Monday Montage

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

Explore the little-known story of an immigrant whose building designs came to define LA and cities across America. Don’t miss ICONIC VISION: JOHN PARKINSON, ARCHITECT OF LOS ANGELES – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congrats to the star of SHERLOCK! Although he didn’t win an Emmy last week, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed on the red carpet that he and wife Sophie Hunter are expecting their third child. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Ken Burns explores the life of Samuel Clemens, from his early days along the Mississippi to his evolution as a writer and American icon. Don’t miss part one of MARK TWAIN – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Great news for Whovians: A TARDIS-full of DOCTOR WHO actors will team up for a series of audio plays next year. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Big Finish will offer six new hour-long stories featuring characters from the entire history of Doctor Who. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Put on your cowboy boots, grab a longneck beer and get a toe-tappin’ tour of legendary Texas dancehall the Broken Spoke. Tune in as REEL SOUTH enters Honky Tonk Heaven – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has its first review. Sadly, it’s not the best.

What’s your favorite book? Easy enough question to answer perhaps – but what is America’s favorite book? THE GREAT AMERICAN READ endeavors to find out by examining the passion, power and joy of reading through the lens of 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

A Brilliant Mind

He was born 300 years to the day after the death of astronomer Galileo and died on the birthday of Albert Einstein. Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds of our time, passed away yesterday. He was 76.

While it may not seem Hawking was what one might call a PBS Personality, he was certainly a presence on our airwaves over the years in documentaries and biographies. His legacy is exceptional and PBS NEWSHOUR has a very nice obituary on this amazing theoretical physicist who was arguably one of the most famous and appreciated scientists of all time.

Former NOVA SCIENCENOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018.

[Note: UNC-TV will be airing the series GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING starting April 17.]

Monday Montage

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

Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe. Tune in as NOVA presents BLACK HOLE APOCALYPSE – Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Speaking of astrophysicists … former NOVA SCIENCENOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson is apparently Stephen Colbert’s most frequent if not favorite guest. And why not? Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates the holidays with the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon. Tune in for seasonal favorites and more on CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

John Cleese lent a hand at a UK event to benefit homeless charities by reading the attendees a bedtime story. Very cool. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

UNC-TV and WFAE team up for a timely discussion concerning the confederate monuments. Are they history, heritage or a harmful reminder of something more unfortunate? Join the conversation on an all-new Focus On – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Former NOVA ScienceNow host and award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the Tar Heel State for an entertaining evening of science talk. Join Dr. Tyson the DPAC Thursday nightif you can get tickets. Continue reading