Next month: The Linguists premiere on PBS!

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Beginning with a few sneak previews at smaller film festivals prior to its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago, The Linguists has been touring around the world — sometimes with David or Greg available for discussion, sometimes without — with exclusive screenings for lucky audiences. There are still a few such screenings left in various places, but soon many more of us in the United States will be able to enjoy the television premiere of The Linguists on PBS: on or after February 26, depending on your local station.

Note: thus far only Alabama Public Television seems to be on the ball about posting the premiere in its online broadcast schedule. I welcome links to other updated PBS station schedules in the comments.

(The PBS premiere is noted at the end of yesterday's Q&A with David and Greg in GOOD Magazine; tip o' the hat to Ben Zimmer.)


  1. IronMike said,

    January 16, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    Finally! I added this film to my Netflix queue hoping they'd get the idea to buy the film, but it is still listed under "saved." Thanks for the head's (heads'??) up.

  2. Nathan said,

    January 16, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    Here is the listing at KUED in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  3. Jonathan Lundell said,

    January 17, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    KQED sees fit to give us Yanni on the evening of the 26th.


  4. Dominic said,

    January 18, 2009 @ 2:02 am

    LPB will be airing it on the 27th and 28th.
    …at 1 AM and 2 AM respectively. ugh.

  5. Scribbles said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 2:38 am

    Drat. The closest it gets to me in Germany or Sweden, both of which are a bit far away to go to see a movie. And the DVD costs $300?? Anyone know if there's an alternate way to get it (Amazon, at a reasonable price; streaming video online, etc.?)

    [(myl) A good question. I'd guess that this is a period in the life cycle of such documentaries when marketing is only to theaters, schools, broadcasters, etc. — they surely don't expect individuals to pay $300. And I hope that at some point in the not-too-distant future they'll make it available through sales and rental outlets to individuals, at the normal prices for such channels. If not, then they're missing what would surely be a significant source of income to them, and a large increase in their audience. I'll ask the film makers — and David Harrison — and see if I can get an answer.]

  6. joedvg said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    Thanks for asking for those of us not in the US but hoping to see the documentary sometime soon. They had a showing in Leipzig, Germany, a few months ago, but I only found out about it afterward. Dawg.

  7. K. said,

    January 19, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

    "thus far only Alabama Public Television seems to be on the ball about posting the premiere in its online broadcast schedule."

    I am glad to see my home state finally leading the pack in something pleasant. Now, I simply need to discover a way to watch it from my present location in China. I don't suppose any of these broadcasters will be webcasting?

  8. Cigano said,

    March 2, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    I was waiting for months for the film to show on PBS, only to return from abroad the day after it aired! Although according to one poster here, KQED did not even have it on.
    If anyone knows of a re-airing or later date for KQED, please let me know!

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