Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years

July 9th, 2010

Don’t Miss Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years (a 3-part series beginning on Monday, July 12 at 10p.m. on THIRTEEN), which takes a look at the life and career of Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State, George Shultz. Shultz helped guide the State Department through the Iran-Contra scandal, Reagan’s summit with Gorbachev, and more.

Before tuning in, you can watch some of George Shultz’s appearances on Charlie Rose:

Ringo Starr Celebrates His 70th Birthday in Times Square

July 8th, 2010

Yesterday at noon, on what turned out to be another day of record-breaking heat in NYC, crowds descended on Times Square and surrounded The Beatles’ storied Magical Mystery Tour Bus.  The occasion? A celebration of iconic Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday, hosted by the Hard Rock Cafe.

In what seemed like a callback to Beatlemania of the ’60s, Starr was greeted by the crowd with screams and cheers, followed by a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”  Per Starr’s special request, the crowd shouted “peace and love” at noon, local time, and showed off peace signs.  Starr greeted the crowd with thanks and mentioned that being in New York was “a magical moment in 1964, and it’s still a magical moment” (referring to The Beatles’ now legendary 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just blocks away).  He threw “Peace and Love” bracelets to fans, along with cookies designed with hearts and peace signs.

Starr, who is currently on tour with his “All-Starr Band,” was also honored by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum inaugurated a special display of Starr’s gold-plated snare drum, which will remain on view to the public through December 2010 in the Museum’s Musical Instruments Galleries.  The custom-made drum was presented to Starr in 1964 by the Ludwig Drum Company after The Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (featuring a Ludwig drum set) produced a large surge in drum sales.

In celebration of Starr’s 70th birthday, this Friday THIRTEEN will broadcast Live From the Artists Den: Ringo Starr with Ben Harper and Relentless7. The one-hour concert marks the premiere of the series’ second season, and features Starr, folk-funk star Ben Harper, and Relentless7, and singer Joan Osborne.  The episode was taped at the Metropolitan Museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and also features an interview with Starr and Harper.  It is set to air on Friday, July 9, at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN, and Saturday, July 10 at 10 p.m. on WLIW.

James Tisch Featured on 'Consuelo Mack WealthTrack'

July 6th, 2010
James Tisch

James Tisch

On Friday, July 9, the newly-launched seventh season of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack will feature James Tisch, CEO of Loews Corporation and Chairman of WNET.ORG’s Board of Trustees.  Tisch will explain where he is finding value in Loews’s investment portfolio, which includes a wide range of companies, including hotels and oil drillers.

Season seven of WealthTrack (which debuted on Friday, July 2) focuses on helping viewers minimize risk while maximizing investment returns in a low-return, high-risk world. Each half-hour episode provides a unique holistic approach to investing as Mack, a veteran business journalist, brings viewers experts in a wide variety of fields, including exclusive interviews with “Great Investors” and “Financial Thought Leaders.” Following an in-depth discussion of the most significant trends affecting investors, financial experts offer their pick for the “one investment” that every individual should own in a long-term diversified portfolio.

Watch this episode of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack on Friday, July 9 at 7:30p.m. on WLIW21 and Saturday, July 10 at 8a.m. on THIRTEEN.

BP Exec Bob Dudley Answers Viewer Questions on Oil Spill

July 1st, 2010

This afternoon, PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez will be speaking with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, at BP’s Houston headquarters for an hour-long interview.

Viewers across the country can begin submitting questions now via  Google Moderator. The interview marks the first time BP has taken questions directly from the nation since BP’s Deep Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010 spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and onto the Gulf Coast.

The interview will be streamed live at 3:30p.m. ET on the PBS NewsHour site and YouTube, and can be viewed below. Clips of the interview will also be featured in tonight’s PBS NewsHour broadcast.

Viewers are encouraged to pose questions on a variety of topics, including: BP Accountability, Relief Well Status, Clean-up Plan, Gulf Region Recovery, Government Role, Environmental Impact, Future of BP, Future of Offshore Drilling. Viewers will vote on questions and the top vote getters will have their question posed directly to Bob Dudley.

This interview has passed.  View submitted questions here.

P/review: Istanbulive II

June 28th, 2010

This Saturday the Central Park main stage will host Istanbulive II, a Celebration of Turkish Music.   Starting at 2PM, it will feature five hours of contemporary music, presenting New Yorkers with familiar genres influenced by the Turkish context in which they’ve developed.  We had an opportunity to ask event producers Mehmet Dete and Serdar Ilhan a few questions about the show.

THIRTEEN: How did Istanbulive start? How did it go last year?

Serdar Ilhan: Istanbulive is a one-day music festival that aims to introduce to the American audiences the modern sounds of Turkey. I’ve been doing events in New York since the mid-’90s and have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful presenters, venues and other international music promoters. When SummerStage asked me whether I would be interested in doing a concert in the Park as part of their summer season programming, I immediately thought of bringing in the Turkish Tourism Office, whom I have a great rapport with, to do a large scale Turkish music event. They strongly supported the cause and saw it as an outreach event to promote not just the music of Turkey, but the country as a travel destination.

