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Black In Latin America: Brazil's Complex View Of Race And Color

The Root | Posted 06.11.2011 | World

Brazil once touted itself as free of racism. It turns out that the truth was more complicated -- a lot more complicated. In his new PBS series, The Ro...

Michael Calderone

'Frontline' Looks Beyond Broadcast With New Hires | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.11.2011 | Media

"Frontline" has racked up dozens of broadcast journalism awards over the past 28 years and remains a staple of public television. But instead of resti...

To all who Wish to Cut Funding to PBS, NPR and the NEA: Please Consider Your Children

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Edwards

For those who would cut funding to the arts through eliminating NPR, PBS, and the NEA, I urge you to think not about the programs that you do not like and instead think of your childhoods, your kids, and grand kids.

A Conservative Case for Public Broadcasting

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.08.2011 | Media
Bill Shireman

The overwhelming onslaught of advertising leaves us impoverished, when it comes to thoughtful, humane programming. We need genuine choice in media. Right now, public broadcasting offers one important choice.

First Nighter: Upstairs Downstairs Makes Sparkling PBS Return

David Finkle | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Those Upstairs Downstairs purveyors have woven their now chilling, now heart-warming, now belly-laughs-inducing intrigues into a tapestry worthy of hanging next to the first series.

DVDs: Treme Frustrating, Fun; Tangled; the Real Arthur and More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The track record of the people behind Treme (they did The Wire) means I'll probably keep watching, but this look at New Orleans post-Katrina is one of the most frustrating shows I've ever watched.

Remembering Dr. Manning Marable

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-04-04-tavismanning.jpgDr. Manning Marable, author of the epic new biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was scheduled to appear on my program in a few days to discuss his book. Sadly, he passed away on Friday.

Idol Worship at Middle Age

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

I'm ashamed to say that between raising a child, working and taking care of the endless duties associated with being a grownup, I've lost touch with the part of me that once taped photos of Davy Jones and David Cassidy to my bedroom walls.

OUT: Meacham Leaving PBS Show

Posted 06.01.2011 | Media

Jon Meacham is leaving his role as co-host of PBS news show "Need to Know." The former Newsweek editor and current Random House EVP had been co-hosti...

Bill Moyers May Return To PBS

Posted 05.31.2011 | Media

Bill Moyers may be returning to PBS, the New York Times reports. Moyers, who left the network in 2010, has apparently received a $2 million grant t...

NPR, PBS, 'The Good Wife,' C-SPAN, More Win Peabody Awards

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.31.2011 | Media

ATHENS, Ga. — The winners of the 2010 Peabody Awards announced Thursday include some of the biggest names in television, but the age-old medium ...

My Conversation With Michelle Rhee

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Tavis Smiley

2011-03-28-tavisrhee.gifI spoke with former Washington, DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee about a wide-range of subjects including a story this morning questioning the validity of test scores in DC.

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton: A Strange Journey

Michael Pack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Pack

As we set out to make an historical documentary on Alexander Hamilton, our goal was to make a different kind of history film. We've all seen Ken Burns narrations or History Channel reenactments, so it's time for something new.

Alfie Boe: You've Got to Hear This Guy Sing!

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

When my daughter was a toddler, she would want me to read the same storybook to her over and over, endlessly. I couldn't understand how she could enjo...

My Conversation With Richard Haass

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tavis Smiley

2011-03-24-smileyhaasspull.gif The debate over U.S. military action in Libya continues tonight with my conversation with Council on Foreign Policy President, Richard Haass.

My Conversation With Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tavis Smiley

2011-03-23-tavisbizstone.gifI sit down with Biz Stone for an extensive conversation, including his thoughts on the highs and lows of this remarkable five year journey.

David Kirp, Susan Szachowicz and Lessons From WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Whether this two-day event was excessively celebratory is the question on my mind. Why spend two days in a conflict-free zone when the situation in schools is dire?

Time for NPR and PBS to End Their Abusive Relationship with Congress

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Aaron

The hundreds of millions of people who watch and listen to PBS and NPR didn't make public media a partisan issue; a few political operatives attacking public media made it a partisan issue.

March 14, 2011, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

MARCH 14, 2011, NEWS UPDATE Libyan dictator Gaddafi repulsing rebels with air power. Why does NATO keep saying NayTo no-fly zone over Libya? G...

A Case for Public Broadcasting: No Dysfunctional Fame Whores

Marc Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marc Middleton

Public television provides an opportunity for programs that aspire to something more than a train wreck the chance to find an audience. It's an incubator of sorts for shows with actual redeeming social value.

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...

Sam Stein

White House Reaffirms Commitment To Funding NPR, Public Broadcasting | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite an embarrassing and potentially costly two days for National Public Radio, the Obama administration on Wednesday reaffirmed its ...

PBS Spoke To Fake Muslim Group That Duped NPR Exec

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — NPR's president and CEO resigned Wednesday in an effort to limit the damage from hidden camera footage of a fellow executive deridi...

Invest in Democracy, Don't Cut it

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

While our nation invests billions of dollars to promote democracy abroad, Congress is considering significant cuts that threaten democracy here at home.

NPR, PBS Put Millions Into Investigative Reporting

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations around the country are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into in...