Take advantage of this month’s Learning at Home broadcast schedule – great for students engaged in hybrid or distance instruction, and families looking to spend some extra, quality time together!
After watching these fascinating programs, explore the PBS LearningMedia and web resources to learn more.
Tuesday, June 1
12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the Long “o” in Whole?
“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. One hour programs feature instruction by educators and virtual field trips. Explore teen numbers, read “Gross Greg” and “Same, Same But Different,” review long o and i.
At the turn of the new millennium, the country tackles conflicts over immigration, race, economic disparity, and a shifting world order. A new generation of Asian Americans are empowered by growing numbers and rising influence but face a reckoning of what it means to be an American in an increasingly polarized society.
Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? NOVA takes you for a ride in some impressive prototypes that are already in the air, from speedy single-seat planes that can take off like a helicopter but are half as noisy, to “self-flying” air taxis that are already taking passengers on test flights in Chinese cities. But if electric airplanes are ever to advance beyond small, short-haul craft, significant hurdles of battery weight, energy storage and cooling remain to be overcome. How long will it be before the dream of super-quiet, super-efficient airliners becomes a reality?
12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the Long “i” in Try?
“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn a reindeer dance and about water cycles, read “Pequena Maria Discovers Her Dance” and “Sweet Dreams Zaza,” blend phonemes and practice long i.
Shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot, the film — written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Korean-American actor John Cho — confronts the myth of the “Forgotten War,” documenting the post-1953 conflict and global consequences.
1 PM: Articulate | Kenny Scharf, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Last Refuge?
Kenny Scharf’s exuberant cartoons infuse daily life with a dose of whimsy. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1960s protest songs made her the subject of FBI attention. Artists find unconventional ways to express patriotism.
As fall 2020 begins, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has reopened, welcoming visitors back in a safe and limited way. As we follow the build and opening of the glamourous Costume Institute show About Time, questions are raised about who will pay for new acquisitions, funding for the vital but very costly research and conservation work, and the cost of infrastructure projects necessary to the survival of an antique building. Every department is calling in favors to patrons and supporters, from old money philanthropists who have contributed millions over generations, to art collectors now realizing it is time to make public their private treasures.
MoMA’s collection of approximately 200,000 priceless works of art represents a broad range of mediums from drawing and painting to film and performance. Treasures of New York: MoMA explores this storied collection, and features a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s recent transformation, which was completed in October 2019.
Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of the Buddha’s life narrated by Richard Gere, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Experts on the Buddha, representing a variety of disciplines, relate the key episodes of the Buddha’s life and reflect on what his journey means for us today.
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet tells the story of a man who changed the world 1,400 years ago and now lives in the United States through the lives of the millions of Americans who practice Islam and regard him as God’s prophet. It travels in the footsteps of the founder of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad to the Arabian Desert and the holy city of Mecca where Muhammad’s story unfolded. But the film does not just stay in the past.
The Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance voyages practical. A newly discovered 500-year-old wreck offers vital clues to this momentous innovation.
Go on a journey with parents who are preparing for babies to see how our bodies create and sustain new life. Through their stories, we learn about what is fundamentally shared and absolutely unique about the experience of birth.
1 PM: Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Take an epic journey into one of the most captivating periods of world history: a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe. The lemon tree, the water wheel and Aristotle’s lost philosophy all arrived in Europe through Islamic Spain, as did algebra and the beginnings of modern medicine, science and poetry.
1 PM: Articulate | Michelle Cuevas, Mason Bates, Antonio Martorell, Joan Shelley
The characters in Michelle Cuevas’s children’s books leap off the page. Mason Bates challenges existing notions of what belongs in the concert hall. Antonio Martorell has been at the forefront of Puerto Rican art for over half a century. The anthropological perspective of singer-songwriter Joan Shelley.
A group of university actors, musicians, directors and producers travel to four rural communities in Nebraska to perform Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Through community concerts and school presentations, many people are seeing opera for the first time and they love it!
Pulling Out All the Stops chronicles the competition onstage and behind-the-scenes, and captures the drama leading up to the announcement of the first-prize winner of The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. Viewers will meet a cast of characters, extraordinary young organists, judges, audience members, and Longwood Garden’s curators and historians. Along the way, viewers will hear great organ music performed on a legendary symphonic-style pipe organ in a setting of unsurpassed elegance and beauty.
The four planets closest to the sun, called the rocky planets, were born from the same material in the same era. But they couldn’t be more different: Tiny Mercury is the runt of the litter, almost like a moon. Venus is devilishly hot, and Mars is a frozen desert world. Only on Earth do we find the unique conditions for life as we know it. But why only here? Were Earth’s neighbors always so extreme? And is there somewhere else in the solar system life might flourish?
