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There Is Mercy On Mercy Street

My lifelong obsession with the Civil War began when I was in high school. I would stare for hours at Matthew Brady's battlefield photographs and imagine the life behind them.

The smells, the sounds, the scene, the people -- I made up worlds that surrounded the pictures. Odd for a kid growing up on the west side of Los Angeles, I know.

Well now I don't have to imagine. The new drama series, Mercy Street, begins this Sunday night at 10pm, right after Downton Abbey,on GPB.

Fall In Love With Another Drama - Indian Summers

It's India, 1932. The empire is crumbling, but the British carry on with endless partying while India's nationalists take a bloody stand for independence. And I have a front row seat for you. This Sunday night the drama gets red hot on "Indian Summers" at 9pm on GPB.

This is all you want from great drama - stunning scenery, passionate lovers and political intrigue - all set against the background of revolution.

Walt Disney Documentary Two Night Premiere

When I was growing up, if something was an "E" ticket ride, it was the best experience imaginable. And that idea all started when Walt Disney cut the ribbon on a dream so audacious that it was the "shock and awe" of its day in the entertainment world.

Disneyland opened in January 1955 in Anaheim, California. A few years later, as a toddler, I first spied the glistening "Matterhorn" mountain at the park. It was so large, I first saw it from the freeway!

When Did Georgia Howl?: The Inside Story On GPB

It's May, 1864. President Abraham Lincoln is on the verge of losing the Republican primary and his chance for re-election. The Civil War is droning on and there seems to be no end in sight. Calls for appeasement between the North and South are getting stronger. The United States is at genuine risk of disintegration.

And then, along comes Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his infamous, bloody march through Georgia.

Free Speech or Hate Speech

I am thinking about.....

August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand

I am thinking about...playwrights. My mother is a playwright. Or rather, she was. She doesn't write much anymore. My favorite play she wrote was a one-woman show starring Kathleen Turner called Tallulah!. How can you miss pairing Kathleen Turner with Tallulah Bankhead? I remember sitting in the theatre next to my mother and laughing until my sides hurt. She was embarrassed. She said I laughed too loud.

Public Radio Makes You Think

I have been thinking about....

GPB Captures Emmy Gold

Congratulations are in order to GPB’s hardworking staff.

The 2014 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards ceremony took place Saturday night and GPB took home an armful of gold.

Fourteen Emmys to be precise.

I am so proud of all of the winners and those who were simply nominated.

An Emmy award is one of the top honors of the television industry. It's a testament to the high quality of work GPB produces to be recognized with so many awards.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Get the Dish on Downton Abbey

"Keep up with all the latest gossip and news about Downton Abbey through our Desperate for Downton Blog. You’ll learn what’s happening with all of the latest plot twists, as well as what’s going on behind the scenes with the actors."

The Central Park Five Explores False Convictions in Controversial 1989 Case

Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns’ riveting new project “The Central Park Five” shares the story of five teenagers who were falsely accused of sexually assaulting a woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Based on the book by his daughter Sarah Burns, who also co-produced the film along with her husband David McMahon, this thought-provoking film airs on GPB at 9PM on April 16.