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PBS’s Frontline: A Class Divided

November 12, 2007 No Comments

PBS’s Frontline: A Class Divided The year was 1968. Tension was at an all-time high level. Students didn't like the idea of going to fight a war that made no sense. Racists didn't like the idea that there was a movement to provide equal rights to all colors of man. And the leader of the Civil Rights movement, M... continue reading...

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

June 12, 2007 No Comments

Monty Python’s Flying Circus In 1969, a talented group of highly-educated entertainers began producing a television show for the BBC. It was called Monty Python's Flying Circus. The humor could be described as absurdist. It frequently involved men dressing up in drag, bizarre costumes, and references to philos... continue reading...

BobVila.com

November 30, 2006 No Comments

BobVila.com He's the guy who started the whole home improvement craze. He's Bob Vila, and his PBS show This Old House, broadcast way back in the 80's, caught the imagination of the world. Today, we have entire TV networks devoted to fixing up our houses. Today's FamilyFirst site is bobvila.com. This Old House... continue reading...

How Popular Is Your Surname?

September 13, 2006 1 Comment

How Popular Is Your Surname? How common is your surname? Have you ever wondered? Well, if your name is Smith, it's pretty common indeed. Smith is the commonest name, owned by over 1% of Americans. But what if you're a Schwartz? You're number 323. A Kowalski, perhaps? 2066. How did I get so smart? Believe me,... continue reading...

Pyramids: the Inside Story

August 1, 2006 No Comments

Pyramids: the Inside Story Is it just me, or has there been a whole bunch of stuff on TV lately about pyramids? My staple of channels on the Ron list on my remote, which include History, History International, the various flavors of Discovery, and National Geographic have all had fascinating stories about py... continue reading...

Tesla, Master of Lightning

July 16, 2006 No Comments

Tesla, Master of Lightning He was one of the most brilliant, if not misunderstood, minds that science has ever known. His name was Nikola Tesla. He was known as the Master of Lightning. Tesla was born in the Baltics in 1856. A prodigy who could perform calculus in his head, he soon immersed himself in studies ... continue reading...

Inside the Teenage Brain

December 27, 2005 2 Comments

Inside the Teenage Brain Today, we go somewhere VERY SCARY with our FamilyFirst pick. In fact, you may find it TERRIFYING! The site is PBS.org's Inside the Teenage Brain. If you're a parent of teenagers, or ever have been, you are probably baffled by the behavior of adolescents. Of course, teenage thinking wa... continue reading...

I Hear America Singing

August 1, 2005 No Comments

I Hear America Singing The music of our country reflects the heritage that of what has come before us. It represents the good times, the bad times, the happy times, and the sad times. Most important of all, it reflects who and what we are and have been as a nation. Today's Family First Site looks at a site... continue reading...

American Experience Hawaii’s Last Queen

March 15, 2005 No Comments

American Experience Hawaii’s Last Queen The 50th and most recent state of our country is Hawaii. It was admitted to the Union in 1959, after years of being a territory. But prior to that, it was an independent nation, one ruled by kings and queens. Today�s Family First Site takes a look at that monarchy and... continue reading...

Transistorized

October 2, 2004 No Comments

Transistorized If you were asked what the most influential and important invention in the 20th Century was, what would you respond? That single question would be a great one for discussion at parties, at work, and most definitely in the classroom. There really is no right answer, but the Family First site t... continue reading...

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