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“THIRTEEN has been my friend, my tutor and an inspiration since childhood. Thank You.”
Viewer & Member T.C. Jones, Queens, NY

THIRTEEN celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Viewers across the Tri State area built THIRTEEN’s legacy of trustworthy, thought-provoking and engaging programs – Masterpiece, Nature, American Masters, Great Performances, PBS NewsHour, Sesame Street and many others. THIRTEEN and PBS are committed to making these important programs available to all, regardless of means.  To continue this legacy for the next generation, we’ve set a goal to recruit 50,000 new Members from our community. Will you help us? If you are already a supporter, we thank you.  If you are not yet a supporter, please donate today in any amount.  Thanks for watching!

“Pioneers of THIRTEEN: The ’90s and Beyond – Changing Landscape” Preview

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In celebration of THIRTEEN/WNET’s 50th anniversary, “The 90’s and Beyond – Changing Landscape” explores the fourth and fifth decades of the channel’s history, from the 1990s to the present day. The documentary will feature rarely-seen clips from THIRTEEN’s rich archive, including profiles of musicians Paul Simon and Marvin Gaye on American Masters, countless interviews with leading thinkers on Charlie Rose, and more. For more, go to Pioneers of THIRTEEN.


Celebrate 50 years of THIRTEEN by helping us recruit 50,000 new Members. Keep THIRTEEN's unique, high-quality programs vital for years to come. A tax-deductible gift of any amount will help us reach our goal.


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Why Do You Support THIRTEEN?

A favorite program? A childhood memory? Tell us what makes THIRTEEN and PBS unique.
Doris Myers, Bronx, New York

I was born in Nicaragua in the 70s and have memories of watching the Latin American version of Sesame Street there, learning my letters. When we came to the United States, my parents were so …

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Nadine Renazile

As a young immigrant newly arrived from Haiti, my father insisted that our family only watch PBS. He was adamant that this was the only proper way to learn to speak and enunciate the English …

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  • Deborah Nissim Greenville, SC
    I remember watching a current events program on WNET at school in New Rochelle, NY in the early 1960s. Later, I got my own membership during the showing of a silent films series. My bonus … More »
  • RitaSue Siegel New York, NY
    I just watched the William Kettridge program-I had seen his show at MoMA and went to the opera he staged and designed, the Nose, at the Met. It was a great surprise to find this … More »
  • Elisabeth & John Avery NY, NY
    My husband and I have watched Thirteen for over 40 years. Whether we’re looking for culture — theatre, music, criticism; history; world and U.S. news — and, of course, decades of Masterpiece Theatre, we always … More »
  • Frances Darwin Newmarket, Ontario
    I’m supporting you because I grew up watching Sesame Street and because your #TVGONEWRONG campaign is FANTASTIC. Who knew that a TV ad about a TV ad could be 100% PSA? So needed.
  • Jamie T Deming Oyster Bay, NY
    Even when we lived recently in another state (Texas) for three years, I felt connected to my “media home” by watching PBS Newshour. I was reassured by the program’s unbiased reporting of the news and … More »
  • mb Raritan NJ
    I love to travel. My husband and I always enjoy the travel shows you feature. Rick Steves is a great “tour guide” and provides great info for the reluctant traveler and also the seasoned traveler! … More »
  • Maris Cuneo Redding, CT
    Happy Birthday PBS, my 50th class reunion of an all girls high school, Academy of St. Aloysius, will be next year. I think you for this special on girl groups. It will be something special … More »
  • Mike New York City, NY
    Who was it that called Television a “Vast Wasteland” many years ago?” Well, nothing has changed over the years except that Broadcast TV has gotten even worse with age. Once upon a time we had … More »
  • Elena Schwartz New York
    From history and politics to cooking time and travel you are making super programs, thank you and many years more.
  • Marilyn Bennett Secaucus
    Democracy can not exist without public media like PBS and NPR.

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