The Red Planet was once a vibrant blue water-world, home to raging rivers, active volcanoes, and even an ocean. But as the young planet’s core cooled, its magnetic field and protective atmosphere faded, eventually exposing it to the wrath of the sun. With its volcanoes extinguished and its water lost to space, Mars became the frozen desert planet we know today. But if it once had many of the ingredients necessary to form life, how far along might that process have gotten?
Jupiter is not just the oldest planet orbiting the sun—it’s also the largest. So when the young gas giant went on a rampage through the inner solar system, it shaped the fate of everything in its path. Speeding towards the Sun, Jupiter’s massive gravitational force hurled debris into interstellar space, stunting the growth of would-be planets. Earth might have been doomed had Saturn not pulled Jupiter back. Today, Jupiter resides in the outer solar system, where its gravity bends the paths of asteroids and stokes volcanic activity on its moon Io. But it could one day wreak havoc again.
Over the past 40 years, a handful of space probes has given us glimpses of Saturn. But NASA’s Cassini, which explored the gas giant’s realm for 13 years, delivered the most breathtaking new insights. NOVA takes you inside Cassini’s epic journey as it makes stunning discoveries: Saturn’s rings are younger than the dinosaurs and may be remnants of an ice moon. And geysers erupting ice and gas on the moon Enceladus show that it could have all the ingredients for life. But to protect it, the Cassini mission team makes a bittersweet decision.
Explore the early days of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment during an era when master showmen P.T. Barnum, James Bailey and the Ringling Brothers transformed the nation’s popular culture.
Revisit the heyday of this distinctly American form of entertainment when former rivals Barnum, Bailey and the Ringling Brothers joined forces to present the “greatest show on earth” in big cities and small towns across the country.
1 PM: Articulate | 212 Cuban Orchestra, Peter Shire, Floriography, Elizabeth Turk
On a recent tour, The Havana Lyceum Orchestra showed America that Cuba has a classical music culture to rival that of any wealthy western country. An alumnus of the Italian avant-garde movement, The Memphis School, Peter Shire is today thriving in Los Angeles. These days, flowers mostly say “I love you” or “I’m sorry.” In the Victorian era, their language was boundless. In the marble sculptures of Elizabeth Turk, there’s a constant tension between the permanence of their medium and her desire to test the limits of its fragility.
1:30 PM: Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace
With the Galveston landing of U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Granger in 1865, slavery in Texas ended. African bondsmen became freedmen, and women and children likewise became African Americans. Many left the plantations to join freedom colonies; others sought out opportunities in cities and towns. Today, the consequences of gentrification and rising property values challenge new generations.
Explore the authentic spiritual experience of African American gospel music in the one-hour performance documentary Amen! Music of the Black Church. Taped before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wise guides viewers on an educational and uplifting learning experience while leading the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble in a performance of sacred music deriving from African traditions.
12 PM: Let’s Learn – What Sound Does “ur” Make in Nature?
“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Explore clouds and how the piano is like an orchestra, take an imaginary nature walk, read “What Do You Do With An Idea?”, practice r-controlled vowels er, ir, ur.
Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens.
Travel with historian Lucy Worsley back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives, each of whom found a method of exerting influence. In this episode, Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn.
12 PM: Let’s Learn – Super and Power Both End in “er”!
“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn about the number 7, power poses, and Spanish greetings, dance the hands, read “Super Satya Saves the Day,” practice two-syllable r-controlled vowels.
January, 1547. The King of England’s fetid, 400-pound frame lies on his deathbed, his nation left as rotten and broken as his body. Once Europe’s most promising and enlightened prince, he squandered Britain’s riches on futile wars, tore apart the centuries-old religious certainties of his people, and threw off the shackles of papal authority.
Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour. Anne’s fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son.
12 PM: Let’s Learn – What Sound Does “ur” Make in Measure?
“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Make a collage of an imaginary animal, describe objects by their attributes, read “Rou and the Great Race,” review r-controlled vowels ar, or, er, ir, ur, play “Race or Pace.”
Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British Manor House was at its height. It was a world of luxury that that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume dramas to this day. But what was really going on behind these stately walls and under the servants’ stairs? “Secrets of the Manor House” looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was.
From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London emblems of historic British democracy. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was this always the case? Go inside its gothic walls and discover the hidden worlds of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.”
1 PM: Articulate | Talking Bouquets, Tango, Dating Apps
For Valentine’s Day, Articulate explores some romantic myths. In the Victorian era, flowers can say much more than “I love you,” the tango is more complex than a seduction tool, and courtship is alive and well…in your phone.
1:30 PM: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Go on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history to explore the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic art and architecture. See the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques, to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work.