Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Longtime viewers of UNC-TV may recall the series GLOBE WATCH. Along with shows such as STATELINE, LEGISLATIVE WEEK IN REVIEW and NC THIS WEEK, GLOBE WATCH was a staple of our locally-produced public affairs programming. It was hosted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill history professor Jim Leutze and explored national and international politics, history and current events.

Some months back, I discovered a cache of archival material. Among the photos and press releases was this publicity still for GLOBE WATCH, apparently sent out to the press before the series premiere. The photo is of the program’s host standing next to a wee bit on-the-nose prop.

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Monday Montage

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

Join Margaret Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas among the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum. Don’t miss FIRING LINE – Friday nights at 10:30 on the North Carolina Channel.

Michelle Dockery talks about life after Downton Abbey and her role in the Netflix western GODLESS. Continue reading

POTUS Parley

Like most broadcast entities, UNC-TV plans its programming schedule months in advance. However, late-arriving offerings, breaking news and the like can cause for changes to the promoted schedule. We try to alert viewers to these alterations as soon as we can but are often given little time or resources to do so.

As such, I thought I’d mention a schedule change occurring next week. On Wednesday, June 1st, PBS Newshour is presenting a one-hour primetime special called Questions For President Obama in which Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama in Elkhart, Indiana. A town hall meeting will follow, giving local residents time to ask the questions of the President.

I think that in a year where those striving for the presidency are getting most of the attention, it’s a good thing the PBS Newshour is taking the time to present a television event with the man who currently holds the job.

Questions For President Obama airs Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.


President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address tonight and PBS Newshour presents complete coverage of the speech beginning at 9 on UNC-TV. Meanwhile, get ready for the big event at the Newshour website with State of the Union trivia and things to watch for during the address. It may not turn you into a political expert but it will definitely make you more informed – and who couldn’t use a little more of that?