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Colin Powers reflects on PBS programming for the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, & Quebec, public broadcasting, and the future of media distribution.

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Bill Moyers returns to public television with some sharp words of warning for pub TV

January 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Educational Programming, Future of public media, Journalism, PBS, Public Media

Bill Moyers in the New York Times today. …Mr. Moyers noted, [that] PBS announced an additional version of “Antiques Roadshow” just a few weeks after the Census Bureau released figures showing the number of people living in poverty had risen to more than 46 million. Moyers also points out the lack of concerted vision and [...]

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Mitt Romney Claims He’ll Cut Off Funding for PBS

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Education, Future of public media, News, PBS

“We’re not going to kill Big Bird,” Romney said. “But Big Bird is going to have advertisements. Alright?” via hollywoodreporter.com  

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Sundance Award winning Documantary “If a Tree Falls” – watch now on PBS

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Documentary, Filmmaking, PBS, Public Affairs

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Watch the full episode. See more POV. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the [...]

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Tom Cruise’s Minority Report computer interface is pretty much here…

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Fun Stuff, Multi-media, PBS, Public Affairs, Public Media

This segment is a few months old, but creative hacking is pretty timeless. How ‘gesture technology’ like Microsoft Kinect will change the way we live | Need to Know Here’s a term you may not have heard yet — but we can just about guarantee that you will. It’s called “gesture technology” — using our [...]

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KCET-TV in $50-million deal for new local shows

August 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Educational Programming, Future of public media, Journalism, Local stories, News, PBS, Public Media

Much of the PBS system is watching KCET closely to see how it fares without the PBS “icon” series shows to keep an audience. While cutting deals like this one makes headlines, taking a look at the daily program schedule leaves me really underwhelmed with the offerings. Five hours of cooking shows each weekday? Still, [...]

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“Rules of Engagement,” – a critical change of mindset for pubmedia

August 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Future of public media, Journalism, Local stories, News, PBS, Public Affairs, Public Media

“We had to learn — and we have to keep reminding ourselves — to start by listening to the community and sometimes leave the camera at home,” said Nashville Public Television President Beth Curley about the station’s Next Door Neighbors project. Pictured: scene from Next Door Neighbors program about the city’s Somali refugees. Rules of [...]

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Marwencol Doc on Independent Lens

April 27th, 2011 · No Comments · PBS

This award winning doc will show on Mountain Lake PBS on Sunday June 11 at 10:30. I’ll be tuning in for sure. Watch the full episode. See more Independent Lens.

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More on “An American Family”: The Toll on the Creator

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments · PBS

The New Yorker delved into producer Cragi Gilbert’s regrets after creating the seminal “An American Family” series. Verite film making presents many difficult situations – ones typically skirted in today’s semi-scripted “reality” programs by the cast members’ knowledge of or indifference to the creator’s willingness to distort the story. In 1973, the filmmaker and his [...]

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An American Family is back after 40 years

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments · PBS

An American Family is an amazing time capsule from 1973 and was a groundbreaking documentary series that pre-saged reality television. It featured an openly gay 22-year old, Lance Loud and a family that supported him despite marital and other tensions. All of this at a time when Hollywood was bringing us the Brady Bunch. Catch [...]

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A Conservative Case for Public Broadcasting

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments · PBS, Public Media

Bill Shireman brings a less-than-typical view from the conservative camp. I share his interest in seeing a show as thoughtful as “Firing Line” return to public media. Perhaps he should anchor it? If we defund PBS, should we defund commercial media, too? I have been struggling in recent weeks with the conservative attack on public [...]

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