Unemployment Dips Below 10% For Most Metro Areas In NY

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor. New York City still topped the list among the state’s metro areas, with an unemployment rate of 16.3% last month, but that’s a drop of nearly four points compared to the city’s numbers in July. When the state Department of Labor released the state’s unemployment rates for July last month, only one metro area had reported an unemployment rate less than 10%. That was Ithaca, where it was 9.9% at the time. But, in August, things changed.

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: Education in the Age of COVID-19
In the premiere episode of Season 3 of Chasing the Dream, we look into local school districts’ response to the COVID-19 crisis and the unique challenges faced by rural schools. Host Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Dr. Patricia Follette, Superintendent of the Whitney Point Central School District. Interviews with students responding to the crisis are also featured as well technology and engineering teachers from Union-Endicott Central School District that stepped up to help their community. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS)
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Community Food Distributions

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Camp at Home!

Who says you can’t create a fun camp-like atmosphere in your home? PBS KIDS has great examples of camp-models that have a TON of activities that will last you at least a week! From reading to math to science to engineering, these camps will be a great addition to your at-home-learning model. (P.S. You don’t have to use them as a full schedule, you CAN pick and choose activities that work for you and your family!)

1. Super WHY! Reading Camp

Each day at Reading Camp, children transform into one of the SUPER WHY characters and take part in reading-based, branded SUPER WHY crafts, games, and songs that practice the targeted early literacy skill of the day: Monday = letter identification, Tuesday = rhyming with word families, Wednesday = letter sounds and spelling, and Thursday = vocabulary and comprehension, Friday = celebrating the accomplishments of the week.

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Jamie’s Ultimate Veg – Roast New Potato & Pickle Salad

Roast New Potato & Pickle Salad

Zingy lemon, mustard, loadsa herbs &crumbled feta
By Jamie Oliver
Serves: 6
Total time: 1 hour

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1.2kg new potatoes
olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 cucumber
100g radishes, ideally with leaves
1/2 a red onion
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 a bunch of fresh dill (15g)
1/2 a bunch of fresh mint (15g)
40g feta cheese

TO PREPARE

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 20 minutes, then drain and steam dry. Tip into a large roasting tray and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil, then add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Bash and add the unpeeled garlic cloves to the tray, then roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, finely grate the lemon zest and pick and finely chop the rosemary.

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Ayana Del Valle, Jessica Pullis, & Naima Kradjian Combo

Ayana Del Valle, Jessica Pullis, & Naima Kradjian Combo
During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents participated in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! WSKG will be sharing this crowd-sourced content via social media, web, and television. Together, let’s share a positive message with our neighbors and place a spotlight on the arts in Broome County! This project is supported by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc. 

Tony Villecco & Kathy Starks Compilation


Tony Villecco & Kathy Starks Compilation
During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents participated in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! WSKG will be sharing this crowd-sourced content via social media, web, and television. Together, let’s share a positive message with our neighbors and place a spotlight on the arts in Broome County! This project is supported by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc. 

Broome County: Join the WSKG Artists’ Neighborhood

**The deadline for this project has passed. Thank you to everyone that participated!**

During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents are invited to participate in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! 

We’re looking for musicians (vocalists, instrumentalists, music groups, etc.) to share their best rendition of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’. Make a video of yourself and share with WSKG. Please use this video for inspiration (and for tempo/key). We should not be able to see or hear the “inspiration” video in your submission, nor any other copyrighted work.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to education-ready, digital resources. PBS LearningMedia has hundreds of thousands of resources to support PreK-12th grade classrooms and students. Resources include videos, audio, photos, images, lesson plans, handouts, primary & secondary documents, self-paced lesson modules, and more. PreK-12th grade focus
Search and filter by: grade level, content type, topic… Save and share with ease.

PBS KIDS

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

Since schools have closed in our area due to the coronavirus, here are some things you can do with your kids while they are learning at home:

1. Download a new PBS KIDS app! Did you know that there are bunches of learning apps for young kids available from PBS KIDS? Find the whole list here: pbskids.org/apps. No need to download them ALL, choose one or two and save the rest for when you need some new ones.

Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade

Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history. Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade airs Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm on WSKG-HD.

Local Teacher Shares ‘Journey Home’ Game

As part of a Spring 2018 Binghamton University Elementary Education Curriculum Development course, Dr. Jenny Gordon assigned graduate students to craft a board game for use in a classroom. Then-student Alisha Jermayne Merrill created ‘Journey Home’, an immersive Social Studies game for grades 3-5 that focuses on Native American cultures. Ms. Merrill drew from her own experiences and culture to develop this game. She is now teaching with the Johnson City School District in Johnson City, NY. Check out our interview with Ms. Merrill here.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Equitable Food Systems
On this final episode of the second season of Chasing the Dream, we look into equitable food systems and the work of Soul Fire Farm near Albany, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Elizabeth Gabriel and Alexas Esposito from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Soul Fire Farm
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments)

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Incarceration & Reentry
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into issues surrounding incarceration and the work of reentry programs such as the Walk With Me Program through the Family Enrichment Network. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Bobby Black, Co-Founder of JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier). The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Walk With Me Program
JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier)
Broome-Tioga NAACP
Broome County Urban League

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Speakers Bureau. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Alicia Swords, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College, about her work with the Speakers Bureau and the Poor People’s Campaign. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
Catholic Charities of Steuben – Turning Point
Poor People’s Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Addiction & Recovery
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the work of Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Angela Sullivan, Executive Director of the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc.
Alternatives to Violence Project – USA
Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Fairview Recovery Services

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

President Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 5.

Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry after months of expressing caution. Here are all the members who have come out on the record in support of the move.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: A Grocery Store for Binghamton’s North Side
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the history and development of a grocery store on Binghamton’s North Side and its impact on local residents. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Diane Brown, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, concerning her organization’s role in this project and the greater community. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Community Foundation for South Central New York
Broome County Council of Churches – CHOW®
United Way of Broome County, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, Lee Barta Community Center

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Community Collaboration & Wellness
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Groton HARVEST community wellness project spearheaded by the Groton Area School District and Groton Public Library. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation surrounding the work being done by public libraries with Pauline Emery, Director of the Southeast Steuben County Library. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Groton Public Library
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Southeast Steuben County Library

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we explore the effects of childhood trauma and highlight the Be the One campaign in Tompkins County. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses trauma informed care and resilience work being done in our communities with Laura Rossman, CEO of ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties, Inc. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
KPJR Films
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Be the One Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Donate now & be entered to win a trip to Chicago to see “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me”

