Category Archives: Film

The U.S. and the Holocaust Reexamined on PBS

“I feel a sense of urgency. We’re not trying to equate anything with The Holocaust. That would be a horrible, horrible thing to do.  We’re just saying: ‘Let’s not get there again as human beings, please, let’s not get there … Continue reading

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Uvalde Massacre Tragically Mirrors Newtown School Shooting

“When an assault weapon is used in a mass shooting, it can lead to six times as many people shot than with other guns.”—Everytownresearch.org “Of the 26 dead, most are children,” reported NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt to a … Continue reading

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Ken Burns Celebrates Patriot Benjamin Franklin on PBS

Writer, printer, newspaper publisher, humorist, pundit, educator, scientist, inventor, postmaster, politician, diplomat, abolitionist, patriot. The list of Benjamin Franklin’s accomplishments and aphorisms is long, storied and impossible to condense effectively in one short film, book or review. But Award-winning filmmaker … Continue reading

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Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin Debuts on PBS

“They will not break us.”–Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. If, like me, you’ve been anxious to find out more about the courageous Ukrainian president who, in just a few short weeks, has touched the hearts and minds of freedom lovers the … Continue reading

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Actress Evan Rachel Wood Outs Her Abuser in HBO’s Phoenix Rising

“What is this feeling?  It’s the feeling of being believed!”— actress Evan Rachel Wood. It’s clear that even as a young teen, actress Evan Rachel Wood had affinity for edgy dramas.  But, as it turns out, her film roles were … Continue reading

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Director Anna Lee Strachan Unzips the History of Jeans in Riveted on PBS

“You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?  Nothing!”–actress Brooke Shields. Ms. Shields’ seductive pose and vampish delivery in that controversial 1980 TV commercial shocked the nation.  She was only 15 at the time, but her fetching … Continue reading

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Octopus Is People Pleaser on PBS Nature and in Oscar-winning Documentary

“What would I find out if I invited an octopus into my home?” —Professor David Scheel, Alaska Pacific University. Dr. David Scheel asked himself that question after spending more than two decades studying rare octopus species in remote regions around … Continue reading

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Bows on HBO

“We don’t play down to kids.  We just have a very short audience.”—Joe Raposo, Sesame Street composer. There are few more pleasurable strolls than the one kids take every day down Sesame Street.  Since its debut on public TV on … Continue reading

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My Life as a Turkey Makes Timely Return to PBS Nature

“I realized that this was going to be a very personal, emotional ride for me, and not just a science experiment.”—Joe Hutto, wildlife artist & naturalist. What better way to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday than with a film about … Continue reading

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My Garden of a Thousand Bees Makes Buzzworthy Debut on PBS Nature

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”–renowned landscape architect Elizabeth Lawrence. As a kid, family gardens were my playground. What happy memories my cousins, friends and I forged among those beautiful flowers and that tasty vegetation. But … Continue reading

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