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It has been a busy spring for ThinkTV and CET. We’ve had our biggest membership drive of the year at both stations and 11 total days of live auctions between the GreatTV Auction and the CET Action Auction. With all of the asking we’ve been doing lately, we wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU.

 

Every single person who donated to CET and ThinkTV in some way is absolutely vital – whether you bought an item at the auction, became a sustaining member for as little as $5 a month or made a major gift – and your contribution helps keep public television alive and healthy in Southwest Ohio.

 

ThinkTV and CET are the most widely used non-profit organizations in our region, reaching more than 2 million people in our community each year, and that’s only possible because of your support. In addition to offering a wide variety of programming, our stations provide educational resources to schools and teachers throughout the region, offer professional development to educators and caregivers, and are involved with the arts organizations in our communities.

 

If you have supported your local PBS stations this year, please accept our gratitude for the important role you’re playing in our organization! If you haven’t given yet this year, and would like to, you can learn more here: http://www.cetconnect.org/support.

04/24/2014 Station News 0 Comments
     

Now that the weather has warmed up after this cold winter, we’re all clamoring to get outside – and Arthur and his friends are no different! In fact, this week is Outdoor Week on Arthur.

 

Outdoor Week includes the premieres of two all-new Arthur episodes on CET and ThinkTV16. The first is “Speak Up Francine/Waiting for Snow,” which airs on Monday, April 21 and encores on Wednesday, April 30. The second episode is “Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite,” which airs on April 22 and encores multiple times in May. These episodes focus on teaching important values, such as speaking up for what you believe in, patience, sharing and teamwork.

 

 A new Arthur digital game, “Backyard Jungle,” will also launch this month. In “Backyard Jungle,” kids will join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic adventure using the power of their imaginations.

 

Arthur airs at the following times:

CET: 7am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, at 7am on Saturdays and at 11am on Sundays

ThinkTV16: 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday

To see the airdates on ThinkTV14, visit www.thinktv.org/schedule

04/17/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

The Address, a 90-minute documentary by Ken Burns, will be broadcast on ThinkTV16 and CET at 9pm Tuesday, April 15. In the film, Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.

 

Through the exploration of Greenwood, whose students (boys ages 11-17) face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

 

CET and ThinkTV encouraged our communities to record their own Gettysburg Address videos. See the finalists on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqSvevVI2ir_oq6MKJPbhx7VmoC-gONa3.

 

Ken Burns also encouraged people around the country to showcase their own versions of the speech. You can see those here: http://www.learntheaddress.org/

 

Here's a personal favorite: 

 

04/10/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

ThinkTV16 and CET are launching Think Wednesday – a new primetime line-up featuring television’s best nature, science and technology programming. Nature and NOVA will continue to air at 8pm and 9pm respectively and we’ll be premiering new specials at 10pm each week.

 

The first week Think Wednesday premieres on April 9th with Nature: My Bionic Pet, NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius and Your Inner Fish

 

8pm – Nature: My Bionic Pet

Left without fins, flippers, beaks or tails from disease, accidents or human cruelty, some animals face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to survive. Prosthetic parts made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide what disabled animals need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process can benefit humans as well. 

 

9pm – NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius

When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? Today, researchers are discovering other creatures that have mastered these skills. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest birds, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

 

10pm – Your Inner Fish

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.

 

See the rest of the upcoming line-up for Think Wednesday here: http://www.cetconnect.org/programming/think-wednesday.

 

CET Viewers: Due to the CET Action Auction, these programs will air on CET Create on April 9. Think Wednesday will return to CET’s main channel on April 16th

 

Here's a preview for Think Wednesday:

 

04/03/2014 Programs 0 Comments
     

The program The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama premiered on March 25th on both CET and ThinkTV16. We aired the first two episodes, Among Believers and In the Beginning, and will follow up this week with the last three episodes in the series: A Leap of Faith, Over the Rainbow and Return.

 

According to the press release on the program, the five-hour series follows Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it.

 

The series is, at the same time, a personal journey for Schama, who has been immersed in Jewish history since his postwar childhood; a meditation on its dramatic trajectory; and a macro-history of a people whose mark on the world has been out of all proportion to its modest numbers.

 

Here are details about the three parts still to air. You can watch the two previously broadcasted episodes online for free below or at http://video.thinktv.org or http://watch.cetconnect.org.

 

Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: A Leap of Faith

Tuesday, April 1, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Simon Schama explores how the Enlightenment allowed Jews to integrate into modern European culture.

 

Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Over the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 1, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This episode chronicles how the Jewish people of Eastern Europe made their mark on the modern world.

 

Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Return

Tuesday, April 1, at 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Examine how the Holocaust and creation of Israel changed what it means to be Jewish with Simon Schama.

 

Watch the first and second episodes here: 

 

 

03/28/2014 0 Comments
     

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