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Arizona Public Media’s spring membership campaign starts on March 1 with a host of new specials on PBS 6 that span several genres. Highlights include Suze Orman’s “Financial Solutions For You,” self-development guru Wayne Dyer’s “I Can See Clearly Now,” and the high-octane dance extravaganza “Heartbeat of Home,” from the producers of “Riverdance.” Your contributions made during these and many other specials help AZPM support its program services.

We honor Women’s History Month in March with an extensive lineup of programs on PBS 6, WORLD, the UA Channel and ReadyTV. American Masters: “Martha Mitchell – American Legend,” Makers: “Women Who Make America, Parts 1, 2 and 3,” and POV: “The Light in Her Eyes,” are just a few of the programs that will offer viewers the opportunity to explore the rich, vibrant history and the political, scientific, social and cultural contributions of women. Visit here for a complete list of programs.

Daylight Saving Time starts March 10 and, as always, there will be slight adjustments to the weekday and weekend radio schedules. Weekdays on NPR 89.1, Here and Now and Science Friday move to 11 a.m., and Fresh Air will move to 1 p.m. to allow Southern Arizonans to call and participate in the discussions hosted by Ira Flatow on Science Friday. On Classical 90.5, The Metropolitan Opera will start at 10 a.m. beginning March 15, except when longer works require earlier start times. Be sure to check our website for broadcast schedules at

The Tucson Festival of Books comes to the University of Arizona on March15 and 16. AZPM is proud to be a media sponsor of the event, one of the largest book fairs in the country. Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of PBS’s Masterpiece, will be a special guest of the festival this year and will participate in three panel discussions: Downton Abbey, The Aftermath of the Great War, and “The Making of Masterpiece,” focusing on her new book. To check specific appearance times, visit here.

AZPM members and friends are encouraged to visit our Tucson Festival of Books booth (#253) on Saturday and Sunday to meet AZPM television and radio personalities. The PBS Kids characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be at the festival, and kids will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with them at the AZPM booth. The characters will also be featured at the 2014 Storybook Character Breakfast and Parade on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Look for a schedule of special appearances at the AZPM booth in the March 7 Preview e-letter.

As always, our goal is to provide you with a wide variety of programming so you can “vote with your pledge” and let us know the types of shows you’d like to see more of on PBS 6.

On behalf of all of us at AZPM, thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support.


Jack Gibson

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