Ian McKellen said something hella ignorant. Which is tragic because he is an icon and just one of my favorite actors, but when they f-up you have to call it like you see it.Read More
Yesterday, Variety put out an exclusive statement about the suspension of Tavis Smiley's program from PBS over alleged sexual misconduct.Read More
The initiative, titled Sesame Street in Communities comes out today with "[free] materials, including videos, books and games," to "help parents and caregivers, in turn, help young children cope with traumatic experiences."Read More
The documentary about the life and work of "iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer Dolores Huerta, who fought for racial and economic justice alongside Caesar Chavez" is hopefully going to get Huerta the full acknowledgement she deserves.Read More
The five-episode "Conflict Series" that ran in November of 1983 has become something of a lore for 'Mister Rogers' fans. This weekend, two of the episodes briefly popped up on YouTube, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect.Read More
The New York Times obtained an internal memo from Trump's Office of Management and Budget, which proposes eliminating Americorps, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
It's a popular refrain among conservatives: Cut government spending! One would think, however, that in order to really cut a bulk of government spending — like, if that's really the thing that matters to you — you'd aim for where the most money is being spent. Instead, Trump's budget plan is set to cut entirely the parts of the budget where basic humanity lives. Because that's how he rolls.Read More
Get That Popcorn Ready!
PBS just announced a slew of upcoming space documentaries. These include Solar Eclipse, about this summer's upcoming solar eclipse; Beyond a Year in Space, about the effects of long-term space missions on the human body; and The Farthest, about the Voyager mission.Read More
Have you watched the Hamilton documentary yet? If not, PBS has made the whole thing available online (provided you're not limited by your region, in which case I fully apologize). If you do manage to watch, I dare you not to cry while watching the footage of POTUS watching Christopher Jackson sing "One Last Time", a parting song from President Washington to the American people.Read More
The commercial for a fake board game, made by Comedy Central, is a bit simplistic but it makes the point that it set out to do. That Privilege board game mentioned at the end sounds a lot easier.Read More
Dear Hamilton fandom: get excited.Read More
Thanks to the magic of public broadcasting, you now have the soundtrack to the rest of your day: a Danny Elfman concert as performed by the Lincoln Center Orchestra.Read More
On this week's episode of Keeping Up With the Sea Otter-shians, Otter-Kim is shocked at the revelation that Otter-Kourtney has decided to move ahead with the sea urchin fashion line without her knowledge. Scandal!Read More
What should the final episode look like?
It appears the mutterings about Downton Abbey ending were rooted in truth: series six is likely to be the ITV costume drama’s last.Read More
Grover Bluejoy is not messing around.
Also... it looks suspiciously like musical chairs. But puppet Cersei's wig is on point.Read More
You'll feel equal parts hate and sympathy for the ill-fated Anne Boleyn.
The new PBS miniseries Wolf Hall, about the rise of King Henry's advisor Thomas Cromwell, is one of the few times I’ve watched a miniseries on Masterpiece Theater and thought “I wish this were a seasonal series.”Read More
Yeah, I have always been a little side-eye about the Gerudo.
Jamin Warren brings up a lot of good points about how the player agency which lies at the heart of most games often results in dehumanized NPCs, which become doubly problematic when PCs are majority white and/if NPCs are predominantly brown. He also tackles the common scifi/fantasy trope of using inter-species conflict as a metaphor for inter-racial conflict, one that I've been mulling over myself for a while now.Read More
You Would Cry Too: Remembering LGBTQ Activist, Feminist Anthemist, and It’s My Party Singer Lesley Gore
Renowned '60s girl-pop star, composer and actress Lesley Gore passed away yesterday in Manhattan at age 68 of lung cancer. The iconic singer is survived by her brother and mother as well as her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.Read More
Me, and you, and our memories, Zoboomafoo.
A scientific icon has left the treehouse. Jovian, the Coquerel's sifaka lemur known for playing the role of Zoboo on the PBS show Zoboomafoo, passed away earlier this week of kidney failure.Read More
Don't try this at home.
Humans as a species are not actually very good at jumping, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at video games. And not just platformers, either; even the most realism-driven games sometimes allow players to bounce off the walls like it ain't no thing. So why is this such a pervasive mechanic? According to PBS Game/Show, it all points back to Super Mario Bros.—and, of course, a heavy dose of wish fulfillment.Read More