It’s Fall Fundraiser time for WSKG Radio. And when you support WSKG Radio with a contribution you’ll be automatically entered to win the Grand Prize: A Trip for two to Chicago to see a live taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Trip includes:

round-trip airfare for two from Corning, NY to Chicago, IL
three nights’ hotel stay
two tickets to see Peter Sagal and the gang laugh their way through the news at a taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me

Donate now

Approximate retail value $1,500.00. Travel must be completed by 12/31/2020.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: War on Poverty Legacy
On this first episode of season two of Chasing the Dream, we explore the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, talks with Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Head Start Center Locator
New York State Annual Poverty Report – New York State Community Action Association
2020 United States Census
Southern Tier Second Chance Housing

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Ortt Bill Would Waive Fee Imposed Under Cuomo New License Plate Plan

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – State Senator Robert Ortt believes if New York State wants to roll out a newly-designed license plate, motorists shouldn’t be forced to pay to replace their current plates. On Friday, he introduced legislation that would waive that fee, while also questioning the inclusion of one particular proposed design. Under Ortt’s proposal, the $25 fee would be waived, though fees to replace damaged or lost plates would still apply. As the North Tonawanda Republican sees it, the Cuomo plan to replace older plates, with new ones featuring a new design, is not justified. “This is nothing more than a cash grab by New York State and motorists feel the same way,” said Ortt.

Main Street Rising

“Main Street Rising” premieres Monday, June 3, 8pm on WSKG TV

Brian Frey’s newest documentary, Main Street Rising, chronicles the history, successes, and struggles of several Southern Tier communities, including Corning, Elmira, Watkins Glen, and Owego, and how they are now approaching the revitalization of their downtowns. The program will debut on WSKG TV Monday, June 3, 8:00pm.  

Listen to Bill Snyder’s interview of filmmaker Brian Frey.  

Supporters Sue To Open Safe Injection Site In Philadelphia, Citing Religious Freedom

A nonprofit group in Philadelphia is fighting in court to be allowed to open the first facility in the country for people to use illegal opioids under medical supervision. The group, called Safehouse, has the backing of local government, yet faces a legal challenge from federal prosecutors. The idea of supervised injection sites is to offer people a space where they can use drugs under the supervision of trained medical staff, who are prepared with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Such sites supply clean needles and other supplies, but users bring their own drugs. After people are finished taking drugs, staff can talk to them about accessing treatment, legal counseling, housing and other social services.

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‘How to Win at Business’ Student Radio Drama

What would happen if we combined the creative writing of students and teachers with the audio technology of today? Something awesome, we think! And it did. A group of local students entered WSKG’s An Ear for Drama Contest. Their winning script ‘How to Win at Business’ follows the rivalry between two store owners as they try to best each other in business. Oz Tay, Torin Knapp, and Riley Knapp are the students who wrote the script.

Receiving WSKG TV by antenna

As many viewers are “cutting the cord” and returning to receiving TV stations by antenna, we’re hearing from more viewers who want to receive WSKG’s over-the-air signal. WSKG broadcasts on digital channel 46.1 in Binghamton and 30.1 in Corning, both of which carry three sub-channels (see below). There are several benefits to watching this way:

Picture quality is often better than cable or satellite, as those signals are digitally compressed more than the over-the-air signal… i.e. there’s more digital information in the broadcast signal
WSKG and other stations supply built-in program guides within broadcast signals that many digital TVs can receive and display
WSKG broadcasts a total of four TV channels locally: WSKG HD (our main channel), PBS Kids (making learning fun 24/7), Create (cooking, painting, travel, etc) and World (documentaries, news, etc)

ANTENNA PLACEMENT
Antenna position is critical as it affects signal strength. The location of your antenna may affect one channel more than other channels as TV towers are not necessarily located next to each other.

Hear Here! | Compassion Harp

Sometimes music helps people communicate when they can’t use words. Jayne Demakos of Compassion Harp is a therapeutic harpist. Every weekend, she visits a nursing home to play for the people facing both physical or emotional challenges. 

In this segment, we tag along on one of her visits.

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.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Youth Programming
On this final episode of season one of Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of the Southside Community Center and CUMEP (Community Unity Music Education Program) in Ithaca, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the importance of youth programming in our region with Emily Bowler of the Addison Youth Center. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Southside Community Center
Addison Youth Center
Chemung County Youth Bureau
New York State Network for Youth Success
Broome County Urban League
Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

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.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Struggles on College Campuses
This week on Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of Anabel’s Grocery at Cornell University. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues currently facing college students with Deborah Mohlenhoff of Tompkins Cortland Community College. The episode concludes with a story from a college student chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Anabel’s Grocery
Tompkins Cortland Community College Food Pantry

170 North St, Dryden, NY – Main Building – Room 114

Food for Thought SUNY Broome
National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness
Wisconsin Hope Lab

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Jobs & Opportunity
This week on Chasing the Dream, we take a look at the Perfectly Suited program at the YWCA Binghamton. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding job training and employment opportunities in our region with Carole Coppens of the YWCA Binghamton. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

YWCA Binghamton
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York
Broome County Urban League
Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York
Delaware, Chenango, Madison, Otsego (DMCO) BOCES
Bradford County Action, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Transportation
This week on Chasing the Dream, we hear from the founder of S&P Mobility and his inspiration for starting this business. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding transportation with Jack Salo of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with stories from local community members chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

GetThere Call Center
511NY – Traffic, Travel, and Transit Information
Deposit Foundation, Inc.
Schuyler County Transit
The Institute for Human Services
Tompkins County FISH: Friends in Service Helping

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: Food Insecurity
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments) and their collaboration with CHOW® (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse of Broome County Council of Churches) is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses hunger and food systems in our region with Erin Summerlee of the Food and Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

VINES
CHOW®
Food and Health Network of South Central New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

New York’s Opioid Crisis

WSKG Public Media joins with the public broadcasters of New York State in focusing attention on the opioid epidemic, with special programming the week of October 15 – 19 and beyond. Resources
Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website. The special programing aired during Opioid Week on WSQX radio and WSKG TV is made possible by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. WSQX Radio
Monday, October 15 @ 11:00am on WSQX – The Pulse: Crisis Mode, PRX, WHYY As drug overdose deaths continue to soar, cities hit hard by the opioid crisis are considering a controversial new proposal: safe injection sites. Tuesday, October 16 @ 11:00am on WSQX – Take Care #3, PRX, WRVO
The theme of this episode is the national opioid epidemic and what doctors and organizations are doing to combat it.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Childcare & Support for Parents
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work and stories of Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding childcare in our region with Jennifer Perney of Family Enrichment Network. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira
Family Enrichment Network
Economic Opportunity Program, Inc.
Mothers & Babies
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Thank you! Drive went over goal

The Fall Membership Campaign is history! Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Together, we raised over $155,000, and will send more than 10,000 meals to neighbors in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The lucky winners of the Hamilton tickets were Sondra and David Pruden of Endwell. Congratulations!

