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April 1995, Week 3


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"Kristine Brancolini, 812/855-3710" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 14 Apr 1995 17:03:09 CDT
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This discussion didn't really focus on the quality of PBS programing, but
since I saw one of the most interesting documentaries I have seen in a long
time on PBS this week and last week, I had to comment.  The Frontline special
_Divided Memories_, dealing with recovered memories and the recovery
movement in psychotherapy was educational and fascinating.  I never see
anything slightly provacative on commercial television.  Some of it is
entertaining obviously but nothing else.  POV screens short films that would
never see the light of day on any cable channel.  While some local stations
(like Channel 11 in Chicago apparently) show independent films, the cable
networks do not.  I also buy documentaries for an academic library.  Lots
of the programs I buy are broadcast on PBS.  I find obscure programs in
other ways, but as far as tv is concerned, I rarely see anything of interest
for our collection anywhere else.  PBS is not obsolete.
Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries