Multiple Unexpected Deaths In Central New York

First, in Victor, an employee at Home Depot found Brian Perry, an independent trucker from Kirkwood, N.y., pinned between the tire of a truck and the bed of the trailer.

This Time, Rod Serling’s Daughter Plans To Watch The Twilight Zone Reboot

BINGHAMTON (WSKG) — Anne Serling says didn’t watch the Twilight Zone reboots in 1985 or in 2002. “I heard some of them were good, and I think really I didn’t watch because this was my Dad’s baby, so I guess there was a sort of a possessiveness,” said Serling. But she does plant to check out CBS’s upcoming revamp. “I do feel like it’s in good hands with Jordan Peele and I watched the trailer and found it intriguing.”

After watching Peele’s satirical horror movie, Get Out, which he wrote and directed, Serling says, she was intrigued by that, too. At the same time, it’s never the same without her dad.

Lawyers For Four Middle School Girls Weigh Legal Action Against Binghamton School District

BINGHAMTON (WSKG) — The lawyers for four middle school girls who say they were strip searched say they’re considering a lawsuit against the Binghamton City School District. In January, there was community furor over accusations against the East Middle School principal and school nurse for strip searching four girls for acting hyper and giddy. The girls have lawyers through the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Cara McClellan and the other lawyers sent a letter to the district with a list of demands and asking to meet in person with district officials within ten days. That deadline was last week.

Binghamton Residents Rally Over Student Strip Searches

About 200 residents rallied Tuesday outside East Middle School in a call-out to Binghamton’s School District. The rally was a response to claims by four African-American girls that staff members strip searched them a couple of weeks ago for giddiness and possibly possessing drugs.

Dealing With Grief During The Holidays

The holidays are a festive time, but this season can also be very hard and feelings of loss and grief can be amplified. Dr. Krystine Batcho, psychology professor at LeMoyne College who specializes in nostalgia, says whether you have an emotionally absent relative, know someone overseas, or worse, have lost a loved one, absence can be very powerful.

Stressful Family? Cornell Prof Has Advice For A Smooth Thanksgiving

“We often have stereotypes that are partly reinforced by movies or TV shows about how awful the holidays are… [but] if you look at survey data, most people feel relatively close to their families… The majority of people enjoy these family gatherings, so it’s important not to have this negative idea that the family is falling apart… Thanksgiving is particularly special because it doesn’t have all of the pressures of Christmas and the commercialization and the gift-giving. It really can be an opportune time for families just to come together and enjoy one another.”

Audio Collage Of WSKG’s Long Form Pieces For Our Congressional Coverage

As part of our election coverage, WSKG put together three hour-long shows; one for each of the Congressional districts in our listening area (here is the original post). This audio collage includes segments from two of those shows. It also includes a segment from a debate we did for the 22nd Congressional district between incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney and Democratic challenger, Anthony Brindisi. The debate was done in partnership with community and educational organizations, produced for live broadcast on radio, TV and online (CSPAN website); broadcast live on neighboring public media, nationally on CSPAN, and during watch parties at local college and university (here is a link to that debate). Here is a log of the collage:

0:00 Segment of hour-long radio show made up of long-form interviews with Rep. Claudia Tenney and her challenger Anthony Brindisi.

Brindisi Declares Victory; No Concession From Tenney

“We want every vote to be counted, and they’ll be counted,” Brindisi said. “But we’re pretty confident they’re going to break the same way current vote totals go.”

“We’re very, very close,” Tenney said. “We knew it was going to be a close race against impossible odds. But hang in there, be hopeful, be positive, don’t walk out with your heads down. This is just another day, another battle. The war is still on.”

Your Vote: Long-Form Interviews, Segments With New York Congressional Candidates

We have big decisions to make about who should represent us in Congress. Sometimes, it feels like all we see are harsh words and negative campaign ads with phrases like, “Bad for New York.” We wanted to cut through all of that and just talk one-on-one with each of the candidates and hear them flesh out what they plan to do for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York. Check out these hour-long segments.

WATCH: New York 22nd Congressional District Debate

This is an excerpt from our Congressional debate we moderated and co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters. It aired on C-SPAN, WSKG Radio and WSKG TV. You can check out the original post here.

Brindisi, Tenney Talk Over Dairy Farming, Meth And Morality

In this episode, we’re trying to get a better idea of what each candidate in NY-22 plans to do to address some of the most important issues to residents: the persistence of meth and the opioid crisis; the struggling dairy industry; and how they can encourage civility in politics and public life.

Bradford County Residents Cope With The Flood

Folks in Bradford County, Pennsylvania are trying to clean up and rebuild after the recent flooding. WSKG headed there to see how the community is coping and moving forward. Festival, despite the damage

At the River Fest Carnival in Towanda, Pennsylvania, toddlers ride in small firetrucks on one of those carnival rides on a trailer hitch. Nearby is the man who drives the real truck, Fire Chief Bill Roof. A 50-year veteran of the department, he’s wearing a camouflage bucket hat and has three gold hoops in one ear.

Floodwaters Trap 50 People In Their Homes In Seneca County

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – About a quarter of a mile of roads blocked by fallen trees, stumps and other heavy debris trapped about 50 people in their homes in the town of Lodi in Seneca County. Trucks from the local fire department vehicles got stuck by stumps, trees and debris in the road. Check out the water on Lower Lake Road in Lodi sent by @volkveronica.
— WXXI News (@WXXINews) 14 août 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lodi Tuesday morning to check out the damage and rescue efforts. He says heavy equipment will be used to clear the road and free the fire department vehicles. Then, a high axle vehicle capable of moving through the several feet of water will go in.

Students Reflect On Wednesday’s Walkout, What’s Next

“We need to honor the victims of school shootings with change. We need to honor them with policy,” said Lena Kennell, sophomore at Newfield High School. “We can make a difference even if we can’t vote.”

Upstate Students Walk Out Of Classrooms To Protest Gun Violence

Hundreds of Ithaca High School students walked out of school at 10:00am to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence. They invited parents, teachers and community members to join them for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Parkland, Florida shooting one month ago.

“The Hustle: Poverty In Motion”

People who are poor move a lot – between homes, to get groceries and healthcare. It can be difficult to achieve upward mobility, leaving people feeling like they’re running in place. Click here to check out the stories.

Amid Shutdown, Cuomo Commits $65K Per Day To Keep Open Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will stay open amidst the government shutdown. They’re part of the National Park Service. Governor Cuomo reached a deal with the Interior Department to have the state pay $65,000 a day to keep them open. Cuomo says New York State will keep paying to operate the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as long as Congress is at an impasse. He says the closure of the statue is a metaphor for what he says President Trump and Congress are doing through their policies on immigration.

A Few IBMers Learn The Latest Details In Clean Up Of Endicott’s Toxic Plume

The front row of folding chairs was empty. Eight people showed up to the meeting in the hall at the First United Methodist Church on McKinley Avenue, just a block away from the Huron Campus. It’s a tragic story: IBM employed the town, cut their jobs, then left Endicott contaminated. These folks have been through a lot – they have friends and relatives with cancer. One guy is working on a film about the contamination.

Sex Trafficking Survivor Plans To Reach More Teens With Victims Assistance Center Expansion

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Friday, the Crime Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) expanded programming into an old school building in Endicott. CVAC works with Broome County and federal programs to counsel people who have survived sex trafficking, accompany them to court, and offer them tools to cope, among other things. “I think there’s a misconception,” said Raini Baudendistel, executive director of CVAC. “When you say ‘human trafficking,’ people think that it might be immigrants or refugees and people are being shoved in a van and driven across state lines, and that’s not what we’re talking about here.


Rabbi Pursues Shared Stories Between Islam, Judaism, Christianity

More and more, Jews and Muslims are finding commonalities and seeing each other as allies, says Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Many of the commonalities between Judaism, Islam, and another Abrahamic faith, Christianity come through shared Scriptures, said Visotzky, and indicate how to see each other. “There’s a wonderful verse in the Book of Exodus where Jacob comes home after 20 years in exile and he’s terrified that his brother, Esau, will be angry and murder him. But Esau greets him with a kiss – and warmly -because Esau has been able to forgive. And Jacob comments, ‘Looking at your face is like seeing the face of God.’  “If we could all get there, in that moment, when we look at another person, even someone we perceive to be our enemy and see the godly in them…That’s the challenge we all face.” With another example, Visotzky looks at the biblical story of Abraham – or Ibrahim in the Quran – and his son, as a shared story of offering and martyrdom.


Incumbent Mayors Win Binghamton, Oneonta, New Leaders In Corning, Hornell

“Four more years!” chanted the crowd gathered for Republican Mayor Rich David’s watch party at Terra Cotta Catering in downtown Binghamton. When the chairman of the Broome County Republicans announced the win, David took the stage to the song “Roar” by Katy Perry.  David beat Democratic challenger Tarik Abdelazim. In Otsego County, Democrat Gary Herzig easily hung on to his seat. His challenger was a Republican write-in candidate.

Many Congressmembers From Northeast Don’t Like The GOP Tax Plan

The tax plan unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives will disproportionately raise taxes on for those living in Northeast states like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Many lawmakers from the region, including Republicans, are against the plan. For high tax states with high housing costs, the GOP plan is sobering. It would eliminate deductions for state and local income taxes while also capping property deductions. For example, New Yorkers making $75,000-$100,000 per year will have to pay taxes on $10,000 more in income.


Hundreds Rally In Binghamton To Revive MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign

About 500 people gathered at the United Presbyterian Church in downtown Binghamton Tuesday night for what they call a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign for the rights of poor people. The national group heading up the new Poor People’s Campaign is organizing people in a fifteen cities across the US, including Binghamton. Multiple faith leaders rallied attendees, talking about what they see as systemic injustices – including cash bail for jail, strict rules on voting, and a lack of a living wage. “It is systemic poverty. It’s policies put in place put in place to keep people where we are,” said Rebecca Kindig, associate pastor at United Presbyterian. Her group already hosts community meals once a week and makes a point to employ people who can’t find work elsewhere.


New York Reps Voice Support For Harvey Aid Package

New York Reps. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Tom Reed (R-Corning) expect that Congress will support a financial aid package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey when they return to Washington, D.C. next month. Reed says it’s too early to determine how much money will be needed to assist the nation’s fourth-largest city, where the storm has devastated the area. But he says it could be a significant amount since Congress appropriated tens of billions of dollars after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the northeast. “As we stood with the Sandy aid victims, we are going to stand with the families and individuals of Texas and make sure we come up with a package of what is clearly a need that our fellow American citizens need in this time of devastation,” Reed said.


