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Old 06-20-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
 
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Please Support Public Broadcasting...

"A proposal is now moving through Congress that would cut $220 million in federal funding for public broadcasting in the coming year. This is 45% of the federal financial support for public television stations and could jeopardize the future of public broadcasting. Not only would this be devastating to public television stations around the country, it would also reduce the funding for great PBS series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, American Experience, American Masters, Washington Week and many others. Part of the reduction would be the elimination of Ready to Learn funding and award-winning educational children's programming such as Sesame Street, Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog and ZOOM!



If you believe that public television and radio stations are a vital educational and cultural resource and must be preserved, let your Congressman and Senators know that you want to see your tax dollars used to continue supporting both. Please be polite but firm in your support for public broadcasting. The full House of Representatives could take action on these cuts as soon as Wednesday, June 22."

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Old 06-20-2005, 05:27 PM   #2
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I will always say that a company should go and buy out PBS and let them run it. It will the best thing ever for that network.

It my area every year they do more and more on air stuff to get money from the public. It trully stinks.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:11 PM   #3
 
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Not sure what you're trying to say. Do you watch public television or listen to NPR?
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Old 06-21-2005, 01:54 PM   #4
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I will always say that a company should go and buy out PBS and let them run it. It will the best thing ever for that network.

It my area every year they do more and more on air stuff to get money from the public. It trully stinks.
omg, kleenex, hopefully that will never happen. as soon as they have to support a stock price from a parent company, you will start seeing top heavy weather girls and local interest stories (aka "fluff") on the newshour with jim lehrer; "great performances" will show a kid rock concert; and there would be an adult version of sesame street. all in the search for ratings...

seriuosly tho, please support pbs. if you are into watching cooking shows on tv, check out the ones on pbs. they are far superior to food tv's shows. check out:

jacques pepin: fast food my way
http://www.kqed.org/w/jpfastfood/home.html

julia child: lessons with master chefs -
http://www.pbs.org/juliachild/

cooking under fire -
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cookingunderfire/

cucina sicilia -
http://www.pbs.org/cucinasicilia/

culinary travels with dave eckert -
http://www.pbs.org/culinarytravels/

daisy cooks with daisy martinez -
http://www.daisycooks.com/

everyday food - (one of my faves)
http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/

food for the ancestors - (lugaru, check this out!)
http://www.pbs.org/foodancestors/main.html

great food -
http://www.pbs.org/greatfood/

how to cook everything, bittman takes on america's chefs -
(no link)

jewish cooking in america - (gb )
http://www.pbs.org/mpt/jewishcooking/

lidia's family table - (another fave)
http://www.lidiasitaly.com

the meaning of food -
http://www.pbs.org/opb/meaningoffood/

a taste of louisiana - ( for you 'bug )
http://www.pbs.org/tasteofla/
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buckytom, I am not the only person that has thrown out this idea.

I do not think the programming is going to change at all if a company bought it out.
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Obviously the answer is no.
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Does anyone know if educational programming is actually effective? I was always bored with shows like Sesame Street because my parents worked really hard to teach me education basics (the alphabet, how to add, etc.)... and I did REALLY well in elementary / middle school. I dunno, I guess my feeling is that there's no substitute for parental involvement in a kid's education. PBS has some OK shows... and yeah their cooking shows are very good... but so much of that programming just doesn't appeal to audiences... I know that this whole country is crazy for reality TV, and American Idol ( why, I'll never know ), or sitcoms. I'm a rabid Friends fanatic myself, and if I sit down to relax in front of the TV and Friends is on, it's a no-brainer for me... even though I've seen all of them. I also turn on other sitcoms like Will and Grace, Dharma and Greg, and *** and the City. It just seems like there's so much out there that people would RATHER watch, even though some PBS stuff is enjoyable.
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:10 AM   #9
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buckytom, I am not the only person that has thrown out this idea.

I do not think the programming is going to change at all if a company bought it out.
ok, ya got me. then how would it be better? no pledge drives? i think it's a small albeit annoying thing to deal with for great shows, imho. not much worse than dumb commercials. the gov't. funds so many things that are at best questionable, why not public broadcasting??? pbs is the very last bastion of decent programming on free tv. it may not be entertaining on a jejune, slap-stick kinda level (btw, nuttin wrong with that once in a while), but the rest of tv and cable is rife with that. pbs does a great job providing a little education and culture to a mass audience, for the price of having to listen to them beg for a few bucks. don't forget, your deduction is tax deductible, and you get to become a member.
besides, for nothing else, why fix something that ain't broke?

when ratings get involved, you can be sure the network will play to the lowest common denominator. it's the most common, therefore the higher ratings... (and sheep mentality)
philosophers, like eagles fly alone. not in flocks like starlings...

oh, college cook, sorry, didn't mean to ignore your post. i was raised watching tv (before the warnings not to let your kids watch too much tv); it was my babysitter as my mom was busy with all of my older siblings. i have continued to watch tons of tv, and have always loved pbs and educational shows. i think i'm doing alright.
to me, learning from an audio/visual source is far better than just reading and seeing things in 2 dimensions (on paper). A/V education is especially effective with math and sciences. try learning trig or calculus by reading a textbook, then watch a wire frame demonstration with associated formulas in motion. you may just finally get it.
i agree that there is a huge gap in their programming tho, but it might not be their fault. there's very good shows for pre-k children, but then there's not much for young kids and teens. how are ya gonna force your 12 year old to watch frontline or POV? the next level of interest most people show in educational tv is some time after their formal education has stopped, in your 20's or so.

ok, enough of this rant. sorry to be arguementative, but i feel strongly about public broadcasting.
(ha! i got to use the word jejune, too! )
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Does anyone know if educational programming is actually effective? I was always bored with shows like Sesame Street because my parents worked really hard to teach me education basics (the alphabet, how to add, etc.)... and I did REALLY well in elementary / middle school. I dunno, I guess my feeling is that there's no substitute for parental involvement in a kid's education. PBS has some OK shows... and yeah their cooking shows are very good... but so much of that programming just doesn't appeal to audiences... I know that this whole country is crazy for reality TV, and American Idol ( why, I'll never know ), or sitcoms. I'm a rabid Friends fanatic myself, and if I sit down to relax in front of the TV and Friends is on, it's a no-brainer for me... even though I've seen all of them. I also turn on other sitcoms like Will and Grace, Dharma and Greg, and *** and the City. It just seems like there's so much out there that people would RATHER watch, even though some PBS stuff is enjoyable.

They 100% work. Reading Rainbow has done wonders getting kids to read. Sesame Street and Mister Rodgers Neighborhood are classics.

Well buckytom if a company did buy it out, we would see next to nothing in pledge drives. Plus it will make sure that programming like NOVA, great performances, Boston pops, etc... stay on the air. The programming costs are only going up and only a PBS network like WGBH who creates most of the PBS programming needs little pledge drive time.

I do not think that programming like NOVA would be kicked off the air if it did crappy ratings. PBS is not a UPN or TBS.
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