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  • Should taxpayers subsidize Big Bird?

    Should taxpayers subsidize Big Bird?
    At last week’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney sparked another debate -- over the future of federal support for PBS. He vowed to eliminate the annual taxpayer subsidy for the network, though he said, “I like Big Bird.” Romney said he would evaluate spending on federal programs by asking whether it’s worth borrowing the money from China, and PBS’ subsidy doesn’t meet that standard. PBS gets about $280 million a year from the feds, a tiny fraction of the $3.7 trillion federal budget. But two years ago, the president’s own bipartisan debt commission recommended ending the network’s subsidy. Subsidy supporters argue that Americans get a great return on their investment. But critics say that PBS has other revenue sources, and could make up the loss in federal funding. Do you think the PBS subsidy should continue, or is it time to cut off Big Bird? Talk about it!
  • ‘Face the Nation’ talks to David Baldacci, Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone

     
    On the Sunday morning circuit this weekend, “Face the Nation” will be doing something different. The CBS program offers its annual authors program. One panel features writers David Baldacci (“The Forgotten”), Gillian Flynn (“...

    Tonight: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ salutes Michael Jackson; ‘The Voice’ welcomes Jennifer Hudson

     
    The highlights Monday night: 1. “Dancing With the Stars” will pay tribute to Michael Jackson with performances by the five remaining couples set to Jackson songs. (ABC is airing the Jackson documentary “Bad25″ on Thanksgiving...

    Ken Burns’ “The Dust Bowl” explores worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history

     
    By Jacqueline Cutler They recall the days turning black, the winds whipping through towns, taking with them their family’s livelihoods, the soil on which they farmed. In those natural disasters, thousands died but no one is sure just how many....

    WUCF TV moving to Channel 2 on Bright House

     
    Do you know where your PBS station is? Starting Nov. 15, PBS station WUCF will be in a new spot for many viewers — or an old spot, depending on your view. The change was prompted by the University of Central Florida's purchase of WMFE's Channel 24....