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For two weeks every March, we turn to our community and ask for support. We have other fundraisers and drives throughout the year, but March is the biggie for us and the money raised helps keep your public television station on-the-air and enables us to provide quality educational programming for children, local arts programming and so much more.

 

So this year, as we ask for your support once again, CET and ThinkTV thought it would be a good time to remind the community that PBS is #1 in public trust, according to ORC International’s annual survey. Here’s some other information from the report:

 

  • Of the people surveyed, 42 percent say they trust PBS “A Great Deal.” Courts of Law came in second with 25 percent and Commercial TV came in at 16 percent.
  • Close to 20 percent of the people surveyed agreed that PBS provides excellent value for tax dollars. The only service rated higher was military defense.
  • When asked if the money given to PBS stations is well spent, 77 percent said yes.
  • More than half of the people surveyed said PBS is the most important type of television available. Here’s the breakdown: 55 percent of people said PBS, 30 percent said commercial broadcast TV, and 26 percent said cable TV.

 

In addition to the trust element, PBS and PBS Kids also are regularly ranked at the #1 educational media brand and a recent new study of parents of young children confirmed that PBS Kids is the most trusted and relied upon brand for school readiness.

 

To learn more, visit http://valuepbs.org and, as always, thanks for your continued support!

 

02/28/2014 Station News 0 Comments
     

Even if you’re a huge Call the Midwife fan, we know sometimes you just can’t make the original broadcast date. Or your DVR was full and didn’t record. Or you meant to watch it, but fell asleep on the couch after dinner.

 

We know that sometimes life gets in the way of great programming – which is OK, because we have many of your favorite shows available online!

 

http://video.thinktv.org and http://watch.cetconnect.org are your 24/7 source for great PBS programming, from Downton Abbey to PBS NewsHour. There are literally thousands of videos available for you to stream any time. And we’re not just talking about the big icon shows and CET/ThinkTV programs – you can also watch locally produced programs from PBS stations around the country!

 

Our On Demand service makes it possible for you to get a glimpse of the Williamstown Theatre Festival through the KVIE Arts Showcase, learn about a possible cell phone “kill switch” with KPBS Evening Edition or dive into the world of high quality chocolate with MPT’s Get Connected. The possibilities are almost endless!

02/21/2014 Station News 0 Comments
     

After close to a year of anticipation, Downton Abbey’s fourth season brought us eight weeks of delightful drama. We laughed, we cried, we shook our fists, we sighed at Edith… but now that journey is coming to an end.

When the third season of Downton Abbey ended, we were left with a mixed bag of devastation, confusion and – in some cases – anger. So what will the finale of the fourth season bring? The program description says that trouble plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey… What exactly does that mean? Honestly, your guess is as good as ours.

The Downton Abbey Season 4 finale will be on ThinkTV16 and CET at 9pm Sunday, Feb. 23. As we wait for the season finale with bated breath, it’s interesting to look back at the pre-season videos. Here are a few we particularly enjoyed, especially now that we have the 20/20 vision of retrospect. Enjoy! And, if you’re not caught up on the series, don’t forget that you can watch the previous episodes On Demand for free at http://watch.cetconnect.org/program/masterpiece/.

02/16/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

Some of the most famous characters of the Wild West – Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – will be featured on American Experience in one lawless night on Feb. 11.

 

Billy the Kid: American Experience will be broadcast at 8pm and Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience will air at 9pm. Join us to learn more about these larger-than-life criminals, and what they meant to the American imagination.

 

Here’s what PBS says about both shows:

 

Billy the Kid: American Experience

On April 28, 1881, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, the notorious young outlaw was gunned down by an ambitious sheriff.

 

The Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and later, big-screen dramas. But in all the narratives, Billy the Kid’s real story has been obscured. This program deconstructs the mythology surrounding the infamous desperado.

 

 

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience

Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits — robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth.

 

But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of American Experience’s popular The Wild West series explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

 

02/06/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

For most of us, the decision to move out of a community or change religions doesn’t mean being totally cut off from your friends and family. But for the Amish, leaving the Amish community means being shunned by those you’ve spent your life with.

 

A new American Experience program, The Amish: Shunned, will follow seven former members of an Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly knit communities in the United States.

 

Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories, which were filmed over 12 months, are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.

 

ThinkTV16 and CET will air American Experience - The Amish: Shunned at 9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Here's a preview:

 

Watch the first chapter of the program below:

01/30/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

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