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Ad Libs 2012

PBS Newshour has a Facebook app in which you can customize your own political ad. You just slot in a few pictures (from your Facebook page) and a slogan and voila! A generic political candidate ad, just like most of the ones you see on TV. You can see mine here. Or make your own. [...]

Keep On Cooking

(YouTube link) Juila Child gets the auto-tune treatment, courtesy of PBS Digital Studios. August 15th would have been her 100th birthday. PBS has acelebration page up, with information and tributes to the French Chef, as well as recipes, pisodes of her show, and even a quiz. Link -via Metafilter See also:Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

What Happened to Bob Ross’ Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. He didn’t sell them, and he never put them in a gallery. Where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob explain: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these [...]

Seeing Beyond the Human Eye

(YouTube link) PBS’s Off Book series looks at the many ways science and technology allow us to see things we aren’t going to see naturally. What’s more, those things can be amazingly beautiful! This video was produced by Kornhaber Brown.  -Thanks, Heath!

The Ultimate Sesame Street Quiz

This Sesame Street quiz at PBS has 48 questions, which should be easy for those who grew up watching Sesame Street. I, however, was lucky to score 40%. When the results come up, you’ll be able to watch clips that explain answers to many of the questions. And that’s the best part! Link -via Metafilter

Mister Rogers Visits the Toothpaste Factory

PBS has been running a “Like” Drive on Facebook, and releasing some classic content online as rewards for reaching milestones. Regardless of whether you “Like” PBS (in the Facebook sense of the term), you’ll love this weirdly calming Mister Rogers video in which he and Mr. McFeely do a sort of play-by-play watching how [...]

Tupac Lives According to (Hacker-Controlled) PBS

Hacker group The Lulz Boat pirated PBS.org and posted an article claiming Tupac Shakur–who was shot four times and died in September, 1996–is alive and well and living in New Zealand. They also claim rapper Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.) was housed in the same resort for a time after his death. LulzBoat created a new page [...]

Airing TONIGHT on PBS – NOVA: What Are Dreams?

NOVA: What Are Dreams? airs on PBS stations in the US tonight, Tuesday, November 24. This is a terrific documentary on dreams, packed with specifics on the science of sleep. If you’ve ever wondered about sleepwalking, why we dream, or why sleep is necessary, this is the documentary for you! Note: after the air date, [...]

8 Memorable Sesame Street Celebrity Cameos

Over 400 celebrities have guest starred on Sesame Street, including actors, musicians, writers, politicians and athletes. The upcoming 40th season will feature appearances by Adam Sandler, Matthew Fox, Ricky Gervais, Judah Friedlander, both Gyllenhaals, Paul Rudd and Michelle Obama. Here are a few memorable guest spots from the first 39 years. 1. James Earl Jones Scares [...]