President Trump’s First 100 Days, Annotated

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter.  Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain “terror-prone regions,” and the lifting of “roadblocks” to let “infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward.” The 100-day mark is not an official milestone, but it is a traditional point to take stock of a new presidential administration. Throughout President Trump’s time in office so far, there have been both flurries of action and some setbacks. In many cases, the status of these efforts is not clear-cut, with substantial talk but not yet action.

What I'm Watching – April 24, 2017 to May 7, 2017

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 April 24, 2017 to May 7, 2017
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Maine-Endwell Students Present 'Positively Social'

Positively Social is a video about digital citizenship and the positive impact that responsible technology use, and social media, have on youth. It is a production of the Maine-Endwell Central School District. https://youtu.be/BTMIryyR-nI

What are your thoughts on this issue? Tweet to our Education Director at @LuckyMamaJ.  


NY Legislature Returns For Part Two Of Session


New York State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday following a two week break. The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to meet for around two more months.  Governor Cuomo, speaking a week after a budget was approved, told reporters that there isn’t much left to do. “The budget did so much work for us,” Cuomo said. But many lawmakers, as well as interest groups, have said there’s plenty more that needs to be accomplished. The Dream Act would extend college aid to undocumented immigrants, now including the free tuition for middle class students at public colleges.

Radio/News Advisory Panel

Meetings of WSKG’s Radio/News Advisory Panel are held at WSKG, 601 Gates Road, Vestal, NY 13850. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  

Current members of WSKG’s Radio/News Advisory Panel are as follows:

Sharon Ball
Kathleen Blaine
Harry Graves
Jim Johnson
David Stafford
Jim Weiss

Questions about WSKG’s Radio/News Advisory Panel may be directed to ccompton@wskg.org or by calling 607.729.0100 x339.

One Week Left to Enter Annual Writing Contest

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

'Hot Keys and Burning Brass' Lights up the Forum


The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents acclaimed organist David Gray and virtuoso trumpeter Frank Campos together in ‘Hot Keys and Burning Brass’.  David Gray grew up in Scotland and first heard a theatre organ when he was a boy, and immediately wanted to learn to play it.  Frank Campos is a professor at Ithaca College and recordings of one of his recitals turn up often on Performance Today.  They talk about this collaboration and the process of putting together an exhilarating program as it is happening. The program will be announced as it unfolds, so be prepared for surprises. http://wskg.org/audio/btosgray.mp3


Photo credit: Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

Ithaca Researchers Find Oil Spill Cleanups Often Delayed


ALBANY (WSKG) – Environmental advocates say that New York state officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Cuomo’s environmental aides defend their record.  An Ithaca-based environmental research group analyzed data on dozens of alleged toxic spills for just one company — Exxon Mobil. Walter Hang, with Toxics Targeting, says he got the idea to file a Freedom of Information Act request for all of the company’s sites being investigated by state officials when he was doing work last year against the proposed expansion of a gas pipeline across wide swaths of the state. Hang says he discovered the remains of a pipeline first constructed in the 1880s by Exxon Mobil’s predecessor, Standard Oil Company. It stretches from Olean, across the Southern Tier and into New Jersey.


PA House Takes Another Crack At Charter Schools

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state legislature is returning to one of its toughest recurring issues–charter school reform. Among the provisions laid out in the latest omnibus proposal to get onto the House floor are a standardized application process for schools seeking charters, more consistent school performance rubrics, and an extension of the charter review period from five to ten years. As often happens, public school and charter school advocates are divided on it. Ana Meyers, executive director for the state Coalition for Public Charter Schools, said the proposal needs work. In particular, she opposes a $27 million funding cut for online-only charters.

Choreographers Come Together to Celebrate


Choreographer René Neville celebrates 50 years in dance with a party called Alt 50 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott.  She brings together her choreographer friends for a program of poetry, music, art, and, of course, dance in a festive program. “ALT 50 is a collaborative performance of dance, music, poetry, and art celebrating movement and sound in an exploratory vein. It features the work of nine choreographers exploring the themes of Emergence, Gifts, Resonance, Heritage, Chronicles, Unity, Nexus, Fortitude, Vices, Permanence, and Fêtes as they relate to all artists within the context of an artistic life. These themes are danced by 23 dancers with 6 actors providing spoken word pieces between each dance. Original video art projections by René Neville and live music provided by Laurence Elder completes the collaboration between dance, music, poetry, and art.”