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November / December 2012




Chocolate_SDNHM_11-15-12Chocolate The Exhibition
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us at the San Diego Natural History Museum to explore and enjoy Chocolate The Exhibition. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine as you mix and mingle with fellow KPBS Producers Club members and KPBS staff in the Fossil Mysteries exhibition at theNAT. Then, make your way through the Chocolate Exhibition and learn about the origins of the cacao tree … while sampling treats from Chuao Chocolatier.

$30 per person. Space is limited! To register click here or, for more information, contact Jennifer Majors via email or call (619) 594-6374.


PC, Rick Steves, Granada Spain x144Rick Steves
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.

Travel guru Rick Steves will be in the KPBS Shiley Studio on November 30. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and coffee and listen as the "Travel with Rick Steves" host shares stories and tips about traveling in Europe. During his discussion, he’ll share photos and take questions from the audience.

$15 per person. Space is extremely limited! To register click here or, for more information, contact Jennifer Majors via email or call (619) 594-6374.





KaiRyssdalx100Meet & Greet with Kai Ryssdal
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Exclusive to $2,500 Gold Level and higher Producers Club members

You’d recognize his voice from the radio - now is your chance to meet him in person! Join us at The Lodge at Torrey Pines on Friday, December 7, for an intimate reception with Marketplace host and senior editor Kai Ryssdal. Following his remarks on the latest national and international business and economic news, Kai will take questions from the audience!

This is an exclusive event available to Gold, Platinum and Global Partner Producers Club members only. Space is limited. Invitation to follow.


gwen_ifill-09-Courtesy of Robert Severix100Reception with Gwen Ifill
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Each night, Gwen Ifill shares the latest in national news and public affairs as a senior correspondent on the PBS NewsHour. On February 9, the host and best-selling author will be in the KPBS Shiley Studio to speak to you! Join us for an hors d’oeuvres & wine reception with fellow Producers Club members as you hear the latest happenings in politics and get an opportunity to ask the Washington Week moderator your questions.

This event is open to KPBS Producers Club members only. Space is limited. Invitation to follow.


PC-Post, DowntonAbbeyS3x108Downton Abbey
Season 3 Premiere

Before Season 3 begins on Sunday, January 6th at 9pm, KPBS will show all Downton Abbey episodes of season 1 and season 2 in the coming months:

Season 1
: Sunday  October 21 through Sunday November 11 at 10pm.
Season 2: Sunday December 2nd through December 30th at 9pm. 

Click here for a preview of season 3.

The first episode of Downton Abbey Season 3 in Britain drew 8.6 million viewers and 34.5% of the TV audience! (via LA Times)




Dear Friends:

Did you hear the most popular Halloween costume this year was Big Bird? I bet you know why but I thought I’d clarify a few things for you about Federal Funding for Public Media.

For the record, 11 percent of KPBS’ budget comes from the federal government. This is vital seed money that KPBS relies on for operations. So, based on this, if federal funds are eliminated, KPBS would not go dark. However, dozens of small stations in rural areas of our country would most likely close. The long term impact on their elimination would be devastating for KPBS and the public media system as a whole.

KPBS pays dues to national program distributors (like PBS, NPR, and others). Our dues would undoubtedly increase if many smaller stations go away. And so KPBS would have to make big decisions about priorities: do we invest in more expensive national programs that people love, like Sesame StreetOR, do we maintain our news department that has a proven itself a worthy, much needed and thoughtful contender in the local news market?

We may not be able to do both.

Recently I read an article in TIME magazine that was a terrific way of looking at the debate (“Big Bird Is a Republican” James Poniewozik, Oct. 22, 2012). First, the author cited a CNN poll from 2011 that shows most people have the wrong impression about how much federal funding goes to public media. The median answer was 5 percent. As in 5 percent of the federal budget goes to CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting).


In reality, CPB gets one-one hundredth of one percent from the federal budget. That’s $445 million of a nearly $4 TRILLION dollar budget. And no, the money does not go to PBS or NPR.  Most of the funds go to the local stations, like KPBS. That’s so stations can set their own local schedules and buy programs on their own. 

I am not going to tell you that Big Bird is headed for the unemployment line. But, I want to educate you with accurate information and offer you some insight on how the public broadcasting system works so you can better understand the implications of what is being proposed.  In fact, the Time article author James Poniewozik explains that CPB funds are a Republican’s dream. That’s because the funding distribution is decentralized– meaning it mainly goes to local stations who make their own decisions. And we’re cheap! Public broadcasting leverages a relatively small sum of money, matches it with public, corporate and private funds - and from that we’ve created a national educational broadcast system – for TV, radio and digital media. Isn’t that what all programs should strive for?

Warm Regards,

Tom Karlo

Tom Karlo
General Manager and Producers Club Member





GloriaPenner_x108Gloria Penner was an integral part of the growth and success of KPBS. During her nearly 43 year career, she championed public affairs and political reporting, was an accomplished leader, and the face of San Diego’s public broadcasting stations. Countless San Diegans welcomed Gloria into their homes via her signature programs on KPBS TV and radio. Aside from her career, she was a devoted mother and wife and a beloved friend and community supporter.

For a look back at Gloria’s career:
Read Pat Finn’s article, Broadcasting Pioneer Gloria Penner Dies at 81, at
to KPBS Midday Edition “Politicos, Journalists, Friends Remember Gloria Penner” at
a photo gallery of Gloria at
a video tribute at




What if you could change the world in 180 seconds?

