The Takeaway

Where Cohabiting with Wildlife Is Necessary, and Deadly

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

In one Bangladeshi village, tigers kill about a person a week, but the locals accept it as a part of life. How do we incorporate wildlife into a planet with 7 billion people?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Harvard University professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, Henry Louis Gates Jr., talks about his new six-part series airing on PBS starting tonight, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross."

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'All-Star Orchestra,' a Made-for-TV Symphony, Hits the Airwaves

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It’s the age-old problem of putting symphony orchestras on television: they're not as much fun to look at as to listen to. A new television series aims to overcome this.

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Kiri Te Kanawa To Guest Star on 'Downton Abbey'

Monday, March 04, 2013

The New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be joining the bluebloods on "Downton Abbey," PBS said in a statement over the weekend.

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Chat Transcript: Downton Abbey Season Finale

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

We spent the final Downton of the year in the company of our fellow Abbeyfiles as we live-chatted the finale. Read the transcript of our chat below.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Cutting Funding to Arts isn't Good Business

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I can turn on the TV, watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, or I can drive over to the federally subsidized Kennedy Center and watch Dr. Lonnie Smith crush it on the Hammond organ with his trio.

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The Takeaway

Olivia Wilde Documents Women's Rise from Oppression to Opportunity

Friday, September 28, 2012

Actress Olivia Wilde talks about growing up with parents who worked as journalists in conflict zones and how that inspired her role in the new PBS series, "Half the Sky."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fixing The Future

Monday, July 16, 2012

David Brancaccio of Marketplace discusses “Fixing the Future,” his new feature documentary about a reinvention of the American economy.

Screenings: "Fixing the Future" will be screened at many theaters across the country on Wednesday, July 18, including the Chelsea Clearview.  Ticket information available here.

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The Takeaway

John Leguizamo: A 'Ghetto Klown' Reflects

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Actor John Leguizamo is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking one-man shows. A new documentary traces John Leguizamo's career from Mambo Mouth, his first major break, through the development and performance of Ghetto Klown, his latest show.


The Takeaway

Mister Rogers Gets the Autotune Treatment

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood: PBS Digital Studios has commissioned Symphony of Science's mashup artist John Boswell to remix our favorite neighbor from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and the video has gone viral. The video, which features the late Fred Rogers talking about the power of imagination in the song "Garden of Your Mind", has gotten over 650,000 views in less than 24 hours.

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The Takeaway

State Department Targets Al Qaeda Website in Yemen

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last night in Florida, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said U.S. specialists hacked into websites run by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The hackers were able to change online ads that boasted about killing Americans into advertisements that underscored the deaths of Muslim civilians in Al Qaeda terror attacks. We're joined by Jamie Doran, a producer for Frontline who worked on the new documentary "Al Qaeda in Yemen."

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Smaller Arts Grants Awarded for PBS Shows

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

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The Takeaway

Michael Kirk on "Money, Power and Wall Street"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Three years after America's largest financial collapse since the Great Depression, the country is still recovering. Some banks have received huge bailouts, but countless Americans are still struggling to get back on their feet. A new four-hour documentary, "Money, Power and Wall Street" investigates what has been done (and not done) to secure America's financial future. Michael Kirk is one of the producers of "Money, Power and Wall Street," which will premiere on Frontline April 24 and May 1 on your local PBS station.

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The Takeaway

Italian Chef Lidia Bastianich on Her New Special

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Italian chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich talks about her new PBS special, "Lidia Celebrates America."  She celebrates Christmas day at a Mexican American restaurant in San Antonio, dines at a Passover Seder, visits San Francisco during the Chinese New Year and hosts a traditional Italian American dinner on Christmas Eve.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Dan Stevens

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley on the hit series "Downton Abbey," on PBS's Masterpiece Classic. He tells the Leonard Lopate Show what he's been reading and watching recently -- as well as his love of Indian food!

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The Takeaway

New Documentary Looks at the 'Perfect Terrorist' Behind the Mumbai Attacks

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three years ago this week 10 gunmen lay siege to the city of Mumbai. They arrived by boat from Karachi, Pakistan and for for three days, they launched a series of attacks on two 5-star hotels, a train station and a small Jewish hostel. A total of 166 people were killed, and more than 300 were injured. The mastermind behind the attacks, called India's 9/11, was an American citizen named David Headley, who spent more than two years mapping out targets and creating a plan for the attacks.

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The Takeaway

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 'Prohibition'

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

By today’s standards, the idea of a constitutional amendment banning alcohol in the U.S. seems preposterous, oppressive, and just plain naïve. But 92 years ago, when the National Prohibition Act passed, it was widely backed. Of course, Prohibition was eventually repealed, but not before it had far-reaching consequences on American gender relations, crime, popular culture, and politics. A new three-part documentary series called "Prohibition" tells this uniquely American story on PBS, beginning October 2.


The Takeaway

Jim Lehrer on Kennedy, Bus Memorabilia, Reporting and Retirement

Monday, June 06, 2011

Jim Lehrer will no longer be the main face of PBS' "NewsHour." He was the show's anchor for 36 years, but there has not been a lot of fanfare around his departure. "I didn't want to make a big to-do about it," he says. He reflects on reporting on the Kennedy assassination and what he has learned about politics and history. His new book, "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain" comes out in the Fall; he will continue moderating Shields and Brooks on Fridays. So what's next? "I want to write better books," Lehrer tells us.


The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nancy Franklin on the return of "Upstairs Downstairs"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nancy Franklin on the return of "Upstairs Downstairs."


It's A Free Country ®

'BetterJobs,' Better Teachers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We lose 40% of teachers in the first five years on the job. No other profession suffers that kind of loss. No other profession treats its new people so badly. If you could listen to what teachers ask for, they want a chance to collaborate, to develop curriculum... if you could change those conditions, I think you'd find that an awful lot of the people that are now teaching are in fact better people.

John Merrow, education correspondent at the PBS NewsHour and author of the new book, The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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