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Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Nine: “All Good Things…”

The family is walking outside, discussing a possible plan to send Marigold to a school in London. Edith would live in London while she was in school, and devote her attention to the magazine. Henry says it sounds like a good idea, while Robert is not so sure she should be living alone. Edith responds, “I’m I spinster, aren’t I? And spinsters live alone.” Robert and Cora exchange sad looks.

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by Chad Grayson

date: March 7, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Eight: Revelation and Regret

Edith and Cora are walking the grounds, discussing Bertie Pelhams’s proposal. Edith says she loves him, and wants to accept, but doesn’t know what to do about Marigold. Should she tell him, or let there be a lie at the heart of her marriage? Cora says she must tell him, but Edith isn’t sure what to do.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 22, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Seven: Triumph and Tragedy

Henry Talbot is having a practice race with his friend, Charlie Rogers. Rogers wins, but Talbot vows that he will win the race at Brooklanes.

At breakfast at Downton, Robert reads a letter from Henry Talbot, inviting the entire family to the race the next week. Mary tells her father that her mother will never let him go because of his health. For his part, Roberts says he’s fine. Talbot has also invited Bertie Pelham, which piques Edith’s interest. Despite her misgivings about racing and cars in general, Mary has decided to give it a chance.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 15, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Six: The Calm and the Storm

It’s a sunny day in the village, and Molesly is in the square handing out fliers. We pan to a notice board and see a poster there, announcing that Downton Abbey will be open to the public this Saturday.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 8, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Five: Bad Harvest, Bad Harvest!

It is a bright morning, and Mr. Mason and Daisy are busy moving things in to Yew Tree Farm. Meanwhile, Tom and Mary are walking in the fields. Mary wonders what Tom will do now, and he mentions working in the repair shop, which he’s thinking of moving so it will be closer to the village.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 1, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Four: The Art of Avoiding Disaster

It is breakfast at Downton, and Tom is filling in Mary and Robert on his decision to return. There was nothing wrong with Boston, per se, but he just didn’t feel like her belonged there. Everyone wants to know what Mary will do now that Tom has returned. Will she remain the agent? Tom says it’s something they can talk about later. Also discussed: the Carsons are on their honeymoon in Scarborough and will return Friday, and Rosamunde is coming tomorrow, ostensibly to get involved with the hospital fight, probably to take Cora and Isobel’s side.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 25, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Three: Flowers, Frocks, and Misunderstandings

It’s a couple of days before Carson and Hughes’ wedding, and Hughes and Patmore are discussing plans. Hughes is frustrated because she wants a full on wedding breakfast, but Carson wants to do what the family would do, which is to host a cocktail party with finger foods. They go into Hughes’ room and have a look at the dress she intends to wear. It’s just one of her old day dresses, but Anna has promised to try to fix it up for her. Patmore clearly isn’t in favor of this idea, and tells Hughes she has a catalogue and maybe she could order a dress, but Hughes dismisses this.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 18, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Two: Taking No for an Answer is for the Lower Classes

It’s a busy morning for the servants of Downton. As the family takes breakfast, Mary tells them about letters they’ve received from Tom and Rose. Tom’s business is doing well, as is Rose, and there are hints that Rose might be pregnant. They discuss the fact that Violet is hosting a meeting of the hospital board later, but Robert doesn’t want any of them to tell Cora.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 11, 2016

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode One: Blue Bloods and Awkward Conversations

It is the spring of 1925 and on a sunny day Downton is hosting a fox hunt. As they make to leave, Cora reminds Robert that there is a hospital board meeting later that afternoon, which she feels he is missing on purpose. He doesn’t argue, and indeed confesses later to Mary that this is indeed what is happening. No one knows why the board meeting has been called or why it seems so urgent.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 4, 2016

Watch Peg + Cat every weekday at noon on KIXE Channel 9

Five-year-old Peg wants to help her grandma throw a groovy sixties birthday party for her grandpa, who is turning 68. But 68 is a big number! How can she even count that high? With the help of her blue cat, she will go up by tens until she gets to sixty, then advance by ones until she hits sixty-eight. Then Peg will pull out her ukulele and she and Cat will sing a happy song of triumph.

