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Why 'Downton' Is Not The Typical Period Drama

Posted 08.14.2012 | TV

What makes "Downton Abbey" so much more addicting than other period dramas? It's soap opera-like qualities, according to Michelle Dockery. “I th...

WATCH: Julia Child Gets Auto-Tuned

Posted 08.14.2012 | Home

As you may have heard, August 15, 2012 would have been beloved chef and television personality Julia Child's 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS Digital...

Which Female Debate Moderator Would You Select?

Posted 08.10.2012 | Media

As the 2012 presidential election approaches convention season, some have been wondering who will moderate the upcoming presidential debates and if th...

Minds and Gardens

Joan Hinde Stewart | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
Joan Hinde Stewart

Like any garden, the mind needs to be fertilized, watered and weeded. That is the point -- and the great virtue -- of education.

The Global Spirit: Art And The Creative Spirit

Stephen Olsson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Stephen Olsson

"Each person has a job to create the right consciousness in this moment, to bring positive energy to this world. Most people, they forget this moment and are always looking for something further. But we don't have further, we don't know next moment."

What TV Taught Us This Week

Posted 07.27.2012 | TV

Each week, outrageous, sad, shocking and hilarious pieces of TV news hit the web. Shows get canceled, directors get fired, casts get angry -- and like...

'Downton Abbey' Ending In Sight?

Posted 07.25.2012 | TV

"Downton Abbey" isn't ending just yet, but producers have a vision of when the finale will be. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, pro...

The Cult Singer Who Crashed David Geffen's Press Conference

Roger Catlin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Roger Catlin

It happens sometimes: When the biggest stars and moguls appear before the press at the TV Critics summer press tour in California, outsiders can break into the room in hopes of getting their big break.

Senator Rubio Just Doesn't Get Why Public Broadcasting Is Vital to America

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.23.2012 | Media
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Once again, fringe elements of the Republican Party are moving in coming weeks to revoke funding from our nation's public broadcasting system.

Let's Build Schools Worthy of American Democracy

John Thompson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
John Thompson

To build an education system for the 21st century, we must get back to our roots and visualize schools that are worthy of American democracy.

What's Ahead For Anna & Bates In 'Downton' Season 3?

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 07.23.2012 | TV

Next season, America comes to "Downton Abbey" in the form of Shirley MacLaine, but last week in Beverly Hills, "Downton" came to America for the Telev...

WATCH: Bill Moyers' Blistering Words About The NRA

Posted 09.22.2012 | Media

PBS' Bill Moyers had blistering words for the National Rifle Association in the wake of the deadly shootings in Colorado. Moyers placed partial bla...

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...

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.