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PBS Science Reporter Has Arm Amputated

But life is 'playing the hand that is dealt you,' Miles O'Brien says

(Newser) - Award-winning science journalist Miles O'Brien is learning to live with one arm after a minor injury nearly cost him his life. In a blog post , the PBS correspondent says he lost his left arm not to a shark attack, skydiving accident, or "out of control quad copter,"... More »

NFL Pushed ESPN to Drop Concussion Documentary

Goodell and company reportedly told network they weren't happy: sources

(Newser) - ESPN yesterday backed out of a documentary on NFL concussions that it's been working on with PBS' Frontline for more than a year, in a surprise, last-minute move. Today, the New York Times hints at an explanation: The NFL pressured the network into it. Commissioner Roger Goodell and other... More »

PBS Names First Female Co-Anchor Team on TV

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff make history

(Newser) - That bastion of no-nonsense reporting and sensible blazers, the PBS NewsHour, will make history next month when it debuts its new anchor team: two women. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be the first all-female anchor team on a nightly network newscast (that's team—Katie Couric was TV's... More »

'6 Degrees' Kevin Bacon Learns Wife Is ... His Cousin

Actress Kyra Sedgwick was initially horrified

(Newser) - Kevin Bacon's wife says she knew it all along. Actress Kyra Sedgwick and her Hollywood-star husband were filmed for the PBS show Finding Your Roots, which traces family backgrounds, and learned that they're actually cousins—albeit ninth cousins, the Independent reports. Sedgwick looked mortified at first: "See,... More »

Coming Soon: Downton's 1st Black Character

Race relations a theme in 4th season

(Newser) - Downton Abbey is delving right into 1920s race relations, according to the Sun , and for the first time, the show is casting a black character. In notes to casting agents, producers say Jack Ross will be "a musician at an exclusive club in the '20s." Aged 25... More »

PBS Readies Week of Shows on Newtown

Frontline , Nova to reflect on shooting

(Newser) - Starting Feb. 18, PBS will devote a week of shows to the Newtown shooting, it has announced. The "After Newtown" series will include the programs Frontline, Nova, PBS NewsHour, and Washington Week With Gwen Ifill. "PBS is not where you go for breaking news," says the station'... More »

Modest Million Puppet March Makes Case for Big Bird

Protesters urge feds to 'Keep Mitts Off Big Bird'

(Newser) - It wasn't nearly a million by the Count's best standards, but hundreds gamely rallied in support of Big Bird and public funding for PBS in Washington, DC, yesterday with chants of "El-mo, we won't go!" reports CNN . Many a Kermit, Cookie Monster, and other puppets... More »

'Million Muppet March' Will Support PBS Funding

Demonstration planned for Nov. 3 in DC

(Newser) - PBS supporters are planning a "Million Muppet March" at Washington DC's National Mall on Nov. 3 to defend government funding for the network, Reuters reports. Organizers aren't sure yet how many will actually attend, but "it does seem like we might get close to the biggest... More »

Jon Stewart on Big Bird: 'Let It Go!'

Host fed up with Obama's Sesame Street obsession

(Newser) - Jon Stewart has had exactly enough of this Big Bird stuff from the Obama campaign. From stump speeches to a campaign ad , the big yellow guy is everywhere these days, Stewart noted on last night's Daily Show . The tipping point for the host: Will.i.am's appearance on... More »

Sesame Street to Obama: Take Down Big Bird Ad

Daily Show offers right-wing dream of Sesame Street

(Newser) - Mitt Romney knows who America's real economic scourge is, and he's big and yellow. A cheeky new Obama campaign ad pokes fun at Mitt Romney's attack on Big Bird and PBS at the debate by labeling the children's icon an "evil genius who towered over"... More »

Big Winner in Debate: Twitter

Debate was most-tweeted US political event ever

(Newser) - Last night's debate was the most-tweeted US political event in history, Computerworld reports, with viewers offering some brilliant—and not so brilliant—analysis of the contest as it unfolded. Twitter and other social media gave viewers the chance to skip the pundits' take and jump right into the... More »

PBS Icons Live On Thanks to ... Autotune

Weird music videos go viral

(Newser) - PBS is out to prove it's still hip, by making dead people sing. The beloved network has rolled out three YouTube videos that it's hoping will go viral and re-kindle America's love-affair with public broadcasting. Each features clips of a beloved PBS icon (Julia Child, Bob Ross,... More »

PBS Fires Fred Willard After Lewd Bust

XXX conduct 'didn't happen,' he tells TMZ

(Newser) - PBS has given Fred Willard the boot from Market Warriors after the actor was busted for allegedly playing with himself in a Hollywood porn cinema . "Given the unfortunate news," Willard is off the show with immediate effect, and will be replaced as narrator by Antiques Roadshow host Mark... More »

PBS Clinton Documentary Has Lewinsky in Spotlight

Two-part series begins airing Monday

(Newser) - PBS begins airing a two-part documentary on Bill Clinton's presidency Monday night, with much of the early press focusing on its coverage of the Monica Lewinsky affair. Many advisers speak publicly about it for the first time, notes the Los Angeles Times , including Dick Morris: "When the Lewinsky... More »

Romney: Slap Ads on Freeloading Sesame Street

Candidate says he'd stop subsidizing PBS

(Newser) - America is too broke to subsidize ad-free TV for toddlers, Mitt Romney says. The candidate, while campaigning in Iowa yesterday, promised to balance the budget by cutting certain programs, and by requiring PBS to carry ads, forcing Bert and Ernie and the rest of the Sesame Street gang to start... More »

Lost Steve Jobs Footage Coming to Big Screen

Former Apple chief recalls crank call to the Vatican

(Newser) - From the back of a British garage, filmmakers have salvaged an old interview with Steve Jobs and plan to screen it in theaters across America, the Los Angeles Times reports. Initially recorded for a PBS/Channel 4 miniseries nearly 20 years ago, the footage was lost until the director of the... More »

Ken Burns' Prohibition a Long, Tall Drink

'A Nation of Drunkards' is the best episode: reviewers

(Newser) - Ken Burns' latest mega-documentary, Prohibition, starts a three-night run tomorrow on PBS. Reviewers are praising the 5 1/2-hour survey of America's war on booze, but warn that it's a bit slow and may reveal its best stuff in the first episode:
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Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Spin-off Coming to PBS

'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' will feature original characters

(Newser) - Fred Rogers died in 2003, but Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will live on. PBS announced a new animated spin-off yesterday: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will follow the four-year-old son of the series' original Tiger. The show will take place back in the familiar Neighborhood of Make Believe, and four-year-old Daniel Tiger... More »

LulzSec Hackers Take Down CIA Website

High-profile group strikes again, tweets 'tango down'

(Newser) - The hackers known as Lulz Security have struck again, this time taking down the CIA website, reports the All Things D blog . "Tango down," the group tweeted before 6pm EST when CIA.gov went down. LulzSec also recently hit the US Senate , among other high-profile targets . Today's... More »

PBS to End Break-Free Programming

Sponsor spots to appear in 'Nature' and 'Nova' this fall

(Newser) - The days of uninterrupted programming at PBS may be numbered. Officials have notified member stations that PBS plans to start placing corporate sponsor spots and promotional messages in breaks during certain programs instead of between them, reports the New York Times , which notes that break-free programming has been one of... More »

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