Late Fringe Continues to Showcase New York State Filmmakers

WSKG Arts newest series, Late Fringe, is back with another episode showcasing the talents of New York State’s best and brightest filmmakers. Host Phil Westcott leads the viewers down the rabbit hole this week with a look at three short features ranging from documentary to experimental to narrative. The first selection is ‘Paul’s Ride’ directed by Ben Davis and it looks at Vietnam veteran Paul Davis, who uses his life-long love of motorcycles as a way to reminisce about all stages of his life. The pain of his time spent in Southeast Asia is apparent as he talks about fallen friends and comrades. Our second film is ‘Walk’, directed by Marissa Miksad and she explores the boundaries between dreams and reality in her experimental work.

Legendary Comedienne Presents The Funniest Highlights From Her Long-Running Comedy-Variety Series

Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series “The Carol Burnett Show.” Laugh along with Carol and her hilarious troupe of regulars — Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner — and special guests Steve Martin and Betty White. Enjoy this extended clip from the upcoming Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches special.  

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs Friday, June 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm on WSKG TV.  

Photo Credit: Courtesy of TJL Productions

Bumblebees' Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers' Electric Fields

Scientists say bumblebees can sense flowers’ electric fields through the bees’ fuzzy hairs. photo by: Jens Meyer/AP

By Nell GreenfieldBoyce


Flowers generate weak electric fields, and a new study shows that bumblebees can actually sense those electric fields using the tiny hairs on their fuzzy little bodies. “The bumblebees can feel that hair bend and use that feeling to tell the difference between flowers,” says Gregory Sutton, a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. People used to think that perceiving natural electric fields was something that animals only did in water. Sharks and eels can do it, for example.

Willard and Harlow Bundy

In 1888, while living in Binghamton, New York, Willard Bundy invented and patented a new mechanical time recorder, called The Time Clock. His device allowed workers to record their hours by using a card to punch in and out. Willard’s younger brother Harlow encouraged Willard to mass producer his invention, and in 1889 the two brothers organized the Bundy Manufacturing Company. Their business quickly became one of the largest industries in the Binghamton area, employing around 135 skilled workers, and eventually becoming part of IBM.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Memorial Day Video & Free iBook from PBS LearningMedia

Help celebrate and explain the origin of Memorial Day with your kids through this quick video from PBSLearningMedia’s ‘All About the Holidays’ series.  And teachers — be sure to download the free ‘All About the Holidays’ iBook from iTunes. This book brings together lesson plans with an abundance of brief, in-class activities around 61 holidays and special events celebrated in the United States and around the globe. The lesson plans in this book are built around PBS LearningMedia’s video series ‘All About the Holidays.’

Printable Program Guides for June 2016

We’ve stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX

WSKG HDTV condensed guide

WSKG DT-2, “World” condensed guide

WSKG DT-3, “Create” condensed guide

WSKG HDTV DAYTIME condensed guide





'So Close to Home' Illuminates a Little-Known World War II Event

Recently, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias spoke with WSKG History about his new book, “So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II” (2016). Co-written with journalist Alison O’Leary, “So Close to Home” chronicles a U-boat attack in the Gulf of Mexico, a family’s resilience, and the daring patrol of the submarine commander. Michael J. Tougias is the author and co-author of over 20 books, including “The Finest Hours” (2009) which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in 2016. Many of his books have a predominant theme of true survival-at-sea adventures. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and many other publications. Listen to the interview:

(The partial transcript below has been edited for clarity.)


Interview Highlights
On the war in the Atlantic

When the U.S. entered the war with Germany, the first thing the Germans did was launch Operation Drumbeat. They sent over U-boats here before we could become proficient at defending against them, and it was like a turkey shoot.

Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime

WSKG Arts is proud to present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime! This program is the culmination of a tremendous partnership between arts organizations from all across the state of New York. Featuring an original score composed by Binghamton native Santino DeAngelo, performances by members of the Tri-Cities Opera and original choreography performed by pantomime dancer Doug Baum, Narcissus is a truly unique viewing experience. In addition to the three acts of performances, ‘Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime’ also features a behind the scenes look at the history of this long-forgotten art and how this complicated production came together. Sit back and return to the days of the Roman Coliseum with this special presentation from WSKG Arts!

A Tale of Two Glassworkers and Their Marine Marvels, on Display at Corning Museum of Glass

This common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is from Cornell’s extensive collection of glass marine models fashioned by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Photo by Gary Hodges

by Julie Leibach, on May 13, 2016

According to Science Friday, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka are perhaps best known for crafting a collection of glass flowers for Harvard. But together they made their mark fashioning thousands of marine invertebrate models. The specimen is one of thousands of meticulously detailed marine invertebrate models fashioned between 1863 and 1890 by a father-son glassworking duo, for the primary purpose of research and education. Collectively, their work depicts more than 700 different species—including various anemones, squids, and sea stars—found in waters around the globe.

6-year-old Author Pens 'Spoon and Knife Adventure'

Grayden Everson’s story Spoon and Knife Adventure won 1st place for Kindergarten in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Grayden is 6 years old and the youngest in his family.  He likes pizza, Uno, Legos, Minecraft, art, math, and Elephant and Piggie books. He took a few minutes to answer a few questions we had about his experience:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? Knife and Spook play together and mysterious Fork steals a toy. How did you come up with the idea for your two main characters, Knife and Spoon?  Where do they live? I came up with the story using my imagination.