Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and Captioning

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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Dame Diana Rigg, 82, Mystery! host

She was an integral member of the MASTERPIECE family, including 15 years as the host of MYSTERY!, where her elegant introductions made an indelible impression on U.S. audiences.

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Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five views

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’ and How PBS Got Cool

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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Alex Beam: Down on season two of Downton Abbey

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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