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The Cable Channel Shell-Game Shuffle
The FCC is investigating Time Warner; African-American weekday news anchors are few and far between
News Story  November 28, 2008, by Kevin Brass
"...The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Time Warner Cable and other cable systems around the country over the practice of moving channels from analog to digital tiers, an apparent attempt to prod people to pay for the more expensive digital service...."

War Dance
In this acclaimed documentary, Ugandan schoolchildren, victims of the brutal 20-year civil war, compete in a national dance contest.
Film Review  March 7, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...To paraphrase Exene Cervenka of the Los Angeles punk band X, "The world's a mess; it's in their dance." This two-pronged documentary, which follows the ups, downs, and all-arounds of a group of Ugandan schoolchildren – victims of a 20-year civil war who compete in a national dance contest – was both a Sundance favorite and a 2008 Oscar nominee, and it's easy to see why. Longtime doc-directing couple the Fines are no strangers to composing shots that juxtapose scenes of tremendous hardship against backdrops of eye-watering beauty (they've possibly done more than their share of National Geographic Channel films), and the technique serves them well here..."

Media Watch
Fox-7 anchor bails from the biz; Time Warner feuds with National Geographic
News Story  July 28, 2006, by Kevin Brass
"...With Stratton's departure, TV news gossipmongers will now turn their attention to the status of Warren, who manages to annoy a large swath of serious news viewers, except those who think he's "dreamy." Warren's contract was also up in a few weeks, but he has inked a new deal, Vaught said. "He'll be staying with us," she said.No More Geography? Time Warner Cable subscribers continue to find a black hole on Channel 51, the prime channel slot most recently filled by the National Geographic Channel..."

Film Flam
'Mud,' 'El Mariachi' at 20, and an 'American Gypsies' protest
DAILY Screens  August 17, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Dr. Ian Hancock, University of Texas professor and director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center, is calling for the National Geographic Channel to immediately halt broadcasting its new reality series called American Gypsies..."

Choreographer Allison Orr pops up on the National Geographic Channel, and Ballet East and UT professor Bion Tsang are honored
Arts Column  January 30, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Austin choreographer Allison Orr pops up in the darndest places. These days you can catch her on the National Geographic Channel in an episode of a series called Dogs With Jobs..."

Found in Austin: 'America's Lost Treasures'
New docu-reality show features Bob Bullock Museum
DAILY Screens  July 3, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Airing on National Geographic Channel and produced by TV docu-reality king Thom Beers' Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Whisker Wars), America's Lost Treasures touches down in ten cities over the course of ten shows. The premise rings a lot like PBS' Antiques Roadshow – that moth-eaten Navajo blanket you found in your great-grandfather's attic just may be a national treasure! – but then spins the idea out into a contest in which cohosts Kinga Philipps and Curt Doussett (weirdly bickering) each pluck three potential treasures and investigate them further, with historians, authenticity experts, and, in one instance, a Texas Revolution reenactor..."

Time Warner Removing Quality Channels
Postmarks  December 1, 2008
"...Dear Editor, Your article in this week's issue regarding Time Warner's removal of yet another of the very few quality channels from its standard cable package shows yet again TW's lack of commitment to the public [“The Cable Channel Shell-Game Shuffle,” News, Nov. 28]..."

A First-Class Seat to Stargazing
Austin's Beef & Pie Productions shines a light on Richard Garriott's space travel in Man on a Mission
Screens Story  August 7, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...While producer Dial and the Beef & Pie team fine-tune their film (they're currently in distribution discussions with the History Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel, among others), Garriott, for his part, has found himself a changed man since exiting the Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spending a grand total of 10 days in the cramped confines of the International Space Station. Somewhere, Ray Bradbury is smiling, and Robert Heinlein is grinning...."

TV Eye
TV Eye gives up her sabbatical from the box and re-embraces TV
Screens Column  July 11, 2008, by Belinda Acosta
"...I got the cable hooked up this week. Is it possible that summer TV has gotten even worse than I remember when I let the tube go black? Every channel I flipped to, there was some new low-rent reality series that strained my patience..."

Shine a Light
'In the Shadow' and more selections from the 15th annual Cine Las Americas
Screens Story  April 20, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Equal parts The Blair Witch Project, The Descent, and the National Geographic Channel's more arcane survivalist shows (with a hint of Ruggero Deodato thrown in for good measure), this Austin-based found-footager makes, above all, stunning use of the verdant Belizean countryside to creep the living daylights out of you. Wait, wait: It's actually almost all shot in Lockhart, by cinematographer Chad Brewer, in the bright, oppressively lurid light of faux-jungle sunlight, which only adds to the film's audacious scares..."

