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THE ART OF WEB DESIGN

March 12 |

PBS’s Off Book web series continues to drop nonstop knowledge on us. In one of their recent episodes they explore The Art of Web Designa 7minute long short about the history of the web and why and how websites operate. Not only that, but they also cover the userexperience and accessibility element that has pretty much singlehandedly allowed for the boom in streaming content and digital media. Take some time to peep this one, strongly recommended for all of our tech readers!

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PARK AVENUE: MONEY, POWER & THE AMERICAN DREAM

March 6 |

PBS presents Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, a documentary about the 1% of the United States and how they keep their hands on all their riches. Imagine, the wealthiest neighborhood in New York CityMonopoly’s strip of luxury and the ultraelite. A real interesting watch.

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THE UNIVERAL ARTS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

December 29 |

The PBS Off Book series explores the world of graphic design. The following episode breaks down how design influences everything from retail sales to public space to book covers.

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PBS OFF BOOK: THE ART OF LOGO DESIGN

July 17 |

PBS series, Off Book, recently explored the world of logostheir origin, basics, design process and timelessness. Graphic lords Steven Heller, Sagi Haviv, Kelli Anderson (Off Book logo) and Gerrard Huerta (Blue Oyster Cult, AC DC) are among the elite logo creatives interviewed for the show. Truly one of the most concise and informative pieces on the power and function of logos!

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CYBEL MARTIN’S 5 FILM COMMANDMENTS

June 13 |

Director of Photography Cybel Martin (National Geographic, PBS) recently wrote a column for Shadow and Act that breaks down one of the most fundamental steps in manifesting film, The 5 Things Cinematographers Look For in a Director and a Project Before Taking a Job. She lists them as: Respect and Compatibility, Visual References, Producer Attached, Why Tell This Story and Technical Flexibility. Of course she gets indepth in the actual piece, but for reading’s (and space) sake we’ll present just a few lines from each:

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COSTAS KONDYLIS DOCUMENTARY

May 14 |

We stumbled upon this documentary on the Europeanborn architect, Costas Kondylis, thanks to Thirteen and their series Treasures Of New York: Building Stories. Needless to say, we were rather impressed with the story of an immigrant architect who struggled to find artistic identity in the midst of pressure and compromise from real estate forces. Definitely worth a peep!

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PBS EXPLAINS SUPER MARIO ART TO KIDS

April 4 |

From the PBS Idea Channel arrives Here’s An Idea, a webbased series that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art. In layman’s terms, it serves bitesized concepts so well that even your children can digest them, hence their premiere episode’s guide to Super Mario and Surrealist art! Turn off the TV (and Nintendo) and have your kids find out what one small plumber has done for the world of media and ideas!

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WOMEN WHO ROCK DOC

March 26 |

Straight out of Cleveland and in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, arrives Women Who Rock, a documentary about the impact of women in contemporary American music. The film, produced by Carol Stein and Susan Wittenberg, covers female acts like Bessie Smith, Darlene Love, Bonnie Raitt, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, and even the impact of punk band, Bikini Kill, and their current work empowering young female students. There’s also mention of how Tina Turner and Janis Joplin actually inspired male counterparts like Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones). Girl power! You can check out the full doc right here thanks to the PBS video archive.

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READING RAINBOW RETURNS

September 20 |

Parents, prepare to rejoice as the wildly popular (and educational) PBS series, Reading Rainbow, is returning to a new audience thanks to the iPad. The show’s host, LeVar Burton, is spearheading a more interactive version of the series that will be made available via monthly subscription. Burton says that he hopes to capitalize on the popularity of eBooks to encourage an entire new generation of children to explore the wonderful world of reading. Right on!

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01.10.09 | 2PM | THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS: ARTS & LEISURE WEEKEND FEATURING TAVIS SMILEY: A VOICE FOR CHANGE

November 20 |

The broadcaster, author, advocate, philanthropist and host of the awardwinning PBS latenight talk show gives his perspective on the news and issues that are shaping American life today. Interviewed by Matt Bai.

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