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My Conversation With Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tatiana Maslany has earned rave reviews, from critics and audiences alike, for her Golden Globe-nominated performance in the sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black.

Acts of Art: An Antidote for What Ails Us

Dawn Morais | Posted 04.11.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Sometimes timing drives home a message better than words possibly can. The tragic shooting yet again at Fort Hood and news of more random violence at schools, underline the very real urgency of the message Lulani Arquette had for the young audience she addressed in Honolulu recently.

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

Maureen Ryan

An Unappreciated Gem Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.10.2014 | TV

Sunday evening will see the return of a well-made period drama that features resourceful women in search of personal and professional satisfaction, a ...

My Conversation with Music Legend David Crosby

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Crosby talks with candor about his health, his unique relationship with his oldest son and the perspective he's gained over the course of his 5o-year career.

My Conversation With Clay Risen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

Maureen Ryan

'Scandal,' 'OITNB,' Anthony Bourdain And ESPN Among Peabody Award Winners

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.02.2014 | TV

The winners of the Peabody Awards were announced on Wednesday, and "Key & Peele," "Orange Is the New Black," "Scandal," "The Returned" and documentari...

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated community in Southern California. For four years, she lived under the control of a wealthy couple that abused her mentally and physically. Now 24, she works as an advocate to spread awareness of child trafficking.

Maureen Ryan

A Delightful UK Drama That's Unlike Anything Else

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.28.2014 | TV

If there's one truth we can all agree on, it's that there are too many TV shows featuring do-gooder nuns, earnest midwives and adorable babies. I'...

My Conversation With Robert Reich

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

As one of the leading experts on work and the economy, he shares his thoughts on the state of jobs, income inequality and more.

My Conversation With Professor Peniel Joseph on Stokely: A Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.

Downton or House of Cards: Sequential or Batch TV Releases?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Mohamed A. El-Erian

As many of you know, Netflix releases the entire new season of House of Cards in one go. In contrast, the new episodes of Downton Abbey come in weekly installments. Which is better?

My Conversation With Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman: Collaborative 'Harmony'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Their latest project is the musical Harmony, based on a real-life German singing group that battled to stay together (and live) as the Nazis ascended to power in 1930s Germany.

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

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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.

PBS News Corruption Gets Even Worse

PandoDaily | Posted 03.07.2014 | Media

Last month, in response to Pando’s revelations that anti-pension mogul John Arnold secretly was financing PBS’s “Pension Peril” series, the Co...

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

What's Next for PBS NewsHour?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

PBS NewsHour may have found one answer to the plunge in television viewers and that's PBS Digital Studio's new online show, Everything but the News, the brainchild of Steve Goldbloom and Noah Pink.

My No-Holds-Barred Conversation With Actor Harry Lennix

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by film, television, stage actor and co-star of The Blacklist, Harry Lennix.

Learning from Arthur: New Research on Anti-bullying Awareness

Julie Dobrow | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

As the platform of broadcast television continues to be melded with interactive platforms like graphic novels, it becomes ever more important to design research that will explore whether educational messages can be more powerfully reinforced.

A Gorgeous Finale For 'Downton'

Youyoung Lee | Posted 02.24.2014 | TV
Youyoung Lee

Season 4's two-hour finale, with its gorgeous gowns and magical ball and arrival of some very special American guests, has surely restored faith again in our beloved British series.

My Conversation With Toni Braxton and Babyface: Love, Marriage and Divorce

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.20.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The R&B duo joins me tonight on PBS to discuss their long history together, maintaining relevancy in the music industry and the inspiration behind the new album.

My Conversation With Filmmaker Robert Greenwald About His Film, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Join me tonight on PBS for my conversation with award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald. Through his company, Brave New Films, he also makes political video shorts and full-length documentaries -- substantive investigations of social issues, told through personal stories, and creatively distributed through such outlets as the Internet and social media.

Who Is Tyler Oakley and Why Do His Videos Command Larger Audiences Than Many TV Shows?

Ed Martin | Posted 02.19.2014 | Media
Ed Martin

I can't help but wonder, where these people will be 10 years from now? Is it possible for the videos these people are making to be expanded into longer formats? Or would that be the kiss of death?

'Downton Abbey' Recap, Season 4, Episode 7: A Desire Of Suitors

Youyoung Lee | Posted 02.17.2014 | TV
Youyoung Lee

Every action has an equal and opposition reaction, Newton once prescribed, and no more is the third law of motion more evident than in tonight's episode of "Downton Abbey."