The new So what do you think?

April 17th, 2009

from: Robin Edgerton, editor,

It was almost exactly a year ago – April 15, 2008 – that our last redesign of launched. A year later, we have a better picture of how you use our site, and have adapted a new design we hope will suit you even better.

More content!
Every day, we have more and more of our broadcast programs online, in full, and in high video quality, for you to watch any time. Our new design emphasizes getting you to these easily. For instance:
• For Nature‘s 2008-9 season, most of the episodes are, or will be, streaming in full.
Great Performances, for the first time, put their season opener, the fantastic King Lear with Ian McKellen, online.
• From Wide Angle’s Focal Point series to our own The City Concealed (about rarely seen spaces in NYC), we have more and more online original video projects all the time that you can only see here.
• We’re also digging deeper our archives. Before we were Thirteen, we were NET, National Educational Television. We presented some pioneering programs in the history of public broadcasting, and we want to share them with you. Besides our “Broadcasting While Black” project about early black-identity TV (which has some programs you can watch), we will be releasing the 1970 environmental series “Our Vanishing Wilderness” back into the wild (i.e. streaming online, in full), next week, along with Green Thirteen, a site that links to our environmental programs and articles.

New Inside Thirteen
To keep track of new initiatives, new programs, further information, and behind-the-scenes p.o.v.s, our revamped Inside Thirteen engages the whole team behind THIRTEEN and to bring you perspectives and info on the station and our presentations.

And yes, it still will be the voice of our president, Neal Shapiro, but the blog’s circle of contributors expands to include our producers, reporters, and other contributors, as well as being a repository for announcements of all kinds, from kids’ events in NYC, to upcoming broadcast projects, and all manner of other information.

And lastly, we have more SOUL!
You asked, and we’re in accord: 3 new (old!) episodes of SOUL!, WNET’s stunning showcase for black music and culture of the late ’60s – early ’70s. All three episodes date to 1972. Taj Mahal, Cicely Tyson, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, and many more guests. Check them out now!

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments.