TV Programming Resources & Schedule

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Detroit Public TV is responding to the learning needs of families with children at home as a result of Michigan schools being closed because of the COVID-19 crisis by adjusting its entire daytime programming schedule.

From 7a until 6p Monday through Friday, DPTV will offer blocks of programming geared to specific age groups – early childhood, middle school and high school – on its main broadcast channel (56.1), as part of a collaboration with Michigan’s public television stations and the national PBS system.

Programming & Activities

Learning Resources for Friday, June 5

  • 12 pm: Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation
    See the challenges and breakthroughs encountered while working on the design of the Blackbird, the world’s fastest and highest-flying aircraft.
    Related Resource
    (Engineering, Grades 6-12)

  • 1 pm: Genius by Stephen Hawking: Are We Alone?
    Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 2 pm: Poetry in America: Those Winter Sundays
    Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays” offers a meditation on the fraught love between fathers and sons. Conjuring Depression-era industrial Detroit and the struggles of early 20th-century African Americans, the poem’s universality makes it one of the most beloved in the American canon.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)

  • 2:30 – 5 pm: Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing
    Recorded live at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, June 4

  • 12 pm: Wild Metropolis: Survivors
    As the urban world grows, animals are displaced from land that belonged to them. From herons to humpback whales, follow the captivating stories of wild survivors.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 1 pm: Climate Change – The Facts
    Learn about the impact of climate change (what could happen if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees?) and discover how the latest innovations and technology pose potential solutions that may prevent further damage.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)

  • 2 pm: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
    Learn about the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad based on historical records and on the stories of living American Muslims who call Muhammad the Messenger of God.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

  • 3 pm: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (Cont.)
    Learn about the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad based on historical records and on the stories of living American Muslims who call Muhammad the Messenger of God.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

  • 4 pm: Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 5: The Atlantic Age
    Explore the impact of the Atlantic trading world, which gave rise to powerful new kingdoms but also to the transatlantic slave trade.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, June 3

 

  • 12 pm: Wild Metropolis: Commuters
    In a modern migration, animals travel in and out of cities to find food or shelter or to start a family. See if the secret to success in a fast-changing world is commuting.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm: Beyond A Year in Space
    Scott Kelly spent a year in space: What happened when he returned, and how did the time in space affect his body?
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 2 pm: Asian Americans, Episode 1: Breaking Ground
    Barred by anti-Asian laws, they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants” and yet build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 8-12)

  • 3 pm: Asian Americans, Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty
    An American-born generation straddles its country of birth and its parents’ homelands during World War II, when families are imprisoned in detention camps and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 8-12)

  • 4 pm: The Greeks, Episode 3: Chasing Greatness
    Discover how the ancient Greeks finally reached the peak of civilization—revolutionizing art, architecture, drama, philosophy, and government—and left a legacy that still points the way forward. This show contains material that may be sensitive for some students. 
    Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this show is suitable for their class.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Tuesday, June 2

  • 12 pm: Wild Metropolis: Residents
    From pythons in Bangkok to otters in Singapore, cities may seem unlikely havens for wildlife, but for animals able to adapt, the urban world is filled with opportunity.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 1 pm: NOVA: Killer Floods
    Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than the world’s top 10 rivers combined.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)

  • 2 pm: 10 Modern Marvels That Changed America
    A whirlwind tour of 10 engineering feats that made our civilization possible: from the Erie Canal and Eads Bridge, to the Holland Tunnel and Hoover Dam.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

  • 3 – 4:30 pm: Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
    After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial rule.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

  • 4:30 pm: The Future of America’s Past: Transcontinental
    High in the Utah desert in 1869, a ceremonial golden spike marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, June 1

 

