Monday Montage

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

Meet a generation of young people in China who have come of age online, where virtual relationships are replacing real-life connections. Tune in as INDEPENDENT LENS examines the PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael (Lady Mary and Lady Edith, respectively) were reunited during London Fashion Week. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Longtime viewers of public television know the name of Bill Moyers. For decades, Bill Moyers brought thoughtful, insightful, meaningful programming to the airwaves. A quick look at our programming database shows 29 series or specials with Bill Moyers in the title (and I’m sure there are plenty of others he hosted or presented which did not bear his name).

Among the archive I discovered some time back, there was a folder of Bill Moyers publicity photos used to promote his many series. Here are a few showcasing some of the veteran journalist’s shows.MOYERS5 Continue reading

Up Front

I received this email from the folks at FRONTLINE and wanted to pass it along in full. (You can sign up to receive messages like this from PBS’ premier documentary series at the FRONTLINE website.) The program has won numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and continues to be a model for investigative journalism but this new accolade just seems particularly noteworthy.

Dear FRONTLINE Community,

I’m writing to share some good news with you. 

Today, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced that FRONTLINE has received its highest honor, the Gold Baton — an award that hasn’t been given in a decade. In a recognition of our work across multiple platforms, the duPonts’ citation praised us for a year of varied reporting and for being a “a standard-bearer and innovator.” Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Another pic from the archives this week – one from a time before even I roamed the halls of UNC-TV (in fact, before these halls even existed or UNC-TV was, in name, UNC-TV is my guess). The publicity still below shows veteran journalist Edward Newman (1919-2010) as host of the program ON TELEVISION: THE VIOLENCE FACTOR. When this show aired, I cannot say because I can find no sign of it. Our current programming database doesn’t go back that far and imdb.com has no credit for Newman with that title.

newman1I thought the show might have been broadcast in 1984 since that year had a September 28 which fell on a Friday but our monthly programming guide Centerpiece doesn’t have the show listed on that date. Moreover, I note that although the description lists the title as ON TELEVISION: THE VIOLENCE FACTOR the picture itself has THE NIMH REPORT: THE BIG DEBATE in the monitor. There is no show of that name either, as far as I can tell.

So no telling when or where or even if this program saw the light of day (although my guess is it did somewhere in the 1980s) but it was, at the very least, publicized to some extent.

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