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Published: 03/10/11

Opinion: Why NPR Should Call for an End to Taxpayer Support

By  John Merline - AOL News
Opinion: Why NPR Should Call for an End to Taxpayer Support

On Monday, National Public Radio's now-departed CEO Vivian Schiller made an impassioned plea for continued federal funding, saying that cutting taxpayer money would have "a profound impact" on public broadcasting. "Modest as it is," she said at the National Press Club, "government funding is critical because it allows taxpayers to leverage a small investment into a very large one. It is seed money." Then, on Tuesday, a secretly taped video came out showing NPR's now-former senior vice president for fundraising, Ron Schiller, saying exactly the opposite. "It is very clear," he said at a lunch...

Published: 02/14/11

A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

At $430 million, public broadcasting is a tiny part of the $3.8 trillion federal budget. Still, it's time to end its role as a political football and a symbol of what government shouldn't be doing. It's time to find another way to help public broadcasting thrive. I say that as a huge fan. No one could love PBS and NPR more than I do. I'm a monthly contributor to local stations in my area and just last weekend I bought NPR's map pinpointing affiliated stations all over the country. My husband and I have "driveway moments" all the time, unable to leave the car until a story ends. One of them ea...

Published: 02/2/11

In the Future, Your Car May Be Made of Mushrooms

By  David Moye - AOL News
In the Future, Your Car May Be Made of Mushrooms

In the future, mushrooms may be as common in cars as they are on pizza. Believe it or not, scientists who are trying to find more sustainable ways to build car parts believe the answers may be found in things such as mushroom roots. The newest episode of the PBS series "Nova," which airs Wednesday, focuses on the new discoveries that scientists such as Deborah Mielewski, the technical leader of plastics research at Ford Motor Co., are working on to reduce the carbon tire track that autos leave on the environment. Karen Laverty New York Times reporter David Pogue says that in orde...

Published: 01/19/11

PBS the Most Trusted News Outlet, Fox the Most Distrusted, Poll Finds

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
PBS the Most Trusted News Outlet, Fox the Most Distrusted, Poll Finds

What a difference a year can make. According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, a majority of Americans say they don't trust Fox News, just a year after the same poll found that the conservative-leaning network was the most trusted major outlet. This year, however, Americans surveyed said they trust PBS much more than Rupert Murdoch's cable outlet. Asked to rate a number of different news organizations, 50 percent of those polled said they trusted PBS as a news source, while just 30 percent said they did not. In contrast, Fox News had a much less favorable split, with 42 percent of respo...

Published: 12/7/10

Affordable Nutrition, Brought to You by 'Sesame Street'

By  Monica Garske - AOL News
Affordable Nutrition, Brought to You by 'Sesame Street'

(Dec. 6) -- The beloved muppets on "Sesame Street" are adding a few new faces to their roster, and these latest characters are fun, informative and delicious. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street" dedicated to the ongoing education of children and their families, is in the midst of rolling out a new outreach program designed to tackle the difficult issue of food insecurity in the United States. On Tuesday -- with funding, support and partnerships from UnitedHealthcare and the Merck Company Foundation -- Elmo and Sesame Workshop reps will unveil the "Food for Th...

Published: 09/28/10

Ken Burns' 'Tenth Inning' Worthy Successor to 'Baseball'

By  Milton Kent - AOL News
Ken Burns' 'Tenth Inning' Worthy Successor to 'Baseball'

There are those who earnestly believe that "The Godfather Part III" is a fine film whose only significant flaws are exposed when it is compared to the two films that preceded it, which are among the finest American movies made. So it is with Ken Burns' addendums to his landmark "Baseball" documentary series. "The Tenth Inning," which premieres Tuesday and Wednesday on PBS stations around the country, is an exceptional piece of historical film-making that documents the last 20 years in baseball superbly. Alas, the two-part "Tenth Inning" doesn't quite resonate with viewers the way the origin...

Published: 07/16/10

The Dugout: Bill Lee is Trollin' IRL

By  Brandon Stroud - AOL News
The Dugout: Bill Lee is Trollin' IRL

In a shocking turn of events that surprises no one, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and professional mental astronaut Bill Lee has spoken out on the death of George Steinbrenner, saying he's glad Steinbrenner died because he was a "thorn in his side." He goes on to explain that Hell has frozen over and that Steinbrenner is currently "skating." In a related story, Bill Lee thinks that the Godfather triology is "boring and overrated" and just "can't understand" why people would find Scarlett Johansson attractive. He then phoned TMZ.com to let them know he was going to be at a local restaurant, th...

Published: 07/13/10

Podcast: David deVries on 'Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Podcast: David deVries on 'Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years'

On today's podcast we are joined by David deVries, writer and director of the new PBS documentary "Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years." The film is broken into three sections, with the first episode airing last night. Episode 2 airs July 19 and episode 3 airs July 26 -- both at 10 p.m. ET. On the podcast, deVries and I discuss Shultz's background as an economist as well as why he was chosen to replace Alexander Haig as President Reagan's secretary of state. We also discuss Reagan foreign policy issues, including the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, the summit meetings with Gorba...

Published: 07/7/10

The Anti-Vaccine Movement: Blinding Us With Pseudoscience

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
The Anti-Vaccine Movement: Blinding Us With Pseudoscience

Despite the American infatuation with gambling, in other areas of life we shy away from random chance. We like cause and effect. We like the story of one thing leading to another in a nice, straight line. And if such a story does not declare itself, we'll invent one. Our need for a clear, predictable pattern leads us down the wayward path of conspiracy theories. In the absence of a cause that makes sense to us, we'll spend hours, days, years looking for one. Why? Peter Jennings alluded to a possible reason in his thorough 2003 documentary "Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination...

Published: 06/17/10

Warhol in Space: Apollo 12 Secretly Carried Art to the Moon

By  David Moye - AOL News
Warhol in Space: Apollo 12 Secretly Carried Art to the Moon

(June 17) -- Neil Armstrong's moon walk on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission was a small step for a man and a giant leap for mankind, but a small ceramic tile snuck aboard the Apollo 12 mission a few months later has turned out to be a giant leap for American art. Believe it or not, one of the engineers who built the lunar module for the Apollo 12, the second moon landing, snuck aboard a tiny ceramic chip containing original artwork by six of the American art world's biggest names, including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg, creating a permanent miniature art museum on the moon. ...

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