Monthly Archives: January 2014

Think about concussions on Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is coming up in just a few days. You’ll gather up some food and drinks. You’ll sit in front of a TV. Twenty-two professional football players will take the field and they’ll kick off the biggest game of the year. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will play for the Lombardi […]

What to look for at State of the Union

Barack Obama has many constitutional duties as president of the United States and he’ll perform one of them Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union speech. It will be the second such speech of his second — and final — term as president. These events are full of pomp and a good […]

Egypt’s story continues to unfold

Bombings keep killing people in Egypt, where tyranny was supposed to give way to what was called the Arab Spring. It’s not happening. How has this story unfolded? Frontline is telling it and is streaming online videos of past programming that walks viewers through this amazing tale. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/revolution-in-cairo/?elq=78afbcfc12ce40b7a4cdaee386d338bc&elqCampaignId=809 “Revolution in Cairo,” was shown in 2011 […]

Lieutenant governor debate coming up

Texas’s most powerful office is being contested by four high-powered Republicans, one of whom is the current holder of that office. They’re going to debate each other Monday night in an event being broadcast live across the state. That means Panhandle PBS viewers will get a good look at these individuals beginning at 8 p.m. […]

Scholar briefly becomes a household name

Reza Aslan’s name isn’t readily recognizable to millions of Americans. But for a time not long after the 2012 presidential election, he became known to a lot more Americans than he otherwise might have been. He wrote a book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” He went on TV to promote his […]

Writing has become a lost art

It’s been said that writing no longer is a primary form of communication, that it has become a victim of the Internet Age. Letters have been supplanted by emails, text messages and Twitter posts — many of which are written in some kind of shorthand to conform to strict limits on allowed characters. American Experience, […]

‘Game Change,’ part two, up next on Overheard

I am happy to announce that I am the proud owner of “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” It came to me as a Christmas gift. I haven’t read it just yet, but will get to it soon. It’s worth mentioning here because Evan Smith, editor in chief of the Texas Tribune, has interviewed the book’s […]