April 14 | Grades 9–12



Programming Highlights

Ancient Skies: Finding the Center
Ah, how geocentric — not to mention egocentric — we were just a few hundred years ago. Travel to the days when we were thought the Earth was the center of the Universe and meet the great astronomers, Copernicus and Galileo, who turned that notion on its head.

Geocentrism believes the Earth is the center of the Universe | Still from “Ancient Skies: Finding the Center”

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses | Nova
From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. Tune in or watch now.

The Windermere Children and The Windermere Children In Their Own Words
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, watch the little-known story of 300 young orphaned Jewish refugees who, without families, found kinship in each other and formed bonds that gave them hope for the future during the summer of 1945.

A few of the Windermere children study under the shade of a tree | Still from “The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words”

Letters from Baghdad
Meet Gertrude Bell, the influential and incredibly curious explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003. Tune in or watch now.

Gertrude Bell on a horse in the desert | Still from “Letters from Baghdad”


At-Home Learning Tips

Focus On What You Can Control
Managing our children’s emotions amid uncertainty requires us to check our own stress levels first. You can start by focusing on what you can control, on a day-to-day level. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, minimizing speculative news, and creating a routine that is easy to follow; one that includes downtime for your family. Find other simple steps to manage your family’s stress here.


Daily Programming

12:30 p.m. The Windermere Children
The Holocaust Through Children’s Eyes – Background Reading
The Holocaust Through Children’s Eyes – Teaching Tips

2:00 p.m. The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words
Honoring A Young Victim – Video

3:00 p.m. Letters from Baghdad
Gertrude Bell: PBS Explorers – Video
Battle Features. Emerging Middle East – Interactive


Additional Resources

The Ptolmeic (Geocentric, or Earth-centered) Model of the Solar System
Listen to learn more about how society responded to Copernicus’ idea that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.

What’s a Supermoon and Just How Super Is It?
Did you know tonight’s moon is a supermoon? The term “supermoon” has been popping up a lot in the news and on social media over the past few years, but do you actually know what a supermoon is? Prepare for tonight by reading this first.

The Weirdest Senses Animals Have That You Don’t
Some humans may think their senses are superior to other living things, but as you learned from watching “Inside Animal Minds,” you know that’s pretty far from the truth. For example, did you know that bumblebees use hair on their legs to detect a flower’s electromagnetic field, or that there are animals that can smell veins? Learn more about some fascinating animals with extraordinary senses.

Jewish Life in Los Angeles as Told Through Delis
Delis are an indelible part of Jewish life and culture. Read about how plate after plate and celebration after celebration, the story of the Jewish community and its impact on the greater population of Los Angeles unfolds. Hungry for some pastrami yet? Watch “The Migrant Kitchen: The Jewish Deli” here or below.

Holocaust Questionnaire
What would you do if you were persecuted for your faith like the Windermere Children? The PBS NewsHour Extra team included this quiz on a list of resources to help us reflect and understand the profound impact our words and actions can have on others.

Holocaust Survivor Holograms Give History New Depth
Pinchas Gutter survived the Warsaw Ghetto, a death march and six Nazi concentration camps. Now, a 3-D recording of him and other survivors are available to answer the many difficult or trivial questions you might have.

Pinchas Gutter being filmed | Courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation

Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial
It’s astounding to believe, but antisemitism is still around us today. Learn how to stand up to antisemitism and discrimination in all of their forms today.

The Woman Who Made Iraq
Learn more about the enigmatic woman who “scaled the Alps, mapped Arabia, and midwifed the modern Middle East.”

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