Arizona State University: PBS presents ‘The Futures of Democracy’ podcast. “PBS presents ‘The Futures of Democracy’ podcast, launching on March 30 and produced and hosted by Nicole Anderson, director of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University, and Julian Knowles, professor of media and music, and chair of media and communications at Macquarie University, Australia. In this bi-weekly podcast series, world-renowned experts will examine the emerging challenges of possible futures for democracy in the 21st century. The project reflects upon the health and operation of our democracy as a common good in an environment that has profoundly shifted over the past 20 years. “
NPR: 50 years ago, ‘Zoom’ spoke to children about their real lives. “For pre-teens watching TV in the early 1970s, the opening to Zoom was captivating with seven, charismatic, barefoot kids in rugby shirts running, jumping, dancing and singing on a bare stage. They beckoned young viewers with the lyrics, ‘Come on and zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom. You gotta zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom.’… To celebrate Zoom’s 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting has made more than 100 episodes available to stream online for the first time.”
Engadget: ‘Reading Rainbow’ will return in 2022 with an interactive component. “After more than 15 years off the air, Reading Rainbow will return to TV in early 2022. Per CBS News, this latest version of the classic children’s show will be known as Reading Rainbow Live. It will feature an interactive component that kids will be able to access through Looped. The platform will allow viewers to ask questions of the cast, and participate in games. Naturally, Reading Rainbow Live will also be available to stream online.”
Mashable: PBS makes ‘Asian Americans’ doc free to stream after Atlanta shootings. “In light of the Atlanta shootings of March 16 and general spike in violence against Asian Americans, PBS has made the docuseries Asian Americans temporarily free to stream. The series looks at the past 150 years of U.S. history through the lens of this country’s Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants — a group that faced violence and prejudice long before 2021.”
Smithsonian: Smithsonian and PBS To Provide Free Content to Educators. “The Smithsonian has announced a new collaboration with PBS to bring learning-ready content to Pre-K–12 educators nationwide. As museums remain closed due to COVID-19, beginning today, a collection of free, standards-aligned Smithsonian content will be brought to life on PBS LearningMedia—an online destination that serves more than 1.6 million users each month—with new resources to be added to this collection on a regular basis.”
PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, full, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including Maya Angelou, Patti Smith, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Audra McDonald, Lee Grant, Patricia Bosworth, Sidney Lumet, William Buckley and many others. Just a fraction of the interviews filmed for American Masters appear in the final films; approximately 96% of the footage never gets released. Now, the American Masters digital archive makes this rich catalog of interviews available to the public.” 500 videos were released today; 500 more will be released “over the coming weeks.”
GBH: Chat Plays GBH Brings Popular Public Media Programs To New Social Media Audiences with Multiplatform Interactive Live Streaming Event
GBH: Chat Plays GBH Brings Popular Public Media Programs To New Social Media Audiences with Multiplatform Interactive Live Streaming Event. “GBH will bring the experience of some of its iconic public media programs to new audiences during Chat Plays GBH, a five-hour interactive live streaming variety show produced across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Throughout the live stream, GBH will bring together content from a series of nationally-recognized GBH productions, including NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Arthur and Joyce Chen Cooks.” Those are all mashing up in my head and I’m kind of here for it.
CNET: Baseball by Ken Burns streaming for free. “Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.” Unfortunately I could not find a transcript.
From PBS Kids on Twitter: “Is your child’s school closed due to COVID-19? PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter to share activities and tips you can use to keep your child playing and learning at home.”
RealScreen: PBS Digital Studios launches food-focused YouTube channel PBS Zest. “PBS Digital Studios has launched its food-focused, documentary-style YouTube channel PBS Zest as part of the studio’s ‘themed channel strategy,’ which will bring together curated content from PBS member stations across the U.S.”
The indispensable Ken Burns has a new initiative: A one-stop online resource for teachers (Washington Post)
Kinda surprised I missed this last week, but there you are. From the Washington Post: The indispensable Ken Burns has a new initiative: A one-stop online resource for teachers. “Burns — the maker of ‘The Civil War,’ ‘Baseball,’ ‘Jazz,’ ‘The War,’ ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,’ ‘Prohibition,’ ‘The Roosevelts’ and ‘The Vietnam War’ — launched a new research site for educators on Tuesday called ‘Ken Burns in the Classroom’ on PBS LearningMedia — an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.”
BetaNews: Congratulations, nerds! PBS is finally coming to YouTube TV. “Unfortunately, YouTube TV subscribers will not get access to PBS or PBS Kids today. Google only promises it will become available ‘later this year.’ We are only in July, so that could mean anywhere from August to December — hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”
Mashable: Waze app can tell you how to get to Sesame Street . “t’s been 50 years of sunny days sweeping the clouds away. The beloved children’s show Sesame Street has been on air for half a century. To celebrate this major milestone, a New York City street is permanently becoming Sesame Street and you’ll be able to get to Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and even Oscar the Grouch’s stomping grounds. Instead of asking someone to tell you how to get to Sesame Street, you can plug it into the Waze navigation app.”