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Housing & Dignity
On this second episode of Chasing the Dream, the work of Second Wind Cottages in Newfield, NY is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of faith in philanthropy with Sister Mary of Tioga County Rural Ministry. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Second Wind Cottages
Tioga County Rural Ministry
Binghamton Rescue Mission
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Arbor Housing and Development
The Impact Project

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: An Introduction
On this first episode of Chasing the Dream, an overview and history of poverty in our area is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of philanthropy with Judith Peckham, Executive Director of the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

The United Way of Broome County
The Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
Proaction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

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. pic.twitter.com/isht7lkZaj
— 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.

Play It Again, Sam

During the months of May through December, when The Metropolitan Opera is not broadcasting live on WSKG Public Radio, you can enjoy Saturday afternoon with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear on “Play it Again, Sam.”

Agencies Across Central New York Split Over $13 Million To Fight Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor. Wayne O’Connor, of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Syracuse, said the extra cash will help expand his organization that focuses on workforce development, starting in the middle school years. “It will enable us to hire five youth advocates, and some support for those advocates,” said O’Connor. “Every time we add more students, we grow the culture, we grow the program, so it’s significant.”

Hilliside is one of almost two dozen organizations in five counties, awarded a piece of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion decided to split over $13 million between agencies that had successful programs dealing with poverty, as well as some newer ones.

Report: Rural Poverty in America is ‘An Emergency’

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school. Out of 175 nations, the U.S. ranks 36th – far behind Singapore, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which round out the top five — and just behind Bahrain and Belarus in the reportproduced by the advocacy group Save the Children. “We are just above Russia, Kuwait and Bosnia,” says president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “So I wouldn’t say that the United States is doing terribly well as far as childhoods.”

The report looks at so-called childhood enders or “events that rob children of their childhood and prevent them from reaching their full potential,” including things like displacement due to war, gender bias, child labor and child mortality. There are three childhood disruptors that account for why the U.S. ranking is relatively low, says Miles, “One was our infant mortality rate, which is by global standards, pretty high.

Cynthia Nixon: New York Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Supervised Injection Sites To Stop Heroin Overdoses

Democratic candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon says she supports having supervised injection sites in New York state as part of a plan to reduce heroin overdose deaths. 

Supervised injection sites are places where heroin users can inject drugs under medical supervision and get other healthcare. Ithaca is considering opening one. Nixon spoke in Geneva yesterday. “I think it’s very important. She said, “I think it’s a great idea and I think it’s an idea we shouldn’t be afraid of here in New York state. Saving lives is obviously our priority.”

Hear Here! | Singing to Freedom: Slave Songs and the Underground Railroad



Many of us know and love traditional spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Wade in the Water. But a lesser known aspect is that many of these songs served as coded messages for the Underground Railroad. We’ll explore the connection between slavery and the songs that slaves sang on their way to freedom. (Producer: Crystal Sarakas)

Classroom Resources

No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey From Slavery to Emancipation Through Song by Velma Maia Thomas

‘Coded Spirituals’ | A full teacher resource gallery from PBS LearningMedia. Follow the Drinking Gourd | This book, song video, and Reading Rainbow episode offer kids.

Volunteer

WSKG has an ongoing need for volunteers to answer telephones and take pledges during our television and radio fundraisers, and to help serve guests at public receptions. Email Christopher DiRienzo or call at 607-729-0100 x385 for more information. No matter your interest or skill-set, WSKG has on-going volunteer opportunities for just about anyone! If you want to meet new people, and make a difference, we know how you can help! Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome to participate.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Shoppers React To Company’s Decision To Limit Gun Sales

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it will stop selling assault-style rifles like the one used in the Florida high school shooting and won’t sell firearms to anyone under 21. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with Cornell University business ethics professor Dana Radcliffe, who also teaches ethics and public policy at Syracuse University, about the company’s decision.

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Local activists sound off on Dick’s gun sales policy changes

Local gun rights advocates and anti-gun violence activists are offering their thoughts on Wednesday morning’s announcement by a national sporting goods chain that it is ending sales of military-style assault rifles and raising the minimum age for all gun sales to 21. Dick’s Sporting Goods chief executive officer Ed Stack announced his company’s policy changes during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on the same day students were returning to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was at the school accused gunman Nikolas Cruz carried out a mass shooting that left 17 dead and many more wounded. “I applaud them. I think they’re becoming great, responsible corporate citizens,” said Paul McQuillen, Upstate Coordinator for the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Attention WSKG-TV viewers in Cortland and Tompkins counties

WSKG-TV URGES SPECTRUM CABLE
“DON’T DROP WSKG-TV IN TOMPKINS AND CORTLAND COUNTIES”
(Vestal, NY) Spectrum Cable has informed WSKG-TV that it plans to drop the public media TV station from its cable lineup in Tompkins and Cortland counties in the coming weeks. An exact date has not been determined. WSKG President and CEO Greg Catlin says “Spectrum Cable has the right to do this, but we think it’s wrong. Spectrum can continue to carry WSKG-TV in Tompkins and Cortland counties if it chooses, but has chosen not to. Spectrum calls it a business decision.

Free Virtual Workshop: Exploring Arts and Creativity with ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. COMING UP THIS WEEK! Register here:
Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Take advantage of these other free professional development events designed for ECE teachers!

Ithaca 90.9fm: HD Radio impairment

Equipment failure has temporarily stopped the HD portion of Ithaca’s WSQG 90.9fm. Repairs may take a week or longer… The regular analog broadcast is back to normal operation (but this failure is responsible for intermittent outages heard 1/13 – 1/15). We appreciate your reports of reception difficulties.

PA’s Jobless System Nears A Four-Year Funding Solution

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state House has passed a bill to fund the commonwealth’s jobless claims system for another four years, and the Senate will likely agree to it. Last year, a standoff over financial mismanagement in the system resulted in nearly 500 layoffs from unemployment compensation call centers. Lawmakers have struggled since then to right the situation. The House-passed bill would give the UC program more than $115 million, phased out over four years. That’s significantly less than Governor Tom Wolf and other Democrats wanted.

