A blinding streak of light screaming across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15th, a 7000 ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural mountains. According to NASA, the Siberian Meteor, which exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since a 1908 event near Siberia's Tunguska river. That time there were few eyewitnesses and no record of the event except for thousands of acres of flattened trees. This time however the event was captured by countless digital dashboard cameras, which have lately become a common fixture in Russian autos and trucks. Within days, armed with this unprecedented crowd-sourced material, NOVA crews hit the ground in Russia along with impact scientists as they hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor's origin and makeup. To understand how lucky we were this time, we explore even greater explosions in the past, from Tunguska to the asteroid that extinguished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. "Russian Meteor Strike" puts it all together and asks: Is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery - with Earth in the cross-hairs? What are the chances that another, even more massive asteroid is heading straight for us? Are we just years, months or days away from a total global reboot of civilization, or worse?
Tavis Smiley Reports
Tue, 03/26/2013 - 8:00pm
Tavis Smiley looks at the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among American teens, as well as the efforts by educators, law enforcement professionals, judges, youth advocates and the at-risk teens themselves to end what has become known as “the school-to-prison pipeline.” Smiley takes his cameras across the country to present a narrative of what’s working on the frontlines of reform.
American Graduate Month Special
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00pm
Tue, 03/26/2013 - 9:00pm
This special gives space and breadth to our nation’s education reform debate by giving the audience a first-hand view of what happens in a school that meets the needs of the most challenged students in new and sometimes non-traditional ways. Observe a tireless team of teachers and school leaders dealing with the usual antics of teenagers and the changing tides of a fast-moving administration that is responding to pressures from outside partners, politicians and forces in the community. A surprising and dramatic end to the school year sheds light on both the extraordinary challenges and opportunities today’s public schools face.
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the Waccamaw River with host Mark L. Walberg and militaria appraiser Christopher Mitchell as they discuss an important 19th-century blockade rifle. Other discoveries include an 1884 Courier & Ives print; a Pennsylvania folk art whirligig; and a 1936 first edition of Gone With the Wind, valued at $12,000-$15,000.
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 10:00pm
Go behind the facade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth — and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity. Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and Toronto International Film Festival.
Live from Lincoln Center
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 8:00pm
Effortlessly able to transition between stage, television and film, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth presents a special concert from Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. “The Dames of Broadway…All of ’Em!!!” offers Chenoweth singing beloved songs of the Broadway stage.
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 5:30pm
Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:00pm
WSKG’s Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of national and local artists including photographers, dancers, poets and many more. This week we feature glassblower Eric Meek (Corning Museum of Glass), writer and illustrator Allen Say, armorer Christopher Poor and beatboxer Shodekeh.
Sat, 03/23/2013 - 8:00pm
When the body of Susan Bartlett, wife of local farmer Simon Bartlett, is discovered in Setwale Wood, local villagers readily assume she committed suicide due to her inability to have a child. But when Barnaby discovers the timestamp on her suicide is from seven hours after her death, the search for a suicide motive morphs into the hunt for a killer. Barnaby & Troy quickly find themselves thrust into a whirlwind of witchcraft, ancient potions, infidelity and land feuds that expose a chilling example of the consequences that can follow when parents believe they always know best.