Monthly Archives: February 2013

Irony hovers over public TV coverage of sequester

Think of this irony for a moment. Public television gets some of its money from Congress, which appropriates money collected from taxpayers. Much of that money, of course, from private foundations and donations from individuals who give willingly to support public TV stations — such as KACV-TV. The irony is evident in public television’s role […]

Women help build a great nation

A woman’s place is in the home. And in the House, the Senate, the State Department, on the judicial bench, on the battlefield, in the boardroom, at the news anchor desk and anywhere else you care to mention. Thus, a PBS special to be shown Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. on KACV-TV well might open […]

Shooting straight on gun violence

Public television viewers are about halfway through a prime-time weeklong marathon examining the issue of guns and gun violence in America. We’re getting our money’s worth in analysis and a wide range of opinion on one of the nation’s most divisive issues. KACV-TV is going to continue its series tonight at 8, when NOVA broadcasts […]

Whitney Young remembered

Whitney Young died a young man, at not quite 50 years of age. But in his brief time on Earth, he left a gigantic footprint in the fight for civil rights and equality. “Independent Lens,” the PBS feature that looks at history through independent documentarians’ eyes, will examine Whitney Young’s life in an episode titled, […]

Settle in for gun violence marathon

Guns have become the topic du jour in America. Do we regulate their sale and purchase? Do we leave well enough alone? Has the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., changed the dynamic of the always-contentious debate over guns, the Second Amendment and whether government has any options to control gun violence? KACV-TV viewers will get […]

State of Union as stagecraft …

President Obama is known as a good speechmaker. His State of the Union speech Tuesday night took a while to get revved up, but when it did, the president confirmed his status as a politician who can put a crowd on its feet. The issue that pulled many in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber […]

State of the Union on tap

President Obama launches his second term officially Tuesday with a speech. It’s not your run-of-the-mill stump speech, either. It’s what’s called The State of the Union. KACV-TV will carry it live at 8 p.m., and it well could be a barn-burner. Here are the stakes: The nation’s economy is struggling to regain its footing; our […]