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I also learned a great deal from Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr's series on Africa
last week. Wonderful stuff, and the additional materials on the PBS site
were outstanding. This might be a fine thing to show a class where students
refer to being a good student as "acting white" (as someone on the list
related lately). Maybe knowing about a huge ancient indigenous African
University full of books might help.
Anybody wondering if it is really important to have Public Television should
be sure and watch or read the PBS program on what happened to 60 minutes and
the tobacco story. My favorite part was when the suit from corporate said
something like "I'm absolutely shocked at your suggestion that anyone in our
organization would manipulate the workings of the business for their
personal gain" -- with a straight face!
Funny how commercial television just doesn't come up with programming of