Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series III: The Empty Hearse

Two years after Sherlock’s “death”, Dr. John Watson has gotten on with his life. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to stage his outrageous resurrection. But if he thinks everything will be just as he left it, he’s in for a very big surprise… Behind the scenes: Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Amanda Abbington (Mary), Writer/Executive Producer Steven Moffat and Producer Sue Vertue discuss “The Empty Hearse,” Sherlock’s “dead obvious” survival, and his reunion with John. Click the link for more information about Masterpiece Mystery!


NY Colleges Gear Up For ‘Yes Means Yes’

College students are getting down to work on campuses across New York, and many are also learning a new definition for sexual consent. New York passed a law in July requiring “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s one of the farthest-reaching laws in the country, and the state is selling it to colleges as a marketing tool. Colleges are in fierce competition for students these days. Enrollment is down across the country.

The Eight Square Schoolhouse | #tbt

The Eight Square Schoolhouse was built in 1827 and was in use until 1941. It is the oldest school building still standing in Tompkins County, and is still used for living history and educational programs. In addition, the building is the only surviving brick octagonal schoolhouse in New York State. The octagonal shape allowed the teacher to be placed at a central and prominent position and allowed for better lighting and ventilation. Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can learn more here.

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Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom

This episode of NATURE takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family, revealing it to be one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth. Wolverines are among the most elusive creatures on the planet. They seek out the toughest terrain – the most rugged, remote and fiercely raw – and they’ve always been scarce to begin with. So they’re hard to find. They weigh only about 30 pounds, but they have a ton of attitude and a reputation to match.

Back to School

The other day marked the “unofficial” end of summer in my household as my daughter boarded the school bus for the first time and rode off to kindergarten. The event found my wife and I discussing the tradition of summer vacation and its origins. We both shared the belief that summer vacation was tied to America’s agrarian past, however upon further inquiry we discovered that our assumptions were mistaken. According to a PBS NewsHour article from 2014, the myth that summer vacation was directly tied to our nation’s agrarian roots is still very persistent. In realty, the early rural schools in America that were tied to an agrarian calendar had short summer and winter terms with breaks in the spring and fall.

Norwood Viviano

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment takes a look at Norwood Viviano. Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. Two recent bodies of works, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Kohler Pile, address power dynamics between industry and the surrounding communities that are dependent on it. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States.

Larry Kassan leads new teachers on a bus tour of the Binghamton City School District.

Teachers Wanted: Binghamton District Struggles To Fill Jobs

The Binghamton City School District has a teacher shortage this year. Out of 60 open positions, three were still unfilled within weeks of the first day. This comes amid a national need for more teachers, and it has educators in New York feeling a bit of whiplash. A couple weeks before school started, Larry Kassan led Binghamton’s new teachers on a tour of the city. The outing is part of the district’s orientation program, and this year the buses were packed.

From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

American Football

Today on Radio Lab, we tackle football. It’s the most popular sport in the US, shining a sometimes harsh light on so much of what we have been, what we are, and what we hope to be. Savage, creative, brutal and balletic, whether you love it or loathe it … it’s a touchstone of the American identity. Along with conflicted parents and players and coaches who aren’t sure if the game will survive, we take a deep dive into the surprising history of how the game came to be. At the end of the 19th century, football is a nascent and nasty sport. The sons of the most powerful men in the country are literally knocking themselves out to win these gladiatorial battles.