Feb. 25, 2014 at 1:44pmSecrets of the Vatican

Premieres Tonight!

I’m was excited to see that Frontline’s special is premiering tonight on KSPS in Spokane. The program, called “Secrets of the Vatican,” runs from 9-10p.m.this evening. 


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Jan. 27, 2014 at 2:55pmFunky Little Monkeys

Premieres Wednesday

Biologist Colin Stafford-Johnson visited the island of Sulawesi 25 years ago and fell in love with crested black macaques — unusual looking monkeys who live in Indonesian rainforests.

His film on the black macaques premiers this Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7-8p.m. in Spokane. 

 

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Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:40amExtraordinary Women Series

Coco Chanel

The Extraordinary Women series by WGBH in Boston is one of the most-watched history series on air and online, featuring women like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Madame Chiang Kai Shek and Indira Gandhi. The series reveals the lives of these women and others who were pioneers in their fields, proving a woman could be the equal of any man.

Coco Chanel is featured on the program on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 10-11p.m. on KSPS Spokane.

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Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:37amExtraordinary Women Series

The Life Story of Pamela Travers

Pamela Lyndon Travers was an Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist who wrote under the pen name of P.L. Travers. In England in 1933, she started a series of children’s novels about a magical English nanny named Mary Poppins.

 

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Nov. 25, 2013 at 10:46amA Death in St. Augustine

Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Frontline presents a program called “A Death in St. Augustine,” the story of a woman who was found dead from a gunshot to the mouth on the night she broke up with her boyfriend, a Florida deputy sheriff. 

The program will air on KSPS DT Spokane, from 8-9 p.m. Since the program is a special digital premiere, it is available now to view online. See link below.

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Nov. 4, 2013 at 3:08pmJohn F. Kennedy

American Experience Two-Part Premiere

On the 50th anniversary month of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, American Experience presents "JFK." 

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Nov. 4, 2013 at 1:32pmJohn F. Kennedy

The new documentary, Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ features unseen footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival where he made his U.S. debut and infamously set fire to his guitar. 

Homes movies, new interviews with family, friends and musicians provide more insight into his life and personality.

 

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Sep. 20, 2013 at 11:27amMoyers and Company

Inequality for All

Also this week, Moyers & Company brings the spotlight to the fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. 

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Sep. 20, 2013 at 11:24amGenealogy Roadshow

New This Fall

Genealogy Roadshow, part science, history and an emotional journey, is new to PBS channels this fall and premieres on Monday, Sept. 23, at 9p.m. on KSPS Spokane, with the first of four shows.


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Sep. 10, 2013 at 7:22pmNOVA Ground Zero Supertower

On the 12th anniversary of 9/11 NOVA updates its Emmy-nominated "Engineering Ground Zero" program, and brings viewers inside the construction of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, to view the new tower's final floors and the installation of the 800-ton spire and beacon. 

The program, airing on KSPS TV Spokane at 8p.m. on Sept. 11, revisits the completion of the 104 story skyscraper in New York,  just 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. 


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Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:12pmSpokane's 21st Century Fox

Saved From The Wrecking Ball



Spokane's historic Fox Theater has been part of the city's vital downtown landscape since it opened in 1931. It was the place to go to view the latest Hollywood feature.


Usherettes wore evening gowns and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its declining years as a discount theater, it retained vestiges of elegance in its faced murals and dusty chandeliers. But this story nearly had a sad ending in 2000. The Theater was threatened by demolition and only the urgent efforts of the community save the Fax from the wrecking ball. 


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Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:04pmKing George and Queen Mary:

The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy

             

With the birth this summer of baby Prince George, what could be better than a program detailing the life of King George V, grandfather of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. 


"King George and Queen Mary," part 1 of 2, airs on Sunday, August 4, at 9 p.m. in Spokane.

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Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:00pmLife and Death In Assisted Living

A Year Long Investigation

What's your perception of elderly care in this country? 


Lots of us have images of nursing homes with less than ideal care for elderly patients or even outright neglect. 


With thousands of baby boomers well on their way to retirement, assisted living in this country is growing into a multibillion dollar industry.  And judging from the promos from this program, neglect and even deaths are happening more than you would think. 


On Tuesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. on KSPS TV in Spokane, Frontline and Pro Publica will broadcast the first of four installments of their latest investigation on assisted living facilities in America called "Life and Death In Assisted Living."


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Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:22pmFrontline Investigates

Two Important Stories



There are two compelling FRONTLINE shows coming to KSPS TV this month. 

The first episode is called "The Retirement Gamble" on Tuesday, June 18 at 9p.m. in Spokane. 

The second is called "Rape in the Fields" which airs on Tuesday, June 25 at 9p.m. 




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Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:18pmAmerican Experience

The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes



Lake Wobegon - where the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children are above average. Garrison Keillor regularly ends his "Prairie Home Companion" radio program with those words.


