In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analyses of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:00pm
Two male killer whales swim side by side.
As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world’s greatest aquatic hunter — the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:00pm
Katharina Grosse at Amaral Custom Fabrications in Bristol, Rhode Island.
What makes a compelling story? Exploring the virtues of ambiguity, Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse and Joan Jonas mix genres and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.
Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. In locations as diverse as a Bronx public housing project, a military testing facility in the Nevada desert, a jazz festival in Sweden and an activist neighborhood in Mexico, the artists reveal intimate and personal insights into their lives and creative processes. Each episode is organized around a theme that connects the artists: Investigation, Secrets, Legacy and Fiction.
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:00pm
Peyangki; winter in Laya -Bhutan
Peyangki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Peyangki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world comes to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Peyangki’s eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity? By Thomas Balmes.
Expressions: Live! Classical series
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:00pm
WSKG Presents a live broadcast of the Expressions Classical Series featuring Emmanuel Sikora. Sikora is an American composer studying for his Masters in Composition at Binghamton University. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the Queens College Orchestra, the Binghamton University Orchestra, and the East End String Quartet, in venues such as the American Academy of Fontainebleau, the New Synagogue of Berlin, and MENC All-Eastern and National Young Composers' Concerts.
Emmanuel grew up in Cortland New York, and began composing when he was 10. His early mentors included mezzo-soprano Marion Giambattista, choral conductor Stephen Wilson, and Cornell musicologist Tekla Babyak.
Between 2007/8, Emmanuel composed 12 piano miniautres, including Harvest Moon and By the Brook, pieces still regularly performed by the composer and other American pianists.
He attended Queens College (CUNY) between 2009/2012, earning his BA with a concentration in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music. His composition teachers included Bruce Saylor, Joel Mendelbaum and Edward Smaldone.
In the summer of 2012 Emmanuel traveled to Berlin, where he studied with Samuel Adler of the Julliard School in a six-week intensive composition program.
In January 2014, he hired pianist Uliana Kozhevnikova and recording engineer Daniel May to professionally record his piano music. The recordings are available for listening and downloading on soundcloud.
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:00pm
Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with best-selling author and host Steven Johnson to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound — 10,000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and discovers that telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell thought that the best use for his invention was long-distance jam sessions. During an ultrasound on a pregnant dolphin, he realizes just how big a role sound has played in medicine. The unsung heroes of sound have had an impact on our working lives, race relations, saving lives and the radical alteration of cities.
Navy Seals: Their Untold Story
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:00pm
Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandoes.