Nearly 300 volunteers have until 2 a.m. to find and survey every homeless person they can find on the streets of Washington, D.C. It’s part of Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count of the homeless.
This Day in History: Beginning on January 30, 1968, Vietcong units surged into action over the length and breadth of South Vietnam. The action over the following months became known as the Tet Offensive.
Watch the preview for the upcoming American Experience film, “Last Days of Vietnam," which is nominated for an Academy Award® for Documentary Feature.
King Lear is universally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles. Be sure to tune in tonight for King Lear with Christopher Plummer on Shakespeare Uncovered, right after A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hugh Bonneville at 9/8c: http://to.pbs.org/1H9qvep
"American Sniper" has been nominated for six Academy Awards and is on track to be the biggest box-office war film ever. But the drama based on the life of a late Navy Seal, said to be the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. military history, has rekindled debate about the Iraq war and the glorification…
Scientists and the public agree on very little when it comes climate change, childhood vaccine requirements and more, but both groups feel more pessimistic about the direction of science, according to a new study released today from the Pew Research Center.
On Sunday, a pilot who ran out of fuel 235 miles off the coast of Maui ditched his plane in the Pacific Ocean by activating its ballistic recovery system. That’s a fancy term for an emergency parachute ... for the whole plane.
I was never very good at science. Mostly because it was taught to me the same way math was taught to me: It wasn’t. I mean it was, technically. But not in a way that inspired me or held my … Continue reading →
After winter storm Juno hit New England on Tuesday, Bostonians got out their skis and shovels to tackle the mess. Once particular image circulated on Twitter, of a man hard at work clearing snow from the Boston Marathon finish line. Continue reading →
Hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a brilliant conservation scientist, National Geographic Television (in association with Passion Planet) has produced its most important cinematic legacy. EARTH: A New Wild is to be savored and watched countless times....
Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise…
The Kepler Space Telescope found the oldest solar system in the galaxy. While digging through backlogged data from the Kepler telescope, scientists found Kepler-444, an 11.2 billion year-old star in the Milky Way orbited by at least five Earth-sized planets. Continue reading →
On this day in 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina. Listen to the story of a kid who set his sights on the stars as told by his brother Carl in this short animated story from StoryCorps. http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/shows/list/story-corps/
It's well-known Ben Franklin operated as a gentlemanly scientist; but a grisly discovery in the basement of the townhouse where Franklin lived poses a tantalizing mystery. Ben Franklin's Bones on Secrets of the Dead airs tonight at 10/9c.