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PA Lawmakers Engage In Extended Fight Over Union Dues

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state House has kicked forward a proposal to outlaw automatic deductions from state workers’ paychecks for union dues that contribute to political activity.  Supporters call it a “paycheck protection” bill. Though they had a lot on their agenda Tuesday, arguments on the measure took up most of the day. Under current law, a nominal amount of taxpayer money is used to make automatic deductions for things like taxes, Medicare, or charitable donations. Union dues are collected this way and many Republicans say that’s improper, since unions also lobby for Democratic causes.   Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe said the bill is intended “stop the use of taxpayer resources from being used by some private political organization to collect their political money that’s used to influence the outcome of elections.”

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PA Voters Testify In Federal Gerrymandering Trial

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – On the second day of trial in a federal case over partisan gerrymandering and the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s congressional district map, seven voters named as plaintiffs in the case testified that they believe their vote doesn’t count.  They’re calling for a new map in time for the 2018 midterm election, when all 18 of Pennsylvania’s congressional seats are up for grabs. Louis Agre, 63, a leader in Philadelphia’s Democratic party, complained that elections aren’t competitive enough in the 2nd congressional district. In the last congressional election in 2016, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-2) defeated Republican challenger James Jones with more than 90 percent of the vote. “Our votes are watered down by living in such a highly concentrated district,” said Agre. Agre, a labor lawyer, testified that there are too many Democrats in the district, which he believes leads to uncompetitive elections and candidates who cater to voters on the far left of the party rather than those in the middle with more moderate views.

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New York State Budget Won’t Be Easy In 2018

ALBANY (WSKG) – One of the biggest challenges that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers will face in 2018 is balancing the state’s budget, which already has a structural deficit of more than $4 billion. On top of that, federal changes to taxes and health care could cost the state billions more in lost funding.  State tax revenues are down, contributing to the largest structural budget gap in seven years. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimates the deficit to be about $4.4 billion. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Liz Krueger, said that news alone would be bad enough.  “That disturbs me, but that’s not what keeps me up at night,” Krueger said in an interview with public radio and television. “What Washington might do to us is what keeps me up at night.” Krueger said the tax overhaul plan now being negotiated by the Republican-led House and Senate is an “endless list” of policy changes that will cost New York, including the ripple effect of ending deductions for state and local taxes.  “The loss of money to taxpayers in New York state through federal actions, will absolutely have enormous ramifications,” said Krueger, who predicted it will result in a loss of “billions and billions” of revenue for the state to fund key programs.  Cuomo, who calls the federal tax proposal “devastating” for New York, said some tough decisions will need to be made.  “The budget is not going to be an easy budget,” Cuomo said.

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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.

2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Algo |Isabella Mesko

BEST DOCUMENTARY | Choices | Shyann Stroud

BEST FICTION/STORY | It’s Not What It Looks Like | Jad Jacob

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Dream Deferred| Nadia Nugent

BEST K-5 | Monster Girl | Colleen McGuinness

BEST 9-12 | Why God? | Evan Pritchard

HONORABLE MENTION 9-12 | Doodle | Tyler Barhydt

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Left to Write | Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, David Mosden, Noah Morris

BEST IN SHOW | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

WSKG Toasts the Last Broadcast of Car Talk

Come raise a glass as WSKG toasts Car Talk’s last on-air broadcast, Sunday, October 1. After which time, WSKG will be airing Weekend Fresh Air and The Folk Sampler during Car Talk’s Saturday and Sunday time slot. So, we ask that you join the WSKG staff at any of these three locations and enjoy  $1 off beers between 1 and 2pm while the episode is airs. Listen, reminisce, and be merry. Cooperstown Brewing Company
110 River St
Milford, NY 13807
12:30p-2:30p

Myer Farm Distillers
7350 State Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521
12:30p-2:30p

Farmhouse Brewery
14 George St
Owego, NY 13827
12:30p-2:30p

Leave us a message and have a chance to hear your voice on the air.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center Welcomes Robercon

Robercon, the annual science fiction convention at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1. Five years ago the first convention was such an overwhelming hit that it had to be expanded to two days, with table-top gaming moved to the Binghamton High School.  Organizer Chris Kocher talks about the discussion groups and the special guests, and some of the events that he is especially excited about. http://wskg.org/audio/robercon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Chris Kocher for Robercon

WSKG Toasts the Last Broadcast of Car Talk

Come raise a glass as WSKG toasts Car Talk’s last on-air broadcast, Sunday, October 1. After which time, WSKG will be airing Weekend Fresh Air and The Folk Sampler during Car Talk’s Saturday and Sunday time slot. So, we ask that you join the WSKG staff at any of these three locations and enjoy  $1 off beers between 1 and 2pm while the episode is airs. Listen, reminisce, and be merry. Cooperstown Brewing Company
110 River St
Milford, NY 13807
12:30p-2:30p

Myer Farm Distillers
7350 State Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521
12:30p-2:30p

Farmhouse Brewery
14 George St
Owego, NY 13827
12:30p-2:30p

Leave us a message and have a chance to hear your voice on the air.

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Harvey Mudd College students Ellen Seidel and Christine Chen work on a summer research project in computer science. Photo: Harvey Mudd College

By Laura Sydell, NPR

A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company’s diversity policies said that there might be biological reasons there are fewer women engineers. But top computer science schools have proven that a few cultural changes can increase the number of women in the field. In 2006, only about 10 percent of computer science majors at Harvey Mudd College were women. That’s pretty low since Harvey Mudd is a school for students who are interested in science, math and technology.

Tell Us Your Solar Eclipse Story

Hey! Are you journeying south to see the total solar eclipse in August? It’s the first time America will experience a total solar eclipse since 1918. However, for those living on the east coast, the path of totality will be limited to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We’re interesting in hearing your story–the reason why you plan on packing up your car to witness this unique moment.

Being Poor: Real Stories of Hope

Connect: NY explores those programs and individuals who are making headway in the fight against poverty in New York State.  How they are changing the trajectory of people’s lives, what tools they use to accomplish their goals – and how their work benefits us all – on this important finale episode of our Connect: NY poverty series. We meet a supervisor and bakery employee who have experienced an entire overhaul in lifestyle since beginning their work with Greyston.   We bring you their stories and an inspiring look at what can happen when a company is willing to take a risk on those in society who are left behind. Joining host Susan Arbetter for a follow up panel discussion in studio are:

Roy Reehil – Oswego County Legislator
Michael Kink, Executive Director – Strong Economy for All Coalition
Diane Cooper-Currier, Executive Director, Oswego County Opportunities
Ruth Pelham – Founder, Music Mobile

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00pm.

