The Best Things in Life are Free.

When you're a gaping media slut like myself, every so often it's beneficial to hit up Amazon and take a gander at the next month or so of releases before their time has come. It makes things easier, it helps determine budgets, and it lets you know what weeks or months are going to get grizzly. Occasionally, when I go about this I load up my Amazon Wish List (Well, I always load up my Amazon Wish List), but occasionally I load it up with some interesting DVDs that I would have otherwise missed. One of the most popular sort of DVDs that snakes its way into my view that wasn't otherwise present, are home releases of interesting PBS programs. Not to mention, cheesy 60s softcore porn, but that's another beast altogether. PBS has always been releasing their programs onto video, they do need the money being public and all, but now that they're on DVD, every so often a program that I missed will seem infinitely interesting.

The problem is that the DVDs aren't widely bought, and therefore don't really have the opportunity to drop in price like I enjoy my DVDs to do. The used market just isn't there. The first video to come into my view was The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, and I was always forced to pass because the price seemed prohibitive. (Looking now it has dropped somewhat, but perhaps not enough for the quality or nature of what it is.)

Recently, in conjunction with my interest in nutrition and weight loss I noticed another program while scouring releases, it was: FAT: What No One Is Telling You. This DVD has been in my Wish List for a while now, but I was really tempted to buy it. Before I did though, I wanted to at least see if I could find a trailer or commercial. Skipping Youtube and going straight to PBS's website, I found a little more than I bargained for.

It seems PBS is generous enough to offer the majority of their developed programs on their website not only in trailers, but also in almost their entirety. The Question of God is available in full, but not entirely in video, as some aspects of the program are transcript only. Regardless, that's awesome for the dead broke like myself. FAT: What No One Is Telling You was, as far as I can tell, available in its entirety, and I've watched it all. It paints a pretty grim picture for those trying to lose weight, so I'm not sure how I felt about the program after watching.

They don't suggest anything is impossible, just insanely difficult once you get so far beyond normal weight. I've lost 21 pounds in the last two months, so let's hope I can keep beating the odds and reach my goal with only 14 more pounds to go. Anyways, a TON of other programs are available for free on PBS's website, proving once again that the best things in life are free. If you're entertained by the occasional intelligent program (You should be!) instead of ... say, surfing Youtube for stupid videos, then by all means, get over to PBS and partake in the goods while they're available.


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