Listen Now: Free-Range Folk, August 26


Free-Range Folk
August 26, 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)

How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood | Deep Look

The common house mosquito in California (Culex pipiens) can transmit West Nile virus by biting infected birds, then biting humans. (Josh Cassidy/KQED)

Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal in the world uses six needle-like mouthparts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift.

Scientists have discovered that the mosquito’s mouth, called a proboscis isn’t just one tiny spear. It’s a sophisticated system of thin needles, each of which pierces the skin, finds blood vessels and makes it easy for mosquitoes to suck blood out of them. Male mosquitoes don’t bite us, but when a female mosquito pierces the skin, a flexible lip-like sheath called the labium scrolls up and stays outside as she pushes in six needle-like parts that scientists refer to as stylets.


N.Y. Politicians Face Pressure To Return Money To Controversial Donor


A left-leaning group is asking the state’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against New York’s only black female legislative leader. But so far, most — including Gov. Andrew Cuomo — have held on to the money.  Daniel Loeb, the founder and chief executive of the multi-billion-dollar hedge fund Third Point LLC, received attention when, in a Facebook post, he compared the leader of the state Senate Democrats, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to the Ku Klux Klan. Loeb was commenting on an argument over which faction of the divided state Senate was best equipped to lead the chamber, and he said that Stewart-Cousins, who is African-American, has done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.” The post was later deleted. Stewart-Cousins called the comments “outrageous and offensive.” Loeb is a major campaign donor to the state’s top politicians. He gave over $170,000 to Cuomo, more than $19,000 to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and $50,000 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, as well as tens of thousands of dollars to individual GOP senators’ campaigns.

Earth's Natural Wonders | Extreme Wonders

Earth’s Natural Wonders airs on WSKG-TV on August 30, 2017 at 8pm


Visit extreme locales — from the highest mountain to the greatest canyon — and learn how these places test their inhabitants to the limit. On Mount Everest, a Sherpa has to rope a route across the notorious Khumbu Icefall in time for the hundreds of foreign mountaineers who will arrive for climbing season. In the Grand Canyon, conservationists desperately try to ensure the survival of one of America’s few surviving condor chicks. And, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, farmers fight pitched battles with elephants in the dead of night.

The “Earth’s Natural Wonders” series tells the stories of some of our planet’s most spectacular places and how they have shaped the lives of those who live there.

What I'm Watching – August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on, 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 August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Airing now…

Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. #RaisingBertiePBS

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:00pm.

A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).


SUNY Considers Lighter Requirements For Charter School Teachers


The State University of New York board members overseeing charter schools are in the midst of a public comment period on whether charter school teachers should be allowed to have fewer qualifications than public school teachers. Under the controversial proposal, charter schools that already have demonstrated strong academic performance would be able to set their own qualifications, with one proposal requiring a bachelor’s degree and just 30 hours of classroom instruction in order to begin teaching students. Public school teachers are required to eventually obtain a master’s degree and undergo a lengthy certification process that includes exams and a full semester of student teaching. Andy Pallotta, the president of the New York State United Teachers union, said he is “completely against” the proposal. “Why would you have someone who only needs 30 hours of instructional time with students to become a teacher in one circumstance?” said Pallotta, who added traditional public schools appropriately have “tremendous” requirements for teachers.

Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump’s America

Public schools in the United States have to treat undocumented students like citizens. But once these students graduate, everything changes. Without papers, they don’t qualify for federal college grants, they can’t legally work to pay for tuition, and they may have to pay out-of-state tuition. Some young immigrants received temporary papers under an Obama administrative program, but now they find themselves on a collision course with newly powerful opponents, including a president who swept into office on a wave of anti-immigrant fear and anger. APM Reports follows immigrant students under the Trump administration.

'Storm Country' is a New Kind of Theatre Experience


The Cherry Arts presents an audio walking play, ‘Storm Country’. Based on the novel ‘Tess of the Storm Country’ story set in Ithaca by Ithaca author Grace Miller White it tells the story of squatters living in the swamp that is now the Ithaca waterfront. Director Samuel Buggeln tells us how an audio walking play works, and how reconstruction of the waterfront will make it impossible to do this play again in the same location.


Photo credit: The Cherry Arts


Former Environmental Secretaries Criticize Bill Changing DEP Permitting

Former Pennsylvania environmental secretaries say changes aimed at streamlining the Department of Environmental Protection’s permitting process would likely have the opposite effect and lead to lawsuits. The tax code bill pending consideration by the House after squeaking through the Senate has a severance tax on natural gas production. It also has a number of environmental provisions that would alter the way DEP functions. Read full story here.