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.

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.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen


If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories back in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The conversations shared by StoryCorps on NPR are often thought provoking and emotionally powerful. On more than one occasion I’ve been brought to tears during my morning commute. But beyond their emotional resonance, the interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life.

Emilie Benigno

WSKG is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications of Ithaca College for this Arts & Culture feature. This segment profiles Ithaca College student Emilie Benigno. Emilie uses her love of music and playing the violin to help her overcome some very challenging obstacles in her young life. Prepare to be inspired as you watch this very special segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S01_TkxvPg

Produced by: Christie Citranglo, Jacob Ryan, Sydney O'Shaughnessy

El Niño Vs. the Blob, Yeast Painkillers, and a Butter Bummer

Conditions are currently warming up in the Pacific, and the NOAA Climate Prediction Center expects a greater than 90 percent chance that El Niño will continue through the winter and most likely into the spring. This image shows the July 13-19, 2015 sea surface temperature departure from the 1981-2010 average. Image by NOAA

This week’s news roundup takes us to San Francisco, where Ira is joined by KQED science and environment reporter Lauren Sommer. As California’s historic drought continues, many Californians have pinned their hopes on a larger-than-usual El Niño to dump much-needed water on the West. But as Sommer explains, there’s a new climate player in town that could muck up that plan: the Blob–scientists’ name for a mass of warm water in the North Pacific—which could divert those long-sought winter storms around the thirsty state.

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series II – A Scandal In Belgravia

Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is "know when you are beaten." It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage — love? Watch a scene from Masterpiece Mystery!

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