Get your VCRs ready. Here is another small sampling of upcoming programs that may be of interest. All descriptions are lifted (mostly) from the original programs’ websites. Enjoy!
Discovery Channel Assignment Discovery airs M-F at 5 AM and covers a variety of subjects. Intended for students in grades 6-8, all programs cover intermediate concepts in each of the topics:
- M, 3/24/ Understanding Data
- T, 3/25/ Exploring Geometry
- W, 3/26/ A Measured Approach
- Th, 3/27/ Number Theory
- F, 3/28/ Intermediate Problem Solving
Saturday 3/29, 2008, at 7 PM/ People Power: This is the fourth and final installment of Download: The True Story of the Internet. In this hour, the filmmaker takes a look at how the internet has changed society and how a new breed of entrepreneurs are shaping our digital futures. (Repeats 3/29 @ 11 pm)
National Geographic Channel
Monday, 3/24, at 2AM/ Pluto Rediscovered: Pluto resides 3 billion miles from earth. It’s so remote that even using the Hubble telescope, it appears as nothing but a blurred blob. Naked Science meets the scientists who, despite having little to go by, have dedicated their studies to finding out about this mysterious world.
Tuesday, 3/25, at 4PM/ How it was/ Death at Kent State: On May 4th 1970, American soldiers shot American students on American soil. Who was to blame? The protesting students, who stood their ground? The organizers of the sit-ins? The National Guardsmen, perhaps? The local administrators? By stripping away the rhetoric and dissecting the available evidence, National Geographic Channel’s, How it Was: Death at Kent State, casts a dispassionate eye on this national tragedy.
Wednesday, 3/26, at 7PM/ Explorer/ Testosterone Factor: Testosterone is a force driving men – it effects their strength, desire for status, and sex. It plays a role in whether or not they are good parents, and even how long they will live. This hormone, associated with masculinity, is also tied to acne, baldness, and prostate cancer. Find out more.
Wednesday, 3/26, at 11PM/ Explorer/ Border Wars: The US-Mexico border stretches for 2,000 miles, over mountains, through deserts and dividing cities. Each year over one million undocumented people cross this border. In Border Wars, National Geographic goes inside the world of the US Border Patrol with unprecedented access to the surprising world of the southern border.
Thursday, 3/27, at 11AM/ Microkillers/ Ebola: Join NGC as it explores what could happen if Ebola was carried into the United States by an infected soldier who had just been stationed in the African jungle. Also, take a rare look inside the top-secret U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) where scientists daily risk their lives to find cures for the deadliest viruses in the world.
Thursday, 3/27, at Noon/ Microkillers/ SuperFlu: “MicroKillers: SuperFlu” examines a fictional scenario of a traveler unintentionally spreading a deadly flu strain with every cough, sneeze and breath. The reality is chilling. If there is an antiviral, there won’t be enough to save everyone so… who gets it first?
The History Channel
Monday, 3/24, at 6PM/ Inside Pol Pot’s Secret Prisons: Known by the code name S-21, Pol Pot’s secret prison was an interrogation, torture, and execution center to exterminate suspected traitors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. From 1976 to 1979, thousands entered its gates, but only seven escaped. See how Pol Pot’s campaign of forced labor, starvation, and murder left 1.7 million Cambodians dead.
Monday, 3/24, at 8PM/ Modern Marvels/ Bread: Bread. It’s the basic source of nourishment for half the world. Bake it, roast it, slice it, toast it–it’s a wonder that three simple ingredients, flour, water and salt, can be transformed into so many different shapes and tastes. From baguettes to pita, from corn bread to flour tortillas, every culture finds a way to make it and bake it.
Tuesday, 3/25, at 8AM/ Eighty Acres of Hell: Hidden until now, we uncover an important and shocking chapter of the American Civil War. Few have heard of the wholesale annihilation of Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois. Unlike Andersonville, Camp Douglas had the resources necessary to house and care for its prisoners, but calculated cruelty, torture, and neglect by the US military conspired to exterminate Southern soldiers who entered this “80 Acres of Hell”.
Tuesday, 3/25, at 8PM/ Unexplained Mysteries of the Universe: Is time travel possible and does Einstein’s theory of relativity support it? Is there a companion dark star to our sun and could it pose a threat to earth? Take a journey from science fiction that predicted all these things, to the scientific reality of what they mean to us in the ever-changing universe,
Wednesday, 3/26, at 8AM/ First Invasion/ The War of 1812: Just 30 years after the closing days of the American Revolution, an immature United States faced annihilation by its parent! Join us for an epic 2-hour look at the War of 1812, when the mighty British Empire once again waged war against the fledgling US.
Wednesday, 3/26, at 10AM/ Ben Franklin: Meet Dr. Benjamin Franklin–a far more complex figure than the squeaky-clean, larger than life Founding Father whose grandfatherly visage graces the hundred dollar bill. Inventor, politician, writer, businessman, scientist, diplomat–that, of course, is the mythic, legendary Ben Franklin. In this vivid portrait, we meet an earthy, brilliant, and flawed Franklin that one biographer believes would feel right at home in today’s world.
Wednesday, 3/26, at 1PM/ Modern Marvels/ Corn: Why is corn the largest agricultural crop in the world? Corn has fed the masses from ancient times to this day. Corn is not only a vegetable and a cereal grain; it is a commodity as well. Take a look to our past and you will understand that without corn we probably wouldn’t be here.
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.© 2008 henry toromoreno