Watch The Revisionaries Online

In case you missed the PBS airing of The Revisionaries, the documentary about the Texas State Board of Education and the fundamentalist Christians sitting on it, you can now watch it online through the end of February:

I’ll be adding this to my list of things to do this weekend…

(Thanks to Richard for the link!)

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  • cicada

    Not playing for me. Would this be an Americans Only thing?

  • TiltedHorizon

    I guess this is the type of thing Romney wanted to undermine when he pledged to cut PBS funding.

  • Gideon

    I saw it. If I weren’t skeptical of conspiracy-thinking, I’d guess that one of its hidden goals is raising the blood pressure of atheists to unhealthy levels.

  • Dal Bryn

    Thanks! I was hoping this would be available online. As a historian and a librarian this stuff drives me crazy.

  • Daniel Clements

    Not playing for me, either (in Canada). Also, no sign of the video on

  • chicago dyke

    the sad thing there already are a lot of republicans and haters at the highest levels of PBS. rumsfeld’s wife, iirc, is one. they’ve done plenty of damage when it comes to the content of PBS materials that get produced.

  • Wild Rumpus

    My fellow Canadians. Since broadcasters are not keeping up with modern ways of consumer video content consumption and companies like Google are watching your online activities, I highly recommend you learn about VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). This will allow you to watch whatever content you like and hide your internet viewing history from others. (and then you can watch Hulu as well :) )

  • Rich Wilson
  • RobMcCune

    Thanks for posting this. Somebody’s got to stand up to these non-experts!

  • Feminerd

    This is my state. /mourn

  • cipher

    Saw part of it this morning. Beyond words. The next time Texas threatens to secede, we should not merely allow it to go; we should encourage it strongly.

  • meekinheritance

    My summary:
    Well… in a word, Revisionaries is an excellent title.
    First of all… asking a potentially confrontational question (4:15:4:35) of someone whom you have in a very vulnerable position could be considered by some to be coercion or putting them under duress (to say something agreeable or at least non-confrontational/confirmationally-biased).
    Second, from 4:40-4:55, DM says, “I’m a skeptic, myself… there’s no way…” That’s called being denialist, not skeptic.
    Third, 5:02 DM says “It has to do with the definition of science” followed by, “so now the debate is over what is science” as if definitions were debatable, or a debate were science. Compare this with Ron Wetherington’s comments where he describes the textbook approval board’s basic lack of understanding of what science is, especially with regards to terminology.
    Fourth, Kathy Miller’s comment from 9:38-9:57 is frightening.
    Fifth, using the phrase “healthy debate” to describe an interest from the public is disingenuous at best. Is there even a word for using one word in a context that confuses people into thinking a different definition of that word applies?
    Sixth, Terri Leo saying (13:58-14:16) “So ‘legitimate’ only means if it’s not not challenging neo-darwinism?” is frightening.
    I really wish I weren’t so meek, because I don’t believe that inheriting the earth is a good thing.

  • allein

    Well now I know what I’m doing this weekend.

  • Rich Wilson

    Aaand, the first one has been taken down.

    This blog post represented one point of view, but there are many. As such, we have taken it down.

    The discussion was lively, but civil. At least I thought so, and I was one of the very few to shout. The main blog post was perhaps a bit of a strawman in that it showed the extreme end of home schooling textbooks. On the other hand, a number of the comments were from people who suffered through those curricula as children.

  • mobathome

    meekinheritance “Is there even a word for using one word in a context that confuses people into thinking a different definition of that word applies?”

    It’s called “lying”.

  • Sinfanti

    I think it might have been taken down. I’m in Taiwan and I can watch other PBS content on their site (wheras I’m normally blocked from Hulu). But I also can’t find the content on their site, viewable or otherwise.

  • Rich Wilson

    Still up in the US Sorry.

    I suspect this one has different rules since it’s not PBS directly, but a documentary PBS is paying to air. It’s also doing the documentary circuit as we speak, and only available at PBS online until Feb 27.

  • Sandy Kokch

    Yep….looks like its a US only thing

    Worry not – it will leak out onto YouTube or some other streaming media provider within a week or so.

    Why the providers in the US and UK still think this “locals only” crap is in any way effective is beyond me.

  • Godlesspanther

    I watched it. It is a very difficult movie to watch. Enraging.

  • jcdenton40

    From a Q&A after the Houston premiere; is anyone surprised that not only does Don McLeroy not know science, he doesn’t even know the Bible either?

  • jcdenton40

    From a Q&A after the Houston premiere; why am I not surprised that not only is Don McLeroy clueless about science, he doesn’t even know the Bible either?

  • Anon

    Can someone upload this vid somewhere else i cannot see it on pbs because of the region restriction…

  • allein

    At least twice, McLeroy mentions having common ancestors with trees…am I the only one whose reaction to that is “Yes! How fucking cool is that?!”

  • Rich Wilson

    Maybe I set my standards low, but I was impressed that he actually seemed to understand some of the basics, none of this “if we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys” crap.

  • allein

    That’s a small point in his favor, I suppose.
    I do have to say, though, if I went to the dentist and while I was in the chair he started a conversation about evolution like that, I would leave and find another dentist.

  • Rich Wilson

    It was one of several reasons I left the dentist before my current one. Well, not in the chair, but the AiG literature in the waiting room.

  • Gobsmacked

    I caught this last night on PBS’ Independent Lens and was utterly speechless by the end. Apparently the Texas Board of Education’s agenda is to create a society of imbeciles. I would suggest that Don McLeroy has been lobotomized and they forgot to tell him.