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Investigating Amazon, PBS ‘Frontline’ opens the smiling cardboard box and finds Orwellian figure

PBS “Frontline’s” well-reported, rather alarming special airing Tuesday night, titled “Amazon Empire – The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,” unpacks the smiling cardboard box and finds a lot that …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Jim Lehrer of the ‘MacNeil-Lehrer Report’ dies at 85

Jim Lehrer, co-host and later host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” that for decades offered a thoughtful take on current events, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

PBS highlighting women with summer of programming

PBS is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the amendment that guaranteed women’s right to vote in the United States with a variety of programming this summer

How Mister Rogers became a timeless oracle of parenting wisdom

He is best known for what he meant to children. That was, after all, what Fred Rogers’s life and career were all about – every song he sang, every puppet …

UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019

PBS film ‘KOREA’ tells tales of Korean War’s political, social tolls

PBS documentary “KOREA: The Never-Ending War” examines the lasting social and political costs of the Korean War – a conflict largely forgotten in the U.S.

Review: PBS’ ‘Native America’ is a timely series about the people who were here first

Its main points are that there were people living in the Americas for millenniums before Columbus entered without knocking from the east (around 100 million when he got here, though …

Christiane Amanpour to permanently replace Charlie Rose on PBS

Christiane Amanpour will host a new, hourlong late-night public affairs program called “Amanpour & Company” in the 11 p.m. timeslot previously filled by the scandal-plagued Charlie Rose.

PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality

On its face, PBS has a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney’s upcoming documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a …

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018

New witnesses detail sexual misconduct by Tavis Smiley

PBS says more witnesses have detailed sexual misconduct allegations against talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who was suspended in December and later fired.

PBS ‘Weinstein’ studies why alleged sex misconduct persisted

In making a documentary about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, PBS’ “Frontline” wanted to focus less on what he did than on how the alleged sexual misconduct went on for …

Fred Rogers, America’s favorite neighbor, celebrated in 2018

The low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” presented Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. That legacy burns for many in these …

Tales of survival during Mount St. Helens eruption part of PBS series

A television series – “We’ll Meet Again” – that begins this month on PBS includes an episode – “Rescued from Mount St. Helens” – built around the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Samantha Brown hosts new PBS travel series ‘Places to Love’

“ ‘Places to Love’ is about finding the experiences, the destinations, but, most importantly, the people who really make us feel like we’re part of a place,” Brown said.

Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just upset with PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s upset about his depiction in the media.

Smiley claims PBS made mistake in ouster, but PBS fires back

Tavis Smiley has defended himself from allegations he had sexual relationships with subordinates and created an abusive workplace environment, denying any wrongdoing and saying PBS made a mistake by suspending …

Tavis Smiley, suspended by PBS, vows to fight back

PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called “troubling allegations” of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

CBS News, PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a …

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

PBS says it is immediately halting distribution of Charlie Rose’s interview program and CBS News suspended him following The Washington Post’s report of eight women who accused the veteran newsman …

‘Wild Kratts Live’ brings Chris and Martin Kratt to Spokane’s INB stage

Live show, presented by KSPS, will feature the Kratts talking about amazing creature powers.

PBS CEO warns that federal cuts will sink some stations

The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting’s future if federal funding is axed as called for by President Donald Trump.

UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Fishburne, Mantegna to host Memorial Day concert in DC

Performers will include classical singer Renee Fleming; singer and actress Vanessa Williams; country singer Scotty McCreery; and singer John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan …

PBS President Paula Kerger talks 24-hour children’s TV, proposed Trump budget cuts and latest Ken Burns documentary in Spokane visit

When Paula Kerger took over as president and chief executive officer of PBS in 2006, Netflix was a year away from introducing streaming shows and Facebook was only available to …

Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

PBS documentarian Ken Burns and 2 partners say they’re making a film on the late boxer Muhammad Ali. It’s the same team that collaborated on last year’s film on Jackie …

Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

Elmo doesn’t take the news well, complaining that he’s worked at “Sesame Street” for 32 years. He also wonders what’s going to happen to his medical insurance, given that he …

Front & Center: As KSPS turns 50, Gary Stokes helps TV station keep moving forward

Gary Stokes is president and general manager of

Journalist was eyewitness to tragedy, nightmare of Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge was an American tragedy that’s now a historic icon – one born in our region’s backyard. Yet 25 years later, many either don’t know about the event in …

Return to Ruby Ridge: ‘American Experience’ returns to the North Idaho mountain where one family and the government fatally collided

The story of the Randy Weaver family and Ruby Ridge – of the events leading up to the 11-day standoff – is being revisited this week on the PBS series …

PBS explores 1980 nuclear threat triggered by socket wrench

Using decades-old U.S. Air Force training footage, re-enactments and drone-shot video from a mothballed silo, director Robert Kenner recalls the tense 10 hours in 1980 when the United States faced …

PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies of cancer

Gwen Ifill, the veteran journalist and co-anchor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff, died on Monday of cancer, the network said.

PBS ‘Hamilton’ show to have 15 minutes of show

Time has nearly run out to see the original “Hamilton” cast on Broadway, but a PBS special this fall on the Tony Award-winning musical will feature at least 15 minutes …