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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.

Tuesday, June 3
8-9:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"NOVA: Saved By The Sun"

In the face of steeply rising oil prices and political turmoil in the Middle East, there's new urgency about finding a solution to our uncertain energy future. Could it be time to take solar energy seriously again? Breakthroughs in new materials and ingenious designs for solar collectors are transforming the technology into a vastly cheaper, more efficient alternative. This documentary presents the latest thinking from solar enthusiasts and skeptics as it investigates these cutting-edge research developments. The film introduces viewers to the scientists and businesspeople who are racing to make solar power practical - for lighting and heating and for running power plants. TV-G

Log on http://www.pbs.org/nova

Wednesday, June 4
4-5 p.m. E/P

Planet Green Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Hollywood Green with Maria Menounos"

This is the initial episode of a newsmagazine on a new environmentally oriented cable channel launched this week. "Hollywood Green" integrates eco-conscious celebrity lifestyle segments in a sophisticated-yet-fun-to-watch style TV-PG

Wednesday, June 4
7-8 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science and Geography

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels: Gold Mines"

Gold is one of the most valuable resources on earth, and it has carried an enormous allure since the earliest days of civilization. This documentary takes viewers back through history and around the globe to tell the fascinating story of gold mining. After retracing key milestones in the development of gold mining techniques, this program reveals the methods used to mine this resource in contemporary locales including Alaska and South Africa. Historians chronicle the advances in technology that have made mining possible, and extensive photographs and insights drawn from primary documents capture the frenzy of the California Gold Rush and other famous outbreaks of gold fever.

Log on http://www.history.com/minisites/modernmarvels/

Wednesday, June 4
7:30-8 p.m. E/P

Planet Green Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School


This is an episode of an environmental news series airing on the new Planet Green channel. Reporter Stephen Brooks investigates the environmental impact of pineapple harvesting, reporter Summer Rayne visits some smart cattle farmers making money from methane, and reporter SuChin meets Matt Peterson, CEO of Global Green.

Thursday, June 5
4-6 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: US History

High School

"Time Machine: 1968 With Tom Brokaw"

1968 is considered one of the most turbulent, and pivotal, twelve month periods in American history. This single year was a flashpoint for many of the social, political, and cultural transformations for which the 1960s is known. During these years, the United States became entrenched in an unpopular war in Vietnam abroad. Meanwhile, unrest, experimentation, violence, and outspokenness raged throughout the nation. The Civil Rights Movement gained momentum, sit-ins and riots became commonplace, several beloved leaders were assassinated at critical junctures in their careers. These years also marked cultural shifts as nonconformity became prized by many young people, and social experimentation and psychedelic music became the rage in San Francisco and elsewhere. The transformations unleashed during these years galvanized changes in American society that continue to reverberate today. Tom Brokaw, a young journalist in 1968, takes us through the year's most important events, aided by testimonies from those closest to the action. He speaks to key leaders and participants in these events including Andrew Young-- the former Mayor of Atlanta and Rafer Johnson - a close friend of Robert Kennedy. Brokaw also speaks with musicians Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie, and James Taylor. TV-PG . Note: This documentary includes some sensitive content, and is therefore recommended only for mature high school students and college students.

Log on history.com/classroom/1968guide.pdf

Thursday, June 5
9-11 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: World History

Middle and High School

"Stonehenge Decoded"

The monument's true purpose has eluded archeologists for years, but a new theory has emerged that may shed light on one of history's greatest architectural riddles. Stonehenge's original builders must have had sophisticated building techniques and expert knowledge of the Solar System. Is it possible that Stone Age tribes used these monolithic rocks to observe not only the sun, but the moon as well? This documentary looks into whether there could there be an evolutionary, political or economic component to its purpose. TV-PG

Log on http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/stonehenge-decoded-3372/Overview?email=ctw_20080526

Friday, June 6
8-9 p.m. E/P

Discovery Science Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"?Faces Of Earth: Assembling America"

This documentary explains the explosion that formed planet Earth, and travels back in time to explore the evolution of the Earth we know today. New technologies allow today's geoscientists to strip back the layers of Earth.

Saturday, June 7
9-10 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Moose: Titans OF The North"

In the northern wilderness, the moose reigns as king. Symbols of strength and endurance, they are constantly fighting for survival against man, nature and the extreme temperatures of the chilling Alaskan winter. This documentary offers an inside look at their battle against starvation and deadly encounters.


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