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Celebrating 50 Fabulous Years of Masterpiece 

Celebrating 50 Fabulous Years of Masterpiece 

On January 10, 1971, Masterpiece Theatre debuted The First Churchills, as one of PBS’s first national broadcasts. Season after season Masterpiece has surprised us with award-winning dramas, mysteries, and novel-to-screen adaptations.

Join Masterpiece Insider

Donate $72 ($6 a month)* to WPSU in recognition of Masterpiece between now and February 17, and we can thank you by adding you to the 50th anniversary Masterpiece Insider club. You will receive:

  • February 18, 7:00 p.m. invitation to participate in a virtual Q and A with Masterpiece Studio podcast host, Jace Lacob. Hear about his interviews with Masterpiece actors and his favorite and most surprising moments.
  • February 23, 7:00 p.m. invitation to participate in a virtual Q and A with Dr. Nancy West, author of the just released book “Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British TV Drama.”
  • Weekly emails with sneak peek video clips of upcoming episodes and behind-the-scenes information.
  • An invitation to join the WPSU Masterpiece Insider Facebook group with weekly discussion questions.

* new or additional gift 
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Want even more Masterpiece?

$7.00 a month/$84 annually

  • Masterpiece Insider perks
  • Masterpiece 50th anniversary heat-changing mug

Donate $7 a month »

$10.00 a month/$120 annually

  • Masterpiece Insider perks
  • hardback book, “Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British TV Drama,” by Nancy West

Donate $10 a month »

$25.00 a month/$300.00 annually

  • Masterpiece Insider perks
  • hardback book, “Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British TV Drama,” by Nancy West
  • Great Beginnings DVD Collection (includes Victoria Season 1, Poldark Season 1, Grantchester Season 1, Endeavour Season 1, and All Creatures Great and Small 2 DVD set)

Donate $25 a month »

WPSU Free Virtual Screenings

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WPSU hosts free documentary screenings that you can access right from your computer and smart device wherever you are. Learn and connect with others to discuss a broad range of topics that are important  to you through PBS content and WPSU original productions.

Our screenings vary from family videos for children and a range of topical and societal issues for adults. In addition to screenings hosted by WPSU, your OVEE account gives you access to many online screenings from PBS stations across the country.

Through a platform called Online Viewing and Engagement Experience (OVEE), we create online screenings that bring together fans, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media, chat live, and share resources in a virtual theater. All that is needed is to create a login using an email and password.

Become part of the OVEE screening experience today!

 

Upcoming WPSU Screenings

PBS KIDS Let’s Go Luna! She is the Moon of Moons / Beats of Beijing

Come along as Luna and her friends visit Beijing during the Chinese Moon Festival! Let’s Go Luna! games at pbskids.org/luna

Thursday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m.

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PBS KIDS Let’s Go Luna! More Than All That Jazz / Swamp Pals

Luna and her friends visit New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz music! Watch full episodes and play Let’s Go Luna! games at pbskids.org/luna

Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m.

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PBS KIDS Let’s Go Luna! Lullaby For Baby Vlad / Space is the Place

Leo, Andy, and Carmen babysit a fussy baby bear and have to find his favorite lullaby and Andy loves space and takes a trip to a famous space museum!

Thursday, October 29, at 4:00 p.m.

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PBS KIDS Halloween

A PBS KIDS HALLOWEEN!

Trick or Treat yourself with your favorite PBS KIDS shows celebrating Halloween! Play games and watch more of your favorite shows at pbskids.org Download the *FREE* PBS KIDS Video and Games app at pbskids.org/apps

Saturday, October 31, at 10:00 a.m.

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Bright by Text

Bright by Text

WPSU has teamed up with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of parents and caregivers. ​We are proud to offer a unique resource like Bright by Text as children are learning from home and families can’t access the services they need.

The FREE subscription texting service includes topics like brain development, games and activities, health and wellness, STEM, safety and more. And subscribers can customize their subscription to receive texts for multiple age groups and subjects.

Bright by Text partners with experts like PBS, Vroom, Sesame Street, CDC, and others to develop content for families with children aged prenatal to age eight. In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about information and resources specific to the central Pennsylvania community, like digital library resources, food pantries, and preschool open enrollment periods.

