posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
In the early 1900s, the average American's medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. Deadly chemicals such as radioactive radium, thallium, potassium cyanide, and morphine lurked in health tonics, depilatory creams, teething medicine, and cleaning supplies. As industrial innovation increased, the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied. However, the scientific knowledge to detect crime and the political will to prevent it lagged...
posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM
The original Penn Station was considered an architectural jewel of the Big Apple in its heyday, but how did it get built? And why was it ultimately demolished?
“For most people, it wasn’t until that station was torn down that they understood what was taken from them,” said author Lorraine B. Diehl, who was interviewed for The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, the PBS American Experience documentary featured in
posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM
You may have heard about our expanded digital resources! Today, PBS launches a NEW student experience at PBSStudents.org and new teacher tools at PBSLearningMedia.org! Plus, PBS LearningMedia now offers over 87,000 digital resources, including more than 700 Spanish language...
posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Diplomacy is a key concept that students need to grasp as citizens of a global society. Various roles of U.S. diplomats exist in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Yet, their mission is clear — to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the country’s political and economic interests.
Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of a team of people, including the President, Secretary of State, First Lady and Ambassadors, but a large part of it is done by mostly-unknown professional diplomats. There is a stereotype of the diplomat as a professional in a suit, sitting in a formal meeting room, negotiating peace, threatening war, or hammering out the terms of a treaty. However, that work is only a small part of their jobs. So what else do they do, and how does their work impact our daily lives – and the course of...
posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM
The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games.
Working “indie” is all about small teams working on artistic visions and the freedom to explore creative ideas. Many are drawn to indie video game-making because there isn’t a lot of money at stake, which gives them the flexibility to try new...
posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:47 AM
What does innovation look like, and how can one generate innovative ideas and strategies – right in the classroom? The collection, called “The Design Process: From Idea to Solution” is produced by NOVA Education. It helps educators and learners explore the process by which innovators seek to make the world a better place through the invention of practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing...
posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Have you heard? PBS LearningMedia is getting an update! Educators will continue to have access to the same fantastic FREE digital media content, but on August 15, the website will debut an all-new look and feel -- just in time for the new school year!
When you go to