‘Confronting Coronavirus’ PBS NewsHour Special Airs Thursday

It’s been less than three months since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, first made international headlines. With worldwide cases  on every continent now except for Antarctica growing significantly every day, the World Health Organization has now declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special which airs Thursday, March 19, at 7 PM will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public-at-large as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally. The prime-time special, to be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, will include interviews with officials; reporting from NewsHour’s bench of special correspondents throughout the world; and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America, to be moderated by NewsHour correspondents Amna Nawaz and William Brangham.

Nominate Your Favorite “Techy” Teacher to Be Our Digital Innovator

Idaho Public Television needs your help identifying a tech-savvy, innovative and collaborative teacher to honor as our next Digital Innovator.

The IdahoPTV Digital Innovator program recognizes Idaho teachers who enhance learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classrooms. Each spring IdahoPTV selects one Idaho K-12 educator to serve as Digital Innovator for the following school year.

Whether you’re a fellow teacher, a school administrator, a parent or a student, YOU can nominate your favorite classroom changemaker to be the 2020-2021 IdahoPTV Digital Innovator. Do you know an educator who pushes the boundaries of teaching to better engage their students, and who enhances learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classroom? A teacher who is passionate, bold and innovative? A classroom collaborator who is excited to share new resources and skills with fellow educators?

We are accepting your nominations from March 16 through April 17. Nominees must be K-12 educators holding a current teaching certificate and currently teaching in an Idaho classroom or working in an Idaho school.

You can nominate them online and include a one-page letter with the following details:

• How long have you known the educator?
• Why do you think this educator deserves to be the IdahoPTV Digital Innovator?
• What is something innovative this educator is currently doing in their classroom?

The winning Digital Innovator will be announced in May. This teacher will have opportunities to explore new teaching strategies and share their knowledge with other Idaho teachers, beginning this summer with IdahoPTV’s annual “Educate and Celebrate” event. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the Digital Innovator will partner with IdahoPTV education staff on professional development trainings for teachers around Idaho. They will also receive an expenses-paid trip to the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) conference in Seattle (March 2021) as well as a classroom innovation kit from IdahoPTV.

Friends of IdahoPTV Seeks New Board Members

There are many ways to help Idaho Public Television grow and prosper in our state. One way is to volunteer your time as a volunteer board director for the Friends of Idaho Public Television. 

The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and has a board of directors comprised of individuals from across our service areas. The organization also solicits funds for the Idaho Public Television Endowment, which funds the creation and acquisition of IdahoPTV programming and capital equipment.

Board directors come from all areas of the state and have many responsibilities including advocating for public television, serving as a sounding board for our services, cultivating financial support, and serving on various board committees. 

For more information on applying to be a Friends of Idaho Public Television board director, visit our website, call (208) 373-7330, or email friendsboard@idahoptv.org

“Sawtooths on My Mind” Screening in Ketchum

**Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (the coronavirus), all public screenings and events, including this one, will be canceled. We’re hoping to reschedule the events for later in the year. Thank you for understanding.**

Please join Idaho Public Television staff as we present a free screening of the Outdoor Idaho film “Sawtooths on My Mind.”

Sunday, March 22, at 3 PM (doors open at 2 PM)

The Community Library in Ketchum

John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall

The event is free but please register here.

Who can forget their first view of the Sawtooth Mountains — one of the West’s most iconic landscapes. During the summer months, it is not unusual to find hikers from all over the world utilizing the 350 miles of trails that connect many of the 400 lakes scattered throughout the distinctive granite peaks.

Sawtooths on My Mind examines the allure of this remarkable mountain range, from the point of view of people who are seeing it for the first time and folks who have worked to preserve the unique flavor of the region.

The Outdoor Idaho crew hikes deep into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to capture the magic of one of the West’s youngest batholiths. The extremes of weather, including relatively recent glacial activity, have earned the Sawtooths their distinctive name.

“This is The People’s Wilderness, so accessible and so beloved,” says producer Bruce Reichert. “Visitors who are content to spend their time at Redfish Lake and lifetime caretakers who worry about the fragility of this area — they all speak from the heart about one of Idaho’s truly inspiring landscapes.”

Screenings and Panel Discussions Reveal Idaho’s Restored Constitution

**Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (the coronavirus), all public screenings and events, including those for Idaho’s Constitution, will be canceled. We’re hoping to reschedule the events for later in the year. Thank you for understanding.**

The original pages of the Idaho State Constitution were created in 1890 when Idaho became our nation’s 43rd state.

The document recently returned to Idaho after an extensive multi-year restoration and preservation project at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. According to the Idaho State Historical Society’s website, “The 130-year-old constitution had several issues to address: the animal-glue adhesive binding had failed and most of the text block had detached from the spine; an outdated lamination treatment had been applied to the first two pages and caused warping, distortions, and red ink to bleed due to humidity; and grime and tears appeared on pages throughout the text block.”

To commemorate the return of the restored document to Idaho and to celebrate its importance as our state’s founding document, Idaho Public Television is partnering with the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Commission for Libraries to present a series of events around the state. Each presentation will include a panel discussion with legal scholars, historians, archivists and others, as well as a screening of the latest documentary from Idaho Experience, “Idaho’s Constitution Revealed.”

The events are free, but registration is required here. Dates and times of each event will be updated on the ISHS website as they become available.

