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Here are a few things that might interest you, your students, or your own children.
1) If you are available tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th from 7 to 8 p.m., we invite you to join a taping of a Town Hall meeting here at LPB to explore the dropout problem in Louisiana. During the program, “Confronting Louisiana’s Dropout Problem,” you can pose your own questions of:
• Ken Bradford, Assistant Superintendent, Content; Louisiana Department of Education
• Cecile Guin, Ph.D., LSU School of Social Work and Truancy Assessment and Service Center
• Steve Monaghan, President of La Federation of Teachers
• John Warner Smith, CEO of Education’s Next Horizon.
2) Have you ever wanted to star in your own music video? Now you can. During the upcoming premiere of “Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana’s Music” Louisiana stars such as Harry Connick, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Tim McGraw, Irma Thomas, Better than Ezra, and others perform their own versions of “You Are My Sunshine.” By posting your version of “You Are My Sunshine” to YouTube, you enter a contest where the rendition with the most “Likes” could win a two-night stay for up to four people in New Orleans, an invitation to the “Sunshine by the Stars” premiere event at the U.S. Mint on December 5, designation as a Louisiana Sunshine Star from the Lt. Governor’s Office and LPB, and an invitation to perform at LPB’s studios on December 9th at 7 p.m. for the television premiere. Be sure to check the VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES at https://www.facebook.com/events/489251197774492/. “LPB LA Sunshine” must be in the title.
3) Enter to win the 3rd annual 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards brought to you by PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford! To enter, register to use PBS LearningMedia (look for LPB LearningMedia registration) and then enter here to tell us how you have innovated with digital media to enhance student learning. You can send us a short video or PDF with text and images that showcases your work. Your entry can be a demonstration of a unique teaching technique or the outcome of your influence in a student work. We are accepting entries for The 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards from September 26, 2012 - December 12, 2012. Winners will be notified by March 31, 2013. The top TEN winners, one from each of 10 subject/grade groupings, will participate in an all-paid, week-long "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan in August 2013 plus receive a free professional development course from PBS TeacherLine! TEN second place winners will receive a Promethean ActiView document camera! All first and second place winners plus TEN third place winners will receive a tote bag chock-full of goodies from PBS & The Henry Ford. LPB has had winners three years in a row!
4) The Dust Bowl premieres on Sunday, November 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (repeats 9 to 11 p.m.). Part 2 is November 19th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (repeats 9 to 11 p.m.). This film from Ken Burns surveys the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with 26 survivors, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, bring to life the stories of incredible human suffering and equally their incredible perseverance.
5) Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? On Sunday November 18th at 6:00 p.m. Inside the Megastorm takes you moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts, and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists this episode of Nova gives scientific context to a new breed of storms. The program airs again on Wednesday, November 21st at 8:00 p.m.
6) First he established Asylum Records that signed artists such as The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Linda Ronstadt. Then he established an eponymous company that produced for Donna Summers, John Lennon, Olivia Newton-John, Elton John, Cher, Aerosmith and many others. Later he co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. On Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. David Geffin: American Masters reveals the portrait of a complex and compelling man.
7) Think you have computer problems? An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turned out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world’s first computer. Nova follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes. Nova: Ancient Computer premieres on Wednesday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m.
8) Learn about 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people's work songs, and much more as Colonial Williamsburg features Colonial Idol! Vote for the outstanding musical performances. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion, and even change history. The field trip will be broadcasted on LPB on Thursday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. Register to watch this and other field trips online at http://www.lpb.org/index.php/E-Trips/.
9) Curious George encounters new adventures in the land down under when George and The Man with the Yellow Hat visit the Australian outback. As the new season premieres Bindi Irwin helps kick off an animal-themed season. Taking part in the new season’s adventures are a baby kangaroo, an otter, night creatures and…a dragon? Watch the new season on LPB starting December 3rd at 7 a.m.
10) If you have read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, then you might enjoy the documentary, John Kennedy Toole: the Omega Point, that traces the author’s roots in New Orleans. Photography, rare historical films, newsreels, and traditional New Orleans music peel back the layers of the riddle that is New Orleans, the mystery that lies at the center of the author's life. The program airs on November 26th at 8:30 p.m.
11) Some fun musical shows are coming for the holidays. On Tuesday, November 27th, Christmas with Nathan Pacheco premieres at 7:00 p.m. The popular young American singer-songwriter brings his own solo concert special to public television. On Tuesday, November 27th, Great Performances: Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby premieres at 8:30 p.m. This is Rod Stewart's first solo holiday special features 13 classic songs, ranging from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Auld Lang Syne," and including duets with Michael Buble, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and even Ella Fitzgerald. In 1981, in the middle of their American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago and paid a visit to Muddy Waters' club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn't take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage, and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was captured on camera. This extraordinary meeting can be seen on Friday, November 30th, at 9:00 p.m. when Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live premieres.
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these programs.