American Experience | Rachel Carson airs on WSKG-TV January 24, 2017 at 8pm
Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. When Silent Spring was published in September 1962 it became an instant bestseller and would go on to spark dramatic changes in the way the government regulated pesticides. Drawn from Carson’s own writings, letters and recent scholarship, the film illuminates both the public and private life of the soft-spoken, shy scientist who launched the modern environmental movement.
Alzheimer’s : Every Minute Counts airs on WSKG-TV January 25, 2017 at 10pm
Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. This powerful documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease. There are now over five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the growing number of aging baby boomers, and the fact that the onset of Alzheimer’s is primarily age-related, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise by 55% by 2030, and by 2050 the Alzheimer’s Association estimates the total number could explode to nearly 14 million. This “tsunami” of Alzheimer’s will not only be a profound human tragedy, but an overwhelming economic one as well.
Letters to the Next President is a nationwide, non-partisan writing project which allows us a little insight into what’s on the minds of America’s young people. 8th and 9th graders at Tiger Ventures school in Endicott recorded their letters. These are some of their questions and concerns for the next president. Read more letters from the students at Tiger Ventures here.
Sh! This month, WSKG is holding a “silent campaign,” a pledge drive without any program interruptions. New members are especially needed… people like you who have never donated to WSKG before. Support independent news and creative special programming.
Chinese New Year | All About the Holidays
Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year, a celebration of good fortune at the end of winter celebrated by Chinese people around the world. How do you celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.
Country music superstar Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert before an audience of 35,000 from the Mountainlaire at West Virginia University. As the hit-maker behind 23 number one singles and the winner of just about every Country music award imaginable, Brad brings his unique skills as a singer songwriter, guitarist and entertainer back to his home state. In addition to the WVU performance, Brad takes viewers on an up-close and personal tour of the campus and some of his special “hometown” places from a perspective and history that is his alone, in the process exploring his passion for sports and love of WV Athletics, some thoughts on the next chapter of his remarkably successful career, and of course his lifelong relationship with the place that started it all: the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia. Hosted By Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great Performances Special airs Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm on WSKG.
Hundreds of thousands of people are headed to D.C. for the inauguration and for the Women’s March on Washington. WSKG caught up with one group in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania as they prepared for the voyage. Twin Tiers to D.C. is what the group is calling themselves. Last weekend, they got ready for the march by making posters with phrases like “We’ll show you nasty.”
Angela Button’s poster says, “Feminism: back by popular demand.” She’s a student in Corning and was at President Obama’s inauguration in 2012. “That was really inspiring at that point,” she said, “so this is a cool experience to go back to D.C. kind of in a different light to say, “No, we’re not going to stop.
SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘1776’ by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Sam Goodyear talks with Mickey Woyshner who plays John Adams, and Scott Fisher who is director and is also playing the crotchety Rhode Island delegate Stephen Hopkins. They talk about amassing the number of men needed to cast the show and producing this innovative staging in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. They also talk about the musical number in the show that so offended President Richard Nixon that it was eliminated from the filmed version, but it is retained for this production. http://wskg.org/audio/1776.mp3
It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! In Too Deep
Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck.
The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca is presenting a world premiere. Playwright Wendy Dann, a long-time associate of Kitchen Theatre, has written a new play, ‘Birds of East Africa’. She and Artistic Director Rachel Lampert talk about the joys and challenges of presenting a new play that deals with creating a new family after a life-changing event. http://wskg.org/audio/africa.mp3
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