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PBS NewsHour Gets $1.7 Million Grant To Beef Up Arts Coverage

The gift from the Knight Foundation will be used to expand NewsHour‘s Canvas program online and over the air. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Media, Pbs, Knight Foundation, 05.22.19


Knight Foundation Gives $1.7 Million to PBS

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has given a $1.7 million gift to PBS, Art News reports. “This initiative raises the visibility of artists working across the U.S., north to south and east to west, in cities large and small,”says Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts. “Through its iconic national programming […]
Tags: Art, News, Pbs, Art News, Minipost, James L Knight Foundation, Knight Foundation Gives, PBS Art News, Victoria Rogers the Knight Foundation


‘Arthur’ creator issues fiery response to critics of the gay wedding episode

"Why shouldn’t their teacher marry another man?" Marc Brown says. "We all know people who are gay."
Tags: Entertainment, Lifestyle, Alabama, Pbs, Gay Wedding, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Arthur, In Quotes, Marc Brown


The Last Doll Lady, a 93-year-old anti-racism advocate, honored in new film about her 60-year crusade

LAGUNA WOODS — In the early 1950s, a representative of the Anti-Defamation League entered Selma Bukstein’s small hometown in Missouri armed with a briefcase full of dolls, single-handedly solidifying her life’s mission for the next 60 years — to fight prejudice. As part of the program “Dolls for Democracy,” Bukstein visited local grade schools, using seven figurines that shared the likeness to such historical humanitarians as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Helen Keller in order to s...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Selma, Missouri, Lausd, Barbie, Pbs, Local News, Ku Klux Klan, Anti Defamation League, Laguna, Helen Keller, Hough, Austin Beutner


Alabama public television won't air Arthur episode featuring gay wedding

The first episode of the 22nd season of the children's animated show Arthur, titled "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," premiered last week but Alabama Public Television has refused to air it. Why? Because third grade teacher Mr. Ratburn's special someone is a chocolate maker named Patrick and the two are seen walking down the aisle. In 2005, Arthur spin-off show Postcards from Buster showed a lesbian couple which infuriated then-Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.) From CN...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Alabama, Cnn, Animation, Equality, Cartoons, Lgbtq, Pbs, Homophobia, Department Of Education, Patrick, Arthur, McKenzie, Buster


GLAAD Slams Alabama Public TV for Nixing ‘Arthur’ Same-Sex Marriage Episode

GLAAD has criticized Alabama Public Television’s decision to not air a recent episode of children’s animated program “Arthur” that features same-sex marriage, calling the move “mean-spirited.” In the Season 22 premiere, which aired May 13, Arthur’s third-grade teacher Mr. Ratburn gets married to chocolate-store owner (and aardvark) Patrick. Alabama Public Television Director of Programming & […]
Tags: News, Pbs, Arthur, GLAAD, Alabama Public Television, Ratburn, GLAAD Slams Alabama Public TV for Nixing ` Arthur


Twitter responds accordingly to Alabama’s freakout over gay cartoon rat wedding scandal

"The real reason the Arthur gay wedding isn’t good representation is the only people who seem to be gay at the wedding are the grooms."
Tags: Twitter, Same Sex Marriage, Life, Lifestyle, Alabama, Wedding, Pbs, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Arthur


Alabama bans episode of children’s cartoon ‘Arthur’ for featuring gay wedding

Public broadcasting refused to air the episode in the state fearing parental backlash.
Tags: Feature, Television, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Alabama, Pbs, Ad Friendly, Arthur


Why wine drinkers will appreciate a rare behind-the-scenes look in the PBS Documentary ‘Harvest Season’

Napa Valley cabernet swirling into a glass at a black tie party is downright glamorous. But PBS Documentary “Harvest Season” chronicles one vintage in the life of two industry stars who pride themselves on getting their hands dirty. It’s a fairly quiet film but its power lies in its unflinching eye on a world rarely seen. The story unfolds against the backdrop of  the conditions of the migrant workers and the brutal elements of nature that vintners, growers and pickers battle each day. The seaso...
Tags: TV, California, Mexico, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Davis, Wine, Pbs, Napa Valley, Vanessa, Ruiz, Napa Sonoma, Bernardo Ruiz, Robledo, Top Stories LADN


Boycott Trump’s Fourth

Re: “Trump will star in Fourth of July festivities”: I hope everyone will choose to spend the Fourth of July this year in their own hometown or anywhere else except Washington, D.C. My husband and I look forward to watching the PBS broadcast of the “Capital Fourth” every year. We will not be watching any […]
Tags: News, Opinion, Washington, Pbs, Trump, Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices, Boycott Trump


National Geographic Takes International Rights to ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis’ Documentary From U.K.’s Drive

National Geographic has acquired international rights to a documentary about the fate and discovery of the U.S.S. Indianapolis from U.K. independent Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency announced Friday. The hour-long special “U.S.S. Indianapolis: The Final Chapter” was bought for broadcast via National Geographic’s channels worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The documentary, which aired […]
Tags: News, Global, Indianapolis, Canada, Drive, Pbs, National Geographic, U S S Indianapolis


