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Walt Disney: Parlaying a Mouse

Bernie Shine | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Bernie Shine

Walt Disney's life has been chronicled in the remarkable PBS American Experience documentary that first aired in two parts on Monday and Tuesday nights.

The 2015 Fall TV Schedule (Not Really, But Maybe)

Spencer Green | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Spencer Green

ABC - Wiping Servers With the Stars

Former N.Y. Governor George Pataki Explains His Twitter War With Donald Trump

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Over the weekend, former New York Gov. George Pataki and fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter to snipe at one another -- Pataki tweeted that Trump is "unfit to run for president," and Trump responded by saying Pataki was "a terrible governor."

Will Maggie Smith Finally Descend Below The Stairs By The End Of 'Downton'?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Home

"I haven't been into the kitchens in twenty years!" the Dowager Countess exclaims in the latest "Downton Abbey" Season 6 trailer. "Do you got your pas...

CultureZohn: Picasso, the Junk Collector

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.11.2016 | Home
Patricia Zohn

You think you've seen everything there is to see about Picasso, and then you see the new Museum of Modern Art sculpture retrospective. It shows how clever and engaged Picasso was with the immediate world around him, that his method of bricolage, taking things from this and that to craft his sculpture, was so original and so charming. For years artists have been inspired by Picasso. I imagine a whole new generation seeing this show and being similarly stimulated.

Tavis Smiley vs. Ann Coulter on Immigration

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Ms. Coulter outlines why she believes immigration to be America's greatest threat -- an idea that has been embraced by many leaders on the right, including current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Tavis Smiley: Reza Aslan on What Iran Deal Will Mean for Obama's Legacy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Before the agreement officially gained the support it needed to survive on Capitol Hill, Aslan was one of more than seventy Middle East and foreign affairs scholars who sent a letter to Congress urging members to back the deal.

Tavis Smiley: D'Angelo's First TV Conversation in Over a Decade

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

The R&B superstar shocked the world when, in December, he dropped his long-awaited third album, Black Messiah. The critically acclaimed project is his first major release in fourteen years, and has reached the number spot in more than 20 countries.

10 Years After Katrina, A Tribute to New Orleans With Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kataalyst Alcindor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.28.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Despite the tremendous losses suffered during those terrifying days and nights in August ten years ago, we pause to remember those who were lost... celebrate those who survived... and praise those who call New Orleans home.

Why The Sesame Street/HBO Partnership Is Good For Kids

Newton N. Minow | Posted 08.27.2016 | Home
Newton N. Minow

For several years now, the most innovative programming on television has come from cable programmers, not broadcasters. Understanding that, Sesame Workshop has made a bold and creative move.

Can You Tell Me How We Got Here, From Sesame Street?

David Kleeman | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
David Kleeman

Right now, no one is neglecting kids' TV -- it's all over TV, newspapers and magazine, blogs and social media. So, let's use this moment to defend media content (not just TV) that delivers flexible, proven, cost-effective, equitable and engaging teaching and learning.

An Artistic Conversation With Actor Edward Akrout of Mr. Selfridge and Showtime's The Borgias

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Ilana Rapp

Edward Akrout has a big presence in the UK but now he's trickled to the other side of the pond. Off screen, Edward made his debut in the art world this year, showcasing his paintings at Café Royal, and Hoxton in London.

6 Modern Winners in Carolina

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.31.2016 | Home
J. Michael Welton

Some are picked, as the saying goes, but few are chosen. That's the case with the 2015 Matsumoto Prize winners, in a competition sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH).

Dr. Susan Block's The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace Through Pleasure

Steve Karras | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home
Steve Karras

Internationally acclaimed sex educator Dr. Susan Block (known widely as "Dr. Suzy") just might hold the key to world peace. Her latest book, The Bonob...

"Follow the Good Work": Aidan Turner on Poldark, Acting, and Happiness

Pam Stucky | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
Pam Stucky

I was delighted to have the chance to chat with Aidan earlier this week, just in time for the Poldark season one finale episodes airing on PBS this Sunday. Handsome but humble, gracious and grateful, from all appearances, in the twenty minutes we had together, he's everything you'd hope he would be.

It Turns Out A Laugh Doesn't Mean Something's Funny

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.28.2015 | Home

No joke: Most laughter isn't generated by what we think is funny. So says a new installment of the PBS Digital Studios series "It's Okay To Be Smart."...

True Detective Star Colin Farrell on the Pitfalls of 'Purge Acting'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Farrell shares how he has learned to resist forcing too much of his own life experiences into a performance, so as not to make it an exercise in what he calls "purge acting."

The Best Is Yet to Come: Maite Alberdi's Tea Time Screens on PBS's POV

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

It made me realize that death is something one can also laugh at, approach it with wonder and not only dread. It gave me the courage to think that perhaps our best years are ahead, instead of always behind.

Songwriting Icon JD Souther on the First Time He Met 'Muse' Linda Ronstadt

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

The recent inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame has penned numerous hits for some of music's most celebrated acts, including The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, and his dear friend Linda Ronstadt. A talented recording artist in his own right, he's out now with his eighth solo album, entitled Tenderness.

The Existential Longing of Wishbone the Dog

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Hey, I'm Wishbone, the eponymous Jack Russell Terrier from the show, "Wishbone." I'm famous, but, just like you, I poop in the grass. I bark at strange objects. Just like you if you're a dog, I mean, because that's what I am.

Season 3 of 'Finding Your Roots' Green-Lighted for January 2016 Return on PBS

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Season 3 of the popular show, hosted and produced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was put on hold until certain measures were implemented.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Andrew Cohen on Whether JFK Gets Too Much Credit on Civil Rights

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Kennedy's June 11th report to the American people on race is often credited with setting the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the clip below, Andrew and I debate whether President Kennedy deserves the praise that historians give him on civil rights.

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.02.2016 | Home
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

Rwanda Again Faces Lunacy and the "Rubbish of Injustice"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.03.2016 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that "independence" is an ongoing struggle against a backdrop of powerful foreign interests.

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.02.2016 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.