PBS Wins Again!

The Telly Awards celebrate excellence in video and television across all screens. In a world where how we watch what we watch is constantly evolving and blurring lines as quickly as technology develops, that succinct explanation is very cool. However, the coolest thing about this year’s Telly Awards is that PBS won 22 of them!

The winners of the 39th Annual Telly Awards were announced on May 22nd. Here’s a list of the PBS-related programs and media that were honored…

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PBS, THE VIETNAM WAR: A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK

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WGBH Education Foundation, LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: HOMEGROWN HEROES

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Sounds Familiar

“It is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home.” – Narrator (John Chancellor), Ken Burns’ Baseball (“Our Game”)

Monday Montage

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

See how Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Catch part one of JACKIE ROBINSON – a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

The onetime host of Reading Rainbow wants you to read his favorite short stories. Check out the podcast LeVar Burton Reads. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

One of my favorite Ken Burns films is the 1994 series Baseball. Now, don’t get me wrong – The Civil War is arguably his best and it’s truly iconic and totally magnificent. However, if a non sports fans like myself can be riveted to every minute of a nine-episode mini-series about America’s pastime then that’s pretty special. Also, it was during promotion for this documentary series that I met the esteemed director so that no doubt colors my affection.

With that in mind, I spied this poster for Baseball in a co-worker’s cubicle a while back and snapped the pic. Play ball!

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Sounds Familiar

“In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky – her grand old woods – her fertile fields – her beautiful rivers – her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding and wrong – when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.” – Frederick Douglass (Morgan Freeman), The Civil War 

Monday Montage

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Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast. Don’t miss a new eight-part series – Great American Railroad Journeys – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese will be in the Tar Heel State this week for lively discussion and a screening of the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The good news? Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s DPAC event. The bad news? I can’t make it – so tell him Sparky says “hi.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Get the inside story of Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the US as Frontline investigates Putin’s mounting grievances and his efforts to exact vengeance leading up to the presidential election. Don’t miss part one of Putin’s Revenge – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick as they appear on CNN’s Amanpour to discuss The Vietnam War.

Join Bob Garner as he explores North Carolina’s culinary traditions with a UNC-TV classic that’s equal parts cookbook, essay and dining guide. Tune in and savor Foods That Make You Say Mmm-Mmm – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading