Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.

It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.

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Monday Montage

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

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. NOVA discovers the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster. Tune in Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV for Poisoned Water.

Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman and Last Tango In Halifax‘s Sarah Lancashire team up for Labour Of Love, a political play to be staged in London’s West End.

Celebrate the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media as Rashida Jones hosts The 76th Annual Peabody Awards – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Like A Good Neighbor

If you’re a fan of Fred Rogers (and if you’re not, what on Earth is wrong with you?!) you’ll be pleased to know that an amazing bit of public broadcasting history is being presented online.

Amazon-owned video service Twitch is currently hosting a free, 18-day marathon of every episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. (The event started yesterday – sorry for the late notice but there’s still time to catch most of it.)

That’s right – all 886 episodes of the venerable kids show and public broadcasting staple. That’s every Speedy Delivery, every trip to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and every moment of unconditional love. The live-streaming block will feature many episodes that have only aired once and also encourage donations to your local PBS station.

Check out the memories at https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers and relive the entirety of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Monday Montage

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

The holiday season continues with specials galore. Tuesday night at 9, tune into our North Carolina Channel for Holidays at Murray State – a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

If there’s anyone deserving of a statue it’s Fred Rogers. The late Mr. Rogers was honored with the bronze likeness in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The statue of Rogers, clad in trademark sweater and tennis shoes, was unveiled in a public ceremony earlier in the month.

Thursday night, the Raleigh Ringers bring a delightful reverence to the holiday season with a UNC-TV favorite. Don’t miss Raleigh Ringers: One Winter Evening at Meymandi – Thursday at 10 on UNC-TV.

Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week to talk of his various roles and – amusing or unfortunately (depending on your view) – racy fan art.

Friday night, Live From Lincoln Center is building a bridge between cultures and artistry. Join award-winning, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell for Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba. Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

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