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Programing

Ohio
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Please..please with everyone shut in.. Cant you show More cooking ..soo many are running out of ideas for meals etc!!! No one cares about all this diy right now!!! Oh and after watching the SAME commercials for the last 14 yrs..it's about time for something new!!!!!

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Mark Shields

Washington
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Hello, I can't seem to find an address to send this note to Mark Shields personally, so I hope that my compliments will get to him somehow. I regularly watch PBS News Hour and always look forward to Fridays when Shields & Brooks take on the politics of the week. What most impresses me is Mr Shield's consistent inclusion of history and how it applies to the reasoning he has for his opinions about the week's politics. I like his sly sense of humor, his use of language and, what appears to me, his love and respect for democracy. So many thanks and for Mark Shields. A very good man for the job!

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News with Judy Woodruff

Oklahoma
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This is supported by my tax dollars and I would hope you would be neutral and truthful in REPORTING the news rather than spinning the news with your very obvious bias. Why should my tax dollars go toward this. BTW, I am a registered independent and pride myself voting across party lines. I am so disappointed in your lack of professionalism.

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Programming

Michigan
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Please, please bring back The Red Green Show

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Relief Bill

North Carolina
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With all due respect to your organization, I find it offensive that politicians have included pet political projects within the COVID-19 Relief Bill. It is inappropriate that any entity benefits from this tragic situation beyond the effects that the pandemic has had on its own operation and employees. I encourage you to either reject this windfall blood money or donate it for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment or to a COVID-19 related charity. Hopefully, you agree that it would be shameful to benefit from this money because of people's unemployment and illness.

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting us with your concern about funding for CPB and the public media organizations it supports. We are grateful for the strong bipartisan support that public media receives from Congress, especially during these challenging times. The $75 million in emergency funds will quickly help public media -- especially our small and rural stations -- preserve their ability to provide essential information, including public safety alerts, and educational programming and services to the American people. Without the financial support from Congress and continued financial support from the public, many public broadcasting stations and the service they provide will be significantly at risk. Small and rural public media stations often serve as a vital resource during times of emergency, often operating as one of the only, and in some cases the single, source for news and information to unversed and underserved Americans. Further, with over 90 percent of Americans being told to stay at home, public media's services are a lifeline in every state to community resources, health and safety information, and the increased education needs of our nation's children whose schools are closed. Currently, Public media stations provide local reporting on how this pandemic affects local communities, relaying and rebroadcasting information from public health and emergency management officials and delivering innovative educational services to our nation's at-home students. We look forward to working with Congress in raising awareness of how the investment in public broadcasting pays vast dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

Clifford-gay characters/lesbian characters

North Carolina
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Stop pushing liberal agendas on NC kids! If Roy Cooper was a decent governor and has made it clear that he prefers evil over good morals. It is in the liberal agenda he pushes on this state, to be like the failing states of NY and CA. If we had a decent governor, he would stop the funding of the corporation by tax-paying citizens of NC. Tax money should not go to these special interest groups and sick lifestyles. I am very disappointed in PBS. Mr. Rogers would be very unhappy at how you are leading the children's programming. I know I am. I have friends with children who will not let their kids watch PBS kids programming, Disney or Sesame Street because of how they have become so morally defiled. Our kids deserve better! You are slowly destroying any wholesome programming that parents can trust. You are no better than Disney who pushes liberal agendas on children. Or Sesame Street who also does the same. I will tell everyone how you have failed our state's children. I hope you can learn from this and find some way to bring it back to NC in a way that is safe for our kids. Your programs are almost as bad as rated r programs.

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Stimulus Bill funding of CPB

Idaho
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I'm appalled at funding for CPB was included in the coronavirus stimulus bill. I'm asking you to refuse to accept the money. You should be striving to be fully funded by those that choose to listen to you.

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PBS AUDIO lack of quality and LEVELS to HEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

South Carolina
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Reading here, audio has been an issue for years. Music shows especially are terrible. Hire a competent engineer and FIX the sound. IF service providers are bad, REPLACE them. PBS shows are 50% of the SOUND of all other shows at any time . Got it??

Sadly, WOW is carrier but likely audio may be bad for all. WITV, ETV, bad audio.

Music shows, bad sound, low and not good.

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Subtitles/picture descriptions

Connecticut
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I find the fairly recent addition of adding a voice description of the video during any brief silence in the audio of the program to be very distracting, confusing, and annoying. I question how much value this adds to a visually impaired person. I find it so distracting that I find myself turning off any program utilizing this, even if I have an overwhelming Interest in the subject matter. Please review its usefulness and consider repealing this practice. Thank you, Richard Hanusch

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Cable provider Comcast in Western Massachusetts is charging customers to view reruns of the PBS program NOVA

Massachusetts
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The cable provider Comcast in Western Massachusetts is charging customers between $3 and $14 per episode to watch the Public Television Program called NOVA reruns. I always thought that Public Television shows like NOVA was supposed to be free to view. Thanks for your time! Donald

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Yamiche Alcindor

Oregon
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Please stop her from fumbling through another broadcast. I commend her for being an intelligent educated woman. However, she has a difficult on screen delivery. I tense up at her message delivery as it is stumbles though sentences and imparts information with breathless speed. I do not mean any harm to her but some of us have gifts. Hers may be in other areas.

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PBS NewsHour

February 11, 2020
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I've never made a complaint before and I've been watching PBS NewsHour since I was in junior high school when it was Jim Lehrer NewsHour. Tonight I felt that the reporting, the segment on Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East, was antisemitic and anti-Israeli. I'm not a Trump supporter, but I felt that the anchor that was substituting for Judy Woodruff was using her role as a bully pulpit. I do hope that PBS News issues and apology and never makes that mistake. 

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PBS NewsHour

February 14, 2020
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I have watched Mark Shields and valued his opinions for over thirty years on the NewsHour. I am deeply disappointed that tonight when he described the outcome in New Hampshire that he only said, "Bernie lost many votes as compared to 2016." Not once did he say that there were many more candidates than in 2016. I think he does a disservice to our country by leaving that out. Right now, the Democratic Party and others are trying to figure out whether Bernie has the message that will appeal to most of the people. When pundits or politicians obscure the facts, it is very difficult to find that out. I hate to see Mark playing into that and leading us this way. 

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PBS Create Channels -- Content

Missouri
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1) It is infuriating that Create programming choices put so many "Bob Ross" painting shows on the air. There are OTHER artists, and for your information, Ross obtained instruction from Bill Alexander and pretty much pirated all of his techniques without giving him any credit. Very ungrateful of him. 2) TOO MANY "TALKING HEADS!!!!!!!!" YUKKY. 3) TOO MANY COOKING SHOWS! How many "virtual meals" are we supposed to "eat"? 4) TOO MANY TRAVEL SHOWS, shows that must be directed to the "idle rich" who can actually afford to travel (to places more appealing than the ugly cities and endangered wilderness we see have in Trump's America). 5) WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY!!!!! You're starving the brain and soul of your viewers. SHAME.

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Judy Woodruff, Shields, Newshour 2/21/2020

California
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I am at the end of it with your "TRUSTED, HONEST, BALANCED" reporting. Really, Ms Woodruff, "hoping desparately" he will lose? You and Shields are nothing but a pair of ugly opinionated power brokers trying to discredit a person like Bernie Sanders as "sooo angry" and other defaming descriptions that are all about creating the same storm bias that took down Howard Dean, Imagine showing temporary results election without as much as showing the front runner, buried in your predjudices! The language Mr. Shields used about this candidate is so inexcusable and hateful that I will never trust Mr. Shields again.You sir are a disgrace to integrity. You two seem nothing if not determined to see the elites remaining go unscathed again. Friends of the Pelosis, Clintons, Wassermannn eh? Mercifully,Brooks was forever dignified and balanced. Thank you sir.

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Public Media Funding

January 2020
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I just wanted to know if public broadcasting is taxpayer-funded or if they get any of their money from the public. 

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PVS newshour Feb 24 @ 7

Maryland
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Mark Shields spoke of defeating Pres Trump by the Dems & referred to the duly elected president of our country who campaigned, debated, & won as a monarch. I regard his comments as traitorous. He should be ashamed of himself & that kind of talk causes deserved anger against those who can’t accept the results of an election. . Views like that are deplorable❗️

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Broadcast Schedule

January 29, 2020
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I watch the public broadcasting station or CPB for my little kids because they like to watch all the channels that are available. It has really been difficult with the impeachment process taking over. It would be so much better if it could be on channel 12, the other public broadcasting station, or any of them, channel 4, 7, 9, any of them rather than taking over taking over the little kid's program. 

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PBS Newshour

California
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Hello,

This email is requesting clarification 4 questions arising after comments made on the PBS Newshour episode from 2/21/2020:

Question 1: Does PBS Newshour try to persuade voters to change their mind on a certain candidate or candidates as Newhour commentator David Brooks stated? Question 2: Of the remaining candidates, which has PBS Newshour been favoring, and which has PBS Newshour been against? Question 3: Why does PBS Newshour try to persuade voters to change their minds on certain candidates? Question 4: Should public funding be used to fund a program that has been trying to persuade voters to certain candidates?

Here's the context for these questions:

David Brooks stated the following on the episode from 2/21/2020 (transcribed from youtube to the best of my ability): "I still remain a little skeptical of how effective the russians are getting people to persuading people to change their mind on a certain candidate. There's no magic formula for that. We try here every week and it doesn't work". These comments were followed by apparent laughter from David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Judy Woodruff.

Here's the original source video containing the comments (see time 31:13 through 31:27): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akVRaDZYLuw

My name is Mike. I am a concerned voter in California. I would appreciate a response to the 4 questions asked above.

Thank you.

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Editorial

January 26, 2020
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Your network is totally liberal and biased. Just thought that you should know that. 

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