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“I’ve been lucky enough to live through what well might be considered the golden age of natural history filmmaking.” – Sir David Attenborough


Sir David Attenborough has been part of the natural history filmmaking world for 60 years – a witness to a huge period of change in Earth’s history. Starting this Wednesday, Nature will be dedicating a three-part special to David Attenborough’s life and work.


Attenborough’s Life Stories: Life on Camera will be broadcast Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8pm; Attenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World will air Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 8pm; and Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet will air Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8pm on both CET and ThinkTV16.


Whether or not you’re a usual Nature watcher, this evolution of wildlife filmmaking is a visual treat told through Attenborough’s life and lens. The previews alone are a breathtaking and include everything from volcanoes and DNA to whales and gorillas.


Check out the previews below:


Watch Attenborough's Life Stories: Part 1 Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

Watch Attenborough's Life Stories: Part 2 Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

Watch Attenborough's Life Stories: Part 3 Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

01/17/2013 Programs 0 Comments


One of the things we love about being a public television station is the ability to bring you documentaries and features from independent filmmakers – especially through shows like Independent Lens, which is moving to Monday nights on CET and will continue to air on Thursdays on ThinkTV16!


The next Independent Lens, airing at 10pm tonight on CET and 10pm on Thursday on ThinkTV16, will be Soul Food Junkies. In this documentary, filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the long-term impacts of eating soul food, the kind of food he grew up with and that has had a profound effect on his life and southern community.


The next couple of Independent Lens episodes include Beauty is Embarrassing on January 21/January 24 and The Revisionaries on January 28/January 31. For more information about Independent Lens and the 2012-2013 season, visit


Here’s a 2012-2013 season preview:

Watch Independent Lens Season Highlights on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

01/10/2013 Programs 0 Comments


This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation – the order issued by President Abraham Lincoln that decreed all those enslaved in the Confederate territory be forever free.


But getting to that point – and helping enslaved individuals find freedom – didn’t come easily before or after the decree.


CET and ThinkTV will be airing the The Abolitionists on American Experience this January. Part one will be at 9pm Tuesday, Jan. 8, followed by part two at 9pm Jan. 15 and part three at 9pm Jan. 22.


This series follows the shared stories of Angelina Grimké, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave who becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William Lloyd Garrison, who founds the newspaper The Liberator, a powerful voice for the movement; Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose first trip to the South changes her life and her writing; and John Brown, who devotes his life to the cause.


PBS has a cool website built around American Experience: The Abolitionists that we wanted to share: There are previews, additional clips, associated stories and an interactive “The Abolitionist Map of America” that uses history pin to mark locations of interest in our area. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!


Also, coming up later this month, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be opening a new special installation called “Emancipation and its Legacies” beginning Jan. 18th. This exhibit will examine the events leading up to and immediately following the Proclamation and the impact they made on the course of our nation. For more information, visit

01/03/2013 Programs 0 Comments


Are you a Downton Abbey fan? If so, you’ve probably been holding your breath for the third season right along with us. What will Bates’ future hold? How will the politics of the day affect the estate? When will those long-awaited wedding bells ring?


The anticipation is almost over! Downton Abbey Season 3 will premiere on ThinkTV16 and CET at 9pm Sunday, Jan. 6.


In this first episode, wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey, where disasters large and small threaten the plans, including Cora’s freewheeling American mother – played by Shirley MacLaine – who tries to loosen-up her in-laws…


Here is the program schedule for all of Downton Abbey Season 3 on CET and ThinkTV16:


Episode 1: Jan. 6th at 9pm (2 Hours)

Episode 2: Jan. 13th at 9pm (1 Hour)

Episode 3: Jan. 20th at 9pm (I Hour)

Episode 4: Jan. 27th at 9pm (1 Hour)

Episode 5: Feb. 3rd at 9pm (1 Hour)

Episode 6: Feb. 10th at 9pm (2 Hours)

Episode 7: Feb. 17th at 9pm (2 Hours)


Downton Abbey also airs Wednesdays at 8pm on CET Arts if you live near Cincinnati. For more about the Arts channel, visit


And visit our special Downton Abbey pages here: and

12/27/2012 Programs 0 Comments


The tragedy in Newtown has created challenges for many parents – even as far away as Southwest Ohio. How do you talk to kids about scary news? How do you let them know they are safe? How do you keep them safe? How do you offer hope to those impacted?


We wanted to share some resources and insights PBS has assembled over the last few days to help answer some of those questions through the familiar faces your kids already know – like Arthur and Mister Rogers.


The first link we wanted to share is a Mister Rogers’ video recorded just after 9/11. In the video, which many are sharing in the wake of the Newtown shootings, Mister Rogers talks about looking for hope in scary times and knowing that people love you for who you are:


The second resource is the PBS Parents & Teachers guide for “Helping Our Children Feel Safe.” On this site, you can find Arthur: April 9th, a special story about coping with troubling experiences. There’s also information about helping children through difficult times and other links:


If you’re looking for some insight about sharing the scary news with your kids, check out this article from PBS NewsHour:


Do you have any other resources and suggestions to share with others? Post them in the comments.

12/20/2012 Station News 1 Comment


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