News “And That’s the Way It Is…”
I’m not exactly thrilled that the perpetually perky Katie Couric will be narrating, but I’m quite pleased that PBS is devoting the season premiere episode of their excellent American Masters series to the peerless Walter Cronkite. I certainly appreciate this man too, but Cronkite was the first journalist who thoroughly hypnotized me as a young girl.
On a related note, if you are unfamiliar with the American Masters series, I highly recommend checking out Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart: Lou Reed (available on DVD), which essentially plays like a Frontline investigation of New York proto-punk and covers everything from Reed’s mentoring by poet Delmore Schwartz to his collaborations with David Bowie and Robert Wilson. Great stuff.