Binghamton Airport Tries To Keep Up As Industry Focuses On Hubs

  The Broome County airport is trying to figure out how to keep up in an airline industry focused on big planes and big airports.  The Federal Aviation Administration just offered the airport a $1.4 million grant to review existing infrastructure and figure out what needs to change. Airlines have pulled out of the airport recently; only Delta is left. “The airline industry has kinda changed in the past few years, where they’re more focused on growth between larger markets,” said Hickling. “They want to fly larger aircraft between larger markets. So smaller communities aren’t really in the business model of the airlines.” As it is, the airport does not generate enough revenue to sustain itself.


Tenney Responds (Then Doesn’t) To Trump’s “Both Sides” Comment

Republican Representative Claudia Tenney visited Binghamton Wednesday, but refused to talk to reporters about President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville. Early Wednesday, Tenney did talk about the attacks in a phone call to WUTQ in Utica. “I condemned it immediately and I was criticized for not condemning it hard enough. But I think what the president is trying to say is, ‘there’s fault to be found on both sides.’ And I think that there is fault to be found on both sides.

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WSKG’s educational services, community engagement initiatives, television stations, radio stations, and website combined reach over 600,000 people living in a 21-county area. With a focus on both local and national news, arts, history, science, and youth content, WSKG is dedicated to the community it serves, and to the pursuit of innovation and excellence. Find out more about WSKG by reading its annual report. WSKG is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Job Description
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Money Needed To Deal With Lead In Elmira

Almost all of the homes in Elmira were built before lead paint was banned, but the city is not eligible to apply for big state grants to remove it. Larger upstate cities, including Rochester and Binghamton, do qualify. And even though they are allowed to apply for federal grants, many rural and poor areas don’t have enough resources to do that, because they’d have to front 10 to 25 percent of the cost. Qualifying for grants Those grants are aimed at bigger cities, because they simply have more people affected by lead, according to Stanley Schaffer, who directs the lead resource center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “It often seems that some of the smaller communities are neglected in terms of not having the same opportunities to deal with the lead problem,” said Schaffer.

Memories of a Penitent Heart pbs rewire

When Family, Religion and Sexuality Collide

First-time filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is many things. It’s a love story and a family history. It’s an investigative report and a warning. But first and foremost it is the story of Miguel Dieppa, Aldarondo’s uncle.The life and family legacy of Miguel Dieppa (right) is the subject of “Memories of a Penitent Heart.” His partner of more than 10 years, Robert, is on the left. Photo courtesy of Blackscrackle Films LLC.Conflicting forces were at play in Miguel’s life.


How To Deal With Overcrowding At The Tompkins County Jail

The Tompkins County Jail is overcrowded. The firm doing a study on how to bring the numbers down is presenting their findings Thursday evening. For a long time, the state granted the jail a waiver to go overcapacity, but last year told them to find a long term solution. So, the legislature hired a Rochester consulting company – the Center for Governmental Research – to analyze the programs inside and outside the jail – programs like substance abuse treatment, house arrest bracelets, and drug courts. The major finding of the study: don’t add more beds to the jail, instead, expand the programs. Overall, Paula Ioanide, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College and member of the criminal justice reform group, Decarcerate Tompkins, appreciated how comprehensive the study is.

Kids Crafts for a Festive Fourth of July

Celebrating a holiday is always more fun with festive decorations and fun props! Check out this Crafts for Kids collection from PBS KIDS to help you celebrate the Fourth of July. You’ll find popsicle stick American Flags, Patriotic Stamped Cards, Party Poppers, and more. Bonus points: You already have these supplies at home. Just have to dig out that glue stick!

Southern Tier Pride Events Remember Pulse Nightclub Victims

  Sunday was Oneonta’s first pride festival. It took on special significance one year after a gunman killed dozens of people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Participants read the names of everyone killed, stood silent for a moment, and hung up a white banner, according to organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli. “It said, ‘always in our’ then it had a heart that was a rainbow with a pulse in it, like a heartbeat inside of it,” said Campoli. “Everyone could sign their names around it.

WSKG Broadcast Outage and Maintenance Report

Posted June 7, 2017:

Planned maintenance outages, TV & Radio

Brief daytime outages for WSKG TV and Radio Wednesday, 6/7 and Thursday, 6/8 due to tower inspection. Outage early Thursday morning, 6/8, 1am – 5am:

WSKG TV, over-the-air in Elmira/Corning on channels 30.1, 30.2, 30.3 and 30.4
WSKG Radio in Elmira/Corning, 91.1FM
WSQX in Corning at 90.7FM

Outage early Friday morning, 6/9 1am – 5am:

WSKG TV’s Binghamton transmitter, affecting all of WSKG TV
WSKG Radio in Elmira/Corning, 91.1


D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

Fan-favorite Arthur series presents a one-hour movie event on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 6:30am and 5:00pm on WSKG TV! In this all-new Arthur movie event, D.W.’s fifth birthday doesn’t go the way she’d always imagined it would and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium – but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! Want in on the celebration? Download and print this fabulous D.W. mask and bring it to the viewing party when you tune in to this new episode!:



Kraft-Heinz: Several Parties Interested In Steuben Factory

Workers at the Kraft-Heinz factory in Steuben County can keep their jobs a little longer. Kraft was going to start shutting down on May 26 if they couldn’t find a buyer, but there’s some interest. It’s not publicly known who the interested buyers are, but a spokesman with Kraft, Michael Mullen, said they’re optimistic they’ll reach a deal by the end of the summer. “We are extending the term of employment for 330 of our Campbell employees through August 23,” said Mullen, in a statement. In February, Kraft had announced layoffs for 330 employees.


Paddleboards, Movie Nights, And A Mountain Bike Race: New Parks Head Plans Summer Events

It’s hard to beat a relaxing day at the park. They’re opening for the summer in Chenango and Chemung Counties. At Dorchester Park in Broome County, Matthew Francis Gawors, Director of Parks, Recreation & Youth Services, is preparing for his first summer heading the department. Up until the fall, he’d planned to focus on his store, Confluence Running. “I was like, I’m all in with Confluence, then [County Executive Jason Garnar] gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, I think you’d be a great fit for this.’


Tompkins Jail Committee Meets Thursday To Gauge Overcrowding; Study Due In June

The Tompkins County Jail has been overcrowded for years; New York State says the county needs to deal with it. Tompkins County is trying to avoid pricey solutions like expanding the jail or boarding out people in other county jails. County legislators ordered a study to look into how to improve alternatives to jail – degree programs, drug courts, etc. – to decrease the number of people. Some criminal justice reform advocates want the study to focus on increasing social services outside the jail.


The Head Of Broome’s Public Nursing Home Resigns

Kevin Carey is resigning from his position as administrator for Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a public service that’s become a source of tension in Broome County. When Carey came to lead Willow Point in 2014, the nursing home was projected to be a few million dollars in the red. Consultants have recommended selling or closing Willow Point. But, Carey has said, no matter what the county decided, he’d run the place efficiently. “Kevin has worked hard to help Willow Point through some difficult years,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar in a statement.


Vouchers Help With Trips To Get Prescriptions, Groceries

For people who are on Medicaid, the government pays for their ride to the doctor, but not to pick up their prescription. So, Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is providing vouchers for a free ride. It’s the transportation arm of the Rural Health Network. These vouchers are good for trips to places that directly impact a person’s health, like a grocery store or social services agency. “These vouchers are meant to fill that void,” said Bill Wagner, executive director of MMSCNY.

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Chemung Buses Prepare For More Employees At Tioga Downs

The no. 10 bus that runs from Elmira to Owego used to drive past Tioga Downs, but now it stops there six times a day. It’s called the “Tioga Downs” line on the bus website. Chemung County added the stops to help people who work at the casino. The county is working with the human resources department at Tioga Downs to learn when work shifts are as they consider how to expand service.


Preston Pleads Guilty To Misusing A Credit Card

At the Binghamton City Court Monday morning, former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston pleaded guilty to charges of “official misconduct.” Preston was accused of getting credit card in her name and in the Town of Conklin’s name back when she was town supervisor. Then, she bought stuff for herself and continued to do so even after she was told not to, racking up a balance of over $20,000. She could’ve gotten jail time. Instead, she paid a $1,000 fine. The prosecutor, Joseph Fazzary, district attorney in Schuyler County, said he couldn’t find evidence she’d tried to steal anything or falsify documents.


Water Upgrade Money Can’t Fix All Systems In New York’s Towns, But It’s A Start

Many drinking water systems in New York State are “past their useful life.” That’s how the state comptroller puts it. But they’re expensive to replace. So, in the final state budget, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers agreed to devote $2.5 billion over the next few years to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure. For Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca), this money is just a “down payment” on all the work that needs to be done. “$2.5 billion is a lot of money, but in five years, we’re going to be looking at this again probably and saying, ‘okay, we probably need to do another round of this and keep going on these upgrades,’” said Lifton.


Former Broome County Executive Arrested For “Official Misconduct”

At about 8:15 Monday morning, former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston turned herself in to the New York State police barracks in Kirkwood, NY. She’s charged with misusing a credit card back when she was supervisor for the Town of Conklin. Preston served as supervisor from 2003 to 2011. She became county executive in 2012 and lost a bid for re-election last November. She’s accused of getting a credit card in the town’s name and her name and buying things for herself.


Trump Plans To Cut Agency That Helps Rural Poor In Southern Tier

Steuben County is one of the counties that receives money through the Appalachian Regional Commission. Credit Dougtone / Flickr

A high-tech business incubator. Rural high speed internet. Flood mitigation. A wide range of major infrastructure projects in our area are funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).


Almost All New Yorkers Think Poor Families Struggle To Get Healthy Food, New Poll Says

Ninety-six percent of New Yorkers say, “in our state, no one should go hungry,” according to a new poll released from Siena College today. However, about 1 in 8 New Yorkers received food from a pantry last year. Most respondents to the survey said they understand a few things about struggling to get food: it’s harder to plan a meal; it’s harder to get to the store; and it’s harder to eat healthy. In the last year, 45 percent of respondents said they contributed money to an anti-hunger agency. Forty-nine percent said they have donated food.


Ithaca College Non-Tenure Faculty Call Their Contract A “Big Win”

Contingent faculty at Ithaca College and the administration have reached a contract agreement after months of negotiations. Contingent faculty are non-tenure track faculty. Both faculty and the administration said they’re generally pleased with the agreement. There are two big provisions in the contract. Towards pay parity

The first is a raise of $1,025 per 3-credit course for part-time faculty.

