Bette Davis Talking About Gender Roles in 1963: Awesome

The latest installment of PBS's wonderful series Blank on Blank, in which they pair old interviews with famous people with wonderful animations, is here! And it features the illustrious Bette Davis, speaking about being outspoken and intelligent in her line of business and how the experience of being a woman has… » 9/30/14 5:45pm Tuesday 5:45pm

If Lullabies Are Meant to Soothe, Why Are They So Majorly Fucked Up?

Here's the last thing I want to hear about as I'm falling asleep: A baby, alone in a treetop, ready to fall over and sustain horrible injuries and/or die, if not from the fall, then from the wolves that will likely come eat it. That's fucked up, so why do parents continue singing this shit at tiny babies? Turns out… » 8/14/14 1:50pm 8/14/14 1:50pm

Invite-Only Oceanside Conference Vows to "Reset the Agenda for Women"

Makers began as a documentary about the history of women's equality developed by AOL and PBS, but seems to have morphed into a brand of its own. Next week, Makers is hosting a three-day conference where Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, Tim Armstrong, and others plan to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace in the… » 2/03/14 8:59pm 2/03/14 8:59pm

The Official Downton Abbey T-Shirts Are Simply Horrid

We got excited when we received an email with the subject line "DOWNTON ABBEY T-SHIRT LINE!!"… But then we opened the attachment and saw the image above. Major disappointment, PBS. Lord Grantham would not approve. The only items in the store we can get behind are the weekend shirt and the logo tote. Let's allow the… » 12/07/12 2:00pm 12/07/12 2:00pm

The Late, Great Mister Rogers Best Articulated The Need For Continued…

A 1969 clip of Fred Rogers sitting before the US Senate Subcommittee and imploring members to reconsider Nixon's proposed funding cuts to the children's educational channel has resurfaced with new relevance in the wake of Mitt Romney's similar threat. Beware, for if you are a crier like yours truly, this intersection… » 10/06/12 5:45pm 10/06/12 5:45pm

Rick Santorum Sometimes Kills Things He Loves, Says Rick Santorum

Frothy lunatic politician Rick Santorum has been serving as a sort of reluctant surrogate for his formal rival Mittens Romney since he finally conceded the Republican Presidential nomination earlier this year. But that doesn't mean he's gotten any less terrible, or delightfully insane. The latest gem from the mouth of… » 10/05/12 1:00pm 10/05/12 1:00pm

Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton Is 'Outraged' Over Mitt Romney's…

LeVar Burton of Star Trek and Roots fame is "outraged" with presidential candidate Mitt Romney after Romney remarked that he would cut funding to PBS during Wednesday's debate. Burton, as the creator and host of the network's beloved children's book television series Reading Rainbow, has a close connection to PBS and… » 10/05/12 10:25am 10/05/12 10:25am

Mister Rogers Is Being Replaced with a Tiger Cub and Animated Pizzazz

It's been a long time since anyone wandered into the ghost town that until quite recently was "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," probably for fear that it was haunted with phantasmic sweater vests and unnervingly spineless hand puppets. The programming fat cats at PBS, however, have decided that the Mister Rogers conceit… » 9/02/12 2:30pm 9/02/12 2:30pm

Call the Midwife Will Fill the Hole Downton Abbey Left in Your Heart…

Americans have to wait until January 2013 for the third season of Downton Abbey, but in the meantime, PBS has imported another British period drama series to air this fall. Call the Midwife—about a group of bicycle-riding, newly-trained midwives working out of a nursing convent in East London in the 1950s—was a huge… » 7/23/12 6:15pm 7/23/12 6:15pm

Determined to Eliminate Tote Bags, GOP Proposes Cutting Funding to NPR,…

There's no money for frivolities like education and public health when we have expensive explodable toys to think about. At least, that's the ethos behind House Republicans' newly proposed budget, which would eliminate funding for National Public Radio, PBS, Planned Parenthood, Americorps, and kittens. At this rate,… » 7/19/12 3:50pm 7/19/12 3:50pm

Dudes Love the Dowager Countess Just as Much as You Do

PBS has released its ratings numbers for Season 2 of Downton Abbey and, to some mild and socially restrained surprise, viewership among the male 18-34 demographic, — the same demographic largely to blame for the Entourage phenomenon — jumped up 100 percent, matching the rise in viewership among 18-34-year-old women as… » 3/29/12 11:45am 3/29/12 11:45am