Around the Nation

BY Tom LeGro  March 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM EST

Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

PBS’ “Off Book” series looks at the history of animated GIFs, one of the oldest image formats used on the web:

Watch Off Book: Animated GIFs on PBS. See more from Off Book.

On PBS’ “Sound Tracks,” Marco Werman talks to rock legend Levon Helm, drummer and singer for The Band. Watch that interview here. (Art Beat talked to Helm a few years ago at one of his “midnight rambles.”) In the video below, Helm and friends perform “The Weight”:

Watch Quick Hits: Levon Helm Performs “The Weight” on PBS. See more from Sound Tracks.

WNET’s “Treasures of New York” goes on a tour of Hearst’s world headquarters in Midtown Manhattan to explore New York City’s first completed green office building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Norman Foster:

Watch Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower on PBS. See more from THIRTEEN Specials.

In Monday’s premiere episode of KCET’s “L.A. Tonight,” Roy Firestone begins a two-part interview with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. Part two airs Thursday.

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