Featured Programs

American Masters – Janis: Little Girl Blue

American Masters – Janis: Little Girl Blue

Tuesday, May 3, at 8pm on CET & Saturday, May 7, at 8pm on CET Arts

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Wallander – The Final Season

Wallander – The Final Season

Premieres Sunday, May 8, at 9pm on CET

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Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Tuesday, May 17, at 9pm CET

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American Masters – Dorothea Lang: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

American Masters – Dorothea Lang: Grab a Hunk of Lig...

Wednesday, May 25, at 8pm on CET Arts

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National Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 29, at 8pm on CET & Tuesday, May 31, at 8pm on CET Arts

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Call the Midwife Season Five

Call the Midwife Season Five

Sundays at 8pm on CET & Thursdays at 9pm on CET Arts

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Mr. Selfridge Season Four

Mr. Selfridge Season Four

Sundays at 10pm on CET

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From Program Director Jim Wiener

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When I'm watching through apple tv some of the episodes have a blue box with kind of a white star inside.

Dawn P., Maineville

The blue box with star is a show that is designated for Passport members only.

Members of CET and ThinkTV are automatically eligible to watch a large library of public television programs any time they’d like.  The service just started around the first of this year, and is perfect for those who stream their content via their computer.  If you’re a CET member and want to get activated with Passport, call Rene at 513.345.6524.  For Think TV members, call Kristine at 937.220.1660.


Dr. Gates [FINDING YOUR ROOTS] is a person who loves to give us fairy tells [sic] about American families (History). He told Mia Farrow, "your mother was a goddess as Jane in Tarzan, she is why I went to Africa." Ridiculous, as an African American to make such a statement about an actress in one of the most racist movie series that has ever been created is shocking. Mr Gates is a man void of class and culture. He is why I would not donate 10 cent to support PBS -Sorry, but I will not pay to be degraded!!!

Eugene S., Cincinnati

I looked at the offending passage.  Gates refers to Maureen O’Sullivan as “… perhaps most famous to my generation as Jane in the old black and white Tarzan movies.”  After a clip of Jane seductively talking to Tarzan, Gates then tells Mia Farrow “Now this is the reason I went to Africa… in search for Jane.”

Farrow laughed and responded “That would be the last place you’d ever find her…!”  Gates then says “That’s your mother, Maureen O’Sullivan.  A goddess.  How are you like your mom?”   Seems a telling question since Maureen O’Sullivan was viewed as outgoing and glamorous while Mia Farrow was viewed as meek and introspective.

So a couple of things.

First, if anyone should have been offended by Gates comment “in search for Jane,” it should have been Mia Farrow.  Instead, she laughed and appeared to take it as a compliment.  Her mother WAS gorgeous and really defined that role.  There were plenty of Janes as there were James Bonds.  But most movie fans would say Sean Connery was the definitive Bond while O’Sullivan was the definitive Jane.  Suffice it to say, Ms. Farrow did not appear offended by Gates comment in the slightest.

Secondly, I wouldn’t disagree that the Tarzan movie series had plenty of racist stereotypes.  But the reason the series was brought up was as the best known example of O’Sullivan’s work.  No one was commenting on whether the Tarzan movies were racist, or if Jane’s character spouted racist lines.  I doubt Clark Gable’s notoriety as an actor was marred by his appearance in another movie with plenty of racist stereotypes, GONE WITH THE WIND.  Just not seeing the relevance.   

Finally, you may understand that public television operates on an old family value:  the honor system.  Viewers who utilize the resource are asked to become members and contribute to a source of commercial free programming, just as they would put money in the box at work for someone who’s selling chocolate bars for a fundraiser.   Some may grab a bar and “uh, all I have is a 5.  I’ll get change tomorrow…” only never to return with money.  Or they didn’t like the chocolate, so figured that their justification for not contributing.  Some viewers can provide all manner of excuses to circumvent the honor system, and for me “I will not pay to be degraded!!!” is an instant classic.   Plenty of tortured logic went into that conclusion.

-Jim Wiener, Program Director