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Share the Magic of Beatrix Potter with Your Family

This program recounts the fascinating life story of internationally beloved author Beatrix Potter. More than just a children’s writer, Potter was a compelling storyteller and artist who brought classic characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to life with her beautifully detailed illustrations. Seventy-five years after her death, British actress and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge takes viewers on a journey to Potter’s home in the English countryside, where she examines an original sketchbook and even reads passages from the personal journal Beatrix began during her teenage years. A passionate fan and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, Routledge presents viewers with a close-up look at Potter’s illustrations, the Cumbrian farmland she called home, and even a personal journal begun during her teenage years. Released in 2016 to commemorate her 150th birthday, the program also ties into the release of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, a story that was written just before World War I but never published during the lifetime of its remarkable author.

Being Poor: Meet ALICE, the Working Poor

This episode is the fifth in the new six-part series “Being Poor in New York State.” WCNY director of public affairs, Susan Arbetter hosts this program where we explore what it looks like to live in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means.  Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness. In this WCNY six-part “Connect: NY” series, viewers are exposed to the world of poverty in New York State and the choices and sacrifices both the urban and rural poor must make every day to survive. Who are the working poor?  If you are working one job or multiple jobs, is it still possible to fall short financially when it comes to affording the basic necessities of life? The United Way’s study of financial hardship, nicknamed “ALICE” referring to Asset Limited,Income Constrained, Employed individuals aims to answer these questions and provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than just state and federal poverty guidelines.

Printable Program Guides for May 2017

We’ve stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Image linking is broken… please click the title of the guide you wish to see. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX
WSKG HDTV condensed guide
WSKG DT-2, “PBS Kids” condensed guide
WSKG DT-3, “Create” condensed guide
WSKG DT-4, “World” condensed guide
WSKG HDTV DAYTIME condensed guide
WSKG HDTV WEEKEND DAYTIME condensed guide
EXPANDED LISTINGS for WSKG HDTV
EXPANDED LISTINGS for WSKG DT-2, “PBS Kids”
EXPANDED LISTINGS for WSKG DT-3, “Create”
EXPANDED LISTINGS for WSKG DT-4, “World”
 

 

 

 

 

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Small NY Cities Wonder Whether To Fund Stadiums

Public money is often used to fund stadium upgrades. Elected officials say it builds up a local economy by attracting businesses, who want to set up nearby, and people, who spend their dollars in the city. That claim is debated in major league cities around the country. But what about smaller cities, like Elmira and Binghamton? Could stadiums benefit those economies?

Now Streaming: The Bronte Sisters, Ovarian Psycos, and More

It’s TV on your time. Consider adding a few of these shows and documentaries to your watchlist this weekend. Click +Add to save the show for later or begin streaming online right away. It’s WSKG on your schedule. To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
Expires: April 9, 2017
Learn the extraordinary story of how, against all odds, the famous literary trio had their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world.

Four Weeks Left for Children to Enter Annual Writing Contest

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

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

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

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Watch Live: PBS President Paula Kerger Presents on the Impact of Public Media

The White House’s proposed budget would cause major cuts to public media funding (among other programs). In light of this proposal, PBS President Paula Kerger will be in Detroit for a presentation to members of the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) on the impact of public media in America on Friday, March 24. The presentation be streamed live online when it begins at 12:30 a.m.

PBS currently stands as one of America’s most trusted news sources. Kerger plans to share this and many more insights into how PBS plans to remain a valued and innovative force in a constantly changing media landscape. She will also discuss how PBS is working with stations, like WSKG, to close the achievement gap by expanding educational resources for teachers and children.

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Tompkins County Administrator Questions Cuomo’s Consolidation Proposal

While lawmakers debate New York’s budget in Albany, the head of Tompkins County is worried about one of the proposals. The proposal would require local governments to come up with a way to consolidate services by November. Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane thinks that’s too much, too fast. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo proposed requiring counties to develop a plan with municipalities to share services. Cuomo said this would relieve property taxes.

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Unpacking Changes To How New York Values Solar

Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses. WSKG’s Gabe Altieri spoke with Valessa Souter-Kline, who works with NYSEIA, about what the decision means for the solar industry. NYSEIA is a trade association that advocates for the solar industry. On what the Public Service Commission decided: 

Valessa Souter-Kline: This new system gets into ‘what is solar actually providing to the grid?’

President's budget eliminates public media funding

The President’s budget proposes eliminating public media funding. Without this critical seed funding, WSKG may be forced to cut the programs you love and the public services your community relies on. Your community could lose access to educational content for children, emergency communication services, local programming, trusted news and more. Act now to save your stations. Sign this petition urging Congress to continue the essential funding for public media and your local stations.

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Our Commitment to Your Privacy

We take your privacy seriously and want you to understand how we do and don’t use information about you. Below you’ll find information about our commitment to ensuring the privacy of your personally identifiable information (such as your full name, address, email address, telephone number, and/or other identifying information). If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at WSKGcomment@wskg.org. WSKG may ask for your personally identifiable information (like your name, address, email address, phone number or credit card information) but we will never willfully disclose any of this information to a non-affiliated third party without first receiving your permission (unless required by law). This means, we may email you to join a new newsletter list or ask you to renew your membership when it expires, and we may share your information with third party vendor service providers or WSKG affiliates such as PBS or NPR.

World channel returns to WSKG line-up

When WSKG replaced WORLD with PBS Kids, we received an unprecedented amount of feedback asking for the return of WORLD. We’re pleased to announce we have added back the World channel to our over-the-air broadcasts. We are working with cable companies to get World back on cable as well. The addition of this fourth channel carries a significant annual cost. If you value the programming on World, please consider making a special donation to support World on WSKG.

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Already a Sustainer, but need to update your credit card number or expiration date? Click here. Your monthly donation provides reliable support for programs like Morning Edition, Antiques Roadshow, Classical Music, PBS Kids, and Masterpiece.  Change your credit card number or expiration date by pressing this button:

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Local Teens Share Hopes & Concerns for the Country

Students in Carrie Tracey’s English classes at Union-Endicott School District’s Tiger Ventures spent the fall semester discussing critical issues facing their community and the nation. Their ideas went into a writing assignment, part of Letters to the Next President 2.0, a project aimed at engaging youth ages 13-18 across the U.S.

 

Listen to this audio postcard produced by WSKG’s Sarah Gager, which highlights some of the ideas and voices of Tiger Ventures students that participated in Letters to the Next President 2.0.  

This visual slideshow offers additional insight into the experience that these local students had including diversity of expression – through full letters, photos, graphics, and focus statements – crafted by and with the students. Interested in trying something similar in your classroom? Check out this project overview and modify as needed.

