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.

POV: Arts and Craft

Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era and he isn't in it for the money. In the last 30 years he's copied hundreds of pieces. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for one man's search for connection and respect. Watch a preview of POV: Arts and Craft

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sam Cullman

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.

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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:

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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.

Marta Ramirez

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features that showcase their past resident artists. This spot profiles Marta Ramirez. Marta Ramírez is a glass artist and industrial designer who teaches at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is clearly inspired by water, and she explores the similarities of this element and the material of glass through her art. “Water is movement, transparency, gravity, freefall.

Code Like a Girl puts more girls in the game

  PBS Newshour Extra

Alexa Cafe and Code Like a Girl teach girls the basics of game design and encourage interest in technology so they can create games and help to diversify the heavily male-dominated gaming industry. Even though many girls love playing video and computer games, the subject matter and design of popular games almost always aim for the interests of a male audience. Part of that lies in who makes the games. Women made up only 11 percent of computer game designers in 2013, and just three percent of programmers. “We’re trying to create that environment to say, hey, you could be the world’s best coder,” said Code Like a Girl instructor Claudia Ortiz.

Scientists Say They've Discovered A New Species of Humans

Homo naledi’s hands were curved more than modern humans’, indicating that they were good climbers. (Photo: Peter Schmid, CC BY)

According to Living on Earth, two years ago, paleoanthropologists climbed deep into South Africa’s Rising Star Cave system and found hundreds of skeletons of what scientists now believe is a new hominin species, called Homo naledi. Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb follows one of the spelunking scientists down into the cave’s entrance and hears about the fortuitous find by some of the excavation’s lead researchers, as well as the question of whether or not this species deliberately buried its dead.  
Marina Elliot (left) and Steven Tucker (third from left), the caver who actually found the fossils originally. (Photo: Bobby Bascomb)
 

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