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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.

Sunday, June 22
4-5 p.m. E/P

truTV Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

High School

"Black Gold"

This is a broadcast of the premiere episode of a new documentary ('unscripted') series about Texas oil workers who gamble everything for a chance to strike it rich. Wildcatter entrepreneurs risk their life savings and roughnecks risk their lives. The program takes you inside the technological race to find new oil supplies. As crude futures trade at just under $140 a barrel and gasoline prices are racing past $4, oil supply has become the source of considerable anxiety for consumers. The series is scheduled for a regular run Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. E/P.

Log on http://www.trutv.com/shows/black_gold/oil/glossary.html

Sunday, June 22
7-8 p.m. E/P


Subjects: World History and Science

Middle and High School

"60 Minutes"

The reports in this newsmagazine include "Pro Publica Investigates Al Hurra" - America's taxpayers support a television channel in the Middle East which has come under scrutiny for a raft of problems, including broadcasting unchallenged anti-Israel commentary. "Lifesaver" is about Plumpynut, a cheap, nutritious food that needs no refrigeration or preparation that is saving starving children in the developing world. Anderson Cooper reports on this miracle product that would save even more if more of it could be made and its distribution increased. "Fish Fuss" is about the government's multi-billion dollar effort to save the salmon of the Pacific Northwest. It is failing. So, residents there may soon have to choose between the fish or the hydroelectric dams that are killing scores of them.

Sunday, June 22
10-11 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Geography and Economics

Middle and High School

"India Rising: The New Empire"

In this documentary reporter Erin Burnett goes inside India, introducing viewers to the billionaires and the powerbrokers helping fulfill India's quest to be the world's next economic superpower - an effort that may include purchasing a Hollywood movie studio.

Log on http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=743340133&play=1

Monday, June 23
8-9 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels: Ice Cream"

This documentary traces the history of the manufacture of this dessert product -- from the gelato of Italy, to the French process of the 1800s, to the wild assortments of frozen delights being served up today. It shows the science and technology of ice cream at Penn State University and visit factories at Dreyer's, TCBY and the Joy Cone Company where ice cream, frozen yogurt, and their trusty companion, the cone, roll off the assembly line. It also shows how Ben & Jerry's comes up with their crazy ideas and films one of their madcap inventors creating a new flavor.

Tuesday, June 24
10-11:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Middle and High School

"P.O.V. - Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North"

Documentary filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery -- her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of northern complicity in slavery while stumbling through the minefield of contemporary race relations.

Log on http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2008/tracesofthetrade/preview.html

Tuesday, June 24
10-11 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Evolve: Stomach"

It doesn't just take willpower to survive. It takes guts. Life needs energy to exist and almost all animals get their energy in the same way - with a built-in power plant; a digestive system that turns food into fuel. This documentary looks at the range of digestive strategies and specialized physiology - mouths, stomachs, intestines, enzymes, and acids - the guts that creatures use to exploit a variety of ecological niches and food sources. It looks closely at the role guts have played in shaping some of Earth's most successful animals: tyrannosaurs, snakes, cows, humans and others. It's a 575-million-year journey that begins with the planet's first multi-cellular organisms and ends at our dinner tables of today.

Wednesday, June 25
9-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Science

Middle and High School


This edition of PBS's science magazine explores new discoveries in computer science, astronomy, engineering, and medicine, including a segment on a dark matter detector buried at the foot of an abandoned mine, a report from a lab where mice are retrieving their lost memories, and a search for the very first primate, which might turn out to be a tree-climbing creature the size of a mouse. Host astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. talks with "digital detective" Hany Farid; and investigates the "wisdom of the crowd?.

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

Thursday, June 26
10 p.m. ? midnight ET, 7-9:30 p.m. PT


Subjects: US History and Literature

High School

"The Joy Luck Club"

In this movie four Asian-American women work through complicated relationships with their mothers. Cast: Kieu Chinh, Ming-Na, Rosalind Chao. Director : Wayne Wang. It is based on Amy Tan's novel, "The Joy Luck Club", itself a joyful study in luck. An intricately patterned novel whose author thought she was writing a short-story collection, it is also a mother-daughter saga by a writer whose own mother wanted her to be anything but a writer. Published in 1989 by an unknown first-time writer, the novel became an international best seller. It tells the story of new waves of immigrants who are changing and enriching America. All four sections open with a Chinese fable, then shift to the stories of four pairs of mothers and daughters. The tales, particularly those set in China, are by turns beautiful and harrowing . Rated TV-MA

The book has been selected by National Endowment for the Arts for a series nationwide community reading and discussion activities at schools and libraries Info at http://www.neabigread.org/books/joyluckclub

Friday, June 27
6-7 p.m. E/P

Discovery Science Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Rockets Into Space: Splitting Atoms In Space"

This documentary explains that nuclear power has played a role in space exploration since the 50s, with projects SNAP and Rover. Working towards a manned landing on Mars, future missions may also use nuclear propulsion.

Saturday, June 28
3-4:30 E/P


Subjects: US History

High School

"Hard Times at Douglas High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card"

At Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD, the expectations raised by the U.S. Government's No Child Left Behind Act have reached a critical point. Filmed over the course of one year, this documentary looks at this school and this law at a time when their very existence has been put in doubt. Oscar-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond delve into the classrooms, corridors and offices of Douglass High. They focus: on the challenges facing teachers and students as this inner-city school copes with the looming specter of sanctions in the wake of a 2002 NCLB education-reform act designed to raise academic standards. Rated TV-14, AL,V (adult language violence)

Log on http://www.hbo.com/docs/docuseries/hardtimes/index.html


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