At a magnification of 6,836x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts a number of gram-negative “Escherichia coli” bacteria of the strain O157:H7. Image by Janice Haney Carr/Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
Listen to Science Friday November 20th 2-4pm on WSQX. Algorithms aren’t impartial—they often have bias baked in. In this episode, a look at how we can ensure that machines scan our resumes and loan applications with a fair eye. Plus, the hard science in a bottle of hard cider, and the design challenge in improving hard-to-read transit maps.
New York state has long been a center for agriculture. and, tonight, WSKG premieres a new documentary that celebrates upstate’s farming history. The movie is called Harvest. Brian Frey directed the film, and he says he misses the presence of farmers in popular culture.
Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows a group of young children hard at work on their family’s Steuben County farm. From a very young age, children were asked to contribute to the daily chores on the farm. Some of these tasks were essential to keeping the farm productive and in operation. They included milking the cows, checking the chicken coop for eggs, and even mucking out the barn stalls. However, many of these children also enjoyed a great amount of responsibility and freedom in their lives on the farm.
Ithaca’s Theatre Incognita is performing Sam Shepherd’s Fool for Love in a new venue, Circus Culture, Press Bay Alley in Ithaca. Director Ross Haarstad talks about this drama of confrontation that takes place on the edge of the Mojave Desert. http://wskg.org/audio/foolovemix.mp3
Farmer and Korean War veteran Louis Sherry makes bird houses, but they are much more than bird houses. Each is a one-of-a-kind free-form explosion of color. Sherry talks about how his sculptures take shape, and Sydney Waller of the Art Garage describes how exciting it was to discover his work. http://wskg.org/audio/sherrymix.mp3
The national high school graduation rate is 81% according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report. In New York State, the average graduation rate is lower at 77%. One way to increase the number of students who successfully reach graduation is through alternative high schools. Alternative high schools are an educational option that allow students to work in an entirely different atmosphere, with different methods of learning. “The regular high school is different because the teachers there, they just want the students to pass, they want them to get A’s on their tests,” explains Joey.
Watch NOVA: Making North America Human on WSKG TV on November 18 at 9 p.m.
In the third and final hour of Making North America, NOVA explores the intimate connections between landscape, the colonizing of the continent, and the emergence of our industrial world. From prehistoric tools to today’s oil and gas boom, North America’s hidden riches have been key to our prosperity. As a result, human activity has transformed the continent on a scale that rivals the geological forces that gave birth to it billions of years before. Even as we shape the continent to our needs, geologic processes inexorably continue and raise risks of catastrophe to human civilization. Watch Making North America Origins here.
Watch Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living Wonders on November 18 at 8:00 p.m. on WSKG TV. Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique — life itself. In the Amazon Rainforest, two 9-year old boys must prepare themselves for a terrifying rite of passage involving the insect with the most painful sting on Earth: the bullet ant. In Borneo, a father must provide for his family by climbing to the roof of a vast cave to collect birds’ nests. And, in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, a father and son must brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.
Learn to create the finest desserts and goodies in your own home. Martha Stewart shares the best baking tips and techniques, giving you the confidence to create delectable baked goods — from scratch — in your own kitchen. Martha’s updated versions of the classics set the standard, while her uses of flavors and ingredients add new angles to some familiar favorites. Martha Bakes Episode 1: Never Enough Chocolate airing Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 pm on WSKG-HD
Calling all chocolate lovers! Join Martha as she shares the techniques you’ll need to prepare two standout chocolate desserts: a milk-chocolate pistachio tart and a rich flourless Roberta Heart Cake.
Theatre organist John Ledwon returns to the Forum in downtown Binghamton for an afternoon of music from Disney movies and pops favorites from the 1950s and ’60s. More information available from the Binghamton Theater Organ Society. http://wskg.org/audio/151109ledwon.mp3