Category Archives: TV

The Hole Truth about Woodpeckers on PBS Nature

“They are architects, engineers, and consummate woodworkers.” Woodpeckers don’t sing, but they have an unmistakable voice. They live on every continent except Antarctica and Australia and are surprisingly adaptive to extreme temperatures and climate change. Their lineage is ancient, their … Continue reading

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A Tree of Life Revisits the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting on HBO

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must–at that moment–become the center of the universe.”—Eli Wiesel. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel (1928-2016) would no doubt applaud filmmaker … Continue reading

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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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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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