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May. 9, 2013 at 10:45amHealth Matters, Television for Life

Hips, Knees, Backs & Bones

I don't know about you but I'm grateful for programming that addresses my health care concerns especially when it comes to trends about aging. 

So I'm looking forward to watching "Hips, Knees, Backs & Bones" next Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 8p.m. on KSPS in Spokane.

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May. 9, 2013 at 10:20am10 Buildings That Changed America

Hosted by TV personality Geoffrey Baer, "10 Buildings That Changed America" promises to be a very interesting look at America's architectural footprint and their pioneering influence on building across the country. All of the buildings are highly individual, signature structures whose features have been replicated across America.

The one-hour show premieres on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. in Spokane on KSPS TV. Don't forget that Sunday is also Mother's Day but at that hour we'll have all probably finished up with our Mother's Day celebrations. 

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Apr. 15, 2013 at 12:38pmNova

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

Are you fascinated by Australia? Do giant prehistoric animals float your boat?

If so, check out another Nova series - "Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters" airing on Wednesday, April 24 from 8-9p.m.

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Apr. 15, 2013 at 12:35pmThe Great Plow Up

The Dust Bowl

Airing on Tuesday, April 23, "Dust Bowl: The Great Plow Up," a film by Ken Burns, is one of the best researched and informative historical documentaries I've ever seen.

This is episode one of three, and chronicles the worst manmade environmental disaster in American history.

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Apr. 11, 2013 at 4:20pmSecrets Bared on Camera

‘Kind Hearted Woman’ on Frontline

Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux from North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Tribe, had a dream that convinced her she needed to tell her story. So she allowed documentary filmmaker David Sutherland to follow her journey as she struggled with alcoholism and memories of sexual abuse for three years.

 

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Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:38pmNova: Meteor Strike

There has been much media attention devoted to meteors since a 7,000-ton asteroid, as big as a house, crashed into the earth’s atmosphere and landed in Siberia, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013.

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Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:05pmSisters of War

An Extraordinary Drama

Based on real events, Sisters of War tells the stories of Lorna Johnston and Sister Berenice Twohill, two Australian missionary women who survived as prisoners of war in Papua New Guinea during World War II. 

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Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:40pmBattle for the Elephants

A premiere

One of the most magnificent and charismatic creatures on the planet has been close to extinction for many years. 

Yet last year more elephants were slaughtered for their ivory tusks since an international ban on the ivory trade was implemented in 1989 – as many as 50,000 according to some sources. 

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Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:57pmMakers: Women Who Make America

Betty Friedan. Gloria Steinem. Sandra Day O’Connor. 

We all know these trailblazers who in the 1960’s and ‘70s blazed a trail with the 1963 book “The Feminine Mystique,” the launch of Ms. Magazine and the losing battle for the federal Equal Rights Amendment in 1982.

 

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Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:03pmTalk Back To City Hall

Email Your Questions For Panel

You may not be able to fight city hall but you can talk to Spokane City Hall! 


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Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:26amTuesday night's Frontline

The New Untouchables ...

The Untouchables will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9p.m. on KSPS in Spokane. And no, it's not the story of Eliot Ness and the film directed by Brian de Palma from the 1980's. 

The Untouchables is an investigation by Frontline detailing why not one Wall Street senior executive has faced criminal prosecution for fraud, related to the sale of toxic mortgages in the four years since the U.S. financial crisis in 2008. 


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Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:23amDonate your vehicles

It's a win-win for everyone

Got cars? Or trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers, boats, motorcycles and/or an RV that's cluttering your driveway, yard or parking lot? 

Think about donating it to the Vehicle Donation Program at Friends of KSPS and you will be providing support to your favorite programs as well as receiving a tax deduction. What could be better right?
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Oct. 10, 2012 at 3:48pmThe Great Cinema Search is on

Looking for a new host!

Are you a fan of Saturday Night Cinema? Or of cinema in general? Do you have the chutzpah to host a weekly program?

Bill Stanley, creator and long-time host of Saturday Night Cinema, is bowing out and the program needs a new host.

Hence the Great Cinema Search!

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Sep. 27, 2012 at 12:47pmHalf the Sky

Phenomenal premiere based on the book

Well I’ve been absent from blogging for about two months and it is almost two months to the day that we moved into our new house. Can’t believe how long it takes to “get settled.” 

Finally after moving in during the month of August, having a garage sale last weekend and getting rid of a ton of stuff I’m finally feeling like I can get back to relaxing and watching a bit of the tube. And KSPS  is at the top of my list next week even with all the new programming on commercial channels.

 

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Jul. 27, 2012 at 8:12amYou Must Remember This

American Masters Series in August

I love serendipity!

So when I saw that American Masters “You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story – A Rising Power: 1923-1927” series is airing beginning next week, I was delighted! I’m right in the middle of reading “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean. I’ve followed and loved her writing for a long time. She also wrote “The Orchid Thief” which was the basis for the movie “Adaptation.” 

The black and white and silent films starring “Rin Tin Tin” only helped Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack L. Warner get their start as Hollywood moguls in 1923 ....

