The New York Times: We asked our writers to reflect on PBS’s lasting imprint on our culture, while Rachael Ray, Gary Clark Jr., Damon Lindelof, Kal Penn and others share first-person reminiscences about the television that changed their lives.

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Fred Barzyk: “I have asked several long time producers at WGBH to take a crack at the question of ‘Why does WGBH, a local public TV station in Boston, have such an impressive impact on media, culture and innovation?’ What follows are several responses to the question.”

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Downton Abbey

From the Daily Beast: Masterpiece’s Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning hit, Downton Abbey, has catapulted the public-television broadcaster with the stodgy reputation to the cool kids’ table.

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Downton Abbey

From Current.org: PBS’s ongoing negotiations to curb per-hour costs of producing programs and to assert more control over content are increasing friction with its largest producer, Boston’s powerhouse WGBH, according to sources at other stations with knowledge of the situation.

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Alex Beam

From the Boston Globe: I loved the first season of “Downton,” [but] season two has a phoned-in quality, miracles occur where skillful writing might have intervened, subplots wax and wane randomly. But I am an originalist snob.

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