1. Posted on 7 November, 2013

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    Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert talks about doing his show, The Colbert Report, in character:

And so I look at every guest as a guest — they’re a guest in my home, and I am grateful that they would come here. And I hope people have a good time, and if they don’t, it’s my fault, or rather, it’s my responsibility. Because if I actually get into an aggressive discussion with a guest about something … and I’m expressing my disagreement satirically, and if they don’t enjoy that, that’s OK, because I have a responsibility for what I’m saying.


Colbert also stars in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, airing 11/8 on the PBS “Great Performances” series. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert talks about doing his show, The Colbert Report, in character:

    And so I look at every guest as a guest — they’re a guest in my home, and I am grateful that they would come here. And I hope people have a good time, and if they don’t, it’s my fault, or rather, it’s my responsibility. Because if I actually get into an aggressive discussion with a guest about something … and I’m expressing my disagreement satirically, and if they don’t enjoy that, that’s OK, because I have a responsibility for what I’m saying.

    Colbert also stars in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, airing 11/8 on the PBS “Great Performances” series.

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  1. World tennis champion and gender equality advocate Billie Jean King is on the show tomorrow.

    In the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes" match vs. Bobby Riggs she "changed consciousness" in her victory for women everywhere.

    She is also the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association.

    American Masters profiles King for her achievements in sport and her major contributions to gender equality.

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  1. Memory is a fickle and funny thing, isn’t it?
The New York Times published an article today on a study at M.I.T on false, or mistaken memories and where they come from.
Essentially, they shocked mice in one location and caused them to falsely remember the event occurring in a different location. The scientists could actually see the cells in their brains indicating a memory being formed in the location where they had not been shocked. When the mice were re-introduced to that first location (where they had not been shocked), they exhibited fear. 
From the article:

'Because the mechanisms of memory formation are almost certainly similar in mice and humans, part of the importance of the research is “to make people realize even more than before how unreliable human memory is.”' 

It also poses the question of why our brains would allow us to create false memories.

Here is a Fresh Air interview with scientist Suzanne Corkin on her work in short term memory and her book, Permanent Present Tense. Corkin worked with a patient (H.M.) who was unable to form new memories.

image via PBS

    Memory is a fickle and funny thing, isn’t it?

    The New York Times published an article today on a study at M.I.T on false, or mistaken memories and where they come from.

    Essentially, they shocked mice in one location and caused them to falsely remember the event occurring in a different location. The scientists could actually see the cells in their brains indicating a memory being formed in the location where they had not been shocked. When the mice were re-introduced to that first location (where they had not been shocked), they exhibited fear. 

    From the article:

    'Because the mechanisms of memory formation are almost certainly similar in mice and humans, part of the importance of the research is “to make people realize even more than before how unreliable human memory is.”' 


    It also poses the question of why our brains would allow us to create false memories.

    Here is a Fresh Air interview with scientist Suzanne Corkin on her work in short term memory and her book, Permanent Present Tense. Corkin worked with a patient (H.M.) who was unable to form new memories.

    image via PBS

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  1. In case you missed it, here is David Bianculli's review of 'The Central Park 5':

The case, by now, is anything but a whodunit; the actual rapist and attacker eventually stepped forward and confessed, and DNA samples from the crime scene proved a perfect match. But that didn’t happen until five teenage boys had been convicted of the crime and spent seven years in prison. They claim to have been coerced into giving false confessions, and the documentary makes a compelling case on their behalf.

You can watch the documentary online here. View in High-Res

    In case you missed it, here is David Bianculli's review of 'The Central Park 5':

    The case, by now, is anything but a whodunit; the actual rapist and attacker eventually stepped forward and confessed, and DNA samples from the crime scene proved a perfect match. But that didn’t happen until five teenage boys had been convicted of the crime and spent seven years in prison. They claim to have been coerced into giving false confessions, and the documentary makes a compelling case on their behalf.

    You can watch the documentary online here.

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  1. John Powers on the PBS documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked that premieres next week:

Here’s a writer who specializes in anger, sarcasm, iconoclasm, dirtiness, atheism, comedy and sexual attitudes that smack of misogyny.
While Philip Roth Unmasked doesn’t completely ignore his dark ferocity, it tiptoes around it. We learn little about his personal life, which was messy enough to prompt his ex-wife, actress Claire Bloom, to spend 150 pages of a book excoriating his manipulative narcissism. Nor do we get much insight into what’s obvious from Roth’s work — his ambition, his princely sense of entitlement, his use of fury as fuel, his tendency toward political sanctimony, his way of seeing women as one big perk of fame.