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Jul. 27, 2012 at 7:37amMy new favorite show

Two hours of vintage on Monday nights!

Just a quick note about “Market Warriors” my new Monday evening (9p.m.) favorite program. I wrote about in last week’s blog. Here's a quick synopsis about the Monday, July 30 episode. 

This week we find the pickers: Miller (the only woman), John, Bob and Kevin at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market outside Atlanta, Georgia. Their task was to find vintage advertising … one of my personal favorite collectibles, and the pickings are good. They are up for the challenge and among the treasures they snag is a rare Red Rock Cola piece, a Sterling Card case and antique hobbyhorse. Can't wait to see what the hobbyhorse looks like. 


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Jul. 17, 2012 at 4:04pmHave you been on the Nextavenue website yet?

Where grown-ups keep growing….

Nextavenue is one of the best, newest websites I’ve seen for everyone “of a certain age.”

Developed by the public tv community and journalists who are yearning to create a new life stage between young adulthood and “old-old:” adulthood, it’s Adult Part 2 online.

 

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Jul. 17, 2012 at 3:39pmNews for Camas Prairie … Chelan/Manson

Viewing updates

There's news for viewers in Camas Prairie as well as the Chelan/Manson areas.  Read more →

Jul. 17, 2012 at 3:19pmWill Market Warriors cash in on treasure?

Tune in Monday evenings

Market Warriors, a new program developed by "Antiques Roadshow" producers, premiered this week on Monday evening. And if it’s anything like the hit Roadshow series I predict it will also be a big winner.

 

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Jun. 27, 2012 at 11:15amIt's the Capitol Fourth

Hosted by Tom Bergeron

This year the big 4th of July concert live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in celebration of America's 236th birthday, will be hosted by the Emmy Award-winning host of “Dancing With the Stars,” Tom Bergeron.

Bergeron will lead an all-star group including Mathew Broderick, Anton Ohno and R&B stars Kool & The Gang.

 

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May. 31, 2012 at 1:37pmWorld Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements

“World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements” airs on Wednesday, June 6 on KSPS 7.2 at 4p.m. in Spokane and it’s a program for adults as well as kids.

This program is about world peace … what a concept. And although it’s a game that deals with real world problems like water rights, it’s also reality for this class of 4th grade students in Virginia over eight weeks. 

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May. 31, 2012 at 12:41pmContinental Divide Trail & more!

This month on NW Profiles

Unless you’re living under the proverbial rock, you've probably heard about the FIRST Robotics Competition held at EWU this spring. 

You can actually experience the “robot rumble” by tuning in to Northwest Profiles this month on KSPS. Tune-in on 06/02/12 at 10:31pm pt, 06/03/12 at 9:30pm pt and 06/17/12 at, 4:30pm pt.

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May. 16, 2012 at 4:40pmCell Tower Deaths

Joint Frontline & ProPublica investigation

The Frontline program that airs next week on KSPS Spokane at 9pm/10mtn is one of those news stories that takes some investigative chops to put together.

Frontline and ProPublica seem to do a great job on these types of investigations.

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May. 16, 2012 at 4:38pmCracking the Koala Code...

Tonight at 7p.m.

You know you love them … those adorable little Australian creatures.

This program doesn’t however spend too much time appreciating their cuddliness. Instead it will bring you face-to-face with their grunts and snorts… bellows and roars and their day to day dramas.

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May. 2, 2012 at 7:05pmFinding Your Roots

Cho, Gupta & Martha!

“Finding Your Roots” is easily one of my favorite shows on KSPS.

This Sunday Sunday, May 6, I’ll be watching with baited breath as they say because all three people’s heritage should be fascinating programming.


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Apr. 24, 2012 at 9:03pmNature: River of No Return

Watch it at your leisure!

A program that’s already aired this week really peaked my interest as I read about it on this week’s schedule.

It’s a regional story about Central Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness which was heretofore unknown to me.

I don’t get out enough, it’s true.

 

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Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:32pmThe Jesse Owens Story

We’ve probably all seen video clips of Jesse Owens at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Berlin in 1936. With the backdrop of impending world war, the 22-year-old Owens won four gold medals in the face of Nazi racism.

 

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Apr. 11, 2012 at 7:23pmThe Real CSI

Frontline Program Premieres Next Week

Are you a fan of the popular CSI TV series? If so you may want to catch this Frontline program on Tuesday, April 17 at 9p.m. on KSPS in Spokane.

"The Real CSI" promises to tell us how reliable, or unreliable, the science behind forensics really is. 

According to Frontline, it finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtrooms of America.

 

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Apr. 11, 2012 at 5:05pmIrena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers

She saved lives of more than 2,500 Polish Jews

I love stories about the courageous men and women who resisted the Nazi’s tyranny in WWII and outwitted the enemy. And especially when it tells the story of a group of women like “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers” which airs this Sunday evening at 11p.m. in Spokane on KSPS.

