Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more! This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community. Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?
Today’s throwback Thursday photograph comes from the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. The image shows members of a women’s basketball team at Cornell University taken in 1905. Before women’s basketball became a varsity sport at Cornell in 1971, women played in inter-class competitions and teams wore different color bloomers to tell each other apart. You can’t deny that uniforms have come a long way since the early 1900s.
Mark your calendars for an exciting lecture at SUNY Cortland on March 24, 2016 at 7pm. SUNY Cortland welcomes Dr. Paul E. Olsen, an international authority on dinosaurs, for an innovative talk on mass extinctions.Dr. Olsen’s lecture will focus on the patterns of extinction and survival of dinosaurs and other animals across the three largest biologic crises in the history of life (the end-Permian, end-Triassic, and end-Cretaceous mass extinction events). Dr. Olsen is the Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and member National Academy of Sciences. When: March 24, 2016 at 7pm. Where: SUNY Cortland Campus Bowers Hall rm.
Dalton Trumbo was a well-known screenwriter, but he was called in to testify in the Red Scare and name names of other screenwriters who had been members of the Communist Party. He was found in contempt of Congress and was blacklisted, but managed to not only continue his craft, but excel in it. Bill Gorman and Chris Nickerson star in ‘Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted’, a play based on Trumbo’s letters produced by Southern Tier Actors Read. For tickets, 607/729-1959. http://wskg.org/audio/redwhitemix.mp3
The Rockwell Museum and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes present their monthly Urban Arts Crawl in Corning on Friday, March 25. Arts Council Executive Director Connie Sullivan-Blum and CreAgent’s Logan Sweet talk about the venues and arts. http://wskg.org/audio/artcrawl.mp3
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a PhD student at Cornell University, but she’s also a producer and nerdcore rapper. She calls herself Sammus. In her new single 1080p, she shows her fans that there is no distance between these two aspects of her life. There are a couple video game references sprinkled into the song, but the focus is on the rapper’s personal journey to good mental health.
Nature Snow Monkeys airs on WSKG TV March 23, 2016 at 8pm.
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives.
You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.
The Easter Weekend is fast approaching and WSKG is here to give you a few family friendly ideas on how to celebrate! -Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Park in Binghamton; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10am with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11am
-Dino-Eggstravaganza at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca; Saturday, March 26 from 10am-1pm
-Eggstravaganza at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11am
JACKIE ROBINSON, a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, at 9:00 p.m. on WSKG TV. The film chronicles the life and times of Robinson, his breaking of baseball’s color barrier and his lifelong fight for equality on and off the field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5P8dcn3n4
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game,” said Ken Burns. “He gave us our first lasting progress in civil rights since the Civil War and, ever since I finished my BASEBALL series in 1994, I’ve been eager to make a stand-alone film about the life of this courageous American. There was so much more to say not only about Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in 1947, but about how his upbringing shaped his intolerance for any form of discrimination and how after his baseball career, he spoke out tirelessly against racial injustice, even after his star had begun to dim.”
In addition to interviews with Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and their surviving children, Sharon and David, the film features interviews with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; former Dodgers teammates Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine and Ralph Branca; writers Howard Bryant and Gerald Early; Harry Belafonte; Tom Brokaw; and Carly Simon.