Image courtesy of PBS View in High-Res

    John Powers on the PBS documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked that premieres next week:

    Here’s a writer who specializes in anger, sarcasm, iconoclasm, dirtiness, atheism, comedy and sexual attitudes that smack of misogyny.

    While Philip Roth Unmasked doesn’t completely ignore his dark ferocity, it tiptoes around it. We learn little about his personal life, which was messy enough to prompt his ex-wife, actress Claire Bloom, to spend 150 pages of a book excoriating his manipulative narcissism. Nor do we get much insight into what’s obvious from Roth’s work — his ambition, his princely sense of entitlement, his use of fury as fuel, his tendency toward political sanctimony, his way of seeing women as one big perk of fame.

    Image courtesy of PBS

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  1. Just thought we’d let you know that, starting tonight, our mothership, WHYY, is airing a series on the "Pioneers of Television." First episode up: Funny Ladies. It’ll feature Mindy Kaling, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Susie Essman, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Bea Arthur, Phyllis Diller and Betty White. Oh yes. Good stuff.

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  1. David Bianculli on Magical Mystery Tour and a new PBS documentary about its making:




It was written and produced in 1967, which was an incredibly fertile period for the Beatles. “Strawberry Fields Forever” came out that year, and “Penny Lane,” and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Which was followed, a month later, by the live TV premiere of “All You Need Is Love,” broadcast globally. The Beatles, it seemed, could do no wrong. And then they did Magical Mystery Tour, which was televised by the BBC the day after Christmas — on Boxing Day — as a holiday special. A quarter of the British population watched it — and many of those hated it.





Listen to the Fresh Air interview with Paul McCartney.
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    David Bianculli on Magical Mystery Tour and a new PBS documentary about its making:

    It was written and produced in 1967, which was an incredibly fertile period for the Beatles. “Strawberry Fields Forever” came out that year, and “Penny Lane,” and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Which was followed, a month later, by the live TV premiere of “All You Need Is Love,” broadcast globally. The Beatles, it seemed, could do no wrong. And then they did Magical Mystery Tour, which was televised by the BBC the day after Christmas — on Boxing Day — as a holiday special. A quarter of the British population watched it — and many of those hated it.

    Listen to the Fresh Air interview with Paul McCartney.

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  1. Monday night on PBS, American Masters presents a two-hour biography of Johnny Carson. Carson retired 20 years ago this month, and vacated a throne that TV critic David Bianculli says no one has managed to claim since.
Do you agree? View in High-Res

    Monday night on PBS, American Masters presents a two-hour biography of Johnny Carson. Carson retired 20 years ago this month, and vacated a throne that TV critic David Bianculli says no one has managed to claim since.

    Do you agree?

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  1. One Year Later, Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown View in High-Res

    One Year Later, Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

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  1. Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization  CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating. She’s one of the people profiled in the documentary The Interrupters, which will air on Frontline later this week. View in High-Res

    Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating. She’s one of the people profiled in the documentary The Interrupters, which will air on Frontline later this week.

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  1. David Bianculli says the new PBS American Masters look at Woody Allen is “a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes  serious filmmaker, and it rivals HBO’s recent two-part George Harrison  documentary as the best TV biography of the season.” View in High-Res

    David Bianculli says the new PBS American Masters look at Woody Allen is “a smart, sometimes serious study of a smart, sometimes serious filmmaker, and it rivals HBO’s recent two-part George Harrison documentary as the best TV biography of the season.”

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  1. David Bianculli explains why the new four-part documentary series called America in Primetime, which premieres this Sunday on PBS, is “the smartest TV show about television I’ve seen in about 20 years.” View in High-Res

    David Bianculli explains why the new four-part documentary series called America in Primetime, which premieres this Sunday on PBS, is “the smartest TV show about television I’ve seen in about 20 years.”

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  1. ageofperil:

    We built a database of suspicious activity reports obtained through open-government laws in Minnesota. Check it out. The database accompanies a package of stories we released today at the Center for Investigative Reporting about the post-9/11 phenomenon of suspicious activity. You can read the stories online now or listen to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered this afternoon. Another version will air tonight on PBS NewsHour, and one more story will be available tomorrow on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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  1. Julia Child — 1972.

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  1. nprdigitalsvcs:

NPR <3 PBS.
Our new designer Dan shows his love for our public television buddies.

Yes, that is a PBS tattoo. Hardcore. See you Monday, Tumblr. View in High-Res

    nprdigitalsvcs:

    NPR <3 PBS.

    Our new designer Dan shows his love for our public television buddies.

    Yes, that is a PBS tattoo. Hardcore. See you Monday, Tumblr.

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