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.
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.
I 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.
“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
Last week, FRONTLINE pre-empted its regular schedule to re-broadcast its show on John McCain in honor of the late Senator. Last minute program substitutions like this are rare but they do occur in special circumstances like this. As such, it’s difficult to promote a schedule change of this immediacy. So, if you missed the timely broadcast of McCAIN, you can watch the program online at the FRONTLINE web site. ICYMI, as it were.
“Somebody apparently once went up to the great philosopher Wittgenstein and said what a lot of morons people back in the Middle Ages must have been to have looked every morning at what’s going on behind me now (the dawn) and to have thought that what they were seeing was the sun going round the Earth, whereas every school kid knows the Earth goes round the sun … doesn’t take too many brains to understand that. To which Wittgenstein replied, ‘Yeah, but I wonder what it would have looked like if the sun had been going round the Earth.’” – James Burke, THE DAY THE UNIVERSE CHANGED