Monday Montage

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

Frontline tells the story of White House advisor Stephen Bannon’s fight to deliver on Donald Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America. Bannon’s War premieres Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Apparently, you just need to head to the Sunshine State. SeaWorld has announced a new Sesame Street land will open at its Orlando theme park by fall 2022.

High Point University president Nido Qubein continues his interviews with the world’s most influential people. This week: Celia Sandys. Don’t miss High Point University Presents: Celia Sandys – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

David Tennant and Billie Piper are reuniting for new Doctor Who adventures! Big Finish Productions plans three new hour-long audio plays featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Continue reading

Like A Good Neighbor

If you’re a fan of Fred Rogers (and if you’re not, what on Earth is wrong with you?!) you’ll be pleased to know that an amazing bit of public broadcasting history is being presented online.

Amazon-owned video service Twitch is currently hosting a free, 18-day marathon of every episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. (The event started yesterday – sorry for the late notice but there’s still time to catch most of it.)

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.

Check out the memories at https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers and relive the entirety of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Sounds Familiar

“The statue is only a symbol. The statue is only copper and granite and steel, iron. It’s what it speaks to us about what it makes us feel inside that’s so important. We are all the beneficiaries of those who’ve gone before us, who’ve worked, who’ve fought on occasion, who have cared immensely to the very depth of their soul to achieve liberty.”– David McCullough, The Statue Of Liberty (Ken Burns, 1985)

Sounds Familiar

“Up there in the immensity of the Cosmos, an inescapable perception awaits us. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic, religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

My Top Five: Kids Show Theme Songs

Since the beginning, kids shows have been a staple of PBS programming. If you grew up watching them, you know full well how catchy the theme songs to most kids shows are. And these are theme songs that still resonate decades after you watched them as a kid. That’s why I put together MY TOP FIVE in the following category: Kids Show Theme Songs.

5. The Electric Company – “HEY, YOU GUYS!!!!” I’m talking about the 1970s version here (nothing against the newer one). It’s groovy and poppy and so energetic (befitting, of course, its source).

4. Wishbone – He’s the little dog with the big imagination and he’s got a great theme. What’s the story? The story is I’ll find myself singing this cute, catchy ditty without prompting.

3. Bill Nye The Science Guy – If you know that science rules, you’ve probably caught the Science Guy in action back in the 90s. That electropop theme almost seems like a dance remix of another theme, which is pretty cool. And though it hasn’t been necessary yet, I am ever ready to chant “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” at the drop of a hat. Continue reading