Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Biography of America

These days, I've deliberately chosen to make typical cable programming a thing of the past: No more reality TV and no more premium channels. When I do watch television, it's one of those channels found in a basic cable subscription. With limited intellectual stimulation, what am I to do?

This afternoon, I flipped the channels until I came upon WDCB-TV, owned and operated by the College of DuPage, my local junior college. As the French would say, Je suis tombée bien -- I had good timing. I arrived just in time to watch my favorite telecourse: French in Action. And then another program came on the screen: A Biography of America.

This series, moderated by Professor Donald L. Miller, is an good introduction to American History--particularly if you've discovered a renewed interest in history because of your genealogical pursuits. I'm assuming, of course, that you're interested in telling your ancestors stories not just collecting their names.

You too can watch full episodes of this series of 26 half-hour programs at http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html. Scroll down the page for individual program descriptions and click the VoD icon on the right side of the page. You may have to temporarily disable your pop-up blocker.

Thanks to many Annenberg/CPB projects, my continuing education has expanded exponentially. Please join me in supporting our local Public Broadcasting Stations!

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