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PBS offers Web-only 'NerdTV'

Public Broadcasting Service launches downloadable series of interviews with tech inventors and executives. Also unveils podcasts.

The Public Broadcasting Service on Wednesday rolled out "NerdTV," a downloadable Web-only series of interviews with technology inventors and executives.

PBS also began serving up podcasts of popular television programs, including "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and "Nova."

The NerdTV series will include interviews by tech columnist Robert X. Cringely of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Linux inventor Linus Torvalds, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy, Macintosh operating system programmer Andy Hertzfeld, and Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse; among others.

The weekly one-hour interviews are distributed under the Creative Commons license, which lets viewers redistribute them or edit their own noncommercial version, PBS said.

Other PBS podcasts that will be available are the weekly news analysis show "Now," the Emmy-award winning showcase for independent documentaries called "P.O.V.," "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" and the documentary "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow."