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June 30, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
FRONTLINE: GROWING UP TRANS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. Nine-year-old Daniel is worried about his changing body. "I've been feeling a little weird," he tells an interviewer. Propped up in bed, clutching one of several stuffed animals, he adds, "I stay up a lot of nights talking with my parents about it. " "To develop breasts would be horrifying for him," says his father. But as PBS' "Frontline" reports tomorrow in the thoughtful and provocative "Growing Up Trans," there are options for children like Daniel that mean they don't have to go through the puberty of a gender they don't consider their own. As long as they move fast.
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July 25, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
SOMEONE WITH moral authority - perhaps Tattle - needs to put out a guidebook to help people escape their pasts. We're not sure why it is that some folks get a free pass on misdeeds committed as impressionable youths while other folks lose jobs over . . . nothing. But there need to be rules, people. The latest victim of the faux-morality police is Melanie Martinez, host of "The Good Night Show" on the PBS Kids Sprout network. Melanie was fired after network officials learned she had appeared in videos called "Technical Virgin.
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September 30, 1991 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
In many ways the towering President Lyndon Baines Johnson was America. Unsatisfied with being second fiddle, he scraped and finagled his way to become one of the country's most powerful men. Fate gave him the presidency, and he went to work with unadorned enthusiasm to fix everything. When he finally realized that his strength had limits, he held his head in agony. The American Experience season premiere, "LBJ," (9 p.m. today and tomorrow, Channels 12 and 39) is a four-hour political biography of Johnson.
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April 21, 1994 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
Barney, as you may have heard from a preschooler in your life, is going network Sunday night. The NBC special "Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island" is the purple dinosaur's first television venture outside PBS, where "Barney & Friends" is public television's most popular show. Here's what you need to know: It's an hour long, unlike the PBS show, which is - blessedly - only a half-hour. Younger Barney fans may grow restless. It has commercials. I previewed the show with my 4-year-old, who shouted, "Oh, no!"
NEWS
January 30, 2000
Meet one of the television season's funkiest new shows: Robot Wars. It's about ugly, homemade, aggressive little machines banging into each other. What fun! There are flashing lights, loud crashes, much noise. And no commercials. Robot Wars is on WHYY, a public television station. Tune into this import from Britain and you'll instantly see the similarities to that American favorite, professional wrestling. It's pretty much WWF with machines rather than bulging pectorals and skimpy bikinis.
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March 28, 2012 | Ellen Gray Daily News Staff Writer
Turns out dudes did watch "Downton Abbey. " We knew it all along, thanks to the guys who spoke with Daily News reporter Molly Eichel last month about what the hit "Masterpiece Theater" costume drama meant to them. And now PBS finally has some numbers to back it up. Ratings for "Downton's" Season 2 were up at least 100 percent among female and male 18- to 34-year-olds above the previous season's average for the "Masterpiece" series, the network reported Wednesday, citing Nielsen's finale ratings.
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August 31, 1988 | Special to the Daily News
On Sept. 10 - in honor of the Seoul Olympics a week later - PBS stations will start the day (10:30 a.m. on Channel 12) with 90 minutes of international video art and live and taped music. David Bowie is the musical headliner for "Wrap Around the World," a live global satellite telecast from 10 countries simultaneously. "Saturday Night Live" alumni Al Franken and Tom Davis will host the show. "Wrap" (not "rap") is the brainchild of video artist Nam June Paik, previously lauded for his work on "Good Morning Mr. Orwell" (1984)
NEWS
August 13, 1994 | By ALEC BALDWIN and PAUL ROSENBERG
Domestic violence has belatedly become a topic of national debate, but not with any help from the Public Broadcasting Service, which disclaimed any interest in showing an award-winning documentary that graphically depicts the subject. Defending Our Lives won an Oscar as the best short documentary of 1993, but PBS sent a rejection letter to the producers, asserting that "programming must be free from the control of parties with a direct self-interest in that content. " PBS objected to the role of Stacey Kabat, leader of Battered Women Fighting Back!
NEWS
October 3, 1997 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
The faces have changed but the concept remains the same, as the pilot for a new ZOOM series begins airing across the county on some 300 PBS stations this month. As free-spirited and free-wheeling as its moniker, ZOOM was a radical concept when it was introduced by Boston's WGBH in 1972. Totally driven by material sent in by its young viewing audience, the series was also performed by an ensemble cast of ordinary kids - Tommy, Bernadette, Danny, Jay, Jon, Nancy and Nina. Running weekday afternoons for six seasons, ZOOM won two national Emmy awards for Outstanding Children's Series and was one of the most-watched programs on public television.
LIVING
March 20, 1998 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
So just what is it about your house that Bob Yapp is yearning to tell you? Yapp is the latest entry in public television's efforts to shore up your house before it falls down around your ears. His show, About Your House With Bob Yapp, a blend of hands-on and how-someone-you-hire-should-do-it, appears weekly in various time slots on WHYY-TV (Channel 12), the New Jersey Network (Channel 23 in Camden), and WLVT (Channel 39) in Allentown. Yapp will discuss home preservation and maintenance tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the 13th Old House Fair, a two-day event from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, at 33d Street north of Market Street.
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June 30, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
FRONTLINE: GROWING UP TRANS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. Nine-year-old Daniel is worried about his changing body. "I've been feeling a little weird," he tells an interviewer. Propped up in bed, clutching one of several stuffed animals, he adds, "I stay up a lot of nights talking with my parents about it. " "To develop breasts would be horrifying for him," says his father. But as PBS' "Frontline" reports tomorrow in the thoughtful and provocative "Growing Up Trans," there are options for children like Daniel that mean they don't have to go through the puberty of a gender they don't consider their own. As long as they move fast.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTEMBER in Philadelphia just got a little crazier. Three weeks before Pope Francis , we're getting the queen. Queen Bey that is. Beyonce is returning to her hubby, Jay Z 's (and Budweiser's), Made in America festival Sept. 5 and 6 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Gosh, it helps to marry well when you need to book talent. Last year Kanye West played Philadelphia, when the festival had a second stage in Los Angeles. This year the L.A. component is gone, so it's all Philly.
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June 21, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aidan Turner, so dashing as the soulful vampire with a conscience in BBC's Being Human , is in top form as the lead in Brit import Poldark , a gorgeously shot eight-part costumer set along England's Cornish coastline. The Masterpiece series premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on PBS (locally on WHYY-TV). Based on novels by 20th-century author Winston Graham and previously adapted for TV in the mid-1970s with Robin Ellis in the titular role, Poldark is glossy, attractive, and exciting.
NEWS
April 27, 2015
Chef's Table . David Gelb, director of the wonderful, must-see doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi, beautifully profiles acclaimed chefs from around the world. (Jiro is also on Netflix and a fantastic primer for the series). All six episodes on Netflix on Sunday. Tales of the Grim Sleeper . BAFTA-honored documentarian Nick Broomfield (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam) turns his lens to Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been linked to more than 20 murders of minority women in L.A. Broomfield and his interview subjects posit that this was a community the authorities and media largely ignored.
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March 30, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sweeping chronicle of cancer that premieres this week on PBS has strong Philadelphia connections. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is famed documentarian Ken Burns' three-part, six-hour film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling book. On Wednesday, the third and final episode prominently features a breakthrough immunotherapy being developed at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* SUSAN BOYLE: HER SECRET STRUGGLE. 10 tonight, Ovation. * YOUR INNER FISH. 10 tonight, WHYY12.   LABELS CAN BE limiting, but they can also be freeing. It's worked that way, at least, for Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer whose appearance on "Britain's Got Talent" - five years ago this week - made her an international sensation via YouTube. Her attempt to overcome crippling stage fright to add live performances to a successful recording career is the subject of "Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle," a documentary making its U.S. premiere on Ovation tonight.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
PBS's new literary documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth , which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on WHYY TV12, opens with a series of nature shots - a serene landscape, water, trees, close-ups of tall, wild grass. It's a cliched bit of hokum, easily dismissible. Yet it fascinates, arrests, and draws in the viewer with its voice-over. As the first image appears, so rise the unique timbre and rhythms of Walker's voice as she recites a verse. "I am the woman: Dark, / repaired, healed /Listening to you," the Pulitzer-winning author of The Color Purple reads from her poem "Remember?"
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December 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Western society's most significant advances in crime detection didn't come from a police force or a pioneering scientist. They came from a fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. That's the claim made by PBS's How Sherlock Changed the World , a two-hour documentary airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, with narration by The Walking Dead 's Andrew Lincoln in a smooth, seductive, for-real British accent. A repetitive, highly selective scavenger hunt through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes oeuvre that tends to be more exhausting than exhaustive, the show strategically leads the way for two returning Holmes dramas.
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November 14, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* PARROT CONFIDENTIAL. 8 tonight, WHYY12. * GROUND FLOOR. 10 and 10:35 p.m. tomorrow, TBS.   POLLY, it seems, wants much more than a cracker. That's the takeaway from "Parrot Confidential," tonight's installment of PBS' "Nature," which makes a compelling case against breeding parrots for pets while offering fascinating glimpses of what it's like to live with highly intelligent creatures whose care can represent more than a lifetime's commitment. I'm no sucker for nature documentaries - I probably couldn't pick a wildebeest out of a lineup - but who doesn't love a talking bird?
NEWS
August 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's every reason to expect that the latest PBS Masterpiece Mystery entry, The Lady Vanishes , which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m., would be a delightful, frothy mystery. It certainly can't measure up to Alfred Hitchcock's satirical suspenser from 1938. (Nothing possibly could.) But the 90-minute TV movie about international skulduggery, kidnapping, murder, and romance on a trans-European train is stocked with a terrific cast lead by the eminently charming, besotting English ingenue Tuppence Middleton and the always likable Tom Hughes as her love interest.
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