PBS Wins Nine Peabody Awards

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Below is a complete list of PBS recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, announced today, March 31, 2011.

Congratulations to all nine PBS producer recipients, our two PBS member station recipients, and also to our fellow public media Peabody Award recipients!

PBS – Nine Awards (more than any other organization)

Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS)(Watch the full performance now on PBS.org/video) THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG, Illuminations Television Ltd. Director Rupert Goold takes Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy on location to the countryside and the trenches to riveting effect.

The Wounded Platoon (PBS) (Watch the full film on PBS.org/video) FRONTLINE, Mongoose Pictures The documentary is a dark, troubling tale of a military health system overwhelmed by psychiatric casualties and of one platoon’s post-traumatic nightmare.

My Lai (PBS) (Watch the full film on PBS.org/video) American Experience The worst atrocity in American military history is given new meaning and significance in the documentary enriched by fresh interviews and never-before-heard audio made by the original Pentagon investigators.

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (PBS) (Watch the full film on PBS.org/video) Art21, Inc. The multi-faceted Kentridge is creativity personified, a one-man seminar, and he gave filmmakers from ART21 a veritable all-access pass to his mind and work process.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (PBS) (Watch the creators discuss the series on PBS.org/video) A Hartswood Films Production for BBC CYMRU Wales, Co-produced with Masterpiece The venerable Victorian sleuth is audaciously updated for our high-tech times, and the game is afoot all the quicker.

LennonNYC (PBS) (Watch a clip on PBS.org/video) THIRTEEN’S America Masters, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right, Dakota Group A portrait of John Lennon’s life and work, after he chose to make New York his home, it’s beautifully composed and lovingly rendered but not blind to his imperfections.

Independent Lens: Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (PBS) (Watch the trailer on PBS.org/video) Rezolution Pictures, National Film Board of Canada, CBS News Network, ARTE Germany, Documentary Channel Canada, Radio Canada, ARTV, Knowledge Network, APTN, AVRO, Independent Television Service (ITVS) A Cree filmmaker takes an affectionate but nonetheless pointed look at how movies have portrayed and misrepresented Native Americans over many decades.

Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (PBS) (Watch highlights from the film on PBS.org/video) Sikelia Productions, Far Hills Pictures in association with America Masters Director Martin Scorcese reflects on the nature of art’s influence on artists and how the brilliant but controversial Kazan continues to inspire him.

POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (PBS) (Watch the trailer on PBS.org/video) American Documentary, POV, ITVS A fascinating true-life political thriller, Ellsberg’s remembrance of his historic actions is made even more compelling by the inventive presentation.


The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (WILL-TV) (Coming to PBS in May 2011) Jay Rosenstein Productions A beautifully researched documentary by a Champaign, Illinois, station, it examines a First Amendment case critical to the establishment of separation of church and state in public schools.

Lucia’s Letter (WGCU-FM)(Listen here) WGCU Public Media A literal cautionary tale, the harrowing “letter” is a composite of several young Guatemalan women’s enslavement by “coyotes” hired to smuggle them into the United States.

PUBLIC MEDIA -- Seven Awards

Radiolab (WNYC-FM) (Listen here) WNYC Immersive and boundlessly imaginative, the series uses pithy prose and state-of-the-art sound to illuminate complicated scientific and philosophical subjects.

Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation (NPR/All Things Considered) (Listen here) Youth Radio, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Huffington Post online A wide-ranging expose of America’s child-sex trade, it was made especially powerful by first-person accounts by teen victims.

The Promised Land with Host Majora Carter (American Public Media Stations) (Listen here) Launch Minneapolis, American Public Media If there’s such a thing as eye-opening radio, Carter’s series, devoted to helping her audience envision a more just, sustainable world, is it.

Covering Pakistan: War, Flood and Social Issues (NPR) (Listen here) NPR Islamabad-based correspondent Julie McCarthy goes beyond the headline disasters, making the country vividly individual with reports on topics like child labor, blasphemy laws and the plight of war widows.

Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes (NPR and npr.org) (Listen here) NPR With first-person interviews and computer-assisted records checks, an NPR investigative unit documented how perpetrators of sexual assaults on college campuses often face few or no consequences.

The Moth Radio Hour (Public Radio Stations) (Listen here) The Moth, Public Radio Exchange, Atlantic Public Media Storytelling, likely the oldest art, is revered and reinvigorated by this weekly hour for everyday raconteurs.

Behind the Bail Bond System (NPR/All Things Considered and Morning) (Listen here) NPR Changes in the bail bond system are already underway as a result of this three-part expose of inequities and conflicts that penalize its poorest clients.