Monthly Archives: March 2014

Big-time sports equals big-time money

Frontline has posted online a 2011 special on the influence of money on big-time college athletics. It’s timely, relevant and it ought to whet the appetite of those who might be a bit concerned about big money’s influence on what used to be thought of as something akin to a recreational activity. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/money-and-march-madness/ All this […]

Bill White is back on the scene

Do you remember Bill White? He served as mayor of Houston, the largest city in Texas. He left office at the beginning of 2010, flirted with the idea of running for the U.S. Senate in 2012, then backed off and decided to run for Texas governor. He lost to Gov. Rick Perry, which isn’t any […]

‘Silent killer’ makes a comeback

Tuberculosis once was thought to be a disease of the past, virtually eradicated. It’s not. It’s back. With a vengeance. Frontline, PBS’s landmark documentary series, examines the return of the disease in a special that premiers tonight on TV and online. “TB: Silent Killer” airs tonight at 9 on Panhandle PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tb-silent-killer/ It will give […]

Matalin-Carville up next on ‘Overheard’

Evan Smith will need to keep his mouth limber if he intends to keep up with his next guests on “Overheard with Evan Smith.” Smith, editor in chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, will interview two of the quickest minds and mouths in politics. Mary Matalin and James Carville, husband and wife, will sit […]

NewsHour to probe Flight 370 mystery

My late mother was fond of saying to someone who asked a question with an obvious answer: “I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count.” Thus, you might be thinking: I wonder what the PBS NewsHour will be discussing Friday night when it airs from 6 to 7 p.m. on Panhandle PBS. […]

Texas GOP may be morphing into a new party

You have the Texas Republican Party. Now you also have the Texas Republican “tea party” Party. It’s not exactly a third-party phenomenon but the evolution of the Texas GOP into something new is going to be among the hot political topics of this mid-term election cycle. The Texas Tribune has put together an interesting analysis, […]

‘1964’ to be revisited

Fifty years ago, the world welcomed a new era. It was simply a new year, but it marked the end of a year of intense sadness and grief. PBS’s documentary series American Experience broadcast this episode earlier and Panhandle PBS is going to show it again Tuesday at 8 p.m. Its title is simple: “1964.” […]