  • 12 pm:SciGirls: Cartoon Coders
    Fueled by their passion for technology and social justice, Kanah, Margaret, and Eh Lay create a computer animation that urges kids to take action in their own communities.
    Related Resource
    (Engineering, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:Sci Girls: Super Sleuths
    Emi and friends team up with real forensic scientists to solve the mysterious theft of the priceless ‘Queen of the Forest’ ceremonial mask.
    (Engineering, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:Genius by Stephen Hawking: Can We Time Travel?
    Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to determine if time travel is possible.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:The Registry
    During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service to serve as interpreters and interrogators; military scholars say these men shortened the war by two years.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Earthrise
    Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions. This show contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this show is suitable for their class.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Earthrise (Cont.)
    Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions. This show contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this show is suitable for their class.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 12 pm: The Amazing Human Body: Grow
    Learn how humans begin life as a single cell and, over the course of a lifetime, grow into beings of more than 37 trillion cells, and explore new discoveries that can help humans live longer, healthier lives.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm: The Amazing Human Body: Survive
    Discover what the human body goes through every day to stay alive and healthy—from fighting infections to repairing damage, human bodies have remarkable arsenals that allow survival against all kinds of outside threats.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm: The Amazing Human Body: Learn
    See how experience shapes the brain and body together, allowing them to adapt to the outside environment and develop new skills.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm: Poetry in America: To Prisoners
    Learn from Senator John McCain, playwright and activist Anna Deavere Smith, poets Reginald Dwayne Betts and Li-Young Lee, and four exonerated prisoners about poetry’s special resonance for those behind bars.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)
  • 3:30 – 5 pm: American Masters: N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear
    N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Navarro Scott Momaday (House Made of Dawn).
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, May 28

 

Learning Resources for Wednesday, May 27

 

Wednesday, May 27

  • 12 pm: NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City
    Explore the ingenious engineering of Beijing’s Forbidden City and discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquakes.
    (Engineering, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm: NOVA: Killer Floods
    Follow geologists around the globe as they uncover fossil evidence to reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods that violently reshaped the ancient world.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm: American Experience: Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War
    Explore the roles that three leaders, Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, played during some of the most dangerous moments in history.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm: American Experience: Roads to Memphis
    This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm: John Lewis: Get in the Way
    Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion John Lewis.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Tuesday, May 26

  • 12 pm: Butterfly Town, USA
    See how seemingly small changes in habitat can have a large effect on wildlife and consider the challenges of balancing the needs of society and nature.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm: SciGirls: Habitat Havoc
    Budding naturalist Lea and her SciGirl pals investigate what the non-native Canary Island Palm does to San Diego habitats, then recruit their classmates to plant a native butterfly garden in their local wildlife area.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm: Nature: Super Cats—Cats in Every Corner
    Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm: Ken Burns’ Vietnam, Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (1973-Onward)
    While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to resign, the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm: Ken Burns’ Vietnam, Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (1973-Onward) (Cont.)
    While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to resign, the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm: Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 4: Cities
    Explore the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe, and Benin City, whose wealth, art, and industrious successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent’s east and west coasts.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Monday, May 25

 

Learning Resources for Tuesday, May 26

  • 12 pm: NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse
    Join astrophysicist Janna Levin on a mind-bending journey to the frontiers of black hole research.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm: NOVA: Black Hole Universe
    Discover how scientists may soon be able to “see” a black hole and are revealing new clues to the strangest and most extreme objects in the universe.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm: American Experience: Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky
    A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm: American Experience: Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky (Cont.)
    A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm: Latino Americans, Episode 6: Peril and Promise (1980-2000)
    Learn about the second wave of Cubans arriving in Miami during the Mariel exodus and the hundreds of thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil wars, death squads, and unrest to head north.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Friday, May 22         

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Polar Extremes

Join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet.
Related Resource
(Science, Grades 6-12)

 

  • 1 pm:NOVA: Polar Extremes (Cont.)
    Join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet.

Related Resources
(Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 2 pm:The Future of America’s Past: School Interrupted (30 min) / Poetry in America: Hymmnn and Hum Bom! (30 min)
    In the rural district of Prince Edward County, Virginia, young people staged a strike in 1951—an effort that culminated in the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregated schools. / In this episode, we read two of Allen Ginsberg’s most emotionally transporting poems, the “Hymmnn” from Kaddish, and the anti-war chant “Hum Bom!”
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)

 

  • 3 pm:American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
    Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist, who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 8-12)

 

  • 4 pm:American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (Cont.)
    Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist, who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought.

Related Resource
(ELA, Grades 8-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, May 21

  • 12 pm:When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time

Follow scientists from around the world on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of whales, elephants, and more.
Related Resource
(Science, Grades 6-12)

 

  • 1 pm:When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time (Cont.)
    Follow scientists from around the world on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of whales, elephants, and more.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

 

  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 7: A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)

By April of 1944, Franklin and Eleanor have occupied the White House for more than 11 years.
Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 7: A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (Cont.)

By April of 1944, Franklin and Eleanor have occupied the White House for more than 11 years.
Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

 

  • 4 pm:Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 3: Empires of Gold
    A look at the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early North and West Africa into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers.

Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, May 20

  • 12 pm:SciGirls Pedal Power (30 min)/ Project Asteroid: Mapping Bennu (30 min)

Four friends follow the engineering design process as they design a machine that will churn ice cream while they ride their bike. / Go behind the scenes to see how a team of scientists and engineers build an instrument to be taken on a mission to explore the asteroid Bennu.
Related Resource
(Science, Grades 6-8)

 

  • 1 pm:Rivers of Life: The Mississippi
    Explore the frozen waterfalls and coyotes fishing in the far north, through lakes crammed with tens of thousands of pelicans, to time-traveling grain barges and steamy southern swamps where alligators rule—all part of the Mississippi River system.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

 

  • 2 pm:GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII (90 min)
    This is the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II.

Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 10-12)

 

  • 3 pm:GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII (Cont.) / The Future of America’s Past: A Grave Injustice (30 min)
    This is the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. / Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. military and the FBI arrested more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry and confined them to desert camps for months, or years.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 10-12)
  • 4 pm:Latino Americans, Episode 5: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)
    In the 1960s and 1970s, a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward through social action and the building of a new “Chicano” identity.

Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Tuesday, May 19

 

  • 12 pm:Hotel Armadillo
    Welcome to the “Hotel Armadillo,” where the giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rain forest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)

 

  • 1 pm:Rivers of Life: The Amazon
    Explore the boiling streams, crystal-clear lagoons, pink river dolphins, and a strange new reef—some of the many secret and extreme worlds that are part of the greatest river system on Earth.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)

 

 

  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ Vietnam, Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (1970-1973)

After being reelected in a landslide, Nixon announces that Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal, and American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

 

  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ Vietnam, Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (1970-1973) (Cont.)

After being reelected in a landslide, Nixon announces that Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal, and American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

 

  • 4 pm:The Dictator’s Playbook: Kim Il Sung
    Witness Kim Il Sung’s transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea. How did he build the most controlled society on Earth and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations?
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, May 18

  • 12 pm:Insecta: Science That Stings (30 min) / SciGirls: Mother Nature’s Shoes (30 min)
    Join leading insect scientists as they study the often unseen world surrounding us, investigating the painful stings and fascinating science behind a variety of bugs. / Nature’s designs, from polar bear paws to penguin flippers, inspire Elin and her best friends to design a safer shoe for walking on Minnesota’s icy winter streets.
    Related Source

(Science, Grades 6-12/6-8)

  • 1 pm:Rivers of Life: The Nile

The Nile is the world’s longest river–its great length providing a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures.
(Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 2 pm: American Experience: McCarthy

McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.
Related Resource
(Science, Grades 9-12)

  • 3 pm: American Experience: McCarthy (Cont.)

McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.

Related Resource

(Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

  • 4 pm: The Greeks, Episode 1: Cavemen to Kings
    Learn about the ancient civilization of the Greeks, from the very beginning of trade on the Greek Islands during the Bronze Age to the height of Athenian power. This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Friday, May 15    

 

  • 12 pm:SciGirls: Underwater Eco-Adventure (30 min) / Get the Math 2.0 (30 min)
    Izzie takes the plunge with Elle and Meg, scuba diving to protect the biodiversity of their favorite Catalina reefs. / Get the Math answers the age-old question, “How is this ever going to help me in the real world?,” by using real-world scenarios to help middle- and high-school students develop algebraic thinking skills with a focus on reasoning.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:Nature: Nature’s Biggest Beasts
    Discover the ingenious strategies that nature’s biggest beasts employ to conquer their environments, from the Komodo dragon with a deadly bite, to the tallest giraffe, to the bird-eating armored ground cricket.
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Latino Americans, Episode 4: The New Latinos (1946-1965)
    Learn about increasing immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s, as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Poetry in America: Harlem (30 min) /American Masters: Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive (90 min)
    Langston Hughes’ question, “What happens to a dream deferred?,” calls former president Bill Clinton, pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, poet Sonia Sanchez, and students from the Harlem Children’s Zone to interpret Hughes’ most iconic poem, “Harlem.” / How the inventor of the detective story became his own greatest mystery.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:American Masters: Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive (Cont.)
    How the inventor of the detective story became his own greatest mystery.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, May 14

Most Honorable Son – Educational Guide

  • 12 pm:Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice

Phoenix Mars Mission follows the international team of talented and dedicated scientists, engineers, and researchers as they work to land on Mars—from practice landings with simulated catastrophic errors through the heart-pounding, seven-minute descent onto the Red Planet.
Related Resource
(Science, Grades 6-8)

  • 1 pm:Climate Change: The Facts
    Discover how the latest innovations and technology are posing potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage due to global warming.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 6: The Common Cause (1939-1944)
    By the late summer of 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is halfway through his second term in office. When Germany invades Poland on September 2, 1939, everything changes.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 6: The Common Cause (1939-1944) (Cont.)
    By the late summer of 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is halfway through his second term in office. When Germany invades Poland on September 2, 1939, everything changes.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:The Lavender Scare
    This is the first documentary film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, May 13

  • 12 pm:The Gene: An intimate History, Part 2
    Geneticists wrestle with the moral implications of groundbreaking new technologies that offer both promise and peril.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 1 pm:The Gene: An intimate History, Part 2 (Cont.)
    Geneticists wrestle with the moral implications of groundbreaking new technologies that offer both promise and peril.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:The Dictator’s Playbook: Benito Mussolini
    Benito Mussolini was a pioneer among 20th-century dictators who undermined judges, indoctrinated children, forged key tactics for seizing power, and created fascism, an ideology that would plunge Europe into darkness.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 8: History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
    Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia, the antiwar movement reignites.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 8: History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) (Cont.)
    Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia, the antiwar movement reignites.

Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Tuesday, May 12

  • 12 pm:The Gene: An Intimate History, Part 1
    A fascinating history of the human genome weaves together science and personal stories.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 1 pm:The Gene: An Intimate History, Part 1 (Cont.)
    A fascinating history of the human genome weaves together science and personal stories.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:The Jazz Ambassadors

Discover how the Cold War and civil rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music.
Related Resource
(Social Studies, Grades 8-12)

  • 3 pm:Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Part 2
    This series looks at the past five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Part 2
    This series looks at the past five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, May 11

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Chinese Chariot Revealed
    Archaeological discoveries enable a team of experts to discover the genius of China’s first super-weapon chariots—investigating design secrets that made them such a long-lived war machine, how they were used, and how they helped unify China.
    (Science, Grades 6-8)

 

  • 1 pm:The Forgotten Coast

Join three friends as they follow in the footsteps of the Florida black bear to travel the land as the bear does and to begin to understand the landscape from an animal’s point of view.
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(Science, Grades 6-12)

  • 2 pm: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Part 2
    Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896, a transitional period that saw visions of a “New South” set the stage for the rise of Jim Crow and the undermining of Reconstruction’s legal and political legacy.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 7-12)
  • 3 pm: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Part 2 (Cont.)
    The turn of the century is known as the “nadir” of race relations, when white supremacy was ascendant and African Americans faced both physical and psychological oppression.

Related Resource

(Social Studies, Grades 7-12)

 

  • 4 pm: Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 2: The Cross and the Crescent
    Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., charts the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Friday, May 8      

  • 12 pm:SciGirls: Puppet Power
    Izzie joins Anna and her friends to engineer a giant pig puppet for a May Day parade, complete with blinking eyes and a twirling tail.
    Related Resource
    (Engineering, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:Get The Math
    Drawing on conventions of popular reality TV shows, Get the Math challenges teens to solve a series of problems using algebraic thinking.
    Related Resource
    (Math, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:NOVA: Dog Tales
    Scientists test wolf intelligence, decode canine DNA, and peer into dogs’ brains to find out what domestication really means and whether dogs reallly love us or are just in it for the food.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:SciGirls: Digging Archaeology
    Izzie unearths the past with Jazzy and Gates, uncovering thousand-year old Native American artifacts at a Utah dig site.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2:30 pm:Poetry in America: The New Colossus
    While “The New Colossus” once welcomed immigrants into New York Harbor from its perch on the Statue of Liberty, this episode brings the discussion of poetry and immigration into our current moment.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 – 5 pm:Great Performances: Julius Caesar
    Experience Shakespeare as never before in an all-female production from the Donmar Warehouse set in prison.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 8-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, May 7

  • 12 pm:Battleground Everglades: Survival at Stake
    Florida’s next generation of environmental stewards trek through a cypress swamp and show how Everglades restoration has become a “classroom to the world” on saving complex wetlands.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:Battleground Everglades: Glades Warriors
    Hear different perspectives on conservation and restoration of the Everglades.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:The Gene Doctors
    See the treatments that scientists and doctors are devising to target the root causes of hereditary diseases.
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    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 5: The Rising Road (1933-1939)
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 presidential inauguration comes during the nation’s worst economic crisis: the Great Depression.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 5: The Rising Road (1933-1939) (Cont.)
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 presidential inauguration comes during the nation’s worst economic crisis: the Great Depression.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:D-Day at Pointe du Hoc
    Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944, to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches.
    (Social Studies, Grades 10-12)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, May 6