As we at WPSU build our network of community partners, parents and caregivers can feel assured that they are receiving important local announcements and information.

Ready to get started?

Text PBSKIDS to 274448

WPSU’s #HowWeEndure Campaign

WPSU invites you to add your posts from any platform to our social media collection.

Pennsylvania 143 Day is May 22, 2020

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The number of 143 was one that had a lot of meaning for Fred Rogers—from representing the number of letters in “I L-O-V-E Y-O-U” to how much he weighed for his entire adult life—he would use 143 as a code to tell children that they are special, each in their own way.

To celebrate the lasting legacy of Mister Rogers of spreading kindness and understanding everywhere, May 22, 2020, the 143rd day of the calendar year, has been designated as “143 Day”.

You can honor Fred Rogers and his devotion to children’s success in school and life by participating in WPSU-TV’s 143 Campaign to benefit children’s educational television. Now through May 18 become a Trolley Patron by making a gift of $40 or more. To show our appreciation, WPSU will send you 2 trolley pins—one to keep and the other to send to someone special along with a Mister Rogers 143 note card that we will provide.

Spread kindness. Become a Trolley patron today to ensure Fred’s dream of free educational television for children for years to come.

Become a Trolley Patron »

Share Your Testimonial

In uncertain times like these, one thing that central Pennsylvanians can rely on are the services that WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM provide to our community. Whether it is local reporting from our FM news team to keep us informed of breaking updates, universal access to the standards-based content of PBS KIDS programming, or simply escaping for a moment to watch Masterpiece® on WPSU Passport, WPSU is here for you during this time.

We want you to tell us why you value and choose to donate to WPSU. Share your stories using the form below and we will select some of these submissions to be featured on-air and online to encourage others to support the service that WPSU provides during this unprecedented time. Also below is a handy how-to guide with tips on how to submit both audio and video stories.

Please note that before submitting your testimonial to WPSU, you will need to check “I agree to the terms and conditions” on the submission form.  If you are submitting via email, as described below, please include a copy of the terms and conditions with your email as confirmation that you agree to the terms.

If you are under the age of 18, you are welcome to provide a testimonial, but need to first have permission to do so from your parent(s) or guardian(s).


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PBS Announces PBS American Portrait Covid-19 Special

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PBS and its recently launched crowdsourced storytelling project, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT, the signature content initiative of PBS’s 50th anniversary, will present a new coronavirus special to broadcast Friday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), announced today.

The special, IN THIS TOGETHER: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY, will begin streaming May 8 on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV and Chromecast.

Since early January, the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website has captured thousands of stories by Americans that, together, hope to answer the question: What does it really mean to be an American today?

With the unprecedented global and national impact of COVID-19, the answer to that central question and related prompts has shifted in recent weeks, which is reflected in the submissions still pouring into the site. The half-hour special will spotlight the many personal stories, photographs and videos shared by thousands of people in response to the prompt “I never expected…,” and viewers will hear first-hand accounts of how this global pandemic has affected our nation.

Throughout the special, which is being produced by PBS and RadicalMedia, participants from across the country will use self-shot video, photos and text to share how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting their lives, their communities and their understanding of what it means to live in our country at this unique moment in time. IN THIS TOGETHER: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY participants will tell these stories self-filmed in their own words, in their own creative ways and from their own points of view.

More details about the participants and their stories will be shared closer to the broadcast date. Please visit the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website at www.pbs.org/americanportrait and follow the conversation at #AmericanPortraitPBS on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to view the thousands of stories already being submitted.

For the full announcement and press release, click HERE.

Learning At Home

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As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, WPSU and PBS have come together to curate a special collection of educational resources. Whether you are a caregiver working with children or an educator planning distance learning, you’ll find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home.


Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays through the following channels:

WPSU Kids 24/7
Grades PreK-3

WPSU World
Grades 6-12 from Noon-6pm

WPSU-HD
Grades PreK-12

Daily Learning Activities that go with the HD channel

Resilience and Caring for Each Other

  • Sesame Street Caring for Each Other: content and resources from Sesame Workshop that you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities
  • Meet the Helpers: resources to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.
  • Arthur Family Health – Resilience: resources, activities, and videos from Arthur to help you and your child cope and build resilience.

