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Downton Abbey is Too Exciting!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Season Six is absolutely thrilling beyond measure. The show is going out in a wave of triumph. I had to take Valium midway because I thought I'd never get to sleep after the non-stop excitement.

Esteemed Journalist Marvin Kalb on Why Russians Prefer Putin's Brute Strength Over American-style Freedom

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Marvin Kalb's career spans three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, including a turn as host of the iconic political talk show Meet the Press.

Does Trump's Race Rhetoric Trump Reagan's States-Rights Record?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Introduced to the world as the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Patti Davis has created a legacy of her own as the New York Times bestselling author of eleven books.

From Venice With Love: It's Carnevale

Giada Valenti | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Giada Valenti

It is that time of the year when we are ready for Carnevale. There are many famous celebrations of Carnevale around the world, and even in Italy ...

40 Years After 'Horses', What Patti Smith Says About One of Her Most Controversial Lyrics Ever

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

It's been four decades since the release of Patti Smith's landmark debut Horses, which has been hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Since then, she has unleashed ten other studio projects.

Glenn Frey May Be Gone, but Fans Are Sure to Keep His Legacy Alive

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Back in 2012, he visited our show for a powerful two-part conversation that we will not soon forget.

PBS Summons Queen Victoria As Its New Sunday Night Go-To Gal

David Hinckley | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for 63 years. PBS would like her to rule American Sunday nights for a few more.

PBS Teams With NPR for 2016 Election Programming

Variety | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.18.2016 | Media

PBS and NPR are teaming up for programming centering around the 2016 presidential election, dubbed “PBS Election 2016.” The partnersh...

Mercy Street - wounding and caring, and more wounding, and more caring during the American Civil War

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.15.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

"Your dress is abominable, most abominable.... I do not wish my nurses to dress in that manner. These boys must be looking to their recuperation, no...

'Everyone is Always Playing a Role': Q&A with Noni Hazlehurst on A Place to Call Home, Australia, and Acting

Pam Stucky | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh in A Place to Call Home. Photo: Acorn TV. I'm not keeping track, of course, but I have to tell you, this Q&A is a...

Butz, Winstead, Radnor Say Mercy Street Has Just the Right Medicine For PBS's post-Downton Blues

David Hinckley | Posted 01.11.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Norbert Leo Butz half-jokes that he couldn't resist joining the new PBS drama Mercy Street "because it's Grey's Anatomy with historical integrity." P...

Marriage and Divorce at Downton Abbey

James J. Sexton | Posted 01.06.2016 | Entertainment
James J. Sexton

If you've somehow never heard of it, Downton Abbey is basically a social and political study of early 20th-century British culture in the guise of a period drama about rich people, starring the incredibly funny and cool Dame Maggie Smith as well as a lot of other people who are less important than her.

The Single Moms of Downton Abbey

Emma Johnson | Posted 01.05.2016 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

Super-excited to jump into Season 6! Am I the only one who notices that the whole show is essentially about single moms? Because it is. It is about women and money, and nearly all of the women are moms -- SINGLE MOMS.

Q&A With Ernie Manouse on Manor of Speaking, Downton Abbey and its Final Season, PBS and More

Pam Stucky | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

If you're a Downton Abbey fan, you might already know that one of the most delightful personalities on PBS today is seven-time Emmy winning PBS Anchor/Producer Ernie Manouse of Houston Public Media.

The Dowager Countess, No Filter

Tom Falco | Posted 01.03.2016 | Entertainment
Tom Falco

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey had #nofilter before it was en vogue.

Finding Your Roots Looks to Find Its Footing, Again, After Misstep on Affleck's Slave-Owning Ancestor

David Hinckley | Posted 01.03.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

One of the last TV shows you'd expect to find dusting itself off from a small, but embarrassing content-suppression scandal would be Finding Your Roots, Professor Henry L. Gates's genealogy program on PBS.

The Enduring Ministry of Natalie Cole

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Natalie Cole appeared many times as a guest on my PBS television program. One particular appearance, however, was exceedingly delicate and heartrending. She had just received a life-saving kidney transplant, but felt guilty to still be alive. What she had to share that day was, well, unforgettable.

Richard Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime

Bernie Shine | Posted 12.23.2015 | Entertainment
Bernie Shine

Academy Award winning songwriters Richard Sherman and his late brother Robert composed some of the most memorable Disney tunes ever penned and much mo...

The Heart And Humanity Of 'Star Wars'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

This week, we celebrate the year's most anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by welcoming two visionary icons central to the movie's creation.

This Video Of Rita Moreno Being Too Cute Will Make Your Day

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.11.2015 | Latino Voices

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Beginner's Mind -- Listen

Marianne Messina | Posted 12.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marianne Messina

In terms of practicing mindfulness and meditation, I need constant nudging. And recently, over a two-day span, I got a good dose of nudging. The fir...

A Real American Role Model

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Tavis Smiley

She made headlines and history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, she debuted on Broadway in the hit show On the Town and launched her MindLeaps Girls' Program in Rwanda, which uses dance to prepare disadvantaged youth for school.

Eli Broad: "No Deal In The Works" For Purchase Of L.A. Times

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

On Nov. 27, media mogul Rupert Murdoch used his Twitter account to say there was "strong word" that billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and a group of local investors were poised to buy the Los Angeles Times.

The Ever-Present Song Within Andrea Bocelli

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A true artist, music runs deep through Bocelli's veins. In this clip, he speaks on the ever-present melody that lives within his mind, body, and soul.

How Do You Follow Downton Abbey? You Probably Don't

David Hinckley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Media
David Hinckley

With the final Downton Abbey countdown under way, it's time to extend a little sympathy to PBS for facing this season's TV mission impossible: replacing the most popular show in network history.