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Why ‘Doctor Zhivago’ was dangerous

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: the story behind the story of a world-famous work of literature. RELATED LINKSNew opera tells story of Auschwitz prisoner and her SS overseer ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibit explores Nazi assault on modern art In Memorium: Bill Mauldin Jeffrey Brown has that. JEFFREY BROWN: When Boris Pasternak finished his novel “Dr. Zhivago” in 1956, Soviet authorities read the tale of an individual struggle amid the Russian revolution and refused to...

Duration: 00:06:32

Weekly Poem: Rachel Zucker reads ‘wish you were here you are’

Rachel Zucker reads her poem “wish you were here you are” from her new collection “The Pedestrians.” wish you were here you are time isn’t the same for everyone there is science behind this when you fly into space you’re not experiencing time at the same rate as someone tethered to Earth & someone moving quickly experiences time at a slower rate even on Earth so as I run through Central Park at a speed not much faster than walking but slightly I am shattering fields of time around me &...

Duration: 00:11:18

New opera tells story of Auschwitz prisoner and her SS overseer

Listen to the AudioJOHN LARSON: An opera that is opening at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York on Thursday had its U.S. premiere at the Houston Grand Opera in Texas this past January, where our sister station, Houston Public Media, spoke with some of the people involved in the production. It’s called “The Passenger,” and it’s based on a radio play and novel of the same name by a concentration camp survivor, Zofia Posmysz. The opera tells the story of two women during the Holocaust....

Duration: 00:01:54

Documenting gay rights activists at dawn of the movement

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioSCOTT SHAFER: In West Hollywood two old friends Don Kilhefner and Anthony Friedkin reunite. ANTHONY FRIEDKIN: I even have the camera that I shot all the photos with. This was the camera. This baby was the one that did it all. SCOTT SHAFER: The camera that set them on a journey together decades ago. All gathered this night in honor of Kilhefner and otherpioneering gay rights activists. Placed at the center of the mural are Don Kilhefner, with Morris Kight at...

Duration: 00:07:03

Library of Congress restores Thomas Jefferson’s literary legacy

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight, as the nation celebrates its 238th birthday, Jeff takes a look at an effort to preserve a key part of its literary history. RELATED LINKSRebuilding Thomas Jefferson’s library Finding empowerment in the words of our founding fathers What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence? MARK DIMUNATION, Chief of Rare Books, Library of Congress: If it has a J in front of the number up here, it means it survived the...

Duration: 00:05:38

What drives Willie Nelson to keep singing and traveling

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: the continuing musical saga of the great Willie Nelson. Jeff is back with our profile. WILLIE NELSON (singing): Tonight, my love is making music with my friends. And I can’t wait to get on the road again. RELATED LINKSRemembering Lou Reed’s ‘Rock and Roll Heart’: Watch this American Masters documentary PBS History Detectives Think They May Have Found a Rock & Roll ‘Holy Grail’ Building musical instruments from Detroit’s...

Duration: 00:07:36

‘Degenerate Art’ exhibit explores Nazi assault on modern art

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioSASKIA DE MELKER: Empty frames and faded imprints aren’t what you expect to see at an art show. But in this gallery they are among the most haunting images representing the fate of thousands of modern artworks stolen by the Nazis in the 1930’s that were destroyed or remain lost to this day. It’s part of an exhibit called ‘Degenerate Art’ on display until September at the Neue Galerie in New York that offers a new look at the assault on modern art by the...

Duration: 00:07:03

Pulitzer Prize winning author of ‘3 Sections’ on seeing the big picture wit

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: becoming an American, becoming a poet and now a Pulitzer Prize winner. RELATED LINKSPulitzer-winning poet Vijay Seshadri fuses the fantastic with the everyday Weekly Poem: Pulitzer winner Vijay Seshadri reads ‘Memoir’ 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners announced Jeffrey Brown is back with the story. VIJAY SESHADRI, Winner, 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: “First, I had three apocalyptic visions, each more terrible than the last. The...

Duration: 00:04:44

Analysis of Picasso’s ‘Blue Room’ reveals hidden man

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: Technology has changed the way we communicate, the way we do business and now the way we see art. Thanks to some scientific wizardry, a once rumored secret work by Pablo Picasso has proven to be the real thing. For more than a century now, art lovers have studied Picasso’s blue period, which was set in motion by this work, “The Blue Room.” But for decades, something of a mystery has surrounded the work. As early as the 1950s, those in the...

Duration: 00:01:52

Rubik’s Cube’s mystique remains 40 years later

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJEFFREY BROWN:It couldn’t be simpler or, for most of us, more difficult. Twenty-six cubes designed to interlock and rotate around an axis that can be shuffled 43-quintillion ways. (That’s 43 with 18-zeros after it.) And yet, all Rubik’s Cubes can be solved in 20 or fewer moves. It’s puzzled, pained, delighted and challenged millions — from young children to this robot. PAUL HOFFMAN:I mean, it’s industrial strength. It normally paints cars on an assembly...

