IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which patientssome of them unresponsive for yearsflicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. Youll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …

Tom Bergeron Hosts PBS July Fourth Show

Tom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; its a super-sized version of his thrill of choice. To walk out on that stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall and knowing youre being beamed to millions more around the world is one of the highlights of my …

Grace Lee Boggs: Still a Revolutionary at Age 99

At 99, Grace Lee Boggs is rather matter-of-fact when you ask her about aging: Its like preparing for disability,?? she deadpans. You have a lot of time to think and a lot to think about. I have reflected more on particular episodes of my life than I ever thought I would.?? Boggs has had quite a life to reflect on. The story of the erudite daughter of Chinese immigrants who morphed into a civil rights and black power activist in …

Death Becomes Downton: It’s Still Great

Who needs Matthew Crawley? That may be the question lingering in the minds ofDownton Abbey fans after Sunday’s dishy two-hour season premiere on PBS stations. The opening episode of Season Four was a welcome return to form that being high class soap opera and it reversed most of the sluggishness that accompanied the final episodes of Season Three. Picking up six months after Downton heir and resident hunk Matthew Crawleys (Dan Stevens) stunning death-by-automobile-crash in the finale of …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

The holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekends season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last years finale. Wed all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …

‘Last Tango in Halifax’: Love, Aged to Perfection

The rekindling of long-lost love is at the center of Last Tango in Halifax, the sterling new drama premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations (check local listings). Already a hit in the U.K. it won Best Drama Series at this years British Academy Television Awards it arrives in the U.S. just a few weeks before the start of a new network-TV season. Its easily the falls best new series, albeit a short one: just six episodes. …