From President & CEO Greg Catlin

Funding for public media is once again being targeted for elimination as it has been at different times in the past. The just-released White House budget eliminates funding to (among others) the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We need your help to keep federal funding intact. There is strong bipartisan support for public broadcasting in Congress and among voters in every region of the country, including the 21 counties in New York and Pennsylvania served by WSKG. But, we can’t take that support for granted.

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Annual Report to the Community 2016

Through the efforts of many community partners, the hard work of dozens of volunteers, the generosity of supporters, and the tireless dedication of staff, 2016 was a banner year for WSKG. WSKG was founded by the community, for the community—to educate, inform, and entertain. The intelligent programming we offer and the services we provide improve the quality of life in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Our goal at WSKG is to increase services to our community year after year. In 2016 we premiered a new local history documentary, Harvest; increased our investment in local news coverage with a new reporter; refocused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education; helped more students on the path to graduation with the American Graduate project; and introduced the Catskills to great new programming on WIOX.


Oneonta Considers Its Identity As Plans For $10M Revitalization Solidify

ONEONTA  (WSKG) – Oneonta is trying to revitalize its downtown. They’re using state money to do it. Community leaders and residents are figuring out what makes Oneonta, Oneonta. On a winter evening on Main Street, Joe Ficano readjusts the canvas tote bag on his shoulder that reads “Shop Small.” He’s an outgoing guy and sits on common council. He moved to the city 20 years ago when his wife got a job teaching economics at Hartwick College.

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We are pleased to announce a new service to our community. On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, WSKG launched new, free 24/7 multiplatform children’s services. In collaboration with PBS, the free services include a new TV channel, a live stream on digital platforms and an interactive gaming feature, which will debut later in 2017. Together, these new services will support our mission to reach all children with high-quality educational content. This free 24/7 channel and live stream ensures that PBS KIDS educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

'The Battle of Chosin' tells the Harrowing Story of the Pivotal 1950 Korean War Battle

American Experience The Battle of Chosin airs November 1 at 9PM on WSKG-TV. Revisit the pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants. It is a harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival.

On Thanksgiving Day 1950, American-led United Nations troops were on the march in North Korea, and U.S. Marine and Air Force pilots distributed holiday meals. Soon after that peaceful celebration, American military leaders, including General Douglas MacArthur, were caught off guard by the entrance of the People’s Republic of China, led by Mao Zedong, into the five-month-old Korean War.

‘The Battle of Chosin’ tells the Harrowing Story of the Pivotal 1950 Korean War Battle

American Experience The Battle of Chosin airs November 1 at 9PM on WSKG-TV. Revisit the pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants. It is a harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival.

On Thanksgiving Day 1950, American-led United Nations troops were on the march in North Korea, and U.S. Marine and Air Force pilots distributed holiday meals. Soon after that peaceful celebration, American military leaders, including General Douglas MacArthur, were caught off guard by the entrance of the People’s Republic of China, led by Mao Zedong, into the five-month-old Korean War.

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Student Production Studio Opens in Union-Endicott

In partnership with Union-Endicott School District, the Student Production Studio with WSKG has opened in Linnaeus W. West as part of the Tiger Ventures program. The studio is located in the business incubator wing and is staffed by Annie Cartie, Youth Media Coordinator, for two days each week. Youth media programming at WSKG takes outreach education to a new level for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Students will  learn video and audio production, digital editing, graphic design, photography, and professional uses of social media. Production projects will align with curriculum topics taught in core classes and, as students build their skill sets, they will produce projects they design themselves.

Rod Serling Film Fest Winners to Share the Screen with Filmmakers

WSKG Youth has announced an exciting new partnership with the Art Mission and Theater! The nine winning films of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Fest will be screened as part of Binghamton Babylon, a new film festival celebrating Binghamton, New York’s central role in the development of avant-garde film in the late 1960s and 1970s. This four-day festival will feature the newest and most compelling avant-garde films from across the world, along with a retrospective of films made in Binghamton, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and a special keynote address by Scott MacDonald, cinematic historian and author of Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department 1967-1977. Learn more on the Facebook event page.  
Inspiring the Next Generation of Filmmakers
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Rod Serling Film Festival will take place during Binghamton Babylon in partnership with the Art Mission and Theater. The Rod Serling Film Fest, a video contest for youth in kindergarten through Grade 12, honors the work of Rod Serling and celebrates the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Two screenings of the winning films will be held at 4:00pm and 5:30pm on the 16th. 



Learn more about Binghamton Babylon and the film festival partnership from the press conference held on August 23, 2016 courtesy of NewsChannel 34.

Explore the Intersection of Science and Sport with Your Family

Are you watching the Summer Olympics with your child? What a great opportunity to explore the intersection of science and sport! These videos from PBS LearningMedia will help you talk to your child about math and science concepts surrounding running, acrobats, gymnastics, and more.  
Measuring Different Lanes on the Track | Cyberchase
Help your child understand the basic principles behind measuring distance. In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca is competing in her first 200 meter race and notices that the starting positions in the six lanes are located at different points along the track.

Online Professional Development from PBS LearningMedia

Looking to bring innovative lessons to your new students in September? Check out these free, media-rich professional development webinars for educators from PBS LearningMedia.  
Media-Based ELA Resources on PBS LearningMedia
Do you teach Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank, Great Expectations, and other classics? Discover how accessing classroom-ready videos and teaching tips from PBS can enhance media literacy while illuminating great works of literature and their creators. Register now!

Tallies, Charts, and Tape Diagrams in Summer Learning

Gathering data and figuring out what you know are important steps in solving a problem. But, how you organize all that information is just as important! We’ve gathered some simple, helpful resources to practice this skill with your child at home. What type of data would your child enjoy collecting? Perhaps he looks at shoes while at the grocery store and tallies how many people wear green, blue, or black shoes.

Teen Wonders How to Move Forward After Week of Violence

Police officers in Oakland, Calif., line up across from demonstrators on July 7 as protesters marched against police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio

After a week of violence and death, Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley ponders how to move forward despite the sadness and anger.  

On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot by police. The next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile. Both were black men, and videos of their deaths have been watched by millions on social media. Including me. These two videos aren’t special.

WSKG Management Reports on Station Activities

Management offers these written reports to trustees at their board meetings.  These reports detail activities that have taken place in fulfillment of goals identified as organizational priorities. February 2017 – Management Report

Celebrating Graduation with the Class of… 2023?

Graduation season is in full swing across upstate New York. Hundreds of teenagers are taking that walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma. How exciting! But we can’t forget about the younger students who also have exciting milestones to celebrate with the end of a school year. Let’s spend some time talking about their achievements and keeping them motivated to reach graduation! Elizabeth Bigsby, used-to-be fifth grader from Union-Endicott, thanks her dad for supporting her in school and calculates that she will be a member of the Class of 2023!

Not Sure What to Watch? This Passport Quiz Will Help!

Listen, there are a lot of shows on WSKG Passport. You’ll find dramas, ballets, historical documentaries, music concerts, science and nature programs – The list goes on! Sometimes having so many options makes it hard to decide what to watch. Lucky for you, our team of television scientists has put together a quiz that seeks to uncover your essential television selves! It will help you identify which public media programs will result in the best viewing experience.

‘American Graduates’ Honored at Corning High School Learning Center

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! Tomorrow, three more students from WSKG’s American Graduate project will walk up to the podium and receive their high school diploma. Yay! We extend our congratulations to these three and all the student participants in our media production partnership with Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center. Since the premiere of their thoughtful videos, nine students have officially joined the club we spend so much time reflecting on: They are American Graduates!

Celebrating 'American Graduates' from EverTech Academy

An evening to celebrate the newest American Graduates of our community! On Monday, June 13, 2016, thirty-eight students, their teachers, families, and friends gathered at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY for the graduation ceremony of EverTech Academy.  Ten of these talented young people were featured earlier this year in WSKG’s American Graduate project. They shared stories of courage, persistence, and the supportive circles that helped make graduation day a reality.  

During the ceremony, nine (yes, nine!) of WSKG’s American Graduate students were honored with academic awards or scholarships. Congratulations!

Honoring local winners of PBS KIDS Writers Contest

A day to celebrate the young creative writers of our community! On Sunday, June 12, 2016, twenty-six students, their families, and friends gathered at WSKG Studios in Vestal, NY to honor the winning story entries. Awards were given to First, Second, and Third place entries from the local PBS KIDS Writers Contest for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. First, Second, and Third place awards were also handed out to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 as part of the WSKG Youth Writers Contest.  

Judges spoke about each story and read their favorite excerpts to the audience. Students were honored for both their creative writing and dynamic illustrations.

StoryCorps in the Classroom

Our education helps to develop who we are and what we will become. StoryCorps knows that this path is made brighter when we stop and listen to each other. As we end another school year, StoryCorps encourages you to learn more about the students in your life. In classrooms across America, students work with StoryCorps and to become the best version of themselves through listening and engaging with their family, loved ones, and peers. Cross-disciplinary (language arts, media, history) for Grades 9 and 10
Over the past five years, StoryCorps has been working in classrooms throughout America with a high school youth development curriculum called StoryCorpsU (SCU).

New 'Arthur' Episodes Next Week on WSKG-TV

It’s a week of all new ARTHUR! Lakewood Elementary, meet your new teacher! He rides a scooter, eats non-dairy fro-yo, and is voiced by the very funny B.J. Novak. You won’t want to miss it! Check out what Buzzfeed had to say about the cartoon character that “looks exactly like him.”

Education Specials Explore Math Corps and Charter Schools

It All Adds Up from American Public Television
IT ALL ADDS UP profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s Math Corps, a groundbreaking organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed. After 16 years, the program’s results speak volumes: more than 90 percent of Math Corps’ students graduate from high school and more than 80 percent attend college. Produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, the documentary features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of the Math Corps. Watch Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:00am on WSKG-TV


Outside The Box from American Public Television
Amid controversy, charter schools – free public schools funded by tax dollars – first opened in the United States 20 years ago, largely in response to low graduation rates and the failure of schools to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. Today, charter schools make up an increasing percentage of the U.S. educational landscape, with approximately 5,000 schools in 41 states.

New 'Thomas & Friends' Coming to WSKG-TV

Our favorite blue engine is coming down the tracks with all-new episodes! Tune in to WSKG-TV beginning Monday, May 9, 2016  at 12:30pm for a full week of new episodes from Thomas & Friends.  
Recycle Recycle Recycle! Monday, May 9, 2016 at 12:30pm on WSKG-TV

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks: Bill and Ben convince Timothy to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown. However, they are playing a joke on Timothy; the truck does not exist.

