PBS rolls out shows on faith, food, fun

Announces new programs at Miami confab

WASHINGTON — PBS unveiled six new shows at its annual confab now under way in Miami.

On the PBS slate are “This Far by Faith” a six-part documentary on the African-American religious experience. The series was produced by Henry Hampton and Blackside Inc., who also produced “Eyes on the Prize” and “The Great Depression.”

New York producing station WNET gets on the PBS schedule with a five-part series on the brain called, “The Secret Life of the Brain.” The series will move chronologically through the life stages from infancy to old age.

From Devillier Donegan Enterprises, PBS will air a four-part series called “Secrets From the Russian Archives.” The series will focus on the Soviet Union’s point of view during the Cold War featuring archived materials and interviews with Russian officials.

“The 30-Second Candidate” will be a one-hour documentary that will look at political advertising in America. The program was funded by PBS, Wisconsin Public Television and PBS’ Democracy Project.

Pittsburgh’s WQED offers up “Great Old Amusement Parks,” which will look at America’s older amusement parks. The program was co-produced by Rick Sebak. Also from Sebak and WQED is “A Hot Dog Program” which will look at the history of the “quintessential American snack.”