 

  • 12 pm:Battleground Everglades: The Battle Over Big Water
    See how new restoration efforts to reverse the damage to Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades, which has occurred from harnessing nature in the name of progress, may save the wetlands yet.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 12:30 pm: Battleground Everglades: Dangerous Seas
    Explore the effects of sea level rise on the delicate Everglades ecosystems, including an impact on drinking water supplies and the physical coastline itself.
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:To Catch a Comet
    Watch a compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the 10-year, four-million-mile journey of the spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Latino Americans, Episode 3: War and Peace (1942-1954)
    During World War II and the years that follow, Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands—but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (1968-1969)
    Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (1968-1969) (Cont.)
    Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, May 4

Learning Resources for Tuesday, May 5

  • 12 pm:Battleground Everglades: Algae Explosion
    Charles J. Kropke speaks with scientists, environmentalists, and legislators on all sides of the issue of the 2016 toxic algae outbreak in the Everglades, an unprecedented local disaster with international implications.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:Battleground Everglades: War on Invasive Species
    Go behind the scenes of the fight against the devastation caused by non-native plants and animals and efforts by retrained military veterans who capture Burmese pythons.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:Nature: Bears
    Follow the adventures of bears across the globe as they draw on their remarkable adaptations to survive in an ever-changing world.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Part 1
    This series looks at the past five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Part 1 (Cont.)
    This series looks at the past five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 1: Origins
    Journey with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to Kenya, Egypt, and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies, and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)
  • 12 pm:SciGirls: Insulation Station
    SciGirls Greta and her sixth-grade pals use passive solar heat and bubble-wrap insulation to warm up an ice shanty on a frozen Minnesota lake.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:Osiris Rex: Countdown to Launch
    Follow a team of scientists and engineers as they design and construct a spacecraft that will visit the asteroid Bennu.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:Follow the Water
    Join photographer and author Michael Forsberg and filmmaker Pete Stegen as they follow a mythical drop of water 1,300 miles through three different states and journey through the Platte Basin watershed.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Part 1
    America After the Civil War explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 7-12)
  • 3 pm:Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Part 1 (Cont.)
    America After the Civil War explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 7-12)
  • 4 pm:The Greeks: Chasing Greatness
    Discover how the ancient Greeks finally reached the peak of civilization—revolutionizing art, architecture, drama, philosophy, and government—and left a legacy that still points the way forward. This show contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this show is suitable for their class.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Friday, May 1

  • 12 pm:Ancient Skies: Gods and Monsters
    Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation, and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space.
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  • 1 pm:Ancient Skies: Finding the Center
    Follow the story of our Earth as it takes shape and a place in the cosmos in the minds of great astronomers and scientists, including Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Galileo.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Ancient Skies: Our Place in the Universe
    Track major changes in scientific understanding that help identify the missing pieces required for an accurate model of our universe.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
    Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist, who played a significant role in the civil rights movement.
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    (ELA, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (Cont.)
    Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist, who played a significant role in the civil rights movement.
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    (ELA, Grades 6-12)
  • 12 pm:SciGirls: Turtle Mania
    Izzie straps on her waders with Annie and her friends to make a local wetland more attractive to turtles.
    Related Resource   (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 12:30 pm:SciGirls: Dolphin Dive
    Izzie, Serena, and Ceci bond with bottlenose dolphins and explore their behavior at the Dolphins Plus Research Center.
    Related Resource    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:Nature: Nature’s Biggest Beasts
    Discover the ingenious strategies that nature’s biggest beasts employ to conquer their environments, from the Komodo dragon with a deadly bite, to the tallest giraffe, to the bird-eating armored ground cricket.
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 4: The Storm (1920-1933)
    In the 1920s, the Great War is over, Woodrow Wilson is ill, and the American public is weary of domestic reform and events overseas.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 4: The Storm (1920-1933)
    In the 1920s, the Great War is over, Woodrow Wilson is ill, and the American public is weary of domestic reform and events overseas.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:Africa’s Great Civilizations: Commerce and Clash of Civilization
    During the nineteenth century, a fierce competition for resources and trade stimulated ingenuity, while also enticing European powers and inciting conflicts that would threaten the stability and well-being of the continent.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, April 29

  • 12 pm:Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant
    Sir David Attenborough guides us through the remarkable process of bringing the largest dinosaur ever discovered to virtual life—connecting the dots with living examples, other dinosaur discoveries, and CGI visuals.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:Nature: The World’s Most Wanted Animal
    Join conservationist Maria Diekmann to learn about pangolins, the little-known yet highly desired scaly mammals that are the most trafficked animal in the world and whose basic biology remains a mystery.
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Magnificent Desolation
    Dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy on American soil, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Magnificent Desolation (Cont.)
    Dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy on American soil, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

4 pm: Rick Steves: Luther and the Reformation
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special, Rick Steves visits key sites relating to the Reformation and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe—from indulgences to iconoclasts.
(Social Studies, Grades 8-12)

7:00 a.m. Curious George: Zoo Night/Charkie Escapes

  • 12 pm:When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time
    Discover the evolutionary secrets of some of the world’s most majestic creatures with scientists as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts.
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  • 1 pm:When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time (Cont.)
    Discover the evolutionary secrets of some of the world’s most majestic creatures with scientists as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:The Future of America’s Past: The Fire of a Movement
    On March 25, 1911, New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory burst into flames, and 146 workers—nearly all young women, many of them teenage immigrants—perished.
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 2:30 pm:The Future of America’s Past: Transcontinental
    High in the Utah desert in 1869, a ceremonial golden spike marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party
    On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead and laying the foundation for China’s future.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party (Cont.)
    On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead and laying the foundation for China’s future.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, April 27

  • 12 pm:Kingdoms of the Sky: Himalaya
    Witness the extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people of Earth’s highest mountain range, where Tibetan monks perform ancient rituals, snow leopards prowl the mountainsides, and bizarre snub-nosed monkeys survive in frozen forests.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:Sinking Cities: Miami
    Discover how engineers and planners might protect Miami from rising seas and violent storms.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:The Greeks: The Good Strife
    The ancient Greeks compose epics, compete in the original Olympic Games, and create the world’s first democracy.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:The Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War
    Explore the roles that three leaders, Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, played during some of the most dangerous moments in history.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began
    The Battle of Shanghai has been described as the last battle of World War I and the first battle of World War II.
    (Social Studies, Grades 8-12)
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  • 12 pm:The Farthest Voyager in Space
    Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:The Farthest Voyager in Space (Cont.)
    Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm:SciGirls: Going Green
    Izzie joins forces with Mackenzie and friends, putting a lid on school trash by inventing a new use for recycled yogurt cups.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2:30 pm:Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing (150 mins.)
    Recorded live at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.
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    (ELA, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing (Cont.)
    Recorded live at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.
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    (ELA, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing (Cont.)
    Recorded live at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.
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    (ELA, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Thursday, April 23

Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid – Background Reading

Learning Resources for April 23, 2020

  • 12 pm:Magical Land of Oz: Human
    An exploration of Australia’s mesmerizing wildlife and how it has adapted to survive in the human environment, including a flamboyant dancing peacock spider in a suburban garden.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals
    Discover how medieval builders, drawing from hidden formulas in the Bible itself, reached such spectacular heights.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 3: The Fire of Life (1910-1919)
    With his election to the New York State Senate in 1910, Franklin D. Roosevelt sets out to make a name for himself in Albany.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode 3: The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (Cont.)
    With his election to the New York State Senate in 1910, Franklin D. Roosevelt sets out to make a name for himself in Albany.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:The Greeks: Cavemen to Kings
    Learn about the ancient civilization of the Greeks, from the very beginning of trade on the Greek Islands during the Bronze Age to the height of Athenian power. (This show contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this show is suitable for their class.)
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Wednesday, April 22

 

  • 12 pm:Magical Land of Oz: Ocean
    A natural history exploration of Australia’s magical coasts and islands, where three oceans create the perfect environment for whales, giant cuttlefish, and sharks.
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  • 1 pm:Kingdoms of the Sky: Andes
    Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world’s longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests, and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass.
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  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) (90 mins.)
    After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial rule.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) (Cont.)
    After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial rule.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3:30 – 5 pm:Eva: A-7062
    Survivor of Auschwitz and of inhuman experiments, Eva Mozes Kor has emerged as the leading global figure in the fight to keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
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  • 12 pm:Magical Land of Oz: Land
    An exploration of one of the most magical lands on the planet. Its unique wildlife includes a tree-dwelling kangaroo, a spider that survives underwater, and a bird that spreads fire.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:Sinking Cities: Tokyo
    Discover how Tokyo is looking for new ways to fight back against rising waters.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Earthrise
    Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: Earthrise (Cont.)
    Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age
    Explore the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms but also to the transatlantic slave trade.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Monday, April 20