Kelsey Grammer stands up for Trump, calls politicians 'the same bunch of clowns'

Grammer defended the commander-in-chief on Wednesday in an interview with Christiane Amanpour on PBS.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Pbs, Usa Today, Kelsey Grammer, Trump, Christiane Amanpour, Grammer


Seb Gorka Has A Beef With A Cartoon Character’s Wedding

Former White House official Seb Gorka, predictably, spent some of his radio show airtime Tuesday complaining about the wedding of two cartoon characters on the PBS show “Arthur.” Arthur’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn, married a man (or, more accurately, an anthropomorphized animal of some kind) on the most recent episode. “Did you have any questions about there being a culture war, ladies and gentlemen?” Gorka asked. “Did you have any doubt in your mind? This is a war for our culture.” Gorka said tha...
Tags: News, Gay Marriage, White House, Pbs, Arthur, Mediaite, Gorka, Arthur Arthur, Seb Gorka, Kate Riga, Ratburn


Preparing for a future of drone-filled skies

Ed Cluss Contributor Ed Cluss is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. The last few months have seen an escalating series of incidents in which the harmful elements of drones have loomed large in the public eye. In April, rumors of a coup in Saudi Arabia flared after a recreational drone was shot down when flying into an unauthorized zone in the capital. August saw a drone attack on the president of Venezuela. In late December, 10,000 flights carrying 140,000 pas...
Tags: Google, Column, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Drones, United Kingdom, Heathrow, Gatwick, Dubai, Venezuela, Goldman Sachs, Pbs, Dublin, Faa, Gatwick Airport, Federal Aviation Authority FAA


'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and got married in the season premiere and Twitter loved it

The "Arthur" premiere gave us all the feelings -- not just because the PBS animated series is back for its 22nd season, but because Mr. Ratburn finally got the happy ending he deserves.
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'Arthur' character came out as gay and got married, and Twitter loved it

The "Arthur" premiere gave us all the feelings -- not just because the PBS animated series is back for its 22nd season, but because Mr. Ratburn finally got the happy ending he deserves.
Tags: News, Stories, Pbs, Arthur, Ratburn


‘Arthur’ Character Comes Out as Gay and Gets Married in Season 22 Premiere

Mr. Ratburn from “Arthur” had a same sex marriage in the show’s 22nd season premiere Monday — and Twitter is sharing the love. For fans of the show, it’s no secret that the third grade teacher loves cake, which now comes adorably full circle as Mr. Ratburn shares wedding cake with his new aardvark husband […]
Tags: News, Lgbt, Pbs, Arthur


Sharon Calhoun on Raising Outdoor Kids

The Calhoun girls pose for a photo atop Stone Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Raising outdoor kids is no easy feat in the age of iPads, Paw Patrol, Baby Shark, and streaming services. Sharon Calhoun is a Georgia mom doing just that. She and her husband Telvis are co-parenting two little girls, aged six and nine-years-old. She’s been intentional about cultivating a love of the outdoors in her family. We interviewed her recently to see how she has managed to successfully raise tw...
Tags: Florida, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, United States, Cycling, Pbs, Jim Crow, Coast Guard, Canton, Calhoun, Creek, Sharon, Kennesaw, Cherokee


CBS, “The Young and the Restless” Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners

The 46th annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Friday recognized the top achievements in daytime television. CBS took home 12 awards, the most of any network, with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and PBS right behind at 10 awards each. With five nods, the Eye’s “The Young and the Restless” soap was the program with […]
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Variety Wins Daytime Creative Arts Emmy For ‘Actors on Actors’ Series

Variety took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award on Friday for its “Actors on Actors” series. “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is a production with PBS SoCal that features two actors discussing their craft and thoughts on Hollywood. The winning season includes interviews with actors promoting their television projects including: Bill Hader (“Barry”) with Jason […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Pbs, Jason, Bill Hader, Variety, Daytime Emmys, Actors on Actors, Creative Art Emmys


How true-crime pioneer Joe Berlinger ended up making 2 movies about Ted Bundy for Netflix, including his first narrative movie in almost 20 years starring Zac Efron

Director Joe Berlinger talked to Business Insider about how he ended up having two movies about Ted Bundy on Netflix. The first is the documentary, "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," and the second is "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" — starring Zac Efron as Bundy — which is available on Netflix Friday. Berlinger is known best for the true-crime documentaries he's made over his career, including the "Paradise Lost" movies, which brought a spotlight to the wrongful ...
Tags: Hbo, New York City, Trends, Netflix, Caa, Zac Efron, Pbs, Alex Trebek, Liz Kendall, Bundy, United States of America, Efron, Florida State Prison, Robin Hood Hills, Lily Collins, Ted Bundy


