"A Conversation On…" is the Emmy award nominated series of specials hosted by multi Emmy winner Ernie Manouse, who guides a panel of local experts and community leaders through questions, discussions, and intellectual thoughts on some of society’s most relevant topics, or cultural experiences - such as The Freedom Rides, Houston arts scene and classic local television. HoustonPBS produces this series. The one-hour show usually consists of between six to eight guests who are guided by Manouse through an in-depth conversation on the topic.
A Conversation On...Race: Part 1 of the HoustonPBS program "A Conversation on Race," moderated by Ernie Manouse was taped in the KUHT studios on the tenth anniversary of the death of James Byrd, Jr. The show's eight panelists engage in a frank and open discussion about how issues of race effect our everyday lives. The guests include Tony Freemantle, Houston Chronicle Metro Editor; Carol Mims Galloway, Secretary, HoustonISD/President, Houston NAACP; Chief Harold Hurtt, Houston Police Department; Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University Sociology Professor; Rev. William A. Lawson, The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity; Dr. Laura Oren, University of Houston Law Center Professor of Law; Judge Josefina Rendón, Mediator and Cherry Steinwender, Center for the Healing of Racism.
A Conversation On...Race: Civil Rights, Houston & the 1960's: With shared stories, historical perspectives and remembrances, host Ernie Manouse guides a panel of local experts, authorities and community leaders through our area's connection with the civil rights movement of the 1960s - the history, the conflicts, the attempts at resolution, and how these experiences continue to manifest themselves in our society today. The panel of guests are The Honorable Otis King, Ex-Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TSU), and Houston City Attorney (1976 – 1978); Rev. William A. Lawson, The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity; Deric Muhammad, Activist/Community Organizer; Cherry Steinwender, Center for the Healing of Racism; Eddye Rigsby, Civil Rights Leader and Tyrone Tillery, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, University of Houston
A Conversation On...Art and Film: As PBS sets its sights upon our country's most celebrated Performing Arts with the PBS Fall Arts Festival, and the City of Houston opens its doors to one of our nation's premier Film Festivals "Cinema Arts Festival Houston", HoustonPBS brings back the Emmy nominated series of specials "A Conversation On..." focusing on the union of Art and Cinema. With the CAFH going on, Channel 8 has a rare opportunity to bring together producers, film makers, artisans, and aficionados from the world of visual, performing and literary arts. Together, they use their talents to explore the media and bring them to life and preserve them on the big screen. Host and producer Ernie Manouse takes these guests on a journey of exploration of this medium, how it helps us as a community to celebrate the arts, what is learned when these art forms come together, and why we as a community are better off when the arts are recognized and celebrated. The panel of guests are Trish Rigdon, Executive Director/Houston Cinema Arts Society; Ford Gunter, Art Car: The Movie; Lynn Hershmann, Women Art Revolution; Peter Esmond, Trimpin; and Braden King, Here.
A Conversation On... Houston Classic TV: Join host Ernie Manouse Friday November 18th at 8PM as HoustonPBS goes back in time to discuss classic Houston television with Warner Robets, Jan Glenn, Doug Johnson, Joanne King Herring, Jim Bernhard and Harold Gunn.
Since its inception, television has served as a lens on American society. Not only was Houston home to the first educational television station (KUHT), but the medium connected with local views through a myriad of local programs, some of which garnered national attention (i.e. The Joanne King Show), and often beat the national competition in the ratings. In celebration of PBS' national series "AMERICA IN PRIMETIME," Host and producer Ernie Manouse invites back to the small screen some of Houston's most beloved television personalities from local television’s golden age.