Watch Mr. Rogers Persuade Congress to Stop Cutting PBS Budget in 1969 : Would It Stop Trump from Defunding PBS & NEA Today?

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Yesterday, the news broke that the Trump administration will apparently be slashing federal spending, to the tune of $10.5 trillion over 10 years. According to The Hill, the “departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding.


Watch an Epic, 4-Hour Video Essay on the Making & Mythology of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks

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If you’re like me, every little bit of information doled out for the upcoming third season of Twin Peaks is like a series of clues found along a dark path through the Ghostwood National Forest. We’ve seen brief views of some major characters. We’ve heard Angelo Badalamenti confirm he’s back to score the series.


Jim Henson Creates an Experimental Animation Explaining How We Get Ideas (1966)

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What do ideas look like?
Jim Henson’s looked very much like a Muppet nose, as evidenced by “The Idea Man,” a 1966 three-minute animation, above.
The film was originally intended to be part of a live multimedia performance on The Mike Douglas Show.


A 1958 TV Show Had an Unsavory Character Named “Trump” Who Promised to Build a Wall & Save the World

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You’re not watching an episode from the The Twilight Zone. No, this clip is from the 1950s western TV series Trackdown. Or, to be more precise, it comes from a 1958 episode called “The End of the World.


Famed Art Critic Robert Hughes Hosts the Premiere of 20/20, Where Tabloid TV News Began (1978)

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A few years ago we featured The Shock of the New, respected critic Robert Hughes’ eight-part documentary series on modern art, which since its first broadcast in 1980 has stood as a signal achievement in intelligent television.


Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

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Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the free ebooks O’Reilly Media has to offer.
If you head over to this page, you can access 243 free ebooks covering a range of different topics.


John Berger (RIP) and Susan Sontag Take Us Inside the Art of Storytelling (1983)

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“Somebody dies,” says John Berger. “It’s not just a question of tact that one then says, well, perhaps it is possible to tell that story,” but “it’s because, after that death, one can read that life. The life becomes readable.


Kill the Wabbit!: How the 1957 Bugs Bunny Cartoon, “What’s Opera, Doc?,” Inspired Today’s Opera Singers to First Get Into Opera

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It comes as no surprise that many American children’s first, and often only exposure to opera comes compliments of Bugs Bunny. One of the rascally rabbit’s most enduring turns is as Brünnhilde opposite Elmer Fudd’s Siegfried in “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 cartoon spoofing Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.


Watch David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull Rehearse and Sing Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” (1973)

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It was October 1973 and three months earlier David Bowie had stood before his fans at the Hammersmith Odeon and announced–to the surprise of his band–that he was effectively ending Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. His alter-ego was done, and he had to break up the band.


Watch Nina Simone Sing the Black Pride Anthem, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” on Sesame Street (1972)

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In her brief 34 years, Lorraine Hansberry left a formidable legacy as the first African-American and the youngest playwright to win the coveted New York Critics’ Circle Award for A Raisin in the Sun. (It was also the first play by a black writer to be produced on Broadway.


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