Joe Berlinger has now made 2 movies about Ted Bundy for Netflix, but thinks the public's 'insatiable appetite for true crime' has been overstated

Director Joe Berlinger talked to Business Insider about how he ended up having two movies about Ted Bundy on Netflix. The first is the documentary, "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," and the second is "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" — starring Zac Efron as Bundy — which is available on Netflix Friday. Berlinger is known best for the true-crime documentaries he's made over his career, including the "Paradise Lost" movies, which brought a spotlight to the wrongful ...
Tags: Hbo, New York City, Trends, Netflix, Caa, Zac Efron, Pbs, Liz Kendall, Bundy, United States of America, Efron, Florida State Prison, Robin Hood Hills, Lily Collins, Ted Bundy, Whitey


Trump's Fed Reserve nominee squirms on video while trying to defend his racist and misogynist statements

Stephen Moore, the gold bug economics writer nominated by Trump for the board of the Federal Reserve, has a history of making racist and misogynist statements. For example, in 2000 he told C-Span: “It’s not a good thing that black women are making more than black men today. In fact, the male needs to be the breadwinner of the family, and one of the reasons I think you’ve seen the decline of the family, not just in the black community, but also it’s happening now in the white community as well, i...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Obama, White House, New York Times, Pbs, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump, Trump, Moore, Stephen Moore, Margaret Hoover, Public Housing, Cringey, Trump s Fed Reserve


TV News Roundup: Paramount Greenlights Ron Howard’s ’68 Whiskey’ Dark Comedy

In today’s roundup, Paramount greenlights “68 Whiskey” from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and PBS announces the dates for the documentary series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1969.  GREENLIGHTS Paramount Network ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “68 Whiskey,” a new scripted comedic drama series from Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. The dark comedy follows a […]
Tags: News, Pbs, Paramount, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Paley Center for Media, CBS Television Studios, Paramount Network, Imagine Television Studios, The Disappearance


TV News Roundup: PBS Announces Summer of 1969 Documentary Series Schedule

In today’s roundup, PBS announces the dates for the documentary series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1969.  DATES PBS has announced the schedule of a series of documentaries celebrating cultural and technological milestones of the summer of 1969; including Woodstock, the moon landing, and the Stonewall riots. Here is a list of […]
Tags: News, Pbs, Woodstock, Paley Center for Media, The Disappearance




"Why are adults going to so many superhero movies? How could they possibly hold your interest? I’m genuinely mystified by this aspect of our culture."

I wrote, in last night's café. I got some answers:1. "Do you read Homer? 'Cause, maybe it ain't Shakespeare, but it *is* Homer" (Unknown).2. "It's a mythos of sorts, if we wanted to get all sophisticated Joseph Campbell and the hero's journey, what makes a hero — are they born or just rise to the occasion?" (narciso, with typos corrected).3. "Ann, the reason is people are more [unintelligent] than they were in times past" (wild chicken, with rude term censored).4. "Dreams of our youth. The milit...
Tags: Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Law, France, America, Mythology, Jesus, Pbs, Thor, Les Miserables, Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Unknown, Don, Jekyll


Joe Lamp’l Launches Beginning Gardening Course Online

As a proselytizer for gardening, I’m always on the look-out for people who teach it well, and new ways they’re reaching potential students – especially ways that help pay their mortgage. (Because as we all know, paying gigs for garden communicators are drying up, as newspapers close, etc.) So when I noticed that Joe Lamp’l was adding paid online courses to his many educational offerings, I decided to check into it. After all, he’s been teaching millions of people for over 15 years through televi...
Tags: Gardening, Pbs, Joe, Facebook Group, Corona, Paul James, Unusually Clever People, Rachel Mathews, Watch Someone Else Do It, Joe Lamp, Joe Lamp'l, Karen Chapman, Beginning Gardening Fundamentals, Growing a Greener World, Organic Academy, Joe Gardener Facebook


Nancy Pelosi puts her foot down on impeachment

Back in 2014, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Food and Wine magazine that she eats dark chocolate ice cream for breakfast every day and has for years.  “I don’t see it as different from having a cup of coffee. … The flavors keep getting darker and darker, which I love. … Sugar cones are my thing,” she said. But now, many members of her Democratic Party want her to branch out and try that new Ben and Jerry’s mock-up flavor “ImPeachMint.” However, all signs indicate that Democrats shouldn’t count ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, Sport, Soccer, House, Bill Clinton, Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Pbs, Donald Trump, Trump, John Phillips, Democratic Party, Ben


PBS CEO: Ending Federal Funding Would Kill Rural Public Television Stations

Paula Kerger: Some in urban centers like New York and Washington, DC, might be able to get by with the money they get from other sources, including corporate underwriters and individual donations. But the threat is a more “existential” threat for stations in rural areas that “are not going to make it … unless there is some federal support.” – recode
Tags: Art, New York, Media, Washington Dc, Pbs, Paula Kerger, 04.15.19