Monday Montage

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

Join the global superstar with the instantly recognizable voice in a sold-out concert taped at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles join the festivities on JOSH GROBAN BRIDGES – tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

Did the real Queen Victoria really hate being pregnant as the Masterpiece series suggests? The Radio Times looks at Her Majesty’s many moods of motherhood. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama and get a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt. INDEPENDENT LENS presents the Academy Award-nominated HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

The perennial kids’ favorite SESAME STREET turns fifty this year. Go behind the scenes of this groundbreaking program. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

This week, it’s another dive into the archives! Here’s a press photo of a very young LeVar Burton in advance of new episodes of READING RAINBOW. The dates are from 1986 so that would have been the fourth season of that beloved series. But you don’t have to take my word for it …

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Monday Montage

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

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century. Meet Dolores on INDEPENDENT LENS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Kenneth Branagh has begun production on his next film called Artemis Fowl (based on the Eoin Colfer books). The movie will feature Dame Judi Dench as “the steely leader of the fairy police force.” I’ve no idea what that means but my interest is definitely piqued. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’m a big fan of pin on buttons and have amassed quite a few in my time with UNC-TV. Here’s one of my favorites – a Reading Rainbow badge that I picked up at a convention or as a giveaway from some PBS Kids source. (I’d like to say my best pal LeVar Burton gave it to me but I’ve found it best to make your little white lies at least halfway believable.)

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Monday Montage

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

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

Over The Moon

NOVA ScienceNow‘s Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists and all he wanted was someone to read Goodnight Moon to him. So guess who stepped up? Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton. The result? One mega-cool team-up that rivals the Mister Rogers-Bill Nye rendezvous from a few weeks back.