What a great story … this group of very young Polish women headed by Irena Sendlerowa (commonly known as Irena Sendler), is credited with saving the lives of more than 2,500 Jews, most were children, in German-occupied Poland in WWII.

 

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Apr. 5, 2012 at 3:19pmFinding Your Roots

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

Don’t miss Finding Your Roots on Sunday evening at 7p.m. in Spokane. 

I love Kyra Sedgwick on TNT in the role of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer. So I can’t wait to see what they find out about her roots on this program. Kevin Bacon, her husband in real life, will also be the subject of this week’s program.

 

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Mar. 27, 2012 at 12:52pmNew documentary highlights inspired women

Did you know all the men in Washington State got together to vote for women in November 1910? 

True story. 

Washington State women were the first in the country to have the right to vote. Seems odd that it was only 100 years ago doesn’t it?

There’s a KSPS-produced documentary available right here called “Courage in Corsets: Winning the Vote in Washington State.”


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Mar. 22, 2012 at 12:13pmPrescription for Abuse

Diagnosing Solutions

Given the high profile deaths of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and most recently Whitney Houston, it’s time we all look more closely at what’s happening in this country with prescription drug use.

When we think of drug addicts we often think of those back-of-the alley, downtrodden, older, perhaps homeless people.

However, that’s not an accurate picture. The face of drug addiction has changed.

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Mar. 12, 2012 at 3:50pmThe Phantom Returns

For 25th Anniversary

Can you believe it's been 25 years since the "Phantom of the Opera" opened onstage in London?  

I love this story. It has everything-obsessive love, fabulous music and out-of-this-world drama. KSPS in Spokane will air the the performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday, March 16 at 8p.m.

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Mar. 12, 2012 at 3:43pmDogs Decoded

For Dog Lovers

How smart are dogs? What makes them such ideal companions?

The answers are all available to viewers of “Dogs Decoded” on KSPS7.2 in Spokane on Thursday, March 15 at 11a.m./4p.m. and 9p.m.

 


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Feb. 27, 2012 at 12:35pmTravelscope

Greece – Cruising The Isles

It’s hard to oversell the charm and excitement of seeing Greece and the quintessential Greek Islands. 

I was lucky to go on a whirlwind sailing tour of the Greek isles several years ago. It was the trip of a lifetime.


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Feb. 27, 2012 at 12:27pmWhat to See!

And where to go!

On Wednesday evening on KSPS7.3 or Channel 109 in Spokane, there are two diverse travel shows playing back to back. The first, at 6p.m. is part 1 of Rick Steves’ Europe: Three-Part Travel Skills special. 

At 7p.m. stay tuned for Travelscope: Greece- Cruising The Isles.


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Feb. 22, 2012 at 4:48pmDo you … Need To Know?

“Need to Know” is an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project merging TV and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting.

I have not seen this show yet but when I saw it on the schedule I was really excited and can’t wait to see it on Friday night in Spokane at 7:30p.m.


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Feb. 22, 2012 at 12:03pmYoung Writer’s CONTEST!

Know anyone?

Do you know a young someone (K—3rd grade) who loves to tell stories?

Get them signed up of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.


 

 

Feb. 14, 2012 at 11:51amParis

The City of Light

Valentine’s Day always brings thoughts of Paris for me … really the most romantic city on planet Earth.  

So I was excited to see that Rick Steves' Europe this week is set in Paris – “Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brulee.”

 


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Feb. 13, 2012 at 9:32pmDownton Abbey

Season II Finale

There’s only one episode of Downton Abbey left this season and it’s next Sunday evening.

If you’re addicted and you can’t wait ... but you're also dreading having the season end ... you’re not alone. The British tale of life and times in Edwardian England has become somewhat of a cult in its second season on PBS channels.

 


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Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:31pmDaisy Bates

First Lady of Little Rock

On Thursday of this week I was attracted to the story of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.” KSPS is airing it at 10p.m. I did a bit of research on her and now I know I'll be watching Thursday evening.

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Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:26pmFrontline

Post Mortem

I love Frontline. They do some of the very best investigative journalism around. And tomorrow evening is no exception. 

KSPS will air Frontline’s Post Mortem Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 9p.m.

 

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Jan. 17, 2012 at 10:10pmNorthwest Profiles

That’s All Folk, Women Warriors and more!

Friday evening late (11:30p.m.) which is late in my book, is Northwest Profiles. But I’m going to the Mythbuster’s Show at 8p.m. that night so I’ll just catch the program before I hit the bed. At least that’s the plan.

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Jan. 17, 2012 at 9:48pmNova

Watch this Nova program tomorrow evening

 If you’re interested in all-things-related-toWorld War II … don’t miss the Nova program tomorrow night called “3D Spies of WWII.”

The program premieres Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. on KSPS in Spokane and this story of suspense and wartime secret intelligence hasn’t been told until now.

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Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:28pmThe Wild West Collection

Great programming!

