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Marian Anderson’s Civil Rights Legacy Shapes Voice of Freedom on PBS

“She can sing from the top of the Washington Monument if she wants to.”–President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Quite remarkably, in 1939, President Rosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt raised their voices in support of singer Marian Anderson, repudiating the Daughters … Continue reading

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The Long Song Sings Slavery’s Truth on PBS

“If only my tale were so simple.” I will never forget how I felt in the days following ABC-TV’s 1977 broadcast of Roots, the dramatic miniseries adaptation of Alex Haley’s controversial novel.  Shock and shame come quickly to mind. As … Continue reading

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PBS Delves Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie

“She saw blood, she saw gore, she saw death, and she wasn’t afraid to use it.” I confess… I haven’t cracked open an Agatha Christie novel in decades.  Although I never miss film or TV adaptations of her work, especially … Continue reading

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The Double Life of Pioneer Codebreaker Exposed on PBS

“If we missed her, who else are we missing.” She had big dreams. But as a young Midwestern woman growing up during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th, she needed more than … Continue reading

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Glenda Jackson Illuminates Elizabeth Is Missing on PBS Masterpiece

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”— Maya Angelou. We take our memory for granted… until we start to lose pieces of … Continue reading

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Freedom Summer Tackles Timely Voter and Civil Rights

“Did you see the way our people, you know, they were protecting his bus yesterday, because they’re nice. They had hundreds of cars…You see Trump and the American flag.” –President Donald J. Trump. Excuse me?  Nearly 100 trucks festooned with … Continue reading

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Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip Makes Timely Debut on PBS

“I remain your New York corespondent Walter Winchell, who can sit at his window and review those passing below.  He sees everyone he likes… or doesn’t. He can either drop a flower… or a flower pot.”–Walter Winchell.  If names like … Continue reading

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde Takes Center Stage on PBS

“When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.”–Mae West. Mae West lived to be 87 or 88… her birth year seems to be a matter of debate.  For at least 80 of those years, she gave … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies and Butterflies Soars Again on PBS Nature

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”–Hans Christian Andersen. When was the last time you came face to face with an actual butterfly? I’m an avid gardener; and as the … Continue reading

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Remarkable Rabbits Are Hopping on PBS Nature

“I’m just a little wabbit!”—Bugs Bunny. Bugs and his fictional peeps–Peter Cottontail, White Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, and the Easter bunny–are consummate people-pleasers. Who better to spend time with while we’re sidelined or sickened by the global pandemic than these celebrated, … Continue reading

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