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CPB Funding for Public Broadcasting

A 2016 Congressional Research Service report says CPB received $445 million from Congress to fund public broadcasting in most recent two year appropriation. Later in the report, it says "While federal funding for CPB primarily comes from the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Service and Education, it may receive other sources of funding from the federal government." [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Who were the scary people who taught me to speak French?

Long ago back when the world was young, Mater Octorok tried to get me to learn French by making me watch videotapes of French language kids' TV. There are three series I particularly remember. One was Téléfrancais, one was French In Action, and the third was...freaking weird. This is what I can recall about it... [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Name That TV Show: British/PBS 1980s edition!

Someone emailed my office trying to remember the names of two TV shows, possibly British, that aired on U.S. public TV in the 1980s. Can you and your wayback goggles help? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Jun 30, 2016 - 5 answers

World history telecourse from the 1970s? Later on PBS...

I took a telecourse on world history at a community college in the 1980s and I think I'd like to take it again but I forgot the instructor/lecturer's name. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jun 9, 2016 - 3 answers

What do you mean I already watched every NOVA show on Netflix?

I want to watch more nature and documentary shows, and the well at Netflix is running dry. Trying to figure out what combination of hardware/subscriptions to get that will give me the biggest number of good shows. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Jan 19, 2016 - 15 answers

1980s TV show.. ERASED from existence

There was a TV show, early 80s, probably on PBS. Short subject, less than 20 minutes, squeezed in between shows. It was all about Emerging Future Tech! Like microcomputers, art in tech, digital stuff. The host was Laurie Anderson. It has FALLEN off the FACE of the EARTH. [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Why does PBS show the same old music shows during fundraisers?

This is a cranky old lady question from a cranky old lady; whenever PBS has a fund drive, they take off the regular shows that I like and instead show old music specials or documentaries by Ken Burns they have already shown hundreds of times. I really do not want to see great hits of the 50s, Andrea Boccelli, or Simon and Garfunkle , and these substitutions make me less likely to contribute to the station, not more. Does showing these things again and again really get people to give money?
posted by mermayd on Sep 16, 2015 - 27 answers

Premiere date for Downton Abbey Season Six on ITV in UK?

In the U.S., PBS has announced it will show the new (and last) season of Downton Abbey starting January 3, 2016. I've tried searching, but I can't find the date when Downton Abbey season six will debut on ITV in the UK. I know that it will end on December 25, 2015 with a Christmas episode, but when this fall is it starting?
posted by Joleta on Aug 14, 2015 - 5 answers

I love you/you love me/Early 90s memory

Are young adults nostalgic for Barney and Friends? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 13, 2015 - 22 answers

Help identifying music-themed public TV show from the mid 90s

The show aired in the mid 1990's on PBS (Arizona's Public Broadcast Channel 8) It was an improvisational/rhythm TV show, largely a one-man show of rhythm and musical improvisation with objects at hand. [more inside]
posted by jarvitron on Aug 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Do Public Broadcasting Stations Keep ALL Public Comments

During fund drives, I'm always told the positive comments of listeners who support the mission of public broadcasting and the drives that pays for the public radio and TV stations to operate. But I recently heard a public radio volunteer say he thinks public TV gets up to 40% negative comments and public radio gets about 10% negative comments. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me misremember a stage production on TV.

Can you help me recall the name of a play on TV? I have a very distant memory of watching a stage production on TV, the premise of which was that it was behind the scenes of an actual stage production. (how meta, huh?) [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on Dec 10, 2014 - 3 answers

What was this show about pink eye from my childhood?

Sometime between 1980 and 1987 (or so), I saw a show that convinced me that pink eye was fatal. What was this show? [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I find my episode of Reading Rainbow?

Many, many years ago, when I was a wee pup, I was on an episode of Reading Rainbow. You know the short segments when they had kids present a sort of short, spoken book review of their favorite book? Well I presented Oliver Twist. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jun 9, 2014 - 10 answers

whenever there's trouble

Calling all junior detectives! Mr. Bloodhound isn't available, and I need your help. In the eighties, PBS ran a science show for kids called 3-2-1 Contact which often featured a terrific serialized mystery, The Bloodhound Gang. One of the capers guest-starred Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy. Can you help me figure out which one? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 28, 2014 - 7 answers

What was this old PBS show that's haunting me?

