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This Week on KMOS-TV 6.1
American Masters A Fierce Green Fire
April 22 at 8 p.m.
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement -- grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, this film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds. The film is directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties,and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.
Frontline Solitary Nation
April 22 at 9 p.m.
An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement - even people who haven't committed violent crimes - sometimes for years, or even decades. Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Frontline examines America's use of solitary confinement - a practice U.S. prisons and jails resort to more than most other countries. Some prison officials see it as necessary to keep order and safety, but critics say it is inhumane and counterproductive. "Solitary Nation" is an extraordinarily rare and intimate view of life in solitary, through the stories of inmates living in isolation, the prison officers who keep them locked in, and a new warden who is re-thinking the practice and trying to reduce the number of inmates in solitary.
NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?
April 23 at 8 p.m.
What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures - including humans - seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.
Great Performances Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
April 26 at 8 p.m.
Choreographer Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty marks the choreographer's return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete his acclaimed reinterpretations of the composer's trio of masterworks that began in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995 with the international success, Swan Lake, featuring a cast of all-male swans. This timeless fairy tale about a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years was adapted into a beloved ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. In a highly theatrical production that is not your grandfather's Sleeping Beauty, Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the story at the height of the fin de siecle epoch when fairies, vampires and a decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination.
Call the Midwife
Sundays at 7 p.m.
The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre. After helping to deliver a neighbor's baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.
Pioneers of Television
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.
The 2014 Writers Contest!
The deadline has passed - thanks to all who entered. Watch this space in the months to come to learn about the results!
Check out the winning stories from 2013!
Professional Development for PreK-12 Teachers
Get a head start on the skills and resources you need for the year ahead with cool PD offerings from PBS TeacherLine, starting September 19th. PBS TeacherLine's high-quality, graduate-level courses offer PreK-12 educators online professional development in convenient, collaborative, and flexible online format. Winner of the 2011 Ed Tech Digest Cool Tool Awards for Best PD Solution and Best STEM Solution.
KMOS-TV Outreach and Education
The reach of KMOS goes far beyond what is seen on TV, with workshops for early childhood educators, classes for parents, community partnerships and other innovative and effective ways that KMOS reaches out to the community distinguish public television as an educational oasis in the broadcast world. On air and off, KMOS is educating and inspiring more people than ever before.
KMOS and UCM partner to provide professional development opportunities for K-12 educators
PBSTeacherLine allows the university's School of Graduate and Extended Studies, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology to provide this completely online program, and is one of only eight institutions across the country offering graduate credit opportunities. Students who enroll in the program can receive one credit hour for a 15-hour PBS course, two credit hours for a 30-hour course, and three credit hours for a 45-hour course. Learn more...
KMOS has great programs for families, and online tools and activities. University of Central Missouri offers online courses for a variety of undergraduate & graduate programs.