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Ken Burns became a star on PBS a generation ago by telling the story of the Civil War in a huge — and hugely popular — documentary series. Since then, he and his collaborators have done invaluable work, including a lengthy and superb examination of World War II.

The Whiteness Project

In the ongoing conversation on race and identity, we don’t hear much about how white people experience their race. But in the Whiteness Project, candid video interviews explore what it means to be white today.

Mary Greene family

Mary Lee Dodd Greene, a longtime KERA staffer who was also a North Texas civil rights and education champion, has died.

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

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The NFL reported 228 cases of diagnosed concussions in the 2013 season. Research has revealed prolonged head injuries suffered playing football have lead to dementia, cognitive decline, ALS and Parkinson's among its players. Steve Almond, writer and author of Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto, will join Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. on Think to discuss the issue from an aware fan's perspective.

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Leslie Hirsh Ceballos is not afraid to use technology in the classroom. She’s so good at it that PBS selected her as one of its 2014 LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The Richardson teacher is one of 100 educators tapped for the year-long professional development program.

To coincide with Hispanic Heritage month, PBS TV stations nationwide begin an historic six-hour documentary series tonight, titled “Latino Americans.”   

Covering 500 years of history in six hours, it is the first major documentary series on the history and experience of Latinos in  America.

Watch Latino Americans on KLRU (18.1) Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.  KLRU's VME channel (18.4) will show the series in Spanish starting Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm.  Or watch online at klru.org.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff have been named co-anchors and managing editors of public TV's nightly news show. PBS is touting this as the first time two women have anchored a network newscast. The reorganization comes as the network is planning to launch "PBS NewsHour Weekend" in September.

What fueled the change-making passion of abolitionists? The answers are as varied as each civil rights activist's experiences. In this HuffPo piece, John Stauffer, Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University, looks at Frederick Douglass' faith and how it informed the leader's work. Stauffer talks with 'Think' host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. about heroes of the Civil War era. He's a participant in 'The Abolitionists' PBS series, which premieres tonight on KERA Channel 13 at 8 p.m.

With the public TV sensation 'Downton Abbey' returning to American screens on Sunday night (locally 8 p.m. on KERA Channel 13), NPR offers a chance to test your knowledge of all things 'Downton.'

A Pinch Of Drum Machine? Julia Child Remixed

Dec 4, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: PBS icons chopped and remade, a new energy doc and more.