My Top Five: Birds

It’s Thanksgiving week so I thought I’d ponder the birds of public broadcasting. There may be some pretty obvious ones from which to choose but I tend to gravitate towards the deeper cuts, so to speak. So here you go – MY TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING BIRDS. Not the best or whatever superlative you fancy – simply MY personal Top Five.

5) X THE OWL – Voiced by Mister Rogers himself, X the Owl was one of the denizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. X lived in the old oak tree next to Henrietta Pussycat and was always eager and cheerful. 

4) THE “IT’S THE PLUMBER” PARROT – One of my favorite animated bits from the original The Electric Company featured an earnest plumber and a precocious parrot. “Who is it?” “It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.” Continue reading

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

David Letterman is one of the most-nominated people in Emmy history and now the former late night staple receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Join Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and more as they honor the award-winning comedian on David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

A year after the celebrated anchor’s death, Gwen Ifill’s alma mater is naming a school after her. Continue reading