Silent Drive

Sh! This month, WSKG is holding a “silent campaign,” a pledge drive without any program interruptions. New members are especially needed… people like you who have never donated to WSKG before. Support independent news and creative special programming.

Expressions: Holiday Harmonies

WSKG Arts proudly presents a special Expressions program featuring the area’s very best jazz musicians performing some holiday classics! This hour long program showcases the groups Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe and the duet of Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett. Selections include ‘Let It Snow’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Favorite Things’. https://youtu.be/OLfEF8nFICU

SETLIST:

1) Miles Ahead-Let It Snow
2) The Little Big Band-Jingle Bell Rock/Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
3) Ron & Rhonda-Mary, Did You Know
4) Ultra Vibe-Christmas Time Is Here
5) The Little Big Band-Go Tell It On The Mountain
6) Miles Ahead-Blue Christmas
7) Ron & Rhonda-Merry Christmas, Darling
8) The Big Band-Jingle Jazz Jam
9) Ultra Vibe-Favorite Things
10) Ron & Rhonda-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11) Miles Ahead-Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12) The Little Big Band-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in 'Cyber-Seniors'

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in ‘Cyber-Seniors’

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Tonight at 8pm | New York’s 22nd: A League of Women Voters Debate

With no incumbent, the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District should be competitive. WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties present a live debate on Thursday evening, November 3rd, featuring candidates in the 22nd District. Martin Babinec, Invited and confirmed
Kim Myers, Invited and confirmed
Claudia Tenney – Invited and confirmed
Crystal Sarakas, host/moderator

In a debate governed with rules set by the LWV, the candidates will be on WSKG TV and WSQX Radio talking about their qualifications, government policies and answering questions submitted via Twitter (#NY22) and Facebook. Tune in at 8:00pm. Our Studio is filled to capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations for audience members at this time.

Tonight at 8pm | New York's 22nd: A League of Women Voters Debate

With no incumbent, the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District should be competitive. WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties present a live debate on Thursday evening, November 3rd, featuring candidates in the 22nd District. Martin Babinec, Invited and confirmed
Kim Myers, Invited and confirmed
Claudia Tenney – Invited and confirmed
Crystal Sarakas, host/moderator

In a debate governed with rules set by the LWV, the candidates will be on WSKG TV and WSQX Radio talking about their qualifications, government policies and answering questions submitted via Twitter (#NY22) and Facebook. Tune in at 8:00pm. Our Studio is filled to capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations for audience members at this time.

Support WSKG on One Day Wednesday–and help keep our community warm

You’ve come to rely on WSKG for news, information and music programing that touches your heart and mind. WSKG is your Public Media Station. On October 19th, 2016, WSKG celebrates One Day Wednesday. We’ve significantly reduced the amount of time we spend on air asking for your support. Because of this, your contribution is more important than ever.

Fan-Favorite Series 'Odd Squad' Debuts First-Ever Movie

In the new ODD SQUAD: The Movie, when a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrives with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad is run out of business. The agents are forced to disband and return to life as regular kids. When they learn the gadget isn’t solving problems, but only covering them up, the original Odd Squad agents, Olive and Otto, return to team up with the new Odd Squad. Together, they use math and teamwork to disprove Weird Team and prevent rampant oddness. https://youtu.be/mFYDoz1WRbk?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

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.

An Exploration Of Contemporary Aboriginal Art At Cornell

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting is an exhibit showcasing the work of nine Aboriginal artists from the remote northwest region of Australia. The paintings incorporate sacred and ceremonial objects, traditional symbols and themes with a modern interpretation. The exhibit opened this week at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. Andy Weislogel is a curator at the Johnson Museum and he joined Crystal Sarakas to talk about the exhibition. The nine artists whose work is part of the exhibition are Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, Billy Joongoorra Thomas, and Prince of Wales (Midpul). The exhibition is on display through August 14 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca.

WSQX in Ithaca; new programs for weekend mornings

Beginning Saturday, June 11, WSQX will feature a new line-up of weekend morning programming. Years of research has shown that WSQX has had almost no listenership to jazz on Sunday mornings, which means it’s providing nearly no service to our community during that time of day. As a result, we’ve decided to invest in Sunday morning programming and enhance the quality of our service with the addition of news and information programs, such as the radio versions of “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Travels with Rick Steves.” Plus, a new, weekly program, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” which is already winning popularity among public radio stations nationwide. Saturdays on WSQX, starting June 11
5:00am – World Update (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007dhp8
Sundays on WSQX, starting June 12
5:00am – World Update (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007dhp8
6:00am – Interfaith Voices http://interfaithradio.org
7:00am- America’s Test Kitchen https://www.americastestkitchen.com
8:00am – Travel with Rick Steves https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/radio
9:00am – New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC) http://www.wnyc.org/shows/tnyradiohour
10:00am – NEW TIME: Weekend Edition http://www.npr.org/programs/weekend-edition-sunday/
12:00pm – NEW TIME: Capitol Pressroom Weekend https://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/

Check out the complete printable WSKG and WSQX radio schedule.

Late Fringe Web Exclusive Interview with Director Akram Shibly

WSKG Arts new series Late Fringe is dedicated to showcasing the work of talented directors from New York State and this Web Exclusive has host Phil Westcott chatting with filmmaker Akram Shibly. Akram’s politically charged films are featured in the third episode of Late Fringe and he discusses how he was able to film inside a Syrian refugee camp and the ideas he is trying to convey with his close-up style of filmmaking. In addition to discussing his films, Akram also describes the role the media has in framing the public’s opinion of world affairs and why Binghamton is a great place to make movies. https://youtu.be/TITriuk5f2o

Enjoy the interview and then watch Late Fringe, Saturday night at midnight on WSKG-TV! Special Thanks to Ilana Lipowicz

Technical Difficulties on WSKG TV

UPDATE:
Our engineers replaced a piece of equipment (the “exciter” on our transmitter) Thursday, 5/5. We’re hoping this fixes the glitches. Are you still seeing them? Please let us know. Freezes, Glitches, Drop Outs
It’s as frustrating for us as it is for you.

Operation Lighthouse Rescue

 Gay Head Lighthouse approaches new footing. Photo credit:  Joby Lubman

NOVA Operation Lighthouse Rescue airs on WSKG-TV May 4, 2016 at 9pm. On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse is soon to become the next victim of the persistent erosion of the island’s cliffs. Built in 1856 and weighing more than 400 tons, the structure soars 175 feet above the sea. But over the years, storms and the raging ocean have eroded the headland away.

