Calling ALL families! Bring your cameras and come meet your favorite PBS Kids canine characters: Clifford, Martha, and Ruff Ruffman at KCPT’s Bark in the Park on October 6. AND if you are a KCPT Family Member you can attend a special, early Meet & Greet at 9am and get discounted admission to the park. (non-KCPT Family Members attend at 11am) Want to get the added benefits and not a member? Join now!
Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire — and bankrupting. While millions of Americans use emergency rooms for dental care, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars, corporate dental chains are filling the gaps in care, in some cases allegedly overcharging patients or loading them with high credit card debt. Correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the flaws in our dental system and nascent proposals to fix them.
Where will the next Garmin and Cerner of the world come from?
Growing entrepreneurs starts young. In the Blue Valley School District, it is starting in an innovative $12.5 million building where the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and life science researchers are getting a head start while still in high school.
More than 500 Blue Valley juniors and seniors are getting this opportunity in a program that’s fast getting national attention Producer Rich Miller takes us inside in the first of two parts about this program.
Believe it or not students in the CAPS program have also created dozens of businesses and products…everything from rechargeable cell phones to a prosthetic knee brace.
Some of these teenagers even have patents on their products. Next week on the Local Show, we meet some of those enterprising students.
Lead funding of KCPT’S reporting of education issues is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation and additional civic funders.
This time last year, Carl Schramm was pushed out the door as the head of Kansas City’s largest foundation, The Kauffman Foundation. Founded by former Royals owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Kauffman, the foundation is not just the city’s largest, it is one of the 40 biggest foundations in the country.
It’s mission is centered on entrepreneurship and education and for the better part of the last year its board has been looking for a new leader to move the foundation forward into the future. They announced just a few weeks ago that the future best lies in the hands of former DST CEO Tom McDonnell.
He’s with us on the Local Show along with the new Chair of the Board, Jan Kreamer, who many may remember formerly ran the Community Foundation.
We also share the trailer from the documentary Something Ventured which was sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation and will be aired immediately following The Local Show on Thursday, January 10 at 8pm.
KCPT’s 2013 PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest encourages kids to GO! Write! KCPT is once again encouraging elementary school students to stretch their creative wings by hosting the contest in the Kansas City region. For more than 16 years thousands of kids in grades K-3 have participated in this annual local and national contest. Stories can be mailed to the station or submitted online. Contest deadline is April 10, 2013. Local winners will be announced in late April and national winners will be announced in summer 2013.
Jeff Kinney: As a New York Times bestselling author, online game developer and designer, Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. His seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, is the biggest print book of 2012. His book series has over 83 million in print worldwide, translated into more than 40 languages. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.
Kate Klimo: As Vice President and Publisher of the Random House/Golden Books Group, she has been responsible for extending the Seuss brand into new formats including board and novelty books, and publishing non-fiction celebrations of Dr. Seuss’s life and works. Klimo has nearly 30 years of experience at Random House; more than 15 of them spent working on All Things Seuss. She is also the production executive of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Kate is the author of many books for young readers, including 12 titles in the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series. She has also written for young adults (The Centauriad Series) and has a new series for children, Dog Diaries, launching in January 2013.
Jarrett Krosoczka: Two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, author and illustrator for sixteen published books – ten picture books and six graphic novels. He has seen his work recommended by national publications like Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are also in development to be feature films.
Susan Meddaugh: Author and illustrator of Martha Speaks, the best-selling book series, as well as a creative producer of the award-winning PBS KIDS series of the same name. Susan grew up in New Jersey, studied art and illustration, and now lives in Massachusetts with her family — including her dogs of course.
R.L. Stine: As one of the best-selling children’s authors in history, he has sold over 350 million books that have been read all over the world including Goosebumps – one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time. R.L. lives in New York City with his wife Jane and his dog Minnie.
This summer, PBS KIDS focuses on literacy with 10 weeks of themed programming. DINOSAUR TRAIN “Gone Fishing Week” will kick off on July 16 and feature the following episodes:
“Dry Times at Pteranodon Terrace/Big Misty Sea Fishing Contest” – July 16
“Armored Like an Ankylosaurus/Campout!” – July 17
“Valley of the Stygimolochs/Tiny Loves Fish” – July 18
“The Old Spinosaurus & the Sea/A Spiky Tail Tale” – July 19
“Elmer Elasmosaurus/Dinosaur Block Party” – July 20
Watch Dinosaur Train all week, July 16-20, 2012 at 8:30am and 11am (one day delay).
This week we finish up with the tale of Gertrude, an injured turtle that found safe passage to Kansas City’s Sea Life Aquarium a couple months ago. Our friends Dave Simmons and Tom James followed Gertrude’s progress from Florida to the Midwest.
Calling all critters, creepy crawlies and things that go bump in the night! Science City is celebrating their brand new Nature Center with a special HOWL’o'ween party on Saturday, October 27th! Come dressed as your favorite animal, see spooky science demos, make a Wild Kratts nature journal and see KCPT’s P.T. the owl! The fun starts at 4:30pm.
Tickets can be purchased through Union Station’s website or by calling 816-460-2000.
Union Station and KCPT Family Members – $5
Non-members – $7
This fall on KCPT Kids, the next generation of preschool “neighbors” will experience Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a new animated series based on the legacy of Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Please join us on Friday, August 24 at 10am for a special sneak preview of the first episode, snacks, a station tour and even some special goodies to take home!
This event is exclusively for current KCPT Family members.