Articles by WCVE
From Intelligence Squared U.S. – The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security.
Find out how writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created the television hit “Sherlock” on Masterpiece, taking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original adventures of the Victorian super-sleuth and transforming them into a worldwide sensation.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the conspicuous galls produced by the goldenrod gall fly.
Prepare your seasonal gift plants to be long lasting house plants. Most gift plants come with a decorative foil wrapped around the container. Now’s the time to either remove the foil or make holes in the base to allow moisture to run through the pot. As you put your decorations away, find a good location to continue growing your new plants.
Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Many thanks to all who attended the Downton Abbey premiere of Season 4 last night (1/2/14) at the Byrd Theatre. Last year, the Community Idea Stations hosted one of the biggest premieres in the country and it was even bigger this year - with 1,700 folks in attendance. It was a truly amazing experience to see the first hour of the long awaited Season 4, together with so many Downton Abbey fans.
The Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS), along with Ready To Learn, presents the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.
NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has discovered thousands of exotic new worlds far beyond our solar system. Are any of them like Earth? And what sort of life could flourish on them?
With vivid animation and input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, NOVA takes you on a mind-bending exploration of these strange worlds and the possible creatures we might one day encounter there.
From Humankind – The clash over who gets health care coverage and who pays — which resulted in the 2013 government shutdown — is just part of the story. According to the CDC, more than three-fourths of U.S. medical costs are attributed to largely-preventable illnesses related to our lifestyle behaviors (what we eat, whether we exercise, how we manage stress, if we smoke).
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.