Television: For Curious Grownups

"Of all the subjects of importance to society, the one most systematically neglected by American television is science." So says Michael Rice, vice president of Boston's public television station WGBH. According to a survey made at the beginning of the 1972-73 season, science programs were scheduled for fewer than 25 out of 4,368 prime-time network hours-about one-half of 1%. Further, most of the programs were not really science, but adventure-wildlife travelogues.

Commercial broadcasters have shown little interest in expanding the range of televised science programming, but WGBH is doing something about it. It has produced and, with other public television stations this...

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