October Treats

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Tom Axtell, General ManagerTom Axtell, General Manager As the nation prepares for the quadrennial Presidential election next month,   Election 2016 programming continues all month through Election Day on November 8. The Contenders: 16 for 16 examines compelling and influential presidential campaigns from the last half century. PBSNewsHour will provide live coverage of the presidential and vice-presidential debates and election night results. FRONTLINE: The Choice will present the definitive review of the formative events shaping the personal history and values of the two leading presidential candidates.We will also carry PBS specials on immigration, national security, the minimum wage, and other critical issues.

Locally, Vegas PBS will present a roundtable discussion about the pros and cons of two constitutional amendments before the voters. Two advocates on each side will face off in a roundtable discussion moderated by Mitch Fox regarding Question 1 – the Firearms Background Check Initiative; and Question 2 – the Marijuana Legalization Initiative.

We’ll also provide viewers with a break from the political coverage with an immersive dose of Masterpiece as Poldark and Indian Summers begin their highly anticipated second seasons, and a brand new series, The Durrells in Corfu, follows a widow and her children as they depart dreary England for a Greek island.

The PBS Arts Fall Festival returns Friday nights, beginning October 21, with all new programs, including a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the Broadway hit Hamilton, a contemporary take on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Among the offerings will be a Vegas PBS/Smith Center co-production titled Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Recorded last summer in Las Vegas, the program will air nationally and locally on November 18! Our other local arts production, Our Chest of Dreams, follows special needs youth and adults as they prepare to perform and celebrate life and the arts.

Vegas PBS will feature several independent films with local relevance. Mining is Nevada’s third largest industry and our largest export commodity. Mineral Explorers will take viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines on earth, demonstrating just what it takes to unearth gems, crystals and minerals of all kinds. In cooperation with our Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center and Described and Captioned Media Center, Vegas PBS will present SIGHT: The Story of Vision to explore the science, medicine and technology of vision and the individuals who are battling the darkness of blindness.

This month’s Vegas PBS Source showcases powerful and insightful programs on elections, public policy, drama, performing arts, health, history and science that demonstrate the unique content your donation makes possible on public service television. As you listen to the endless unpleasant political commercials on most other channels, remember that nonprofit, noncommercial television is a thoughtful refuge. We thank you for your support and hope you enjoy many of the hours of educational and performance programming you make possible for yourself and our entire community.

General Manager
Tom Axtell



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