A Play Written in 1964 Remains Relevant Decades Later


Know Theatre is presenting ‘Dutchman’ written by Amiri Baraka when he was still known as LeRoi Jones.  It was written in 1964, but its relevance has not paled over the years, highlighting issues of today that remain overlooked and unresolved since then.  A professional African-American man and an aggressive white woman with enigmatic motives meet in a subway car and interact in seemingly unexpected ways, but it’s a dance whose steps are pre-ordained. Director Tim Gleason talks about the themes of the play. Actors Caitlin McNichol and Kymel Yard give us a look inside these very complicated characters. http://www.wskg.org/audio/dutchmix.mp3


Photo Credit: Kat D’Andrea for Know Theatre



Fifty Years of Folk Music in Ithaca


‘Bound for Glory’ started off as a one-off experiment on WVBR in Ithaca. Phil Shapiro has been a one-man show bringing live broadcasts of folk music to the airwaves for fifty years. Phil talks about the many soloists and bands that have been on the program over the years, now broadcasting from Anabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell University campus, and about one hilarious disaster. “On a Sunday night in September 1967, Phil Shapiro made his first Ithaca broadcast on WVBR’s Bound for Glory, presenting folk music of all sorts and kinds to the Central New York listening audience. Now, forty-nine years and more than 1,500 concerts later, WVBR’s Bound for Glory continues to provide free, live folk concerts on over thirty Sunday evenings per year.

15 Years of Terror

NOVA 15 Years of Terror airs on WSKG TV September 7, 2016 at 9pm. On September 11, 2001, an unimaginable horror unfolded that devastated a nation and the world. Fifteen years later, we are still gripped by terror, but it has transformed. The attacks have been coming fast and furious—to Boston, Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino, Orlando, Nice—but they are no longer commanded by a central entity. This is terrorism in the age of the Internet: crowd-sourced violence. In this special report, NOVA traces the evolution of terror strategies from the World Trade Center to today. How have radical organizations grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers?

'Rhapsody and Rhythm' Comes to the Clemens Center


‘Rhapsody and Rhythm’ comes to the Clemens Center on Thursday, September 8. Pianist Richard Glazier was only nine years old when he met Ira Gershwin and started a lifelong fascination with songs by the Gershwins.  A classically trained pianist, he brings soprano Sylvia McNair and baritone Michael Andrew for a celebration of this music.  He also brings along photographs for a multi-media experience of his journey of exploring this repertoire. ” ‘Rhapsody & Rhythm’ is the official multimedia concert event celebrating the ingenious music and legacy of George and Ira Gershwin. Performed throughout North America to critical acclaim, it is the definitive Gershwin experience performed by incredible musicians with an unparalleled understanding of why George and Ira Gershwin will forever be the most beloved and respected songwriting team in history. This truly unique and entertaining Gershwin experience includes unparalleled performances of the most popular songs such as I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Summertime, as well as George Gershwin’s masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue.”

Scientists are Digging up the Dirt for Clues to Disappearing Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay

Thomas Fisher of UMCES enters data from a stream logger into his computer at his makeshift office near South Forge Branch, one of the Choptank’s tributaries. The logger measures water depth and temperature. (Dave Harp)

by Rona Kobell 
Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy. Call it the case of the missing nitrogen.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Journal, scientists have wondered what happens to the nitrogen that farmers apply to fields over the past several decades.

Tony Blazonczyk's New Phase, Show Three

WSKG Arts is proud to bring in a polka band all the way from Chicago on this episode of Let’s Polka. Tony Blazonczyk and the New Phaze band once again entertain WSKG’s live studio audience with an eclectic set of polka tunes. Move aside your furniture and dance along to classics such as the “Love Em & Leave Em Polka”, “Bandleader’s Polka” and ‘Walk Through This World With Me Waltz”. Tony is joined on-stage by Tim Jagodzinski (concertina), John Fuzmaniak (accordion), Melvin Rzeszutko (drummer), CJ Lackowski (trumpet), Dan Levdanski (trumpet, clarinet, saxophone). The program is hosted by Bill Flynn, who also interviews Tony about his career and his family’s rich polka history.

'Les Milkerables' Takes Award in 2016 Serling Film Festival

Evan Pritchard is a Senior in Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY and his film Les Milkerables was recently awarded the ‘Best 9-12’ film in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. He has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film which he is able to explore through the filmmaking program through his high school.  He hopes to one day make his hope and passion into his career.  Evan was inspired for this film through the idea of inanimate objects coming to life when no one is looking combined with a problem most household experience.  Using the stop motion animation techniques, paper cut outs (most notably associated with Monty Python) he was able to tell his unique story.

Honoring Education Through 'PBS Spotlight Education' Week

Spotlight Education is a week of primetime programming airing on WSKG from September 12, 2016 through September 17, 2016.. It features films and documentaries, including special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new documentary from POV, and the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.” It concludes with the 5th annual AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY, a broadcast about individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. This collection features resources about intervention and success strategies, 21st Century learners, and examines how the dedication to teaching all children, especially at-risk students, makes a real difference in communities. New resources will be added to reflect the programming. Spotlight Education celebrates the work of teachers and educators and underscores the importance of convening a dialogue around education.

The Axolotl: A Cut Above the Rest

A pensive axolotl. Image by Christian Baker. Science Friday airs on WSQX every Friday from 2-4pm. by Christian Baker, Science Friday
The axolotl is a Mexican salamander with an incredible ability: Cut its leg off, and the limb will grow right back! How it does this and why humans can’t is still a bit of a mystery.

Arts Roundup: Kenny Rogers, Weird Al Yankovic, Hand Of God And More


Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Central NY newspapers, joins Crystal Sarakas to highlight some of the arts events coming up this weekend, including the First Friday events around the region, the play Hand of God at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca, Weird Al Yankovic in Big Flats, and Kenny Rogers at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.