Teen Thanks a Whole Team of Champions

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Autumn Roach doesn’t have a champion. She has a whole team of supporters helping her toward graduation! Autumn Roach is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY.

Teen Honors Teacher and 'Grandfather I Never Had'

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Michael Feeney credits his monitor as the reason he comes to school and the reason he’s even still in school. Michael Feeney is working toward his high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. He is studying Masonry in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

'Late Fringe' Brings Short Film, Regional Filmmakers to WSKG TV

What forces control the mind? What simmers beneath the surface? And what is the distance between perception and reality? Late Fringe, a new show from WSKG Arts, explores these answers and more, through the eyes of short-film makers working in New York State. Tune in for a showcase of films shot, directed and acted by regional and student filmmakers.

Students Recognize Faith and Family as Their Personal Champions

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
For Dominic Mooney and Patrick McKnight, faith and family are the ‘champions’ keeping them on the path to graduate from high school. Dominic Mooney is working toward his high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. He is studying Retail Warehousing Skills in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

Seniors Reflect on Personal Success Found in Career-Tech Education

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Thomas Adams and Siena Petrilli point to life-changing educators as their champions: keeping them on the path to graduation and headed toward success after high school. Thomas Adams is working toward his high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. He is studying Carpentry in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

Art Class Keeps Teen on Path to Graduation

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Marisa Wolfanger credits art teacher for success at new school and confidence in her own future
Marisa is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. She is studying Culinary Arts in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence. After graduation, Marisa plans to enter the workforce and perhaps attend college to study art or animation. Submitted by Marisa Wolfanger:
My champion is someone who was here for me since day one.

Teen Thanks Mom for Strength, Guidance, and Education

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Jordan Ballard’s powerful poem shares her experience with self-harm, anxiety, and suicide all to thank one person: her mom. Jordan is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. She is studying Business Management in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence. After graduation, Jordan plans to enter the workforce and attend college for music.

Honoring Grandmother's Wish Keeps Student on Track to Graduate

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
When Kevin Eaton considers giving up on school, he thinks of his grandma and the final promise he made – to graduate from high school. Kevin is working toward his high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. He is studying Carpentry in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

Music and Mom Help Student Reach Graduation

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Flo Wolf credits her mom’s support in making it through mental, emotional, and physical obstacles. Flo is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. She is studying Business Management in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

With Mother's Help, Student Reaches Full Potential

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school.  
Brieona Turner celebrates the person who helps her the most: her mom. Brieona is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. She is studying Computer Aided Design in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence.

About WSKG

WSKG is operated by WSKG Public Telecommunications Council, a private non-profit corporation chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York in association with the New York State Department of Education, and provides a public educational telecommunications service under the governance of a Board of Trustees which is selected from the communities served by the Station. WSKG is a community licensee and is authorized by the FCC to operate television and radio broadcasting services. WSKG is located at 601 Gates Road, Suite 4, Vestal, NY 13850. WSKG provides a public broadcasting service to residents of the Station’s coverage area. To accomplish this WSKG produces programs locally and purchases programs from Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), American Public Television (APT), National Public Radio (NPR), and American Public Media, Public Radio International and others.

Which WSKG Radio Host Are You? Take the Quiz!

Do you ever listen to WSKG or WSQX and think, “WOW, Bill Snyder and I could be twins!” Or maybe you say, “Geez, Crystal Sarakas could be my soulmate…” Here’s your chance to find out if that’s true! We proudly present the Which WSKG Radio Host Are You? Quiz.

Follow SXSW with Live Performances from NPR Music

NPR Music is at SXSW, and we want you to be there, too. Check back frequently for live performances from Vince Staples, Margo Price and more. Plus, NPR Music will occasionally escape the bustle of the downtown Austin streets and pair stripped-down artist performances with intimate settings. See more performances, listen to the All Songs Considered preview, and get ready to rock at SXSW, wherever you are. Watch now:

Photo Credit: Bob Boilen, NPR

The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Erika M. Grimminger discusses the causes and effects of amputations during the Civil War. Note: this post contains a graphic illustration of gangrene. The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War
In Episode 4 of Mercy Street, Ezra Foster , the brother of Union Doctor Jed Foster and a Confederate soldier, comes to Mansion House Hospital with a serious leg wound that requires amputating. Ezra Foster’s story represents the stories of thousands of soldiers who suffered though amputations during the American Civil War and returned home missing body parts. While these Union and Confederate soldiers luckily survived serious trauma, their reintegration into society and with their families after the war was, at best, a hard process of readjustment and, at worst, an almost impossible struggle.

Medical Care at Elmira Prison Camp

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new Civil War medical drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Gary Emerson discusses the medical care at the Elmira Prison Camp. Medical Care at Elmira Prison Camp
Although medical care improved over the course of the Civil War, prisoners often received inadequate and sometimes negligent medical care in prison camps. When prisoner exchanges broke down in the summer of 1863, both the Union and Confederate armies began placing large numbers of captured men into prison camps. Both sides were unprepared for this turn of events, and what followed proved disastrous. In the summer of 1864, the Union established a prison camp in Elmira, New York to house captured Confederates.

Live Stream 'Civil Rights Today' in Your Classroom

Electronic Field Trip: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement
Join New York Times best-selling author and youth advocate Wes Moore as he leads a special youth town hall discussion about race, racism, and other issues of equality. Streaming live on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Throughout 2015, events across the nation focused attention on concerns in minority communities and racial perceptions in America, resulting in renewed public dialogue about race relations and other issues of social justice. This ongoing dialogue includes not only questions about the policing of black communities, but also educational inequality and the school-to-prison pipeline, the LGBTQ rights movement, immigration reform, and the rebuilding of our communities. This field trip is brought to you by Alabama Public Television and American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.  
Register for Episode Seven, Civil Rights Today.  

Webinar: Illuminating Social Justice Issues Through Authentic Student Projects
Join PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Michael Hernandez as he explores how teachers of all grade levels can design meaningful social justice projects.

The Battlefield is Hard on a Boy: Suicide in the Civil War

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, Professor Diane Sommerville discusses the topic of suicide and the Civil War.  

Warning: this post contains spoilers. The Battlefield is Hard on a Boy: Suicide in the Civil War
In Episode 4 of Mercy Street, the daring escape of Confederate private Tom Fairfax ends with his suicide. Tom’s boyhood friend Frank Stringfellow spirits him out of Mansion House Hospital under cover of darkness and escorts him to nearby Confederate lines so that Tom can rejoin his regiment. As Frank prepares his departure, Tom begins muttering, looking pre-occupied and anxious.

Female Students Pursue Male-Dominated Careers from 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes
From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students?  
Just As Strong
High school students Channell Rogers and Sierra Buster refuse to let gender stereotypes prevent them from pursuing a hobby they both enjoy, building, and a career goal they both aspire to, the construction business.

Produced by Jayla Hope, Jute’ius Jasper and Timia Moore, students at Hughes STEM High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educators Melissa Sherman.

Women, Abolitionism, and the Coming of the Civil War

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, adjunct professor Kevin Murphy discusses the important role women played in the Abolition Movement. Women, Abolitionism, and the Coming of the Civil War
While the miniseries Mercy Street largely focuses on the practices of wartime medicine, the creative team behind the show also exposes viewers to the integral role women played in nineteenth-century reform. In the show’s opening scene, Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a transplanted New Englander, is interviewed by Dorothea Dix (Cherry Jones), a leader in the fight to reform care for the mentally ill and the Superintendent of Army Nurses during the Civil War. To the middle-aged Dix, Phinney stands out as an assertive but uncontroversial figure, the perfect young woman to become head nurse at the Mansion House Hotel. Well, almost uncontroversial.

Grr-ific News from 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' and New Episodes This Week

2016 is already proving to be a tiger-tastic year for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! In January, the Rite Aid Foundation announced that its KidCents program donated $2 million to the Fred Rogers Company to support production efforts of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. And for some more good news… New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes all week on WSKG TV!  
Show you care
Tune in on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 to help your child to show he cares and to think about what other people might need, too.

Invisible Wounds: PTSD, the Civil War and Those Who "Remained and Suffered"

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Jonathan Jones discusses how historians are just beginning to understand how PTSD may have affected Civil War veterans. Invisible Wounds: PTSD and the Civil War
The Civil War was the greatest health crisis in American history. Some 750,000 soldiers died, and another 500,000 were wounded or maimed. From violent bullet and bayonet wounds, results of poor medical care like gangrene and infection, or debilitating illnesses like dysentery and malaria, the bodies and minds of those who survived the Civil War were scarred in a myriad of ways. For decades after the war’s end, thousands of survivors carried reminders of their wartime experiences with them in the form of amputations.

CYBERCHASE wins Parents' Choice award

We’ve got an award winner in our schedule! Cyberchase has won a 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for Television! The judges say “Cyberchase does an excellent job of keeping math a gender neutral skill by creating a diverse galaxy of characters while presenting real world (or in this case, other world-as it takes place all over the galaxy)
applications for math, especially in the updated new season… The show does a great job of creating obstacles that must be overcome through problem solving skills and teamwork such as successful farm-to-table planning, reducing waste and staying physically active.” Congratulations, CYBERCHASE!

The Civil War And Challenging the "Cult of True Womanhood"

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, Binghamton alumnus, and WSKG producer, Shane Johnson discusses the 19th century concept of domesticity and how women challenged that notion during the Civil War. The Civil War And Challenging the “Cult of True Womanhood”
When Nurse Mary Phinney arrives at Mansion House in the first episode of Mercy Street, the camera circles around her as she tries to comprehend the overwhelming sights and sounds of a Civil War hospital. She has entered a new world. In many ways, the dramatized story of Nurse Phinney mirrors the stories of thousands of women who left their domestic worlds and enter the public sphere during the Civil War. In the process, these women challenged 19th century gender norms, the “cult of true womanhood,” and their acceptable place in American society at the time.

Annual Report + Local Content and Service Report to the Community 2015

READ THE FULL REPORT: Annual Report + Local Content and Service Report to the Community 2015

When we reflect on the achievements presented in the following pages, it’s clear that WSKG’s story begins with you. You deserve the best programming possible. Programming that isn’t driven by commercial interests. Programming that celebrates the diversity and creativity of our unique communities and makes you proud to support your local public media station, WSKG. Together, we’ve accomplished so much this past year.

