Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

This week, it’s another dive into the archives! Here’s a press photo of a very young LeVar Burton in advance of new episodes of READING RAINBOW. The dates are from 1986 so that would have been the fourth season of that beloved series. But you don’t have to take my word for it …

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Monday Montage

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

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century. Meet Dolores on INDEPENDENT LENS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Kenneth Branagh has begun production on his next film called Artemis Fowl (based on the Eoin Colfer books). The movie will feature Dame Judi Dench as “the steely leader of the fairy police force.” I’ve no idea what that means but my interest is definitely piqued. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’m a big fan of pin on buttons and have amassed quite a few in my time with UNC-TV. Here’s one of my favorites – a Reading Rainbow badge that I picked up at a convention or as a giveaway from some PBS Kids source. (I’d like to say my best pal LeVar Burton gave it to me but I’ve found it best to make your little white lies at least halfway believable.)

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Monday Montage

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

See how Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Catch part one of JACKIE ROBINSON – a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

The onetime host of Reading Rainbow wants you to read his favorite short stories. Check out the podcast LeVar Burton Reads. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Get the inside story of Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the US as Frontline investigates Putin’s mounting grievances and his efforts to exact vengeance leading up to the presidential election. Don’t miss part one of Putin’s Revenge – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick as they appear on CNN’s Amanpour to discuss The Vietnam War.

Join Bob Garner as he explores North Carolina’s culinary traditions with a UNC-TV classic that’s equal parts cookbook, essay and dining guide. Tune in and savor Foods That Make You Say Mmm-Mmm – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Over The Moon

NOVA ScienceNow‘s Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists and all he wanted was someone to read Goodnight Moon to him. So guess who stepped up? Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton. The result? One mega-cool team-up that rivals the Mister Rogers-Bill Nye rendezvous from a few weeks back.

Monday Montage

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

After the brutal murder of an African-American by white supremacists, two friends – one white, one black – made a film about their town. Catch the Two Towns Of Jasper on POV – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Did you know that Bill Moyers once served as White House Press Secretary? The veteran journalist sat down with Terry Gross on Fresh Air recently to discuss his role in the LBJ administration and the passage of Medicare.

Experience a Tar Heel tradition as the we relive the 70th annual Azalea Festival Parade. Recorded in April in scenic Wilmington, the Azalea Parade features floats, balloons, bands from across the state and, of course, Queen Azalea and her court. Don’t miss the 2017 Azalea Festival Parade – Tuesday night at 8 on North Carolina Channel.

Ouch. LeVar Burton is being sued by the one of the producers of Reading Rainbow for using the show’s catchphrase. This just sounds wrong on so many levels. Continue reading