Rena Garrett

Development/Promotion Director, TV

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9:17 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Find out about America's first gold rush, on Thursday, January 2nd at 9 pm

$1.00 Bechtler gold coin, back.

This 30-minute historical documentary tells the little-known story of America’s first gold rush, which took place in North Carolina during the early decades of the nineteenth century, nearly fifty years before the discovery of gold in California. Further, the film details the role of a middle-aged German immigrant, Christopher Bechtler, who, while living in a small town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, created a successful private mint that produced the first one dollar gold coin in the United States.

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Arts
9:13 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Meet a new generation of Russian writers during "Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin"

Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of Russia’s most popular and celebrated writers. Two books have been shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and two have won that award.

This documentary tells the story of America and Europe’s love of Russian literature and introduces audiences to a new generation of Russian writers. With readings by host Stephen Fry, this program features writers such as Dmitry Bykov, Mariam Petrosyan, Zakhar Prilepin, Anna Starobinets, Vladimir Sorokin and Lyudmila Ulitskaya.

Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin airs on Thursday, January 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

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Arts
9:10 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"Tony Bennett: Duets II" airs on Great Performances on Wednesday, January 1st at 8:30 pm

Tony Bennett chats with Norah Jones. The two perform “Speak Low.”

In celebration of his 85th birthday, the legendary Tony Bennett released the critically acclaimed Duets II, which followed his Grammy-winning Duets CD, released in honor of his 80th birthday. Bennett made music history with Duets II when it debuted at the top of the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the oldest artist to ever achieve the #1 spot. Featuring his greatest hits, performed by today’s biggest stars, Duets II was recorded live in studios from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy, with Nashville in between.

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Arts
9:07 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014" airs on Great Performances on the 1st

Daniel Barenboim directs Vienna Philharmonic in the festive annual New Year’s celebration from Vienna’s Musikverein

Always one of “our favorite things,” we continue the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast will feature a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews will return as host.

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Arts
10:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

"From Jesus to Christ, Pt. 2" on Frontline airs Tuesday, December 31st

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two millennia to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.

In the second program, FRONTLINE examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. The film looks at another bloody Jewish war against Rome, the second revolt, assessing its impact on the Christianity movement. The broadcast documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.

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