The Vietnam War — Only On PBS

WGBY premieres Ken Burns and Lynn Novick new documentary series, Vietnam, this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm.  While a 10-part series might seem daunting to some, David Bianculli’s, NPR’s Fresh Air film critic, calls it a “brilliantly structured documentary series,” noting its powerful use of music such as “Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ [which] isn’t just a rock song; it’s a battlefield debriefing.”

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Teaching Tolerance In the Classroom

Recent events in Charlottesville may have you thinking about what more you can do to help students become tolerant and fair-minded adults.  At least as important as your subject matter is the classroom environment you create, one with patience, understanding and love — fertile ground for growing just citizens.

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Kindness, Empathy and the Importance of Practicing Mindfulness

                                                                 “Manners are kindnesses.” Audrey Hepburn

Actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s definition of manners came from her mother.  Learning about kindness, empathy and resilience are among the most important lessons we can teach as parents, educators and citizens.

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RARE Creatures & Endangered Species: A Free Family Event/Resources

WGBY invites you to a free afternoon of family fun and learning on July 8 at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center.  The event includes advance screenings of an upcoming, new three-part series of RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark, in which viewers will discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of species at risk of extinction and Continue reading

Happy July 4th, Our 241st Birthday

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH, our national Independence Day celebration, kicks off our country’s 241st birthday on Sunday, July 2.  From 8:00 – 9:30pm, WGBY will broadcast the all-star musical broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With 20 cameras around the city, viewers have a great seat for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation!

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PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Nights — Starting Tonight!

If this teaser from Odd Squad:  The Movie makes you smile, then you’ll want to tune in to WGBY’s Kids channel tonight — for the start of our Friday night family movies or themed programming from 7:00-9:00pm.

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Newtown: From Grief, A Chance to Teach & Learn More Mindfully

 

Premiering tonight at 9pm on WGBY, the new documentary Newtown from Independent Lens tells the aftermath of December 14, 2012, when 26 died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

One teacher at PBS Teachers’ Lounge writes, Newtown is the documentary that no one wants to watch, but everyone needs to watch.”  PBS LearningMedia has developed a collection of videos and lesson plans for grades

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