Wednesday Trivia Question

How many sheds did Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson have? Continue reading


Monday Montage (On Tuesday)

A day later due to the holiday, but let’s see what’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

A century ago, North Carolina experienced the Great Flood of 1916. It came at a time when people were prepared for a such challenges and had knowledge to protect themselves. But how would such a flood affect the Tar Heels today – a population without those same survival skills? Find out on Come Hell Or Highwater – Wednesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Judi Dench is teaming up with Kenneth Branagh again – this time for an adaptation of Artemis Fowl, the wildly successful sci-fi book series by Eoin Colfer. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

A holiday classic returns to ring in the holiday season. Don’t miss the sights and sounds of CHRISTMAS IN DUKE CHAPEL – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

Congratulations to Vivian Howard. The A Chef’s Life star has been honored by the News & Observer as a Tar Heel of the Year.

What’s Eric Idle’s latest project? Nothing short of “the entire universe.” Sounds pretty ambitious but the Monty Python alum has the help of Professor Brian Cox and a slew of special guest stars. Catch this comedic musical extravaganza on ERIC IDLE’S THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE – Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

My Top Five: Birds

It’s Thanksgiving week so I thought I’d ponder the birds of public broadcasting. There may be some pretty obvious ones from which to choose but I tend to gravitate towards the deeper cuts, so to speak. So here you go – MY TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING BIRDS. Not the best or whatever superlative you fancy – simply MY personal Top Five.

5) X THE OWL – Voiced by Mister Rogers himself, X the Owl was one of the denizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. X lived in the old oak tree next to Henrietta Pussycat and was always eager and cheerful. 

4) THE “IT’S THE PLUMBER” PARROT – One of my favorite animated bits from the original The Electric Company featured an earnest plumber and a precocious parrot. “Who is it?” “It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

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

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

Monday Montage

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

From films and television to toys and theme parks, the Disney brand is universal. But where did it start? Find out as American Experience explores the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s most iconic filmmakers. Tune in for part one of Walt Disney – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost 20 years. Production has now wrapped on what could be his magnum opus, so read up on the disaster-filled history of this fascinating Gilliam project.

Enjoy pancakes in New York and sample loco moco in Hawaii – and that’s just for starters. See why breakfast is the most important meal of the day as we take in interesting and unusual breakfast spots. Don’t miss Breakfast Special and Breakfast Special 2 – beginning Wednesday at 9pm on the Explorer Channel.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was a guest on a recent episode of Talking With Chris Hardwick. Of course, the former NOVA ScienceNow host was his usual ebullient and erudite self. Continue reading