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Farmer and philanthropist Howard Buffett

When he was a boy, Howard Buffett loved to play in the dirt. He even planted corn in his family’s backyard when he was only 5, and he’s always loved big machines. So it’s no surprise he ended up in agriculture, says Illinois Pioneers host David Inge.

Buffett says he considers himself a farmer first. “But he is also the CEO of a foundation dedicated to finding solutions to world hunger and has traveled to 130 countries looking for new ways to help people feed their families, while at the same time taking care of the environment,” David said.

TV Worth Blogging

Star-Gazing at the PBS Annual Meeting

In spring, PBS hosts an annual meeting that brings together station personnel, producers and (a handful of) celebrities to preview the upcoming TV season. And while our definition of celebrity runs more toward Henry Louis Gates, Jr. than George Clooney, every once in a while we get a pretty big name. This year, folks were giddy about the annoyingly good-looking actor Rufus Sewell, soon to be on PBS in a new drama based on the life of Britain's Queen Victoria. Click on through for more!

WILL Highlights

ART/BTS wins 2 Tellys

For the second year in a row, the web series brought home both a Silver and Bronze Telly award.