March 27 | Programming and Activities | Grades 9–12

Today, we time travel to explore McCarthyism as well as what it was like to be a Black LGBTQ person before the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and to keep things interesting, we’ll also talk about why we are drawn to love stories.

At-Home Learning: PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Download this week’s schedule.

Programming Highlights

The Great American Read “What We Do For Love”
Friday at 9:00 a.m. PST on KCET and at 1:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
Ahh, love. It’s up there as one of the most important emotions in our lives — if not the most important — and we are flooded with books and movies about it. But why is that? By examining some of our favorite novels, we’ll take a look at why exactly we’re drawn to these kinds of stories. What’s your favorite?

Want to see the answer? Click hereFind more At-Home Learning questions below in the Daily Schedule.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart | American Masters
Friday  at 2:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
She might not have that much name recognition as other trailblazing Black activist and artists, but she should. Watch to get the Black LGBTQ artist, playwright,  journalist, activist and rebel powerhouse that was Lorraine Hansberry.

McCarthy | American Experience
Friday at 4:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
The 1950s were good times for conspiracy theorists, especially from 1950 to around 1954 thanks to Joseph McCarthy, who, free of restraint or oversight, led an actual witch hunt that thrived on bullying, intimidation, grandiose showmanship and cruel victimization of many innocent Americans.

Joseph McCarthy | Still from “McCarthy | American Experience”

 

At-Home Learning Tips

Managing Screen Time

Want to spend some time away from screens this weekend? Check out these 10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Teens and Tweens. Read more tips on how to stay busy.

 

Daily Programming

Friday on KCET

9:00 a.m. The Great American Read “What We Do For Love”
Question | Answer

Looking For Alaska – Discussion Questions
The Great Gatsby: Primary Source Set – Background Reading Images
Crash Course: The Great Gatsby Part 1 – Video
Crash Course: The Great Gatsby Part 2 – Video

10:00 a.m. A Very British Romance with Lucy Worsley Episode 1
Question | Answer

Pride and Prejudice – Discussion Questions
Sense and Sensibility: The Proposal – Background Reading
Emma: Love and Marriage – Background Reading
11:00 a.m. The Great War: American Experience Part 3
Question | Answer

A Postwar Vision in Fourteen Points – Media Gallery
Woodrow Wilson – Timeline


1:00 p.m. Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet
Question | Answer

Ozone Hole – Video
Ronald Reagan- Background
Margaret Thatcher- Background

4:00 p.m. Nova: Mystery Beneath the Ice
Question | Answer

Phytoplankton and Krill – Background Reading
Antarctic Food – Web Game

 

Friday on KLCS

8:00 a.m. Nova: Mystery Beneath the Ice
Question | Answer

Phytoplankton and Krill – Background Reading
Antarctic Food – Web Game


9:00 a.m. History Detectives: Space Exploration
Question | Answer

Evaluating the Evidence for the Formation of Earth’s Moon – Lesson Plan


10:00 a.m. Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age
Question | Answer

Queen Njinga Timeline – Activity
Njinga Mbandi – Background Reading

11:00 a.m. Genius by Stephen Hawking: Where did the Universe Come From?
Question | Answer

Hubble Telescope: Looking Deep – Background Reading
Hubble Telescope: Looking Deep – Discussion Questions

12:00 p.m. Nova: Mystery Beneath the Ice
Question | Answer

Phytoplankton and Krill – Background Reading
Antarctic Food – Web Game

1:00 p.m. The Great American Read “What We Do For Love”
Question | Answer

Creating Character Sketches – Activity
Little Women – Media Gallery

2:00 p.m. Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart | American Masters
Question | Answer

Lorraine Hansberry – Discussion Questions
Impact of the Red Scare and McCarthyism: Lorraine Hansberry’s FBI Files – Activity


3:00 p.m. McCarthy | American Experience
Question | Answer

A McCarthy Timeline – Document
Communism’s Appeal Grows during the Great Depression – Teaching Tips

 

Additional Resources

The Hudsons: At Home in a Lasting Love
Meet Joe and Delores Hudson, a Trona couple who have been together for 60 years and learn about changes their town has faced.

Joe and Delores Hudson in front of Esparza Family Restaurant in Trona, CA, 2015. | Osceola Refetoff.

Saint Valentine’s Day: Sweethearts Even Now, After Decades of Love
It might not be Valentine’s Day, but we could all use a little love, especially if it’s from a few sweethearts who have been together longer than a few of us have been born.

The Black Cat: Harbinger of LGBTQ Civil Rights
Read about how suspicion of communism infiltrated the entertainment industry and émigrés working in Hollywood soon faced exile from their newly adopted homeland.

Protests outside the Black Cat bar, Feb. 11, 1967. Photo courtesy of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

From Contract to Blacklist: Hollywood Exile Experience
Read about how suspicion of communism infiltrated the entertainment industry and émigrés working in Hollywood soon faced exile from their newly adopted homeland.