Civil Rights for the Classroom: Then & Now

While some consider the Civil Rights Movement part of the distant past, many of the problems that fueled the fight are still with us. PBS LearningMedia helps to lend context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights movement’s first three decades (1954-1985). The resources also capture the issues and activists involved in the struggle today – those making headlines, stirring debate, and trending on social media. The collection features content from PBS programs including Eyes on the Prize and Freedom Riders. View Full Collection



Here’s a preview of the type of resources and videos available in this collection:
Civil Rights: Then

Civil Rights: Now

Browse WSKG’s special programs for Black History Month.

Dying a “Good Death” in the Civil War

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Melissa Franson discusses the 19th century concept of a “good death” and how the Civil War challenged that notion. Dying a “Good Death” in the Civil War
In the first episode of Mercy Street, we are confronted with the gruesome injuries and carnage that men inflicted upon one another during the Civil War. One of the most poignant moments in the series comes when a young soldier is brought into the hospital literally attached to the Union flag. Blood from the young soldier’s wounds has glued his hands to the flag. Having already lost his father in the war, the un-named soldier was unwilling and unable to relinquish his sole responsibility – making sure the flag did not fall. The young, scared soldier desperately tries to assert his masculinity while being comforted by the Army Chaplain, Harry Hopkins.

Only boy on the color guard team from 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes: Outside The Box

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students? Watch: Despite Judgment 
A year ago, Elijah Durand never would have dreamed of joining his high school color guard. Now the only boy on the team, Elijah appreciates the creative expression, weaponry and competition involved in interpreting music and entertaining an audience. Produced by Ashley Martinez, Erica Holm, Caroline Munoz, and Demetri Yanes, students at Communications Arts High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

The EEO Public File Report is filed in WSKG’s public inspection file pursuant to Section 73.2080(c)(6) of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) rules for February 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. YE 1-31-17 Full Recruitment Positions Filled
YE 1-31-17 Recruitment Sources
YE 1-31-17 Prong 3 Long-Term Initiatives

'Nature Cat' encourages children to explore nature

The new PBS KIDS series Nature Cat follows Fred, a house cat with dreams of outdoor exploration. Fred only has one problem: he has no instincts for nature! We know you’re loving the new episodes of Nature Cat on WSKG-TV… but did you know there are fun interactive resources and DYI activities surrounding the show? Check out Daisy’s Garden Corner:


Or, try this art activity called Makin’ Tracks:

View the entire Nature Cat Collection on PBS LearningMedia
Watch Nature Cat on WSKG-TV
Weekdays at 8:00AM & 3:30PM
Saturdays at 8:30AM & 11:00AM
Sundays at 8:30AM

About Nature Cat
Designed for kids ages 3-8, Nature Cat is a great early-elementary science education resource that will help children develop connections with the natural world while learning age-appropriate reasoning skills such as classifying, counting, and measuring. Learn more.

Artistic CYBERCHASE fans!

Thank you to the talented Cyberchase fans from Binghamton, NY for sharing these creations with us!  

We’re glad you liked learning about recycling, reusing, reducing, and recycling. Our planet will be a healthier place to live because you are taking care of your environment. Keep up the great work! Do you have a CYBERCHASE fan in your life?

New youth-produced video series 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students? PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room or only boy on the team? These stories include young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers and game designers.

New Collection: PBS World Explorers

Some sailed across the Atlantic, others rocketed to the moon. Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history’s greatest explorers with this new collection. PBS LearningMedia is excited to announce the newest collection: PBS World Explorers. We hope this collection helps you to inspire a spirit of curiosity and adventure in your students during the new year. Highlights from World Explorers Collection



Browse full World Explorer Collection

Students & Teachers: Deadline approaching!

A friendly reminder that reflections, artwork, or media pieces for Who’s Your Champion? are due soon! Submissions must be received by Wednesday, January 27, 2016 to be featured in WSKG’s American Graduate project. Read this for details and submission form. Quick reminder of what we’re looking for:
Stories and anecdotes from children, teens, and young adults
Creative ways of thanking your champion
Celebrating someone who helps (or helped) you be successful in school
Write a poem about your experience. Instagram a selfie with your champion, commenting how she helps you.


Ithaca College Pres. Tom Rochon To Step Down

In a letter addressed to Ithaca College faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the school, President Tom Rochon announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, effective July 1, 2017. “I believe it is best for IC to be led in the future by a president chosen by the board specifically to make a fresh start on these challenges, including those that became so apparent to us all last semester,” said Rochon. Last fall, students and faculty organized protests calling on Rochon to step down, amid growing frustration that was a long time in the making. They claimed he had failed to address racial incidents on campus and was leading the school in the wrong direction. Both students and faculty conducted a vote of confidence for Rochon in November and December.

Little 101 | Think

The answer to the question, “How do we think?” depends on what you’re thinking about. New thinking takes work but can be so satisfying! Learn more about the science behind our thought process in this episode of Little 101. Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads.


Low-Interest Energy Upgrades Now Available For Tompkins Businesses


Tompkins County commercial property owners can learn tonight about a low-cost way to improve their energy efficiency. The Energize New York program has an information session at 5:30 p.m. in The Space at Ithaca’s GreenStar Market. Energize New York has been operational since 2014, but upstate counties are just now getting on board. The program offers low-interest loans to building owners who want to make efficiency upgrades or install renewable energy technology. Executive Director Mark Thielking says the funding is comparable to a public utility, but the benefits it provides come over a longer timeframe.


Area Shelters: Homelessness Executive Order Is Nothing New

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering local governments to move people who are homeless to shelter during cold weather. The executive order reinforces existing law that requires authorities to take people in for psychiatric evaluation, or hospitalization. Despite the announcement, local experts say it won’t have much effect in the Southern Tier. Binghamton YWCA director Carole Coppens says the region already provides room for everyone who seeks it in the winter. This “no freeze” policy from the Coalition for the Homeless of the Southern Tier runs on private donations.

PBS's 'In Defense of Food' features Cornell Professor and Lansing High School

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that, food journalist Michael Pollan answers one of the most frequently asked questions of our time – what should we eat to be healthy? In the new PBS show In Defense of Food (check out our preview), Pollan takes us on a journey through the American food system, showing what and how we make up our diet.


Here’s How To Qualify For NY’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Recent college grads in New York can now get some help paying off their loans with the state’s new student loan forgiveness program. There are quite a few boxes you have to check to be part of the program. You have to be a year or less out of school, with a degree from a New York institution. Resident of New York, with an in-state high school diploma. The loan has to use one of the federal government’s income-based repayment plans.

New Year's Eve, Family Style

From PBS Parents:

New Year’s Eve celebrations are often adult-only events, but kids get excited about the big night as well. Because babysitters are scarce and restaurant prices are high on December 31, it makes more sense to celebrate with the kids. Many communities now host family-friendly First Night celebrations with fireworks, music and games (like this one in Windsor, NY), but you can also have lots of fun staying home. Whether you decide to host a neighborhood party or just cozy up with your family, make it a New Year’s Eve to remember with these tips for a kid-friendly celebration.  
Ring in the Noon Year
Many children can’t (or shouldn’t) stay up until midnight, so count down until the noon year.

No snow? No problem!

Winter has been anything but “white” so far this year and some little ones (and big ones!) are disappointed in the lack of snow. Take some time today to create your own snow-themed fun!  
This multi-sensory writing activity from PBS Parents gets kids writing in the “snow” no matter the weather! In this activity, kids engage both their sense of touch (dragging their fingers through the salt) and sight (revealing color) to practice writing their letters. For older children, try writing math facts in the snow.


Binghamton Urges Job Seekers: ‘Come Home’

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce wants people to come home for the holidays – and stay home. The Chamber held its annual Project Homecoming career fair Tuesday. The fair aims to encourage vacationing students and out-of-town relatives to find work and relocate back to Binghamton. Fifty employers came to the fair looking to hire. The Chamber’s Amy Shaw says that disproves a common view of the Southern Tier as economically stagnant.

From PBS Digital Studios: A 2015 Holiday Playlist

Happy holidays to all from our friends at PBS Digital Studios! Thanks to them, you can sit back and enjoy a playlist of holiday-centric videos from your favorite PBSDS shows, like PBS Idea Channel and Bon Appétempt. What do Santa and wrestling have in common? Want to (at least try to) make peppermint marshmallows? Curious about the sex lives of Christmas trees?

Feeling stressed? Mr. Rogers (still) has your back

A few months before Mr. Rogers passed, PBS aired this spot. Mr. Rogers recorded it for all of us who grew up watching him. “It happens so often,” he says, “I walk down the street and someone twenty or thirty or forty years old will come up to me… and invariably we end our little time together with a hug.” He goes on to say, “I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead, but I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.”

New Data on National Graduation Rates Point to Need for Community-Based Solutions to Dropout Crisis

New data on high school graduation rates released by the U.S. Department of Education underscore the continued need for innovative, community-based solutions highlighted by American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative focused on improving high school graduation rates. The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics showed that the graduation rate for the nation’s class of 2014 reached a record high 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013’s graduation rate. Graduation rates for several student demographics rose as well from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, for whom rates remained virtually flat. But significant gaps remain, particularly between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts, and economically disadvantaged students. The data follows the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (or ESSA) on December 10, 2015, the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.

Join Us For a 'Mercy Street' Exclusive Sneak Peek

UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY at our preview screening of MERCY STREET on January 7th at 6PM at WSKG Studios in Vestal. However, you can still watch the show’s premiere January 17, at 10PM on WSKG TV. Based on true stories, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters — doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists — realizing the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War.

Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; MARY PHINNEY, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and EMMA GREEN, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies.

The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels.


Three Things To Know About NY Education Changes

It’s a time of educational upheaval in New York. Changes are piling up fast: the state Board of Regents delayed state tests’ impact on teacher evaluations, and Governor Cuomo’s task force called for nearly two dozen changes to learning standards. In the midst of it all, here are three things you need to know. One: Remember what’s not changing – the bulk of the Common Core standards themselves. The standards are expectations for students, what we say students should be able to do when they finish a grade.


NY Must Pay For Child Care Mandates, Lupardo Says

New York is getting ready for big changes to child care regulations. New federal rules say child care centers have to start fingerprinting employees and increase requirements for background checks, training, and annual inspections, among other changes. State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo expects the rules to take effect next year. She says they’re welcome but have a high price tag. “That’s something we’ve been wanting for a very long time, and we appreciate the federal government stepping in and basically saying, ‘You have to do this,’” she says. “The $90 million impact, however, is what’s a concern to us.”

PBS is looking for America's Most Innovative Educators!

