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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. 24
7-11 p.m. E/P


Subjects: World History and Geography

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Olympic Summer Games 2008: Closing Ceremony"

This is a broadcast of the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Log on http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv_and_online_listings/index.html

Sunday, Aug. 24
9-9:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Tales from the Trail"

Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" campaign is aimed at building young citizens' awareness of the election process and issues for the 2008 election. This special broadcast chronicles kids who actively support Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain or other candidates, The program also reports on what kids can look forward to at the Democratic and Republican conventions. TV-G.

Monday, Aug. 25
7-11 p.m. E/P (Continuing until Aug. 28)


Subjects: US History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Democratic National Convention"

Each of the five networks listed above will air Convention coverage at 7-11 p.m. E/P from August 25-28. Children's PressLine, the not-for-profit organization that teaches kids eight to 18 to be journalists, has a team of its New York-based youth journalists covering 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 http://www.demconvention.com. For information about Children?s Pressline coverage log on http://cplmedia.org/index.php or http://www.pbs.org/newshour/

Tuesday, Aug. 26
8-9 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"The Universe - The Outer Planets"

New discoveries regarding the Outer Planets are creating a fundamental rethinking of our solar system. Uranus is a toxic combination of hydrogen, helium and methane. Scientists speculate that the planet was knocked on its side after colliding with another body. Neptune's largest moon, Triton, is cold and barren, but some scientists speculate that liquid water might exist under Triton's icy surface. If this is proven true, Triton could be the home to one of the biggest discoveries of all time. Cold and inhospitable, Pluto completes one orbit around the solar system every 248 years. In this documentary computer graphics are used to bring the universe down to earth to show what life would be like on other planets, and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres.

Wednesday, Aug. 27
8-9 p.m. E/P

Discovery Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Nextworld: Future Intelligence"

This documentary presents smart technology that will put android helpers in the home, network commuters and entire cities to the Web, and bring us entertainment systems that can virtually make dreams come true. Advances in artificial intelligence are creating machines with near human-like mental agility. Intelligence will be embedded everywhere -- even in our clothing, thanks to smaller, more powerful computers. TV-G

Thursday, Aug. 28
8:30-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Middle and High School

"The Black List: Volume One"

Artists. Academics. Activists. Athletes. A remarkable group of African American leaders appear in a series of highly personal video and audio portraits that offer a unique glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of black life in America. This documentary features 22 prominent African Americans from various professions, disciplines and backgrounds who speak directly into the camera about a number of topics -- from childhood inspirations to the evolving American landscape they helped shape. Interviewees include Slash, Toni Morrison, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Serena Williams, Chris Rock, Sean Combs and others. TV Rated PG-14 (adult content, adult language)

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

Thursday, Aug. 28
10-11:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History and Mathematics

Middle and High School

"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections"

This documentary shows how election fraud changed the outcome of the 2004 election and led to even greater fraud in 2006. Directed by David Earnhardt, the film examines how easy it is to change election outcomes and undermine election integrity across the United States. Topics covered include:

* Jim Crow-like Voter Suppression and Intimidation in the 21st Century
* Exit Poll Discrepancies in 2004 and 2006
* Undervoting up to 80% in Precincts
* Electronic Voting Machines Altering Final Vote Tallies
* Provisional Ballots Not Counted
* The Privatization of the Election Process

In addition, the film tells the stories of three patriotic whistleblowers who recognize the threat to our democracy and do the right thing - regardless of the consequences.

This film is available on DVD.

Friday, Aug. 29
8-9 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels - Logging Tech"

When the mythical Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world -- a world striving to protect nature while devouring it. This documentary takes viewers into the woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to topple 4-billion trees annually; and on a journey to 19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as large as the timber they felled; and travel with a tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood uses -- from aspirin to film to toothpaste.

Saturday, Aug. 30
8:30-11 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Middle and High School

"How The West Was Won"

This Oscar-winning 1962 movie, directed in three parts by John Ford (Stagecoach), Henry Hathaway (True Grit) and George Marshall (Destry Rides Again), follows four generations of a family from 1839 to 1889 as they move westward from New York State toward the Pacific Ocean. The film features a "who's who" of Hollywood legends including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Richard Widmark, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan, and is narrated by Spencer Tracy. This is a new, digitally re-mastered presentation." Other versions of this film are available on DVD and VHS

Log on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056085/


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