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by Chad Grayson

date: October 21 2015

The Brain with David Eagleman Debuts October 14 on KIXE

In all of our exploration of our Earth and the Universe, of quantum particles and the mysteries of the creation of life, one thing stands out as the most complex thing we’ve yet discovered: the human brain. The Brain with David Eagleman, a multi-part series soon to debut on Public Television, delves into that organ to explore what we know and wonder about what we don’t.

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by Chad Grayson

date: October 11, 2015

Indian Summers Debuts September 27 on KIXE By Chad Grayson September 24, 2015 2 PrintFriendlyShare

There is a moment in the third episode of Indian Summers where the matron of the English Social Club welcomes everyone to a fair, an occasion meant to build peace and understanding between the local Indian Village and the Englishmen living at the Summer resort. After delivering the grand welcome, she has a group of native musicians quietly thrown out, and tells her Indian assistant, “Lock the doors, no one inside!”

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by Chad Grayson

date: September 24, 2015

Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, Debuts September 22 on KIXE

Gorongosa Park is a 1,000,000 acre nature preserve surrounding Mount Gorongosa in Mozambique. Thirty years ago, it was teeming with life. Tens of thousands of animals called it home: lions, elephants, crocodiles, impalas, and many others. But that was before a twenty year civil war tore Mozambique apart. Some of the animals were slaughtered by one side or another for food. Others died from the collapse of the food chain. Where there once had been thousands, only hundreds remained. In 2004, after the civil war was over, a twenty-year project was begun to restore it to its original beauty.

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by Chad Grayson

date: September 21, 2015

The American Experience: Walt Disney Airs Tonight on KIXE

There are visionaries that transform an art form: Michelangelo finding forms in blocks of marble, Jonathan Swift popularizing the novel, Frank Lloyd Wright pushing the limits of architecture. And there is Walt Disney, showing us the imaginative power of animation.

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by Chad Grayson

date: September 14, 2015

Ken Burns: The Civil War Remastered Version Airs Tonight on KIXE

When THE CIVIL WAR was originally broadcast in September 1990 it attracted an audience of 38.9 million people — a ratings record for PBS that still stands today. What does Burns think of the overwhelming viewer response? "The centrality of the Civil War in our lives and in the meaning of who we are as Americans — we were able to touch a chord," says Burns. “And the response is based on that.”

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date: September 7 2015

‘Vicious’ Premiers this Sunday on KIXE

Freddie Thornhill and Stuart Bixby have been together for nearly fifty years. Freddie is an actor, whose career peaked when he played a villain on an episode of Doctor Who (as well as a bit part as a butler on Downton Abbey). Stuart used to manage a bar, but these days stays home and looks after their flat in the Covent Garden district of London. While the two share a deep and abiding love, it would be easy to overlook it for the way they treat eat other. The title of the series is very apropos, as the barbs they trade back and forth can’t be considered anything but Vicious.

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by Chad Grayson

date: August 21, 2015

The Bomb Premiers Tonight on KIXE

There are dates that divide history in half, dates at which it can be said the world could be understood one way the day before, and completely differently on every day after. The birth of Christ. The signing of the Declaration of Independence. The moon landing. One of these dates is July 16, 1945. This is not a date famous in the popular imagination; you can be forgiven for having no idea why it’s important. But it is important. It’s the day humanity first unleashed the destructive power of the forces of creation. It’s the date we exploded the first atomic bomb.

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by Chad Grayson

date: July 28th, 2015

Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy Airs Tonight on KIXE

It’s 1948 and an old woman backs her car through a neighbor’s garage. Her son, rightfully, decides that she’s no longer able to drive and means to hire her a driver, but Daisy Werthan is having none of it. She already has a black maid, and though she says she’s not prejudiced, doesn’t want a black man driving her around. Her son ignores her, and hires Hoke Colburn, an unemployed black driver, to be her chauffeur.