Are you passionate about using technology to create new learning opportunities? Do you enjoy collaborating with other educators to spark student interest in learning? Are you an active sharer of content and ideas through social media? Apply for a chance to become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Who:
Tech-savvy K-12 educators

The Digital Innovators program recognizes educators who incorporate digital media in the classroom to inspire student learning.

Celebrate 8th day of Hanukkah with PEG + CAT

Don’t let the 8th day of Hanukkah go by without celebrating the number 8! Finding special reasons to talk about a number with your child will help him develop number sense and learn to count. Albert Einstein sings a song with Peg, Cat, and their friends about the number that Hanukkah is all about: eight! Want to celebrate other numbers with your child? Here’s an idea to get you started: We have 6 people in our family.


High Schoolers Take On The Headlines With ‘Theory Of Knowledge’

The run-up to elections can be a tricky time for schools. Rhetoric heightens, and teachers often struggle with how much of it to address in class. For one class at Binghamton High School, the key is a focus on questions. On a late September afternoon, senior Christiana Joseph sits at a computer in search of some solid research. The Syrian refugee crisis is all over the headlines, with harrowing photographs and fearful rhetoric from countries like Hungary, which will close one of its borders in just a few weeks.


Upstate Republicans Back Visa Waiver Overhaul

Republican Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says new House reforms to the U.S.’s visa waiver program are a much-needed update. “It closes a potential risk that is legitimately there in regards to terrorists being able to come to those 38 countries [and] into America,” Reed says. Reed voted “yes” on the bill Tuesday, as did Republican Richard Hanna of Utica and Albany-area Republican Christopher Gibson. The House passed the bill 407-19. The visa waiver program allows travelers from 38 countries to enter the United States and stay up to 90 days without a visa.

2015 Holiday Schedule: Celebrate the holidays with WSKG!

Celebrate the 2015 holiday season with WSKG! Check out our list of holiday programs on WSKG Radio and WSKG TV this December.  
December 1 at 8:00 p.m.  – Advent Voices
December 8 at 7:00 p.m. – Hannukah In Story and Song
December 8 at 8:00 p.m. – Hannukah Lights
December 9 at 8:00 p.m. – Candles Burning Brightly
December 18 at 8:00 p.m. –  Riverwalk Jazz Christmas: Hot Christmas for a Cool Yule
December 21 at 9:00 p.m. – Handel’s Messiah from the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra
December 22 at 9:00 p.m. – A Paul Winter Solstice (Paul Winter’s 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration)
December 23 at 8:00 p.m. – Light and Gold: The Choral Music Of Eric Whitacre
December 23 at 9:00 p.m. – Christmastime In New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine
December 23 at 10:00 p.m. – A Rose in Winter: A Garden of Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Nativity
December 24 at 10:00 a.m. – A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols
December 24 at 1:00 p.m. – Welcome Christmas With Vocal Essence
December 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Hollywood Holiday
December 24 at 8:00 p.m. – Caroling With The Singers
December 24 at 9:00 p.m. – St Olaf’s Christmas Festival
December 24 at 11:00 p.m. – A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols
December 25 at 9:00 a.m. – A Rose in Winter: A Garden of Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Nativity
December 25 at 10:00 a.m. – A Chanticleer Christmas
December 25 at 11:00 a.m. – Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
December 25 at 12:00 p.m. – Christmas With The Moorehouse And Spellman Glee Clubs
December 25 at 1:00 p.m. – Tinsel Tales
December 25 at 7:00 p.m. – Jazz Piano Christmas
December 25 at 8:00 p.m. – Riverwalk Jazz Christmas: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
December 25 at 9:00 p.m. – Jazz Profiles: Nat King Cole
December 29 at 1:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. – A Season’s Griot. A Special Kwanza Presentation
January 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. – Live from Vienna

December 4 at 10:30 p.m. – Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live
December 17 at 8:00 p.m. – Expressions: Holiday Harmonies
December 18 at 10:30 p.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays
December 19 at 10:00 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special
December 19 at 10:30 p.m. –  Vicious Holiday Special
December 20 at 1:30 p.m. – Chef’s Life Holiday Special
December 21 at 9:00 p.m. – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana
December 21 at 10:00 p.m. – Christmas at Belmont 2015
December 24 at 8:00 p.m. – Expressions Holiday Harmonies
December 25 at 9:00 p.m. – Call The Midwife Holiday Special
December 25 at 10:30 p.m. – Craft In America: Celebration
December 26 at 11:00 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays
December 26 at 10:00 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special
December 27 at 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. – Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 9
December 31 at 8:00 p.m. – Live from Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
December 31 at 11:00 p.m. – Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room
January 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. – Great Performances from Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration


SUNY Oneonta Boosts Adjunct Pay

SUNY Oneonta is giving its adjunct professors a raise, to a starting salary of $3,000 per course. Adjuncts nationwide work under short-term contracts and make notoriously low salaries. Oneonta’s move comes after its adjuncts petitioned the administration earlier this year. Before today, Oneonta adjuncts were close to the bottom in terms of salary, compared to area colleges. A WSKG analysis last summer found their $2,500 per-course minimum below that at community colleges like SUNY Broome and Tompkins Cortland.


Reed: Trump Wrong, But Better Than A Democrat

U.S. Representative Tom Reed of Corning has joined the throngs of Republicans rejecting Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims.

Trump declared yesterday that Muslims should be barred from entering the U.S. Reed says that violates Republican party values. However, Reed also says he’d support Trump if he won the presidential nomination. “Obviously if I have to choose between our Republican nominee and a continuation of the Obama policies going forward, I would clearly have to err on the side of the Republican nominee,” Reed explained. Reed added that he thinks Republican policies would be better for the country. He does say it’s unlikely Trump will make it that far and has endorsed former Florida governor Jeb Bush for the nomination.


Chemung County Schools Turn Down Merger

A school merger that aimed to combine the Elmira Heights and Horseheads districts is off the table after residents overwhelmingly rejected the proposition Thursday. In Elmira Heights, Superintendent Mary Beth Fiore says three quarters of the ballots came up “no”. “Clearly there was a desire to preserve the small school atmosphere in spite of some of the challenges that we’re faced with,” she says. Those challenges are mainly financial. Elmira Heights, Horseheads and many other New York districts have faced tight budgets lately, thanks in part to post-recession state funding cuts.

Wolf Backs Off Remarks On Attorney General’s Removal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is backpedaling remarks he made today about embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to the Associated Press. Wolf has called for Kane’s resignation since August, when she was indicted on perjury and other criminal counts. Wolf said in an interview on WITF that if the state Senate votes to remove Kane from her position, he’d have to go along with their decision. “They seem to think they have that power, and if they vote that, evidently then that’s what my job has to be,” he said. Now Wolf says he misspoke and isn’t sure what the constitution requires.


Study: ‘Fixed Costs’ Double Time Spent On Standardized Tests

Changes to New York standardized testing are in the air. Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force finished its public sessions last month examining the state’s standards and testing program, and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has already pledged to shorten math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams.

According to the New York Times, Cuomo may be ready to de-link tests and evaluations entirely. In the midst of it all, though, a new study from SUNY New Paltz urges the state to re-think how it calculates time spent on tests. Co-author Robin Jacobowitz says testing takes more time in schools than we realize. The report estimates the “fixed costs” of testing: extra chunks of time used to prepare and get students back on track after the exam.

Cyberchase: Step It Up!

The 10th season of Cyberchase is here and it’s all about math and health! Have you seen the new educator resources available? Research has linked physical activity levels in children with physical and emotional health benefits, as well as academic benefits like improved cognitive performance and on-task behavior. Cyberchase: Step It Up! aims to inspire kids and educators to find small opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while enjoying the opportunity to learn related math. Over the course of five weeks, kids will add up to 400 more steps per day – for a total of more than 5,000 added steps.


Three-Quarters Surveyed Say “No Confidence” At Ithaca College

Students at Ithaca College concluded a confidence vote on college president Tom Rochon yesterday. Rochon has faced criticism over his handling of recent racial incidents and accusations of top-down leadership. A crowd of about 100 gathered in a ballroom on campus to hear student body president Dominick Recckio deliver the news. “The results of the vote of no confidence are: 71.75 percent of respondents have no confidence in President Rochon,” Recckio declared. Breaking it down by race, 87 percent of respondents of color claimed “no confidence” in Rochon.


Interview: Ithaca College President Answers Criticism


Ithaca College students release the results of a confidence vote in their college president Monday, and the college faculty hold their own vote next month. President Tom Rochon has faced criticism and protests for his handling of racial incidents and what some call top-down leadership. He spoke to WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt about how the college has responded and what he’s learned. Here are the highlights:

Recently you appointed a Chief Diversity Officer, a position that reports directly to you. How do you make sure other people on campus have input into diversity initiatives?

More often than it should, the job interfered with my school work

Path To Graduation: Putting Out Fires
Written & Produced By:
Nicole Keili, Graduate, Class of October 2015; and
Lennon Kruckow, Graduate, Class of June 2015 (and current Corning Community College student!)

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning-Painted Post Area School District

“One morning in high school, I got called to fight a fire at 4:00AM. The call lasted into the late morning, causing me to be late to school by a few hours,” explains Lennon. “I was spending a lot of time working at the fire department while I was in high school. More often than it should, the job interfered with my school work,” says Lennon. “Between calls early in the morning or late at night, it would effect my sleep sometimes.


Binghamton’s MacArthur School Gears Up For Post-Thanksgiving Opening

The Binghamton City School District’s new MacArthur Elementary building is set to open Monday. The school was destroyed by a flood in 2011. The new building has a huge open lobby with soaring ceilings. Its three classroom wings are color-coded: yellow, red and green. There’s a gym and a new library.

How confidence affects your abilities in school

Path To Graduation: Complexity of Confidence
Written and Produced By:
Mika Evans, Grade 12; and
Cody Scott, Grade 12

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District


It’s hard to think about how much someone’s confidence can affect their abilities in school. But your confidence affects everything: Answering questions in class, asking for help on an assignment, and even forming friendships. “In the traditional high school, I was bullied, rumors were spread and, because of that, I had no self confidence,” shares Mika. “I didn’t care about going to school or getting my school work done. But after attending an alternative school, my confidence blossomed.


Despite Trends, Upstate’s Not Done Yet With Manufacturing

Roxanne Mourhess says the milk trucks roll by her antique store every day. The store is a 150-year-old former church on the main drag in Campbell, New York, a small town near Corning. The store is just down the street from the weathered, light blue grocery store. In the other direction, a Kraft plant puffs out steam by the railroad tracks. Mourhess couldn’t believe it when she heard last month that the plant was slated for closure.

