Month: March 2015

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
The Blind Men and the Elephant

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Ken Burns

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.


The six-hour, three-part film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

 

The Blind Men and the Elephant


Richard Nixon declares “war on cancer” in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunges forward in search of a cure. In the lab, rapid progress is made in understanding the essential nature of the cancer cell, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer. But at the bedside, where patients are treated, few new therapies become available, and a sense of disillusionment takes hold, leading some patients and doctors to take desperate measures. It is not until the late 1990s that the advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with the breakthrough drugs Gleevec and Herceptin. The film intertwines the story of Dr. Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2013.

 

NA MELE
Na Pali and Manuakepa

NA MELE Na Pali and Manuakepa

 

In this vintage performance from the PBS Hawaii studios, two outstanding Kauai groups offer their special style of Hawaiian music. Na Pali and Manuakepa infuse their talents into traditional and original material. Songs include “Limahuli,” “Hokulea Hula,” “Moonlight Lady,” “Lokelani Blossoms,” “Hawaiian Love Chant” and others.

 

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
Magic Bullets


Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.


The six-hour, three-part film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

 

Magic Bullets

The search for a “cure” for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science, spanning centuries and continents, complete with heroes, villains and sudden twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introduces the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a full-scale national “war on cancer.” Interwoven with Farber’s narrative is the story of Olivia Blair, who at 14 months old is diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which spreads to her brain and spinal column.

 

TWICE BORN
Stories from the Special Delivery Unit Part 1

 

Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb. With exclusive access to the elite unit, experience rarely seen, real-time footage of operations on fetuses. Join expectant parents who face a gut-wrenching decision: Should they take a leap of faith to repair birth defects with pre-natal surgery, even if it means they could lose their child? Gain insight into the lives of an unusual team of doctors who have defied skeptics and chosen to pursue this high-risk, high-reward career path.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Macbeth


Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro


Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which concludes “Mirth, with thee we mean to live.” Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this 1988 “work of genius” (The New York Times) set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embodies the ecstasy of art that transforms.

 

NATURE
Ireland’s Wild River

 

The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and a highway – a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river – camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

 

THE MIND OF A CHEF
Sweet Spot

 

Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef-owner of the Momofuku restaurant group. Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal.

 

Sweet Spot
David Chang’s pastry chef Christina Tosi makes corn cookies and her three-layered Arnold Palmer cake. Chef Joe Burns makes ice cream and Chang goes strawberry picking.

 

PBS Hawaii hosts free preview of upcoming Ken Burns cancer film

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Ken Burns

 

HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii will host a free preview of the latest Ken Burns-produced documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The screening will take place this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at ProtoHUB Honolulu (458 Keawe Street in Kakaako).

 

The event will feature an hour-long excerpt from the six-hour documentary, followed by an audience discussion, moderated by an American Cancer Society representative.

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies airs March 30 – April 1 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS Hawaii. The film is produced by Ken Burns, directed by Barak Goodman, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

 

The three-part documentary tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll, to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Intimate stories from patients, and the latest scientific breakthroughs, are interwoven throughout the historical narrative.

 

Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. Attendees can print this parking pass to park at the lot on 555 South Street. PBS Hawaii will have a volunteer there to hand out passes, as well.

 

Download the PDF of this News Release

 

FRONTLINE
The Vaccine War



Public health scientists and clinicians tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But for many ordinary Americans vaccines have become controversial. Young parents are concerned at the sheer number of shots and follow alternative vaccination schedules. Other parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids at all. And some advocacy groups view vaccines as responsible for alarming rises in certain disorders, including ADHD and autism. This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other, a populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists. It’s a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools to win the hearts and minds of the public.

 

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