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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:15 PM
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Poll question: Public Broadcasting question ...
Edited on Fri Jan-23-09 11:45 PM by ColbertWatcher
Earlier I posted a poll asking what people hope the Obama Administration will do and one of the respondents mentioned the arts and it got me thinking of PBS.

It is my hope that PBS's budget will stop being cut in half.

Now I ask you:

What type of PBS show is your favorite?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:17 PM
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1. American history specials like "Cadillac Desert" and Ken Burns' films are what PBS does best
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:29 PM
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2. "Civil War" changed the way people do documentaries. n/t
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:32 PM
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3. There are several programs on the weekend here that I never miss.
America's Test Kitchen, & Cooks Country on Saturday, and NOW, & Bill Moyers on Sundays.

I've seen lots of other shows on PBS, but those are my favorites!
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amerikat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:33 PM
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4. I voted other. Meaning all of the above.
Moyer's, Nova, Front line and my local stuff like NY Now, Hidden Adirondacks, farm to table, etc.
all are head and shoulders above commercial tv.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:42 PM
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6. What's interesting is how many shows that are on commercial TV ...
... started out on PBS.

Siskel and Ebert started on PBS, History Channel copies Ken Burns' Civil War.

All copied from PBS shows.

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amerikat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:27 AM
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7. Ain't nothin like the real thing baby......
way better than commercial tv.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:01 AM
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8. PBS is now "commercial" TV . . .
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:02 AM
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13. Me too. Those are all
excellent. I had no idea about The Adirondacks. Commercial TV becomes more lame every day.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 11:34 PM
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5. I don't have "a" favorite because I have watched all of the choices, even children's programming.
In fact, I started college in 1970 when PBS first started and we used to have a blast sitting around watching Sesame Street in the student union and laughing and laughing over it (Mr. Tree, this is your life). It always amazed me in college how such ordinary things on tv became so funny when you watched them as a group of people.
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FatDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:04 AM
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9. Tough choice among arts/science/current events
Eventually went with arts.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:04 AM
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10. We need to get rid of PRIVATE "Corporation for Public Broadcasting" . . .
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 01:06 AM by defendandprotect
and all the right wing control over public radio/TV ---

the guy who heads up the NPR radio is very right-wing . . . there was just

an article on him here at DU. He did propaganda radio for government.

Meanwhile, re PBS . . . for more than 20 years the oil companies have been co-opting

what was left of the network -- often called "Petroleum Broadcasting Company"--!!


GOP gutted funding and that's what put them on the "fund raising" which turns many

viewers away.

We need to do this the way they do it in other countries -- everyone pays --

no corporate involvement. Many do it with yearly licenses.

That's the only way you're going to get the real "news" and the shows that you want.


PS: I'm sickened by the quality of the shows that have replaced Sesame Street --

I'm not gay but I love POV and "In the Life" -- but rarely find them cause if they're

even on it's in the wee hours of the morning. I'm not sure they are on any more it's

been so long since I've seen them! PBS . . . keeping religious fanatics happy!

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:04 AM
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14. It would be interesting to see what would happen to cable companies ...
... with a yearly TV license in Merka!

LOL!

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:57 PM
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18. The whole cable thing was also a scam . . .
Cities could have invested in it and made it public.

Many people cashed in on it -- and now consumers are paying and paying and paying

-- for nothing!

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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:37 AM
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11. Have to be an 'Other', 'cause I watch 'em all! nt
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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:54 AM
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17. Me too. Well, except for the children's programming.
:D
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:00 AM
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12. I clicked *other*
I like the science, entertainment, current events-Moyers and history.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:08 AM
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15. American Experience is good except when they strangely replay one
episode over and over like their GHWB episode which has been on 150 times in the last few weeks here. For a while, I thought he'd died or something.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:58 PM
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19. Was it pro or con? Did it mention Nazis?
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:37 AM
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16. Though I like Nova..
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 04:41 AM by AsahinaKimi
I have always liked the Science and History programs on PBS. As a kid, I loved the science stories about dinosaurs, and interesting things about history. Civilizations..The Great Wall of China, Finding a Wooly Mammouth in Russia, The Himalayas..Nepal and the Buddhist monks there. Animals in Africa and Australia, All wonderful programs on sea creatures under the ocean. Today I don't own a TV. But if I did, I would be tuned into the Discovery Channel, and History Channel and all the PBS programs I could find.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:59 PM
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20. Was it sufficient to advise the public of the imment threat of Global Warming . . .
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 07:59 PM by defendandprotect
a fact successfully hidden from the public over the past 40 years --

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