Saturday, September 13, 2003

  Although I realize that most of the U.S.-based readers are already familiar with the glories of PBS and indulge in the station's nectar, I want to extend the paean to its programming, triggered by the last post on ART-21, the series. If you have drifted from tuning in to public television or have not explored its newer offerings, consider what's cooking there now. Here's a list of some of my favorites.

EGG: The Arts Show - always lively, stirring, and intense. Past episodes have featured works by such folks as Bruce Gilden, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, and Connie Imboden.

I will stop whatever I am doing to watch an hour of Globe Trekker, the show that takes you around the world and off the beaten track. The adorable and irresistible Ian Wright is the host you will see and will want to see most often.

Wide Angle features fresh, up-close perspectives on international socio-political developments and phenomena, and is often rewarding and insightful.

NOW with Bill Moyers and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly are also very good, diverse, and informative.

This season's premier of note is Sacred Balance with David Suzuki, a four-part documentary on interconnectivity of all earthly processes and forces. The series is attractive and enlightening, though its aims are insurmountably broad and factual deliverance sometimes meandering.

I also happen to relish things like The 1900 House, Frontier House, and Manor House. Plus, I take in a dose of the Antiques Roadshow (gasp!) once in a while, opting for older British airings when possible.

I'd be happy to learn some of your PBS favorites, if you feel like sharing.

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