Culture of support & trust that focuses on learning

Path To Graduation: Alternative Success
Written and Produced By:
Christian Ackerman, Grade 12, and
Brooke White, Grade 11

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District


According to the 2015 Building A Grad Nation Report, 81% of students in the United States are graduating. However, this leaves the remaining 19% of high school students who don’t graduate. What happens to them? For some students in Corning, New York, there is such a thing as a second chance. The High School Learning Center is just that: a second chance to be successful in high school.


Ithaca College Faculty To Stage ‘Teach-In’ Protest

Faculty at Ithaca College plan to hold a “teach-in” Thursday to call for college president Tom Rochon’s resignation. It’s the latest in a string of protests by faculty and students. Protesters say Tom Rochon has failed to address a threatening racial climate on campus, and several racist incidents. They also accuse him of top-down leadership, saying he makes strategic decisions for the college without campus input. “I don’t think the morale has ever been lower among the faculty,” says professor Mary Bentley, who plans to speak at Thursday’s teach-in, “But at the same time, I have to say that I think a lot of the activism on the part of the students has really reinvigorated us.”

Ithaca College students staged a walkout last week.

An entirely different atmosphere, different methods of learning

Path To Graduation: Journey To Success
Written and Produced By:
Corey Hoover, Grade 12, Class of 2016; and
Joey Usma, Graduate, Class of October 2015

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District

The national high school graduation rate is 81% according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report. In New York State, the average graduation rate is lower at 77%. One way to increase the number of students who successfully reach graduation is through alternative high schools. Alternative high schools are an educational option that allow students to work in an entirely different atmosphere, with different methods of learning. “The regular high school is different because the teachers there, they just want the students to pass, they want them to get A’s on their tests,” explains Joey.

After the incident, I had a hard time focusing at school

Path To Graduation: Harassment in High School
Written and Produced By:
Faith Sutton, Grade 11, Class of 2016; and
Ryan VanAmburg, Graduate, Class of October 2015

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District


Sexual harassment at school is more common than most people realize. Nearly half of high schoolers in a 2011 study experienced it in a single year. And female students are much more likely to be the victims of harassment. In a school setting with large classes, it’s easy for this kind of thing to go unnoticed. “With the larger schools, I think a lot of things are under the radar and most people can’t really catch onto it,” explains Faith. “Unless it’s too late or there’s a lot of people involved, rather than just one person.

Chemung County Schools Meet To Weigh Merger

The Horseheads area meets tonight to weigh a school merger with the Elmira Heights Central School District. It’s the last community input session before an initial vote on Dec. 3. Elmira Heights Superintendent Mary Beth Fiore explained the benefits of merging in a meeting in her district last week. “Clearly, consolidation would provide more educational opportunities and programs than the programs offered individually by each school,” she said.

Supporting students on the autism spectrum to reach graduation

Path To Graduation: Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum
Written and Produced By:
Jordan Phillippe, Grade 10, Oneonta High School

Students on the autism spectrum face challenges in school. They often learn differently than others. Joseph Yelich is superintendent of the Oneonta City School District in Upstate New York. Mr. Yelich describes how he makes sure, as a superintendent, students on the autism spectrum in public schools get the education they need. “We have a strong evaluation program and very well trained professionals inside of classrooms and out,” says Yelich.


How We Got Here: The Build-Up To Ithaca College’s Protests

College campuses around the country saw protests this week – Ithaca College among them. Students and faculty there are holding referendums on President Tom Rochon’s leadership. Results from a student confidence vote will come out November 30, and faculty voting begins on that day. Here’s what you need to know about what’s at stake:

Why is this happening at Ithaca College? The student frustration with President Rochon has been building for a long time.


Ithaca College Protesters Demand President’s Resignation

Just days after protests at the University of Missouri caused the system president’s resignation, protesters at Ithaca College are calling for their president to step down. Like Missouri, the Ithaca movement has been years in the making. The protesters say President Tom Rochon fails to address racial incidents and is leading the college in the wrong direction. Hundreds of students packed the Ithaca College quad Wednesday afternoon. They chanted and called for Rochon’s resignation. The student government has been collecting ballots this month for a “no confidence” vote in Rochon.

'I’m going to get a diploma, one way or another!'

Path To Graduation: Future Plans
Written and Produced By:
Merissa Butler, Graduate, Class of October 2015; and Skyler Callahan-Miller, Grade 12, Class of 2016

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and Corning-Painted Post Area School District

Skyler Callahan-Miller had a problem with traditional high school. “I had a lot of problems with attendance. I’d either have work or just say, forget about it, and not even go to school. [I had] attendance issues due to getting a ride or catching the bus or having to work early in the morning,” confessed Skyler. “And I also had a bunch of study halls that didn’t really help me at all.


Cornwell Secures Broome County DA Post

Republican Stephen Cornwell will soon be Broome County’s new District Attorney. He emerged victorious in the tight race after absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday. The DA contest ended too close to call on November 3, with Democratic incumbent Gerald Mollen trailing Cornwell by fewer than 600 votes. With absentee ballots in, unofficial totals are 20,121 for Mollen and 20,630 for Cornwell. That count does not include about 15 votes that are to be hand-counted.


Have Thoughts On The Common Core? Air Them At BU Tonight

Parents and community members will have a chance to share their opinions on New York’s Common Core standards tonight. Binghamton University is hosting one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s regional public forums.

The forum is the first presence in the Southern Tier for Cuomo’s Common Core task force. Cuomo created the task force in September, following a massive spring boycott of state tests. It launched just after State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started her own effort to review the standards. Elia is also serving on the governor’s panel.


Campbell Officials Rally To Save Kraft Plant In Steuben Co.

The town of Campbell in Steuben County, New York has a strategy meeting Monday. Town officials are trying to come up with a plan to save the local Kraft Foods plant, which supplies nearly 400 jobs in the small community. After Kraft merged with H. J. Heinz Company last summer, the combined Kraft Heinz Company has been downsizing. Late last month, it announced plans to close the Campbell plant, along with three others in upstate New York. However, after an effort from state officials, the company reversed course last week.


“It Doesn’t Look Like Good Turf For The Democrats”: Upstate NY’s 2016 Landscape

The Southern Tier’s special state senate election went Republican in a landslide Tuesday night. Fred Akshar beat Democrat Barbara Fiala by about 56 percentage points. Today political theorists are wondering what that means for next year’s presidential race and other local contests. “West of the Capital district all the way to Western New York, it doesn’t look like good turf for the Democrats next year,” said Bruce Gyory, senior advisor at the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, speaking on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom. However, Gyory said things look better for Democrats down in Long Island and Nassau county.

My parents opted me out

Path To Graduation: Testing
Written & Produced By Nathan Schwed, Grade 8, Oneonta Middle School

With 22% of students in New York State not finishing high school in 2014, is now a good time to start testing against new standards? I asked two community leaders their thoughts on Common Core standards. Senator James Seward represents the Oneonta-area in the New York State Senate. I asked Senator Seward his opinion. “Well, I have some grave concerns about the Common Core, in particular, the way it has been rolled out here in New York State,” says Seward.


Diocese of Syracuse Pledges To Report All Abuse Claims Directly To DA

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and seven district attorneys announced a new agreement on handling of sexual abuse cases Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding requires the diocese to report all abuse claims directly to the appropriate DA, whether they involve current or former clergy. Onondaga District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick introduced the agreement. “There is no potential offender who is presenting any danger to any child in central New York,” he said. Fitzpatrick says he knows this because the memorandum released today has been a verbal agreement for 12 years.

I know mentoring works

Path To Graduation: Mentors
Written & Produced By Kieran Jennings, Grade 8, Schenevus Central School District

Did you know? Researchers at the World Bank identified mentoring as one of the most promising approaches to serve at-risk children around the world. I know mentoring works because I have mentors myself, like teachers and aides, who help me stay organized, make good choices, and work hard even if I don’t feel like it. “One of the really important things that good teachers understand is that their relationship with a student is what’s going to make the difference for that student in terms of success,” says Thomas Jennings, superintendent of the Schenevus Central School District in Upstate New York. Mr. Jennings thinks that all students could benefit from positive time with adults in school.

Literacy is the key to success

Path To Graduation: Literacy
Written & Produced By Caroline Carter, Grade 10, Oneonta High School

You might not think about it, but you use literacy skills all day long. When you are checking your texts, reading your emails, reading road signs, filling out forms, reading food labels, and taking tests… To do all of those things, you use literacy skills. But did you know, that according to a 2014 survey, 1 in 7 adults in the United States cannot read? “Literacy really is the foundation for educational success,” explains principal Thomas Brindley. “I believe it’s the foundation for success in life in general.” Mr. Brindley is principal of Oneonta High School.


Schools Rack Up Interest Costs As PA Budget Stalemate Drags On

School districts in Pennsylvania are running out of money. The state budget is nearly four months late, which means school funding hasn’t been distributed. Districts are taking out loans to keep their doors open, and school superintendents say the delay is only going to get more costly. At Carbondale Area High School in northeastern Pennsylvania, fifth period just ended. Superintendent Joe Gorham stands in a patch of sun from a hallway skylight, handing out “hellos”.


Binghamton Neighborhood Festival Welcomes Families From Across The City

Binghamton residents gathered on the city’s north side Thursday for a fall festival. The free fun attracted families from across the city to Walnut Street Park. A Binghamton High School drum band set the tone. The crowd definitely skewed young – Serenity Evans and Jerniyah Hicks said they came for the crafts and games. “I came here to have fun and do hopscotch,” Evans said.


Budget Fight Squeezes PA Schools


Pennsylvania’s budget impasse is in its third month, and school funding is one of the major sticking points. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf wants to raise taxes and give districts a big boost in aid. Republicans oppose that plan. Montrose Area Schools superintendent Carol Boyce has a close eye on the debate. She says if state aid is low, schools will have to cut essential programs.

“I’m not aware of any district in our area that has what some people might call fluff, or extra types of things,” she says.


Harpursville Parent Lawsuit Fails At Court

A Broome County judge has dismissed a lawsuit Harpursville parents brought against their school. The parents sued their district for violation of open meetings laws and financial irresponsibility earlier this summer. The judge told parents to take their case to the ballot box. He said court isn’t the right forum for their complaints, and he also more or less rejected every one of the claims. On violation of open meetings, he said communities don’t have the right to debate all board decisions. They can observe, not necessarily discuss.


