Category Archives: TV

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning Rebroadcast on PBS

As we nervously anticipate the Federal cuts in funding for women’s and low-income services, health care, the arts, public TV production and programming, I salute tonight’s timely PBS rebroadcast of Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.  This powerful documentary debuted on … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Debuts on PBS

I think it would be virtually impossible to make a lackluster film about writer, singer, dancer, actress, poet, director and social activist Maya Angelou. An electrifying presence in every medium she mastered, Dr. Angelou passed away in 2014. She was revered especially in … Continue reading

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Tower Debuts on PBS and Revisits Austin Massacre

“If I could see the top of the tower, then the sniper could see me,” says Ray Martinez, former Austin, Texas, patrolman, as he recalls the chain of events that thrust him into the line of fire during America’s first mass … Continue reading

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John Lewis Inspires Us to Get in the Way

“I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate President,” said Civil Rights icon and longtime U.S. Congressman John Lewis. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” After … Continue reading

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The Witness Takes the Stand on PBS

“I was 16 when my sister, Kitty, was murdered in New York City, ” says William Genovese in the gripping, feature-length documentary The Witness. “In an instant she was gone. No one understood me like Kitty.” Following its well-received theatrical release in … Continue reading

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By Sidney Lumet Launches New Season of American Masters

“I’m not directing the moral message, I’m directing that piece and those people, says esteemed film and TV director Sidney Lumet in American Masters: By Sidney Lumet. “If I do it well, the moral message will come through.” Lumet died in 2011; but, … Continue reading

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Lucy Mangles Her Movie Debut in I Love Lucy Christmas Special

Ho Ho Ho and Hollywood make for a merry holiday cocktail on CBS tonight, thanks to the genius of Lucille Ball and her alter ego, Lucy Ricardo. While I’d be hard-pressed to single out one favorite I Love Lucy episode of all time, … Continue reading

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