Mike Shanin interviews Dr. Robert Vartabedian, President of Missouri Western State University, about Harry and Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons, the multimedia play he wrote about Harry S. Truman and Walter Cronkite. Then, Steve Rose, Lisa Johnston, Mike Sanders and Ron Freeman discuss options for closing the Kansas budget gap, the financial struggles of the Jazz District ...Continue Reading
PBS KIDS announced the launch of the PBS KIDS Games App today, which offers free access to games anytime and anywhere. Designed for kids ages 2-8, the app includes games from popular PBS KIDS series such as Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The app, built on years of PBS KIDS research about the ways children use and learn ...Continue Reading
For the third year in a row, we are putting on our sweaters to honor the anniversary of Fred Rogers’s congressional testimony that saved public media funding. On May 1, 1969, America’s beloved neighbor and public television icon, Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to ask that they ...Continue Reading
Let me introduce you to 92-year-old Phyllis Rauh. We first met Phyllis at the Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Kansas at Easter services, where she came in a bit late, making a dramatic entrance. When we found out that she had joined the church in 1941 as a teenager—because all the teenagers in ...Continue Reading
Calling all members of the military, veterans, and military families: What music has meant the most to you during a deployment?
Janis Joplin thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27 in 1970. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth, presenting an intimate portrait of a complicated and driven artist. The broadcast features a never-before-seen extended film cut with archival performance footage and new interviews with Joplin’s sister Laura ...Continue Reading