Pipeline Blog


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!


The Natural History of the Chicken

Written by Holly on Wednesday June 10, 2009

Don't let the title fool you. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHICKEN does not look at how chickens made their way from Noah's ark to Chick-fil-A. Rather, it explores the bonds some people have made with the special creature.

The first 30 seconds of this clip says it all:

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I have to admit, this program actually moved me to tears. I don't think I've ever cried over livestock before.

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHICKEN airs tonight at 7pm on OETA. If you miss it, set your DVR for Friday morning at 4am.

No NOVA Tonight

Written by Holly on Tuesday June 9, 2009

Silk_Road_Ensemble_Photo_by_Todd_RosenbergIf you plan your Tuesday evenings around NOVA (like me!), get ready for something completely different tonight. PBS has for us a special presentation of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER. 

It's a celebration of music from the four corners of the earth with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. What makes tonight's performance extra special is that it's not being broadcast from the confines of the usual Lincoln Center auditorium. Oh no, tonight's concert will take place outside, in the newly-refurbished bandstand in Damrosch Park on the Lincoln Center acreage. (Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.)

What is the Silk Road Ensemble? Basically, it's about 60 musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from more than 20 countries. They all have different backgrounds and experiences, and when they come together, the music is a kaleidoscopic of sound.

This promises to be one of the most unusual programs ever presented on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER.

(And for those who need their weekly NOVA fix, tune in Saturday at 3pm or Sunday at 11am for NOVA "Lord of the Ants".)