I think it's from the late 70s-early 80s. A woman, her fish/butterfly net, her little house/hut thing, and nature. I don't think I made it up... [more inside]
posted by umwhat on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Where can I gain access to Wayne Dyer's PBS specials?

I live in the UK and I am a fan of Wayne Dyer's work. I've read that he's done 10 PBS specials over the past 15 years. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Japanese document in "Sherlock"

At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Trying to find name of independent film about solo boat trip in Canada

Somewhere between 1997 and 2001 in Seattle, I saw a 1 or 2 hour independent film on TV at a friend's place. The subject was a man who wanted to row a small boat across a series of lakes and rivers somewhere in northern Canada. He traveled alone and filmed himself. I don't remember enough nor know enough about Canadian geography to say much more about the location. [more inside]
posted by kiblinger on Jul 4, 2013 - 2 answers

The women's movement and labor

I was watching the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America and I was struck by the section discussing some of the failures (or missed potential) of the women's movement from the labor perspective. What is the relationship between the women's movement and labor today, and what was the historical cause of the disconnect? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 21, 2013 - 8 answers

It's one of those things that you're always vaguely aware of, but never quite grok...

Explain broadcast television in Canada and the US to me like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 18, 2012 - 27 answers

PBS Cooking Show - Can't Remember Title

Trying to find an old cooking show but cannot remember the title. I believe it was on PBS. It was a very straightforward program. We would see a different chef/kitchen for each recipe, usually different restaurants around the USA. It was "hosted" only in voice by a woman with a strong Southern Accent. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Oct 15, 2012 - 3 answers

What is this music from PBS Masterpiece?

What is this music from the Ralph Lauren sponsorship ad on PBS's Masterpiece? (link) [more inside]
posted by fremen on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I record a digital (HD?) OTA broadcast with a MBP?

The last time I watched a TV broadcast, it had rabbit ears and I was 12. How do I record (ideally in HD) this week's PBS broadcasting of the Ring Cycle? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Learning geometry from television

Help me remember this old video series that used early computer/video animation to illustrate geometry/calculus concepts. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 answers

What was that awesome show about the history of physics in the late 80s?

There was a great series about the history of physics on PBS in the late 80s. It featured a combination of very clear explanations of each of the fundamental equations in physics throughout history presented by a very calm, level voiced (almost reverent) narrator and accompanied by fantastic very BBS Hitchhiker's Guide style animation. What was this show? And where can I find it now? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Apr 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Edutainment about computers

What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 10, 2012 - 13 answers

So little to go on

I have the vaguest of memories of a TV movie I may have seen around the mid-80s, possibly on public television. Could have been British, or at least set in the UK. It was somewhat creepy, at least it was to young me at the time. It was about a family wherein one of the boys had magic powers. My only real memory is a shot of this boy putting his hands into a kitchen counter as if the kitchen counter were soft clay or a portal to another dimension, drawing some material out of it, and making a little sculpture of an animal (lion?) Young me found that special effect surprisingly unnerving. I thought it might be a WonderWorks production but none of the titles seem to match. Ring any bells for anyone?
posted by doift on Oct 23, 2011 - 2 answers

What were the PBS donation gifts for Joe Bonamassa's concert aired Saturday?

PBS recently aired a brilliant movie of guitarist Joe Bonamassa performing live during their pledge drive, which is now over. What were the various gift packages they offered and their corresponding donation levels? [more inside]
posted by Thinkmontgolfier on Oct 13, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I obtain a copy of an old news program?

How do I obtain a copy of an ABC/PBS News Program? [more inside]
posted by decathexis on Oct 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me remember this PBS show from my childhood!

Help me remember the name of this PBS Kid's show from the 80s: There's a lady, she's being held captive by someone (a witch?), and she passes the time by reading stories that she literally cranks out of a story machine to children. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Jul 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Name that pre-McCarthy era Hollywood socialist-themed film!

Old Flick Filter: In the wee morning hours on weekends, Channel 13 and Channel 21 (the two PBS stations here in NYC) run classic films. One of these films, which I caught about three years ago, was a quite overtly socialist-themed flick about a group of out-of-work men and women, likely in the throes of the Great Depression, coming together and forming a farming collective and generally living communally right here in the soon-to-be exceedingly commie-paranoid USA. It had to be made sometime in the 1930's, pre-McCarthy/HUAC freakout. What was this film? Is it now in the public domain? Any other suggestions on pre-McCarthy American socialist-themed films I might delight in watching?
posted by involution on May 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I find the documentary "War and Peace in the Nuclear Age?"