Tonight’s airing of Billy the Kid from 9-10p.m. is the beginning of American Experience’s January series on the legend of the Wild West and Western Heroes called the Wild West Collection.

The series this month also includes programs on Custer’s Last Stand, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Annie Oakley and Jesse James.

 

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Jan. 10, 2012 at 11:28amHappy 2012!

Rumrunners in Spokane

I hope your holiday was everything you hoped for. If it was anything like mine it was filled with family, fun and food … lots of food … too much food!

I took a couple of weeks off from the blog and am back refreshed and looking forward to a great new blogging year in 2012.

 

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Dec. 13, 2011 at 4:12pmChristmas in the air

Something for everyone on KSPS

If you’re looking for holiday entertainment on KSPS you’ll find something nearly every night from now through Sunday, Dec. 25th … Christmas.


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Dec. 5, 2011 at 8:59pmRick Steves

At Webster Hall

Can you imagine being in the audience at Webster Hall in New York, a club that holds only 1,400 people, for a show that was the culmination of a two-month US tour of theaters and smaller venues to see Paul Simon?

One of my very favorite musicians, Simon played the show in June 2011 to rave reviews including one which indicated the concert was “a rare and spectacularly up-close event for fans.

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Dec. 5, 2011 at 5:36pmRick Steves

On Facebook and In Person

Do you have your tickets to see Rick Steves?

He’s coming to Spokane Wednesday, Dec. 7, to discuss ‘Travel as a Political Act Part II’ at Gonzaga University. 


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Nov. 29, 2011 at 2:15pmTrial and Heirs

Estate Planning

Are you up to date on your estate planning?

It’s not one of my favorite topics nor probably yours, but it’s something that must be done. If it isn’t there’s no telling what kinds of mistakes can be made and the legacy for the family who is left with these types of problems can be very painful and expensive.

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Nov. 29, 2011 at 1:57pmWhy We Love Cats & Dogs

Which animal do you favor?

Are you a dog or a cat person? 

People usually have a strong preference for one or the other. I’m basically a dog person. 

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Nov. 14, 2011 at 9:57pmString is the Thing

the 'Theory of Everything'

How can you not be interested in what Einstein was searching for all of his later years … the Theory of Everything?

I love quantum physics. 


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Nov. 8, 2011 at 3:22pmPBS Newshour

More Ways to Watch

There are so many ways to get news these days … it’s pretty incredible if you think about it. Even in the last five years changes in technology mean that we can go online to news sites like PBS Newshour or NPR, use Ustream live video, or catch up with what’s happening in the world using Twitter or other social media apps. 

And it all becomes so very personal since we can use these tools at almost any time and place we choose through the use of mobile devices.

 


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Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:31pmOne Last Thing

Steve Jobs

I, like millions of other people, was so very sad upon hearing about the death of Steve Jobs.

I’ve been an Apple devotee for many years … appreciative of not only the unique ability of Apple products to rise to the top of the tech world’s best, but also a love of what I perceive to be some of the most unique, clean and most creative design of Apple products.

All the products as well as the branding came under the watch of Steve Jobs.


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Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:43pmAmerica in Primetime

New four-part series

Did you catch the first installation of “America in Primetime” last night? Called the Independent Woman, the one-hour show, part of a new four-part series, traced the evolution of women on American TV from zany Lucy Show comedic talents of Lucy Ricardo to transitional roles like Laura Petrie’s in the 1960’s and Mary Tyler Moore to that of Murphy Brown, another transitional role that portrayed changes in American culture through comedy.

If you love TV, arguably one of our country’s best creative endeavors, as much as I do, the new four-part series called “America in Primetime” which premiered Sunday evening and runs on consecutive Sundays through Nov. 20, will be on top of your priority list.   

 

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Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:52pmIt's Halloween this week!

For the kids, tweens, teens and in between

It’s Hallooween week this week since the 31st falls on Monday next week. 

Consequently this week’s schedule is packed with the best and scariest programs for the peanut gallery and up into the tweens and teens category during the day on KSPS.

 


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Oct. 18, 2011 at 4:41pmAntiques Roadshow

A double-header on Monday!

If you’re an avid Antiques Roadshow viewer as am I … you may already know that this Monday there’s another double-header. The first hour of the program is from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 


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Oct. 18, 2011 at 4:30pmMusic Enthusiast?

Two great programs this week!

If you’re a music connoisseur you’ll be excited to see this week there are several musical programs to choose from on KSPS. 


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Oct. 10, 2011 at 8:08pmSpokane Election Specials

Listen and learn....

If you read this blog you probably know that I’ve been away from Spokane for several years and just moved back last August. So I’ve been playing catch up on what’s news in Spokane these days; who’s who on the city council … mayor … police chief, sheriff and any number of other subjects including elections and such. 

For the past few weeks we’ve been inundated with political ads and advertising pro and con on different initiatives on the upcoming ballot. If you're anything like me, you probably would like to see some objective-type programming that explains some of the issues and highlights the candidates running for the different positions. Yes?

