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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 13, 2011 / 9 Nissan, 5771

Legacy of ‘giant of broadcast journalism’ continues

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Although Fred Friendly, who died in 1998, has remained very well known in the world of radio, television and First Amendment studies, he also briefly became a movie marquee name when George Clooney played him in the 2005 feature film, "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), which paid tribute to the CBS documentaries by Friendly and Edward R. Murrow that set the standard for how television can create an informed citizenry reminding the government that We The People are in charge.

After such achievements as helping to close the demagogic career of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Fred Friendly was remembered by Bill Moyers (1998): "The last giant of broadcast journalism has left us a towering legacy of achievement and courage."

His legacy continues despite the inexplicable and irresponsible decision of the Public Broadcasting System to no longer run on its core prime time programming the ongoing, penetrating "Fred Friendly Seminars" produced by his wife, Ruth Friendly, and Richard Kilberg. They share Fred Friendly's indomitable determination to tell the citizenry how we can remain a free -- and not inert -- people.

As Kilberg said: "We are not broadcast in prime time so we have to work harder to convince the stations to put our programs on their schedule. Since they are on at many different times and days in over 85-90 percent of the country, there can, however, be no national promotion, and the degree and frequency of funding are affected."

But nonetheless, the "Fred Friendly Seminars" keep on being stimulatingly and often disturbingly informative: the 2007 "Ethics in America" six-part series including "Three Farewells -- Medicine and the End of Life," and in 2009, "Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness." The latter, because of the startling shootings of a member of Congress and others in Tucson -- was so particularly and educationally powerful.

The panelists on this probing of our broken mental-health system included Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Elyn Saks of the University of Southern California Law School. Author of "Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill," she was a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

But her much greater impact on those of us watching that program is that she has lived with chronic schizophrenia for more than 30 years. Five years ago, Saks also published her memoir of acute psychosis, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness."

Not your customary expert on broadcast or cable television.

The response to that program, say Ruth Friendly and Richard Kilberg, "has been enormous. Our many partners plus our very active website, our Facebook page and other social networking helped to get the word out." As part of a grant, "We have given out thousands of the DVDs."

Fred Friendly would be very proud but not surprised at their tenacity.

This is how you can gain access to nearly all "Fred Friendly Seminars" -- past, present and those now being planned. Start with: www.fredfriendly.org. Clearly marked on the home page is the "Program Index," including a line of letters of the alphabet, A to Z, on which you can click the name of the programs you want. The program Index is for either streaming or DVD purchase for all available programs. If you have difficulties, call (212) 854-8995 or (212) 854-8967.

An auxiliary source for free online streaming is learner.org (the Annenberg site), where you can access the series: "The Constitution, That Delicate Balance," "Ethics in America" and "Ethics in America II."

Among the many programs you can find on fredfriendly.org are the eight segments of "HIV/AIDS in Black America." Also available, and for many of us, especially important as Obamacare keeps growing, is: "Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices."

In addition, as surveys and conversations at our places of work underline our deepening distrust of the press, there is: "Disconnected: Politics, the Press and the Public."

Among more to come that fulfill Fred Friendly's job description of these seminars -- "not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking" -- Ruth Friendly and Richard Kilberg report there will be, "more of a multimedia platform to carry the Friendly legacy into the digital future. Projects like "Minds on the Edge" are using social media, user-generated content and Web-only content extensions to amplify the extraordinary power of a Fred Friendly Seminar. We intend to innovate as technology offers new ways to deepen understanding and promote conversation."

I also very much hope that, as happened with "The Constitution, That Delicate Balance," there will be urgency -- and sources of finding -- to get the Civics Seminars into the schools. Not only colleges and universities. I have found again and again telling stories of why we have the Bill of Rights and what it takes to keep them alive -- from fifth-grade classes to middle and high schools -- that young people, long deprived of civic classes, become aroused on entering smack into their history of this nation. I expect some of them will text and Twitter these discoveries.

The Fred Friendly Seminars embody Edward R. Murrow's insistence that "This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; and yes, it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends."

Murrow up, PBS! Put the "Fred Friendly Seminars" back in prime time.

As Judge Learned Hand, who should have been on the Supreme Court, said: "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." But Fred Friendly showed how to keep Liberty alive.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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