American Graduate Day Raises Awareness of Dropout Crisis

September 27th, 2012

L-R: Michael Powell, co-chair of America’s Promise Alliance; Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET; Ray Suarez, PBS NewsHour anchor; and Pat Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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, Rafael Pi Roman, and Ray Suarez.

Thirty two national and local organizations committed to giving students choices and opportunities through in-school and out-of-school programs participated on Saturday, and about 100 stations covering 63% of the country aired American Graduate Day for a portion of or all the broadcast. The event also received extensive social media engagement and media coverage, including an article in The New York Times.

Watch an interview with special guest Michael Powell, representing America’s Promise Alliance, and PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez:

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In Memoriam: Robert Hughes

August 8th, 2012

THIRTEEN looks back on the life of art critic and historian Robert Hughes, who passed away on Monday night at the age of 72. Born and raised in Australia, Hughes went on to live in Italy and then London before settling in New York and establishing himself as an influential art critic at TIME magazine. His 1980 documentary The Shock of the New was the first to air on PBS, followed by American Visions in 1997 and Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore in 2000.

Read a Q&A with Hughes from Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore.

PBS NewsHour remembers Hughes and fellow critic Judith Crist, who died yesterday at the age of 90 and is perhaps best known for championing of a new generation of American and international directors and actors in the 1960s:

Intelligence Squared Debate: When It Comes to Politics, The Internet Is Closing Our Minds

April 17th, 2012

Tonight at 6:45 p.m., Intelligence Squared will host When It Comes to Politics, The Internet Is Closing Our Minds, a live debate moderated by ABC News Nightline correspondent John Donvan, featuring panelists Eli Pariser and Siva Vaidhyanathan (for) along with Evgeny Morozov and Jacob Weisberg (against). Watch the full debate below.

About the debate:

Does the internet poison politics? It’s been argued that the rise of “personalization,” the use of algorithms to filter what you see online, and easy access to the like-minded, have served to reinforce our pre-conceptions. Is the information bubble a myth, or is it undermining civic discourse? Is the rise of social media really broadening our world views, or narrowing them?

MetroFocus Partners with Columbia School of Journalism

April 11th, 2012

THIRTEEN is excited to announce a new partnership between its local multi-platform property MetroFocus and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Students in the master’s program will contribute fully produced content for MetroFocus, both on-air and online.

To kick off the partnership with Columbia University, MetroFocus featured an online video segment and article about the personalized plaques found on some 3,000 Central Park benches and the effort to catalog the backstories of the dedications.

“For nearly 50 years, THIRTEEN  has been committed to education—from the programs we air to the schools and educators in our region that we serve”, said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO.  “We look forward to more journalism school partnerships in the coming months and are pleased to be partnering with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to showcase students’ inspired stories and content on MetroFocus. It’s another way we’re serving the tri-state community.”

The first student journalist piece featured on MetroFocus was produced by current Columbia students Monica Alba and Angela Reese under the direction of Columbia Associate Professor Betsy West, a former senior vice president for CBS News, where she oversaw “60 Minutes,” “60 Minutes II” and “48 Hours.”

“This is an exciting partnership for the Columbia Journalism School students in my class,” said Columbia Journalism Associate Professor Betsy West. “Here they are, gathered from around the world, to find and report stories in New York City and now they have an outlet at the city’s premier public television station. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them as well as for MetroFocus viewers to see some fascinating stories.”

This partnership is the first of several journalism school partnerships in the planning. Student journalists from other journalism schools in the Tri-State area will also produce and submit content regularly to MetroFocus for use online, on mobile and on-air in the upcoming MetroFocus specials this spring and summer.

Intelligence Squared Debate: China Does Capitalism Better Than America

March 13th, 2012

Tonight at 6:45 p.m., Intelligence Squared will host China Does Capitalism Better Than America, a live debate moderated by ABC News Nightline correspondent, John Donvan, featuring panelists Orville Schell and Peter Schiff (for) along with Ian Bremmer and Minxin Pei (against). Watch the full debate below.

About the debate:

For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China’s admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendancy. But can its brand of state-directed capitalism overcome rampant corruption and the threat of growing inequality, or will the American model of innovation and free markets prevail?

Tavis Smiley: The Poverty Tour Preview

October 7th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Earl Gibson III/Tavis Smiley

Next week (October 10-14), Tavis Smiley will be featuring highlights from his August 2011 poverty bus tour with his co-host on PRI’s Smiley & West radio show, Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West.

Crossing 18 cities in nine states, Smiley spoke with Americans about their struggles in today’s harsh economy. Smiley will also interview leading anti-poverty advocates, including: Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, Feeding America CEO Vicki B. Escarra, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, economist Jeffrey Sachs and ethics and religion commentator Jim Wallis.

Tavis Smiley airs weeknights at midnight on THIRTEEN.

Get a closer look at The Poverty Tour, with featured stories, videos, and a slideshow.

Watch a preview:

Need to Know: Help Wanted – A Q&A with Executive Producer Marc Rosenwasser

October 7th, 2011

Marc Rosenwasser

Inside Thirteen recently spoke with Marc Rosenwasser, Executive Producer of Need to Know. The series recently changed its format to a half-hour program focused on the 2012 election and all the important issues that come with it — from the economy and jobs to the environment. Here, Rosenwasser discusses “Help Wanted,” a new series that takes an in-depth look at the job crisis and its impact on Americans across the country.