Family Learning

Educational TV Programming

  • WPSU-HD: Tune-in to educational programming each weekday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • WPSU-HD live stream: Watch WPSU programming on computers and mobile devices.
  • WPSU Kids stream: WPSU offers a 24-hour stream of PBS KIDS programming that can be watched on a computer or through the WPSU app.
  • Check the schedule for information about programs and times.

Resources for Grown-Ups:

  • PBS Parents Website: offers information, activities, and tips for parents, including “How to talk to your kids about coronavirus
  • Sign up for PBS KIDS’ new daily newsletter for activities and tips you can use to play and learn together at home.
  • Science-U @ Home: Created by WPSU, Science-U@Home offers easy to advanced at-home science activities you can do with materials you have at home. Each experiment includes the scientific ideas behind the experiment along with questions to further your child’s scientific thinking.

Educational Games:

Math and reading games created by WPSU

  • Language Arts:
    • Word Machine: practice letter sounds and make words (Grades K-3)
    • Train Game: helps students develop synthesis skills by asking them to group words together to form sentences. (Grades K-3)
    • Fridge Game: read sentences and find the error, requires students to identify confusing words (by monitoring) and to replace them with words from an alternate word pool that make sense in the sentence (clarifying). (Grades K-3)
    • Making Connections: gives students practice in making mental connections between the text and things the reader already knows. These connections can include things readers have read (text-to-text), things they’ve seen or heard (text-to-world), and things they’ve done (text-to-self). (Grades K-3)
    • Questioning Cube: read a short story and answer a question, students practice asking questions about short stories or passages of expository prose (Grades K-5)
    • Detective’s Notebook: you are a detective, look at the clues in a story to predict what will happen next. (Grades K-3)
    • Hamburger Game: Helps students practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea—or “meat”—from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of a sandwich. (Grades K-5)
  •  Math:
    • Big Sale: solve unit rate problems to determine the best deal per ounce of grocery items. (Grades 6-8)
    • Cryptography Files: take on the role of cryptologists to decode clues using pre-algebraic substitution and order of operation (Grades 6-8)
    • What Are The Odds?: answer probability questions. (Grades 6-8)
    • What Are The Chances?: This flexible interactive provides opportunities to practice identifying simple, compound, and/or dependent probabilities using answers in the form of fractions, percentages, and/or decimals. (Grades 7-12)
    • Ninja Escape: Figure out an equation given a set of coordinates and identify the graphs of those functions with this interactive. (Grades 8-9)

Educator Resources

PBS LearningMedia offers standards-aligned educational material and curriculum that can be used by teachers and parents.

Featured PBS LearningMedia resources:

What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus

Remember #Apollo50 with WPSU

On July 20th, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon, followed by his Apollo 11 crewmate, Buzz Aldrin. WPSU wants to know what this milestone means to you. Tell us how you remember the moon landing 50 years ago, or how you first learned about it.

We invite you to share a video or audio recording, or a selfie with WPSU; or, send us a photo of you from 1969, images of any Apollo or NASA memorabilia you have, or any original artwork inspired by the moon or space travel.

WPSU will select some of your submissions to feature in our audio and video Apollo stories, and/or on social media.

Before submitting photographs, audio, or video content to WPSU for the Remember #Apollo50 with WPSU, you will need to click “I agree to the terms and conditions” on the submission form.


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WPSU Kids Fundraising Campaign

Starting Monday, June 3, at 7:00 a.m., WPSU-TV enters our June Fundraising Drive, to support children’s programming.

Family fun thank-you gift packages include tickets to popular area attractions, such as DelGrosso’s Park, Altoona Curve Baseball, State College Spikes, Everett Railroad, Hershey Park, and more!

You must call in during this important campaign to show your support, at 1-800-245-9779!

$120 level

  • DelGrossos (4 tickets)
  • Curve game (4 tickets)
  • Everett Railroad (4 tickets)
  • Lake Tobias safari tour (4 tickets)
  • MemberCard
  • Activity Book
  • Backpack

$250 level

  • Hersheypark (4 tickets)
  • Waldameer (4 tickets)
  • DelGrosso’s (4 tickets)
  • Spikes game (4 tickets)
  • Curve game (4 tickets)
  • Carnegie Science Center (4 tickets)
  • MemberCard
  • Activity Book
  • Backpack

Spark Discovery with WPSU!

