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Public, Not-For-Profit Media Is More Important Than Ever

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
Abigail E. Disney

Today, channels cater to the least individual viewer, producing vanilla content designed only to echo the ideas already being circulated in popular culture. Public, independent programs are the last bulwark of integrity in the battle against the monotone emanating from our televisions.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

What Indiana Could Learn From Hawaiʻi

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.

Brothers Hypnotic -- An Inspiring Documentary About Music, Politics, and Family

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Peter Dreier

You've never seen a documentary like this. Brothers Hypnotic is not a concert film, but a documentary about how eight individuals forged a collective musical enterprise in a society and industry that rewards individualism, competition, and celebrity.

The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

On Memorial Day we honored those who died in war. We carry forth that honor by being honorable ourselves and by helping create and sustain a military culture as an honorable place to serve, a place where people honor each other's personhood and body.

NEA Has No Love For PBS

AP | Posted 06.26.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year. "Live From Linco...

National Endowment For The Arts Sharply Cuts PBS Grants

The New York Times | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 04.26.2012 | Media

The National Endowment for the Arts made sweeping cuts in its support of established PBS shows on Wednesday, and for the first time awarded significan...

Planting the Seeds of Peace

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.27.2012 | Women
Hayden Bixby

I hope that the world our daughters help construct will continue to "plant the seeds of peace" -- from San Francisco to Nairobi and back.

PBS Says It Will Revisit Maligned Moves

nytimes.com | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media

Under intense public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, including a Twitter campaign, PBS on Thursday agreed to find a new home next se...

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

The team at PBS consists of dedicated people; constantly looking for ways to increase their audience. But there is always a danger, in any organization, of only seeing the world from the top down, and then counting heads to measure whether something is good or not.

Stunning New Alzheimer's Documentary to Air on PBS March 29

Marie Marley | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Last night I watched a review copy of a stunning new Alzheimer's documentary, produced and directed by long-time elder activist Scott Kirschenbaum. It's set to premiere on PBS's Independent Lens series on March 29.

Haiti Double Feature

Amanda Lin Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amanda Lin Costa

According to documentary filmmaker Daniel Reed, whose film deals with the fact that during the earthquake, many prisoners escaped, "The Haitians I met were all desperate for security. It's their number one priority."

Haiti Double Feature

Amanda Lin Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amanda Lin Costa

Tonight on PBS, two really strong documentaries dig deep into issues in Haiti that not only provide insight into the situation now post earthquake but...

45365/Independent Lens on PBS Offers a Scattered View of Small Town Living

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

In the "Independent Lens" series which is shown on PBS you get a variety of documentaries concerning various subject matters and locations. This month...

Inside the Classroom and Mind of a Great Teacher

Kathy Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kathy Baron

I'm beginning to agree with traditionalists who argue that education should go back to the old days.

The Day I Killed Freedom of Expression

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kembrew McLeod

I have a confession to make. On October 16, 2004, I killed freedom of expression. This wasn't murder -- it was more like involuntary manslaughter, a death caused by negligence. Just to be clear, I'm not speaking in metaphors.

The Horse Boy: Looking for Answers to Autism With Horses in Mongolia

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chantal Sicile-Kira

With all the ups and downs we parents of children with autism have to face, it's nice to see inspirational movies such as The Horse Boy from time to time.