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Tavis Smiley Marks 10th Year On PBS

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES — Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. He's the rare...

10 Years, 2,000 Shows and Still the Best Conversation in Late Night!

Larry King | Posted 07.24.2013 | Media
Larry King

Tavis Smiley is a STAR. Congratulations on 2,000 shows; here's wishing you 1,000 more! Hey, before you know it, you'll be in this game as long as me. Get ready to hold on to your suspenders!

Mel Brooks and Friends Make a Noise at the Paley

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

On Thursday night, the 9th of May, 2013, as a rainbow descended into Hollywood and a cotton-candy sunset filled the firmament of Beverly Hills, the Paley Center for Media L.A. celebrated a humor deity: the one and only Mel Brooks.

NEW SHOW!

Posted 05.20.2013 | Media

Charlie Rose will add another show to his already-packed TV hosting schedule. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Rose will add a new prime...

How Far Did PBS Go To Avoid Offending A Sponsor?

The New Yorker | Jane Mayer | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media

PBS has standards for "editorial integrity," and its guidelines state that "member stations are responsible for shielding the creative and editorial p...

Denied By PBS?

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (Reuters) - Music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs will not be appearing in British period TV drama "Downtown Abbey," U.S. br...

Meet Harvard Law Phenom Cortlan Wickliff

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Cortlan is about to make history as one of only two Black men to finish Harvard Law School at just 22 years of age. In this clip from Tavis Smiley on PBS, the phenom talks to me about demystifying Harvard Law for Black youth.

Who Will The New Latino On The Block Be?

VOXXI | Federica Longo | Posted 05.08.2013 | Latino Voices

“Sesame Street” has been on a hunt for a new Latino act to add to their cast. They held an open casting call in New York City to find their new me...

Happy Mother's Day!

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.07.2013 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

'Latino Americans' Shines Light On The Community

VOXXI | Federica Longo | Posted 05.03.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino history in the United States has been obscure until now. A new documentary series narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt will chronicle the history o...

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.

WATCH: If PBS Stars Were Superheroes

Posted 05.01.2013 | Comedy

What if PBS legends Mr. Rogers, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bob Ross and Carl Sagan joined forces to save the world from brain-rotten, soul-crushing tel...

WATCH: Documentary Explores African-American Funeral Traditions

Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices

In Harlem, 62-year-old Isaiah Owens is known as "Fix Em," for his ability to repair dead bodies ravaged by disease, mishap or violence; in the forthco...

Why Count von Count Is Obsessed With a New Number

Charlotte Cole | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Charlotte Cole

Count von Count typically focuses on whole numbers, but these days 0.29 is on his mind. Why? Point-two-nine is the measure of something of great significance to the Count. Worthy, even, of one of his famous lightning bolts. It's the size of the Sesame Street Difference.

Central Park Five Is a PBS & WETA "Must Watch" Doc

Mike Smith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Mike Smith

Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre Central Park, on April 20, 1989.

Cookie Monster: The Ultimate Impatient Optimist

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Today, 2.5 billion people don't have access to toilets. Investing in sanitation leads to healthier people and stronger communities. The Bill & Mel...

An Interview With Ken Burns and Three of The Central Park Five; Documentary Airs on PBS

Brian Formo | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

The film concerns five black teenagers who, not knowing their rights during detainment, were coerced into confessing to a brutal rape that left a woman in a coma in Central Park.

WATCH: Horrific Reality Of Syria Conflict Revealed

www.pbs.org | Posted 06.09.2013 | World

Click to watch 'The Bombing Of Al-Bara', a PBS Frontline documentary....

Voices Raised in Resistance: Powerful Defiant Requiem Premieres on PBS Sunday, April 7

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

If a hallmark of great art is its ability to transcend the limited circumstances of its creation, then there is no more heartbreaking realization of this than the 1944 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Catholic Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp Terezín.

'I Had To Do What I Had To Do'

AP | ALICIA RANCILIO | Posted 05.22.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — "Downton Abbey" fans were devastated when Matthew Crawley made his dramatic exit from the series at the end of the show's third seaso...

MAKERS, A Cautionary Tale: Sandberg, Mayer, Slaughter And Feminism Today

Joan Williams | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

Sheryl Sandberg's views have been heavily contrasted to Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the viral Atlantic article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," so much so that a New York Times journalist argued that their distinctions amounted to a Freidan-Steinem row.

Movie Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?

Siobhan Finneran: I Stopped Loving 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 03.08.2013 | TV

O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran) will no longer be terrorizing Downton with her conniving ways, and no one is more relieved than Finneran herself. In an...

Torn Apart: Immigration and the American Family

Grown And Flown | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

We are a compassionate nation. We look back with sadness and horror at parents and children separated in centuries past, and then turn our heads when it happens in our day. The separation of parents and children is not confined to history.