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What did you think of the Bing Crosby show on PBS?

I thought it was OK. Good, not great.

But I believe there was an honest attempt to grapple with the inevitable disconnect between Bing Crosby's image and the real man. On that front, I think he got fair treatment by this “American Masters” installment.

For me, the show fell short in a couple of other ways. But there's no pleasing everyone.

Just wondering

Did you like “NOVA” better back before PBS decided it had to have a reality show component to it?

I'm thinking of the recent episodes about the first balloons and WWI aircraft. Great topics. But the modern-day people trying to duplicate some of the long-ago feats? Meh.

Did you watch this?

What do you think?

I am militantly pro-vaccination, just to put my cards on the table.

Have you watched this?

If so, what do you think of it?

“American Experience” and “War Letters”

I wonder how many of us who watched will have troubled dreams tonight.

DVR alert

Tomorrow night, the consistently watchable PBS series takes a look at the pivotal year of 1964.

Two kinds of people this morning

Those talking about “Downton Abbey.”

And those who aren't.

Would it lower your opinion of ESPN?

If, as some contend, it's fair to say the NFL approached the network and told ESPN to distance itself from the PBS “Frontline” investigation of the league's handling of concussions and ESPN acquiesced, would you think less of ESPN?

Or did you never have any illusions about what the “Worldwide Leader” would do when it came to remembering who butters its bread?

Ever watched this?

At first glance, it seems like it could be saccharine. It's not.

Re: Last night’s “Downton Abbey”

If you are a fan of the show and were not satisfied with last night's Season 3 kick-off, I would be tempted to assume that there's just no pleasing you.

Did you watch “The Dust Bowl”?


I recorded both Sunday night's and Monday night's installments but haven't had a chance to watch yet.

The company you keep

I never met Jesse Owens, but we were in the same hospital once.

Shortly before he died in 1980, he was undergoing cancer treatment at the University of Arizona medical center. I covered a news conference at that hospital as a reporter for the morning paper in Tucson.

It's not much of a link, I admit. But ever since, seeing or hearing the track legend's name always catches my attention. And so it was last night when I noticed that the “American Experience” on PBS was about Owens.

Maybe you have wondered the same thing upon seeing footage of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and hearing once again the story of how Hitler refused to shake the gold medal-winning black man's hand.

How do modern American racists feel when they see that? Is that who they want to philosophically link arms with — the Nazis? Doesn't that link shame them?

Fortunately, no matter how many times you watch, Jesse Owens always wins.

And the clock was already ticking on the Nazis.   

Did you watch the PBS show on dam?

You know, the PBS “American Experience” on Grand Coulee Dam.

I recorded it Tuesday and watched it last night. I had a couple of quibbles, but thought it was pretty good.

Would be interested in knowing what others thought.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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