For a quiet, reasoned discussion of the issues, it’s hard to beat Bill Moyers on PBS. Even the program’s set is quiet — two people seated at a simple oak table against a pastoral backdrop. No scrolling chyrons, no multicolored, constantly changing images on the back wall. The guest today on “Moyers & Company” was … Continue reading Scotland got Trumped
There’s a wonderful miniseries running on PBS right now — “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” I just want to mention it for the benefit of those who are interested in such things but might have overlooked this program. Those of you who aren’t interested in such things, move along. I understand it’s not everyone’s … Continue reading Take it or leave it
PBS’s very capable Gwen Ifill will be moderating the vice presidential debate tomorrow night. Conservatives are now blasting Ifill’s selection because she has written a book scheduled for publication on Inauguration Day entitled Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, about the younger generation of black politicians. I am not unbiased in this … Continue reading If not Gwen Ifill, then who?
Two nights ago PBS ran another of its documentaries, “Frontline: Bush’s War,” Parts 1 and 2. I knew full well what I was getting into, but I decided to watch it anyway. It was history. It would be a nice summation of the Iraq war and correct any erroneous ideas I had. Well, I stuck … Continue reading ‘Bush’s War’: In case you weren’t angry enough already
This evening PBS aired “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.” I sat riveted for the entire two hours. Fascinating looks at the people and testimony in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case in Pennsylvania a few years ago, where the judge had to decide whether an effort to inject Intelligent Design (ID) into the school’s science curriculum was … Continue reading PBS scores with ‘Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial’
Charlie Rose interviewed Barack Obama (D-IL) last night on PBS. I caught the last half of the show, and once again was spellbound by the Senator. Articulate, thoughtful, low-key but confident. It wasn’t so much Obama’s position on issues as his thought process that impressed me. He’s analytical, open-minded, seems to consider broad options and … Continue reading Run, Barack, run