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Romney Reveals True Self in PBS Remark

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

The governor was doing a pretty good job of re-selling himself as a caring person who wanted to help the middle class -- until he slipped up and the real man showed up. That moment occurred when he said he wanted to cut PBS.

Rick Santorum On Big Bird: ‘You Can Kill Things And Still Like Them'

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum says, "You can kill things and still like them." The Pennsylvania Republican made the suggestion in def...

Maybe Mitt Should Watch Sesame Street More, Threaten It Less

Larry Womack | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Larry Womack

Does Mitt Romney really want to cripple a number of incredibly efficient, successful education programs while simultaneously ticking off a lot of people who happen to like being informed just to satisfy the lowest impulses of some on the far right?

Romney Big Bird

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Mitt Romney Repeating Old Tea Party Idea of Killing Children's Educational Programs

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Last night, Romney proved he is willing to continue being an empty zinger-filled warmonger while promoting the slashing of programs that have helped American families (or the 99 percent).

5 Ways To Save Big Bird!

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 10.05.2012 | Impact

Sure it hurt our little hearts to hear Mitt Romney talk smack last night about our third favorite Sesame Street character (Elmo = No. 1, Oscar = No. 2...

Attack on Big Bird Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Romney's Approach to Government

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

People may not understand the vagaries of Medicare and tax reform, but 170 million Americans know and understand Big Bird and public broadcasting.

Obama: Romney Education Plan 'Not A Recipe For Growth'

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. In the first presidential debate Wednesday night, President Obama and R...

WATCH: PBS Chief Fires Back At Mitt Romney

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Media

The CEO of PBS fired back at Mitt Romney Thursday, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in Wednesda...

Romney's Debatable Performance

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Romney's performance was welcome relief to Republicans after several weeks of poor performances and embarrassing gaffes. He was convincing, and his debate appearance revved up his own base. But did Romney convert any new voters? Will Americans support a candidate whose numbers do not add up?

Romney: 'I Love Big Bird'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim & Jen Bendery | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

It wasn't exactly Nixon to China, but Mitt Romney repeated Wednesday night a promise he's made on the campaign trail -- that if he's elected he would ...

Michael Calderone

Debate Moderators Largely Bypass Social Media In Preparing Questions | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Jim Lehrer will likely kick off Wednesday night's presidential debate, the 12th he's moderated since 1988, in a familiar manner: "Good eve...

Frontline's 'Dropout Nation' Shows What It Really Takes to Turn Around Schools

John Thompson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

PBS showed a reality that is lost on data-driven "reformers." Social scientists have documented the primary importance of socio-emotional factors and the need to build trust before academics can improve. And that takes patience.

The New 'Downton Abbey'

Erin Ruberry | Posted 12.02.2012 | TV
Erin Ruberry

The British import, which premiered in the U.S. on PBS Sunday night, transplants Downton's formula for success (British period drama with plenty of plot twists) from the English countryside in the early 1920's to a working class neighborhood in 1950's London.

The Muslim Mother Teresa

Kate Grant | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Kate Grant

Edna is as tough as General Petraeus, as compassionate as the Pope, as tireless as Michael Phelps, as beautiful at 75 as Tina Turner, and has a 'get-it-done-no-excuses" work ethic to rival Bill Gates.

PBS Offers Election Resources for K-12 Classrooms

Larry Magid | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Larry Magid

Even though most K-12 students can't vote, they do have an interest in the 2012 election. And if schools do their jobs right, students will be inclined to vote and make informed decisions when they turn 18.

Debates Should Probe Romney's Economic Insanity

Karl Frisch | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Is it any wonder that Republicans have become the Party of 'no'? If they had said yes, our unemployment might be in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 percent by now and the president would be kicking Mitt Romney's rear end even more thoroughly than he is already.

Laura Prudom

Benedict Cumberbatch On The 'Sherlock' Versus 'Elementary' Rivalry | Laura Prudom | Posted 09.24.2012 | TV

Last month, "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch was reportedly quoted as saying some less than complimentary things about CBS' Sherlock Holmes reimag...

A Literary Icon Reaches 80 and Starts a Trilogy and a New Teaching Position

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

Novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright Fay Weldon, whose 80th birthday is being celebrated on September 22nd, is every woman writer's fairy godmother: she's an inspiration, a formidable figure in the world of arts and letters, and a powerful model for both good and bad behavior on the page as well as off.

'Green News Report' - September 20, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. TWITTER:...

A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

Broadway Gets Its Own Reality Mini-Series

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts

Last night marked the debut of the new PBS mini-series, "Broadway or Bust," which follows 60 high school students from around the United States as the...

Maggie Smith Knows Why You Love Her

Posted 09.10.2012 | TV

Maggie Smith knows why you love her and she seems OK with it. While speaking with, Smith said "Downton Abbey" is the reason she's so hot r...

WATCH: New 'Downton Abbey' Preview Filled With Whispers & Kisses

Posted 09.06.2012 | TV

"Downton Abbey" Season 3 doesn't premiere in the US until January 6 (yes, groan, we know), but our friends in the UK get new episodes starting Septemb...

Movie Review: Keep the Lights On

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On starts with a credit montage of bad paintings. His protagonist, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), is first seen cruising gay-sex phone chatlines looking for company.