Statehood, Suffrage and Elections

Posted by Tom Axtell on
Tom Axtell
Tom Axtell, General Manager

Throughout October, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, Vegas PBS will feature unique, local programming to build cultural awareness and appreciation for our state’s rich and diverse history.

In recognition of the centennial of Nevada woman suffrage and in celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, Vegas PBS and the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at UNLV have partnered to present Makers: Women in Nevada History. This three-part documentary series, narrated by Rita Rudner, will feature female trailblazers who have helped shape our state. Each half-hour special will air following the second series of national PBS’ Makers, featuring American women who were groundbreakers in significant spheres of influence – war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics.

We’ll also launch our first web-only digital series on October 1. Each web episode of Backyard Sessions will showcase local musical artists who are generating a lot of buzz around Las Vegas and attracting online visitors and viewers from across the country.

When you think of Las Vegas, one of the first images that may come to mind is a neon sign. Perhaps more than any other city, the neon sign is integral to the aesthetic, economic and cultural history of Las Vegas. Our new hour-long documentary Restoration Neon follows the restoration of two iconic signs brought back to life and put on permanent display at the Neon Museum. And we present “The Story of Classic Las Vegas,” an independent local production that weaves historical footage into stories told by the men and women who helped shape Las Vegas into the legendary American town it is today.

Vegas PBS will produce and air several Election 2014 debates related to federal, state and local races as well as ballot initiatives. As a public service media organization, we are committed to providing independently minded voters with non-commercial, non-sectarian and nonpartisan debates that focus on issues elected officials are most likely to confront during their terms and offer exchanges about significant ballot initiatives. Candidates vying for the offices of Congressional District 3, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Clark County Sheriff will discuss issues relevant to these elected positions. Debates are also scheduled regarding ballot initiatives Question 2 (margin tax) and Question 3 (mining tax). Steve Sebelius and Elizabeth Thompson, both political commentators and guest hosts and regular panelists on Vegas PBS’ Nevada Week in Review, will co-moderate all debates.

Thank you for your continued support of educational and inspiring public television programming that illuminates our state’s history, establishes a strong sense of community and contributes to an informed electorate.

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