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PBS NewsHour

August 29, 2019
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My name is xx, and I live in Washington, DC. I was watching Judy Woodruff regarding her segment with Mr. Cucinnelli about immigration for children born of American parents outside of the country. I was shocked and offended for the content and her position on this, not letting Mr. Cucinnelli verify and explain this new legislation. I am this person that she defined as being helpless and unable to come to this country to participate, that would need handouts at every single corner. I was so disgusting because every point that he countered for her, she didn't want to hear. I was born in Canada. My parents were Americans working outside of the US. Never, at any time, did myself or my siblings expect handouts, welfare, be given this opportunity to come to this country and loathe. We were so honored to come to this country, participate in this economy, and pursue our goals and dreams. I am disgusted by Judy Woodruff. 

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Newshour's Shields and Brooks segment, August 30, 2019, RWNJ talking points

Oregon
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One of these men allegedly is "left of center," yet they both were spewing right-wing-nut-job talking points, pooh-pooh-ing the fact that Drumpf has, in fact, committed innumerable "high crimes and misdemeanors." Just because the M$M (mainstream media) is terrified of being attacked by the Drumpf's cult members who think all media but FOX is liberal doesn't mean that impeachment isn't the RIGHT goddamn thing to do.

I am ashamed for both Shields and Brooks. They're not erudite commentators, they're scared little boys who have served Drumpf's propaganda goals very well.

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PBS Kids

April 9, 2019
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I just want to give you a big thank you for supporting PBS Kids. Coming from a mom with little education and from a country in South America. I have two little kids that are three and six. These are the TV shows that they watch every day and because of you guys, they can have access to these educational TV shows. I am a stay at home mom with an autoimmune condition. I do not work and I can not afford TV cable. They learn a lot from your programs, so I wanted to say a big thank you from our family. 

Thank you, Judy Woodruff!

North Carolina
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Thank you for your courage in interviewing Gen. Mattis! You didn't back down in the face of his reticence and cowardice. We felt like you stood up for America even though he did not have the courage to do so.

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Tues 9/3 French mystery program

Washington
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We now receive KWSU 10-1 & 10-2. Delighted to stumble upon a French mystery, 10 pm, Tues 9/3,. -- je parle français ! I'll check your schedule in the hope of finding other French programs and I'll alert my francophone friends in Spokane. Also happened upon DW news, around 12:30 -- excellent reporting. Thank you, Pullman ! Mary Benham, Spokane County, west of downtown

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Closed Captioning

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Why do the CC disappear several times on The PBS News? It makes the channel less available to me

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Call The Midwife

Kentucky
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Please stop censoring Call The Midwife.

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Considerations for possible membership renewal

California
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This is a copy of an email I just sent to KQED, San Francisco, in response to a membership solicitation:

I am receiving solicitations to renew my KQED membership and before I do, I have some comments:

For most of my adult life, I have been an avid advocate for public TV and radio. I have been a basic member, on and off, in several metro areas. My most recent membership renewal for KQED was for the specific purpose of getting access to the vast PBS programming library with a "Passport." However, I found that benefit to be less than satisfying. PBS is rather stingy with what it makes available, and I feel that, as a publicly-funded entity, ALL programming should be available. Frankly, I believe it should be available without subscription, since it is tax supported.

With the growth of streaming media, I find myself willing to pay monthly or annual, auto-renewed fees to several providers. Yet I am reluctant to support public broadcasting, particularly public television because PBS sits on its library of programming like a bird protecting a hatchling. Even with a "Passport" it seemed that I could not watch everything I wanted to watch.

I am tired of supporting infrastructure and administration for an organization that spends 75% of its time fund-raising with programming that looks and feels like the home shopping network or a non-stop infomercial. I just don't watch anymore; I don't even have cable TV. And, for the first time in my life, I would consider urging congress to end funding for public broadcasting.

The entire PBS content delivery model needs to be rethought. What the public that funds public broadcasting deserves is a PBS service that streams its entire catalog. That, I would subscribe to, auto renew and all, because I do understand that our tax dollars may not have covered all production costs, but subscription fees would need to be in line with HBO Now, Hulu. Netflix, etc.

If I have missed something, and a KQED renewal at some level does provide access to all the intellectual and entertainment resources developed by PBS since Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, then it's only your marketing communications that need to be addressed. As it stands, your messaging is just not getting through to me.

Thanks you,

Barbara Brady Lapsed KQED Member

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NOVA -The Pyramid Code

Minnesota
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I really enjoyed the information in this series about Ancient Egypt but the music so often is louder than the person speaking or the music continues with a loud rhythmic distracting beat making it hard to hear the person speaking and stay connected to the progression of thought expressed. It seems that the music is more important than the message. I tried for three chapters to continue viewing but finally grew frustrated and quit. I am disappointed because the travels and information is great. Tone down the music considerably.

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Behind the Scenes with Laurence Fishburne

Minnesota
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Hello,

I'm contacting CPB to ascertain whether you have ever heard of or aired educational programming entitled "Behind the Scenes with Laurence Fishburne," https://behindthesceneslf.com. I'm asking because we're a small business designing innovative public infrastructure, and we've been contacted by this company (BSLF) and asked to film a segment about our products. They tell us that Public Television airs these segments from time to time. It all sounds legitimate, but they want a lot of money from us up front for production costs, and we want to ensure that they are a legitimate entity before we engage with them -- or send them money.

Can you please tell me if you've heard of this company and if CPB has aired any of their programming?

Thank you, Susan Altenbach President DezignLine Susan@DezignLine.com 612-850-0760

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General

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GPB has always been thought of as a good source for education, however a lot of the show has gotten so political and of course no doubt GPB is very liberal. Why do you have to push so many interviews with people like Irene Monroe. I don't think its good to display a person with her views. There is so many good pastors in America but you have interview someone who tries to change the Bible to fit their lifestyle. Sick and tired of GPB's trying to shove these type of shows on our youth. I will never donate to this corrupt type of views.

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poor quality sound

Massachusetts
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For the past two evenings the audio on my Newshour livestream has cut in and out as the program progresses. I have tried rebooting my computer and viewing directly from YouTube to no avail. I love your news program and don't want to miss any of it. Are other viewers reporting a similar problem? (I live in the greater Boston area; my local station is WGBH)

Thank you, Sara Jacobson

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PBS

North Carolina
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Sent to PBS: CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. PBS I understand you are independent of the CPB,however I am shocked that you have someone so one sided in their comments and opinions as Mark Shields that appears on the PBS NEWS HOUR.I am independent and try diligently to find “just news”.This guy has so much hate for Trump that it seems to spew out of him.My gosh give someone else a chance and let him join MSNBC or CNN where you at least know what you are getting.Please-get him off of there so I can have some real news and do justice with your CPB dollars. Thank You, Bobby Brown 336 201 2009 877 Brookleigh Ct Winston-Salem,N.C.27104

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PBS newshour

Arizona
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Just a note from long time viewers of the PBS newshour. We really appreciate the exceptional job that Amna Nawaz does on this program. Keep up the good work! Dick & Cheryl Christenson, Sedona, AZ.

NPR Newshour August 5, 2019

Wisconsin
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I think that Amna Nawaz is a truly gifted and wonderful journalist and anchor. However, I felt that she totally lost her objectivity while interviewing Larry Ward on Monday. I am no fan of his type of rhetoric but I do not perceive her role to be an adjudicator. That's it. Best. Greg Landretti

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Arthur

July 2019
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Hello, I wanted to complain about the recent episode of Arthur where there was a same-sex marriage. I do not approve of that and I do not like tax dollars used to further that agenda. Same-sex marriage is wrong. 

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Recent program on reviving old music in Warsaw

California
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Your program, featuring the attempt to revive largely Jewish influenced music from the 1930's in Warsaw, contains misleading information. To begin with, there may be limited Polish influence along with the overwhelming Jewish connection, but where do you come up with "Polish, Jewish, Palestinian"? The latter has no connection whatsoever and did not exist.

Secondly, you speak of a golden age of such music until the german invasion. There was no golden age for the Jews of Poland and the 1930's saw the enactment of anti- Semitic laws by an anti-Semitic government, even outlawing kosher meat. These were the same people who aided and abetted the destruction of Polish Jewry.

It is truly disgusting that you would present such a mendacious story, somehow believing that you have to kowtow to two historic enemies of the Jewish people.

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Arthur

July 2019
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Hello, I'm calling as a father of six to express my extreme disappointment that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS have decided to portray same-sex marriage in a children's television program. I have six children, as I said, and my wife and I live a traditional lifestyle, and we do not approve of the normalization of what we consider to be indecent conduct. Given the controversy that this generates, I think that CPB would be much much wiser not approving such an episode. 

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and sharing your concerns about a recent episode of Arthur. CPB provides no funding support for the children’s series Arthur. The Corporation does not produce or distribute programming and is prohibited by law from interfering with editorial decisions related to programming on local stations.

Carole King "Shot down the congregation."

Wisconsin
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Watched Sat night on Channel 21 WI public broadcasting. Live from Hyde Park, London (2016). Less than a week after 2 mass murders Ela Paso & Dayton, you air a song about Smackwater Jack buying a shotgun, wanting a confrontation, and shooting down a congregatiin? She's one of my (many) favorite singer-songwriters from the early 70's, so I was engrossed in the wonderful show. But I had to cringe and almost throw up at the words to that song, after all the talk of gun control, and who is to blame for the mass shootings over the years. All these types of things are partly responsible, this one alone airing millions (+?) times over many years. How/why could you possibly air a show containing that song less than a week after the latest mass murders?? I feel you owe the entire PBS/PBC audience an explanation of your oversight.

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KHSU

April 11, 2019
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I am calling regarding the demise of public radio station KHSU, located on the campus of Humbolt State University in Arcata, California. This has become a big surprise. It is a very important link between the university and the community. There has been a huge outcry from everyone in the community regarding the shrinking of this radio station and cutting out local programs and cutting out volunteers who have donated a tremendous amount of time over the past decade. This is a shock to everyone and we don't know how or why this happened and what can be done about it. If you could give me any of these answers that would be great. 707 845 0242

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