Printable Program Guides for May 2016

We’ve stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX

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New PBS KIDS Episodes Encourage Families to Explore the Outdoors

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of new episodes of Nature Cat and Wild Kratts including the 100th episode of Wild Kratts on April 28 in a 100-themed show! Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV.  New Wild Kratts episodes will air beginning Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00am and 5:00pm.  The new Nature Cat shows air at 8:00am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/lYzR411nfo4

 

A Choir of Cellos Performs New Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department presents cello professor Zachary Sweet in a recital of music by Ligeti, Messiaen, and Brahms this Thursday evening in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Also on the program is the premier of a new work by Binghamton University composer Daniel Romberger. http://wskg.org/audio/zacharysweet.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

The Early Works Of Ansel Adams Are Highlighted In Cooperstown

Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs captured the American West with a level of sharpness and detail that seems far advanced for his time. Now, a collection of his early works will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about Ansel Adams and his legacy. Ansel Adams: Early Works opens April 1 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It will be on display until September 18.

An Unexpected Find Leads an Artist in a New Direction

Potter Leslie Green Guilbault was in a professional quandary. She had just finished one job, unrelated to her training in art, and was wondering what to do next. She took a winter walk in the woods with her ten year old son.  He spotted the sad remains of a fawn that had been killed by a coyote. They took the bones home and Ms. Guilbault introduced herself to bone carving.  She also uses the ‘sgraffito’ technique in her pottery to create arresting designs on pieces that more than display pieces; they are useful as well. http://wskg.org/audio/guilbaultmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Leslie Green Guilbault

Young Writers Get Together in a Play at Know Theatre

Know Theatre is presenting Theresa Rebeck’s play ‘Seminar’.  The battle lines are drawn when a group of young writers hire a famous novelist to help them improve their work. Director Tim Gleason and actor Joanna Patchett talk about the issues these writers are dealing with, and the issues their idolized instructor is dealing with himself. http://wskg.org/audio/seminarmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Know Theatre

SeaWorld Announces End to Killer Whale Breeding

PBS Newshour Extra, Teacher Resources 7-12gr. SeaWorld will end its orca whale breeding program following growing controversy and protests over the animals’ captivity in recent years. In the announcement, made with the Humane Society, SeaWorld said the orcas currently residing within their facilities will remain in their care, but that the parks’ famous theatrical shows involving the animals will phase out as they cease breeding. Criticism by animal rights activists and the wider public grew after an orca drowned a SeaWorld trainer in 2010. The 2013 documentary “Blackfish” brought even more attention to the subject by examining the psychological effects of captivity on orcas.

An Opera is Revived After 400 Years

A team of musicians under the direction of Cornell University professor Neal Zaslaw has created a performing edition of Agostino Agazzari’s 1606 pastoral opera ‘Eumelio’.  The Cornell Early Music Lab is performing it on March 19 and 20 in the Klarman Hall Auditorium. http://wskg.org/audio/eumelio.mp3

 

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Claus Evans Returns to the Stage in a Memorable Role

Jan DeAngelo and Company are presenting Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s beloved musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ this weekend in the Jewish Community Center. Jan has coaxed local actor Claus Evans out of retirement to play the milkman Tevye. Jan talks about working with Claus and finding new things in this musical that premiered in 1964. http://wskg.org/audio/fiddlermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kathleen Nugent Murray

Ireland and the Finger Lakes Compete for a Photographer's Attention

Photographer John Francis McCarthy is displaying his photographs of Ireland and the Finger Lakes through April in the Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery on State Street in downtown Binghamton.  He talks about his annual trips to Ireland, and the circumstances that led to his taking his well-known picture of sunset over the Finger Lakes. http://wskg.org/audio/mccarthymix.mp3

 

Photo credit: John Francis McCarthy, FingerLakes Photography

'Let's Polka' Maestro's Men Web Exclusive

The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996. The musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. WSKG’s Let’s Polka is proud to welcome Dennis Polisky and his Maestro’s Men back to the stage for another half hour of fun! This clip promotes a brand new episode of Let’s Polka and a web exclusive performance of the Thoughts of Love Waltz.

Memories of a Summer in Ireland Come to Life at BU

Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Brian Friel’s award-winning play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.  It’s a time of change between the two World Wars, and those changes are finally coming to rural Ireland. The changes are viewed as a hazy memory by the son of one a group of five sisters. Director Elizabeth Mozer tells us about this beautiful play about joy and family in the midst of hard and uncertain times. http://wskg.org/audio/lughnasmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University

Printable program guides for March 2016

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The Ithaca Ballet Ventures into Jazz and Modern Dance

The Ithaca Ballet is presenting ‘WinterDance’ in the Hangar Theatre this weekend.  The dancers prove their versatility with various styles of dance to a wide variety of music.  Choreographer Cindy Reid talks about the program, which includes new works and seasoned favorites, as well as some comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/winterdancemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

Art Exhibit Opens Saturday in Windsor

The work of 48 artists will be on display in the Member Show at the Windsor Whip Works exhibit. An opening reception takes place on February 27 at 6 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display through April 2nd. Bill Pesce, co-founder of the arts center, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming show.  

Iceman Reborn

NOVA Iceman Reborn airs on WSKG TV February 17, 2016 at 9pm. He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreaking discoveries about a crucial time in human history. But in order to protect him from contamination, this extraordinary body has been locked away, out of reach, in a frozen crypt – until now.

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Two One-Act Operas by Menotti and Bernstein

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy ‘The Telephone’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ are presented in the round in the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton in four performances this weekend. Stage Director Carleen Graham and conductor Warren Jones talk about this innovative production. http://wskg.org/audio/tahiti2.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bunn Hill Photo and Randy Cummings

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from Cyberchase, our very own Good to Know series, and PBS LearningMedia. Sessions include math workstations, Math & Movement, Transformational Geometry, Flipped Classroom, Math and Computer Science, MIND Research Institute, Texas Instruments, and more!  The conference is sponsored by Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Broome County Teacher Center.  Click here for more information.

Black History Month

WSKG celebrates the achievements of African Americans all year, but since official recognition by the U.S. Government in 1976, there’s been a special focus each February. In 1976, President Gerald Ford encouraged all Americans to  “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Here are some of WSKG’s special programs for Black History Month. WSKG TV | Black History Month on PBS

WSKG TV | Rise of the Black Pharaohs
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high.

