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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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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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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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. 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. 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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Sep. 22, 2011 at 1:32pmNot As I Pictured


National Lymphoma Awareness Month is commemorated each September to help raise public attention for this type of blood cancer.  Lymphoma is not a single cancer but a group of many related cancers.  In fact, there are nearly 30 different types of lymphoma.  They are grouped under two categories: Hodgkin Disease and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. These two broad groups may be similar in their symptoms and the tests that are required, but they behave differently when they affect a person.

While other cancers have shown a decline, Lymphoma is on the rise -- according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that there will be 65,980 new cases of Lymphoma in the United States this year.  But with early diagnosis it is often a very treatable cancer with good prognosis.

On Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM Pacific Time KSPS-TV (7.1) will present the one-hour documentary “Not As I Pictured:  A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma.”  The documentary follows John Kaplan ‘s experiences as he deals with life afflicted with lymphoma.  John is a Pulitzer Prize photographer who once worked for the Spokesman-Review.  This Sunday, the S-R will feature a story about John and the documentary.

Although the topic is serious, NOT AS I PICTURED is upbeat, very positive, and ends with John’s remission and return to health.

The documentary is scheduled for a repeat on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 PM on KSPS.



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. 30, 2011 at 3:05pmBetween the Lions

PBS Kids

For the past decade, Between the Lions has entertained while helping children acquire basic reading skills and a love of reading.  Rights to the series will expire at end of August.

The series has earned 10 Emmy awards.  Independent studies have shown the series has boosted children’s early reading skills in key areas, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary.  But the true success of a series lies with you the viewer.  On behalf of Theo, Cleo, Leona, and Lionel, I would like to thank you for your support of this series.

May. 5, 2011 at 12:09pm2011 Student Freedom Ride

Freedom Riders

On Friday, May 6th a group of 40 college students will gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride.  The ride will retrace the route planned for the original ride that occurred fifty years ago and culminate in New Orleans on May 16th.  American Experience’s Student Freedom project received over 1,000 applications. Those chosen represent the unique diversity that is America.

We have a unique opportunity to participate with these students.  Among those selected was Benjameen Quarless, a philosophy major at Whitworth University (Spokane) and Rachael DeMarce, a political science and communications major at Carroll College (Helena.)  Benjameen and Rachael will be sharing daily dispatches from the ride via blogs on the KSPS web site.
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May. 3, 2011 at 1:52pmGLOBAL VOICES

Asian - Pacific American Heritage Specials

In May KSPS-WORLD celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage month with four unique documentaries. Originally presented in October 2007 as part of the series Independent Lens, Please Vote For Me, directed by Weijun Chen, features an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China, where three eight-year-old students campaign for the coveted position of class monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in China, and the candidates hold debates, campaign tirelessly, and show their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner. Please Vote For Me airs on Sunday, May 8 as part of the Global Voices series.


Global Voices “Please Vote for Me “is scheduled for broadcast on KSPS-World (over-the-air channel 7.2, Comcast Cable of Spokane channel 108) Sunday, May 8th at 6:00 AM (Pacific) with repeats slated later in the day at 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 11:00 PM (all times are Pacific.)

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May. 3, 2011 at 11:04amThe Space Age: NASA's Story

Space Exploration

The Space Age: NASA's Story premieres Tuesday evening May 3rd at 7:00 PM on KSPS-TV.  This four part series from the BBC is a unique look at the space agency and man’s quest to explore the universe.  The series offers restored footage along with interviews of the astronauts, their families and the journalists who covered the triumphs and tragedies of space exploration.

The series highlights the iconic moments but also reveals the lesser known, and sometimes humorous events of man’s adventures in space. The Space Age: NASA’s Story is a complete history of mankind's journey into space and is scheduled for Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (Pacific) with repeat broadcasts Wednesdays at 10:00 PM (Pacific) and Saturdays at 2:00 PM (Pacific).

May. 3, 2011 at 9:59amFreedom Riders


Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives-and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment-for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till), along with the original Freedom Riders, will be featured on Oprah Wednesday, May 4th.

Freedom Riders: American Experience premieres on Monday, May 16th at 9:00 PM Pacific on KSPS-TV.

May. 3, 2011 at 9:14amFRONTLINE

Fighting for Bin Laden

Tonight on KSPS-TV at 9:00 PM Pacific Time FRONTLINE's "Fighting for bin Laden";


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Apr. 28, 2011 at 12:47pmSalmon: Running the Gauntlet


Nature takes a timely look at the salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest.   “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet” airs on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. (PT) on KSPS-TV.  

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Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:19pmRoyal Wedding Coverage


On Friday, April 29th beginning at midnight Pacific time, KSPS-TV (7.1) will provide live coverage of the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton as presented by the BBC.  Our coverage, presented in high definition, will last five and one-half hours.  For years our programming has been closely associated with Britain and the BBC.  We have the unique opportunity to provide our viewers the opportunity to witness the event from the British perspective.   

Leading the coverage for BBC One and BBC News will be Huw Edwards, who will be based outside Buckingham Palace and joined by fellow anchors Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth, who will be situated at key locations in central London. 

As a courtesy to our viewers, KSPS-TV will repeat the coverage on Saturday, April 30th beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. 

With the exceptions of Ask This Old House and the Victory Garden, the life style programs preempted on Saturday, April 30th will be presented on Saturday, May 7th in their regular time periods.

 The repeat of Antiques Roadshow “Billings, MT – Part 3” shifts to Sunday, May 1st at 12:00 PM PT. 

Hidden Fire: The Great Butte Explosion will air on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 PM and repeat on Sunday, May 8th at 12:00 PM.  There is an earlier broadcast of this special on Sunday, May 1st at midnight.

Daylight: The Most Beautiful Train in the World moves to Sunday, June 19th at 12:00 PM PT.

Coverage of The Royal Wedding is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of KSPS.  Our Friends really do make a difference!


Mar. 4, 2011 at 3:29pmHustle

Scheduling Update

Due to technical difficulties, the Thursday, March 3rd presentation of Hustle was not broadcast in its entirety. The technical center did everything possible to restore the program but was forced to select an alternative program. The episode (series one, episode 6) has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 PM Pacific Time.

Feb. 24, 2011 at 2:36pmTriangle Fire

American Experience

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Workers tried to make their way out of the congested loft, but the doors on their floor were locked and the fire escape soon crumpled.

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Feb. 4, 2011 at 2:24pmDownton Abbey

Masterpiece Classic

Viewer feedback related to Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey” has been favorable. The first season of Downton Abbey concluded on Sunday, January 30th. 

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Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:55pmJulia Child

French Chef Debut

The French Chef debuted on February 11, 1963 on WGBH in Boston. The series had a successful run of ten years on NET (National Educational Television) making Julia Child the first celebrity in the PBS world.

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Feb. 3, 2010 at 1:30pmKen Burns Film


The encore presentation of Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is airing Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Mountain on KSPS-TV. The next project that Florentine Films is working on is an indepth look at Prohibition. I’ve included a family photo taken in the 1920’s. The location is presumed to be just north of Seattle. My mother-in-law is the small child resting in the basket. Each time the picture re-surfaces from the family’s photo archive the story behind the family gathering becomes more intriguing. English tea was not the beverage of choice in the boneware cups and the rosy cheeks were not the handiwork of a photographer’s art brush. And the smiles? They are the result of Nettie, the young woman holding the tea cup, a child of the Alberta prairies and in her later year’s my wife’s grandmother, who was held in high regards as a “home brewer.”

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