The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:00pm

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU graduates helped launch the civil rights movement, built the black middle class, and staffed the pulpits of black churches and the halls of almost every black primary school before the 1960s. But after desegregation, some people began to ask whether HBCUs had outlived their purpose. Yet for the students who attend them, HBCUs still play a crucial — and unique — role.

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Dropping Down A Wall … For A Good Cause

Binghamton’s DoubleTree hotel turned into a rappelling wall today in a first-of-its-kind fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Broome County. Lisa Beach of Binghamton’s Indulgence salon was one of 30 people who each raised $1,000 for the chance to rappel. The crowd craned their heads back to watch as she stepped off the ten-story hotel. Her son Dominick cheered his mom on as she neared the ground without holding on to the ropes. “She was fearless, with her arms out like this,” he gestured, throwing his arms wide.

A Teen Discussion on Permaculture & Sustainable Agriculture

This audio piece was written and recorded by students in Mrs. Gimma’s production class at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Permaculture and Sustainable Agriculture:  Two growing agricultural businesses in America
Large farming requires high maintenance and very often the need for chemicals and pesticides to keep up with the high yielding needs. This is proven to be very unhealthy for consumers. More recently in Central New York and other parts of the world, farmers find that small farm operations, such as permaculture or sustainable agriculture, is worth the extra cost. It creates healthier crops and supports smaller business instead of large mono-cropping corporations.

Cornell ROTC | #tbt

During World War II, colleges and universities across the country expanded their ROTC programs and participated in other military training programs. This was especially true at Cornell University where there were both specialized army and navy training programs. In all, over 20,000 students who trained at Cornell during the war would serve in World War II. Our new local history documentary, “Class of the Century” explores how World War II and the G.I. Bill helped forever change the landscape of higher education in America. https://youtu.be/y21cLFB8rb8?list=PLkEiFS5w2pdmio2Y73g5lrQVfXkcYrLsP

Photo courtesy of The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell.

A Teen Discussion on Landfill Use

This audio piece was written and recorded by students in Mrs. Gimma’s production class at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore  environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. Managing solid waste has become an overwhelming task. It has brought tremendous disagreements on how to best dispose of waste safely, efficiently and economically.  The controversies range from the rising costs of disposal, to environmental degradation, to new landfills and incinerators that are needed.

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Upgrade Begins For Binghamton-Johnson City Sewage Plant

 

Binghamton and Johnson City’s wastewater treatment plant is finally getting a makeover. Demolition started Wednesday on an unused section of the plant. That will clear the way for a new facility that will perform the second step of the sewage treatment process. The upgrade is badly needed after a string of flawed renovation attempts dating back to the 90s, but city public works commissioner Gary Holmes says while it’s underway, the plant has no choice but to release water that’s only partially treated. “People flush their toilets every day and take showers,” Holmes says.

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series II – The Hounds of Baskerville

Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments — top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors. Watch a scene from Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 2, episode 2, The Hounds of Baskerville.

A Teen Discussion on Hydrofracking

 This audio piece was written and recorded by Irene Case, Grade 12 student at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore  environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 

Some people see hydrofracking as an economic benefit. Others have many environmental concerns about the process. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process where water, sand, and chemicals are pumped at high pressure thousands of feet underground to crack the rock and release the natural gas.  Fracking fluid is about 98 percent sand and water, but the remaining 2 percent of it contains potentially hazardous chemicals.

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

‘The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements’ is an exciting series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long and continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Three episodes tell the story of seven of history’s most important scientists as they seek to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. These episodes show us not only what these scientific explorers discovered but also how, using actors to reveal the creative process through the scientists’ own words and conveying their landmark discoveries through re-enactments shot with working replicas of their original lab equipment. Knitting these strands together is host Michael Emerson, a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor. Meet Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen led to the modern science of chemistry, and Humphry Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements.