Posts Tagged ‘Frontline’

Latest on Ebola epidemic

Frontline investigates horrific African Ebola outbreak

Frontline has just announced it will follow the health officials at the epicenter of the crisis who are tracking the deadly disease in “Ebola Outbreak,” airing Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10/9 pm on KET.

With Ebola spreading out of control through West Africa, Frontline is on the ground with health officials urgently tracking infected people and trying to stop its rampant spread.

Using special access to Sierra Leone’s Ebola investigators, the program vividly shows how the unprecedented outbreak is endangering health care workers, overwhelming hospitals, and getting worse.

As of Wednesday, the CDC reported 1,975 cases and 1,069 deaths. A severe, often fatal disease, the Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease, and it does not have a known, proven treatment. No cases have been reported in the United States, according to the CDC.

Boko Haram

In addition, in this episode, Frontline investigates accounts that members of the Nigerian military have been committing atrocities in the fight against Boko Haram — the Islamist militants who kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April. Amid worldwide pressure to find the girls, Frontline uncovers shocking videos showing arrests, torture, and summary executions of alleged Boko Haram suspects.

Federal Funding Update

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Dear Friends,

As you may be aware, on Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, which, among its cuts to the current year’s budget, eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting.

On behalf of the more than 1 million people who use KET services each week, I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who contacted members of Congress and made their voices heard on this important issue. Our leaders greatly value the input they receive from their constituents.

H.R. 1 now moves on to the Senate, and debate will continue in the coming days and weeks. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to contact Senator McConnell and Senator Paul (viewers from other states click here), to let them know where you stand on federal funding for public broadcasting.

This elimination of funding will cut the federal deficit by less than 3 ten-thousandths of one percent, but it will dramatically alter KET’s service.

Federal funding for public broadcasting makes possible:

• Early childhood education programs like Sesame Street

• Innovative, efficient, and effective learning resources for students and teachers

• Unique local programs such as Kentucky Life, Comment on Kentucky, and Jubilee

• National programs from PBS, including Nova and Frontline

As Congress continues its debate, we urge you to continue letting your Representatives and Senators know what you think.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Shae Hopkins
KET Executive Director

Apps for All

PBS launches apps for iPhone and iPod touch, Antiques Roadshow game

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

PBS recently introduced the PBS App for iPhone and iPod touch, featuring more than 300 hours of free video, and the Antiques Roadshow game app, available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The game lets players virtually collect, appraise, and bid on real antiques with new collectibles from different cities added regularly.

“With a huge library from nearly 360 member stations and 1500 public media producers, PBS is delivering a rich on-demand experience and is now one of the first broadcasters to bring full-length video to the iPhone,” said Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive, Product Development and Innovation.

The PBS App for the iPhone and iPod touch features more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programming from Frontline, PBS Newshour, and others, as well as scheduling details, previews, and a new tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal. This app was developed by PBS and Bottle Rocket Apps and comes on the heels of the already successful PBS App for iPad.

The PBS App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

The Antiques Roadshow App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.


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