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

Airing Monday on Independent Lens: “Beauty Is Embarrassing”:

“Take a ride through the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White. Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture.”

Watch On a Mission to Bring Humor into Fine Art on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.


Pioneers of Television looks at TV’s original “Funny Ladies”:

“This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.”

Watch Funny Ladies on PBS. See more from pbs.


Idea Channel asks: “Will Space Travel Save Us All?”

“Space, also known as The Final Frontier, has been in our collective dreams and fantasies for decades. Who WOULDN’T want to blast into space, experience zero gravity, or walk on the moon?! But with limited funding to NASA, the day that had been promised to us for years, seems no closer now than it did 30 years ago. BUT WAIT! Could private research and funding be the future of galactic exploration?”

Watch Will Space Travel Save Us All? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.


WHYY’s Friday Arts profiles William Kendzierski, a New Jersey artist who creates life-cast sculptures:

Watch Friday Arts for January 2013 on PBS. See more from Friday Arts.

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