For Throwback Thursday we’ve got this vintage photo of Genesee St. in downtown Greene NY, taken around 1878 by F. D. Wood. We particularly like the way the gentlemen are posing on the porch roof. Photo courtesy of the Greene Historical Society. Learn more about Greene’s historic business district in our Uniquely New York video:
Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. To capture a butterfly’s point of view, NOVA’s filmmakers used a helicopter, ultralight, and hot-air balloon for aerial views along the transcontinental route. This wondrous annual migration, which scientists are just beginning to fathom, is an endangered phenomenon that could dwindle to insignificance if the giant firs that the butterflies cling to during the winter disappear. Learn more & get involved:
Learn how to create “waystations” for monarch butterflies, read about the life cycle of the monarch, and more at this website from the University of Kansas. Journey North: Monarch Butterfly Migration
Join others and help track the monarch population as the butterflies migrate across North America each year.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in a three-part MASTERPIECE Mystery! adaptation of the novel by Julian Barnes. Outraged by injustice to an Anglo-Indian solicitor, the famed author uses the methods of his own fictional detective to get at the truth. Co-starring are Arsher Ali (The Missing) as George Edalji; and Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey) as Alfred Wood, Sir Arthur’s real-life “Dr. Watson.”
The Sunday Telegraph (London) proclaimed that Arthur & George is, “thoroughly enjoyable … Clunes proves exceptionally winning as the widowed writer and sometime crusader for justice, Arthur Conan Doyle.”
Based on true events, Arthur & George is adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
(Contaminated wastewater is seen at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colo., in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The photo was taken Wednesday; the plume of contaminated water has continued to work its way downstream. Reuters /Landov)
In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado. The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday. The EPA initially said 1 million gallons of wastewater had been released, but that figure has risen sharply. From member station KUNC, Stephanie Paige Ogburn reports for our Newscast unit:
“The EPA now estimates 3 million gallons of wastewater spilled from the mine into the Animas River.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in a series of Arts & Culture shorts. This feature takes a look at potter Tomas Black, who is passionate about his craft and is willing to teach anyone who is interested. As this video shows, Tomas loves to open his shop to young students, giving them a chance to try something new. Since the production of this segment, Tomas has moved from Ithaca to the Boston area to continue his passion for pottery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp664HT8BOw
Produced by: Aisling Brennan, Kayla Dwyer and Sarah Kim
Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art. In this excerpt, a museum guide talks to a group of children about the painting The Finding of Moses, by Orazio Gentileschi, and about other “stories” in the museum. National Gallery London photo credit via flickr by Tom Godber
Relive treasured moments from the five seasons of “Downton Abbey” and sample the next and final season. Savor clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the series’ cast. Paula Kerger, PBS president, hosts. Downton Abbey cast members Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, and Lesley Nicol discuss their hopes for Season 6. Julian Fellowes, take note!
Science Friday: If you’re lucky enough to live where fireflies flash at night, then you have surely seen their magical illuminations on warm summer evenings. But did you know that by observing fireflies while they are flashing, you can learn to communicate with them? If you haven’t already, watch the Science Friday Video “In a Flash: Firefly Communication” for a little background on how fireflies use light to communicate:
By watching and comparing fireflies all across the country, scientists have been able to map out the unique flash patterns of male and female fireflies of different species. Dr. John E. Lloyd, an entomologist at the University of Florida, featured in the video above, was one of the first to do this extensively for North American species of firefly in the genus Photinus. Check out these family friendly activities from Science Friday.