Posts tagged "pbs"

Ben Affleck Demanded PBS Hide His Slave-Owning Ancestor From Their Show

PBS’s popular show “Finding Your Roots” traces the ancestry of celebrities and it was recently revealed that Ben Affleck decided to hide some of his more sinister lineage.

Affleck thought he was safe with his secretive demand, until of course, the Sony emails were leaked! Turns out the host of the show, Henry…

By: Katrin Higher / April 18, 2015

The Soapbox: “The Whiteness Project” Is A Pageantry Of White Ignorance

In case you are unaware, there is something called “The Whiteness Project.” Per the website, the project, from documentary director Whitney Dow, is “a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as ‘white’ experience their ethnicity.” The first installment, titled “Inside the White Caucasian Box,” was released a few days ago and is an assemblage…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 15, 2014

Set Your DVR: “Outlawed In Pakistan” Airs Tuesday Night On PBS

On Sunday and Monday you’re binge-watching “Arrested Development,” I get it. But set your DVRs now for Tuesday night at 10 p.m. for “Outlawed In Pakistan,” a new documentary airing on the PBS program “Frontline.” The film by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, follows a teenaged girl named Kainat Soomro, who accused four men of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 26, 2013

10 Memories I Have Of “Sesame Street”

I grew up with parents who were not particularly pro-television. My dad even attached a scarf to the top of our TV and would insist on pulling it down to cover the screen during commercials (he also muted the sound). But one show they were always in favor of me watching was “Sesame Street.” I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 8, 2012

“The Light In Her Eyes” Documentary Explores Koran’s Influence On Girls

Houda Al-Habash is not only seen driving her car in the opening scene of “The Light In Her Eyes,” but she is also steering hundreds of young Syrian girls and women to study the Koran. The 2011 documentary, airing on Thursday, July 19 on PBS’s Point Of View series, explores the impact studying the the Kora…

By: Daley Quinn / July 13, 2012

Unauthorized “Downton Abbey” Jewelry Pulled From PBS Website

You can’t blame PBS for trying to make a buck. Even they hate their biweekly fundraising efforts. Nevertheless, the production company for “Downton Abbey” got on the horn and put a stop to PBS.org’s sale of a “Downton Abbey”-inspired jewelry line, which was in no way affiliated with the show.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 25, 2012

PBS Censors Tina Fey

The other day, Jessica told us about Tina Fey receiving the Mark Twain Prize for humor last week (only “the third woman in history to do so after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg”). We saw a clip of Fey’s acceptance speech, but it turns out there was more to Fey’s speech — over 30…

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 17, 2010

Watch The Story Of Danny And Annie

Get your tissues ready for this one. StoryCorps, an organization that records and archives people’s stories, has started broadcasting animated shorts of some of those stories on a PBS show called “POV.” This one, called “Danny and Annie,” is the tearjerker tale of “Brooklynites Danny, an OTB clerk, and Annie, a nurse,” [who] remember…

By: Wendy Atterberry / August 25, 2010

Tess Of The D’Urbervilles: Rape In The Olden Days

Last night, instead of watching “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters,” I opted for slightly more intellectual but no less drama-filled fare and watched Masterpiece Classic on PBS, hosted by Laura Linney. This week, it was part one of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. I was enthralled, and I…

By: Catherine Strawn / January 5, 2009

Jane Austen’s Men

Maybe because she never settled down herself, Jane Austen created some mighty fine specimens for all of us to drool over – Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, and Frederick Wentworth to name a few. (If you’re not familiar with these names, you aren’t watching Masterpiece’s The Complete Jane Austen Sunday nights on PBS.) Now you ca…

By: Catherine Strawn / January 31, 2008

Sunday Is Sappy Love Night

Keep your Sunday nights open for the next four months, as you have dates with Mr. Darcy, Henry Tilney, and all of the other dashing gentlemen from Jane Austen’s books. Starting last week (Sorry, you’ll have to rent Persuasion to catch up.), PBS began airing an Austen movie every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EST, and…

By: Catherine Strawn / January 18, 2008