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Longongtime WCET-TV volunteers Barbara Kellar and Sharon Roehm were honored at the PBS annual meeting last week for their dedication to public broadcasting in Cincinnati.

Kellar, a volunteer for Channel 48's first Action Auction nearly 50 years ago and host of CET's weekly arts "Showcase with Barbara Kellar," was presented the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award by the National Friends of Public Broadcasting.

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My old friend Jim Freidman was the most creative Cincinnati TV producer I ever wrote about – and I wrote a lot about his   "Best & Worst of Cincinnati," "Celebrate Cincinnati," "The Magic of Television" and Dreambuilders specials.

So it's no surprise to me that Friedman has been honored for his creativity in his current career at Miami University, as the White Family Clinical Faculty in the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business.

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Last week, the popular public television series Star Gazers celebrated the airing of its 500th episode, highlighting our continued fascination with the wonders and mysteries of outer space.

  On March 30, CET, KET and other PBS stations will begin airing a new 6-hour Ken Burns production, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The documentary, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, takes a detailed look at one of our most dreaded diseases. Joining us for a preview of the film and to discuss what we know, and don'’t know, about cancer, are physicians with the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, Dr. Rebecca Cornelius, Dr. John Morris, and Dr. Thomas Herzog.

Language Matters, the film about the importance of native languages and the rapid rate of their disappearance, airs on Cincinnati’s CET March 29. Cincinnatian Bob Holman is the host and he joins Barbara Gray to discuss the far-off locations this film took him; what viewers will see when it airs; and his upcoming appearance at Xavier University.

One-time Cincinnati journalist Larry Nager is the man behind the upcoming PBS special Rock My Soul, a salute to the people, history, and influence of gospel music, featuring archival footage, interviews and new, live performances. Lee Hay recently spoke with Larry Nager about his love of gospel music and the process of bringing this special to life. (The special airs on KET2 on March 8 at 11:30pm and March 13 at 5:30pm and on CET Arts March 6 at 8:00pm.)

Barbara Gray has an extended interview with Cincinnati native Bob Holman, a published poet, university professor and host of the new PBS special Language Matters. He talks about how some languages are disappearing, his travels seeking the reasons why and shares one of his poems.

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  For ten seasons on PBS, the popular series History Detectives solved puzzles behind historic objects and artifacts. This summer, the show took a different twist and renamed History Detectives Special Investigations, explored some of America'’s most intriguing mysteries, from the disappearance of big bandleader Glenn Miller during WWII, to who killed Jimmy Hoffa and why. One of the series hosts, Wes Cowan, holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and owns one of the nation'’s leading auction houses - Cowan's Auctions, based in Cincinnati, specializing in historical Americana. He joins us to discuss his career of delving into the past, at his auction house and for the show.

  Public television started out as a means to take advantage of the new “electronic blackboard” to educate viewers.  Today, thanks to advances in technology, programming, distribution and production, public media has extended its reach, and its importance, as it continues to inform, as well as entertain and engage its audience.

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  Much to the delight of fans, Season 4 of Downton Abbey is now airing Sunday nights on PBS. Jessica Fellowes, author of two companion books about the much-loved programs, will be at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 2:00 PM Saturday to sign books and give a behind-the-scenes look at the series.

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