'The Things They Carried' is Adapted as a Play


Tim O’Brien’s award-winning book ‘The Things They Carried’ is the source for a series of events around the Binghamton area. Studio 271 Productions presents a dramatic reading at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on March 10 and 11 in an adaptation by Martin M. Murray. The SUNY-Broome Center for Civic Engagement presents a guided deliberative discussion—’The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam’ on March 8 at 6:30pm in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Public Library. Tim O’Brien will also appear on March 25 in the Helen Foley Theatre of Binghamton High School. The events are  part of the NEA Big Read, a month-long series of programs highlighting ‘The Things They Carried’, presented by SUNY-Broome Community College.We hear more from director Kate Murray and Prof. Mary Donnelly.

'Peter Pan' Flies into the Forum


The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the 1924 silent film ‘Peter Pan’ with organ accompaniment by Jim Ford.  He joins us to talk about the film which at that time had ground-breaking special effects and input from James Barrie himself. Jim Ford provides the musical special effects. http://wskg.org/audio/peterpan.mp3


Photo credit: BTOS

Polar Bear – Spy on the Ice

Polar Bear Spy on the Ice airs on WSKG-TV March 8, 2017 at 8pm

Icebergcam, Blizzardcam and Snowballcam are a new generation of covert devices on a mission to explore the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway. Backed up by Snowcam and Driftcam, these state-of-the-art camouflaged cameras reveal the extraordinary curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear. The cameras are just a breath away when two sets of cubs emerge from winter maternity dens. They also capture the moment when the sea ice breaks away from the island in the spring. As one set of mother and cubs journey across the drifting ice in search of seals, the other is marooned on the island with very little food.

Annual Writing Contests Await Stories from Youth

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Community Advisory Board (CAB)

What is the WSKG Community Advisory Board (CAB)? When does the WSKG CAB meet? How can I share my feedback if I don’t have time to attend a meeting? What is the WSKG Policy on public comment at CAB meetings? Who are the current members of the WSKG CAB?

New York and the Civil War | Chords of Memory

This episode of Chords of Memory highlights photographs of New York State soldiers who fought during the Civil War. Brian Hyland provides the music and plays “An Mhaighdean Mhara” on his concertina. Photographs courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society, the Delaware County Historical Association, and the Library of Congress. https://youtu.be/L6nVm-26Pxw

Chords of Memory is a web series from WSKG that combines historic photographs with local musical talent. In each episode, a local artist provides the musical backdrop to a showcase of hand-selected images from various photographic archives.

Helping Tug Hill Plateau Forest Cope With Climate Change

by Ellen Abbott
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – The Nature Conservancy is hoping to create a climate resilient forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. The Tug Hill Plateau is the third-largest forest landscape in the New York state — a critical link between the Adirondacks and the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains. Its headwaters pour clean water into Lake Ontario, and the area is home to a variety of wildlife, ranging from black bears to forest birds. But selective cutting has weakened some parts of the forest, according to Nature Conservancy Central And Western New York director Jim Howe. And he says, add to that climate change, and these forests are very vulnerable.

'All Manner of Marvels' are on Display in Ithaca


The Corners Gallery in Ithaca is presenting an new exhibit, ‘All Manner of Marvels: Wonders Seldom Seen’, a group exhibition curated by Steve Carver. He joins us to talk about assembling the collection of works by artists from around the country, some whose work has never been seen regionally, and some by local artists, including Lou Beach, Robin Cass, Bill Hastings, Marshall Hyde, Beth Hylen, Wayne Kruse, Gary Panter, Minna Resnick, Robin Whiteman, and Steve Carver himself. He also tells us a little of his journey from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to Ithaca. http://wskg.org/audio/carver.mp3


Photo credit: Corners Gallery

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk for March 4, 2017




Lillie Mae – “The Last Time”
Over the Hill and Through The Woods (2017, Third Man Records)

Lori McKenna – “Humble & Kind”
The Bird & The Rifle (2016, CN Records)

Brandon Jenner – “Burning Ground”
Burning Ground (2016, Chartless Records)

Ryan Bingham – “Snow Falls In June”
Snow Falls In June (2015, Axster Bingham Records)

Noah Gundersen – “Jealous Love”
Carry The Ghost (2015, Dine Alone Music)

Wynonna Judd, Jason Isbell – “Things That I Lean On”
Wynonna & The Big Noise (2016, Curb Records)

Ordinary Elephant – “Railroad Man”
Before I Go (2017, Berkalin Records)

Lydia Sylvia – “Jo Bones”
Chasing the Ghost (2014, Dryad)

The Early Mays – “Lonesome John”
The Early Mays (2014, Bird on the Wing Records)

Sarah Jarosz – “Lost Dog”
Undercurrent 2016, Sugar Hill Records

Abigail Washburn – “Ballad of Treason”
City of Refuge (2011, Rounder Records)

Sofia Talvik – “Big Sky Country”
Big Sky Country (2015, Independent)

David LaMotte – “John Henry Revisited”
The Other Way Around (2016, Lower Dryad Music)

Sean McConnell – “Ghost Town”
Sean McConnell (2016, Rounder)

Ellis – “Five Hundred Crows”
The Guest House (2016, Singing Crow Records)

Pat Wictor – “Song of Songs”
Sunset Waltz (2008, RiskyDisc Records)

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert – “Gentle Arms of Eden”
Side of the Road (2003, Rounder)

Joshua Radin – “In Your Hands”
Onward and Sideways (2015, Glass Bead Music)

Lori McKenna – “If Whiskey Were A Woman”
The Bird & The Rifle (2016, CN Records)

Yola Carter – “Home”
Orphan Offering (2017, Ear Trumpet Music)

Justin Townes Earle – “White Gardenias”
Single Mothers (2014, Vagrant Records)

Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free”
Something More Than Free (2015, Southeastern)

Sam Outlaw – “Keep It Interesting”
Angeleno (2015, Six Shooter Records)

Glen Hansard – “High Hope”
Rhythm and Repose (2012, Anti-)

Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
“Tennessee” (2011, Acony Records)

Crooked Still – “Undone In Sorrow”
“Still Crooked (2008, Signature Sounds)

Marit Larsen – “Bluebelle Mountain”
Jonie Was Right, Pt. II (2016, Handbrygg Records)

The Oh Hellos – “The Lament of Eustace Scrubb”
Through the Deep, Dark Valley (2012, Elektra)

Jonathan Fenwick is the Featured Soloist with the OSFL


2016 Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto/Aria Competition Winner Jonathan Fenwick is the violin soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes  led by Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada in their concert on Sunday, March 5 in the Clemens Center in Elmira. The Ithaca native will be playing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3. He speaks with us from his dorm room at the Oberlin Conservatory. Also on the program are  George Gershwin’s An American in Paris performed by the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Junior String Ensemble, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2  the YOSFL performing side by side with OSFL, Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra  with narrator Ed Williams, and two choral works by Johannes Brahms performed by the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes, Schicksalslied  and Nänie. http://wskg.org/audio/fenwick.mp3


Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes