Peg + Cat
is an Emmy award-winning
cartoon from PBS, featuring the adventures of a young girl and her feline friend, using the power of math to solve
Really Big Problems. The show, created by kid TV and Broadway veterans Jen Oxley & Billy Aronson
, not only gives preschoolers an introduction to practical mathematics, it's also surprisingly entertaining for adults
Ken Burns’ new film The Roosevelts is 14 hours long. Which hours should you watch? [vox.com]
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns's latest PBS opus, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. If you'd rather stream, the entirety of the miniseries will be available on PBS.com, PBS member sites, and various PBS digital platforms. (It leaves streaming Friday, Sept. 26, so hurry.) It will also be rerun frequently on PBS and comes out on DVD/BLURAY Tuesday.
So that's a whole host of ways to watch. But should you? This sucker, like many of Burns's most famous films, including The Civil War, Baseball, and The War, is really, really long. It's seven installments, of roughly two hours each, so you'll be devoting around 14 hours of your life to this thing. If you really, really like the Roosevelts, that's great, because this is a terrific screen biography of the famous family. But what if you're more Roosevelt-curious?
Produced by Kansas City PBS affiliate KCPT, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations
is a TV series spotlighting "outsider artists, grassroots art environments and offbeat attractions of all kinds." [more inside]
Not everyone agrees on the best methods for raising kids. That becomes apparent when you examine the results from the 2010-2014 World Values Survey
— 82,000 adults across 54 countries were surveyed to gain a better understanding of what they consider most important when raising a child, whether or not they were parents themselves. PBS NewsHour has an interactive quiz you can take to show which country has values closest to yours
as well as a widget to compare the values of any two countries. You can see all the data in this
google docs spreadsheet.
Dr. Pierre Capretz, who taught French at Yale University for several decades, passed away at the age of 89
on April 1st of this year, qu'il repose en paix
. Capretz is best known for his 1987 PBS series of half-hour French-language lessons, French in Action
, which combined language immersion using to a simple romantic-comedy narrative followed by a classroom-style review, featuring Professeur Capretz, of the narrative with emphasis on the concepts, vocabulary, and grammar. [more inside]
As Austin City Limits gets ready for a rare television appearance by Nine Inch Nails this coming weekend (check your local PBS listings), the audience can prepare with an interview with Trent Reznor about the reëmergeance of NIN
, or with a preview of the ACL performance with this clip of Satellite
, from the most recent NIN album. [more inside]
In the face of racism, the great African-American jazz saxophonist Lester Young was “cool.” Credited with bringing the word into the modern American vernacular, “I’m cool”
wasn’t Young’s reference to the sunglasses he wore day and night on stage, or the saxophone slung across his shoulder. It was his response to a divided society, a way of saying that he was still in control...
'The media is a chaotic place. Like an ocean or a weather system, it no longer respects authority. In fact, those who attempt to impose their authority are ridiculed, while brilliant and valuable tidbits emerge from the most remote and seemingly inconsequential sources.... Younger, media-savvy viewers instinctively reject authoritative voices and laugh at commercials in which people try to act "cool."
' That was Douglas Rushkoff's assessment of companies courting the youth demographic as covered in print in 2000
, and the next year in video as the PBS Frontline documentary, Merchants of Cool
(streaming documentary; prev: 1
). Earlier this year, Rushkoff revisited the topic with PBS in Generation Like
(streaming documentary), in a time when young people are generally happy to tell the world what brands they like as a way of identifying who they are. [more inside]
The Men of Atalissa
collaborates with the New York Times
on a 35-minute documentary about the intellectually disabled men exploited for thirty-five years by Henry's Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. (The documentary at the NYT
or embedded in a Q&A with the journalists at PBS's POV
.) [more inside]
, produced by WGBH, in cooperation with the Poetry Foundation, presents videos of poetry being read, often by the author
And, if you want to introduce a child to poetry, don't miss the animated films
made by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
(there even seems to be one written and animated especially for MetaFilter, Spacebar)
is a PBS documentary (live streaming through March 6) that follows two middle class African-American boys, Idris and Seun, who enter The Dalton School
as young children, and follows them for 13 years. [more inside]
The Wolf of Sesame Street.
What do you get when you blend together a billionaire former Enron trader, a conservative vendetta against public pensions, and $3.5 million dollars? Corruption at the heart of public broadcasting. PBS is allowing corporate sponsors to dictate the content of its news programming, and failing to disclose that conflict of interest to its viewers, Pando Daily's David Sirota alleges.
[SLYT] PBS Digital Studios has fancied up Jimi Hendrix's final interview
with some whimsical animation.
Here is a song about cows
by Sadie & The Hotheads
, a band fronted by actress Elizabeth McGovern
, who is best known as Lady Cora on Downton Abbey (previously
). [more inside]
This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective. The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished. The reason I'm posting this is because there were dueling diaries over the weekend about Dr. King's legacy, and there is a diary up now ... entitled, "Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Not Yet Realized." I'm sure the diarist means well as did the others. But what most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That's why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind. [more inside]
), Far From Seven
and Sons of Poetry
in the category of "Things I Never Thought I'd See On Sesame Street," I give you The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
. Note: free of children killing other children.
Previously. Full list
of Sesame Street spoofs and parodies. [more inside]
) has a new video featuring the sights and sounds of Tokyo.
Doors cracked, and people peered out at the apparitions on the street. Most of the grown-ups smiled and said “Good morning”, or “Happy Mardi Gras!” Kids peeked around their parents, looking thunderstruck. “Get up outta that bed! It's Mardi Gras morning!” the bone men yelled, “You gotta get your life straight!”
One of the less well-known traditions of Mardi Gras in New Orleans are the Skull and Bone gangs who come out in the early morning. Their mission, besides the celebration of Mardi Gras, is to seek out small children and warn to live their lives rightly least the skull and bone spirits should have to come to them too soon.
The tradition lives on
, continuing what began around 1819
, now mingling with the "younger" traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians
and the Baby Dolls
. For more history, check out Gumbo Ya-Ya
, a collection of Louisana Folk Tales, on Archive.org
The much-anticipated Frontline documentary "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" premiered on PBS last week.
In August, ESPN pulled out of the project, reportedly due to pressure from the NFL (as previously discussed on MetaFilter here
), while the NFL itself only days later announced a $765m settlement with over 4500 former players
for claims of concussion-related disability. Reaction to the Frontline program was unsurprisingly mixed
from factions involved with the issue, but generally well-received by journalists and TV critics. [more inside]
A polka band
that accompanies a yearly
A musk ox farmer
A bush pilot
A Native youth Olympian
These are some of the subjects covered in the new web series Indie Alaska
Each episode aims to capture a colorful aspect of life in Alaska, whether it be someone's work, art, or play.
A collaboration between Alaska Public Media
PBS Digital Studios
. [more inside]
From the nearly-forgotten 80s educational show Vegetable Soup
, Woody the Spoon tells you how to make gohan, Japanese-style rice
. If Woody's voice sounds a little familiar, it's because he's voiced by Bette Midler.
Last month, New York PBS affiliate WNET launched a subway ad campaign
that promoted several fake but totally plausible reality shows, to poke fun at the state of Cable TV. To follow up on the successful campaign, yesterday, the network released 3 TV spots
with a similar theme. (Kinda previously
David Foster Wallace
discusses ambition, perfectionism, tennis and teaching in an interview with Leonard Lopate from the PBS Digital Studios series Blank On Blank.
A group of respected entertainers
(and some not-as-respected celebrities
, Civil Rights leaders and academics have signed an open letter
calling on the President to #EndTheWarOnDrugs
. [more inside]
Happy snow day, superkids! Here's a raven, havin' a time
. SLYT, about a minute long. Dig it.
Reportero (alternate link)
- follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? [more inside]
, best known as the host of California Gold
, passed away today. He was 67
. I hope he's up there swimming in the Neptune pool
is an Etsy store filled with amazing portraits of the Downton Abbey cast, but as cats and dogs. [via mefi projects
Downton Abbey returns to American TV screens this Sunday. Since many Americans have become fascinated with the intricate social dances featured in the English drama/soap, Grantland feels there's an opportunity to provide them a lesson about the equally intricate plot machinations associated with the English Premier League. I give you the "English Premier League to Downton Abbey plot converter." [more inside]
Tired of cranky commentary about U.S. government spending? Maybe it needs more sequins. Or a ballet. Or Ray Bradbury. Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Freberg presents "The Federal Budget Revue" (part 1
; part 2
; part 3
). [more inside]
on the beauty and fascination of analog media is from the PBS Arts
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
is a thirteen-part television series of one hour shows written by Carl Sagan
, Ann Druyan
, and Steven Soter
, that was aired at the tail end of 1980 and was - at the time - the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. It is best introduced by an audio excerpt of one of his books, The Pale Blue Dot
. Inside is a complete annotated collection of the series. [more inside]
The Choice 2012
is a Frontline documentary about the background of the current candidates for President of the United States.