A PBS Communication About the Coronavirus Pandemic 

PBS has responded to the new coronavirus pandemic with programming and online content to support families and educators, and to keep all Americans informed.   

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Beyond Television

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A regular PBS Digital Studios program called "It's Okay To Be Smart" responded rapidly to covid-19 with an episode that walks us through the sometimes counter-intuitive thinking required to face a global pandemic.

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An Unfinished Tale

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Sanditon viewers aren’t happy with the uncertain ending; unfortunately, a Season Two for Jane Austen’s unfinished story is unlikely, for now.

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Water for Deserts

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U.S. communities today are more wired than ever. Yet increasingly large swaths of the nation are losing stalwart sources of local news as advertising revenue dries up. Who’ll tell them what’s going in their schools, on Main Street and in City Hall? Public broadcasters say they’re up to the task. But will and journalistic skill alone aren’t enough to deliver the news.

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Public Broadcasting in the News

This Is the Test of the Public Broadcast System

Julie Drizin, executive director of Current, argues public media provides a lot of bang for the buck, given its modest share of the $2 trillion rescue package the Senate passed last night.

Arizona Politico Chris Herstam Apologizes for On-Air Comment

The Arizona Republic reports former Arizona lawmaker Chris Herstam apologized after being criticized for saying during an appearance on Arizona PBS that legislators and governor should be shot if they do not allow counties to run elections by mail this year.

Coronavirus Concerns? Turn on 'Sesame Street' for Answers

For five decades, Americans have been able to turn to Sesame Street for help with life’s most basic challenges, including getting along with each other in difficult times. AV Club calls the show “the nation’s most helpful institution.” Sesame Workshop hosts a new lineup of programming and web resources to “help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety” and stay healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Read its statement here.

News Deserts

Do you live in a ‘news desert’? The University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism looks at the growing gaps in news coverage left by the closures of local newspapers around the country.

...more on 'News Deserts' and what PBS can do about them (older coverage) 

Against the growing phenomena of news deserts in the United States – areas where local news outlets have failed or have been gutted by the loss of ad revenue – PBS is being called upon to act. One suggested remedy is overhauling the way the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues grants for public affairs programming, from a Washington, DC -based metric to spending decided by local news producers. ...