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“From Sorrow to Joy,” celebrating the heritage of the Polish Easter traditions, to air April 2 at 1 p.m.

With song and story, Classical 94.5 WNED shares the events of the Lenten season and explains its importance in the Polish community, the Catholic tradition and American culture. “From Sorrow to Joy” will air on Wednesday, April 2 at 1 p.m. with rebroadcasts on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

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"Focus on Education" made possible by a two-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is pleased to introduce "Focus on Education," an education reporting initiative created to document the issues and opportunities surrounding the local educational system and engage the community. "Focus on Education" will include in-depth radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, live event broadcasts on WNED-TV and a community engagement aspect.

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“Shaw Festival 2014 Season Preview” To Air Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. on WNED-TV

BUFFALO, N.Y. - WNED-TV takes an inside look at the Shaw Festival’s upcoming season in Shaw Festival 2014 Season Preview” airing Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. Anthony Chase, co-host of WBFO’s “Theatre Talk,” sits down with the Shaw Festival’s artistic director Jackie Maxwell and executive director Elaine Calder for a preview of the 2014 season’s playbill of 10 productions.

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“Making a Difference” will recognize and encourage the selflessness that shapes our community. Nominations are currently open. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is launching a new multimedia initiative that recognizes area citizens who are contributing to the betterment of our community. “Making a Difference” will spotlight individuals who are going above and beyond to make Western New York a better place to live. It is also meant to encourage other residents to participate in meaningful activities that make a difference in the lives of others.

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Frederick Law Olmsted Designing America

WNED-TV Film Profiles Pioneer of American Landscape

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” to air Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS

BUFFALO, N.Y. - WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” coming to PBS Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. EDT (check local listings). The film offers viewers a glimpse into the life of the most successful landscape architect to have ever lived. From co-designing Central Park to leading the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, Frederick Law Olmsted made public parks and preservation an essential part of American life.

The program explores the enormous contributions of Olmsted to the American landscape, as well as his marked failures and loss. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, planner of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” of green space and of park systems in many other cities. Olmsted’s pioneering design of the public parks and parkway systems in Buffalo, N.Y., is the oldest coordinated system in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Olmsted has a double legacy. On the one hand, he’s a super pragmatist; he’s a problem solver. At the same time, he’s a dreamer. What his parks are all about is finding immensely practical solutions to the problem of building a dream in the middle of a city,” says writer Adam Gopnik.

To the pioneer of American landscape architecture, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

“`Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America’ documents the life, work and legacy of an extraordinary figure,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “We are thrilled to tell his astonishing story. Over a hundred years later, the impact and genius of Olmsted’s system of parks and green spaces still works. ”

“Olmsted may have been the first truly talented and forward thinking urban planner in the U.S.,” said the film’s director Lawrence Hott. “How cities are designed, how we live and work in urban areas, how we build and utilize public open spaces, are some of the more important issues facing American cities today. Olmsted knew that 150 years ago.” With gorgeous cinematography, creative animation, and compelling commentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” presents the biography of a man who forever changed the Americans’ relationship with public open spaces.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” is a co-production of WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. The documentary is narrated by Stockard Channing and the voice of Olmsted is performed by Campbell Scott. More information can

be found at www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted.

Funding provided by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With funding provided by HSBC, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The C.E. & S. Foundation. With additional support from The Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.

WNED-TV long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNEDTV was the founder of the Emmy Award winning “Reading Rainbow” series and was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. In recent years, WNED-TV has expanded its position by becoming a significant producer of original high-definition television and online content for local and national distribution. National productions broadcast on PBS include: “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain,” “The War of 1812,” “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” “Window to the Sea,” “The Adirondacks,” “The Marines,” “Niagara Falls,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” and “Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.”

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