This summer WPSU is celebrating all things space!

50 years after America’s first moon landing, we are as inspired as ever by the sense of possibility, excitement, and wonder that space exploration ignites. Our mission is to inspire those feelings in PBS viewers through programming and events that challenge us all to learn, discover, and create.

Join us in our commitment to sparking discovery by supporting WPSU today!

A $60 gift from just 10% of our viewing area would provide WPSU funding for over 700 hours of PBS programming.

or

A $5 monthly sustainer gift* from 10% of our viewing area would provide WPSU funding for over 700 hours of PBS programming.

Make your donation today!

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*$5 is the minimum for a monthly sustainer gift.

 

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Hey teachers: Do your students have something to say? Now is their chance.

Be a part of the second annual NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

Take an idea you’re teaching and have your students turn it into a podcast for the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The winning podcast will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

It’s an opportunity for teachers with students between 5th grade and 12th grade. Students will need help from a teacher to submit. Entries are open NOW until March 31.

Key Dates

  • January 6 – Challenge officially opens for entries
  • January 13 – Podcast drops first trailer
  • January 19 – Podcast launches with first episode
  • March 24 – Deadline for Challenge entries
  • April – Winners announced

Go to npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge to find helpful resources for teachers and students and to read all the rules.

Questions about the Challenge can be directed to NPR at clombardo@npr.org and studentpodcastchallenge@npr.org.

 

 

WPSU wins Mid-Atlantic Emmy® awards’ top honor for overall station excellence

WPSU Penn State won three Emmy® awards, including the top honor for overall station excellence, at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards on Oct. 13.

Battling Opioids

Battling Opioids: A Project of Pennsylvania Public Media is a collaborative, multi-media, effort undertaken by all seven Pennsylvania Public Media stations: WPSU, WHYYWITFWLVTWQED, WQLN and WVIA. We are using all of our multi-media platforms – TV, radio, online, social, digital, and community outreach events together in this effort to direct people in Pennsylvania to state and local opioid resources by connecting them to solutions at a personal level. Our hope is that through our collaborative, statewide efforts, our citizens will see stories of hope and survival, and have access and information on where to get help. We are using our shared resources for one common good—to save lives.

Stream Battling Opioids here.

#WPSUreads: What are you reading this fall?

Take part in the Great American Read contest September 10—October 19.

Have you been catching up with all the wonderful reads in your list lately? We want to know all about it! WPSU invites you to share photos/videos of what books (or e-books) you are exploring this fall to be in the running to win an exclusive “The Great American Read” bag!

All you need to do is:

  1. Take a photo or a video of the book you’re reading. Feel free to be creative and tell us a little about the book.
  2. Post to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  3. Tag WPSU to let us know that you’re sharing a #WPSUreads.
  4. Wait to be contacted if you’re a winner!

*Note: Be sure to set your profile to public so we can see your posts.

This campaign ends October 19. View the terms and conditions.

Tune in to watch The Great American Read on September 11. Visit The Great American Read to take part in a national conversation about America’s favorite books and vote for your favorite book before October 19.

Download “The Great American Read” posters here.

Terms & Conditions

  1. This campaign is organized by WPSU Penn State.
  2. Please abide by the following terms. WPSU does not allow:
    • graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful, or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
    • solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.
    • comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
  3. By entering the campaign, you allow WPSU to share photos and videos submitted to WPSU’s social media accounts.
  4. The giveaway begins on Monday, September 10, at 12:00 a.m. and concludes on Friday, October 19, at 11:59 p.m.
  5. This campaign is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  6. Any questions or comments should be directed to WPSU Penn State at wpsusocial@psu.edu.
  7. This contest is only open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and are competent to contract in his/her name.

WPSU Sustaining Membership

Whether your favorite series is NOVA, Masterpiece, PBS NewsHour, Nature, American Experience, or FRONTLINE, we’re asking you to support what you love with a $5, $10, or more monthly ongoing sustaining donation now.

PBS Summer of Adventure

With a variety of science, nature, culture and history programs, the PBS Summer of Adventure will transport you around the globe.

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10 That Changed America

Host Geoffrey Baer takes viewers across the country to the legendary streets, monuments, and man-made marvels that changed America.

Premieres Tuesday, July 10, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

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No Passport Required

Chef Marcus Samuelsson travels to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places and culinary flavors of immigrant communities.

Premieres Tuesday, July 10, at 9:00 p.m.

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Earth’s Natural Wonders: Life at the Exremes

Explore parts of the world that nature has carved on a staggering scale. For human beings, survival within these extraordinary places can pose great challenges.

Premieres Wednesday, July 11, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

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Kingdoms of the Sky

Discover the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world: the Rockies, Andes, and Himalaya.

Premieres Wednesday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

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The Outback

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.

Premieres Wednesday, August 1, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

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Wonders of Mexico

Travel south down Mexico’s mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya, and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.

Premieres Wednesday, August 1, at 9:00 p.m.

More about the series »

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7–13 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank a teacher for their brilliance by sharing your appreciation through your creative work and illustrations, or photos. Share on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher in your posts and tag @WPSU.

The first 25 posts using the hashtag #ThankATeacher tagged with @WPSU will receive some cool WPSU stickers!  You can also submit online here. View the terms and conditions.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This campaign is organized by WPSU Penn State.
  2. Please abide by the following terms. WPSU does not allow:
    1. graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful, or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
    2. solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.
    3. comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
  3. By entering the campaign, you allow WPSU to share photos and videos submitted to WPSU’s social media accounts.
  4. The giveaway begins on Monday, May 7, at 12:00 a.m. and concludes on Sunday, May 13, at 11:59 p.m.
  5. This campaign is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  6. Any questions or comments should be directed to WPSU Penn State at wpsusocial@psu.edu.

The Great American Read

The Great American Read

What is America’s best-loved novel? Join the conversation on May 22. 

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books.

The nationwide project culminates in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Book.”

Throughout the summer there will be:

  • Facebook discussion groups
  • Summer reading competitions for everyone
  • Online activities and games
  • Book and author information on “America’s Virtual Bookshelf”
  • Voting for America’s Best-Loved Book Visit the WPSU website to download the list of 100 books, choose your summer reading list and vote for your choice of America’s Best Loved Book.

 More information on pbs.org/greatamericanread

Celebrate Earth Month

WPSU celebrates Earth Month with PBS and local specials for your enjoyment. Gather with the family and tune-into WPSU-TV in April to watch your favorite earth related programs.

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Saving the Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport

The historic struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968 is chronicled.

Monday, April 9, at 9:00 p.m.

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Managing Risk in a Changing Climate

An action plan to fight catastrophic climate impacts in the Louisiana coastal region is examined.

Thursday, April 12, at 8:30 p.m.

More about the project »

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Water Blues, Green Solutions

Communities creating green solutions for flooding, water pollution, and scarcity are showcased.

Monday, April 16, at 9:00 p.m.

More about the project »

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Independent Lens: What Lies Upstream

The truth behind a chemical spill that impacted 300,000 people in West Virginia is uncovered.

Monday, April 16, at 10:00 p.m.

More about the film »

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NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine

Join scientists on a quest to better comprehend the workings of the weather and climate change.

Wednesday, April 18, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

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POV: Bill Nye Science Guy

Follow Bill Nye, former host of a popular kids show, as he seeks to change the world through science.

Wednesday, April 18, at 10:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »


PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors

Explore the outdoors with PBS Kids and watch new episodes of Splash and Bubbles, Nature Cat, and Wild Kratts beginning April 23. Check out all the cool PBS Kids apps available!

Nature Cat App Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors  – Go on a new adventure every day with the Nature Cat crew as they explore, discover and observe nature in their own backyard and beyond! Kids can observe the daily weather and use a compass, camera, sound recorder and journal to record each nature adventure. FREE
Ready Jet Go App Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer – Kids can explore the solar system and visit planets, stars and constellations with Jet and his friends. Go on a galactic journey with Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy and Sunspot from their backyard in Boxwood Terrace through space! FREE
Wild Kratts App Wild Kratts Baby Buddies –  Join Martin, Chris, and the Wild Kratts team on an African Savannah creature sitting adventure. These baby animals need a lot of attention and care, and with Wild Kratts Baby Buddies app, kids are in charge of feeding, washing, protecting, and playing with each one.
Splash and Bubbles App Splash and Bubbles Ocean Adventure –  Join Splash, Bubbles, Dunk, and Ripple on a journey to the world’s undersea habitats. Kids will discover the creatures that live there, learn about many different plants and animals, and build and decorate their very own ocean!
Wild Kratts App Wild Kratts World Adventure –  Kids can tilt and tap their way through six multi-level games that encourage exploration of habitats around the world. Focusing on science, each game lets kids observe, explore and use creature power suits to complete missions and help the Kratt Brothers.
Fun with Plum App Outdoor Family Fun with Plum –  Get ready for some Outdoor Family Fun with Plum! This app offers daily activities that get families outside, exploring their neighborhood and learning about nature. Spending time outdoors has many benefits and nature is all around – you just have to look! FREE
Photo Stuff with Ruff App Photo Stuff with Ruff –  In this camera-based experience, children learn about science by taking pictures of different materials to complete silly scenes. Play it together and record and share your observations in fun, creative ways! FREE


Celebrate the earth and all of its color by sharing your photos!

Take part in the WPSU Earth Month Instagram campaign by sharing your photos or selfies outdoors and posting them on Instagram using #WPSUEarthie! Tell us how you appreciate the earth on a daily basis.

You can also email your photos and comments to wpsusocial@psu.edu to be featured on WPSU’s social media channels! You can also submit online here.
Terms and conditions apply.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This campaign is organized by WPSU Penn State.
  2. Please abide by the following terms. WPSU does not allow:
    1. graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful, or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
    2. solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.
    3. comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
  3. By entering the campaign, you allow WPSU to share photos and videos submitted to WPSU’s social media accounts.
  4. The campaign begins on Sunday, April 1, at 12:00 a.m. and concludes on Monday, April 23, at 11:59 p.m.
  5. This campaign is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  6. Any questions or comments should be directed to WPSU Penn State at wpsusocial@psu.edu.

Vote ’18 Special Election Coverage

special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district will be held on March 13, 2018, following the resignation of Representative Tim Murphy. Check out WPSU’s Vote 18 for news, information about the candidates and more.

The Best of Our Town

About the show

Since 1996, community volunteer videographers from countless towns have participated in making 94 “Our Town” television shows that aired WPSU. This is one of our favorite community projects and we’re already planning the feature towns for 2018—Lock Haven, Reynoldsville, Coudersport, and Boalsburg— and we’ve been busy putting together a special look back at more than 20 years of telling the story of communities to kick off this 2018 season.

On March 8, at 8:00 p.m. WPSU will air “The Best of Our Town,” a compilation of viewer-voted favorites and a broad variety of stories we’ve collected as part of this project over the years.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends and family to tune-in on March 8 to WPSU-TV or watch online at wpsu.org/live. We are looking forward to reminiscing and sharing these stories with you.

Share “The Best of Our Town” post and win!

Share posts on your social media feeds with #TheBestofOT and be in the running to win an exclusive WPSU Our Town t-shirt! Winners will be chosen based on the number of likes, shares, or comments on their post. Contest runs from February 22 to March 8. 

#MyTown: Share the stories of your town to the world!

Be a part of the Our Town family by sharing stories about YOUR town! Take part in the #MyTown campaign from January 19 to February 16. All you need to do is send us a video or photo with a description of what you love about your hometown and we will share them on our social media pages for the world to see!

Feel free to be creative with the stories you share. If you need some guidelines on filming, check out resources here. 

You can submit your entries on our form here on WPSU or on social media by using #MyTown in your posts. What are you waiting for? Tell us what’s special about your town!

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The Best of Our Town: Viewers’ Choice

Viewers can help WPSU to decide what Our Town clips to feature. Each week starting December 8, 2017 until January 5, 2018, we’ll release clips from past shows for you to vote on. WPSU will then feature your four favorites that get the most votes during the TV broadcast of The Best of Our Town, on March 8.

Voting has ended. Thank you for your votes! Check out a collection of the clips on Facebook.

 

PBS Summer of Adventure

PBS Summer of Adventure

PBS takes you on an around-the-world adventure this summer, bringing compelling wildlife stories and discovering new topics in history, science and nature.

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The Story of China

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

Tuesdays, June 20-27 and July 11, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch full episodes online »

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Big Pacific

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers who display the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. Filmed in cinematic 4K, the program breaks the boundaries between land and sea, examining an ocean that covers one-third of the Earth’s surface, holds half of the world’s water and hides the deepest place on the planet.

Wednesdays, June 21-July 19, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch full episodes online »

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Great Yellowstone Thaw

Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope.

Wednesdays, June 21-July 5, at 9:00 p.m.

Watch full episodes online »

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Nature’s Great Race

Traverse the Arctic wilderness and African bush as scientific teams utilize new technology to track caribou, zebras and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face fearless predators on their epic journeys.

Wednesdays, July 12-26, at 9:00 p.m.

Watch full episodes online »

Geoffrey Baer in Havana

Weekend In Havana

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.

Tuesday, July 18, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch online »

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Rare – Creatures of the Photo Ark

Renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, a natural-born storyteller,is on a quest to document Earth’s species at risk of extinction. His 11-year “Photo Ark” project is the focus of this three-part series, which follows Sartore into the field as he captures rare species on camera — at zoos, preserves and elsewhere. Throughout, Sartore interacts with scientists and naturalists who reveal surprising and important information. He has seen first-hand that people will save the things they love. This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.

Tuesdays, July 18-August 1, 9:00 p.m.

Watch full episodes online »

Brown bear catching salmon in Brooks Falls Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Wild Alaska Live

Broadcasting live over three nights with hosts Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast.

Sunday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 30, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch online »

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Ireland’s Wild Coast

Join Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson on an authored journey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, providing insights into the wild animals and wild places of the island he calls home.

Wednesday, August 2, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a preview »

‘Dark Money’ By Jane Mayer

This is probably the most important book I’ve read this year. Jane Mayer’s book, “Dark Money,” makes the argument that we now have three major political parties: Republican, Democratic and Dark Money.

#ThankYouPatty

Patty Satalia celebrates her retirement this week. Congratulations Patty. We wish you all the best in your new adventures and future undertakings. We are deeply honored to have had such an amazing and talented personality on the team.

#ThankYouPatty for your time and contributions to WPSU. We will miss you!

Send your well wishes on our Facebook post.

 

Introducing the WPSU App!

Take Public Media anywhere you go with the WPSU mobile app available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Amazon devices.

WPSU-TV features

  • WPSU-TV main, Create and World schedules
  • Full video episodes, previews, and clips from WPSU original programs like the Our Town series, Conversations Live as well as your PBS favorites like AntiquesRoadshow, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Nature.
  • PBS KIDS stream and on demand episodes such as Wild Kratts, ODD SQUAD, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

WPSU-FM features

  • Streams of WPSU 1 News & Classical, WPSU 2 Public Radio Mix, and WPSU 3 Jazz
  • WPSU features such as Take Note, WPSU’s Bookmark, and interviews.
  • WPSU local and NPR national news stories at your fingertips.
  • On-demand programming including All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Science Friday.

WPSU Digital

  • Easily connect to WPSU’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr pages.
  • Instantly renew or give an additional donation to WPSU through your mobile device.
  • Watch exclusive on-demand digital content.

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Looking for extended PBS content online? Learn more about our newest member benefit WPSU Passport.

WPSU Nominated for seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards

Congratulations to WPSU staff who earned seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy® nominations for excellence in television programming and individual achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Nominations include:

Arts Program/Special: “Music Theatre Spotlight 2015”
Jeff Hughes, producer/director; Michael Klein, audio mixer

Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) Program or Special: “Science-U: Backwash”
Kristian Berg, producer/director

Education/Schools – Program/Special: “You Can’t Say That”
Jeff Hughes, executive producer; Lindsey Whissel Fenton, producer

Human Interest Program/Special: “Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson”
Cheraine Stanford, producer/director; Cole Cullen, writer

Sports – Program/Series: “Penn State Basketball: In the Paint”
Don Hampton, senior producer/director; John Wagner, producer; Matt Wilson, videographer/editor; Austin Lederman, associate producer; Jordan Huffman, editor/videographer

Individual Achievement nominees:
Cole Cullen, editor – program
“Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson”
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

Mark Stitzer, photographer – program
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

The winners will be announced during the regional Emmy Awards ceremony Saturday, September 24, in Philadelphia.

