Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

“Step right up and spin the wheel!”

Got this shot of the North Carolina Bookwatch prize wheel sitting in our Community Engagement department. I’ve never seen the wheel in action but I assume it’s one of the many items of interest when UNC-TV is out and about at festivals and fairs and gatherings of all sizes across the state. What are the prizes? Who knows … it’s a mystery to me. But does it really matter? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy spinning a prize wheel?

[Note: I accidentally erased some photos and this one was lost. I’ll trying to replace it as soon as I can.]

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I noticed this bundle of fun located on a co-worker’s desk. It’s a clear backpack stuffed full of PBS Kids goodness. I did some digging and found out that the pack was to be given away as a prize to one of the attendees to the 2017 National Smart Start Conference in Greensboro.

[Note: I accidentally erased some photos and this one was lost. I’ll trying to replace it as soon as I can.]

The backpack includes a bevy of goods culled from the Community Engagement department (those folks have the coolest toys!). Among the items inside are: Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Frontline examines the partisanship that’s gridlocked Washington on a special two-night, four-hour event. Don’t miss Divided States of America – Tuesday and Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Doctor Who‘s Christopher Eccleston will tackle one of the oldest roles in drama – Oedipus. The former Time lord will portray the Athenian king in a new radio adaptation of the Sophocles classic to broadcast next month on BBC Radio 3.

The southern documentary series Reel South continues with a tale of two unforgettable women – a pro-coal right-winger and an environmentalist grandmother. Tune in for Chad Stevens “Overburden” – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

A PBS Kids favorite comes to life as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood hits Durham. Put on your red sweater and join the fun-filled musical adventure – Saturday at the DPAC.

Allegiances blur and loyalties shift as the war between the states pushes the drama beyond the hospital. Season two of Mercy Street premieres Sunday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

And if you’re a fan of Monty Python, you may get a kick out of Eric Idle singing the theme to the Britcom One Foot In The Grave. Check out the official music video featuring OFITG star Richard Wilson. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

With the passing of Fidel Castro, it seems a good time to re-familiarize yourself with the little island off the southern tip of Florida. Tune into the Explorer Channel Tuesday night at 8 for Cuba: A Lifetime Of Passion and examine the present-day reality of the Cuban Revolution and its uncertain post-Castro future. Then stay tuned for the two-part Cuba’s Secret Side at 9. That’s all happening Tuesday night on UNC-EX.

It would seem that Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson spent Turkey Day together. Now that’s a Thanksgiving I’d like to have been invited to – I think my IQ would have gone up a few points just by osmosis!

The Last Waltz is considered one of the foremost concert films. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the documentary chronicles the farewell performance of rock group The Band (replete with guest stars). Tune in Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV for this musical tour de force.

Good news for fans of PBS Kids’ preeminent Panthera: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is coming to your neighborhood! Check out the tour dates for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live (note: the production hits Durham and Charlotte in January 2017).

The holiday season is here and you’d be hard press not to see holiday specials of every variety of all our services over the next few weeks. For instance. Saturday night at 7, Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal hosts an evening of festive music from Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Tune in to the North Carolina Channel for Eamonn McCrystal: The Music Of Christmas.

And if you want to be more like Sherlock, here’s an article on how to use his famous “mind palace” trick. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

American Experience presents the harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival during the first major military clash of the Cold War. Don’t miss The Battle of Chosin – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Spice up your All Hallow’s Eve party with Five Scary ideas For Halloween Food.

Congratulations to the star of Sherlock! Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their second child.

The PBS Arts Festival continues with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Friday night at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Great news for fans of the unusual – the Odd Squad is in town! Catch the Odd Squad Live – Saturday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Sunday afternoons on The Explorer Channel now belong to the British drama and mystery. Beginning Sunday, November 6, tune in for A Place To Call Home, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rosemary & Thyme and Father Brown. It all starts Sunday at 1 on UNC-EX.

Lastly, I’m a bit miffed that this Daniel Striped Tiger costume does not come in adult sizes. Oh well. Continue reading

PBS KIDS ROCKS!

The season of long summer car rides with the family may be over but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stock up for the next over the river and through the woods trip to grandmother’s house. I’m talking tunes! Parents may not appreciate the offspring’s taste in music and vice versa but that was before PBS KIDS released PBS KIDS ROCKS! – an album of kid-targeted tunes designed to enrich and entertain. Grammy-winning recording artists like They Might Be Giants, Los Lobos and Old Crow Medicine Show are on board for 28 songs that help kids explore topics related to literacy, STEM and social-emotional learning (bilingual tunes a bonus).

PBS KIDS will feature the songs as music videos on-air and on digital platforms. Videos set to clips from PBS KIDS’ series, including videos featuring original animation from PBS Kids programs, will air on PBS KIDS, and will also be available on PBSKIDS.org, the PBS KIDS Video App and the PBS KIDS YouTube Channel.

Also available is PBS KIDS: Music for the Holidays, featuring festive tunes from Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and more.

PBS KIDS ROCKS! and PBS KIDS: Music for the Holidays are available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. Proceeds from the albums support PBS KIDS educational programming.

Wow. A good cause, great music and a fun way to pass the time on those long family outings. PBS KIDS does indeed ROCK!