare bog bodies: prehistoric corpses flung into the marshes. The corpse eventually will be dated to the Bronze Age, more than 4,000 years ago. Forensic evidence reveals a shockingly violent death.

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Science
3:35 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

"The Funkiest Monkeys" on Nature airs Wednesday, January 29th at 7 pm

“Tarzan” in a tree.

Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper-colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, Stafford-Johnson makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help.

"The Funkiest Monkeys" on Nature can be seen on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. on channels 3 and 3-1.

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Arts
3:31 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

"The Amish" on American Experience airs Tuesday, January 28th at 7 pm

Pictured: Children play in the snow as a horse and buggy pass by.

THE AMISH answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century. With unprecedented access, built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to penetrate deeply and explore this attention-averse group. In doing so, THE AMISH paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

"The State of Arizona" on Independent Lens airs Monday, the 27th at 9 pm

Supporters of tough Arizona immigration laws outside the state capitol.

This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passed SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers and others — and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

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