You can review a comprehensive list of recent awards WPSU has received, at wpsu.org/awards.

PBS Previews | The Best of Fall 2015

Preview the Fall 2015 lineup of programs sure to engage, educate and excite you!

2015 Emmy Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to production, creative services, and everyone at WPSU-TV and Penn State Department of Meteorology Weather Communications Group for these 2015 Mid-Atlantic Region National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) EMMY® Awards.

52- Commercial – Single Spot
Connected For Life“- WPSU Penn State
Mindy McMahon, Producer
Kristian Berg, Director/Writer

32- Weather – News Single Story or Series
WeatherWhys“- WPSU Penn State (Weather World)
Marisa Ferger, Producer/Editor
Jon Nese, Writer/Producer

We are also proud of our 2015 nominees  selected by a panel of judges from amongst all the submissions for each category:

16- Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) – Program or Special
Science-U: Oobleck!“- WPSU Penn State
Kristian Berg, Writer/Producer/Director

27- Historic/Cultural Program/Special
As Long As We Dance“- WPSU Penn State
Cheraine Stanford, Producer/Director/Write

36- Sports – Program Feature/Segment
Courtside With Coquese Pink Zone Feature“- WPSU Penn State
Bill Amin, Executive Producer
Topher Yorks, Lead Producer/Director/Writer
DaVita Raechelle Miles, Producer/Editor
Mark Eaton, Editor
Matt Stephens, Videographer
Clint Yoder, Field Audio
Mickey Klein, Audio Mix

55- Community Service
“Our Town Project”- WPSU Penn State
Greg Petersen, Executive Producer

73- Photographer – Program
Mark Stitzer, WPSU Penn State

While the awards are often limited to the names of the production team leaders, WPSU thanks and acknowledges the efforts of all who’ve contributed to the success of these projects.

PBS NewsHour: Will Freddie Gray’s death provoke changes in Baltimore?

Hours after a funeral for Freddie Gray — a young man who died in Baltimore police custody — violence and looting broke out, resulting in injuries of about a half dozen officers. Judy Woodruff talks to special correspondent Jackie Judd about the memorial for Gray and whether his death with result in change for the city.

Celebrating 50 Years of Public Television!

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On March 1, 1965, at 10:00 in the morning, students from 125 elementary and secondary schools witnessed something revolutionary: television in the classroom. WPSX-TV signed on with 15 new educational programs, ranging from Saludos Amigos to Primary Concepts in Math, that would air each school day.

In June 1965, the station added evening educational and currentaffairs programming to fulfill the vision of extending the resources of Penn State to the entire community.

Through the years, WPSX-TV, renamed WPSU-TV in 2005, has grown into a national innovator, experimenting with media to deliver educational content to audiences in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. For example, the 2012 online course, beekeeping101.psu. edu, brought in registrants from every state and nearly every country across the globe.

The 2013 documentary, Water Blues, Green Solutions, is currently broadcast by PBS stations all over the US and internationally, and maintains a living library of online educational resources for secondary- and higher-education course use.

On March 1, 2015, WPSU celebrates many accomplishments and looks to our future — integrating technology across the media landscape and enhancing audience experiences.

You can watch even more WPSU and PBS programming on your computer and smartphone — all without leaving our new website.

You’ll also be able to watch live programs simulcast on TV and online, and we’ll give you even more ways to give feedback and join the conversation.

In April 2015, we invite you to try out two TV/online viewing parties when you’ll have the opportunity to chat with producers and special guests.

With this expansion of services, we are proud to introduce a new name and a new look, WPSU Penn State. We’ve always been part of Penn State, and we want to continue our tradition of delivering university resources along with outstanding PBS programming to you.

WPSU Penn State thanks you, the community, our underwriters, and our university for supporting us and we look forward to the years to come with you by our side.