On Tuesday, August 13, WGBY is airing three consecutive programs with tragically strong connections to education. (You can also search these PBS programs at a later date to learn about their availability.)
8:00pm: AFTER NEWTOWN: GUNS IN AMERICA is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity
9:00pm: FIXING JUVIE JUSTICE — America’s reliance on juvenile incarceration is the highest among the world’s developing nations. It has costly implications, both financially and for the future of the youth at risk. (It costs approximately $88,000 per year to send our youth to juvenile incarceration and nearly 70% of them are re-arrested after being released.) Could there be an alternative to this broken system of kids cycling in and out of the grasp of the juvenile justice system? Now in an experiment, a group of innovators in Baltimore, on a quest to fix the broken system, turn to an island on the other side of the world for a possible solution.
10:00pm: FOOTBALL HIGH: As high school players grow bigger, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players — with rising rates of concussions, career-ending injuries, even death. In Arkansas, FRONTLINE documents a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?
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“After Newtown” is a series of special programming set to air February 18-22, 2013. On Wednesday, February 20, correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates how much science can tell us about a brain at risk for violence on NOVA “Mind of a Rampage Killer.” Check out a preview here:
Then, learn how schools can detect problem behavior and prevent violent attacks on The Path to Violence. We hope this special series of programs will be helpful and informative to those in decision making positions for school policy and safety.
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WGBY will preempt some of its regularly scheduled programming this weekend in order to broadcast special content in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. On Friday, December 21, Gwen Ifill hosts After Newtown, a PBS prime-time special produced by WNET, with contributions from FRONTLINE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour and Washington Week, from 8-9pm. The show provides an overview of issues, both social and political, that have re-emerged in the past week since the tragedy occurred.
On Saturday, viewers can learn additional information about those issues as they are more closely examined in What Next After Newtown: What Our Country and Communities Can Do. This three-hour special will include both national and local programming divided into the following six half-hour segments: The Mind of a Killer, Public Policy and Mental Illness, School Security, Talking to Children/Finding a Path to Healing, Violence in the Media and Accessibility of Weapons. What Next After Newtown airs from 3-6pm on WGBY.
WGBY’s Connecting Point will re-broadcast three of this week’s segments within that time period: Watch to see host Carrie Saldo’s conversation with a psychologist about societal factors he believes cultivate this type of horrific behavior; her interview with Chicopee School Superintendent Richard Rege that covered student safety within the district; and Saldo’s talk with a local psychiatrist who suggested ways to talk with young children who may be afraid and reluctant to go to school.
Viewers are encouraged to share their comments and ideas on WGBY’s Facebook page during and after each program. As part of its commitment to improving local communities through lifelong learning, WGBY plans to participate in a long-term effort, both on-air and off, to improve child safety in our region.
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