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The Pivotal Role of Public Television -- A Keynote Address

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

There are still millions and millions of people who need public broadcasting. And millions more who will find us if we but give them the real news, the cultural experiences, and the opportunity to learn that are otherwise missing in their lives.

What Carl Sagan Saw

Network Awesome | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home
Network Awesome

It is a unique form of heartbreak for a prophet to be denied the culmination of his visions. For us, Carl Sagan may have been born at exactly the right time. He was six years old at the 1939 World's Fair, where he found both science and television waiting for him, fabulous and fascinating.

Convalescing In The Swiss Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 11.07.2011 | Travel
Rick Steves

From my perch, I survey the village. Chocolate log cabins are buttressed by a winter's supply of firewood lovingly stacked all the way to the eaves.

PBS Trying Controversial New Strategy

Posted 07.23.2011 | Media

PBS will begin doing something it has never done before: interrupting its shows with promotional spots. The public television network announced at ...

In Defense of NPR

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Moyers

Come on now: Let's take a breath and put this NPR fracas into perspective. Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from the its l...

Jessica Simpson Scrooges the Troops, Induces Vomit

Paul Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Snyder

You'd think with all that background singing Christmas songs, Jessica Simpson would appreciate the meaning of Christmas. However, the news from Roseland Ballroom, where she shot her Christmas special last Thursday, was not-at-all festive.

The Best "Back to School" Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given the profound significance of education in our lives, it's no surprise there's no shortage of movies on the subject. Here are ten of my own favorite films about school, learning, and those mostly noble souls who teach.

Media Consolidation: Bad for Democracy and Not Even Entertaining

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lowell Peterson

The members of the Writers Guild of America, East see first-hand what happens when too few entities control too much of what the American public watches and listens to, both in the entertainment realm and in news.

The Untold Story of Black Chicagoans

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It is true that violence is rampant in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, but the actions of a few should not lead to unfair stereotypes of the majority.

What We "Need to Know" About PBS After Moyers

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

PBS's new program Need to Know positions itself as an antidote to the poisonous advocacy of cable news. What it succumbs to instead is what makes mainstream news so impotent.

Why Public Access Television Is Important and You Should Fight For the CAP ACT

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 06.06.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

The nation's more than 3,000 public access centers are on the verge of extinction. Yours may go next week, next month or next year, but their days are numbered.

Danny Shea

George W. Bush Institute To Co-Produce Public Television Show "Ideas In Action" | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The George W. Bush Institute -- the "action- oriented think tank" that is part of Bush's Presidential Center -- will co-produce a public television sh...

Real Journalism and the Road Ahead

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Vivian Norris

The first thing you do in a war is control and take out your enemy's communication system. Our news has been taken over by entertainment, propaganda and massive corporations. We need to to take back the media.

Sonia Sotomayor -- The Wise Latina

Aaron Harber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

It is fascinating to watch the fracturing of the Republican Party as some leaders attack Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a "racist" while others try to focus on her judicial record.

A Kick in the Career: R.I.P. Public Access Television

Thomas Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Thomas Stern

Can I honestly say that by virtue of my station in life that I am inherently contributing more to civilization than a woman in a spangly tutu dancing in front of blue screen projections of herself dancing in a spangly tutu?

Bush's 2009 Budget Calls For Slashing Public TV Funding

Los Angeles Times | Matea Gold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Public broadcasting officials vowed Monday to fight drastic cuts President Bush is seeking to make to federal financing for public television and radi...