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American Graduate Day Raises Awareness of Dropout Crisis

Michelle Michalos | September 27, 2012

This past Saturday, Sept. 22, was American Graduate Day, a seven-hour live television broadcast spotlighting solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. WNET and partner stations across the country broadcast the event, hosted by Maria Bartiromo, JuJu Chang, Rehema Ellis, Susie Gharib, Bianna Golodryga, Bryant Gumbel, Christina Ha, Maria Hinojosa, Rebecca Jarvis, Al Letson, Stone Phillips,…

Wonder Women: A Q&A with 'Half the Sky' Executive Producer Maro Chermayeff

Elisa Lichtenbaum | September 26, 2012

“The role and rights of women, their freedom and equality and dignity, is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in Half the Sky, Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a four-hour television event and trans-media project premiering this month on THIRTEEN. Inspired by the bestselling book…

Inside America’s Dropout Epidemic: A FRONTLINE/NBC Education Nation Live Chat

Michelle Michalos | September 25, 2012

Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas—an epidemic so widespread that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. FRONTLINE producer Frank Koughan and his team spent a semester at Houston’s Sharpstown…

Only A Number: A Q&A with Filmmaker Steven Besserman

Michelle Michalos | September 17, 2012

Inside Thirteen recently spoke with filmmaker Steven Besserman, whose documentary Only A Number tells the story of his mother’s experience as a Holocaust survivor through her own words. Initially a diary, Besserman was compelled to make the story into a film when his mother developed dementia and began to lose her memory. Here, Besserman discusses…

THIRTEEN Week Kicks Off in NYC, Sept. 16-23

Michelle Michalos | September 14, 2012

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, the week of Sept. 16-23 was declared THIRTEEN Week in New York City by Mayor Bloomberg. Join us in celebrating with these events across the city (and right in your living room): On Monday morning, THIRTEEN rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. PIONEERS OF THIRTEEN: The…

Great Lakes Week Returns to Public Television, September 10-13

Michelle Michalos | September 10, 2012

Detroit Public Television and WVIZ/PBS ideastream® are returning to cover this year’s Great Lakes Week conferences, offering widespread public access to important discussions around the future of the Great Lakes, the United States’ largest source of fresh water. In addition to the regular daily programming listed below, there will also be nightly summaries of the…

Celebrate a THIRTEEN Milestone with Backstage Access

Michelle Michalos | August 27, 2012

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we’re opening the doors of the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center (66th Street and Broadway) on Thursday, August 30 from 6-8 p.m.! Stop by and enjoy a look at the home of NYC-ARTS, Need to Know, MetroFocus and a number of other THIRTEEN programs and you may…

Celebrating the Stories of Our Community: Marica and Dr. Jan Vilcek

Michelle Michalos | August 21, 2012

This month, our Community Stories campaign highlights Slovak Americans Marica and Dr. Jan Vilcek. Here, the Vilceks discuss arriving in New York from Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), and the unique experiences and opportunities their new life in America provided them. Learn more about the campaign and view previous videos here. Check out related stories on THIRTEEN’s local…