A Corning-area sixth-grader reached the semifinal round of this week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. Jairam Hathwar missed the finals by just one word: riegel. It’s a rock formation found in a glacial valley. Hathwar says he’d heard the word before. “I’ve practiced it, but it just didn’t register to me at the time,” he says.
WSKG’s Sarah Gager speaks with pianist Roman Rabinovich about his paintings, and how he maintains his piano skills while on tour. He will be performing February 12 at 8PM, at the Anderson Center of the Performing Arts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1031863.mp3
Actor Suzan Perry talks about her role in the comedy The Velocity of Autumn which opens this season of the Chenango River Theatre. It’s a two-person play about a son who arrives to take his elderly mother to a retirement home and finds her, not only resistant to the idea, but surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to blow up both of them and the house. The Velocity of Autumn runs through June 14th at the Chenango River Theatre, Greene, NY.
Director Keith Nichols and the actor playing Cocky, Micah Neiss, talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. It’s not a standard “book” musical, but an allegory played out on a game board. The musical takes a look at the differences between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The show is filled with songs that have become standards, including “Who Can I Turn To?,” “Feeling Good,” and “The Joker.” https://youtu.be/pulEa0cfNcw
The show runs through June 14th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego.
Part-time faculty at Ithaca College voted to unionize on Thursday after a 4-month effort. Union “yes” votes prevailed by a margin of 119. “I’m feeling pretty good about that,” says Ithaca College adjunct lecturer Rachel Kaufman. Kaufman helped organize the effort. “A lot of people really want this union,” she says.
Kids today are part of a generation that can’t remember a time without cell phones and home computers. For some of them, even email is old-fashioned and falling out of use. Some researchers have begun to look into the ways technology can affect attention spans, mental health, and physical health. And child safety advocates worry about how to best protect children in an era where everything seems to be public knowledge. This program originally aired on August 27, 2013.
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Great Word Quest
The Great Word Quest an innovative feature of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Web site that provides literacy games for children ages six to eight.
Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, but they go about building it in entirely different ways. Whether it is a bird’s nest, bear den, beaver lodge or spider web, these are homes of great complexity, constructed from a wide range of natural as well as man-made materials. This three-part series investigates just how animals build their remarkable homes around the globe and the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them. Hosting the series is ecologist Chris Morgan (Siberian Tiger Quest, Bears of the Last Frontier), who serves as guide and real estate agent. He evaluates and deconstructs animal abodes, their materials, location, neighborhood and aesthetics.