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


Subjects: US History and Science

Middle and High School

"60 Minutes"

This newsmagazine has a report about the latest inside-the-White-House book. Historian/reporter Bob Woodward reveals the thoughts and strategies governing the war in Iraq that come directly from President Bush and his inner circle. A science segment reports that the highly coveted content in sushi, blue fin tuna, are being captured in rising numbers by modern methods that threaten to endanger the species.

Monday, Sept. 8
7-8 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels: Super Hot"

This documentary explores the world of extreme temperatures. See what happens to "Pyroman", a life-size mannequin, as he is exposed to over 3,000 degrees F. Visit Underwriters Laboratories and see how common household appliances can go lethal. Follow geologists as they take lava samples from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Finally, journey into a fusion facility in San Diego, California and watch as scientist's heat plasma to over 200 million degrees F in hopes of someday creating an inexhaustible power source. Rated TV-PG

Tuesday, Sept. 9
9-10 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science

High School

"Naked Science: Was Darwin Wrong?"

Is Darwin's theory of evolution right or wrong? It is a question that continues to divide some U.S. communities today. The battle to explain the very nature of our existence has raged since Darwin's groundbreaking research almost 150 years ago. In this documentary Darwin's theory is put to the test by investigating his claims one by one.

Tuesday, Sept. 9
10-11 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science

High School

"How to Build a Better Being"

This is a companion documentary to the highly anticipated new video game "Spore". In the game, players can design a new life form, such as a one-eyed web-footed creature with a snout, and then control their species' evolution. But how much real-world science is behind this groundbreaking new game? In the program video game pioneer Will Wright and leading scientists as they explore the genetic information we share with all animals. From prehistoric fish with wrists to 8-ton elephants with trunks, get powerful new insight into the origin of species and how our prized parts came to be. Then see how evolutionary creature-making is translated into a brave new world of gaming.

Wednesday, Sept. 10
9-10:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Arts

Middle and High School

"Great Performances - Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias"

In celebration of Pavarotti's peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. In addition to a treasure trove of classic Pavarotti performances, are new and archival interviews with many of the tenor's friends and colleagues, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Juan Diego Florez.

For information about this program log on http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf

Thursday, Sept. 11
9-11 E/P

History Channel

Subjects: US History

High School

"Special Presentation: 102 Minutes That Changed America"

As the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded in New York City, some witnesses were frozen with shock, some helped others, and many ran as fast as they could from the growing disaster. Many onlookers also grabbed their video cameras to record history as it happened; despite the chaos and danger, many people kept their cameras rolling throughout the catastrophe. This documentary is a special presentation which runs without commercial interruption, retracing the events of that tragic morning through real-life camera footage from more than 100 individual sources. Carefully piecing together both amateur and professional footage in chronological order, the special is a permanent historical archive for future generations to see. The film presents educators and their students with an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the events of September 11th, the role of the professional media and amateur journalists, and the on-going ramifications of that tragic day.

Friday, Sept. 12
9-11 p.m. E/P

Discovery Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"Discovery Project Earth: Space Sunshield/Orbital Power Plant"

This is a broadcast of two episodes from a documentary series in which some of the world's leading scientists meet three un-compromising visionaries to put the most ambitious geo-engineering ideas to the test - tackling global climate change Each scheme will push the boundaries of science and technology but will they produce groundbreaking environmental results? We know that blocking sunlight can counter global warming, but what about the notion of shading the planet with mirrors. And what about the breaking scientific boundaries involved in testing the first ever state-of-the-art solar cells in near-space, - creating five times more electricity than conventional solar panels? Rated TV-PG

Saturday, Sept. 13
7-8 p.m. E/P

Science Channel

Subjects: Science

Middle and High School

"The Ultimate Guide: Volcanoes"

Research shows that a group of volcanoes around the world are heating up. Some scientists believe this activity is more than coincidence. In this documentary they look at the pattern of volcanic events to help forecast volcanic activity. Rated TV-G


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