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Global Spirit: Music, Sound And The Sacred

Stephen Olsson | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Stephen Olsson

I have come to realize that I probably make films because I'm not a musician. I've always had a special admiration, perhaps it's a sweet envy, for the musically talented. Thankfully, music forms the emotional basis of most, if not all, filmmaking.

PBS Fires Fred Willard After Arrest For Lewd Act

Posted 09.18.2012 | TV

Fred Willard has been fired as the host of PBS' new competition series "Market Warriors" after being arrested for lewd conduct at a Hollywood adult th...

WATCH: PBS' 'VOCES' Documentary Series Back For Third Season

Posted 09.12.2012 | Latino Voices

It’s no secret that the Latinos population have has grown steadily over recent years. Hispanics in the United States are reshaping our culture and ...

28 Biggest Emmy Snubs & Surprises

Posted 07.19.2012 | TV

Like every year, the 2012 Emmy nominations were filled with their fair share of snubs and surprises. "Parks and Recreation," including Nick Offerma...

House GOP Seeks To Crush NPR, PBS, AmeriCorps In One Fell Swoop

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans Tuesday unveiled legislation to get rid of AmeriCorps, the national service program, and cut off federal funding for N...

Fearless Emmy Advice -- Drama Series

Ed Martin | Posted 09.11.2012 | TV
Ed Martin

While voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are busy poring through submissions for this year's potential Emmy Award nominees, here are my thoughts about which shows and actors should be nominated in the drama series categories, as well as my picks for the winners.

Listen: Tony Blair Still Battles Media's 'Deception' Charges

David Tereshchuk | Posted 09.11.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

I interviewed former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. We taped in London, where he's still a very divisive figure, and much more so, it's clear, than many Americans realize.

WATCH: Seeking Forgiveness And Healing In Vietnam

Stephen Olsson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion

As I entered the busy hotel lobby in Ho Chi Minh City, I had a strange feeling that I was looking for a group of people I had never met, but somehow,...

PBS Reveals Celebration Plans For Julia Child's 100th Birthday

Posted 07.13.2012 | Home

August 15, 2012 would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS is giving us all the Julia we can get, starting August 5th. PBS wa...

WATCH: Is The End Of AIDS In Sight?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.13.2012 | Black Voices

In the time it takes to read this article, someone in the United States will contract HIV and, according to recent statistics, there's a 50 percent ch...

WATCH: AIDS In Black America

Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion

Every 10 minutes, someone in the United States contracts the AIDS virus. Half are black. Thirty years after the AIDS virus was first reported among ga...

On Early College High School and Community College Remediation

John Merrow | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I just wanted to drop in and "blog" -- it's mostly a showcasing of videos, hence it being in quotes -- about two of our recent pieces for PBS NewsHou...

Appreciating Islam's Contribution To Civilization

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Criticism of Muslims, when warranted, is a legitimate exercise in public discourse. But our national interests are ill-served if we only criticize and never appreciate.

Islamic Art: In Paradise There Is Always Water

Michael Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

Such is the vision of the "Better World" that Islamic civilization created from the eighth century onward. These intrepid empire-builders managed to create great palace-garden complexes, where water is the central element.

Islamic Architecture: Mirror Of The Invisible World

Robert Gardner | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Gardner

Two buildings that represent a great contrast and diversity in Islamic architecture are the Taj Mahal in India, one of the most memorable buildings in human history, and the Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali, the largest mud construction in the world.

Nora Ephron Talked 'Last Meals' With Charlie Rose

Posted 08.26.2012 | TV

When Nora Ephron released her book, "I Remember Nothing," two years ago, the late beloved screenwriter, author and playwright sat down for a rare tele...

'Fireworks' Are Coming To 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 06.19.2012 | TV

From its ratings success to its six Emmy Awards, "Downton Abbey" has become a phenomenon. And from the sounds of Season 3, "Downton" obsession won't b...

'Antiques Roadshow' Goes Back To '97 For A Second Look

Posted 06.19.2012 | TV

For the first time in its long history, "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. ET on PBS) took a look back at some items they'd appraised in a previous epi...

Lucas Kavner

High School Mariachi Changes Students' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home

Eloy Martinez didn't fall into Zapata High School's mariachi band as much as he was completely bowled over by it. Six years ago, he was a fifth grader...

Singer Alfie Boe and PBS: A Match Made in Musical Heaven

Tamar Abrams | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Tamar Abrams

As much as it is possible to give credit to one specific medium for the success of a star, PBS should take a bow for propelling British singer Alfie Boe into so many American living rooms and hearts.

WATCH: Exploring Northern Ireland Beyond Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.14.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

About half-way up the Antrim coast we stop for a bio-break at the chocolate-box village of Carnlough, on the edge of an uncongenial harbor bobbing with blue and white boats. We are in the middlemost of the rainy season, but the weather doesn't know it. The sun is beaming, so I sprawl on a picnic table for a few minutes, close my eyes and sail away.

WATCH: Beyond The Titanic In Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is no escaping Titanic in Belfast, but my friend offered to show me some non-Titanic facets of her cisatlantic city.

WATCH: Searching For The Titanic In Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.12.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is one view that celebrating a tragedy of this scope with commercial tours, tributes and knick-knacks is somehow disrespectful and gauche, like grave dancing. But those who subscribe to George Santayana's trope rationalize a nobleness in the exercise.

WATCH: Richard Bangs Explores Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.11.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The only thing Belfast does in moderation is moderation.

WATCH: Mister Rogers Gets Gloriously Auto-Tuned

Posted 06.07.2012 | Comedy

Get ready to feast your eyes and ears on something truly amazing and uplifting. Thanks to PBS Digital Studios, we now have the masterpiece, "Garden O...