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Ithacans Celebrate Return Of The Commons

The Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall is open again after a facelift that took more than two years to complete. A two-day festival marked the occasion over the weekend, and residents and tourists joined Commons business owners to celebrate. WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt sent this audio postcard, beginning with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series II – The Reichenbach Fall

In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective. Watch a scene from Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 2, episode 3, The Reichenbach Fall

Behind the scenes: Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat and star Benedict Cumberbatch discuss The Reichenbach Fall.

Teaching Teachers

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00pm

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they’re on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Big Blue Live

Big Blue Live celebrates a wildlife success story and marine animal phenomenon: humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more all convene in Monterey Bay once a year. Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon. A presentation of PBS and the BBC, Big Blue Live will bring together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists, and other experts over the course of three spectacular nights. The program will be anchored live from a hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality shows” delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves.

We have to take care of our water

This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Abreham B., class of 2014 graduate, at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Cayuga Lake is taking a hit by human waste
Produced by: Abreham B., Ithaca High School, Class of 2014
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt 
In recent years, human waste is having a negative effect on Cayuga Lake. Microplastics are one specific cause of problems. The ecology of the lake is being effected and some water animals, such as zebra muscles, are digesting these microplastics. Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. “When we take young people out on the lake,” says Foster, “we teach them about the ecology of the lake and how this system works that they depend upon for drinking water.”

Urban Ecosystems, Turing Nanopatterns, and Serving Sizes

According to Science Friday, the amount of green space can affect the distribution of wildlife in urban areas, but what role do socioeconomic features play in determining the ecology of cities? Researchers from Urban Wildlife Institute in Chicago mapped out how coyotes, raccoons, and opossums were affected by the “concrete jungle.” Brandon Keim, a freelance science reporter, discusses this story and other science news from the week. Plus, think back to the last time you were snacking on a bag of chips. Did you turn the bag over—after many mouthfuls of salty, crunchy goodness—to the Nutrition Facts label, only to find that it contained more than one serving size? Twenty years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the Nutrition Facts label, it now plans to update serving sizes in accordance with the amount of food people are really eating these days.

Creamery Visit, Circa 1902 | #tbt

Prior to advancements in transportation and cold storage, small local creameries dotted the landscape of Upstate New York. These creameries collected and processed local dairy products and distributed cream, butter, cheese, and milk to residents daily. In this photograph taken in 1902, Inah and Inas wait patiently for their turn at the H.A. Niles Creamery in Maine, NY. Photograph courtesy of the Broome County Historical Society

Catch some rays on a mobile research center

 This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Ihotu Onah, class of 2014 graduate, at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Mobile Research Center on Cayuga Lake
Produced by: Ihotu Onah, Ithaca High School, Class of 2014
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt

A great way to catch some nautical rays, the boat itself doubles as a mobile research center. The program offers public eco-cruises, group charters, and field experiences for school-age children. Their goal: Get everyone out on Cayuga Lake and learning! Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

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NY Cities Struggle Against Child Poverty

Child poverty rates in four upstate New York cities are more than double state averages. The issue spurred an anti-poverty campaign in Rochester earlier this year, and now Binghamton is getting on board, too. Johnson City School District Superintendent Mary Kay Frys spoke at a public meeting two state legislators held in Binghamton this week. She says there’s a poverty crisis in the district. “We have had elementary students dumpster dive in restaurant receptacles in the village in order to get food that has been thrown out,” she says.