Friday roundup: WSJ profiles dapper Nippers; PBS unveils fall schedule

By Current Staff

• The Wall Street Journal features an NPR fashion show, with photos of 12 snappy dressers at the network’s Washington, D.C., headquarters as part of the Journal‘s “Work Wear” series. Among those profiled: All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish (who calls herself “a bit of a clotheshorse”), legal correspondent Nina Totenberg (“If I dress like a schlump, I think like a schlump and I work like a schlump”) and Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon (a colleague describes his style as “classy, but he’s classy from another century”).

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• PBS’s fall schedule kicks off in September with a seven-part, 14-hour documentary about three members of the famous Roosevelt family. Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate Story marks the first documentary that explores the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt together. The series will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 14-20 with a repeat at 10 p.m. each night.

A new show, How We Got to Now, based on the writings of science author and host Steven Johnson, premieres Oct. 15. Antiques Roadshow kicks off six new episodes beginning Sept. 22, and the PBS Arts Fall Festival, entering its fourth season, expands to an 11-week footprint in the Friday schedule. Schedule details here.

• Parents concerned about the amount of time their children spend with screens have a new friend in PBS Kids, which has released Super Vision, an app allowing parents to track viewing habits in real time. Available for Apple products and coming soon to Android platforms, the app tells parents what lessons children have learned based on the programs they’ve watched and allows them to program break times into the viewing schedule. PBS Kids built the app “to give parents tools to reinforce what their kids are learning,” digital v.p. Sara DeWitt told the Wall Street Journal.

• Seattle’s KUOW confused some listeners when it bleeped the words “rectum,” “vagina” and “uterus” (in reference to cows) in a report on the dairy industry. In an explanation posted online, the reporter, Anna King, said the bleeping was meant as “a wink to the audience” and not out of fear of offending the listener.

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