In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest: radioactive radium in health tonics, thallium in depilatory creams, morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer’s trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased, the scientific knowledge (and political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged behind. Unnatural deaths were handled by the coroner, a position handed out to the corrupt and unqualified as political payback.
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The most-watched drama in PBS history enters its fourth gripping season with the whole world waiting to learn how the beloved characters deal with a shocking tragedy. The acclaimed ensemble is back, together with returning guest star Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine and new guest star Paul Giamatti. Also joining the cast are Harriet Walter, Gary Carr, Joanna David, and Tom Cullen, as the legend continues on Downton Abbey Season 4, airing over eight Sundays beginning with a two-hour premiere on January 5, 2014 on PBS.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss bugs in winter -- where they go, who eats them, and places to look for their eggs, larvae, and cocoons.
Photo: Spring nymphs, such as this wheel bug, Arilus cristatus, spend their winters as eggs laid in batches on tree bark.
From Round Earth Media – The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by a laundry list of stereotypes and generalizations. You probably think you know Mexico because you’ve been on vacation there, because we’re neighbors, or because you have family there. But in spite of our proximity to Mexico, it remains a mystery to many.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark get into the holiday spirit with a discussion of eucalyptus-eating beetles down under and South African cicadas, as well as some entomological humbugs and chimeras.
Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and created for TV by Heidi Thomas, Call the Midwife follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr.
“Holiday” celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt’s opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias.
Intelligence Squared US – While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states, Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and in 13 states Democrats enjoy one-party control.
As the world warms, the threat from rising sea levels poses an alarming potential for disaster. Some models now project a one-meter sea level rise over the next century.
The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an era when eyewitness reports and “smoking gun” evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes’ crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques.