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Month: February 2013

I’VE GOT ISSUES Takes Aim at Gun Control on “Culture of Violence”

America’s ‘culture of violence’ and how that relates to the debate over gun control and school security is the focus of this week’s I’VE GOT ISSUES. “Culture of Violence, Part 2” on IGI airs Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. Part two of our “culture of violence” series focuses on school safety and the impact of gun violence on kids and families.  Guests for the studio interviews are Dr. Julie Ford, Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, USD 501, and Nancy Albrecht, professor in The Teachers College at Emporia State University, addressing topics related to school security and the learning environment.  Two staff members from Family Service and Guidance Center of Topeka — Eric Atwood, Medical Director, and Steve Christenberry, Director of Clinical Services — discuss the challenges confronting children and families.  In a short field segment, Andy Koenigs, associate superintendent for Emporia Public Schools, USD 253, describes the school board’s decision to allow security officers to carry firearms. Janet Thompson Jackson hosts the television program this month. Broadcasting local public television for over 45 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU offers five digital destinations for unique content: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3; KTWU.ORG, online; and KTWU MOBILE TV.  KTWU is licensed to...

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In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its year-round commitment to diverse programming, KTWU/PBS has announced an on-air lineup commemorating the contributions of African Americans in music, dance, television and civil rights, providing an in-depth look at key figures and events that shaped black — and American — history. In addition to these programs, PBS announced it will launch the PBS Black Culture Connection, a digital storybook of black films, history, trends and discussion that’s available throughout the year on, on February 1, 2013.  “PBS’ mission is clear — to provide accessible, educational, informative programs of every genre and culture all year long. Since February is Black History Month, our schedule is heavily focused on the contributions of African Americans,” said Donald Thoms, Vice President, Programming. “During the month, we are also continuing our commitment to feature stories and films from diverse and independent producers, which remains a staple of our content offerings year round.” The PBS Black Culture Connection, featuring video from films, award-winning documentaries and popular series like AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, will link the diverse national content found on PBS with local programs, interviews and discussions from PBS member stations and from around the web. In addition to aggregating more than 100 digital resources about black history and culture in one place within, the PBS Black Culture Connection will feature thematic...

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