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  After Newtown

As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and […]


Jon Meacham’s new role at Need to Know

In mid-April, Jon Meacham will be stepping back from his role as co-anchor, but still conducting interviews and doing his popular In Perspective essays.


The best in broadcast journalism

There’s no red carpet or Oscar de la Renta gowns, but the duPont awards, celebrating the best in broadcast journalism, have their own cachet.


Muffingate, or the making of a PBS-style euphemism

There’s no question that Peter Sagal is a perfect addition to the Need to Know family; he’s funny, insightful and game to take on the tricky role of show closer. But his first three-minute essay came with a problem we hadn’t run into before: How do we say a dirty word without saying a dirty word?


Photo: Happy Birthday Jim!

Jim Henson is one of the most widely known puppeteers in history. He was born September 24, 1936. In 1966, he was approached by public television producer Joan Ganz Cooney to create a family of characters for a new children’s television show that, through skits, songs and performances, would teach children more than just letters […]


Television to die for

“The problem is our audience is literally dying. The average age is 55 years old. If we don’t reach the youth market, we’re finished!” said Richard Smith-Jones, who is not a PBS executive.


Idiot boxing

Win Rosenfeld on the potential pitfalls of covering mainstream television for PBS.

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