Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

“Step right up and spin the wheel!”

Got this shot of the North Carolina Bookwatch prize wheel sitting in our Community Engagement department. I’ve never seen the wheel in action but I assume it’s one of the many items of interest when UNC-TV is out and about at festivals and fairs and gatherings of all sizes across the state. What are the prizes? Who knows … it’s a mystery to me. But does it really matter? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy spinning a prize wheel?

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My Top Five: Superheroes

Superheroes are big business these days, what with movies and TV shows and, of course, the comic book adventures that have delighted fanboys for decades. But public broadcasting also has a history of superhero characters in various forms. So here are my TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING SUPERHEROES.

5) SUPER GROVER – Super Grover (now Super Grover 2.0) is Sesame Street’s well-meaning but inept hero who is “faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet” (and cute too). Certainly Grover was one of my favorite Muppets as a kid so it’s only natural his superhero persona would be as well. And anyone who can rock a visored helmet and cape like he does gets a thumbs up in my book. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Peter, Paul and Mary. Artlo Guthrie. The Weavers. Pete Seeger. Giants of folk music, one and all. Join them and relive a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring performances from these artists and more on Folk Legends: Isn’t This A Time – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (Wallander, The Hollow Crown) is set to take on Shakespeare’s most iconic role on the London stage. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Fortunes Of War) will direct Hiddleston in a RADA fundraiser of Hamlet.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a man who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons. Don’t miss Jacques Pepin on American Masters – Wednesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Sesame Street is adding a new Muppet designed to tell stories about blended families. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

“Today’s Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter e.” At least, that’s what I imagine this picture might be saying.

Yes, it’s another shot from our Community Engagement department – this time with a rather forlorn-looking Big Bird (slightly smaller than normal) hanging onto a lowercase vowel.

Again, just one of the many sights one might spy around the halls of UNC-TV.

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