Need to Know airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN. “Help Wanted” premieres tonight, and will continue the first Friday of every month through the election. Learn more about the series and watch featured segments here.

Inside Thirteen: What issues and trends will be covered in “Help Wanted”?

Marc Rosenwasser: We’re going to be reporting “Help Wanted” from all around the country over the next year. In our first “Help Wanted” special, we are shooting in Cuyahoga County in Northern Ohio with John Larson. The reason we went there is because we hope to actually revisit that in the next 15 months to see how these people are faring and to see how their situation is affecting their thinking about the presidential campaign next year. So, we have a sampling of different people of different political stripes, but more importantly, we ended up with a sampling of people who actually have jobs, who are totally insecure. So when the unemployment numbers are released this Friday (they’re released the first Friday of every month) – since we air on Friday it’s easy enough to do, and it makes the show, we hope, extremely timely. We’re going to Northern Ohio because it’s actually not a worse-case scenario, it’s actually a typical place. It has a lot of different kinds of jobs, and Ohio is a critically important political state; they’ve voted for the winner every single time since 1964. What we’re ending up with this time is a piece that’s actually about people who have jobs who’ve had their hours reduced, their benefits cut, or they’ve had to take different jobs at lesser pay, so the point of that all is that even though they’re under great stress, they’re not even in the official numbers.

The second piece, which is about minority unemployment, especially among young black males, which is a huge problem going back for a long time; we’re actually working with the author David Simon of The Wire, he wrote a book in this series 15 years ago called The Corner, and we basically went back with Scott Simon to a corner in Baltimore to see what all those young men are doing. Very few of them have work, and very few of them are counted in the numbers because they’ve long since stopped looking for work. So, what we’re ending up with on this first edition of “Help Wanted” is a show that makes a point that as troubling as the official statistics are, they don’t even measure by a long shot the full extent of the problem. The only time we get close is by including “underemployed workers” – these people are not going to be in either one of these categories and they’re under tremendous stress, but they’re not counted.

IT: Are there any angles of the country’s job crisis that you feel have not been getting enough media coverage/attention?

Photo courtesy of Need to Know

MR: Honestly, I think all of it. I think by every measurement, it’s the issue that matters most. Hopefully what we can bring to it is a much greater depth and context to the issue. Also what we’ll be doing, not in this show but in the future, we have pieces in the works about innovative solutions to try to solve the job crisis. So, at least to, if not solve it, to potentially make it less of a crisis. For instance, we have a piece in the works from Oregon about a program that enables you if you are unemployed, instead of spending the number of weeks that you’re without benefits looking for a job, this program (which was created by NAFTA) actually enables you to start your own business during that time. So instead of just looking for work, you’re actually able to try to initiate a business plan and start a business. The advantage of that of course is that if it succeeds, and they do have a high success rate, you’re actually over time able to hire other people; so it’s not just a walk for a walk, hopefully it generates several jobs from your own success. So our goal is to broaden that discussion and make people aware of these innovative programs.

IT: What do you hope will differentiate Need to Know’s election coverage from other news organizations?

MR: PBS features wonderful, mostly studio-driven analysis of issues. What we hope to do is, just so we can create our own identity, and carve out a place that we hope makes us valuable, is to do much more of a field approach. In the past three weeks we’ve done case studies that illustrate bigger issues, which is what we want the model to be – character-driven stories that illustrate an important issue. From Greenville, Michigan, from Endicott, NY; this week we’re going to Cuyahoga County in Ohio and to Baltimore – so that will be our approach. We’ll probably be doing one-topic shows that will be piece-driven, that will often but not always include an interview. And to go deeper into that, to devote all 30 minutes to one topic…we think we can bring greater depth to whatever topic we’re covering, and to do it from the eyes of real people who are affected by the issue.

IT: Who is on your wish list of guests/experts to interview on the show?

MR: It really depends on what issues we cover. When we book major players, what we’re hoping to do is share them with shows like the NewsHour, so that we would do a big segment and hopefully give them part of it – that would be useful for them and useful for us as well.

Watch last week’s episode of Need to Know, which goes to Michigan to explore the challenges faced in creating a new economy for “green jobs”:

President Emeritus Bill Baker Discusses 9/11 at WNET

September 9th, 2011

Bill Baker, President Emeritus of WNET, reflects on his experience of 9/11 while working at the station.

He recalls the installation of WNET‘s first digital transmitter on Tower One of the World Trade Center in July 2001, and how just two months later, engineer Rod Coppola, tasked with maintaining the transmitter, lost his life on the day our nation, our city, and our company were changed forever.

WNET Launches One-on-One with Steve Adubato

August 10th, 2011

Steve Adubato with Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, WNET at a One-on-One with Steve Adubato taping at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center

Beginning on August 15, THIRTEEN will air One-on-One with Steve Adubato weekdays Monday — Thursday at 12:30 a.m. One-on-One discusses real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments.

“We are thrilled that One-on-One now joins THIRTEEN/WNET’s prestigious late night television line-up airing nightly after Award winning PBS programs Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley,” says Adubato, President/Executive Producer at Caucus Educational Corporation.

Watch last week’s episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato here:

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