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What a Wonderful Week!

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The Sierra Club is devoting this entire week to helping use America's Best Idea to build a new generation of activists for the national parks.

Q&A: Ken Burns on Climate Change, Wolf Hunting and Why Yellowstone Isn't "Geyser World"

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

"The national parks are the first time in human history that land has been set aside -- not for kings or noblemen or the very rich -- but for everybody, and for all time," Burns said.

Best Government Dollar Spent: The National Park System

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.

National Parks: America's Best Idea

Allison Rockefeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Allison Rockefeller

Welcome to your American inheritance: 84 million acres comprising 58 national parks, with 333 historic monuments, seashores, and battlefields.

Burns' PBS National Parks: Wonders For All to Behold

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Mann

Burns' 12-hour, 6-part series, aptly named, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, starts Sunday night on PBS and runs all next week. You should try to watch it in hi-def, but do watch it.

Unfinished Business in Our National Parks

Will Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Will Rogers

"America's best idea" still isn't complete. If we don't grow the system, we risk loving to death the parks that we have.

Rwanda's President on Past Horror and Present Hope

Joel B. Schwartzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel B. Schwartzberg

OW on PBS host David Brancaccio interviews Rwandan President Paul Kagame about why he believes universal health care in Rwanda is crucial for the country's social, political, and economic advancement.

American Masters Toasts Dalton Trumbo

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Trumbo is a reminder that logic does not always factor into the public consciousness.

Those "Death Panels" Really Do Exist

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Death panels are real. They do exist. Your own insurance provider could be in on it. And it's time the media said so.

Daljit Dhaliwal To Take Over As Anchor Of PBS' "Worldfocus"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Daljit Dhaliwal has been named anchor of PBS' "Worldfocus." Dhaliwal will replace Martin Savidge, who will return to the field and remain on the progr...

Finance for Dummies

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Yvette Kantrow

All of the eagerly professed ignorance of the Fed's operations begs the question: What is it about anything that has to do with money, finance or economics that enables otherwise thinking people to plead total cluelessness?

PBS Chief: Public TV Funding Faring Much Better Under Obama

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PASADENA, Calif. — PBS chief Paula Kerger (KUR'-gur) says budget numbers tell the tale of how public TV is faring under the Obama administration...

The Simple Health Insurance Solution

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've had my own angry, screaming battles with my health insurance carrier. It seems everyone I've talked to has had a similar experience. I just don't see them marching on Washington about it.

The Ten Best Movies About Journalism by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the wake of the revered Walter Cronkite's passing, I've attempted to isolate the ten best movies about journalism.

No One Has the Sense to Protect These Children

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Fred Silberberg

Certainly no one asked these eight small children whether they wanted what would otherwise have been a private, and hopefully somewhat innocent childhood, kept that way.

PBS Leads News & Documentary Emmy Nominations

Huffington Post | Peter Drivas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 30th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Tuesday. PBS...

"Student Loan Sinkhole?" Garners Huge Response

Joel B. Schwartzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel B. Schwartzberg

What would you do if -- as a college-educated young mother -- you lost your job, had debt collectors calling you incessantly, and were just evicted from your home?

PBS Bans New Religious Programming

Washington Post | Paul Farhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Public Broadcasting Service agreed yesterday to ban its member stations from airing new religious TV programs, but permitted the handful of statio...

David Letterman Apology Redux: Shame on Dave for Buckling Under to Palin's Lies

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Will Letterman now start to censor himself with his writers and, worse, when he interacts with his guests? All it takes is another person to mislead the media and public as Palin has shamelessly done.

WNET's Neal Shapiro: Video Journalism Will Succeed Online with "Truth and Integrity"

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

I spoke with Neal Shapiro, the president and CEO of WNET/Thirteen in New York. We covered the changing nature of video journalism and the opportunities for WNET and PBS online.

New Tunes On Monday: Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, eels, Alex Woodard, and Buckwheat Zydeco

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

You've heard Elvis Costello sing country music before, but not like this. The lad who gave us Almost Blue is quite mature and worldly wise now.

Our TV Sleuths Need to Take a Page from British Mysteries

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Robinson

In the US we create unidimensional detectives because we're focused on one-upping each other on plot devices that show the weirdest ways to die or the coolest tricks in the lab.

"Terrorist Rehab" Documentary Explores 'Thought Security' In Saudi Arabia (VIDEO)

PBS Now | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Kieran Baker | PBS - NOW I've been in Riyadh all week attending Saudi's first conference on 'thought security'. The meeting began with a 'made-fo...

PBS' "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" Getting 21st Century Makeover

New York Times | Elizabeth Jensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

"The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," public broadcasting's nightly newscast, is getting a makeover, designed to bring it more fully into the digital era, g...

Paul Kangas Leaving PBS' "Nightly Business Report" After 30 Years

New York Times | Brian Stelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Paul Kangas, the co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report" on PBS, will step down at the end of the year, ending a 30-year tenure on the nation's most-wa...