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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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CET and ThinkTV kick off their annual fall membership drive this weekend with some new and interesting programs including 60s Girl Grooves, Inside Foyle’s War and Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decades. As always, we’ll have special thank you gifts for new and renewing members. Here’s a list of the highlights:


60s Girl Grooves

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8pm on CET

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Monday, Aug. 5, at 9:30pm on CET Arts

Rare footage and original performances spotlight the girl groups and female singers of the 1960s.





Emeli Sande: Live at The Royal Albert Theatre

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8pm on CET Arts

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Monday, Aug. 5, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10:30pm on CET

The critically acclaimed Scottish singer and songwriter performs in London’s iconic concert hall.





Inside Foyle’s War

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 9pm on CET

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Thursday, Aug. 8, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 8pm on CET Arts

The stars of the series and the people behind the camera discuss the very popular detective show.





Gloria Estefan: The Standards

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10pm on CET

Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV16

The incredible singer performs “Good Morning Heartache” and more recognizable and beloved tunes.






Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14

Monday, Aug. 5, at 9pm on CET

Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9:30pm on CET Arts

Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

The classical crossover soprano performs new songs inspired by the wonderment and beauty of space.





Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decades

Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9:30pm on CET

The phenomenal group reinvents a cappella on the modern pop landscape in this concert.








Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 9pm on CET Arts

Monday, Aug. 5, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Monday, Aug. 5, at 10:30pm on CET

Thursday, Aug. 8, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Hugh Laurie pays tribute to Professor Longhair’s 1975 album with an unforgettable performances.





Only the first broadcast date for each station is included in this list. For the full schedule, visit or

07/25/2013 Membership 0 Comments

Whether you’re a professional or budding photographer – or even if you just like taking pictures with your phone – we have a cool new program just for you: See. Snap. Send!


See. Snap. Send. is a new photography challenge CET and ThinkTV have put together to get viewers and fans more involved with the stations. We give you a theme (this months’ is “Exploring the Parks”) and then post a call for photo submissions. Once the deadline passes, we’ll post the photos on Facebook and ask for votes! The photo with the most votes is featured on our website along with the photographer’s name.


Since this is a brand new project for us, we need your help getting it off the ground! Do you have a photograph taken at a park? It can be a park anywhere in the world! If so, please consider sending it to along with your name and the name of the park where the photo was taken. The photo with the most votes at the end of the challenge will be featured on our “National Parks” program page during the end of August and beginning of September.


The deadline to submit your photo for the “Exploring the Park” photo challenge is midnight on August 9th.


All of the details, rules and specs are available here: and


We’d also like to encourage you to visit our Facebook page for continuous updates and for voting: and

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To celebrate one of the hottest times of the year, ThinkTV and CET are getting cozy with some of nature’s biggest cats. That’s right! We’re presenting “Three Weeks – Three Big Cats” each Wednesday for the rest of July.


July 17, 8pm: The first big cat program is Nature: Elsa’s Legacy – The Born Free Story. Born Free, a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has Born Free taught us?


July 24, 8pm: The second Nature about big cats is Siberian Tiger Quest. This program follows Chris Morgan as he embarks on his great challenge – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s eastern forests. See how Morgan, along with Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, use unconventional techniques to get a glimpse at this rare creature.


July 31, 8pm: The final show in “Three Weeks – Three Big Cats” is Nature: Revealing the Leopard. The leopard is the most widespread predator of their size on land – hunting from South Africa to Siberia and Arabia to Sri Lanka. This film puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat and shows how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.


To see previews of these three shows, visit our “Big Cats” page here: or

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CET and ThinkTV will be taking a trip overseas and back in time to test replicas of Egyptian royal chariots and explore new insights into Tutankhamen’s death and burial on a special Egypt-themed Science Wednesday on July 10th!


At 8pm we’ll be airing NOVA: Building Pharaoh’s Chariot. In this program, archaeologists, engineers and woodworkers test highly-accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots, which some historians claim launched a technological and strategic revolution and was the greatest weapon behind Egypt's greatest era of conquest.


Then, at 9pm, we’ll broadcast a new Secrets of the Dead called Ultimate Tut. This program focuses on the greatest archaeological find in history: the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and its golden treasures, which were discovered more than 90 years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Secrets of the Dead reveals new insights into how Tutankhamen died and how the Egyptian Pharaoh was buried.


You can watch previews and find additional information on our Egypt Night webpage here:

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