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CET and ThinkTV are excited to bring viewers an encore presentation of the entire six part Ken Burns’ series National Parks: America’s Best Idea on six back-to-back nights starting Monday, Sept. 2. Each two hour episode explores the chronological history, metamorphosis and impact of the national park system over the last 150 years.


Here’s a rundown of each episode:


National Parks: America’s Best Idea - The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

Monday, Sept. 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

In 1872, Congress acts to protect land that will become America’s first national park, Yellowstone.


National Parks: America’s Best Idea – The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

At the end of the 19th century, a conservation movement takes shape to protect America’s wilderness.


National Parks: America’s Best Idea – The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Established in 1916, the National Park Service protects the Grand Canyon from commercial interests.


National Parks: America’s Best Idea – Going Home (1920-1933)

Thursday, Sept. 5, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

The automobile allows more people to visit the parks. The Smoky Mountains and the Tetons become parks.


National Parks: America’s Best Idea – Great Nature (1933-1945)

Friday, Sept. 6, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

During an economic crisis and a world war, the parks provided a source of jobs and much-needed peace.


National Parks: America’s Best Idea – The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of parks to the next generation.


Go behind-the-scenes and watch extended clips and untold stories here:


Check out a preview of the series here: 



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On the eve of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington, we’ll be celebrating with the premiere of The March at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV.


This program, narrated by Denzel Washington, reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice.


In addition to the premiere of  The March, the PBS Black Culture Connection website will debut The March @50, a five-part web series exploring whether America has delivered on the promises of the March. Take a look:


Memories of the March, another web series of video vignettes created by PBS member stations, explores additional compelling local stories of the March, providing a variety of perspectives on this historic event and its ongoing legacy:


There’s also a great series of PBS NewsHour stories about The March’s anniversary. This webpage is a great summary of the resources and information NewsHour put together:

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Move over Endeavour, Sherlock and Foyle, Masterpiece Mystery! Silk is making its way to ThinkTV and CET this summer. This show is about a group of British lawyers, called Barristers, aggressively vying to be appointed as a Queen’s Counsel.


The story largely follows the extremely competitive Martha Costello (Maxine Peake – Criminal Justice, Little Dorrit) and Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones – MI-5, Whitechapel) who will do just about anything to reach the top of their careers. Natalie Dormer and Tom Hughes also star.


The series, named Silk because the promotion to Queen’s Counsel is called “taking the silk,” was created by Peter Moffat and is based on his own experiences as a barrister.


Join CET and ThinkTV16 at 9pm Sunday, Aug. 25, for the first 2-hour episode of Silk. The remaining two two-hour episodes will air at 9pm Sunday, Sept. 1, and at 9pm Sunday, Sept. 8, on both ThinkTV16 and CET.


Here’s a preview of the series:

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For those of you who regularly use our On Demand service, you may have noticed a change – in fact,  we recently re-launched On Demand with a whole new look! As always, the On Demand website is packed with thousands of full-length videos and episodes, clips, extras and previews, but now the site is infused with a variety of additional tools.


Firstly, and possibly most obviously, the site plain old looks different – but don’t worry! All the videos you’ve been watching are still there and can be found through the search and browse functions.


One of the coolest new features is that the site now enables users to quickly and easily create a watchlist without any sort of login or social connection. As long as you stick with the same browser next time you visit the site, your watchlist will be there!


Also, local programs like Our Ohio, SHOWCASE and Focus are easier to find than before – they’re the first ones that show up under the full programming section labeled “More Programs.”


We also wanted to point out that, if you DO want to log in socially, each video has an easy share button that allows you to post to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as to email the video to your friends and family.


This is just a small sample of some of the great new tools, so take a few minutes today and hop on over to or to check out  our new On Demand service.

08/08/2013 Station News 0 Comments

Now that we’re into August and summer vacation is starting to wind down, we thought we’d share some light-hearted – and kind of fun – facts with you. Here are five facts you might not know about some of your favorite PBS and PBS KIDS programs!


Famous Highclere Castle neighbor Andrew Lloyd Webber recently tried to purchase the Downton Abbey location to hold his art collection.




 While filming the Baking with Julia series, Julia Child used a whopping 753 pounds of butter.





The reporter for WordGirl’s Woodview Elementary School is Todd “Scoops” Ming and his editor’s name is Woodward Bernstein, which is a punning off the last names of legendary Washington Post Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.



In 2003, President George W. Bush made Austin City Limits the only TV show ever to be awarded the National Medal of Arts.




Kids who watched Super Why! scored 46 percent higher on standardized tests than those who didn’t.




Have any of your own facts to share about your experience with PBS and PBS Kids? Did Sesame Street teach you how to count? Do you tune in every Sunday night for Masterpiece? Tell us about it in the comments!


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