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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, Aug. 31
7-8 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History and Science

Middle and High School

"60 Minutes"

In their first interview together as running mates, Sen. Barack Obama and his choice for vice-president Sen. Joseph Biden, discuss their roles and strategies for the upcoming presidential election. Steve Kroft reports. This newsmagazine also reports on cases of minimally conscious people ? those who cannot talk, walk or eat, but are not in what's called a vegetative state - who are being re-evaluated for degrees of consciousness many thought they never had. Some are actually re-awakening thanks to drug therapies. CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper reports.

Monday, Sept. 1
10-11 p.m. ET 7-8 .m. PT (continuing nightly until September 4 - check local listings)


Subjects: US History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Republican National Convention"

Each of the five networks listed above will air Convention coverage for a hour September 1-4. Children's PressLine, the not-for-profit organization that teaches kids eight to 18 to be journalists, has fielded a team of New York-based youth journalists to cover both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, traveling to Denver and Minneapolis respectively. From each convention, these youth journalists will work on assignment from media partners including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Metro USA (New York, Boston and Philadelphia) and PBS NewsHour's online edition, producing three or more stories per day. Ten children, ages 11 to 16, will cover the Democratic convention and nine will cover the Republican convention. Each youth journalist will attend and produce coverage on convention activities including receptions and state caucuses, as well as conduct interviews with delegates, governors, senators, members of Congress and presidential candidates. Stories for PBS's NewsHour will be written from a teen-to-teen perspective. All stories will be written for a mainstream adult audience, conveying youth perspective on youth-related issues.

For information about the Convention log on www.gopconvention2008.com. For information about Children?s Pressline coverage log on http://cplmedia.org/index.php or http://www.pbs.org/newshour/.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
10-11 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Evolve: Flight"

Humans have always been fascinated with the one part of the world that we could not conquer--the sky. How did the earth's first flying creatures come to be? This documentary examines the first vertebrate flyer, the pterosaur, which took to the air over 220 million years ago and eventually evolved to be the size of small airplanes. Scientists have long pondered how they, the largest flying creatures ever, were able to achieve such an astonishing feat. Scientists examine the fossil record compare pterosaurs to living birds to try and unlock how some species evolved to have the remarkable trait of flight.

Wednesday, Sept. 3
6-7 p.m. E/P

Discovery Science Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Space Station And Beyond"

This documentary showcases the International Space Station through excerpts from an exclusive live broadcast special previously aired. Included are interviews and all new material, highlighting advances in technology as well as the continuing human space exploration story.

Thursday, Sept. 4
7-8 p.m. E/P

Discovery Science Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Earth 2100: Wild Weather Ahead"

This documentary looks at the future of planet Earth and tells that story, through graphics, animation, dramatic footage and first hand accounts of a world in environmental crisis.

Friday, Sept. 5
8-9 E/P


Subjects: Science, Health and Arts

Middle and High School

"Stand Up To Cancer"

In this broadcast special , over 50 of the most renowned personalities in TV, film, sports and music will come together to make history. In an unprecedented television event, NBC, ABC, and CBS and MUN2 will simultaneously devote 1 hour of commercial-free prime time to raise funds for the fight against cancer. A line up of talent including Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, David Cook, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Charles Barkley, America Ferrera, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Forrest Whitaker, Jimmy Fallon, Keanu Reeves * will make personal appearances on the show. These celebrities and more will educate and entertain viewers ? and also be on hand to answer your calls in the celebrity phone bank. The program will also be premiere TV performance of the song "Just Stand Up" ? the star studded charitable single in support of Stand Up To Cancer will be performed by legendary recording artists Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, and Carrie Underwood.

For information about the event log on www.standup2cancer.org

Saturday, Sept. 6
8-9 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science and World History

Middle and High School

"Exodus Revealed"

One of the greatest escape stories ever told, the book of Exodus recounts how Moses led the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea. But before that, God delivered ten, terrible plagues to the Egyptians including frog and insect infestation and a final, devastating plague that killed every first-born Egyptian male. This documentary asks whether science explain these incredible events. Did the Red Sea really part? What might have created a safe passage for the fleeing Israelites?


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