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 shopPBS.org. 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 RSVP@WSKG.org

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 RSVP@wskg.org.

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. http://wskg.org/audio/112015bco.mp3


Photo courtesy DougitDesigns.com via Flickr

Antibiotic Awareness, Bee Blunders, and Barbie Becomes a ‘Chatty Cathy’

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.


Behind The Rich History Of Upstate Farms

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.

Family Chores | #tbt

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.

Theatre Incognita performs in a new venue.


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

Photo courtesy TheRealMichaelMoore via Flickr

Louis Sherry creates fantastical sculptures with wood


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


Photo courtesy Richard Walker



Ithaca College Faculty To Stage ‘Teach-In’ Protest

Faculty at Ithaca College plan to hold a “teach-in” Thursday to call for college president Tom Rochon’s resignation. It’s the latest in a string of protests by faculty and students. Protesters say Tom Rochon has failed to address a threatening racial climate on campus, and several racist incidents. They also accuse him of top-down leadership, saying he makes strategic decisions for the college without campus input. “I don’t think the morale has ever been lower among the faculty,” says professor Mary Bentley, who plans to speak at Thursday’s teach-in, “But at the same time, I have to say that I think a lot of the activism on the part of the students has really reinvigorated us.”

Ithaca College students staged a walkout last week.

An entirely different atmosphere, different methods of learning

Path To Graduation: Journey To Success
Written and Produced By:
Corey Hoover, Grade 12, Class of 2016; and
Joey Usma, Graduate, Class of October 2015

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



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.