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Forum Network

Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

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The WPBT Forum Network is presented as part of a new partnership with PBS and NPR, with generous funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Forum Network service provides an online, on-demand archive of audio and video lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy-makers and community leaders. These lecture events are hosted by cultural and educational organizations in Florida and across the nation. The Forum Network online lecture library currently includes over 2500 video and audio files, produced by participating public broadcast stations throughout the Country. Through the Forum Network, audiences in Florida and across the world can now listen and watch these lecture events online. We encourage audiences to browse our featured, new, and popular lectures. Explore all lectures by Topics, Series, Partners, and Speakers. To provide our viewers with added information, lectures are further augmented with speaker biographies, related lectures and books, captions and transcripts, and downloadable audio. About WPBT Public Broadcasting WPBT/Channel 2 began in November of 1953 when the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc. was formed as a nonprofit organization with the mission of raising funds for the establishment and operation of Florida's first noncommercial television station. On August 12, 1955, Channel 2 went on the air without a penny of tax money having been spent. There was no budget, no income, no paid staff and even the station's transmitter and antenna had been donated. Today, with a signal reach from the Treasure Coast to Key West, Channel 2 attracts an audience of over one million households each week, and consistently ranks as one of the 10 most-watched public television stations in the country. The station has come a long way from its humble origins in the 1950s. It continues to demonstrate its worth to the South Florida region by providing quality content to educate, enlighten, inspire and entertain. Each week, it provides a program schedule as diverse as its audience - thirty-seven hours of children's programming; Nightly Business Report, Frontline, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The McLaughlin Group and Wall Street Week with FORTUNE make up only a small portion of the more than thirty hours of news and public affairs programs; seven hours of nature and science programs; thirteen hours of how-to programming; thirteen hours of British comedies; twenty hours of award-winning commercial-free films; domestic and international dramas including the signature series ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!; independent documentaries; and the best in classical and popular performances including Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera Presents, and specials like Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti in Concert.

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  • Frank Abagnale, who evolved from being a brilliant young mastermind of international deception and fraud into one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery and embezzlement, tells his life story. His intercontinental saga prompted Steven Spielberg to turn Abagnale's life into the movie *Catch Me If You Can* starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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    WPBT
  • Acclaimed writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner speaks about the future of Communism in Cuba. This lecture is in Spanish, with English subtitles.
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    WPBT
  • Camilo Mejia talks about and reads excerpts from his new book *The Road From Ar Ramadi*. Camilo Mejia was the first Iraq veteran to refuse to fight in the war. In his book, he argues passionately for human rights and the end to an unjust war.
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    WPBT
  • Author and *New York Times* Correspondent Kate Zernike talks about the impact of the tea party movement on American politics.
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    WPBT
  • Rear Admiral Michelle Howard, the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy, answers questions at Nova Southeastern University about "Women and Minorities in Today's US Navy." The event is part of Fleet Week 2010 Port Everglades.
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    WPBT
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, addresses a full audience on the topic of "Good vs. Evil: Human Rights or Human Wronged."
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    WPBT
  • Dr. Mitchell discusses the Apollo 14 mission and how that trip changed him and planted the seeds for his development of the IONS. Dr. Edgar Mitchell was an Apollo astronaut and one of the first men to walk on the moon. That experience led to his formation of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) more than 3 decades ago.
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    WPBT