It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Once again, PBS rakes in a slew of award nominations. This time, it’s the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards where the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored the Public Broadcasting Service with 44 nominations, the most earned by any organization. In addition, NATAS is recognizing Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Director of NOVA, for her many years of science broadcasting excellence with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here’s the full list of PBS nominations:



Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design


FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

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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…



General Documentary: Individual




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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

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.

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.