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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Can’t-Miss TV

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Bill Moyers says PBS is dropping the ball in its coverage of the U.S. House of Representative’s impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. But a close look shows the public broadcaster’s coverage – on free television, cable and the Internet – will actually be extensive.

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The Deepest of Cuts

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The loss of $1.1 million across the Alaska public broadcasting landscape makes the specter of similar political campaigns in other states all-too real.

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The Great Vape Debate

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Wayward social media derailed an important report on vaping, but reminded us of the right way to handle even the smallest of mistakes.

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PBS Everywhere, Anytime – Almost

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Is public access increasing as PBS dives deeper into streaming?

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Censorship In The Age Of Streaming

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PBS KIDS and Arthur offer important lessons – for adults.

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An Unexpected Farewell

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Sharing some thoughts about the last year.

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A Sense of Proportion

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It's a good idea in life and in news consumption

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Representation Matters

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When all Americans can see themselves and their stories, that's a good thing.

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Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

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Sometimes taking a left at an intersection is just that

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Trump Tweets and What to do About Them

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Reporters have no option - report on the president's tweets, it's their job.

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Shields And Salam

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Help, It's Getting Hot in Here!

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Paul Ryan in the Firing Line

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In assessing a new show, one episode is not enough

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Public Broadcasting in the News

 

Jim Lehrer Dies

The Washington Post looks at the life of PBS NewsHour’s legendary co-founder and longtime anchor. Lehrer was dubbed the ‘dean of moderators’ for presiding over 12 presidential debates.  

Cloud Fix

Programmers are working to fix problems that surfaced during the rollout of PBS’ sIX interconnection system, which is supposed to let stations pluck programs from the cloud. The cloud-based system automatically locked some episodes that were supposed to be made available, reports Current.

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. ...