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Forum Network

The Forum Network is a PBS and NPR public media service in collaboration with public stations and community partners across the United States.

Through an expanding network of local public stations producing content with their community partners, we intend to bring a diverse range of perspectives on both local and global issues to audiences around the world.

The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free.

The Forum Network collaborates with hundreds of community partners in cities across the US, including libraries, museums, academic institutes, public lecture forums, public policy think tanks, cultural councils, and various other community organizations.

The Forum Network and its partners are dedicated to providing life-long learning opportunities to citizens worldwide by leveraging both broadcast and online resources. Lectures are organized by Topics and Series that are aligned with public station local and national programs, when possible.

By aligning lectures with PBS and NPR programs [including NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, Nature, NewsHour, Great Performances, among others] the Forum Network facilitates audiences exploring topics in greater depth. Lectures are also contextualized with speaker biographies, related lectures and books, captions and transcripts, and downloadable audio, when possible.

We invite viewers to share their ideas and opinions through in-video time-coded commenting tools, as well as media rating and sharing tools. By encouraging thoughtful discourse around local and global topics, the Forum Network hopes to nurture an informed citizenry and build a diversity of public perspectives around these issues.

The Forum Network and its partners are proud of the role we serve to citizenís worldwide, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and engagement in the culture, education, politics, science, and literature of our time.

TypeContent Provider
Launch date12 September 2009
OriginUnited States


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