Rena Garrett

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Science
4:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Follow the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON on "Comet Encounter", Wednesday at 9 pm

This image of Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) was taken at the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ, on May 7, 2004.

In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever.

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Science
4:31 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

"Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday" on Nova airs Wednesday, November 20th at 8 pm

GFX of meteor hurtling towards earth.

The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, these space rocks have the potential to be killers. In a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Learn more about Lincoln and the telegraph office on Tuesday at 8 pm

Lincoln writing the Gettysburg address at David Wills house.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier — not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his high-tech command center: the War Department Telegraph Office. The internet of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. It also connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, and allowed him to feel the pulse of the country faster than before.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

"Rise! (1940-1968)" on African Americans airs Tuesday, November 19th at 7 pm

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Ruby Bridges at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans during the filming of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“Rise!” examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence. But mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice, planting seeds of resistance. The success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a movement of resistance, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Arts
4:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Find out more about one of the more dangerous forms of horse racing on Monday at 9 pm

JonMarc Skunkcap just after an exchange in the Indian Relay National Championships at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho.

“Indian Relay” documents the hope and determination of modern-day Native-American life and what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing. From the bitter cold of winter to the heat of summer championship races, the film follows teams from three different tribes as they compete across a grueling season.

"Indian Relay" on Independent Lens airs on Monday, November 18th at 9:00 p.m. on channels 3 and 3-1.

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