“After Action,” “American Experience: Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History,” and
“NOVA: Ancient Builders of the Amazon” Also Arrive on the Channel
Arlington, VA – January 23, 2022 – Arriving this February on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is “American Experience: Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming A Space,” the new biography of the trailblazing writer and anthropologist, whose groundbreaking work would challenge assumptions about race, gender and cultural superiority that had long defined the field in the 19th century. “After Action,” the seven-part series reveals the experiences of 21 veterans from across the country through candid conversations about what life is like before, during and after action. “American Experience: Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History,” goes behind the myth of the game’s creation to an untold tale of theft, obsession and corporate double-dealing, while “NOVA: Ancient Builders of the Amazon” reveals the recent discoveries in archaeology that expose the myth of the Amazon.
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American Experience: Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming A Space
Streaming Date: February 6, 2023
Raised in the small all-Black Florida town of Eatonville, Zora Neale Hurston studied at Howard University before arriving in New York in 1925. She would soon become a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, best remembered for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. But even as she gained renown in the Harlem literary circles, Hurston was also discovering anthropology at Barnard College with the renowned Franz Boas. She would make several trips to the American South and the Caribbean, documenting the lives of rural Black people and collecting their stories. She studied her own people, an unusual practice at the time, and during her lifetime became known as the foremost authority on Black folklore.
Streaming Date: February 16, 2023
Hosted by Air Force combat veteran Stacy Pearsall, “After Action” reveals the experiences of 21 veterans from across the country through candid conversations about what life is like before, during and after action. Pearsall’s own struggles to reconnect with society challenges her fellow veterans to probe deeper into their stories, helping to provide a better appreciation for those who’ve served.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tom Forsyth
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History
Streaming Date: February 20, 2023
For generations, Monopoly has been America’s favorite board game, a love letter to unbridled capitalism and — for better or worse — the impulses that make our free-market society tick. Part detective story, part sharp social commentary and part pop-culture celebration, “Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History” presents the fascinating true story of the game and those who created it.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ©WGBH Educational Foundation
NOVA: Ancient Builders of the Amazon
Streaming Date: February 15, 2023
Recent stunning discoveries are exploding the myth of the Amazon as a primeval wilderness, revealing traces of ancient civilizations that flourished there for centuries. Dense settlements indicate populations in the millions, supported by sophisticated agricultural systems, while huge geometric earthworks and roadways bear witness to complex religious ideas and social networks. The evidence is now clear that, far from being an untouched wilderness, the Amazon has been shaped by human hands for millennia.
Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in February:
London Super Tunnel (NOVA) – 2/1/23
Star Chasers of Senegal (NOVA) – 2/8/23
New Eye on the Universe (NOVA) – 2/22/23
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