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Fox News Tries to Foreclose on Sesame Street

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Every time PBS and NPR have come under attack, the American public has risen up in protest to defend -- not defund -- it. Whatever the rationale, Fox News' ongoing witch hunt tactic is a proven loser.

The Potential Disastrous End of PBS/NPR is Over-rated

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

Still, I stand by my belief that the end of NPR and PBS would be good for the left, for liberals and progressives. Here's why.

Sherlock Holmes Gets the US Weekly Treatment, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Graham Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Graham Moore

There are a lot of detective shows on television, and all of them owe a debt to Sherlock Holmes. The socially maladjusted detective, the bantering partners, the curious charm of a guy who knows he's smarter than anyone else in the room.

The McLaughlin Group: It's the "Professional Left's" Fault

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

When Obama's agenda began to peter out under the weight of Republican obstructionism and his own tendency to play it safe, it was the Democratic base that worked the hardest trying to prevent him from falling.

How to Fix the Political Debate Process

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

How are voters supposed to make educated decisions about whom to vote for if candidates' lies go unchecked by the media in the theater that is the modern political debate?

PBS' Independent Lens Opens With The Parking Lot Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The Parking Lot Movie is the perfect kind of independent film.

Growing A Greener World: The Rodale Institute!

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

Watching yourself on TV is kind of weird. But I have to say, Joe Lamp'l (also known as "joe gardener"!) made it really easy for me. He's one of the ho...

KCET Drops PBS, Goes Independent

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — PBS station KCET said Friday it's dropping out of the public TV system and going independent because of a dispute over fees and pr...

PBS Chief Defends Airing George Shultz Film

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — PBS chief Paula Kerger says she doesn't regret airing a documentary series last month on former Secretary of State Georg...

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Slutty Sesame Street

Jane Buckingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jane Buckingham

Katy Perry's outfit was deemed too racy for the Sesame Street preschool set -- who seemingly have never seen their mothers in a sundress.

Is Ivi TV Really the Future of Streaming Television?

Dave Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Taylor

Positioning themselves as David to the broadcasters' Goliath, Ivi TV has launched a streaming TV service built around their own player and clearly tapping network TV channels in New York City and Seattle.

Tuning-In During "Turnoff" Week

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lesli Rotenberg

Turnoff Week calls for people around the world to turn off their electronics, disengage from digital media and take a moment to think, read and create. It's an important message, but one that is far too simplistic.

Where's Ed Newman When You Need Him?

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Winship

I was in London last week when news came of the death of the great NBC newsman Edwin Newman. He was that rare thing, a gentleman, although "genteelly rumpled and genially grumpy."

WATCH: THEATRE: Filming Sondheim's Follies

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In the brief period when I lived in Providence, Rhode Island, I was able to catch performances of several shows during their pre-Broadway Boston tryou...

The 5 Most Valuable Finds On 'Antiques Roadshow'

Daily Finance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Few people get rich from PBS's highly-rated Antiques Roadshow, but that doesn't stop thousands of people from scouring their grandma's attic for that ...

Seltzer's Last Stand

Adam Morganstern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Adam Morganstern

Owning the last seltzer bottling plant in Brooklyn qualifies you as a psychiatrist.

Broadway Miracle Sighted on PBS -- South Pacific Permitted Full Use of Real Instruments

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

South Pacific, based on a collection of stories by James Michener, is a multifaceted piece. The plot is the thing in this play, although it is loaded with the requisite number of hit tunes.

How to Dress an Author

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

I feel as if it's my personal mission to make over every dowdy author I see. I haven't quite learned how to do this tactfully, despite the strong temptation.

What's Green, White and Blue? American Jobs

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Additional wind farms mean more renewable energy freeing the U.S. from reliance on foreign oil. But there's no point in replacing imported foreign oil with imported wind turbines

Donors Are Investors, So Act Like One

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Why is it that we are deliberate when considering what to buy, but not where to donate? A brochure shows up one day with a photo of a child who is in need of your help. Do you know where your money is really going?

Save the "Street": A Technological Reboot in Order for Public Television?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christina Gagnier

As we move forward with the development of free platforms to create dynamic programming online, an American institution has been left behind: public television.

How I Got Teabaggers to Watch PBS

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Now that PBS knows that millions of Teabaggers watch PBS, I hope that they'll adjust their programming accordingly. Maybe it's time for Ken Burns to do a fourteen-hour miniseries on Glenn Beck.

PBS Ombudsman Defends Palin Joke: 'Fair Game'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The PBS ombudsman is defending the network's airing of a Sarah Palin joke during the news program "Need to Know." Following Palin's widely-mocked use...

The Day I Killed Freedom of Expression

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kembrew McLeod

I have a confession to make. On October 16, 2004, I killed freedom of expression. This wasn't murder -- it was more like involuntary manslaughter, a death caused by negligence. Just to be clear, I'm not speaking in metaphors.

PBS Won't Air Paul McCartney's Jab At Bush During White House Concert Special

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sir Paul McCartney may have made waves for his jab at President Bush during his special White House concert last month, but it won't be appearing in t...