A Batch Of Cumber

If you watched Benedict Cumberbatch in the recent MASTERPIECE presentation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time, you may not have realized that it wasn’t Cumberbatch’s first time bringing McEwan’s work to life. Hear the actor talk about time, trauma and the “cinematic” qualities of McEwan’s novels on the MASTERPIECE STUDIO PODCAST.

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Happy Little Podcast

One of the most recognizable programs PBS has ever broadcasted is The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross. Although the man known for his “happy little trees” passed away in 1995, his how-to show continues in reruns and his gentle style of artistic instruction has reached the type of pop culture saturation normally reserved for reality TV stars and failed politicians.

And now PBS is bringing Bob Ross to a new generation with the Bob Ross Podcast!

Starting today, April 1st, PBS will be presenting all 403 episodes of the classic series The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross as a podcast (one episode per week) to enchant an all-new audience of millennials. Each podcast is taken from the master tapes of the original series and presented exactly as shown on PBS. Plus, all the audio has been digitally remastered to enhance every brush struck.

The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross Podcast: Hear what you been seeing all these years!

Hail To The Chief!

It’s Presidents’ Day here in the US. So in celebration of the highest office in the land you might want to head to the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website and relive their Peabody Award-winning Presidents Collection. But do it soon because the Presidents are bidding adieu at the end of the month.

Check out the series’ extensive presidential biographies and peruse additional features, including interviews, articles, image galleries and more. Plus – enter The Presidents Collection Giveaway (five lucky winners will receive The Presidents 17-disc DVD set, copies of our two most-recent presidential bios JFK and Murder of a President, and a Presidents Series Bobblehead).

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has long been delivering exceptional historical documentaries and their Presidents Collection is a highlight. Enjoy the best of the best before term limits expire.

The Vietnam War: Watch & Listen

As Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War wraps up tonight, rest assured we will rebroadcast the series in its entirety beginning Tuesday night on UNC-TV and next Thursday on the North Carolina Channel. So if you missed any episode, you’ll easily be able to catch up. Much like The Civil War and all of Burns’ works, The Vietnam War will become, I’m sure, a perennial presence on the services of North Carolina Public Media.

Also, if you’re enjoying watching the epic mini-series you might want to check out some audio mentions as well. On September 23, NPR’s Fresh Air had an interview with the Burns & Novick. Yesterday,  NPR’s Here and Now did the same. The duo talks about the project and the secrets of storytelling in the digital age on a Forbes podcast. And Lulu Garcia-Navarro discusses the 10-part series with the two producers on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.