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Is Kermit the Frog the Best Commencement Speaker Ever?

Our public broadcasting colleagues over at NPR recently compiled 300 of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever and we quickly took note that a handful of PBS favorites made the list. Whether you’re a new graduate – “no longer tadpoles” as Kermit the Frog would say – or simply find inspiration with each commencement season, I invite you to browse the list and find your own favorites.

Read quotes from Ken Burns, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Fred Rogers.

Where did we come from?

Watch Nova ScienceNOW: Where Did We Come From at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s a question humans have pondered for millennia? Where did we come from? It’s also a question that crosses scientific, cultural and religious debates. In this episode of Nova ScienceNOW, Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at the scientific perspective.

Join him on a journey to meet scientists who are working to uncover the earliest building blocks of life. Along the way, we’ll meet researchers who are using head lice to examine evolutionary patterns and we’ll explore the earliest days of our own solar system for clues to the moment that set life in motion.

Watch a preview of the program below:

 

 

Much Ado About Pluto?

Watch Nova: The Pluto Files at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Neil deGrasse Tyson could be the friendliest man in the entire field of astrophysics. So, what would it take for this jovial scientist to receive hate mail? Well, as this special episode of Nova reveals, all it takes is a demotion of what used to be the solar system’s smallest planet. When Tyson failed to include the former ninth planet from the sun in the display at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, an enterprising New York times reporter questioned him about the missing planet. Despite scientific evidence supporting the conclusion that Pluto doesn’t live up to planetary rules, Americans were outraged.

In this fun program, follow Tyson on a quest to learn more about America’s love for the small, icy Pluto.

This clip includes feedback to Tyson from Brian Williams, Stephen Colbert, Diane Sawyer and Jon Stewart.