Viewers Like Us:

Restoring the public in public television


Bonus Episode

Interview Excerpt:

Randall Pinkston

In the United States, there’s a “public” element to all broadcasting over the federally regulated airwaves. Audiences have the right to speak up about the changes we expect on the air. That’s why a commercial broadcast license challenge — launched decades ago, yet still within living memory — intrigued Viewers Like Us’s investigative reporter, Akintunde Ahmad. Listen to the bonus excerpt to learn more:

Viewers Like Us co-host and reporter Akintunde Ahmad on set during a documentary film production

Episode 6: It’s Not Over

Season 1 of Viewers Like Us concludes, but the push for a public media that includes and serves the entire American public is far from over.

Cover of the Shop PBS autumn 2021 catalogue

Episode 5: Don’t Go Chasing Watersheds

In the decades-long struggle toward an equitable public media system, what will it take to move from mere talk to actionable change?

Behind the scenes of a production meeting for the Blackside-produced landmark series Eyes on the Prize / Photo courtesy of Callie Crossley.

Episode 4: An American Experience

Tokenism and triumph are both part of the American experience for filmmakers of color in public media.


Viewers Like Us, a co-production of filmmaker Grace Lee and Studiotobe, documents the growing disconnect between PBS’s founding mission and the increasingly diverse public it was created to serve.


We envision Viewers Like Us as movement-building through storytelling. In that spirit, we want to gather stories from you—the public—about your experiences, as media makers and audiences, with PBS over the years.

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