Wednesday Trivia Question

Name any member of the Zula Patrol.

THE ZULA PATROL was a kid series that debuted in 2005 and ran for three seasons. The program followed the adventures of a group of aliens, the titular Zula Patrol, as they explored the universe. Along the way, viewers learned science and astronomy. The show also promoted tolerance and non-violent conflict resolution.

The Zula Patrol consisted of a crew of five main characters (six, if you count the Patrol’s pet). But what were there names? Continue reading


My Top Five: Science Shows

I’ve always loved science (even though it was never my best subject in school) and PBS has always been a great source for science programming. Over the decades, I’ve watched quite a few, from kids shows designed to educate and entertain to award-winning hard science fare designed to provoke the thoughts and expand the mind. So which ones are my favorites? It was tough to choose but I winnowed it down to MY TOP FIVE SCIENCE SHOWS. Here they are…

5) NEWTON’S APPLE. It ran for fifteen seasons and tackled everything from dinosaurs to ethnobotany. Perhaps it was a kids series but hosts Ira Flatow, Peggy Knapp and David Heil made it fun for the adults watching. Plus, you’ve got that Kraftwerk theme.

4) NOVA. PBS’s flagship science series has brought incredible worlds to our TV screens since 1973. Whether its inside the human reproductive system or a look back at the development of our continent, NOVA has explored science in all its forms and introduced viewers to science intelligentsia like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and Janna Levin.

3) BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY. If you were a kid, you loved the fast-paced, manic world of Bill Nye. If you were an adult, you appreciated any show that got children excited about science – and you were kinda jealous that a show like this didn’t exist when you were a kid. The fact that Nye is now an elder statesman of science education only increases the cool factor. Hey, science ruled then and it still rules today! Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I noticed a new science display near our studios today. I don’t think it was there a few days ago (I don’t get to that part of the building on a regular basis) and I don’t know who put it there (mysterious, eh?) but it certainly caught my attention. UNC-TV and PBS have always had a commitment to science programming and my guess is that this display is just part of all that.

Check it out…

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And The Winner Is…

Once again, PBS receives a few accolades of note as PBS programs were honored with seven News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization. The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on October 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said, “Audiences are hungry for high-quality programs that bring light to the pressing issues of our day. PBS continues to be a trusted beacon of education and inspiration for all Americans.”

The PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award winners are:

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the little-known story of an immigrant whose building designs came to define LA and cities across America. Don’t miss ICONIC VISION: JOHN PARKINSON, ARCHITECT OF LOS ANGELES – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congrats to the star of SHERLOCK! Although he didn’t win an Emmy last week, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed on the red carpet that he and wife Sophie Hunter are expecting their third child. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the internal mechanics of the human body through pioneering graphics and captivating scientific case studies. Don’t miss THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY – a three-part event – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

The DOWNTON ABBEY movie is officially filming! Need proof? Michelle Dockery shared a behind the scenes snap on her Instagram account as proof. Continue reading