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Who is the Guy Who Hosts the PBS Idea Channel?

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Who is the host of the PBS Idea Channel and what is it?

On the Idea Channel’s website the show is defined as “a weekly web series that examines the evolving relationship between modern technology and art.”  By that they mean they create videos on everything from “Are You A Hipster?” to asking whether purchasing “Call of Duty” presents a moral dilemma in your household.  Add a healthy dose of intellect and wit and you have a quality program deserving of more exposure.

It is part of PBS Arts, designed to foster appreciation for visual, cultural, and performance art.

The series “PBS Idea Channel” is hosted by Mike Rugnetta.  It is produced by Kornhaber Brown, which is led by the Eric Brown and Andrew Kornhaber.  Brown and Kornhaber describe their company as “a team of nice people making web videos.”

In 2013 Rugnetta was honored with a “Webby” for Best Web Personality / Host at the 17th Annual Webby Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt in New York City.  Rugnetta’s now infamous four-second speech consisted of five words: “Here’s an idea…thank you.”

Mike Rugnetta has a Twitter handle: @MikeRugnetta.  Kornhaber Brown’s website is:

PBS Idea Channel can be seen via PBS or their YouTube account:

And a hipster, by the way (because we know you are dying to know), is “some smug guy or gal, [who wears] Ray-Bans, scarves, [rides] a bike that’s hard to ride, [wears] waistcoats, and [is into] pickled, local, small batch everything.”  If any three apply you just may be a “hipster.” (Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.)



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