Programming: Intelluptuously Speaking

Riots, wars, strikes, Picasso, floods, mass murders. . .

Picasso? As any viewer would easily detect, the painter seems as out of place in TV's barrage of hard news as a hippie at a hoedown. And that is a pity, for TV too often slights its coverage of the arts. Aware of that, NBC has countered with a one-woman cultural explosion named Aline Saarinen, a 53-year-old grandmother who is TV's best specialist on the subject.

Last week, acting as producer, director, researcher, writer and narrator, Saarinen took her NBC camera team to Concord, Mass., to make a Today-show film on the town's...

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