Category Archives: TV

Transgender Teen Speaks Out as a Real Boy on PBS

“I am literally a boy with the wrong body parts,” remarks 19-year-old Bennett in the hour-long documentary, Real Boy. Feeling comfortable in one’s skin is never easy, especially during adolescence. But for someone like Bennett aka Ben aka Rachael, the roadblocks … Continue reading

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If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Debuts on HBO

Ninety-five-year-old comedy legend Carl Reiner has a lot more shtick to share before he calls it quits. “Every morning before having breakfast,” he says, “I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section and see if I’m listed. If not, … Continue reading

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Endangered Wildlife Makes a Comeback in Viva Puerto Rico

“It’s not a job…you do it with passion because it’s important to do.” That mantra drives Jafet Vélez-Valentín, Carlos Diez and Dr. Antonio (“Tony”) Mignucci, three conservationists who dedicate their lives to ensuring the survival of endangered wildlife in Puerto Rico. Their work … Continue reading

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School Shooting in Newtown Recalled on Independent Lens

“Of the 26 dead, most are children,” reported NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt to a nation stunned by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Six educators and 20 six- and seven-year-old … Continue reading

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Yosemite and Climate Change Converge on PBS Nature

“Yosemite is natural beauty on a grand scale.” That statement is hard to dispute if you’ve ever visited the National Parks (Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite) in the Sierra Nevada mountains stretching some 400 miles through eastern California into Nevada.  In Yosemite, a … Continue reading

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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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