TV Eye
Screens Column  June 2, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Two weeks ago, I wrote that LAT TV would launch on channel 17. It did, though several friends mentioned to me that they could not see it..."

A Better Place
For nearly 30 years, Primarily Primates has offered a refuge for misplaced animals
News Story  August 5, 2005, by Cindy Widner
"...Ben Affleck," he jokes on the phone. (If current photos do him justice, he's definitely rocking a rugged silver fox look to excellent effect.) Swett appeared on Those Amazing Animals (twice) with Burgess Meredith and Priscilla Presley and has been featured in several documentaries on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Outdoor Life Network, and PBS..."

Ace Rewards
Screens Column  May 1, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...Made-for-TV movies and miniseries abound, assuring the Lifetime channel and USA Network of a new supply of weepers and weekend fare this fall. The Long Island Incident (5/3, 8pm NBC) is centered around Carolyn McCarthy (Laurie Metcalf), whose son was shot and husband was killed on a New York commuter train...."

Point Austin: Saved by Billionaires?
The fight against climate change gathers allies high and low
News Column  May 18, 2017, by Michael King
"...In that context, the unlikely alliance among Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope have just co-authored a book, Climate of Hope, on global warming), the pretentiously named but eclectic production firm RadicalMedia, and the Murdoch-owned National Geo­graph­ic makes a little more sense (the Nation­al Geographic channel will air From the Ashes on June 25). Rupert Murdoch might deny global warming, but his sons have been generally committed only to what's good for business – and like the sun, global warming heats believers and unbelievers alike, along with their business ventures...."

Ten Thousand Beautiful Bugs in Your Eyes
New UT entomology project provides stunning public domain images
DAILY Arts  February 8, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner

Big Medium: East Austin Studio Tour
Our list of Due East's most intriguing artistic talent
DAILY Chron Events  November 4, 2015, by Allen Martinez and Patricia May
"...Monkey Town 6: [image-2] Enjoy the unique experience from one of New York’s legendary video cinema and dining installations. Sit inside a massive 27 foot cube, watching a two hour multi-channel video program..."

Mrs. Santa's Book Bag
Food Story  December 7, 2012, by Kate Thornberry
"...Although it might initially appear that this is a cookbook of recipes for the dessert Apple Brown Betty, that is not the case. The Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia is one of the nation's leading bakeries, garnering attention from O Magazine, The Food Network, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, Glamour, and every regional rag in its vicinity..."

Off the Record
Jon Dee Graham goes under the lens for a new documentary, Joel Laviolette culls spirits with Rattletree Marimba, and the new Austin Music Hall finally opens (sort of)
Music Column  November 30, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Jon Dee Graham (pictured) is the subject of a new documentary film, Swept Away, scheduled for release next spring by Treadmill Productions. Director Mark Finkelpearl, who discovered Graham's work through his appearance on Willie Nelson's live 2005 benefit DVD, Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia, and who has worked with the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television, followed the local guitarist over the course of nine months..."

Chick Flick
Who amongst ye could have conjured Mainer Janet Bonney's true chicken story? Mark Lewis' documentary The Natural History of Chickens, playing on Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of the Texas Documentary Tour, features real-life stories of fowl play so strange they must be true.
Screens Story  April 6, 2001, by Anne S. Lewis
"...And now for something completely different: The Natural History of the Chicken. Nope, not something from National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, or Monty Python..."

Human-Headed Flies
Drastic Space III:
Columns  June 20, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...Ths  he secret physics of the drastic-space-box. So when you're showing your kids Sesame Street, say, there's also The Twilight Zone and operations on ER and Auschwitz footage and Sandy Koufax pitching the World Series and Dennis Rodman grinning and lions fucking on National Geographic and Kennedy's funeral cortege and The Brady Bunch and Davy Crockett fighting at the Alamo and people confessing masturbation fantasies to Oprah and every kiss that's ever been kissed in every movie and every inch of flesh that's ever gotten past the censors and Seinfeld's boyish sneer and that Gulf War missile that was always blowing up the same Gulf War bunker and the ever-present Hitler who's shown 50 times a day on the History Channel and Martin Luther King, Jr., saying "I have a dream" and everybody who ever got slaughtered in every cop show is getting slaughtered right now and every riot and earthquake and murder trial and tornado is right there on-screen invisible as you're watching cartoons or Masterpiece Theatre or Candice Bergen or Peter Jennings or the weather..."

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