Musical Language

Learning to play piano (Victor Bezrukov/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Radio Lab today on WSKG Radio 1 pm and 7pm. What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others? We re-imagine the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913 through the lens of modern neurology, and we meet a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work.

Vanishing Cod, Climate Change And Our Warming Oceans

A cod that will be auctioned off is held by Codie Small at the Portland Fish Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Portland, Maine. Portland’s Gulf of Maine Research Institute is announcing a major breakthrough in climate and fisheries science. A study published in the journal Science indicates cod, which have collapsed off of New England, are declining because of warming oceans. (AP)
Tune in today at 11am on WSQX for On Point.

How Does Government Affect Me?

PBS KIDS presents The Democracy Project, an online collection that helps kids understand government and how it functions.  What is government and what role does it play in our lives? Why do we need government? In its simplest form, a government determines the way in which a country, state, county, township, city, or village is run. At every level, government makes laws that citizens must obey and creates policies about everything connected with the daily life of a community—whether that community is a nation, a state or the town where you live.

"Science of Clouds," free webinar from SciGirls

Badlands National Park, SD Photo by Shaina Niehans, NPS
Get your girls involved in citizen science with a free webinar from SciGirls focused on cloud science. The webinar will take place  November 3rd, at 12 pm. Visit to register. Sarah Crecelius from the NASA Langley Research Center will present S'COOL (Students' Cloud Observations Online): The S'COOL Project involves participants ages 5-20+ in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA's CERES satellite. Ralph Bouquet from Nova Labs will also be joining us to discuss Cloud Lab.

Dick Van Dyke discusses his new book with Tavis Smiley

One of America's most adored comedians, Dick Van Dyke, is also gifted at singing, dancing, acting, writing and illustrating. He's entertained audiences for more than five decades in roles on TV, stage and film, and he has won four Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy for his versatile work. He secured his place in TV history with "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and starred in and executive-produced the hit show "Diagnosis Murder". Also a best-selling author, his latest book offers valuable life and health advice. It's titled "Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging."

The Orb | Best K-5 | 2015

What would you do if a mysterious orb appeared and began following you?!  Youth filmmaker Drake Brown of Vestal, NY explores this idea with superb editing.  This is the winning entry in the K-5 grade level category of the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.


Great Performances Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do

Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up international stages for over seventy years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and Chicago, Rivera returned to Broadway in 2015 to star in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical The Visit. In addition to archival clips from Rivera’s many shows and TV appearances, this career retrospective also features interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence and many more to tell the story of Rivera’s peerless show biz virtuosity. PBS talks with Chita Rivera about her Great Performance speical: Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott, WNET