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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


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


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