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No Business Like NBR

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Since 1979, the Nightly Business Report was the decidedly unsexy character in the financial news genre of television. The public broadcasting pioneer — the first financial news show on television — wore its sober, straight-shooting approach on its sleeve. But the show’s owner, cable TV’s CNBC, pulled the plug and left scores of viewers wondering what happened.

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Where’s the Bern?

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Politics Monday is the NewsHour’s comprehensive rundown of the chase for the presidency in 2020. But a benign omission of Bernie Sanders from the round-up ignited a backlash from hundreds of his supporters and NewsHour viewers.

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Grover and The Very Bad Word

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Social science offers an answer to the mystery of why many people think they heard Grover use foul language in a Sesame Street episode.

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NPR Taps Poynter's Kelly McBride To Be Public Editor

Poynter Institute calls it "a pioneering new partnership." Its senior vice president Kelly McBride, who also chairs the institute's Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, will serve as NPR Public Editor under a unique two-year contract. 

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.

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. ...