 


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Oct. 10, 2011 at 8:02pmWomen WAR & Peace

A five-hour series starts tonight

Tonight’s the night for the premiere of “Women WAR & Peace” on KSPS in Spokane. The five-hour series airs at 10 p.m. tonight and the rest of the series continues on Tuesdays throughout October and into November.  Check the site for specifics dates.

As we all know, the United States “officially” bans women from combat while the reality is that they already serve on the front lines alongside men. The ban is somewhat ridiculous since while women are not officially assigned to units which are likely to see combat, they can be “attached" to them and fight alongside men.


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Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:12pmSaturday Night's Alright for... Cinema?

Check out Hollywood Stars Films

By Judith Spitzer

Check it out! Saturday night uninterrupted films begin airing this Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Spokane with “After the Thin Man” starring William Powell, Jimmy Stewart and Myrna Loy.

Nick and Nora's friend Selma is accused of murdering her fiancee and the couple, aided by their dog Asta, investigate -- so says the program schedule. I haven't seen this one. 


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Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:06pmGrowing Hope Against Hunger

Join the Sesame Street crew!

By Judith Spitzer

Have you noticed your grocery bill going up and up and up? I certainly have. Compared to last year at this time I bet I am paying at least 10 percent more on groceries!

My mother was queen of getting her money’s worth, could save money even during winters when my dad wasn’t working and she passed all that wisdom down to her four daughters and two sons.

However, budgeting for families isn’t an easy task these days especially given the dire jobs situation in some parts of the country.

So I was very happy to see that PBS’ and Sesame Workshop (creators of Sesame Street) are launching a new campaign to end child hunger called “Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget.

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Sep. 22, 2011 at 5:57pm"Prohibition"

Ken Burns documentary airs Sunday

“Prohibition” is a three-part, five-and-a-half hour documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series airs starting on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8p.m and runs for the next two nights.  

The film tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

 

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Sep. 20, 2011 at 12:35pmThe First Reality Show

An American Family

By Judith Spitzer

If you’re old like me … you probably remember watching the program called “An American Family” that started running on Thursday evenings at 9p.m. in 1973.

Actually in 1973 I was still in high school in Spokane. I remember vaguely seeing the program but I’m sure I was much more concerned with whatever angst or epiphany I was having back in the day.

Be that as it may, the 12-hour documentary chronicled the daily lives of the Santa Barbara Loud family – parents Pat and Bill Loud and their five children Lance, Delilah, Grant, Kevin and Michele Loud. 

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Sep. 20, 2011 at 12:32pm3 Steps to Incredible Health

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

By Judith Spitzer

I don’t know about you but it seems like I’ve always struggled with my weight – even as a teenager although looking back I was not overweight … just self-conscious.

Since I’ve gotten older though it seems like the pounds have crept up and up until now when I truly am overweight -- and not just self-conscious.

 

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Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:55pmVictor Borge

100 Years of Music & Laughter

By Judith Spitzer

I had a quiet weekend – spending time with my daughter and 15-year old grandson was the big highlight. I think everyone should arrange to hang out with a 15-year old on occasion. The world through their eyes is so naïve and innocent … and incredibly fun! 

My grandson is a wannabe stand up comedian. So I’m always checking out videos of comics that he can watch – preferably those who are funny and not raunchy.  


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Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:27pmThe Week Ahead in Music

What to watch?

By Judith Spitzer

I love just about any and all kinds of music from classical to hip-hop and pop to Celtic and R&B to the sounds of Big Bands. If you feel the same way, you'll be happy to learn how many choices you have for music this week on KSPS.

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Sep. 7, 2011 at 5:18pmRemembering 9/11

A Decade Later

Like I have, you’ve probably been seeing all the programming this week around the anniversary date of 9/11 -- which is this Sunday. Although it seems unbelievable to me, it’s been 10 years since the tragedy of 9/11 played out on TV for millions in America and across the world.

 I will always remember that day … getting an early morning call from my husband while I was getting ready for work in Portland. A week before that date in 2001, I had started a new job as an education reporter for a newspaper group in the Portland suburbs.  


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Aug. 29, 2011 at 4:12pmIt's Not Too Late

Give What You Can....

By Judith Spitzer

You know what they say – perception is everything. You may have the perception that public broadcasting stations are running along just fine with no help from you. The truth is that KSPS Public TV, just like any other public TV stations, need and depend on viewer members just like you and me to help support the tremendous programming that they bring to us every day of the year.

 

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Aug. 29, 2011 at 4:07pmFree Movies ... They're Almost Gone

Get Down to Riverfront Park

By Judith Spitzer

Remember at the beginning of the summer when I told you about the free movies at 9:45 a.m. at Riverfront Park? You probably thought yeah, that’s a good idea and then promptly tucked it away in a note to self. 

