What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
Explore the remarkable, two-year, 25,000-mile attempt to retrace Marco Polo’s legendary trek from Venice, Italy to China. Tune in and travel In the Footsteps of Marco Polo – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.
I recently stumbled upon this video of Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and almost blew my mind. I didn’t recall this happening so it was a hoot to see Bill and Fred meet and share some everyday science. In comics, this would be a superhero team-up. On PBS Kids, this is just heartwarmingly awesome.
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.
Who is this I spy in the UNC-TV lobby? It’s none other than PBS Kids star Arthur – or at least a reasonable facsimile.
One of the many cool things about working for a public broadcasting station like UNC-TV is that you never know what fun toys you might see placed about in various forms and scenes around the building. The bespectacled aardvark above was part of a Trolley display (along with Curious George) that graced our lobby and welcomed visitors for a few weeks. Continue reading →
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.