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Sunday night dramas are back!

 

The third season of Call the Midwife premieres at 8pm Sunday, March 30, on CET and ThinkTV16. This program, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

 

In the first episode of the season, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre and, after helping to deliver a neighbor's baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.

 

Here's a quick preview: 

 

Mr. Selfridge, which airs at 9pm on Sundays, will premiere its second season on March 30 on ThinkTV16 and CET.  In this season, Jeremy Piven (Entourage) reprises his role as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, for the show that has been hailed as “addicting” by The Wall Street Journal. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies, Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 costars Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Amanda Abbington and Ron Cook. In the first episode of the season, Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary, Agnes returns from training in Paris and Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae.

 

Here's an extended look at the new season: 

03/20/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

March is Women’s History Month – a time specifically dedicated to remembering and celebrating the international contributions of women past and present. In honor of women’s history month, CET and ThinkTV have multiple programs lined-up and a variety of online videos and resources available.

 

Here are a few of the programs coming to CET and ThinkTV in the rest of March that celebrate the female experience and celebrate the cultural and historical contributions of women.

 

Independent Lens: Pushing the Elephant

Monday, March 17, at 10pm on CET

Thursday, March 20, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

A mother and daughter reunite a decade after their separation during the Congolese civil war.

 

Makers: Women Who Make America

Tuesday, March 18, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

Meryl Streep narrates the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the last 50 years.

 

Wings for Maggie Ray

Friday, March 21, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

The life and legacy of long-distance aviation racer Margaret “Maggie” Ringenberg are explored.

 

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell

Monday, March 23, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind the bestselling novel Gone with the Wind.

 

Live from Lincoln Center: Patina Miller

Friday, March 28, at 9pm on CET

Monday, March 31, at 8pm on CET Arts

Tony Award winner Patina Miller performs music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway's best.

 

Also, our On Demand system has a great page of Makers women’s history videos including clips not seen on air and full episodes. Check it out: http://watch.cetconnect.org/program/makers-women-who-make-america/

03/13/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

As part of our regional Public Media Connect education efforts throughout Southwest Ohio, ThinkTV is working with Jenny Montgomery, an art teacher at the Dayton Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School. Jenny is at the forefront of STEAM (STEM + Art) and she’s working with biology classes and multimedia classes at the Dayton Regional STEM School to create instructional resources for younger children who visit the Newport Aquarium.

 

The project is actually part of a partnership between the STEM School and the WAVE Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newport Aquarium. In addition to being involved in the creation of these videos and resources, ThinkTV plans to document the project and discuss this new problem-based-learning model as applied to STEM if additional funding becomes available.

 

This project is still in the early stages, but we thought you all might like to see some photos and a quick behind-the-scenes video of some adorable penguins. During the video, listen closely to hear biologist Dan Clady explain why penguins sneeze!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about our educational efforts: www.thinktv.org/education and www.CETconnect.org/education

03/06/2014 Education 0 Comments
     

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
     

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