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American Experience Winter Premieres

Posted by on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 07:50

The New Year is just around the corner and with it comes new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films premiering in January. Continuing its 25th anniversary season, new episodes kick off on January 7th with The Poisoner's Handbook—an in-depth look at how New York’s first medical examiner transformed forensic chemistry, followed by 1964 on January 14th—an exploration of a year that defined an era (Beatlemania, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the birth of the Women’s Movement and the transfer of the presidency to LBJ).

The Poisoner's Handbook (1/7)
When New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, forensic chemistry turned into a formidable science, sending many a murder to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt.

1964 (1/14)
Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film will follow some of the most prominent figures of the time – Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Freidan – and bring out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions, and anxieties began to turn the country onto a different course.

Check our program schedule page in January to see air times for these fantastic new programs on American Experience.

2014 MASTERPIECE Sweepstakes

Posted by on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:36

Enter the 2014 MASTERPIECE Sweepstakes daily through March 15, 2014, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US or Canada to Great Britain!

This 5-day, 4-night trip features a VIP reception at Highclere Castle (setting of Downton Abbey), hosted by Lord Carnarvon and Lady Carnarvon, author of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey. The trip also includes VIP tours of the Museum of London’s forthcoming Sherlock Holmes exhibit and the famous Selfridges & Co. department store. You will also attend the Tower of London’s evening Ceremony of the Keys and enjoy the annual “Battle Proms” concert with fireworks on the grounds of Highclere Castle. Travel must be from July 30-August 4, 2014. You may also win 1 of 4 monthly prizes—gift certificates to purchase PBS merchandise.

No purchase necessary; winners will be selected by random drawing. Enter at

Downton Abbey Preview Event

Posted by on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 07:32

Join us on Friday, January 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Historic Pasfield House Inn--we're showing the premiere episode of Season 4 before it airs on January 5th! We won't give any spoilers away, but this season is sure to be the best one yet.

Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The event is free, but please call 217-483-7887 to reserve a spot by December 30th.

More on Downton Abbey Season 4 here:


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