Revealed: WPA Murals on display at the Johnson Museum

In 1935, the Federal Art Project was established. It was part of President Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration, and employed thousands of artists over the next decade to create art for public spaces in federal buildings. Four murals – by Ilya Bolotowsky, Albert Swinden, Joseph Rugolo, and Dane Chanase – were commissioned for the Hospital of Chronic Diseases on Welfare Island (later named Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Roosevelt Island). Goldwater Hospital was set to be demolished, to make way for a new building. But first, three of the murals were removed.

Barbara Idzikowska

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles Barbara Idzikowska. Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for over twenty years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb…, a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get Stankiewicz.

Viewing the Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

Oiling diagram for the Franklin car. Science Friday airs on WSQX January 8, 2016 from 2-4pm. This week, General Motors announced that it would pour $500 million into the ride-sharing service Lyft, with an aim of eventually producing a fleet of self-driving cars. And the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with autonomous vehicle tech tidbits from companies such as Toyota and Nvidia. But what might a future in which all cars can drive themselves do to our cities, towns, and society?

Singer-songwriter Devinne Meyers talks about her music and the local music scene

Devinne Meyers got her start on YouTube, where she posts videos that embrace a DIY approach while showcasing her incredible voice and talent. Her first album, Unrefined, was recorded in her apartment closet. She’s working on a new solo album, and working on an album with her band, East Coast Bigfoot. Devinne will be performing on Friday, January 8 at 9 p.m. at the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. You can also check out Devinne’s music online.

Gilbert & Sullivan's collegiate satire feels at home in the Finger Lakes

Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on women’s education, Princess Ida, has been relocated to a thinly disguised Wells College in the late 1800s by Anthony Di Renzo. The Cornell Savoyards are on a tour of this version, now appearing at the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 10th at 3pm. Two wealthy robber barons unite to launder their ill-gotten gains by founding a college, but the high-minded daughter of one of them refuses to cooperate, and opens her own university. http://wskg.org/audio/Idafinal.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Savoyards Musical Theatre

 

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?

Gamut program guide for January 2016

It’s the last issue of WSKG’s Gamut Program guide. As our President & CEO Brian Sickora mentioned last month, we’ve decided to re-prioritize over $50,000 annually in member donations we’ve spent producing and mailing Gamut. We want to create more and better local programs and services for our entire audience. Click through to read about how WSKG’s Audience Services department will serve our members beginning Feburary 1, 2016.            

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.”

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood | Holiday Specials

Happy Holidays from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! The holidays are just around the corner, so don’t forget that GRR-ific wintery episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are coming your way!  Watch on WSKG TV Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th! Special episodes include: “Daniel’s Winter Adventure”, ”Neighborhood Nutcracker”, “Snowflake Day”, “A Snowy Day” and “Tutu All the Time”.  Cozy up, drink some cocoa, and enjoy!

A choreographic cocktail party comes to Norwich

Ballets with a Twist presents Cocktail Hour in Norwich. Artistic Director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus talks about this show of short dances, each inspired by a cocktail.  Some are humorous, some are thoughtful, and they have original music by composer Stephen Gaboury.  “Cocktail Hour, harks back to a time when entertainment was an engaging, vibrant social experience. Inspired by the likes of Busby Berkeley and Lucille Ball and infused with the exotic flavor of legendary Hollywood haunts Trader Vic’s and Coconut Grove, this pop-infused production brings timeless American spirits to life, launching the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage.” http://wskg.org/audio/ballettwistmix.mp3

 

Photo by Nico Malvaldi via Ballets with a Twist

Nature Cat Special

Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.  Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, a “backyard explorer extraordinaire!” Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: he’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature! Fortunately, Nature Cat’s animal friends are at his side to share in his deep love for Mother Nature, passion for exploring the great outdoors, and swashbuckling wanderlust of old-fashioned backyard adventure.

New York 52: A League of Women Voters Event

This debate featured the candidates for New York Senate District 52, Democrat Barbara Fiala and Republican Fred Akshar.  WSKG’s Director of News & Public Affairs, Charles Compton, served as moderator.  The event was organized by the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties and was held in front of a studio audience.  The debate aired live on WSKG TV and WSKG Radio on Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm. Watch the full debate:

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Mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis is part of a duet concert in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present an afternoon of vocal music at the Stamford United Methodist Church with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, baritone Robert Mellon, and pianist Thomas Muraco. Ms. Bryce-Davis lived in Binghamton as a child and was a member of the Treble Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Maestro Muraco recently conducted Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust. It’s a wide-ranging program of songs by American composer Amy Beach and German composer Hugo Wolf, along with some Broadway and zarzuela selection, capped by a stormy duet from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stamfordfriends.mp3

 

Photos courtesy Raehann Bryce-Davis

American Graduate Champion | Joe Renton

Joe Renton is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion! For nearly twenty years he and wife Barbara have provided informal music lessons to students in upstate New York. Mr. Renton volunteered with local high school bands on a daily basis providing instruction and mentorship to hundreds of students. Additionally, the Rentons sponsored music lessons and trips to the Binghamton Philharmonic for students to help cultivate a culture of music in the community. “Many activities come and go over time, but your knowledge of music is a lifelong gift that will open many doors for you.

The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival

The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival. http://wskg.org/audio/yiddishtheatremix.mp3

 

Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies

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.

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PBS programs receive 30 Primetime Emmy® Award nominations

On July 16, 2015 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy® Awards, for which PBS programs received 30 nominations. PBS programs receiving multiple nominations include MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” (8 nominations), MASTERPIECE “Wolf Hall” (8 nominations), THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (3 nominations) and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” (3 nominations). Also nominated was “The Great Invisible” which aired as a simulcast on Pivot and INDEPENDENT LENS on PBS. See all the PBS nominees & more awards
“PBS is very honored to have received 30 Emmy® nominations this year for our work across a variety of genres,” said PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger. “In addition to powerful dramas like MASTERPIECE’s ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Downton Abbey,’ PBS is sharing important stories about American history and culture, and our nominations this year reflect the diversity of our programming.

Lily Lake Picnic | #tbt

Some early picnickers enjoy a meal near Lily Lake in what would become Chenango Valley State Park. The state park was created in the 1930’s and many of the park’s trails and amenities were built by workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal program. Today, the park is still a great place to enjoy a picnic. Learn more about Chenango Valley State Park in our Uniquely New York video series:

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Scott Harrison with "Swingin' in Spring"

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Australian theatre organist Scott Harrison performing “Swingin’ in Spring” on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm in the Forum on Washington St. in downtown Binghamton.  He is joined with a Dixieland Jazz Band with Rob Weinberger, Arslan Kachadourian, Ryan Zawel, Chris Mann, and Michael Wellen. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039756.mp3

 

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