America in Black & Blue

America in Black & Blue

July 15 at 9pm and July 17 at 4pm on ThinkTV16

After a week of violence, grief and horror, with five police officers shot dead in Dallas, and two African American men shot dead by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, America in Black and Blue will dig deep to explore the roots of these events, competing accounts of responsibility and justice, and televise the conversation that America is having around so many losses, mutual fears, and also around the common ground where progress may be made.

The special will draw on recent and upcoming PBS content, including FRONTLINE’s Policing the Police, the Gwen Ifill special America After Ferguson and the forthcoming documentary, The Talk, about the talk that many parents of color have with their kids about interacting with police.

America in Black and Blue, a PBS NewsHour Weekend Special, will be hosted by journalist Alison Stewart, with reporting from PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND anchor Hari Sreenivasan, and special correspondents Chris Bury and Michael Hill.

From Chief Programming Officer Jim Wiener

The Art Show

Who can I talk to about a proposal for an ARTS BRIDGE episode?
Saad G., Cincinnati

ARTS BRIDGE and THE ART SHOW merged under the latter’s name.  Ideas about segments or arts organizations to be profiled can be directed to producer Ann Rotolante (  For arts interview subjects on SHOWCASE WITH BARBARA KELLAR, the producer is Colin Scianamblo (  And for segment ideas for OUR OHIO, contact Richard Wonderling (  
-Jim Wiener, Program Director

When do we get the Ken Burns VIETNAM program?
Jan N. Yellow Springs

Program?  More like a series, and  THE VIETNAM WAR from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be a 10-part, 18-hour series.

It will air 8pm Sunday- Thursday in consecutive weeks, September 17- 21, and September 24-28.   

Medals should be awarded to anyone who can watch the entire series in real time. 

There’s a lot here, but like BASEBALL, JAZZ and THE ROOSEVELTS,  Burns and Novick manage to tell stories that hold up amazingly well over a long haul.  And the buzz surrounding this series has been phenomenal.