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Do you watch your local PBS channel?

Asked by msh (4262points) November 10th, 2015 from iPhone

If so, what shows draw your attention?
Do you regularly check their schedule for programing?
Have you ever donated funds for the station for productions, ad-free television, or support?
Are you aware of the range of programming from around the world?
Are you cognizant that it is set up as a calming alternative to the larger television stations, not only on their children’s programming, but also for those tuning in at all times of the day/night?
What’s your input on this station and it’s offerings?

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

I watch it pretty frequently. It always has been and (if it manages to continue far into the future), always will be a favorite. I grew up watching it with my grandma and it’s a nice break from the rest of TV (which I truly pretty much never watch), unless I’m watching Jeopardy. Haha! :D

A couple of my favorite shows are Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat. For PBS in general, I also enjoy The Great British Bake Off, which I started watching recently. There are no competitive American cooking shows that I can think of that have the same kind of atmosphere. Which is, in comparison, full of much nicer people and it’s not at all gimmicky like our competitive cooking shows tend to be.

Buttonstc's avatar

Yes, I watch it frequently and check the schedule daily. They have some really excellent documentaries as well as music selections. Their Frontline series is almost always a must-see for me.

As a matter of fact, right now I’m watching a 2 hr. doc titled “Navy Seals—Their Untold Legacy” which traces the earliest origins from “frogmen” up to their current iteration.

I watch a lot on Saturdays especially because that’s when the cooking shows are on. Jacques Pepin just started a new series.

There’s also a show called “Under the Radar, Michigan” with a quirky kind of host which features noteworthy aspects of different towns all around the state.

There’s also a new show called “A Craftsman’s Legacy” in which the host travels to various artisans like Stained Glass makers, wood turners, metal engravers and has them demonstrate how to do it.

I particularly like Saturday nights because it’s all music from various genres all evening long up till 3–4 AM. In addition to Austin City Limits and the Artists Den, they’ll play favorite full concert films like Manheim Steamroller, Celtic Thunder, Daniel O’Donnell. Occasionally they’ll do a throwback like Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park or James Taylor and Carole King Live at the Troubador.

So, yeah, I guess you could say I watch PBS a lot :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wednesday nights, without fail. Nature and NOVA.

Buttonstc's avatar


Oh yeah, same here. I really love their Nature shows.

Except that I normally DVR those and usually don’t get around to watching them until Saturday.

Weekend is maximum PBS watching for me :)

Pachy's avatar

Yes, but less frequently than most other channels.

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