 

  • 12 pm:POV Shorts: Earthrise
    Hear the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968 as told by the Apollo 8 astronauts.
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  • 12:30 pm:NOVA: Back to the Moon
    Learn how scientists and engineers are preparing for a return to the moon—this time, perhaps, to stay.
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    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1:30 pm: SciGirls: Asombrosos Arboles / Terrific Trees
    Isabel, Gabriela, and Karla explore the benefits that big trees bring to their ecosystems, comparing trees in the rain forest and the city.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm: Rick Steves: Fascism in Europe
    In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe—taking millions of people with it.
    (Social Studies, Grades 8-12)
  • 3 pm: American Experience: Roads to Memphis
    This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4pm: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross: A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
    After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright future on the foundation of the civil rights movement’s victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community.
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Learning Resources for Friday, April 17

(Social Studies) Stream on the PBS App or at https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/2099519703//

Learning Resources for April 17, 2020

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Who’s the Smartest?
    Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, go inside the social lives of the smartest animals on the planet.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:Nature: Nature’s Miniature Miracles
    This film tells the epic survival stories of the world’s smallest animals, from a tiny sengi, the “cheetah” of the shrew world, to a small shark that walks on land.
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  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode Two: In the Arena (1901-1910)
    After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest President of the United States.
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  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, Episode Two: In the Arena (1901-1910) (Cont.)
    After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest President of the United States.
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  • 4 pm:American Experience: The Polio Crusade
    The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)

Learning Activities for April 16

(Social Studies) Stream on the PBS App or at https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/2097342856//   

Learning Activities for April 16

  • 12 pm:The Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky
    Experience the amazing wildlife and remarkable people who inhabit this 3,000-mile mountain range, home to cougars, wolverines, wolves and grizzlies. Daredevil wingsuit fliers jump from high peaks and Native Americans compete in breakneck horse races.
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:NOVA: Decoding the Great Pyramid
    Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza — and how they did it.
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  • 2 pm:The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – Rise! The Road to Civil Rights
    In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, heralding a movement of resistance, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as its public face.
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  • 3 pm:Africa’s Great Civilizations: Cities
    Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s travels shine a light on the powerful, cosmopolitan cities that dotted Africa at the time when Europe was in its Middle Ages.
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  • 4 pm:Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare
    In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman on a presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight-hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation.
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

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Friday, April 10

  • 12 pm: NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse
    Join astrophysicist Janna Levin on a mind-bending journey to the frontiers of black hole research.
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  • 1 pm: NOVA: Black Hole Universe
    Discover how scientists may soon be able to “see” a black hole and are revealing new clues to the strangest and most extreme objects in the universe.
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  • 2 pm:American Experience: McCarthy
    McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: McCarthy (Cont.)
    McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross: Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)
    During the Jim Crow era, a steady stream of African Americans migrated away from the South in what’s called the Great Migration.
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Learning Resources for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wednesday, April 8

  • 12 pm:Nature: Snowbound: Animals of Winter
    Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone.
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  • 1 pm:NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius
    See evidence scientists have uncovered about how animals understand the world around them, their problem-solving abilities and the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions.
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    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm:American Experience: Influenza 1918
    It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 — until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl
    Surviving the Dust Bowl is the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease — even death — for nearly a decade.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Shakespeare Uncovered: Julius Caesar with Brian Cox
    Brian Cox looks at Shakespeare’s most revered political play “Julius Caesar” to analyze what can be learned about freedom and tyranny today.
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Learning Resources for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Dogs & Super Senses
    Discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine.
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  • 1 pm:NOVA: Pluto and Beyond
    Join the mission as the New Horizons spacecraft attempts to fly by NASA’s most distant target yet.
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  • 2 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky
    A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union.
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    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky (Cont.)
    A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union.
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  • 4 pm:Little Women on Masterpiece, Part Three
    A year has passed and there are new additions to the March family — but there is worry all around as Beth’s health and spirits flag.
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Learning Resources for Tuesday, April 14

The 15th Amendment and African American Men in Congress – Discussion Question

Learning Resources for Tuesday, April 14

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Bigger Than T. rex
    Follow a twisting trail of clues, from a desert cave in Morocco to a German castle during World War II, to uncover the secrets of Spinosaurus, the biggest and most fearsome predator of all time.

