Medical Care at Elmira Prison Camp

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new Civil War medical drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Gary Emerson discusses the medical care at the Elmira Prison Camp. Medical Care at Elmira Prison Camp
Although medical care improved over the course of the Civil War, prisoners often received inadequate and sometimes negligent medical care in prison camps. When prisoner exchanges broke down in the summer of 1863, both the Union and Confederate armies began placing large numbers of captured men into prison camps. Both sides were unprepared for this turn of events, and what followed proved disastrous. In the summer of 1864, the Union established a prison camp in Elmira, New York to house captured Confederates.

Human Face of Big Data

Human Face of Big Data airs on WSKG TV February 24, 2016 at 10pm.  

With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives in incredible ways. Every two days the human race is now generating as much data as was generated from the dawn of humanity through the year 2003. The massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges—pollution, world hunger, and illness—but as Edward Snowden and the release of National Security Administration documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price. The Human Face of Big Data captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.

Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Seeks Stories

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact

Rise of the Robots

NOVA Rise of the Robots airs on WSKG TV February 24, 2016 at 9pm. Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now.

Snow Chick

Nature Snow Chick airs on WSKG TV February 24, 2016 at 8pm.  

During two months of blizzards and frigid temperatures dipping to -80 degrees, each male Emperor penguin who breeds in Antarctica must nurture and protect a single egg that harbors his offspring. But once the eggs hatch by midwinter, these dads are ready to move on to their next stage of parenting. Snow Chick imagines the story of the youngest and last chick of the colony to emerge from his shell and the challenges he encounters growing up in the world’s most extreme nursery. The program follows the ups and downs of what this littlest chick experiences during the first six months of childhood starting from birth through a chick’s journey to the sea.

To See or Not to See

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Two Cups Studio/Flickr
Radio Lab ‘To See or Not to See’ airs on WSKG Radio February 23, 2016 at 7:00pm.  

Should the last moments of life be captured, seen, and shared? This hour, we ask that question from three very different perspectives: through a window and across a street; face to face in a hospital room; and in the green glow of a night-vision-goggled camera lens half a world away. Hear more Radio Lab Stories.

Binghamton Film Initiative

WSKG’s Arts & Culture Short Series examines the Binghamton Film Initiative, an organization founded by two Binghamton University students who were looking for an outlet to produce narrative films. Nearly two years later the group has produced over 15 films and show no signs of slowing down. BFI is a student-founded initiative aimed at encouraging students from both the Binghamton University Theatre and Cinema departments to participate in projects together by connecting online. By utilizing the skills and resources of each department, the goal is to promote students from any department or major to create and distribute unique content. This segment features interviews with BFI co-founders Tyler Downey and and Jared Biunno, plus behind-the-scenes footage from one of their movie sets.

Watch all of BFI’s student produced films!

Opportunity for Youth Filmmakers

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.


Tompkins County Rolls Out A Mobile Compost Drop Spot

Tompkins County Solid Waste Division rolled out their traveling compost drop spot Saturday. Shishir Nair, a senior at Cornell, came to drop off his food scraps. “Yeah, we have a small compost bin at my house that my dad started, but we don’t really use that very often and it’s hard to get to in the winter,” he said. Convenience is one thing the county is hoping to accomplish. They already have a few static sites.