Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.
We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.
The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!
Beats and Eats on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Friday September 25, 2009
When you have an empty stomach, let music be your guide. You'll be surprised at the fun and flavorful meals a lively tune can inspire.
This Saturday, September 26, on the OETA Create channel, Oklahoma chef Loretta Oden chows down on Cajun gumbo while a Zydeco band sets the mood. Mario Batali talks food and music with rocker Michael Stipe of the group R.E.M. Jacques Pepin and violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman meet at the intersection of the culinary and non-culinary arts. That's just a few of the musical adventures planned for the day.
There's no better combo for making your stomach smile than beats and eats on OETA Create.
Sid the Science Kid App for iPhone
Written by Holly on Thursday September 24, 2009
Hey, parents of young scientists! Now you can have a microphone just like Sid the Science Kid!
In each episode, Sid uses his trusty toy microphone to share his questions and ideas. Now all of Sid's friends at home can do the same in real life with the help of an easy-to-use iPhone app. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and is available free through iTunes!
The app allows kids to record their own voices or other sounds, for up to 20 seconds, and then play them back. Even the youngest scientists will be able to interact with the buttons to make laughs, applause and animal sounds.
It's the producers' and designers' hope that kids will learn to identify the qualities and sources of sound, experiment with sounds that are quiet or loud, change the pitch of their voice and record things of various distances to see how they sound.
Parents, you could also use the laugh tracks and applause tracks to jazz up your personal messages and lessons to your science kids.
"Little Dorrit" Wins 7 Emmys
Written by Holly on Wednesday September 23, 2009
MASTERPIECE's "Little Dorrit" was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with seven Primetime Emmy Awards, the most of any MASTERPIECE title in a single year. It won for Outstanding Miniseries, Writing, Directing, Casting, Art Direction, and Cinematography.
One of Charles Dickens' greatest love stories also has the timely theme of chronic debt and financial collapse. Adapted by Andrew Davies (Bleak House), the five-part miniseries stars Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice) as hero Arthur Clennam, newcomer Claire Foy as Amy "Little" Dorrit, and Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass) as her father, who has been incarcerated for 25 years for insolvency. Scores of other great actors appear in this moving tale that was particularly close to Dickens' heart, since his own father did time in debtor's prison.
You can watch "Little Dorrit" online for a short time, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time. It's eight hours long.
PBS Special Report on Healthcare Reform
Written by Holly on Wednesday September 23, 2009
With health care reform now the most pressing and talked-about domestic issue in America, the hallmark PBS programs NOW ON PBS, TAVIS SMILEY and NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT are collaborating to provide a single timely and much-needed in-depth look at health care reform in America and the latest government proposals to address the issue.
PBS SPECIAL REPORT ON HEALTHCARE REFORM will include late-breaking news and analysis on the health care debate and also feature cultural, political and economic insight from each program. It airs Thursday, September 24 from 8pm to 9:30pm.
GALLERY and GLOBE TREKKER will be preempted due to this program. STATELINE's "Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year Old?" will air at 9:30pm.
New How-To Series
Written by Holly on Friday September 18, 2009
You may notice a couple of changes to our how-to programs this Saturday morning...
In place of AMERICA SEWS WITH SUE HAUSMANN at 8:30am, which wrapped up its 28th season last week, we have MARTHA'S SEWING ROOM. It's the 30th season for MARTHA'S SEWING ROOM, and this season starts off with creating serger bias trim for a baby daygown. Martha will also hand embroider summer bells with chain stitch leaves on a baby bonnet and construct a tie-on crib organizer. Guests include Pam Mahshie and Beverley Sheldrick.
Then at 10am, we begin a new cooking series, FOOD TRIP WITH TODD ENGLISH. This is the second season of English's show. It replaces EVERYDAY BAKING in the Saturday morning schedule. But don't worry, EVERYDAY BAKING and EVERYDAY FOOD will return with new seasons next year. In FOOD TRIP WITH TODD ENGLISH, the master chef, author and restaurateur again brings his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking to public television. During his travels at home and abroad, Todd explores a different dish or culinary tradition, drawing inspiration for new recipes from each locale's native cuisine and ingredients.