Fast forward to the dog days of summer and you and yours have done all the playing, camping, sunning, traveling and eaten oh so many s’mores and ... you still haven’t been down to see the unique documentaries that are playing Monday through Friday at Riverfront Park.

 


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Aug. 22, 2011 at 3:42pmSaturdays on KSPS

Austin City Limits & This Old House

By Judith Spitzer

There are several programs I like to catch every week on Saturdays on KSPS.


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Aug. 22, 2011 at 3:27pmAntiques Roadshow

Two for one tonight

By Judith Spitzer

I know there  lots of you out there who watch Antiques Roadshow on Monday evenings at 8p.m. And I’m one of you.

Tonight (and last week I noticed) there will be two hours of the show for the price of one. The first hour is from Hartford, Ct. and hour two is from Louisville, Ky.

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Aug. 16, 2011 at 2:12pmI Shop

Therefore I am….

Have I ever mentioned that shopping is my avocation? Yes, I am called to shop … anywhere, any time, anyhow. 

So naturally I’ve found my way to the KSPS Create webpages. Yes, you too can support your local public TV station and PBS by shopping on the KSPS website. 

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Aug. 16, 2011 at 12:47pmFrontline: Law & Disorder

in New Orleans PD

A federal jury recently found five New Orleans Police Officers guilty of the shootings that killed two civilians and seriously wounded four others in the chaotic, traumatic days after Hurricane Katrina. 

The jury also found the officers guilty of a massive cover-up that went on for almost five years. 

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Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:32amInteract with KSPS

On Facebook and Twitter

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Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:23amJackie Evancho

Dream with Me in concert Wednesday

If you’re not going to see Michael Buble on Wednesday evening, check out the 8 p.m. performance of the “Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert” on KSPS Public TV.

Jackie Evancho, if you’ve been cloistered under the proverbial rock, is the tiny little blonde discovered on the 5th season of America’s Got Talent.

 


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Aug. 2, 2011 at 8:39amInvasion of the Black Rats

in northeast India

Why do huge swarms of rats overrun a bamboo forest in northeast India once every half-century? Hmmm. I can’t say I have the answer to that one right on the tip of my tongue.

Not just rats but black rats, that appear to spring from nowhere to spread destruction and famine in their wake. What the heck you say? Me too.

Apparently bamboo forests in part of northeast India go into “exuberant flowering” … followed by the plague of rats. And lucky us – NOVA and National Geographic have captured this ordeal in vivid detail and the show is scheduled to run Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. 

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Aug. 2, 2011 at 8:17amMichael Bublé Crazy Love Tour

August 10 at 8 p.m.

Do you love Michael Bublé’s music as much as I do? If you do like him, you probably know he’s on tour right now, The jazz-pop vocalist is coming to town with his “Crazy Love Tour” at 8p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Spokane Arena.

If you’re lucky, you can be one of 10 winners ….

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 12:17pmGot Antiques?

Play the game....

By Judith Spitzer

I finally tried the Antiques Roadshow App on my iPad this weekend.

Whether you’re a fan of the television series on Monday nights or whether you just love antiques – you’ll love this game! It’s available for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch.

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 12:14pmWatch free, full-length PBS videos

Get free iTunes app

By Judith Spitzer

PBS recently launched another new app for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch that features more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programs from Frontline, PBS Newshour and many, many others.

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Jul. 11, 2011 at 11:23amDid you know?

Sign up for e-Friends Newsletter

By Judith Spitzer

I don't know about you but I am inundated with paper! Aren't we supposed to have less paper in this... the computer age? Still there are things I need to keep and I'm a piler. I know 'they' say you should only look at a paper or bill once and then deal with it and put it in its file; trash it; pend it or whatever. I have my piles and I'm fine with that. To each her own I say.

One of the things I do print out and keep every week is the e-Friends Weekly Newsletter.

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Jul. 5, 2011 at 5:18pmSummer's Here

Fresh fruits, veggies ... fun!

By Judith Spitzer

Don’t you love this time of year … farmer’s markets, fresh fruits and veggies, barbecues and picnics galore? Summer has always been a time when I love to spend early mornings gardening, when it’s cool and quiet.

This year has been different given that we moved to Spokane last July and we have yet to buy a house in the area – waiting for our Portland house to sell. I’m sure many of you can relate.


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Jul. 5, 2011 at 4:40pmGreat Performances

Harry Connick Jr.

By Judith Spitzer

Did you catch the Capitol 4th on KSPS TV? Great program! I watched between barbecues and going downtown to see the fireworks display. Both were great of course. Spokane couldn’t compete with what was called the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation!

Equally sublime were the entertainers who provided incredible music for the event. My favorites were comedian Steve Martin who played with the Steep Canyon Rangers and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.


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Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:37amA House Divided

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

By Judith Spitzer


I love watching just about any shows having to do with history on KSPS.

My latest favorite is the American Experience documentary is called "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided."

I watched part one of the series several weeks ago, and loved every minute of it. Part one covered both Abraham and Mary's childhoods - his, in a remote backwoods log cabin and hers, - in a wealthy Kentucky home. It describes their courtship and marriage. Mary is quoted as saying - "He'll be President of the United States one day. If I had not thought so I never would have married him."




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Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:29amDIY Saturday Marathons

A full day on a single theme!

By Judith Spitzer


I have been a card-carrying, devoted DIY watcher and doer for many years now. I crochet, sew, collage, shop vintage (both clothes and furniture), paint, garden and will tackle many a DIY project if it doesn't involve saw blades or cement — although I have been known to attempt a concrete pathway and the idea of smoothing concrete is very, very appealing to me.

I'm a big fan of Create TV. There is so much available on this channel from cooking to arts & crafts to gardening and home improvement, not to mention a number of award-winning travel programs. I watch Create TV all the time but I didn't realize that on Saturdays you can watch a full day of how-to programs focusing on a single theme.



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Jun. 20, 2011 at 1:38pmFree Summer Movies

KSPS joins Riverfront Park IMAX

By Judith Spitzer

News flash: School is out for the summer! You don’t have six camps lined up, a host of play dates scheduled and you’re wringing your hands you say?

Well, KSPS is at least one outlet offering an educational and fun venue for your kids this summer. They’ve joined with Riverfront Park and are proudly presenting a FREE, yes FREE, summer movie series of locally produced documentaries.

The movies will run on the same weekly schedule until Sept. 2, 2011. Check out another IMAX freebie at the end of the blog.

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Jun. 20, 2011 at 1:31pmYay Sesame Street ….

It's No. 1!

By Judith Spitzer

Grover lives there … Big Bird is a neighbor … the Grouch abides on the street in his can … and visitors include Snuffalufagus (yes, I looked up the spelling), Elmo, Cookie Monster, and who could forget to count … The Count? Read more →

Jun. 14, 2011 at 4:58pmParents' Estates

Render much different results!

My grown siblings and I just finished mucking out a storage unit of old boxes from my parents house. We had left the storage unit full when my dad died two years ago, waiting until we could all get together to go through and sort the items. 

The treasures we found were 68 bowling balls in various colors and weights; several bowling bags stuffed with bowling shoes and bowling accessories and a container with my dad's favorite bowling ball filler. We also found High School yearbooks dated 1946-1949 from Great Falls, Mt. and at least five large boxes of old vinyl records from about 1960-1975. 


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Jun. 5, 2011 at 11:07pmSocial Media

An opportunity to interact and communicate

Did I mention how much I enjoy social media? You know … blogging, Tweeting, Face Booking, Linking In, YouTubing and a myriad of ways that we’ve come to know, rather quickly, as communication tools?

Social media is pretty amazing. It feels like a whirlwind with no apparent limits to its potential. People are using social media tools like this blog, to get their message out on a personal level, to communicate business to business, to promote and/or market, to network and to socialize, just to name a few.

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Jun. 5, 2011 at 9:12pmHow is your back?

Dr. Vad talks about solutions Friday afternoon!

I’m so proud of myself this week! I worked super hard over the weekend getting our yard back into shape after the too-wet spring. It was a major spring cleanup and since our house is on a corner, there are both the front and back yards as well as two sloping hills on either side.

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Jun. 1, 2011 at 9:17amCheck out the new video player!

I love this book!

"Younger Next Year" really is one of those books that can change your life. I love this book! One of the co-authors of "Younger Next Year," Dr. Henry Lodge, will be talking about the book this coming Saturday, 6/4/2011, from 2-3 p.m. on KSPS.My (younger) brother gave me a copy when I was in Boston last month. I had asked him why on earth he was taking "hot yoga" classes. If you've heard anything about hot yoga, you know it's not for the faint of heart. So I was curious what had caused the major lifestyle switch. Read more →

Jun. 1, 2011 at 6:59amCheck out the new video player!

Watch KSPS programs online

The long Memorial Day holiday weekend was packed with visiting family and non-ending meals ... clean up ... shop for meals ... eat meals ... clean up ... cook more meals ... ad nauseum. Eating seems to be what my family does best when we're together.

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May. 31, 2011 at 9:59amPublic Broadcasting By The Numbers

And Carl Kasell's Voice on Your Answering Machine

Answer: 170 Million Americans

Question? How many Americans connect to public media every month in this country?



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May. 23, 2011 at 2:25pmAntiques Roadshow

It must be Monday


It's Monday … which means I've got Antiques Roadshow on my get-to-do list. 


I love, love, love antiques. And not just because they're unique and wonderful vintage pieces. Most times people have collected at least a little bit of the history that goes along with their treasures. Better yet are the heirlooms passed down through generations within a family — then there are even more fascinating details.  

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May. 20, 2011 at 2:20pmA Community Blog

Come Along for the Ride!

This is my first blog for KSPS and I’m really excited to be sharing my thoughts with you about KSPS Public TV and the communities of Spokane, Calgary and Edmonton, Canada.

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