J. Alden Loring

On March 23, 1909, former President Theodore Roosevelt led an expedition to Africa intent on collecting specimens for a new Natural History Museum. Among the core members of the group outfitted by The Smithsonian Institution was Owego, New York native John Alden Loring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBkySBcuwNM

‘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. Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Tioga County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Tioga County Historical Society

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment features Theodore Strauel (Ithaca class of 2018) and his special puppy friend Cassidy. Cassidy is a seeing-eye dog trainee and this segment looks at what Theodore has to go through as a trainer to prepare her for her future. If you are a dog lover then you won’t be able to turn away from this special arts & culture segment. https://youtu.be/ut0UbHfe9Ho

Produced by students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

The Great Polar Bear Feast

 A polar bear eats at the Bone Pile, with the town of Kaktovic in the background. photo: Andrew Brown/Renegade Pictures


The Great Polar Bear Feast airs on WSKG TV June 22, 2016 at 8pm. The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This extraordinary gathering is highly unusual because polar bears are known as solitary predators, rarely if ever moving in a group.

David Maydole

In 1845, David Maydole, invented a “adze eye” hammer and began producing them out of his small shop in Norwich. The unique design keep the striking head firmly attached to the handle and kept the two parts from separating. The hammer was an immediate sensation with workers and Maydole began taking orders from across the state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5D2wPhbG0

‘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. Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Chenango County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Chenango County Historical Society
Library of Congress

Celebrating 'American Graduates' from EverTech Academy

An evening to celebrate the newest American Graduates of our community! On Monday, June 13, 2016, thirty-eight students, their teachers, families, and friends gathered at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY for the graduation ceremony of EverTech Academy.  Ten of these talented young people were featured earlier this year in WSKG’s American Graduate project. They shared stories of courage, persistence, and the supportive circles that helped make graduation day a reality.  

During the ceremony, nine (yes, nine!) of WSKG’s American Graduate students were honored with academic awards or scholarships. Congratulations!

Learning about the Summer Solstice

What is the summer solstice and how can I share this with my child? The summer solstice will take place June 20, 2016 at approximately 6:34pm EDT, in the Southern Tier of New York. This marks the longest length of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out this video from PBS Learning Media and share with your K-5th grade child explaining how the earth revolves around the sun on it’s axis, creating the seasons and solstice.

What I'm Watching – June 20, 2016 to July 3, 2016

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on wskg.org, I’ll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think – tell us in the comments. — Stacey

Weeks of June 20, 2016 to July 3, 2016

Airing now…

Get ready for 'National Week of Making'

Celebrate the 2016 National Week of Making and share great #Maker activities from WGBH Kids programs Design Squad Global, Plum Landing, and PEEP and the Big Wide World! Join us for a Twitter chat encouraging your kids to become Makers. #GrowMakers Twitter chat takes place on Tuesday June 21 at 12pm.  Tune and see what all the fuss is all about. 

“Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country
forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary
Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they           need.” – President Obama

Connect with organizations during the chat by using these twitter handles:@Designsquad
@SWEtalk @TheConnectory @ngcproject @WSKG @nancycoddington 


A Familiar Opera in a New Guise


The Franklin Stage Company presents Opera MODO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.  At its premiere in 1875, ‘Carmen’ challenged audience with title character’s courage, sense of liberation, and her dark sense of humor. This opera company from Detroit has reset this tuneful favorite in a women’s prison, with the title character as a transgender woman sung by a countertenor. http://wskg.org/audio/carmenfranklin.mp3


Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company and Opera MODO

Odd Squad Returns with One-Hour Special 'Agents of Change'

New agents are joining Odd Squad – Find out who they are on with the world premiere of “Agents of Change” on WSKG TV! Watch full episodes of Odd Squad on pbskids.org/video or the PBS KIDS Video App. Play Odd Squad games at http://pbskids.org/oddsquad

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm and Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm. https://youtu.be/LTYUUZ7Bj9Q