Finding Your Words

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Radio Lab airs November 24th on WSKG Radio at 1pm & 7pm
In this episode of Radio Lab, we meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago. Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video, filmmakersWill Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of language set to an original score by Keith Kenniff.

Nature Cat Special

Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.  Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, a "backyard explorer extraordinaire!" Nature Cat can't wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there's one problem: he's still a house cat with no instincts for nature! Fortunately, Nature Cat's animal friends are at his side to share in his deep love for Mother Nature, passion for exploring the great outdoors, and swashbuckling wanderlust of old-fashioned backyard adventure.

"Chloe" Chuyue Zhang

WSKG Public Media and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present "Chloe" Chuyue Zhang as she takes the Classical Expressions stage. Chloe is currently in her senior year of Bachelor of Music degree program in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards in the United States and in her native China. This program features Chloe masterfully performing pieces from Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and conducts a mid-performance interview with Chloe.

'Hot' for Turkey

Science Friday is sharing Thanksgiving science tidbits with us all week long. Gobble Gobble! With its fanned plumage and bold strut, a male wild turkey’s display conjures images of Americana and festive feasts. But this bird’s grandstanding isn’t intended for human eyes—it’s for female turkeys who actually use it to discern a male’s genetic prowess. How exactly she parses performances to pick a suitor can be a fairly complex enterprise, but thanks to the research of Richard Buchholz of the University of Mississippi, we have some clues as to what a female turkey finds “hot” in a male.

Culture of support & trust that focuses on learning

Path To Graduation: Alternative Success
Written and Produced By:
Christian Ackerman, Grade 12, and
Brooke White, Grade 11

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District


According to the 2015 Building A Grad Nation Report, 81% of students in the United States are graduating. However, this leaves the remaining 19% of high school students who don't graduate. What happens to them? For some students in Corning, New York, there is such a thing as a second chance. The High School Learning Center is just that: a second chance to be successful in high school.

Preview 'Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert'

It was 50 years ago, in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that "couldn't be beat". It started a chain of events including Arlo's arrest for littering, court appearance, and rejection from military service depicted in his hilarious and iconic song, Alice's Restaurant. The song (an 18 minute musical monologue) went platinum, spawned a full length motion picture, and became an American tradition ubiquitously played on hundreds of radio stations at Thanksgiving. In ALICE'S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, Arlo deftly performs the song for the first time in over a decade and receives a standing ovation from his delighted fans. He also plays other material from the early part of his career, his hits and two new arrangements of previously unreleased lyrics by his father, the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie.

A Creature Christmas | Wild Kratts Movie

It's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts team is taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when they receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme left! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for holidays?


Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize

Salute comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 18th recipient of the humor prize. How would you describe Eddie Murphy? Kathy Griffin, Joe Piscopo, and Dave Chappelle describe Eddie Murphy, recipient of the 18th Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. What are your favorite Eddie Murphy moments?

Downton Abbey preview screening events & WSKG TV Marathons

Downton Abbey Series Finale airs Sunday, 3/6, 9pm on WSKG TV. For DVDs and more Downton Abbey items, visit Downton Abbey Season 6 finale
special event
Ithaca, Sunday, March 6

Tompkins County Public Library
BorgWarner Community Room
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Series Finale early screening 3/6/16 at 2:00pm
Free, but RESERVATIONS required at (607) 729-0100, or

WSKG will screen Downton Abbey’s Final episode early at 2pm on March 6, in the Tompkins County Public Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.  Join curator Catherine Blumenkamp for a tour of the exhibit ‘Hats, Shoes, and Accessories of the Downton Abbey Era’ after the screening. RSVP required. Call 607-729-0100 or email

The Binghamton Community Orchestra goes traveling

Timothy Perry leads the Binghamton Community Orchestra in Dream Destinations, a concert of music by Beethoven, Ravel, Nielsen, and Borodin, along with selections by Mozart and Vaughan Williams sung by STMTA Competition Winner, baritone Jonah Capani. The concert also features "Music for Sonora" by Binghamton University composition graduate Christian Martin.


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