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by Chad Grayson

date: July 17, 2015

Poldark and Crimson Field

Both Ross Poldark and Kitty Trevelyan are running from something. For Poldark, it's a violent past that has led him to the gallows. For Kitty Trevelyan, it's a difficult relationship with her family that has led to her mother completely disowning her. To escape, both of them go to war. Poldark, in a last-minute plea agreement, joins the British army and goes off to America to fight the colonists. Kitty Trevelyan heads off to France to become a volunteer nurse in the great war. Both run, but find they ultimately can't hide.

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by Chad Grayson

date: June 16, 2015

'Call the Midwife' Season 4 Episode 8: Finale Brings Love and Tragedy; Forboding for Season 5

This "Call the Midwife" episode was Season 4's finale, and it featured the best and worst of life and love.

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by Chad Grayson

date: May 19, 2015

Call the Midwife Season 4 Episode 7: Mature Love; Babies Switched at Birth

It's a busy night at the Maternity Home, all the beds are full. One of the mothers is Shirley Dent, who runs into her old friend, Marion Smith, who's also ready to give birth. Shirley is excited to see Marion, but Marion is cool to her. Later, both women give birth to baby girls.

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by Chad Grayson

date: May 15, 2015

Call the Midwife Season 4 Episode 6: An Unwed Mother, Stolen Hubcaps, a Gypsy Camp and a Square Dance

Sister Mary Cynthia studies her bible, and the gets ready for the day, putting on her habit. In the hallway, she runs into Sister Julienne, who helps her arrange her wimple. Sister Julienne then goes to wake up Sister Monica Joan, who has some sort of infection and needs Julienne to give her her antibiotics.

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by Chad Grayson

date: May 6th 2015

Call the Midwife Season 4 Episode 5: Sometimes Even the Doctor Needs Help

It is summer in Poplar and everyone is trying to stay cool. Sister Julienne delivers a boy to the Prendergast family while the father prays in the other room.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 27, 2015

Call the Midwife Season 4 Episode 4: Somebody Has a Drinking Problem; Sometimes A Girl is Just Right

At the clinic, the nuns and nurses are getting ready for the day, but nobody knows where Trixie is. Nurse Crane proclaims about the need to move the mothers along faster than they usually do, and Shelagh complains about this to Doc Turner. As they open the clinic, Trixie has still not arrived.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 23, 2015

Call the Midwife Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Saddest Episode Ever

Peter Noakes is conducting a meeting of the civil defense brigade when a rat scurries into the middle of the group of men and everybody freaks out. The rat is clobbered by one of the men, and Noakes thanks him.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 14 2015

Call the Midwife: Season 4 Episode 2 – New Love, Old Love

Sister Julienne is tending flowers in the garden when the skies open up into a downpour, and she is suddenly drenched. She goes inside to change, and finds there is a leak in the roof, letting a great deal of water through.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 7, 2015

Call the Midwife is Back: Season 4 Episode 1 Recap

Nurse Patsy Mount delivers a baby and returns to Nonnatus House early in the morning, while Trixie is getting ready. A call comes in, and Trixie takes it. A woman is giving birth in a car down by the docks, and Trixie gets a ride from the milkman to make it in time.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 1, 2015

KIXE Series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer has always been with us. Our first written records of cases date from ancient Egypt, and physicians in each era have struggled to understand and treat the disease. The new documentary series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, traces this history, telling the stories of men and women who have fought the disease, and doctors and scientists who have sought to treat, and hoped to cure it.

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by Chad Grayson

date: April 2, 2015

Downton Abbey Episode 7: Uncovered Secrets, Accepted Proposal, Shunned Lovers

We begin at the train station, where Rosamund has arrived, summoned by the crisis with Edith. Violet meets her, and they discuss what they're going to do, Violet deciding that they have no choice but to tell Cora about Edith and the child.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 17, 2015

Downton Abbey Episode 5: Passes, Rebuffs & Found Secrets …

A car arrives at Downton, delivering Lady Rosamund, who joins the others for tea. She's come to talk to Edith, because Mary's told her about her relationship with Marigold. Edith explains the situation with the Drewes and Rosamund is slightly appalled that this is a situation "of infinite danger to her reputation without an emotional reward to compensate." Edith has no response to that. Rosamund asks to see the child, and Edith agrees.

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by Chad Grayson

date: February 6, 2015

Downton Abbey Episode 4: Rejection, Dining Drama and the Promise, Loss of Love

It's been a few days, and Thomas is returning from his mystery trip. He arrives at luncheon and tells Carson that his father has turned a corner and is doing much better. Carson does not question the story, just says he's glad to hear it.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 27, 2015

Downton Abbey Episode 2: ‘Proper’ Mary Plans for Tryst, Edith Secretly Sees Out of Wedlock Child

After last episode's fire, Anna and Mrs. Hughes are cleaning out Edith's room, trying to see what they can salvage. Anna strips the bed and finds a picture under the pillow. It's of little Marigold, Edith's secret daughter who's being raised by the Drewes. It's not clear if Anna recognizes the child, but she gives the picture to Mrs. Hughes, who saw Edith and Drewe talking after the fire. Mrs. Hughes misses nothing; it won't take long for her to figure this out.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 12, 2015

Downton Abbey’s Newest Episode Brims with Sizzle, Scandal

Editor's note: This comes to us by Chad Grayson via KIXE, the PBS station that hosts Downton Abbey the popular program that aired last night, Jan. 4 after its between-season hiatus. This article may contain possible spoiler alerts for those who aren't fully up to date with the program. Read on.

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by Chad Grayson

date: January 5, 2015

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler

Every year millions of people will undertake a pilgrimage of one kind or another. They journey for different purposes, some seeking physical healing, others clarity, and still others a way to come closer to their conception of a higher power. The new series, Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler, follows groups of Americans as each undertakes a pilgrimage, documenting what they find along the way.

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by Chad Grayson

date: December 10, 2015

American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Modern pop culture has a tendency to see Bing Crosby as "that guy who comes out once a year to sing 'White Christmas.'" The new installment of the American Masters series, Bing Crosby Rediscovered, seeks to change that, introducing Crosby to a new audience while reintroducing him to those who remember him from before. It's more than just an exercise in nostalgia, it's a re-examination of Crosby's life and his place in the cultural history of the United States.

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by Chad Grayson

date: November 25 2014

Nature: My Life as a Turkey

All of us have, at one time or another, wondered what it would be like to live another life: to survive Hell Week with the Navy SEALS, to become a famous pop star, to disappear into a foreign country and learn to pass as a native. Naturalist Joe Hutto took the chance to do exactly that, entering another world when he became the mother to a brood of sixteen wild turkeys. He was not prepared for everything he discovered.

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by Chad Grayson

date: November 23, 2014

Death Comes to Pemberly

It is 1802, six years since the events of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are married and happily ensconced at Pemberly, Darcy's ancestral home, where they have a son, young Fitzwilliam. The entire manor is preparing for the annual ball when on a dark, stormy night, Lizzy's sister Lydia arrives unexpectedly in a coach, screaming that her husband, Wickham, has been shot.

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by Chad Grayson

date: October 24, 2014

How We Got to Now

One thing we learn from the new PBS series How We Got to Now is that most of us have no idea how the modern world really came to be. We've all heard of famous inventors such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Eli Whitney, but our modern society is a wonderland created by, as host Steven Johnson describes, "Hobbyists, garage inventors, and obsessive thinkers" that put their minds to problems and didn't give up until they solved them, often in the face of ridicule and, in some cases, financial ruin.

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by Chad Grayson

date: October 11, 2014

Finding Your Roots

When presented with her "Book of Life," which follows the story of her family tree all the way back to when her 4th great-grandfather came to the U.S. from Scotland, tennis superstar Billie Jean King declares "Now I know why I am the way that I am." It's a question shared by all the guests of Season Two of Finding Your Roots: where did I come from and how did that make me who I am today?" With the help of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his team of genealogists and geneticists, they are able to find out.

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by Chad Grayson

date: September 22, 2014

The Roosevelts: an Intimate History

After Teddy Roosevelt's wife and mother died on the same day, he ran west to escape his overwhelming grief, losing himself in hunting, ranching, and other pursuits. In a letter to his sister, Bammy, he wrote, "Black care rarely rides behind a rider whose pace is fast enough." This becomes the theme of Ken Burns' new documentary series The Roosevelts: an Intimate History.

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by Chad Grayson

date: September 10, 2014