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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


The holidays are the perfect time to get your family to help with the cooking. The kids are home from school, you have to juggle five potlucks, there are a zillion cookies to make…


If you have little soon-to-be chefs at home, take a look at the PBS Kitchen Explorers webpage. It is packed with wonderful recipes, including cheesy stuffed bread, chocolate and caramel pretzel turtles, Bunuelos with honey and much more that are easy to make with your kids – there’s even a guide to baking gluten free cutout cookies with icing.


If your kids aren’t entirely into helping in the kitchen, then take a break from the holiday craziness and enjoy some PBS Kids programs with them. ThinkTV and CET’s broadcasts are packed with fun, educational programming all day to help little ones learn while having a good time. For our viewers up North, ThinkTV14 Learn features those programs all day long. PBS Kids also has a huge variety of games and activities for young learners available on computers, tablets and smart phones.


Visit our station websites and check out the Kids and Family pages for links to these activities and more at or  The direct link to Kitchen Explorers is


Do you have a favorite activity you do with the kids at the holidays? Any suggestions for fellow parents looking to get their kids involved in the traditions? Tell us in the comments!

12/13/2012 Education 0 Comments


A traditional sight at Christmas time is seeing those shivering souls ringing bells in front of red kettles asking you to support The Salvation Army. Have you ever wondered how your donations are used to provide assistance for your friends, family and neighbors in need? 


On this episode of Focus, host Kathy Lehr talks to General Secretary Major Tim Lyle of The Salvation Army about how The Salvation Army serves those in need throughout our community.


Some of their services include: Emergency Disaster Services; Christmas assistance programs; Family, Youth and Senior Services; Housing Programs; Anti-Human Trafficking; Adult Rehabilitation Center for those overcoming drug or alcohol addictions; their Thrift Stores and much, much more.


Focus airs at 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 14, on ThinkTV14 and at 12:30pm Sunday, Dec. 16, on CET.


For more information and to watch Focus online, visit For more about The Salvation Army visit, or call 513-762-5600.

12/06/2012 Programs 0 Comments


Skunks are mysterious creatures. We see them all the time, just like raccoons and possums, but that doesn’t mean we know much about them. Of course it could be because getting too close to them often means taking a bath in tomato juice…


Despite the risks to their sense of smell, a group of intrepid researchers and cameramen tracked skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio and even Martha’s Vineyard, to uncover how they hunt, forage, mate and raise their amazingly cute babies – all the things they are doing when not spraying the local dog.


The footage and information they gathered will be presented in Nature: Is That Skunk at 8pm on both ThinkTV16 and CET.


A couple years ago, two self-taught animal behaviorists – Cody and Arnold Hildebrand of Wild Brother Behavioral Research – met with Sherry Sargeant to talk about their work with skunks for an exclusive CET Connect online video.  They even brought along two favorite skunks, Kelsey and Kendall, for the show! Check out these little cuties here:

11/29/2012 Programs 0 Comments

The holidays can be a really busy time of year. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for whichever holiday you celebrate. There are light shows and performances to see, big dinners to plan, shopping to do – all sorts of stress-tivities! Sometimes you just need a break to enjoy the season.


Take that break with your local public television stations! ThinkTV and CET have a slew of holiday programs to share this November and December and we hope you can join us.


Some of the shows this year include Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Antiques Roadshow: Greatest Gifts, Sting: A Winter’s Night, the Call the Midwife holiday special and much more.


We’ve put together a full listing of ThinkTV and CET holiday programs on each station’s website. Here are the links: and


Let us know in the comments which program you’re most looking forward to!

11/21/2012 Programs 2 Comments


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