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Edison: American Experience
January 27 at 8 p.m.
The holder of 1,093 patents, Thomas Alva Edison's name was nearly synonymous with invention. Driven, intensely competitive and never more at home than he was at work, Edison is remembered as the genius that created the modern world.

Nature Penguin Post Office
January 28 at 7 p.m.
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there's a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. Every summer, as staff put stamps on postcards, the penguins return from their fishing grounds to their breeding grounds, trek nearly two miles across sea ice and snow, rush to find a partner, build a nest, lay eggs and protect them from predators, and finally get down to the task of raising their young. We see their four-month drama unfold as cruise ships come and go, bringing tourists to buy postcards and photograph penguins -- the backdrop to the penguins' lives.

NOVA Sinkholes: Buried Alive
January 28 at 8 p.m.
In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole in the ground opened up and swallowed half a house, killing 36 year-old Jeffrey Bush as he slept in his bedroom. A month later, a golfer in Illinois survived an 18-foot fall when the 14th hole caved in beneath his feet. Both were victims of sinkholes-a notorious worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone bedrock is found. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of collapsing sinkholes and authoritative science from expert geologists, NOVA investigates what it's like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.

Shakespeare Uncovered Hugh Bonneville and Christopher Plummer
January 31 at 8 and 9 p.m.
Two actors share their insights into playing timeless characters penned by the Bard. Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park. He revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. - Then Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare's time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.

Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey Season 5 - 8 p.m. Sundays and 10 p.m Saturdays
Viewers can expect all the highs and lows, the heady mix of drama, romance and comedy and plenty of new surprises.

Manor of Speaking (Downton Abbey "after-show") - Sundays and Saturdays following Downton Abbey
Host Ernie Manouse leads a studio audience and a rotating cast of celebrated super fans and cultural experts through the world of Downton Abbey. They share the triumphs and sorrows of the Crawley family and their staff during a lively after-show like no other.

Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester - Sundays at 9:30 beginning January 18
James Norton stars as the handsome, jazz-loving vicar, with Robson Green as his law-enforcement ally, Inspector Geordie Keating, on Grantchester, airing in six parts Sunday nights.

Announcing the 2015 Young Writers Contest!
The annual celebration of Missouri's young authors and illustrators is now open, and KMOS-TV is accepting entries through March 13, 2015.

Contest Rules
Contest Entry Form

And helpful tools:
Brainstorming Sheets
Get Ready to Write Page
Story Revision Checklist
Make your own Revision Checklist

Thank you to everyone who came to the first KMOS Create Expo!
We had nearly 1,000 people visit during the day visiting all the vendors at the Parkade Plaza. The event featured presentations by Vicki Payne and many of our vendors made the day complete. See for yourself!

KMOS-TV Create Expo a Model for Other PBS Stations

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Professional development for pre-K through 12 educators from PBS.

Cool multimedia destination for grade school children.

Fun site for early grade school children with games, music and activity pages.

KMOS has great programs for families, and online tools and activities.

Lesson plans, activities and curriculum support of KMOS program.

University of Central Missouri offers online courses for a variety of undergraduate & graduate programs.