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The Book That Changed My Life | KCTS 9 Staff Picks

It’s National Book Month and here at KCTS 9 we appreciate the comfort and leisure a good book brings. Considered one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment and relaxation, books of all kinds have been finding their way into the hands of curious and imaginative minds everywhere, including the staff at KCTS 9. 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Blanca Torres

As part of our recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, KCTS 9 sat down with Seattle Times writer Blanca Torres. Torres recently joined the Times as an editorial writer and columnist, making her the first Latina on the Times editorial board. We spoke with her on her cultural upbringing, obstacles she faced, Latinos in media, and the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Makers: Seattle Leaders of Tomorrow, Part 1

In the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America, numerous women from various backgrounds and professions have shared their stories on their career journey, work ethic, and contribution to transforming the way society looks at female leaders. With season two underway, Makers has shown that women who provoke change, creativity and new outlooks come from all walks of life. Here in Seattle—which is known for being a city filled with revolutionary thinkers and creators— KCTS 9 sat down with seven women who are reimagining, rethinking and redefining the area of their profession. From fashion and law to community service, these women are making changes for generations to come.

Genealogy: Connecting the Past to the Future

A new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is fast approaching with more stories, more surprises and more history. Premiering September 23 on KCTS 9, the second season of this hit series will again dive into the lives of various individuals, taking them on an intimate journey of self-discovery as they connect their past to their future. The series proves how important and powerful genealogy, the study and tracing of family ancestry, can be. By taking a visit to Seattle Public Library’s Central branch, you can also begin a similar journey.

From D.C. to N.W.: The Roosevelts in Washington State

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with Seattle Mayor and State Governor

From Roosevelt High School in Seattle to Roosevelt Elementary in Spokane and Lake Roosevelt in Hunters, the legacy of this historic family is ever-present in Washington. Even places not bearing the name of the once powerful trio, such as Grand Coulee Dam and Olympic National Forest, show the impact of the monumental decisions of the former First Family.

The Roosevelts: Life In and Out of the White House

Over the course of their lifetimes, Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt took over the political and social world in a way that no previous First Family had done before. They each accomplished so much; from FDR leading the nation through some of its most troubled times, to Teddy spearheading the preservation of the nation’s forests, to Eleanor who completely redefined the role of the First Lady. The trio—together and individually—were an unstoppable force.

Julia Child: Tall Numbers for a Tall Lady

Julia Child on the set of The French Chef.

In 1961 Julia Child stepped onto the set of I’ve Been Reading at Boston’s public television station WGBH with a hot plate, a giant whisk and some eggs, to promote her newly published cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. When the show was over the fans wanted more, setting off a four-decades-long career in educational television.

Opposites Attract: 10 PBS Pairings We Love

Friendship Day Big Bird Snuffy Vicious Peg and Cat

If there is one universal lesson PBS has taught us, it’s that friendships come in all forms. You don’t always need to see eye to eye, come from the same background or even speak the same language to form a special bond. Whether you’re co-workers, roommates or spouses, at the core of every relationship is an everlasting friendship. In honor of Friendship Day, here are our top 10 friend picks.

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