“Irish cooking queen” Rachel Allen returns to public television to deliver more easy-to-make recipes and helpful tips for the time-strapped home cook. In RACHEL’S FAVORITE FOOD FOR LIVING, the chef, lifestyle TV host, cookbook author and mother of three concentrates on the kinds of food whose smells and tastes evoke special memories. She draws inspiration for her dishes from some of life’s happiest moments: falling in love over a romantic meal, making bread with our grandmother, enjoying Sunday dinners with our families or gathering with girlfriends to discuss the finer points of chocolate. As with her first public television series, Rachel’s Favorite Food at Home, some of Rachel’s recipes feature her take on international delicacies like Aztec soup, squid salad and mussels, Greek almond crescents and more.
This documentary features people in their 90s and 100s who are living extraordinary and passionate lives. Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz has interviewed some of the most incredible people you can imagine – people who aren’t aware of chronological age at all, but live as though the future and youth spring eternal.
We meet and fall in love with a wide range of engaging characters. For starters: Nola Ochs receives her master’s degree just three months shy of her 99th birthday. Folk singer Pete Seeger, 90, uses his music to change the world. Fan Benno-Caris runs for City Council in Addison, Texas, at the age of 91. Katie Brown, 91, bakes and serves cinnamon rolls five days a week. Marlow Cowan, 91, and his wife Frances have over 7 million views on youtube.com playing the piano in the lobby of Mayo Clinic. Annell and Dr. Ernest Rogers, both nonagenarians, recently got married in a formal church wedding.
There’s lovely-hearted Leola Dillard, 97, a Charity Organizer in Yazoo City, Mississippi. John Finn, nearly 100, is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during Pearl Harbor. Laura Simon, 103, is an artist/author, working on her second book about her life. Granny D (Doris Haddock), age 100, is a feisty political activist who marches across the country. Les Lieber, age 96, plays his saxophone at Jazz at Noon every Friday in New York City. Don Pellmann, 94, is a Senior Olympics Gold Medal winner, and we see him easily doing the pole vault. Harry Rakoff, 94, saunters along the Coney Island Boardwalk, taking a break from his high-paced job driving a taxi in the heart of New York City.
We sit at their feet for words of advice, witnessing how they forgot to grow old and are always curious to see what’s going to happen next. Putting it succinctly, “You can drive yourself nuts worrying about things you can’t do anything about. Instead you should be exhilarated about living every day passionately.” Over 90 and Loving It will inspire people across the age spectrum. We all need heroes and heroines to emulate and this film will reach the hearts and minds of all of us who want to have a full life.
Tune to KCPT Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9pm for June 8, The Topeka Tornado. This documentary about the F5 tornado that devastated Topeka, KS in 1966 was produced by Topeka Public Television Station KTWU.
Made 40 years after the tornado left a 22-mile long path of destruction through the Kansas state capital, June 8 features reactions both then and now from those who lived through it.
For more information about the film and stories from June 8, 1966, visit the Stories of the ’66 Topeka Tornado web site.
A portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex figures of our time, Bhutto is the epic tale of the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, who broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the first woman leader of a Muslim country. Beloved by the people of her native Pakistan, she was reviled by the nation’s military establishment and male-dominated ruling class. More than two years after her death from a suicide bomber, Benazir remains a divisive figure, a symbolic metaphor for the fight between terrorism and moderation. That struggle continues today in Pakistan, the world’s most strategically important country and the Muslim world’s sole nuclear power. Directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara.