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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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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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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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 3:43pmDogs 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. 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. 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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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 9:06pmGrowing 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. 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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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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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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May. 11, 2011 at 8:27amNorma Zimmer

Lawrence Welk Show

Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" on national television's The Lawrence Welk Show, died at her home in Brea, CA on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the age of 87. Norma was a featured soloist on The Lawrence Welk Show weekly series on commercial television from 1960 to 1982. In 1987, the weekly series moved to public television where it continues to air today on 276 PBS stations.

Before joining The Lawrence Welk Show, Norma was part of a quartet called The Girlfriends, a legendary group much in demand by singing stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and others.  Norma's group sang with Bing Crosby on his recording of White Christmas, which has sold more copies than any other song in history. Norma also appeared with Crosby in the 1950 film, Mr. Music, and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film, Alice in Wonderland.

Religion was an important part of Norma's life and she often appeared with her friend, Billy Graham, on his evangelistic tours. She also appeared many times as a guest soloist at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.

Norma Larsen Zimmer was born on July 13, 1923 in Larson, Idaho.  She grew up in Seattle, WA, married builder and property developer Randy Zimmer in 1944, and settled in Los Angeles.  They had two sons, Ron and Mark, and were married for 64 years, until Randy's death in 2008.

The Lawrence Welk Show is the longest-running weekly series on national television. It premiered on KTLA in Los Angeles in 1950, moved to ABC in 1955 where it aired until 1971. In 1971, Lawrence Welk took it into syndication until 1982 when he retired. In 1987, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, brought it to public television where it will celebrate its 25th year beginning September, 2011.

May. 2, 2011 at 2:58pmNews Coverage of Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE, NOVA, Charlie Rose Offer Extensive Coverage of Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death and Issues Raised

As the world reacts to the news that that Osama bin Laden, long-hunted leader of the al-Qaeda terror group and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight in Pakistan, news and public affairs programs on PBS are offering extensive coverage both online and on air about the years-long hunt, the operation and what’s next for the U.S. war on terror.

PBS NEWSHOUR – Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill will anchor a special edition of the PBS NEWSHOUR devoted entirely to the questions being raised after President Obama’s confirmation that the mastermind off the 9/11 attacks was killed. Senior Correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Washington on the details of Sunday’s Special Operations attack on bin Laden’s compound and Special Correspondent Saima Mohsin reports from the Pakistani town where the al-Qaeda leader was killed. Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff looks at how Americans are reacting all around the country. Guests will include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, journalist and author Steve Coll, and Farhana Qazi (formerly Ali), an international terrorism analyst.

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Mar. 22, 2011 at 9:20amFunding Public Broadcasting is in the National Interest

by Friends of KSPS Bob Morrison and Mary Brown

Governments should be frugal with tax dollars. Sometimes, though, they get carried away with budget-cutting and people end up losing far more than they gain.

Recent proposals to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting are a prime example of spending cuts that will hurt instead of help America. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its PBS and NPR networks provide enormous benefits to individuals, state and local governments, and the corporate and non-profit sectors. These benefits are reflected in the funding received from non-federal sources: most recently 81% of total revenue for PBS, 89% for NPR.

The benefits are also reflected in the positive view Americans have of public broadcasting. The evidence is conclusive: Read more →