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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”  Henry David Thoreau

Not only does highway travel pollute our air but, as this preview suggests, roads cut our wildlife sanctuaries in half.  On Wednesday, April 20, at 9pm, WGBY airs NOVA: Wild Ways, which explores how newly established wildlife corridors offer hope to our planet’s endangered species from Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations.

You’ll find many resources on subjects like


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What better way to teach children — those with autism and those who need to understand autistic children — than with beloved PBS KIDS characters?  Dear Elmo of Sesame Street knows how to love everyone, and doesn’t love follow understanding?  This video clip reveals how Sesame fans can lovingly learn about autism.

An equally powerful resource is Thomas & Friends.  Not long ago WGBY staff learned at a Thomas & Friends event just how much an autistic boy loved Thomas & Friends and how his teachers were using Thomas & Friends resources to motivate him to learn.

You can find PBS resources on autism for teachers and parents.  (more…)

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“When they study American civilization 2000 years from now, Americans will be known for only three things:  the Constitution, baseball, and jazz.”  Gerald Early, African American Scholar

It’s enlightening to hear filmmaker Ken Burns reflect on his series “Jazz,” the story of this quintessential American art form.  WGBY begins re-airing the 10-part series, which follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present, tonight and the next consecutive Fridays at 9pm.

Because jazz is part of America’s history and music a way to stimulate students’ learning, you’ll find vast resources for grades 1 – 13+ (more…)

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On TED Talks: Science and Wonder, bright scientific and artistic minds can take students on a journey to answer the riddles of the universe that keep scientists awake at night. We know that TED talks are popular with our readers here and were surprised to discover that somehow this latest PBS TED Talks program, which WGBY recently aired, slipped by without mention on our blog.

Happily, you can view the full program or excerpts   (more…)

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Ken Burns’ new film Jackie Robinson — no other title needed — provides inspiration from this American legends’ challenges and accomplishments on and far beyond the playing field.  Premiering on WGBY Monday, April 11 & Tuesday, April 12, at 9pm, the Ken Burns’ film examines the life and times of the man who in 1947 lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line.

Heroes can motivate young and old, and in our own times of racial controversy and tension, you can find classroom resources (more…)

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On WGBY this Wednesday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m., you can watch Animal Reunions, narrated by actor Richard Thomas, and share in the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals they raised. The premise of this program raises questions about whether wild creatures can experience emotions like joy, devotion, and love.

When you tune in, you’ll see Jane Goodall and others discover whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. You can also find related resources


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This compelling trailer for the new documentary series 1916 – THE IRISH REBELLION exposes the power and desire behind all those who fought for Ireland’s freedom.  Airing on WGBY this Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm, the program — narrated by acclaimed actor and Irish native Liam Neeson — commemorates the 100th anniversary of this seminal event that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State.

As March is a big month for the Irish, you can find great (more…)

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