Monthly Archives: June 2013

Public affairs TV brings great value

Listen up, Texas Panhandle residents. You’ve got a valuable resource within your grasp. It’s your TV remote. Turn it on, tune in to public television and learn something about the value of civics, government and, dare we say it, politics. Why issue this wakeup call? A Houston Chronicle editorial published June 7 caught my eye […]

Can you love the Rockefellers?

Mention any of the great American titans of finance, business and industry in the early 20th century and you’re bound to come up with a few common names. Carnegie, Morgan, Mellon and, oh yes, Rockefeller come to mind. The Rockefeller name is among the most reviled in American history. John D. Rockefeller was the world’s […]

Syria behind the lines

Idlib Province isn’t exactly a household name in the United States. Perhaps it should be. It’s in Syria, a country we’ve all heard plenty about in recent years. It’s been torn to shreds by sectarian violence of the worst kind. It’s waging a civil war. Tuesday night, Frontline returns to Syria to reveal what’s happening […]

‘Overheard’ scores another one

Evan Smith continues to amaze me. The Texas Tribune editor in chief has landed yet another fantastic interview for his next “Overheard with Evan Smith” segment, which will be broadcast Thursday at 8 p.m. on KACV-TV. He’s reeled in Sebastian Junger, the acclaimed author and documentarian most famous for his book “The Perfect Storm,” which […]

In search of new energy sources

Let’s take a trip across our vast country. We can visit Alaska, then travel many thousands of miles to the East Coast. Let’s stop at some communities along the way. Portland and Fort Worth would be on our itinerary. All the cities and towns we’ll visit are varied in their outlooks, their philosophies and their […]

‘Power surge’ up next on NOVA

One might think science would be beyond debate. Contentious societies, though, do find the time to argue about almost everything, including the science that is designed to give the world black-and-white answers to compelling questions. PBS’s NOVA explores one of those topics on Wednesday. “Power Surge,” to be aired at 8 p.m. on KACV-TV, examines […]

Three men went to war … and the world survived

I cannot remember precisely where I was when I learned about missile installations being built on an enemy island, with nuclear weapons aimed at the United States of America. I do remember, though, how I felt when I heard the news. I was scared to death. So were a lot of Americans at my then-tender […]