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  • 1 pm:Nature: American Spring LIVE – Birth and Rebirth
    Tracing the green wave that sweeps across the continent in spring, see how the rising temperatures and longer days spur plants to awaken and flower, and animals to seek out newly abundant resources for their new families.
    (Science, Grades 6-8)

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  • 2 pm:American Experience: Emma Goldman
    For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on government, big business, and war.

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  • 3 pm:D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc
    Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944, to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches.
    (Social Studies, Grades 10-12)

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  • 4 pm:Little Women on Masterpiece, Part Two
    As Marmee waits by her husband’s sickbed, the March sisters must fend for themselves at home.
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Learning Resources for Monday, April 13

Monday, April 13

  • 12 pm:NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight
    Discover what it was like to be a knight in shining armor and follow the historic armor manufacturing process.
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm:PBS NewsHour: The Plastic Problem
    PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 2 pm:American Experience: The Gilded Age
    Learn about the rapid economic leap that occurred in the late 19th century as America transformed into an industrial powerhouse, and the impact it had on the nation’s collective self-identity.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 3 pm:American Experience: The Gilded Age (Cont.)
    Learn about the rapid economic leap that occurred in the late 19th century as America transformed into an industrial powerhouse, and the impact it had on the nation’s collective self-identity.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4 pm:Little Women on Masterpiece, Part One
    Christmas, 1861. The March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — prepare for a Christmas without presents or their father.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 6-9)

Learning Resources for Friday, April 10

Learning Resources for Thursday, April 9

on the PBS App or at https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/1915656990//

Learning Resources for Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, April 9

  • 12 pm:NOVA: The Impossible Flight
    Follow two intrepid pilots as they take on the greatest aviation adventure of our time, overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 1 pm:NOVA: The Impossible Flight (Cont.)
    Follow two intrepid pilots as they take on the greatest aviation adventure of our time, overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:The Future of America’s Past: A Grave Injustice
    Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. military and the FBI arrested more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry and confined them to desert camps for months or years.
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 2:30 pm:GI Jews: Jewish-Americans in WWII
    This is the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 10-12)
  • 4 pm:John Lewis – Get in the Way
    Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion John Lewis.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)

Learning Resources for Tuesday, April 7

Tuesday, April 7

  • 12 pm:Nature: Raising the Dinosaur
    Witness the work of paleontologists bringing the largest dinosaur ever discovered to virtual life.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 1 pm:NOVA: Look Who’s Driving
    Find out how driverless cars work, how they may change the way we live, and whether we will ever be able to entrust them with our lives.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 9-12)
  • 2 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: Episode One: 1858–1901 “Get Action”
    The century-long Roosevelt legacy begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt on October 27, 1858.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 3 pm:Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: Episode One: 1858–1901 “Get Action” (Cont.)
    The century-long Roosevelt legacy begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt on October 27, 1858.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-12)
  • 4 pm:Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard III with Antony Sher
    Sir Antony Sher unveils the life of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” comparing the historical king’s reputation with the play’s enduring portrait of ruthless ambition and vengeance.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Monday, April 6

  • 12:00 p.m. NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius (Pt. 1)
  • 12 pm: Nature: Yosemite
    Join scientists and adventurers to investigate how changing weather patterns are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-12)
  • 1 pm: Nature: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon
    Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the Ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs.
    Related Resource
    (Science, Grades 6-8)
  • 2 pm: Africa’s Great Civilizations: Empires of Gold
    Learn about an era of great commercial and manufacturing growth, beginning in North and West Africa and concluding in modern-day Nigeria.
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 6-9)
  • 3 pm: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross: Into the Fire (1861-1896)
    The Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction’s thrilling but tragically brief “moment in the sun.”
    Related Resource
    (Social Studies, Grades 9-12)
  • 4pm: Shakespeare Uncovered: Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt
    Helen Hunt explores how “Much Ado About Nothing” became one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies.
    Related Resource
    (ELA, Grades 9-12)

Learning Resources for Friday, April 3

Learning Resources for Thursday, April 2

TV Programming Resources for Wednesday, April 1

TV Programming Resources for Tuesday, March 31

TV Programming Resources for Monday, March 30


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