The Unsung Hero of Walt Disney Studio

I’m going to get something right out of the way: I am no Disney expert. Before sitting down to watch American Experience’s new documentary about the life of Walt Disney (full video below), the most I knew about the man came from popular culture and the trip I took to Disneyland last year as an adult. But after watching the new film, I can say with confidence: Roy Disney, Walt’s older brother, is the unsung hero of Walt Disney Studio. It became very evident through the course of the documentary that while Walt was the visionary, Roy was the steady backbone of the organization. As my wife and I watched the new film last week we developed a running joke. Whenever something bad happened, one of us would yell “Fix it Roy.

BTOS presents two silent films

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“Hot Water” and “The Freshman” are two early comedies starring silent film legend Harold Lloyd. The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society is screening them with organist Jim Ford supplying the musical accompaniment — and the sound effects. Ben Reynolds will also appear in character as Harold Lloyd. http://wskg.org/audio/btosharold.mp3

 

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Libous’ Former District Is Not As Republican As You Might Think

The upcoming election to replace former Republican state senator Tom Libous is high-stakes. If the district turns Democrat, it could tip the balance of power in the state senate. Conventional wisdom says that’s going to be very hard to do. The area seems like a Republican stronghold after Libous’ long tenure, and it has over 9,000 more voters registered Republican than Democrat. But a deeper look tells another story.

Little 101 | Dizzy

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why people feel dizzy when they spin! https://youtu.be/KuiNueVxdec

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org.

Arctic Ghost Ship

NOVA presents an exclusive breakthrough in the greatest unsolved mystery in Arctic exploration. In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set off to chart the elusive Northwest Passage, commanding 128 men in two robust and well-stocked Royal Navy ships, the Erebus and Terror. They were never heard from again. Eventually, searchers found tantalising clues to their fate: a hastily written note left on an island, exhumed bodies suggesting lead poisoning, discarded human bones with marks of cannibalism and Inuit legends of ghost ships. But no trace of the ships was ever found.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Second Chances

Tonight on Nature, growing up in the wild is hard enough on young animals when they have parents to rely on for protection and guidance, but what happens when they lose their parents? How do they survive? Over the past few years, great strides have been made in understanding how to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned wildlife. But as the documentary shows, success often comes down to the efforts of individuals at animal rescue centers around the world who devote their lives to saving these vulnerable creatures, getting them back on their feet and, hopefully, releasing them back into the wild. Nature’s Miracle Orphans tells their stories as it follows the different stages of care needed to get koalas, wallabies, sloths, kangaroos and fruit bats through infancy, childhood and on the road to independence where they can look after themselves.

Gorongosa Park Rebirth of Paradise

First established as a hunting reserve in 1920, Gorongosa became a national park in July 1960 under Portuguese colonial rule. It quickly became a premiere destination not only for international tourists, mainly from Portugal, but also for celebrities including John Wayne, Joan Crawford and Gregory Peck. But, two years after Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975, the country was engulfed by a civil war. By the time the war ended in 1992, a million people were dead and several million more were maimed, traumatized and displaced. The web of life within Gorongosa’s park was likewise left in tatters.

Little 101 | Series Trailer

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask. Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing pbsparents@pbs.org. Host Nathan Shields is an illustrator, math teacher and professional dad.

Independent Producers’ Guidelines

Criteria for Programs
This guide is designed to assist you in understanding some of the criteria on which WSKG reviews local programming. It is helpful if you have answered most, if not all, of these criteria in advance of presenting your project idea or completed program to WSKG. WSKG’s production and programming priorities:

New York State and Pennsylvania stories (bonus with a national interest)
Education and Life-Long Learning
Arts and Entertainment
Health and Fitness
Science and Agriculture
Diversity and Social Issues

WSKG places special emphasis on project ideas that relate to the WSKG service area of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier – their land, history and people. WSKG’s criteria for evaluating proposals:

Does the program fit within and further WSKG’s Mission? Is there a need for this type of program?

Zoos

Radio Lab explores animals, specifically animals and people coming together. In a cruel trick of evolution, humans can stand just three feet from a ferocious animal and still be perfectly safe. This hour, Radiolab goes to the zoo. What’s with our need to get close to “wildness”? We examine where we stand in this paradox–starting with the Romans, and ending in the wilds of Belize, staring into the eyes of a wild jaguar.