Dying a “Good Death” in the Civil War

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 drama Mercy Street. In today's blog post, graduate student Melissa Franson discusses the 19th century concept of a "good death" and how the Civil War challenged that notion. Dying a “Good Death” in the Civil War
In the first episode of Mercy Street, we are confronted with the gruesome injuries and carnage that men inflicted upon one another during the Civil War. One of the most poignant moments in the series comes when a young soldier is brought into the hospital literally attached to the Union flag. Blood from the young soldier’s wounds has glued his hands to the flag. Having already lost his father in the war, the un-named soldier was unwilling and unable to relinquish his sole responsibility - making sure the flag did not fall. The young, scared soldier desperately tries to assert his masculinity while being comforted by the Army Chaplain, Harry Hopkins.

Creatures of Light

 (biofluorescent seahorse photo: David Gruber) 
NOVA's Creatures of Light airs February 3, 2016 at 9pm on WSKG-TV. In the dark depths of the oceans, nearly 90% of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey, or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it. NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to this hidden undersea world where most creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer, or simply glow. Join deep sea scientists who investigate these stunning displays and discover surprising ways to harness nature’s light—from tracking cancer cells to detecting pollution, lighting up cities, and even illuminating the inner workings of our brains.

Preview 'From Bocelli to Barton: Richard Tucker Opera Gala'

Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season. Live from Lincoln Center From Bocelli to Barton: Richard Tucker Opera Gala airs Friday, February 5 at 9 pm on WSKG-TV. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dario Acosta

American Graduate Champion | Lonna Pierce

WSKG Public Media is proud to profile local teaching librarian and American Graduate Champion Lonna Pierce. Lonna started the Eleanor Henricks Countywide Poetry Recitation for Children, which celebrates young poets from throughout Broome County. A quarter of a century later she is still running the program and enriching the lives of many children. https://youtu.be/Qye8oNUzmsI

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

Only boy on the color guard team from 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes: Outside The Box

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students? Watch: Despite Judgment 
A year ago, Elijah Durand never would have dreamed of joining his high school color guard. Now the only boy on the team, Elijah appreciates the creative expression, weaponry and competition involved in interpreting music and entertaining an audience. Produced by Ashley Martinez, Erica Holm, Caroline Munoz, and Demetri Yanes, students at Communications Arts High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Jeff Mack

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Jeff Mack. Jeff Mack's career as a glassmaker has offered him a variety of opportunities, from factory production to working and studying with world-renowned glass artists. He has been the manager of the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, as well as a glassblower and instructor at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Mack's work references traditional techniques and is held in both public and private collections worldwide.

The American Civil War and the Origins of Government Surveillance

What do the American Civil War and the NSA have in common? That's the questions explored in the most recent video of the web series Time Capsule. In "The Origins of Government Surveillance," the Time Capsule team reveal how both the Union and Confederacy used spies and surveillance during the Civil War, and how these tactics laid the foundation for modern government surveillance. Watch Now:

Time Capsule is made by The Good Stuff from PBS Digital Studios, in association with PBS LearningMedia. Each episode looks at what happened in the past to make now possible. PBS LearningMedia also has a number of helpful tools for educators designed to teach students about the Civil War.

Moving Moments from 'Downton Abbey'

See some of the most tragic, heartfelt, and moving moments through the series. Downton Abbey's Final Season airs Sundays at 9 pm and reairs on Thursdays at 9 pm on WSKG-TV. The Masterpiece website is always available!  It features Masterpiece behind the scenes videos, special podcasts, fun viewer quizzes and much more!

Ready Jet Go! launches in February!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon's phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.