Social Venture Partners is hosting a Fast Pitch competition on Tuesday, November 13, at the Scripps Research Institute Auditorium. KPBS invites you to watch as ten local non-profits each take the stage for 3 minutes to tell their story and compete for 50-thousand in cash and in-kind services. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks and hear their stories with an audience of investors, businesses, community leaders, and the media. This is an exciting opportunity to hear how non-profit organizations are positively impacting our community. Tickets are only $35. Buy tickets and get more information at NOTE: KPBS has a handful of free tickets. Be among the first to contact Caitlin Bergin via email or call (619) 594-6731.



KPBS Building KPBS Tours for Producers Club members
Come see the Joan and Irwin Jacobs KPBS News Center!

On the behind-the-scenes tour of KPBS you will meet on-air radio hosts, TV reporters and journalists frequently on KPBS. We go in the studios of KPBS Morning Edition, Roundtable and see the TV studio staff preparing for our new show KPBS Evening Edition. The tour is about one hour and then we spend a few minutes in Q & A; we love to get your feedback on KPBS. It is a very enjoyable, interesting and informative opportunity, and we would love for you to bring a guest(s).

Upcoming dates 2012:

  • Friday, November 9, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Friday, December 7, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Friday, January 11, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

We limit the tours to 15 people and tours fill up quickly, so be sure to contact Darlene Moreno via email or call (619) 594-0915 to reserve your spot! We look forward to hearing from you.





Broadway the MusicalBroadway: The American Musical
Airing Friday nights from 9:00-11:00pm starting November 2, 2012 --
The encore presentation of this six-part documentary series chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form.

 National Salute to VeteransNational Salute to Veterans
Airing Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 8:00pm
-- Pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our 22 million American veterans with Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.



The Dust BowlThe Dust Bowl
Premieres November 18 and 19, 2012 from 8:00-10:00pm
-- A film by Ken Burns. Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history: the catastrophic dust storms of the 1930s.


American Masters David GeffenAmerican Masters: Inventing David Geffen
Airing Tuesday, November 30, 2012 at 8:00pm -- Learn how David Geffen’s widespread influence — in various spheres — helped shape popular culture.



Electoral Dysfunction – Sunday, 11/4 at 2pm
Political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on an irreverent road trip to see how voting works in America. 

Election 2012: My Ballot – An Envision San Diego Special – Sunday, 11/4 at 4pm
On November 6, San Diegans will vote for candidates and issues that impact the region, the state and the country. Envision San Diego looks in-depth at the races and propositions on the ballot - from the contest for mayor of San Diego, to a statewide tax increase, to fund the schools, and much more. 

Election 2012: What’s at Stake – Sunday, 11/4 at 5pm
This special focuses on the most important issues at stake in the 2012 election. It is a collaboration between "Need to Know," "PBS NewsHour," "Frontline," and "Washington Week." 

Election 2012: Live Election Night Coverage – Tuesday, 11/6 5-10pm
KPBS presents full coverage of local and national election results. “PBS Newshour” from 5-9pm and live local election coverage from the KPBS news team from 9-10pm. 

National Salute to Veterans 2012

Sunday, 11/12 at 8pm
-- Pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our 22 million American veterans with Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated: A Slow and Easy Thanksgiving
-- Saturday, 11/3 at 2pm 

Lawrence Welk Show: Thanksgiving -- Saturday, 11/17 at 6pm 

Martha Speaks: Martha’s Thanksgiving -- Monday, 11/19 at 2:30pm; 11/20 at 2:30pm

Wild Kratts: Happy Turkey Day -- Monday, 11/19 at 4pm 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas -- Wednesday, 11/21 at 8am & 11am; Thursday 11/22 at 9am

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas -- Wednesday, 11/21 at 9am, 12pm & 2pm; Thursday, 11/22 at 8am; Friday, 11/23 at 8am

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas -- Wednesday, 11/21 at 1pm & 3pm; Friday, 11/23 at 2:30pm

Ken Kramer’s About San Diego: Thanksgiving Special -- Thursday, 11/23 at 8pm 

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration -- Sunday, 11/25 at 7:30pm 

Celtic Thunder Christmas -- Thursday, 11/29 at 10pm

Cruel and Unusual

Monday, 11/5 at 10pm
-- Cruel and Unusual investigates the repercussions of California’s Three Strikes Law and its impact on the criminal justice system and society.

Watershed – Exploring a New Water Ethic for a New West
Monday, 11/12 at 10pm
-- 'Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting' is a well-worn saying when it comes to water politics, but in the Colorado River Basin, where the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to flow, some think fighting may be the only way left to reclaim this valuable resource. Robert Redford’s voice hones the narrative of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River, but Watershed is not all doom and gloom. It renders light moments that illuminate how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a convincing new water ethic – where, again, there can be enough for all.

La Mama: An American Nun Living in a Mexican Prison
Monday, 11/12 at 10pm
-- How does an American nun end up serving a 'life sentence' in a Mexican prison? Mother Antonia, 'La Mama', has done so by choice for more than 30 years. After a life of privilege in Beverly Hills, Mary Brenner became a nun at age 50. She felt called to Tijuana's most notorious prison, La Mesa Penitentiary. She founded her own order, Servants of the Eleventh Hour and, with her sisters serve the poorest of the poor. Narrated by Susan Sarandon. 

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die

Sunday, 11/4 at 11:30pm
-- Follow the story of the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, a man whose two primary passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. He becomes the focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.

In the Life
Monday, 11/12 at 12:30am
-- Foster Care’s Invisible Youth


Questions or comments?
Contact Jennifer Majors via email or call (619) 594-6374,
Caitlin Bergin  via email or call (619) 594-6731,
Darlene Moreno via email or call (619) 594-0915,
Trina Hester via email or call (619) 594-2104, or
Stephanie Bergsma via email or call (619) 594-7822



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