NY Hopes Practice Makes Perfect For Online Testing

Number two pencils may soon be a thing of the past for New York students. The state is moving toward giving annual standardized tests online instead of on paper, and they want schools to try online testing on a limited basis this year to work out the kinks. You might think middle school students would have no trouble with online tests, with all the time we spend online these days. But Chenango Valley technology director Sarah Latimer says it’s always a challenge to navigate a new piece of software. “Some of the math software questions might have a drag and drop component that students need to be able to use in order to be able to build an equation or write out their answer,” she says.


Pell Grant Recipients Nearly As Likely To Succeed, At Certain Colleges

A new report from The Education Trust shows that low-income students who receive federal money for college finish school at almost the same rate as their higher-income peers – with one important caveat. The report compares six-year graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients with rates for students who do not receive the grants. According to the numbers, the school a student chooses makes all the difference. At the average college in the U.S., low-income students are just about as likely to graduate as their higher-income peers. The gap is only six percentage points.


Libous’ Former District Is Not As Republican As You Might Think

The upcoming election to replace former Republican state senator Tom Libous is high-stakes. If the district turns Democrat, it could tip the balance of power in the state senate. Conventional wisdom says that’s going to be very hard to do. The area seems like a Republican stronghold after Libous’ long tenure, and it has over 9,000 more voters registered Republican than Democrat. But a deeper look tells another story.

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Education and Life-Long Learning
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Health and Fitness
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What’s College Worth? Federal Scorecard Raises Questions

The federal government’s new College Scorecard is out, and it’s stirring debate on some campuses. It’s a slick website that makes finding data on higher education institutions easy, but one of the metrics has some schools worried. Fire up the scorecard on your computer, or your phone, and you can search for a college by name. The page for each campus lists cost, retention and graduation rates, demographics and other data – including how much money students make after graduation. That last statistic, called “return on investment”, troubles Michael Tannenbaum.


Bought A Whole Pig? Put It In The Corning Meat Locker

A new venture in Corning wants to help people buy the whole hog, instead of just a couple pork chops. The Corning Meat Locker is a communal freezer for people to store meat they buy in bulk. It opens September 15, and organizers say it’s a boon for farmers and buyers. The locker is really just a big walk-in freezer. Users will rent plastic tubs and pay by the month to store them.


School Merger Off The Table For Hornell-Area Districts

A proposal to merge three schools in the Hornell area is no longer on the table. Arkport, Alfred-Almond, and Canaseraga districts voted down a merger plan Thursday. The plan lost by fairly small margins in Arkport and Canaseraga, 308-210 and 179-135, respectively. Alfred-Almond had a bigger share of ‘no’ votes, with a 582-134 result.

“We’ll move on,” says Arkport Superintendent Glenn Niles. “It’s nice to see there wasn’t too big a spread between the ‘yes’s’ and the ‘no’s’, so there is a perceived need out there.”

Niles says the schools might revisit the merger in the future, depending on how much state aid they get next year and whether enrollment continues to decline.


NY Colleges Gear Up For ‘Yes Means Yes’

College students are getting down to work on campuses across New York, and many are also learning a new definition for sexual consent. New York passed a law in July requiring “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s one of the farthest-reaching laws in the country, and the state is selling it to colleges as a marketing tool. Colleges are in fierce competition for students these days. Enrollment is down across the country.

Larry Kassan leads new teachers on a bus tour of the Binghamton City School District.

Teachers Wanted: Binghamton District Struggles To Fill Jobs

The Binghamton City School District has a teacher shortage this year. Out of 60 open positions, three were still unfilled within weeks of the first day. This comes amid a national need for more teachers, and it has educators in New York feeling a bit of whiplash. A couple weeks before school started, Larry Kassan led Binghamton’s new teachers on a tour of the city. The outing is part of the district’s orientation program, and this year the buses were packed.

From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.


Cuomo’s Common Core Review: Promise Or Politics?

New York’s Common Core is about to get another hard look. Earlier this year the state’s Education Commissioner started a review of the standards. Now Governor Andrew Cuomo is forming his own panel for the same purpose. He says Common Core implementation was flawed and that he sympathizes with parents who opted their children out of state tests. But some educators are skeptical about Cuomo’s effort.


Parents Sue So. Tier School For More Say, Lower Taxes

Parents in Harpursville, New York, are taking their school district to court. A group sued the school earlier this year over what they say is a lack of transparency. The case went before a Broome County judge Tuesday. The group is called STOP, or School Transparency Organization for Parents. They say their school used a secretive process to get rid of two administrators last year and hire replacements.


Is New SUNY Transfer Process Good For Community College Students?

Students at New York’s public universities will soon have an easier time transferring between campuses. SUNY announced a new policy last week to help students finish their degrees on time. Usually, students who transfer from one college to another face a lot of uncertainty. Courses completed at one school often do not carry over to the other. Until now, that’s even been true within the SUNY system.


Vaccine Rules Change For NY Students

New rules for school vaccines in New York take effect September 1. The updates impact students entering kindergarten through seventh grade. The major change is that kindergarteners need to have all their shots done before they start school. Previously, they could be part-way through the set of vaccines for four- to six-year-olds and still go to class. The update also changes requirements for three vaccines that older kids get.


Ithacans Celebrate Return Of The Commons

The Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall is open again after a facelift that took more than two years to complete. A two-day festival marked the occasion over the weekend, and residents and tourists joined Commons business owners to celebrate. WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt sent this audio postcard, beginning with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Teaching Teachers

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00pm

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they’re on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

We have to take care of our water

This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Abreham B., class of 2014 graduate, at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Cayuga Lake is taking a hit by human waste
Produced by: Abreham B., Ithaca High School, Class of 2014
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt 
In recent years, human waste is having a negative effect on Cayuga Lake. Microplastics are one specific cause of problems. The ecology of the lake is being effected and some water animals, such as zebra muscles, are digesting these microplastics. Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. “When we take young people out on the lake,” says Foster, “we teach them about the ecology of the lake and how this system works that they depend upon for drinking water.”

Catch some rays on a mobile research center

 This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Ihotu Onah, class of 2014 graduate, at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Mobile Research Center on Cayuga Lake
Produced by: Ihotu Onah, Ithaca High School, Class of 2014
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt

A great way to catch some nautical rays, the boat itself doubles as a mobile research center. The program offers public eco-cruises, group charters, and field experiences for school-age children. Their goal: Get everyone out on Cayuga Lake and learning! Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.


NY Cities Struggle Against Child Poverty

Child poverty rates in four upstate New York cities are more than double state averages. The issue spurred an anti-poverty campaign in Rochester earlier this year, and now Binghamton is getting on board, too. Johnson City School District Superintendent Mary Kay Frys spoke at a public meeting two state legislators held in Binghamton this week. She says there’s a poverty crisis in the district. “We have had elementary students dumpster dive in restaurant receptacles in the village in order to get food that has been thrown out,” she says.

The problem with hydrilla: It grows very quickly

 This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Ismail Abdur-razzaaq, Grade 9 student at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. Tracking Invasive Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake
Produced by: Ismail Abdur-razzaaq, Grade 9
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt

Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. The program has engaged the Ithaca community around the future of water resources since 2003. But, in 2011, one observant student intern created another important role for the Floating Classroom: monitoring the spread of Hydrilla verticillata, a fast-growing invasive species.


Lupardo, Hevesi Convene Child Poverty Roundtable


Almost a quarter of New York children live in poverty, and in the city of Binghamton, that figure is near 50 percent. State legislators and community leaders gathered in Binghamton today to discuss the problem. Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Andrew Hevesi said some current laws hinder services for low-income people. Joe Sellepack of the Broome County Council of Churches says one of those laws affects people who recently left prison. Inmates can’t apply for social services. So when they’re released, there’s often a gap before they start getting help.

Keep our tourists coming & our drinking water clean

 This video was scripted, voiced, and edited by Ijeyilowoicho Onah, Grade 10 student at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. Cayuga: Our Community’s Lake
Produced by: Ijeyilowoicho Onah, Grade 10
Video & photography by: Nancy Coddington & Solvejg Wastvedt
Bill Foster is the Program Director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. Foster and his staff teach young people about the ecology of the lake and how this ecosystem they depend on for drinking water works. “When they come out and learn, they’re also making observations that become data,” says Foster.

The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:00pm

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU graduates helped launch the civil rights movement, built the black middle class, and staffed the pulpits of black churches and the halls of almost every black primary school before the 1960s. But after desegregation, some people began to ask whether HBCUs had outlived their purpose. Yet for the students who attend them, HBCUs still play a crucial — and unique — role.


Dropping Down A Wall … For A Good Cause

Binghamton’s DoubleTree hotel turned into a rappelling wall today in a first-of-its-kind fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Broome County. Lisa Beach of Binghamton’s Indulgence salon was one of 30 people who each raised $1,000 for the chance to rappel. The crowd craned their heads back to watch as she stepped off the ten-story hotel. Her son Dominick cheered his mom on as she neared the ground without holding on to the ropes. “She was fearless, with her arms out like this,” he gestured, throwing his arms wide.


What Do New York Schools Actually Do With State Test Scores?

The standardized testing process is a little mysterious. Third through eighth graders take New York state exams every spring. But once they’re done, everybody goes on summer break. Where do the results go? Last week schools around the state received those results.

A Teen Discussion on Permaculture & Sustainable Agriculture

This audio piece was written and recorded by students in Mrs. Gimma’s production class at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. 
Permaculture and Sustainable Agriculture:  Two growing agricultural businesses in America
Large farming requires high maintenance and very often the need for chemicals and pesticides to keep up with the high yielding needs. This is proven to be very unhealthy for consumers. More recently in Central New York and other parts of the world, farmers find that small farm operations, such as permaculture or sustainable agriculture, is worth the extra cost. It creates healthier crops and supports smaller business instead of large mono-cropping corporations.

A Teen Discussion on Landfill Use

This audio piece was written and recorded by students in Mrs. Gimma’s production class at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Youth Voice students explore  environmental science topics of personal interest while learning production skills from WSKG’s youth media curriculum. Managing solid waste has become an overwhelming task. It has brought tremendous disagreements on how to best dispose of waste safely, efficiently and economically.  The controversies range from the rising costs of disposal, to environmental degradation, to new landfills and incinerators that are needed.


Upgrade Begins For Binghamton-Johnson City Sewage Plant


Binghamton and Johnson City’s wastewater treatment plant is finally getting a makeover. Demolition started Wednesday on an unused section of the plant. That will clear the way for a new facility that will perform the second step of the sewage treatment process. The upgrade is badly needed after a string of flawed renovation attempts dating back to the 90s, but city public works commissioner Gary Holmes says while it’s underway, the plant has no choice but to release water that’s only partially treated. “People flush their toilets every day and take showers,” Holmes says.