Peg + Cat + Holidays

“The Hanukkah Problem” - When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah. “The Christmas Problem” - When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and then deliver them using 100 sleighs. “The Penguin Problem” - Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”
 Watch on WSKG TV December 24th! And don't forget to visit Peg + Cat online for more videos, games, and math galore!

Gamut program guide for January 2016

It's the last issue of WSKG's Gamut Program guide. As our President & CEO Brian Sickora mentioned last month, we've decided to re-prioritize over $50,000 annually in member donations we've spent producing and mailing Gamut. We want to create more and better local programs and services for our entire audience. Click through to read about how WSKG's Audience Services department will serve our members beginning Feburary 1, 2016.            

Feeling stressed? Mr. Rogers (still) has your back

A few months before Mr. Rogers passed, PBS aired this spot. Mr. Rogers recorded it for all of us who grew up watching him. "It happens so often," he says, "I walk down the street and someone twenty or thirty or forty years old will come up to me... and invariably we end our little time together with a hug." He goes on to say, "I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead, but I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are."

New Data on National Graduation Rates Point to Need for Community-Based Solutions to Dropout Crisis

New data on high school graduation rates released by the U.S. Department of Education underscore the continued need for innovative, community-based solutions highlighted by American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative focused on improving high school graduation rates. The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics showed that the graduation rate for the nation's class of 2014 reached a record high 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013's graduation rate. Graduation rates for several student demographics rose as well from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, for whom rates remained virtually flat. But significant gaps remain, particularly between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts, and economically disadvantaged students. The data follows the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (or ESSA) on December 10, 2015, the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.

Join Us For a 'Mercy Street' Exclusive Sneak Peek

UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY at our preview screening of MERCY STREET on January 7th at 6PM at WSKG Studios in Vestal. However, you can still watch the show's premiere January 17, at 10PM on WSKG TV. Based on true stories, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters — doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists — realizing the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He5ncAPB82M

Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; MARY PHINNEY, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and EMMA GREEN, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5XOW0PTmKY

The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels.

Encouraging girls to become scientists? It’s not rocket science

From PBSNEWSHOUR. Women in the U.S. receive less than 20 percent of Bachelor's degrees in computer science, engineering and physics. Eileen Pollack, one of the first two women to receive an undergraduate degree in physics at Yale, offers a solution to getting more women into science. TRANSCRIPT

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now time for a NewsHour essay. Women in the U.S. earn just over 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees in all fields, yet they receive less than 20 percent of degrees conferred in computer science, engineering and physics.

Looking for a Lightsaber for that Special Someone in Your Life?

Our friends from Science Friday share this DIY Labersaber inspired post. Part of becoming a true fighter in the Star Wars universe—be it a Jedi or a Sith Lord—is constructing a lightsaber that is distinctly yours. In anticipation of the new Star Wars film, Science Friday looked into one DIY approach, and got some best practice tips from its designer. The project is a quick lesson in building electronics, and provides the opportunity to be creative with your end product. “It’s kind of the iconic science fiction weapon,” says Vince Estacio, a machinist and hobbyist based in Austin, Texas, of the lightsaber.

An internationally-known pianist gets to perform at home

Pianist Gleb Ivanov and friends are presenting a concert at his home church in Endicott, SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 210 Hill Avenue on Sunday, December 27 at 5pm. Joining him in the concert are violinist Eric Grossman, cellist Lawrence Zoernig, pianist Olga Krayterman, and Gleb's wife, soprano Maria Guryleva. The first half will be music of Sergei Rachmaninoff then, after the intermission, music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn. http://wskg.org/audio/glebchristmas.mp3

Photo courtesy of Gleb Ivanov

Preview 'Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets'

Renowned star of stage and song Santino Fontana and the Muppets® from Sesame Street® join the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a magical holiday extravaganza. SESAME STREET has been educating and entertaining the world for more than 45 years, but this concert special marks the Muppets' first performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. The concert includes a rendition of the classic carol from SESAME STREET , “Keep Christmas With You,” “Sing a Christmas Carol” from Scrooge, “The Candy Man,” a charming medley of songs from SESAME STREET programs and inspiring arrangements of sacred Christmas music. Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets on Monday, December 21 at 9 pm on WSKG-TV.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Everyone's favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in this one-hour special, showing children many ways to celebrate "the holidays." Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day" (Buster and his mom's special celebration). https://youtu.be/NvISEusbdGA
Airs Christmas Day on WSKG TV!