Duration: 00:04:26

Jason Moran strikes up the band — and a conversation — to enthrall new jazz

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: a major voice in and for jazz. Jeffrey Brown has our report. RELATED LINKSIn Science and Jazz, Father and Son Find Common Bonds Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Dies at 91 Conversation: Jazz Saxophonist Charles Lloyd JEFFREY BROWN: Pianist and composer Jason Moran is one of today’s best-known younger jazz musicians. Performing solo and with his trio around the world, he’s a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an...

Duration: 00:06:15

Young people learn trade of preservation with hands-on work at Shenandoah

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: Across the country, there’s a new effort under way to preserve America’s historical sites, while at the same time teach a new generation the art and the importance of that work. Jeffrey Brown has that story, part of his ongoing series Culture at Risk. RELATED LINKSPreserving the cultural treasures of Los Angeles, one block at a time Is culture at risk in Myanmar? Ancient Volcano Holds Clues to Earth’s Deeper Mysteries JEFFREY...

Duration: 00:04:49

At Book Expo, publishers and authors confront changing industry

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSIs American popular culture swaying public opinion abroad? How an unlikely group changed the face of the FBI, retold in ‘The Burglary’ Lost and found identities in Dinaw Mengestu’s ‘All Our Names’ JUDY WOODRUFF: And we turn to one particular business that’s experienced change from technology, consolidation and other factors: the world of books. Jeffrey Brown was there for the publishing industry’s annual trade show that wrapped up this past...

Duration: 00:07:53

Charles Bradley, new force in old fashioned soul, channels past heartaches

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSCharles Bradley bears his screaming soul Video: Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band Video: Charles Bradley performs 'Confusion' NewsHour Video: Watch more of Charles Bradley's performance GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: At the age of 65, he’s an up-and-coming singer and songwriter. Jeffrey Brown has the story. JEFFREY BROWN: It’s the voice and the energy that grab you first, a new force in old-fashioned soul music that’s garnered a small,...

Duration: 00:05:07

How opera legend Jessye Norman learned to ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing’

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSSinging robots show humanity of technology in opera of the future Sci-fi opera ‘Death and the Powers’ is doing things differently … with robots South African opera singers’ lives documented in new film JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: a conversation with one of the greatest singers of her generation and her own look back at what made her the performer she is. And again to Jeff. She sat down with Jessye Norman on a recent trip to New York....

Duration: 00:07:42

Remembering Maya Angelou’s iconic voice

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJEFFREY BROWN: And with us now is Elizabeth Alexander, chair of the African-American Studies Department at Yale University, and herself a prominent poet. She read an original work at President Obama’s first inauguration. RELATED LINKSPoet, Basketball Legend, Former President Among Medal of Freedom Recipients Maya Angelou’s “The Rock Cries Out To Us Today” Thousands Gather to Bid Farewell to Coretta Scott King (Includes remarks from Maya Angelou) Welcome to...

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From rough beginnings, respected writer and activist Maya Angelou made a re

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: remembering author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. RELATED LINKSPoet, Basketball Legend, Former President Among Medal of Freedom Recipients Maya Angelou’s “The Rock Cries Out To Us Today” Thousands Gather to Bid Farewell to Coretta Scott King (Includes remarks from Maya Angelou) Jeffrey Brown has our appreciation. MAYA ANGELOU: A rock, a river, a tree. JEFFREY BROWN: On a chilly January day in 1993, Maya Angelou...

Duration: 00:04:45

Weekly Poem: Dan Chiasson and his poetry time machine

Photo of Dan Chaisson by Nicholas Chaisson Poet Dan Chiasson started working on his book “Bicentennial” after the death of his father, who left when Chiasson was 7 months old. While the two never really knew each other, that event prompted Chiasson to revisit his childhood in a series of poems that play with memory and a sense of time. “I feel like, almost in an H. G. Wells way, poems are like a time machine. You can go back and bring the past to life again. So that’s what I did, what I...

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Soldier documents experience in Afghanistan in tintype photographs

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioCalifornia airman Ed Drew’s job as a gunner on combat search-and-rescue helicopters is one of the most dangerous in the military. When he got word he was heading to Afghanistan last spring, Drew, who’s also a photographer, was inspired to make something lasting while he was there — in case he didn’t return. Little did he know that by reviving a long lost art he would end up making history. Our story, narrated by Scott Shafer, was produced by our partners at...

Duration: 00:04:31

Using dancers’ discipline as leaping off point for academics

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioThis story and PBS NewsHour education coverage is part ofAmerican Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative funded by theCorporation for Public Broadcasting. GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: The Obama administration has used part of this week to showcase arts and education, making the case that exposure to dance, music and other expressions can improve student achievement. RELATED LINKSAmerican Graduate lesson from St. Louis: the power of...

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