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Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty

Michael Winship | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In those early August days, events would reach a crescendo but none of us knew the final outcome, and that was Alistair Cooke's problem.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Melanie Chartoff

Michael Rose's excavation of a court case brought against Henry Ford, long buried by the assembly line of unkosher baloney that kept that great American icon squeaky clean, has me sleepless and him on fire. I sat down with him to talk about the film he's working on that will bring this story to light.

Noam Chomsky Continues to Inspire

Jeff Cohen | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

I saw Noam Chomsky as my mentor -- way before we ever met. When I was in college in the late 1960s/early '70s, he was already a guiding light for me, an exemplar of how those with privilege and principles should live our lives.

Why Is WGBH Legitimizing David Koch's Climate Change Denial?

Daniel Souweine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Daniel Souweine

The issue of Koch being on the board is not what he does to WGBH and its programming, but what they are doing for him.

Kate Sheppard

Activists Slam David Koch's Public TV Role

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

An environmental activist group wants Boston's public television and radio affiliate to bump billionaire conservative donor David Koch from its board ...

Fortunate Son

Neal Shapiro | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Neal Shapiro

Unraveling the issue of high school graduation requires the entire community.

John Celock

Obama-Bashing Author Named To Public TV Board

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

North Carolina's public television board has a new member: controversial author Orson Scott Card, who once compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hi...

Welcome to Season 44 of Sesame Street

Cookie Monster | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Cookie Monster

The goal of Sesame Street's engaging and lovable monsters and diverse human cast has always been to help children reach their fullest potential. But now, we're modeling and practicing important self-regulation skills and strategies on the show.

Greek Public Television: Hypocrisy and Truth

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Abruptly last Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pulled the plug on Greece's national broadcaster, causing shock and turmoil among its coalition partners

10 Years, 2,000 Shows and Still the Best Conversation in Late Night!

Larry King | Posted 07.24.2013 | Media
Larry King

Tavis Smiley is a STAR. Congratulations on 2,000 shows; here's wishing you 1,000 more! Hey, before you know it, you'll be in this game as long as me. Get ready to hold on to your suspenders!

Why Count von Count Is Obsessed With a New Number

Charlotte Cole | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Charlotte Cole

Count von Count typically focuses on whole numbers, but these days 0.29 is on his mind. Why? Point-two-nine is the measure of something of great significance to the Count. Worthy, even, of one of his famous lightning bolts. It's the size of the Sesame Street Difference.

Road Triping From The South To The Midwest

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

At each stop, the wonderful people who host me wish us "safe travels" as we head out. I wish they'd just say "happy travels."

Leading Voice for Public Media Retires From Channel 12

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.25.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Could public funding save journalism? Wick Rowland, who is stepping down in March as President of Colorado Public Television, says a reasonable model to support thoughtful journalism is to provide more public funds for it.

What Big Bird Would Tell Mitt Romney If He Could

Lee Banville | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Lee Banville

If you wanted to take on PBS there are lots of ways to do it. Threaten it all and the 2011 federal deficit would shrink from approximately $1,299,000,000,000 to $1,298,555,000,000. It's not nothing, but is it worth the cost?

In Praise of PBS Kids

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

I used to agree with George Will and other small-government conservatives that Uncle Sam has no business subsidizing children's television on PBS. But no longer. If anything, I've come to believe that is a sweet spot for federal involvement in education.

KLCS (PBS) Hosts the TV Premiere of Hollywood To Dollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Last summer, Parton hosted two sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl. This year, she's the inspiration of a documentary film that will benefit our city's only public television station.

WATCH: Keep Political Ads Off Public TV

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

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I'm Big Bird and I Don't Approve This Message

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.18.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

Imagine if you turned on your TV set someday soon and were greeted by Sesame Street, brought to you by the letter C, for "creeping campaign cash corruption." Perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but as the late William F. Buckley, Jr., used to say, the point survives the exaggeration.

Political Ads May Be Coming To A PBS Station Near You

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

* 9th Circuit says FCC political ad ban too broad * Dissent fears for future of public broadcasting * FCC ban on ads for...

PBS Says It Will Revisit Maligned Moves

nytimes.com | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media

Under intense public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, including a Twitter campaign, PBS on Thursday agreed to find a new home next se...

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

The team at PBS consists of dedicated people; constantly looking for ways to increase their audience. But there is always a danger, in any organization, of only seeing the world from the top down, and then counting heads to measure whether something is good or not.

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.