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PBS

Fashion for Nonhumans

PBS Explores Cosplay With One Of Our Own Editors!

Well, two, actually. Yes, in addition to Jill, I, Susana, am also in this video. But I’m not telling you who, though I will tell you that I appear more than once. Speculate at your leisure!

Previously in Cosplay

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

PBS Ideas Channel Asks: Doctor Who?

If the central feature of the Doctor is his unstableness… then who (or what) is “the Doctor?”

Previously in PBS Ideas Channel

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Officially Official

Finally: Sherlock Season 3 Has a US Premiere Date

Were you beginning to think it would never happen? Yeah, me too. PBS has reported that the consulting detective will be back on Sunday, January 19 at 10:00 pm.

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Consider the Following

PBS Ideas Channel Did an Episode on Night Vale So Come Watch it Now

You clicked on the link and are delivered to this page. The video waits. It has always been waiting. Fingers growing numb, you fumble to play it, releasing it from its endless silence. It whispers, “Here’s an idea. Welcome to Night Vale shows us how uncomfortable we are with the unknown.”

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Ask a Muppet

Ladies and Gentlemen: Tom Hiddleston Meets Cookie Monster

Here is the point where I remind everyone that while this represents the serendipity of PBS approaching Tom Hiddleston for a segment, Disney owns both the Muppets and Marvel, so they could do this kind of thing all the time if they wanted.

(Just not with Sesame Street or Fraggle Rock characters as they are owned by the Children’s Television Workshop and Viewers Like You the Jim Henson Company.)

Previously in Tom Hiddleston

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Lamb Chop’s Play-Along‘s Shari Lewis as Catwoman

Jen Lewis has illustrated some of the superheroes as PBS—LeVar Burton, Bill Nye, Mister Rogers, and more—as fictional superheroes. Head to BuzzFeed for the entire set. This is the song that doesn’t end. Yes it goes on and on my friend… (Laughing Squid)

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Good News Everyone!

First Two Ladies to Co-Host a Nightly News Show Speak Out On Their Historic Accomplishment

Back in 2011 Jim Lehrer, the longtime host of PBS’ NewsHour, retired, leaving his post to be filled by a series of guest anchors. But now PBS has chosen Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as his replacements, making NewsHour the first network news show to be co-anchored by ladies. Kind of. Quoth Woodruff:

“We’re not the first. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were the first female co-anchors.”

Well played, Judy. Well played.

Continued Ifill: “Here, right now, it’s news. We would like for the day to come when it’s not news anymore…but [viewers] don’t see it every day right now.”

Behind the jump, Jezebel brings us some other great quotes from the superhero news reporting duo:

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Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

PBS Teases More Carmen Sandiego With Suitably Vague Tumblr Post

On July 13th the PBS Tumblr posted this photo, of a recognizable red hat and black glove combination with the caption,

Where in the world did this come from? Stay tuned for something awesome!

It would appear that we have a mystery on out hands.  However, the question today isn’t “where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”, but where in time will we be getting what looks a lot like more of our favorite jet-setting villain. Children of the 90′s, start looking for clues!

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Consider the Following

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Learn: The PBS Avengers

This might be the best internet video I’ve seen all week. The only way to make it better would be to add Shari Lewis and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Look, he hosted four seasons of Nova Science Now, and that’s enough of a technicality to get some diversity up in this lineup.)

(via Topless Robot.)

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Great Hera!

You Can Watch Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines On Your Own TV Tonight

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is a meditation on the history of the female hero in modern American culture told through the changing interpretation and representation of the character of Wonder Woman, and if that doesn’t already sucker you in to watching it, then maybe the fact that it’s being lauded from all corners, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, will.

It’s an independent documentary film, so screenings in your area might have been thin on the ground. The good news is the movie has become part of PBS’ Indepedent Lens series, which runs a new independent film every Monday night. Wonder Women! airs tonight at 10 pm, though you probably want to check your local PBS listings. Afterwards, if you just can’t get enough of discussion about female characters and gender representation in media, you might want to check out this panel discussion that followed a screening of the film in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. It included folks from the Geena Davis Institute, the LA Times, and our contributing writer Zoe Chevat. An upcoming Wonder Women! panel in New York will feature yours truly, so stay tuned for info on that as well!