PBS & Antiques Roadshow apps

PBS announced today the App Store debut of the PBS App for iPhone and iPod touch, featuring more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programs.

Also launching today, the PBS Antiques Roadshow game app, available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, lets players virtually collect, appraise and bid on real antiques with new collectibles from different cities added regularly.
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PBS shows get Emmy nominations

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS programs garnered an impressive 32 nominations, including outstanding program nominations in Nonfiction Series (3 of the 6 nominees were PBS programs); Miniseries; Made-for-Television Movie; Children’s Nonfiction Program; and Reality Program categories.

Dame Judi Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce all received nominations in the acting categories for their performances in PBS programs.

* MASTERPIECE received 12 nominations, including 7 for “Return to Cranford” and 4 for “Emma”;
* THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA received 5 nominations;
* AMERICAN EXPERIENCE received 3 nominations;
* GREAT PERFORMANCES received 2 nominations;
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE received 2 nominations; and
* POV received 2 nominations.

In addition, AMERICAN MASTERS, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, THE BUDDHA, CELTIC WOMAN: SONGS FROM THE HEART, WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE and INDEPENDENT LENS all received nominations.

PBS’ 32 nominations are more than A&E, Bravo, Discovery Channel and History combined. Last year, PBS received 26 nominations and won 9 Primetime Emmys.

Winners in the creative arts categories will be announced on Friday, August 27; this awards presentation will be televised on E!. The Primetime Emmys live telecast for the remainder of the categories will be Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Frontline/World reporter answers questions about Haiti

Post-disaster food aid saves lives, but it can also undercut local merchants critical to the supply chain. FRONTLINE/World and NPR’s Planet Money reporter Adam Davidson explores this predicament in “Haiti: The Aid Dilemma,” the latest in a series of economic reports from post-earthquake Haiti.

The story airs as the second of three magazine-length segments in this week’s episode of FRONTLINE/World. In advance of the broadcast, we are previewing the segment on the Web and inviting viewers to post questions and comments. Davidson will be responding to the postings the day of the broadcast: today, June 29,  from  11 a.m. to noon.

Preview the segment and post questions here

POV's summer season begins June 22

POV’s regular season of Tuesday broadcasts begins June 22, 2010 with Emily and Sarah Kunstler’s William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which examines the life of this radical attorney from a surprising angle. Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time accused rapists and terrorists. In this intimate biography, the filmmakers seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.

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Need to Know starts 5/7

Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will co-anchor Need To Know, a new weekly primetime news and public affairs series slated to debut nationally on PBS May 7th.

A cross-media initiative built around a wide community of journalists and producers, with input from a savvy engaged audience, Need To Know on PBS will cover five primary beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture. Stories, interviews, blogs, video and photo features will offer ongoing updates online, with the production teams inviting interaction and input from users who are on the lookout for the latest information on a given subject.

Each week’s online story development will culminate in the weekly one-hour broadcast, curated from the week’s reporting by the various beat teams and co-anchored by Stewart and Meacham. The broadcast will feature documentary-style field reports, from both domestic and international locales, short features and studio-based interviews and conversation to complement and advance the produced reports.

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Final episode of Bill Moyers Journal airs 4/30

In the special 90-minute finale, Bill Moyers Journal will feature two main facets of his wide-ranging journalism: a report on people working for change and a “World of Ideas”
conversation with a leading public thinker.

With Moyer’s retirement comes a new public affairs program on Friday nights. Need to Know will cover five primary news beats: the economy; the environment and energy; health; national security; and culture.Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will co-anchor Need to Know, which will debut nationally on May 7th. Meacham recently taped an episode of KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks. To watch that complete episode or to learn more go to klru.org/texasmonthlytalks

Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham – Q&A Session from Texas Monthly Talks on Vimeo.

This Emotional Life

Program: This Emotional Life
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 4-6

Explore the topic online at pbs.org/thisemotionallife

This 3-part series represents what television does best. It opens a window into real lives, exploring ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Hosted by Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness.

Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.

Episode 1: Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.
The first episode, Family, Friends & Lovers, looks at the importance of relationships and why they are central to our emotional well-being.

Episode 2: Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.
In the second episode, Facing Our Fears, we look at emotions that are commonly regarded as obstacles to happiness — such as anger, fear, anxiety, and despair.

Episode 3: Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m.

The last episode, Rethinking Happiness, explores happiness. It is so critical to our well-being, and, yet, it remains such an elusive goal for many of us.

New PBS Kids Go! site teaches kids about health

PBS KIDS GO! invites early elementary school kids to join the hilarious animated adventures of Professor Fizzy and friends in FIZZY’S LUNCH LAB at PBSKIDSGO.org/lunchlab as they prepare tasty snacks, investigate the difference between good and bad food, and learn what happens once the food you eat goes into your body. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the immersive, comprehensive FIZZY’s LUNCH LAB experience features funny characters in a variety of short video segments and interactive games and is designed to bring kids and parents together to help plan meals, make snacks, and team up to make healthier eating choices for the entire family. The site will also feature extensive resources on PBS Parents and PBS Teachers to further the learning.