PBS tells stories of heroes for all. On November 9, PR Newswire, NY, reports a story in which local PBS station, WNET, teamed up with Make-A-Wish® to grant the wish of 10-year old role model and heroine, Trisha, from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has life-threatening medical needs. They state, “Trisha wished to work with the director, producers and crew of her favorite show, Cyberchase, WNET’s Emmy Award®-winning PBS KIDS series for kids 6 to 11.” Trisha has been able to work with the Cyberchase animation team at PIP Animation and to bring an episode of Cyberchase to life. She has helped to design her own character, Oona, has performed the voice-over in the recording studio and much more. “We were delighted to help make Trisha’s wish a reality,” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children’s & Educational Media, WNET. “Her joy and enthusiasm for participating in the production of Cyberchase was inspiring to us all. Trisha is a role model and we’re honored to have had the opportunity to spend the day with her.” On an average of every 37 minutes, a child with a life-threatening medical condition is granted his or her wish by Make-A-Wish. According to results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study cited by Make-A-Wish, when a kid is granted a wish, the experience improves the quality of life for the child and the family.
Season 10 of the PBS Cyberchase premieres today, November 9. Today’ s episode begins with “Fit To Be Heroes,” in which The CyberSquad and their new friend Scanner embark on a quest to build a new Encryptor Chip for Motherboard and cure her virus. With Hacker in hot pursuit, the kids must run, ski, canoe and climb their way to the end of the mission. This new season of the Emmy award-winning Cyberchase involves physical activity and math challeges.
PBS offers a broad range of some of the best television and streaming programming for all ages. PBS series and programs for all with the best of cinematography, music, and performance communication include: “Masterpiece,” “American Experience,” “American Masters,” “PSB Kids,” “PBS Parents,” “Great Performances,” “National Parks,” “Pioneers of Television,” “Live from Lincoln Center” and more. This programming is available on tv, DVDs, and streaming.
Viewers still need to check out PBS programs in advance of watching them to make sure they are suitable. Some of the programs are authentic, gritty, and raw, especially when they deal with military stories and war. For example, the two current historical dramas “Home Fires” and “Indian Summers” (with under-dog heroes who struggle with abuse from those with more power) have insightful but mature elements, as they depict the behind-the scenes abuses of power in insulated situations, corruption, and tragedies of the British home front in WWII and the end of colonialism in in India. Likewise, PBS is airing many powerful, insightful, but tragic stories to honor veterans.
For upcoming Veteran’s Day, November 11, PBS is honoring veterans with numerous stories. November 9, PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS airs “Stray Dog.” This is a documentary about Vietnam veteran Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall as he struggles to come to terms with his combat experience and to help others like himself. November 10, PBS airs IWO JIMA: FROM COMBAT TO COMRADES. It is the powerful and moving story of American and Japanese servicemen coming together 70 years later for an historic reunion.
Also on November 10, 2015, a new documentary film by six-time Emmy Award-winning director, Ric Burns, is scheduled. It is DEBT OF HONOR: DISABLED VETERANS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. This film examines the way in which disabled veterans have been regarded throughout history, beginning with the Revolutionary War through today’s conflicts in the Middle East. The film includes personal stories, with narrations by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history, and psychology. It highlights the human cost of war and sacrifices of military service. These sacrifices are brought to life through hundreds of carefully curated still images and archival footage from across the country. This documentary is part of PBS’ Stories of Service series.
“Through the very real and heart-wrenching personal stories told by war veterans, PBS hopes to shine a brighter light on the realities of life after battle,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming at PBS. “At its core, our programs seek to provide viewers with a better understanding of the men and women who stood on the front lines. This year, we not only show viewers how veterans are living beyond their battle wounds and disabilities, but also how some veterans on opposing sides have sought to reunite.” PBS veteran programming is inspirational and suitable for mature audiences.
PBS offers some of the best in television and streaming programs, but all of their programs are not appropriate for all people or ages. Although PBS programming is usually outstanding in cinematography, music, costuming for dramas and more, viewer discretion is still needed. When suitable programs are matched for appropriate audiences, much of PBS programming educates, enlightens, and entertains with some of the best stories of heroes, heroines, and role models for a wide range of ages and occasions.