Mehmet Dede: Attendance for last year’s event exceeded our wildest dreams, registering close to 7,000 fans. People took it upon themselves to inform their friends and co-workers about the event and brought with them their families. SummerStage had to close the gates midway through the concert. We were told that several hundred people were left outside. At the end of the season SummerStage confirmed that Istanbulive was one of the top three most attended shows of the 2009 season.

July 2010 Guide: Music Central

June 28th, 2010

July 2010 Guide: Music Central

A reporter once asked Ringo Starr the secret of his masterful drumming. “My heartbeat keeps the tempo,” he replied. “I have a great time when I’m performing. It’s the rhythm of my heart and soul.”

Starr demonstrates plenty of heart and soul in the season premiere of the contemporary music series Live From the Artists Den (Fri 9th, 9:30 p.m. on WNET; Sat 10th, 10 p.m. on WLIW21). Folk-funk star Ben Harper and Relentless7 join the former Beatle for this intimate concert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with special guest Joan Osborne.

The series will also feature Tori Amos (Fri 16th, 9:30 p.m. on WNET; Sat 17th, 10 p.m. on WLIW21) and Corinne Bailey Rae (Fri 30th, 9:30 p.m. on WNET; Sat 31st, 10 p.m. on WLIW21).

American Masters gets up close and personal with country legend Merle Haggard in Learning to Live With Myself (Wed 21st, 9 p.m.), while President Obama welcomes Paul McCartney to In Performance at The White House (Wed 28th, 8 p.m.). Norah Jones performs her greatest hits on Soundstage (Fri 2nd, 9:30 p.m.), and Jimmy Smits hosts A Capitol Fourth (Sun 4th, 8 p.m.).

And opera fans won’t want to miss Great Performances at The Met’s presentation of Hamlet (Thu 15th, 9 p.m.), starring Simon Keenlyside and Marlis Petersen.

So sit back and enjoy these lively music programs – all made possible by your support!

PBS NewsHour Special Coverage: Elena Kagan Senate Confirmation Hearings

June 25th, 2010
Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan

PBS NewsHour will be airing live coverage of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Elena Kagan’s nomination for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET, and are expected to run for a half day on Monday, June 28, and continue with full days on Tuesday, June 29 and Wednesday, June 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

PBS NewsHour coverage on Monday, June 28, is expected to include statements from the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Elena Kagan’s opening statement. The Hearings are tentatively expected to include questions and answers with Kagan for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 29 and 30.

PBS NewsHour will also feature highlights of the hearings on its regular daily program, which airs weeknights at 7p.m. on THIRTEEN.

THIRTEEN's Annual GED Graduation Ceremony Honors NYC Adults

June 23rd, 2010
Judy Fresco (at far left) and Anne McCory (second to far right) pictured with this year's graduates who received their GED diplomas through THIRTEEN's adult education program.  Also pictured is former GED graduate Mary Malcolm (class of '99).

Judy Fresco (at far left) and Anne McCorry (second to far right) pictured with this year's graduates who received their GED diplomas through THIRTEEN's adult education program. Also pictured is former GED graduate Mary Malcolm (class of '99).

Yesterday THIRTEEN honored over 120 GED graduates at the Scholastic Auditorium in Manhattan, an annual tradition for the last 16 years. Among the graduates were participants from THIRTEEN’s GED adult education program, in which students utilize the GED Connection on-air course and work with tutors at THIRTEEN throughout the year to prepare for the GED exam.

Jon Rubin, Senior Director, State and Local Education Services at THIRTEEN led the ceremony. He was joined by Dr. Ellen Bergman, Superintendent of Mt. Pleasant Blythedale Schools, who delivered the keynote address.  Other presenters included NYC Council Member Robert Jackson, one of the champions of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education; Jann Coles from the NYC Department of Education; Charlotte Henson-Butler of CUNY; Mary Malcolm, a former GED graduate (class of ’99) and Shaquira Thomas, a current GED graduate.

GED Connection airs every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. on THIRTEEN. It is one of several educational resources and services the station provides to teachers and students of all ages.

WNET.ORG Hosts 17th Annual Gala

June 21st, 2010

The Plaza was abuzz on June 16th with the sights, sounds and personalities of public media as WNET.ORG held its 17th annual gala salute. The festive affair was hosted by Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart, who transferred their roles as co-anchors of Need to Know to the Grand Ballroom of the storied hotel. From their anchor desk on the stage, Jon and Alison spoke with Neal Shapiro, WNET.ORG chairman James S. Tisch, and Gerald L. Hassell, president of BNY Mellon, which was honored for the company’s outstanding support of WNET.ORG.

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

June 16th, 2010

As children, Emily and Sarah Kunstler looked up to their father, William, a successful lawyer widely known for his victories in civil rights and anti-war cases during the 1960’s.  As the sisters grew up, they became aware of his later cases, which included representing some of the most notorious and hated defendants in America.

In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, the Kunstler sisters seek to reconcile the controversial public image of their father with their own perception of him by delving into his triumphs and shortcomings, both as a lawyer and a person.

Directed and produced by Emily and Sarah Kunstler, the film will debut on Tuesday, June 22 at 10p.m. on THIRTEEN.  Immediately following the film, Emily and Sarah will respond to questions online in a livechat Q&A at 11:30p.m. ET, where viewers can learn more about the making of the film and what inspired the sisters to work behind the camera.

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