Where can I find a copy of the 1989 PBS documentary, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age? At one time, I had a digital copy that appeared to be a VHS transfer. Unfortunately this was lost in a move and I've been unable to find a copy since. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 8, 2010 - 4 answers

And the kid drank the glass full of putrid liquid! For science!

What was this TV show? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Globe Trekker

Last night PBS aired an episode of Globe Trekker in which Megan McCormick visits Hong Kong and Taiwan (Ep #909). I'd like to know the original air date of the episode. Does anyone know where I can find it?
posted by Aanidaani on Jun 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Who Narrated "The Buddha" on PBS?

OK, I just watched "The Buddha" on PBS. The narration clearly was by a woman, yet everything I see on the web says Richard Gere was the narrator. The PBS site is down at the moment. Anyone know who that narrator was?
posted by justcorbly on Apr 7, 2010 - 9 answers

I can haz inspectorz Clauz?

Trying to remember a European produced sitcom/drama about a (maybe) a spy in World War II Germany. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Dec 30, 2009 - 7 answers

That drunk guy on TV that was on past my bedtime.

Identify this late 70's-early 80's British TV show starring a drunk guy! [more inside]
posted by chambers on Dec 17, 2009 - 6 answers

I'm not educated but I'm not slow.

I'd like to watch a good educational film about the development of early man. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Dec 15, 2009 - 9 answers

ISO local New York PBS documentary on Latinos who converted to Judaism after they found out that they were descended from conversos.

ISO local New York PBS documentary on Latinos who converted to Judaism after they found out that they were descended from conversos. [more inside]
posted by xetere on Aug 31, 2009 - 2 answers

Identifying a British TV series

Trying to identify a British television program about a doctor that used to be broadcast on PBS. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Aug 22, 2009 - 2 answers

The most credible voice in the world

Who is the guy who does the narration for the PBS Frontline series? I have always thought he has the most interesting and uniquely credible voice in the world. I know he is doing the Dos Equis commercials now, but has he done anything else? Any other presenters with voices I might like? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

We're opera mad in Camelot, we sing from the diaphragm a lot.

Trying to find an animated short film about opera that aired on PBS in [approximately] the late '90s. [more inside]
posted by alynnk on Jun 11, 2009 - 4 answers

What/where are the old episodes of "Doctors' Diaries"?

So in the next two weeks Nova, a science program on PBS, is airing the conclusion of a series that followed doctors from when they were medical students (1988) to today. I know that there was 2 previous episodes (1988 & 1998). Being a stressed out med student in the middle of midterms, it would be awesome if a bunch of classmates and I were to be able to watch all of the episodes (from 1988 to present) in a Nova marathon after exams. So... Does anyone in the hive mind know how I can get my hands on the first two parts of the series, or at least the titles of the old episodes?
posted by jytsai on Apr 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Name this TV program

I think it was PBS, a roundtable discussion about a hypothetical ticking timebomb and what each branch of society thought should be done. I believe there were 3 panels: law enforcement, attorneys, and politicians. I think the host was an African-American male. [more inside]
posted by tslugmo on Feb 23, 2009 - 4 answers

And the splashdown! Right at the final crescendo!

Help me track down a video of the moon landing set to Moonlight Sonata. A friend saw this on a PBS station, probably less than ten and more than four years ago. Inquires to my local PBS station got me nowhere, but I would love to track this down for him. Suggestions?
posted by aint broke on Dec 19, 2008 - 3 answers

stupid computers, always cutting things short

Question for those of you who have seen "Knee Deep": My recording cut out - how much did I miss? (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Nov 24, 2008 - 0 answers

But what did the Solvo do? Absolutely NOTHING!

Help me find some scrap of information about this unusual PBS commercial from the 1990s. It involved a magical crimson elixir, junior-varsity basketball, shampoo, and the post hoc fallacy. [more inside]
posted by decagon on Nov 21, 2008 - 6 answers

All Costs Considered

Streaming radio production cost: what is the cost to a local radio station for internet streaming of one program to one listener? Not just the cost of paying the royalty cost of a national program (like Prairie Home Companion}, but the local costs incurred by the station, e.g. servers, software, staff time devoted to webcasting. Bonus question: is it more or less expensive than the cost of downloading a single podcast to a single listener?
posted by bbranden1 on Apr 30, 2008 - 6 answers

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