Monthly Archives: March 2013

Marriage equality takes center stage

Every now and then, one issue dominates news cycles over the course of several days, or even weeks. Marriage equality is this week’s dominant topic of discussion throughout the media. Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court this week heard two days of oral arguments that have triggered debate and controversy across the land. On Tuesday, the […]

A Public View: Justice Sonia Sotomayor

School to prison?

For some children, school is little more than a fast-track to prison. Is that what we want for them? Of course not. Tavis Smiley’s next PBS special, “Education Under Arrest,” asks some probing questions about whether society is doing right by the children who keep cycling in and out of detention, shuttling back and forth […]

A year in high school in just ‘180 Days’

Washington, D.C., not only is the nation’s capital, it’s also the centerpiece of a PBS special that looks at the state of public education. “180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School,” airs 8 p.m. Monday on KACV-TV, and will offer a unique and intimate look at a year inside a public high school. […]

World Water Day is, um, on tap

Bet you didn’t know there is a World Water Day coming up. I didn’t know it until recently, when I received a press release from the League of Women Voters of Amarillo, co-sponsors of an important film festival to be shown March 22-23 at the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo. And just so you […]

Remembering ‘duck and cover’

Any of us who are old enough to remember black-and-white television, rotary-dial telephones and milk delivered to our doorsteps will remember when the United States was engaged in an arms race with the Soviet Union. The Cold War threatened to turn hot at almost any provocation. So, to prevent that event from happening, the Americans […]

Mandela will leave indelible imprint

Public television is going to showcase a struggle that took many decades to complete. It occurred in South Africa and it involved someone I once had the honor of seeing in person. I want to share a bit of that experience on the eve of an Independent Lens showing of “Have You Heard From Johannesburg,” […]