Stories for October 19, 2011
California’s universities have started accepting applications for next fall, and school districts across the county are holding college fairs this week and next to help students get ready.
The half-hour documentary explores the creation of an original performance work by the award-winning international dance company Troika Ranch. A dance experiment on the repetitions of the modern world evolves into an exploration into the repetitive patterns in which ordinary people find themselves trapped. It follows the creative efforts of company members over a two year period as they struggle with the extreme physical and emotional demands of creating an experimental new work.
California’s air regulators are expected to adopt the final rules for a contentious “cap and trade” program Thursday. It’s a key part of the state’s landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This special celebrates the work of popular comedian and comic actor Will Ferrell, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Ferrell’s friends, contemporaries and co-stars, including Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day, Ed Asner, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Larry King, Adam McKay, Conan O’Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Andy Samburg, Molly Shannon and Ben Stiller, salute the 14th recipient of the humor prize.
He’s been dead for more than 5,000 years — and been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like none other, scientists will attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy, revealing not only the details of Otzi’s death, but an entire way of life. Join NOVA to defrost the ultimate time capsule, the 5,000-year-old man.
Two California Democratic lawmakers who represent San Francisco are frustrated with the US Justice Department for cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries.
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. “Peace Unveiled” follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul.