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Here are this week's home viewing suggestions selected from online advanced program listings and aligned with state and national K-12 academic standards available online.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
8-9 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Science

High School

"Wired Science"

In the premiere episode of PBS' newest weekly series, Josh Davis of Wired magazine investigates an Internet botnet attack of Estonia's banks and newspapers; WIRED SCIENCE reports on cardiac surgery performed by a "robo-doc"; Adam Rogers explores the disappearance of home chemistry sets; and Ziya Tong delves into technology that is helping children with Asperger's Syndrome by translating facial expressions into emotions.

Log on to the companion website http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience

Thursday, Oct. 4
10-11 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science and Geography

Middle and High School

"Naked Science: Ring Of Fire"

One of the most deadly places on earth is the "Ring of Fire," a roughly 25,000-mile-long chain of volcanoes and earthquake zones that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. This documentary reveals some startling new evidence that suggests it may be getting more dangerous. With more than 1 billion people under threat from explosive volcanic eruptions and devastating mega-earthquakes, NGC follows the scientists racing to understand the danger and what we can do to protect ourselves against its future fury.

Thursday, Oct. 4
10-11 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

High School

"The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It"

This documentary sheds light on an often ignored part of the World War II saga -- the story of American conscientious objectors who refused to fight "the good war." It is a story of personal courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs -- about men whose love of country could not extend to killing. Ed Asner narrates the film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Tejada-Flores.

Log on to the companion website http://www.pbs.org/itvs/thegoodwar

Friday, Oct. 5
9-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

High School

"Bill Moyers Journal"

This weekly public affairs series features interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy. This edition features former head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, Jack Goldsmith, describing how the administration pushed the limits of the law to be as aggressive as possible infighting terrorism.

Log on to the companion website http://www.pbs.org/moyers

Saturday, Oct. 6
8-10:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Classic American Literature

High School

"The Last Of The Mohicans"

This is a movie based on the classic and often taught James Fenimore Cooper novel. It is also based on the 1936 film version (The screenplay of that film is cited as source material for this 1992 version.). Set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, the story concerns Hawkeye, the European-born adopted son of Mohican scout Chingachgook Hawkeye and his party, which also includes the Mohican Uncas, joins up with a group of Britons who have recently arrived in the Colonies. The group consists of Cora Munro and her younger sister, Alice, who are rescued from a Huron war party by Hawkeye. Hawkeye's band accompanies them to the British Fort William Henry, which is being besieged by a French and Huron force. The fort falls to the French, and Colonel Munro surrenders to French General Montcalm The terms of the surrender are that the British merely abandon the fort and return to their homes. However, the French's bloodthirsty ally, the Huron warrior Magua has made no such agreement, and, as the British retreat from the fort, he plans to massacre them in a terrible Huron attack. Rated TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned ? because of violence (V), intense sexual situations (S), strong coarse language (L), or intensely suggestive dialogue (D).

Information on the book at http://www.online-literature.com/cooperj/mohicans


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