Education and entertainment
We believe that public television should present as much education as it does entertainment.
The former gives it lasting value; the latter keeps audiences watching.
- “A Day in the Life of a Freight Train” was broadcast locally several years ago. It was a non-narrated documentary and generated audience interest. We even received fan mail. The story followed a small freight train on its day's work, starting with rolling the locomotives out of the shop first thing in the morning, assembling the train in the customer's yard, and taking it north to the junction where it swapped cars with CSX.
- Screen tests from a pottery series. We auditioned two expert potters for a proposed series. Would they feel sufficiently at ease in front of the cameras to be able to present, demonstrate, and teach their skills smoothly and effectively? One was a college professor who teaches pottery daily, and the other, now retired, was a very successful commercial artist with over half a century of work reflecting remarkable talent.
Projects in planning
- “The Art of Programming” is a 39-episode series which teaches viewers how to write real-world, useful, and user-friendly software in the Java language. It assumes nothing more than a strong interest in coding as a way to create programs that work. Unlike university-level computer science courses strong on theory and principle, this series is strictly hands-on, algorithms under the fingernails, learning by by doing, by seeing what works and extending that to new applications. In the trade, it's called the cookbook approach to software development.
- “Dune Rider!” is a 26-episode series in which we design, construct, and road-test a high-performance on- and off-road automobile. Its intent is to demonstrate that engineering is a realistic and attractive career choice for young women.
- “To the Junction and Back – The Life & Times of the Arcade & Attica Railroad” tells the story of the oldest railroad in America still operating in its original form.