Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Learn the story of the unlikely – and largely unknown – campaign to create a “better” American race. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE traces the rise of the EUGENICS CRUSADE – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

How sad is this – a crew member died in an accident on the set of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers film, You Are My Friend.

Travel through the colorful landscapes of New England to meet unforgettable wild characters and experience the best autumn has to offer. Catch the incredible three-night event AUTUMNWATCH NEW ENGLAND – beginning Wednesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. Continue reading

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Sounds Familiar

“The circus had arrived in America in the nation’s earliest days, small and insignificant. But as the country grew, the circus would evolve with it into a gargantuan, industrialized entertainment, appealing to both the humble and the illustrious. It would stitch into one nation a patchwork of disconnected communities, and dazzle not just Americans but the entire world.” – Narrator (Michael Murphy), THE CIRCUS on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America’s first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the rise and fall of THE CIRCUS – beginning tonight at 9 (and concluding Tuesday at 9) on UNC-TV.

The extremely versatile Alan Cumming (Masterpiece Mystery) is mounting a one-man show tackling anti-immigration sentiment in the US. Continue reading

Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading

And The Award Goes To…

It’s no secret that public broadcasting has some pretty high quality programming. And, quite often, the shows that you see on UNC-TV earn not only critical praise but actual bona fide awards from serious award sources! So if you’ll indulge me – here are a few recent accolades tossed in the direction of public television.

The James Beard Media Awards are given annually by the James Beard Foundation and are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The 2018 James Beard Media Awards were announced on Friday, April 27, and PBS and member station programs were awarded three Broadcast Media Awards in the following categories:.

Special (on TV or Web) – Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

Television Segment – PBS NewsHour

Outstanding Personality/Host – Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table Continue reading

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.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

POV presents a vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Tune in for Do Not Resist – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Sad news for fans of Square One TV. Emmy-winning actor and Square One regular Reg E. Cathey has passed away. He was 59.

Explore the story behind the mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center, which left 38 dead – a crime that launched the career of J. Edgar Hoover yet remains unsolved today. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE relives The Bombing of Wall Street – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Of course, Bill Nye has the coolest friends. Everyone’s favorite Science Guy watched last week’s SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket with none other than astronaut Buzz Aldrin! Continue reading