Daily Archives: January 7, 2019

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In Money We Trust?

A one-hour documentary answering the question, “what is money?” In Money We Trust? explains how money provides a shared measure of value that facilitates trade and cooperation between strangers. Throughout history, trustworthy money has fueled human achievement-from the emergence of philosophy to the high-tech revolution. Also explored is the devastation that can occur when inflation or other instability causes money not to be trusted. In extreme cases-as in Weimar Germany-society unravels. Coming on the anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, the program shows how loss of trust in money has given rise to cryptocurrencies, greater income inequality and social turmoil. Featured are more than 20 experts including former Federal Reserve Chairmen Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker; and Adam Fergusson, author of “When Money Dies,” the definitive history of the Weimar hyperinflation.

Airs 1/11 at 3 a.m.


Legends of the Lake

looks at the beauty and history behind the mahogany exteriors of classic wooden boats. Set in scenic Lake Tahoe, this documentary addresses the passion wooden boat owners feel for their craft, familial connections, and the legendary speed kings and hydroplane racers. The film includes the story of wooden boat Teaser’s legendary race against the fastest train of the time, the Twentieth Century Limited. Another recounts owner Henry Kaiser’s decision to remodel his regular wooden runabout, The Hornet II, in the style of Howard Hughes’ famous aluminum racer. LEGENDS OF THE LAKE also chronicles the return of Baby Skipalong to Lake Tahoe’s waters by the Scott family, after years spent in the possession of speed king Stan Dollar. These stories complement discussions about the underground community of restoration enthusiasts and the rituals involved in naming a boat.

Airs 1/9 at 4:30 a.m.

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Watching Our Water: The Challenge To Keep It Clean

In the United States, battles over water rights invoke cliches of cowboys and farmers in shoot- outs. In recent years, droughts and lawn watering bans revive the question of quantity – is there enough water? Now, news from Flint, Michigan of contaminated municipal water supplies have people from Boston to Berkeley shifting the question from, “Will I have enough?” to “Is my water safe?” “Watching Our Water: The Challenge To Keep It Clean” explores the vexing question of how pristine water high in the Rocky Mountains ends up as a floating chemical ‘dead zone’ in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This Harvest Public Media special illuminates the challenges facing farmers, scientists and engineers. It looks at the problem from a rural and urban perspective, and examines possible solutions to control the contamination in our water.

Airs 1/9 at 4 a.m.


Media Literacy Project Grant Announcement

The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) has announced the opening of the application process for its annual Media Literacy Project Grant. Each year, the EMTA provides up to two awards in the amount of $1,250 for certified educators in NYS who are working with PreK-12 students on media literacy.

The grant supports educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy, and provides funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples of eligible projects include a film literacy course after school, using video effectively in your lesson plans, and learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work. Descriptions of last years grant awards are listed on the EMTA website.

More information and the application can also be found on the EMTA website at: www.edmediatech.org

CPR in America (Second Opinion)

90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Receiving immediate CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. But 70% of Americans feel helpless because they don’t know CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. CPR IN AMERICA aims to change that. Second Opinion has partnered with the American Heart Association to produce a special with one key goal…to teach all of America Hands-Only CPR! The special will be released in coordination with the brand-new CPR guidelines that will be released amidst great publicity on Thursday, October, 15, 2015. This groundbreaking special will include documentary-style patient stories, a studio audience of survivors and rescuers, interviews with doctors who were involved in drafting the new guidelines, and easy to follow Hands-Only CPR demonstrations.

Airs January 4 at 1 a.m.



Walden –The Ballad of Thoreau

A combination documentary and theatrical play about the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. The documentary, which bookends the play, is a look at the life of Henry David Thoreau and filmed at Walden Pond at the actual cabin site in the woods. The two-act, four-character play dramatizes conversations between Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson as Thoreau was packing up to leave Walden Pond. The play, which has already been performed in over 7,100 schools and colleges, also explores the roles we play in the protection of the earth, while challenging the audience to live more simply, and preserve the natural environments of their home communities. Folksinger Michael Johnathon, host of WOODSONGS, wrote the play and is the host of the documentary portions of the program.

Airs January 3 at 4 a.m.



Get The Math 2.0

-uses real-world scenarios to help middle- and high-school students develop algebraic thinking skills with a focus on reasoning. By engaging students in algebra’s connection to a variety of careers, GET THE MATH answers the age-old question, “How is this ever going to help me in the real world?” The half-hour program, the follow-up to the successful 2011 special Get the Math, motivates students with engaging algebra-based challenges presented by young, relatable professionals. Drawing on conventions of popular reality TV shows, these young professionals – a chef, an NBA player and a special-effects designer – pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens.

Airs 1/14 at 2 a.m.