April 16 | Grades 9–12

 

Programming Highlights

Howard’s End | Masterpiece: Episodes 1 and 2
Experience E.M. Forster’s masterpiece about two independent and unconventional sisters as they seek love and meaning in the early 20th century, a time rife with evolving social and class divisions and changes to women’s roles.

Surviving the Dust Bowl | American Experience
In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains — the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Watch the story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease — even death — for nearly a decade and overcame an almost unbelievable series of calamities and disasters. Tune in or watch now.

A car drives through a dust storm | Still from “Surviving the Dust Bowl | American Experience”

Jungle Animal Hospital | Nature
Join jungle vet Alejandro Morales, his zoologist girlfriend Anna Bryant and their group of dedicated volunteers as they care for injured, orphaned and endangered animals like monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, crocodiles, scarlet macaws, gray foxes ,and many more, at ARCAS, a rescue center deep in the Guatemalan jungle.

 

At-Home Learning Tips

Help Kids Stay Close to Friends, Online and Offline
As our kids adjust to spending the majority of their time at home for the coming months, it’s understandable they’ll miss their daily interactions with classmates and friends, just as we, parents, miss our colleagues and friends.
While our kids may have their own ideas about how to sustain these relationships through online means, such as social media, it doesn’t hurt to introduce them to other creative ways to stay close to their friends online and offline. Here are six ways to do just that — which we parents may find comforting to do as well.

Daily Programming

12:30 p.m. Howard’s End: Part 1
Literary Elements: Setting – Video
Identifying Characteristics – Lesson Plan

1:30 p.m. Howard’s End: Part 2
Literary Elements: Theme – Video

2:30 p.m. Annie Oakley: American Experience
Wild West Posters – Images
In A Man’s World – Article
Sitting Bull: Biography – Document

3:30 p.m. Surviving the Dust Bowl: American Experience
Timeline: The Dust Bowl – Webpage
A Man-Made Ecological Disaster – Discussion Questions
The Great Depression: Photo Analysis – Activity 1

 

Additional Resources

The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained
How much do you know about each feminism wave? Not sure what that is? Read on to learn some basic terminology about feminism and take a look at a history of feminists.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Howards End, by E. M. Forster
Find a digital version of the classic novel.

Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel in “Howard’s End” | Still from “Howard’s End”

From the Dust Bowl to the L.A. Suburbs
Los Angeles is without a doubt a city of migrants. Learn about how the city grew after 1940 thanks to families who came West in flight from the Dust Bowl or arrived looking for jobs in defense plants and how the city changed after that.

Outside Bakersfield, November 1935 | Courtesy Dorothea Lang/U.S. Farm Security Administration

Dust Bowl Migrants
During the Great Depression, California became home to lots of newcomers from Okhlahoma, Texas and neighboring states, but regardless of where they actually came from, to most Californians—and to the nation at large—they were all the same. And they all had the same name—“Okies.” Explore the challenges and prejudice they faced and learn more about their lives.

Suburban Twang: When L.A. Was Country
Learn how from the late 1930s through the 1990s, country western music and the hybrid culture from which it came defined much of white working class Los Angeles.

Podcast: Update on the Animals of ‘Jungle Animal Hospital’ and more…
Want to know more about what it’s like to be a jungle vet? Listen to Alejandro Morales as he talks about the challenges of working in the intense heat of the Guatemalan jungle, the decision to release the omega monkey “Bruce” and the status of some of the other animals featured in Jungle Animal Hospital.

Urban Habitat | Earth Focus
Big tigers might be all the rage right now, but mountain lions have been around us for a long time. You might think wildlife is practically nonexistent in suburban California, but you’d be very far from the truth. Meet P-41 and P-22, the famous mountain lions, and the researchers who are working to preserve them and their habitat. Stream or watch below.

Why Rich People Are Obsessed With Owning Exotic Animals
Explore the bizarre wild animal trade and the connection between ego and keeping exotic animals in captivity.

When Squirrels Were One of America’s Most Popular Pets
Did you know that  in the 18th- and 19th centuries, squirrels were fixtures in American homes and were often given to children? Read more about our wild history with squirrels and why we kept them in the first place.

Wild Animals Are Not Pets
Despite many celebrities’ habits that show otherwise, read to learn why having a wild animal as a pet is a bad idea and an ethical issue.

Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty

A cactus blooms in the Sonoran Desert
aired Feb. 28

Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert

A cute little duckling with text reading: Arizona PBS Ducks in a Row Event
March 6

Getting Your Ducks in a Row to Avoid Conflict When You Are Gone

Barry Gibb singing (Bee Gees: In Our Own Time)
aired Feb. 24

Bee Gees: In Our Own Time

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