Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. "College for all" is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don't require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it's time to bring career and technical education back. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education has changed and how it's re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:00pm
The 21st Century college student is likely to be older than traditional students. She's more likely to be female, working and Hispanic or African-American. She's more likely to be a mom. She's less likely to attend college full time or finish in four years. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how universities are adapting to their new students.
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:00pm
There's plenty of controversy surrounding the Common Core, a new set of education standards adopted by most states. Getting less attention is what the standards actually say, and the fact that many teachers like them. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Many teachers say those changes are desperately needed, but some are worried about new Common Core tests and whether they will help improve schools or get in the way of better education.
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:00pm
WSKG begins a 4-part series on education in September.
In the first installment: The Science of Smart
Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.
The TED Radio Hour
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:00pm
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:00pm
This week: What makes us who we are? How do parents mold children into who they are? In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our upbringing shapes us.
An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz – a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.
In this hour, TED speakers talk about what it takes to become a leader and shake up the status quo. Hear archives here.
Since 1989 the Honest Brook Music Festival has presented outstanding young musicians and well-known artists to the residents of Delaware and the surrounding counties in upstate New York.The Festival's Summer Series is held in a preserved dairy barn in an idyllic rural setting in the Western Catskills.
WSKG will broadcast four of the concerts from the 2013 season in July. They are:
7/7: The Shanghai Quartet
7/14: Pianist Michael Cannon
7/21: The Jupiter String Quartet
7/28: Jaime Laredo, violin, Sharon Robinson, cello, and Chih-Yi Chen, piano
A Prairie Home Companion
Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:00pm
For WSKG Radio's July 4th celebration we bring you a special archived edition of A Prairie Home Companion for their July 4th special in 2006, featuring Meryl Streep.
From that year's listing:
July 1, 2006
This week, from the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, we bring you the official Prairie Home Companion season finale and Independence Day Special. Broadcasting from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, the performance will be live on radio and filmed for broadcast on the PBS television program Great Performances, Sunday, July 2 at 9 pm Eastern. With very special guests, two-time Academy Award winner — and star of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" movie, Meryl Streep, Canada's finest female trio, The Wailin' Jennys, and spine-tingling Gospel singer, Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Mr. low G himself, Carson Wyler. Actress Erica Rhodes will join the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us for the fireworks, this Saturday on your local public radio station, and again Sunday on your local public television station. Check out more about A Prairie Home Companion on their website here.
A Prairie Home Companion
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:00pm
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 2:00pm
Can you believe that's Garrison Keillor 40 years ago?
This July 4th weekend A Prairie Home Companion observes its 40th anniversary with a three-day celebration a stone's throw from the hall where its first live broadcast took place on July 6, 1974, on the campus of Macalester College.
A stellar assortment of guests will join Garrison Keillor, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, plus the acting company of Fred Newman, Tim Russell, and Sue Scott, for a special three-hour national broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion out under the trees.