What Gives?

It’s Giving Tuesday today – a fact of which you’re no doubt well aware if you spend even a millisecond on social media. If you’re kindly thinking of others today, please consider UNC-TV as well. Much thanks.


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.

Vietnam War Lookout

Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War is just two days away!

TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the 10-part documentary series on last night’s Fresh Air, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. You can hear his assessment at the Fresh Air website.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Dispatches From The Front Line

Frontline is going video-less. More accurately, PBS’ long-running and award-winning documentary series is launching a podcast called The FRONTLINE Dispatch.

The first episode is out and is titled “Child Marriage in America.” Here’s what Frontline executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath had to say about it:

It’s a story that’s ideal for audio and may surprise you. It’s about child marriage — not in faraway places, but in the United States. It turns out, more than 200,000 children under the age of 18 were legally married here between 2000 and 2015.

Our reporter Anjali Tsui, an Abrams Journalism Fellow through the Frontline/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships, and producer Sophie McKibben spent the last year investigating child marriage in America. At the center of their story is a young woman named Heather, who got pregnant at 14 and considers marrying her 24-year-old boyfriend, who is accused of statutory rape.

Intrigued? You’d be hard pressed not to be. Check out called The FRONTLINE Dispatch – an investigative new podcast.

Morse Code

Endeavour is back for season four on Masterpiece. So if you’re in for all the mystery Oxford can dispense then you may want to check out the MASTERPIECE Studio Podcast.

This week, meet Endeavour lead series writer Russell Lewis, a bloke who wakes up every morning wondering “Who am I going to kill today?” (a detriment in most careers). Lewis talks about the new season and tells us what to watch for in the coming weeks.

Warning: spoilers ahead – but it’s well worth the risk.

Ruff And Ready

Good news for fans of Ruff Ruffman – the star of the fan-favorite PBS Kids series will be returning this fall in The Ruff Ruffman Show, an all-new short-form animated digital series.

Along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, the canine host extraordinaire will answer questions from real kids, take on challenges and learn the value of perseverance – all while modeling science inquiry skills.

The 20-episode series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities and will be available on PBS Kids digital platforms on September 20.