In honor of Women’s History Month, the President and First Lady honored great “foremothers” of American music — music legends and contemporary artists whose songs express the struggles and achievements of women.

The program, “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” included performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.

See more from behind the scenes.

See more from PBS: In Performance at the White House.

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Yes! StoryCorps Special on PBS. Thanksgiving night. 


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If you want to be a documentary filmmaker, you have to know who you are. That is to say actually, at some point, you have to say, ‘Maybe I don’t have something to say.’ So be true to yourself. You need to have a voice. You need to have something to say. Not just editorially. You need to know that you want to say something. And more importantly, you need to have perseverance because nothing’s going to be handed to you. — Ken Burns
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Bob Ross would have been 71 years old today. Celebrate by watching this video! If you don’t, it wouldn’t be a mistake, but it WOULD be a happy little accident. 

(via thirteenny)

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"Snacks on. Snacks OFF!"

Cookie Monster Spoofs Hollywood Movies (by National Film Society)

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Watch "The Choice 2012" Trailer on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Drop everything and watch PBS Frontline’s “The Choice” next Tuesday, Oct. 9. Most important television program of the year. Better than any of the debates. 

I’m serious. Check your local PBS listings

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"Bring on the roasted potatoes!" — #JuliaChild

Another memorable remix by @PBSDS (PBS Digital Studios). 

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Mr. Rogers, Autotuned: PBS Digital Studios recruited John D. Boswell (you may know him from his “Symphony of Science” series) to remix clips from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The result is “Garden of Your Mind,” above, and PBS says more remixes of its well-known shows will follow. 

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Hell yeah I waited 20 minutes in line for this moment! #cookiemonster (Taken with instagram)
This is exactly how I’d react if I ever met the most famous monster in the world. 
Just saw “Being Elmo" on Independent Lens. Delightful. 

I see Elmo had one too many Red Bulls.
Truth! I heart @PBS. #sxsw #mykindofflair (Taken with Instagram at The Parish Underground)
Radiohead’s Austin City Limits debut: MINDBLOWING. (Taken with Instagram at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater)

Watch Clinton Extended Preview on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Tonight, we get to re-live the 1990s via American Experience: Clinton

Love their presidential biographies! (Seriously, the HW BushReaganCarter, and Kennedy docs rocked my world.)

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Former Washington Post Managing/Foreign Editor Phil Bennett on Anthony Shadid: 
(H)is impact came not just from what he wrote – “poetry on deadline,” one said — but how he reported. He simply spent more time listening, learning, watching and struggling to understand.

FRONTLINE Remembers Anthony Shadid
FRONTLINE’s managing editor Philip Bennett remembers Anthony Shadid. The award-winning New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid was featured in the film ”Syria Undercover” last fall.
Photo: AP Photo/Ed Ou for The New York Times