The Vietnam War: Watch & Listen

As Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War wraps up tonight, rest assured we will rebroadcast the series in its entirety beginning Tuesday night on UNC-TV and next Thursday on the North Carolina Channel. So if you missed any episode, you’ll easily be able to catch up. Much like The Civil War and all of Burns’ works, The Vietnam War will become, I’m sure, a perennial presence on the services of North Carolina Public Media.

Also, if you’re enjoying watching the epic mini-series you might want to check out some audio mentions as well. On September 23, NPR’s Fresh Air had an interview with the Burns & Novick. Yesterday,  NPR’s Here and Now did the same. The duo talks about the project and the secrets of storytelling in the digital age on a Forbes podcast. And Lulu Garcia-Navarro discusses the 10-part series with the two producers on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

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Monday Montage

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

Now that Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War has debuted, UNC-TV is presenting a variety of programs designed to highlight facets of the country, the war and veterans’ concerns. Tune in tonight at 11 for an impromptu non-scripted motorcycle adventure from Saigon to Hanoi on Motorbiking Vietnam. Friday night, we’re presenting three shows about veterans beginning at 9pm – North Carolina Stories of Service: Porter Halyburton, Discussions of War: Jacksonville and On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.

Monty Python’s John Cleese talks about comedy, death, political correctness and more in an interview with language that is most definitely NSFW.

Join former employees, family members and historians as they chronicle our state’s once great airline. Don’t miss Speedbird: The History of Piedmont Airlines – Thursday at 9 on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Vietnam War Lookout

Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War is just two days away!

TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the 10-part documentary series on last night’s Fresh Air, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. You can hear his assessment at the Fresh Air website.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Monday Montage

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

Hear the little-known story of the only US bank prosecuted after the financial crisis. Frontline presents Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Tuesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest cinematic offering recently debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s new film, The Current War. Continue reading

Vietnam War Lookout

As UNC-TV gears up for Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War, I’ll be passing along anything of interest connected with the documentary mini-series – press tours, screenings, gatherings, articles, etc.

Here’s a link to a fantastic Winston-Salem Journal article about a Veterans Breakfast held earlier this week at Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina. Clips from The Vietnam War were screened at the event.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Monday Montage

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

London is home to more billionaires than any other city on the planet and they require sustenance to survive. Meet the food purveyors who cater to the nouveau riche on the delightful British mini-series World’s Most Expensive Food – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (The Hollow Crown) is tackling Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a RADA production directed by Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) and first-night reactions were as impressive as you’d expect with that pedigree. Continue reading

My Top Five: Celebrity Encounters

As you might imagine, working at a TV station like UNC-TV allows a person to meet any number of celebrities, big and small. Some have appeared as guests on original programming we produce, others have assisted with on-air fund drives to promote their own shows. Some have stopped by to take part in events and others were just passing through. Regardless of how they got here, an encounter with someone whose name recognition far exceeds my own can range from run-of-the-mill to downright thrilling.

So I thought I’d put together My Top Five Public Television Celebrity Encounters. These only include folks I met in person – someone I talked with face to face, rather than just stood with in the same room (otherwise Julia Child and Bill Nye would be on the list). Also, the list does not include people with public broadcasting connections whom I met outside of work at, say, a Doctor Who convention (Elisabeth Sladen and Jon Pertwee, for example). And I obviously do not include celebrities that stopped by UNC-TV if I did not meet them in person (oh so close, James Taylor and Nathan Lane!).

Regardless, it’s a fun list. All these lovely people I did get to say hello to at least once. So enjoy MY TOP FIVE: PUBLIC TELEVISION CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS. Continue reading