I’m generally a pretty big fan of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. I think Statehouse has done more to bring the workings of the state legislature to the general public than anything. Still, there are times when you gotta wonder.
Recently, SDPB announced it would not air an episode of Postcards from Buster, in which the title character (evidently a rabbit) happened to meet two lesbian couples on a trip to Vermont. This morning, as I was glancing at the television listings, I noticed that rather than showing an American Experience, documentary on sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey at the regular time, SDPB is showing a rerun of a 2003 piece on the Grand Canyon at 9 p.m. Central and pushing the Kinsey show back to 11 p.m. Central. Pioneer Public Television out of Minnesota is, however, airing the Kinsey program at 8 p.m.
I can maybe understand the decision on “Buster” given the fact it airs during a time parents may not be around to supervise or change the dial. But with Kinsey we’re talking about that wasn’t running in “family hour” anyway. I don’t know if it’s the subject matter that’s pushing the show later but, if so, I don’t need or want SDPB serving as my television censor. And it especially shouldn’t be acting as censor just to avoid a few e-mails or phone calls.