Schedule of Screenings and Panel Discussions

March 20 | Idaho State Museum, Boise [more info]

March 30 | Coeur d’Alene Public Library [more info]

March 31 | Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Moscow [more info]

Date TBD | Twin Falls [more info]

Date TBD | Idaho Falls [more info]

Date TBD | Pocatello [more info]

Date TBD | Ketchum [more info]

Date TBD | Salmon [more info]

Festival 2020 Offers Concert Specials and Idaho History

Here are just a few of the musical performances, arts and entertainment programs, and Idaho documentaries we will feature during Festival 2020 (Feb. 28-March 15). Find our online schedule at idahoptv.org/festival to discover even more specials on our Idaho, Plus and Create channels — and to find out how you can support Idaho Public Television and get tickets to live performances coming to Idaho in 2020.

Join hosts Rhonda Vincent and Jim Lauderdale for a grand celebration of bluegrass music in Bluegrass Now! (March 1 at 8:30 PM). Performers include Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Dan Tyminski, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Larry Sparks and others.

Rise Up: Songs of the Women’s Movement (March 2 at 7 PM) celebrates the centennial of women’s right to vote through popular music, including anthems by Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Helen Reddy, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton and Joan Jett.

Joni Mitchell Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (March 2 at 10 PM) captures Mitchell’s emotional performance with just her acoustic guitar, dulcimer and piano set against that year’s tumultuous backdrop at the annual British music festival.

Chuck Berry: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (March 4 at 9:30 PM) celebrates the father of rock ’n’ roll with artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt and others performing favorite songs by the rock icon.

Who can forget their first view of the Sawtooth Mountains — one of the West’s most iconic landscapes. During the summer months, it is not unusual to find hikers from all over the world utilizing the 350 miles of trails that connect many of the 400 lakes scattered throughout the distinctive granite peaks. Sawtooths on My Mind on Outdoor Idaho (March 5 at 8 PM) examines the allure of this remarkable mountain range, from the point of view of people who are seeing it for the first time and folks who have worked to preserve the unique flavor of the region. The Outdoor Idaho crew hikes deep into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to capture the magic of one of the West’s youngest batholiths. The extremes of weather, including relatively recent glacial activity, have earned the Sawtooths their distinctive name.

Recorded before a live audience in November 2018 at the famed New York City venue they had not played in 25 years, Doobie Brothers Live from the Beacon Theatre (March 6 at 8:30 PM) features songs from two landmark albums: Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me.

In John Tesh: Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano (March 7 at 7 PM), the pop music composer, pianist, and radio and TV host looks back on his life and career. The concert special includes performances by Tesh, his daughter Prima and son Gib.

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury (March 7 at 8:30 PM) captures the singer’s 2015 performance at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival. The concert includes solo and Commodores favorites including “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “All Night Long” and “Three Times a Lady.”

When the Idaho Constitution was written in 1889, it helped propel Idaho to statehood. It created our government and established our rights as citizens. But the constitution is showing its age: its binding is breaking, its pages are torn or loose, and its lamination is peeling. Idaho’s Constitution Revealed on Idaho Experience (March 8 at 8:30 PM) examines the Idaho Constitution in its time and ours — and reveals how the Idaho State Historical Society is preserving the constitution for future generations. “When the Historical Society invited us to document the conservation of the Idaho Constitution, I had no idea how much new information we’d reveal, the characters we’d encounter or the mysteries we’d investigate,” says producer Bill Manny. “It’s a real treat to be able to take viewers along this path of discovery.”

Il Divo: Timeless – Live In Japan (March 8 at 10 PM) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the classical crossover group with a 2014 concert filmed at Tokyo’s Budokan Stadium. Il Divo delights fans with pop favorites and traditional standards in four languages.

Michael Kaeshammer: Boogie on the Blues Highway (March 9 at 10 PM) features the fiery-fingered pianist/vocalist and his band creating a joyous groove with songs that mix blues, boogie woogie and other musical styles.

In the intimate 1997 concert performance Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (March 10 at 7 PM), bandmates Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks perform songs from their best-selling album, Rumours, including “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain” and more.

Experience the first authorized version of Pink Floyd’s legendary 1989 “Night of Wonders” concert in Pink Floyd: Live in Venice (March 10 at 9 PM). Over 200,000 fans gathered in St. Mark’s Square to hear them perform their greatest hits from a floating platform in the Venetian lagoon.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul: Soulfire Live (March 10 at 10:30 PM) features Little Steven and his 15-member band blasting through an arsenal of songs that span rock, pop, soul, blues, funk and everything in between. Songs include “Sweet Soul Music,” “Soulfire” and “Angel Eyes.”

In Sesame Street: 50 Years & Still Sunny! (March 11 at 7 PM), join host Gloria Estefan for a 50th anniversary celebration of the iconic children’s series. This new documentary includes celebrity appearances, interviews with puppeteers and video clips of Sesame Street’s most unforgettable moments.

Science Trek Sampler (March 11 at 8:30 PM) gives viewers a visual taste of some of the fun, educational videos they can find on the Science Trek website. Learn about things like dinosaurs in Idaho and the fundamental forces of nature. Explore the lives of mountain goats, and find out why it is so hard to classify living creatures.

In Flight: The Art of Ice Dance International (9:30 PM) gives viewers a front-row seat to a creative new American art form — a combination of figure skating and dance. Recorded at the outdoor ice rink in Sun Valley, this dynamic performance special features top skating talent from Ice Dance International, a ballet company on ice.

Mumford & Sons – Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder (March 13 at 8:30 PM) captures the energetic folk rock songs that get to the very heart of what makes Mumford & Sons such a special act, with the stunning beauty of the Pretorian outback as their backdrop.

Tribute band Brit Floyd return with their new stage production, Echoes 2020. The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show (March 13 at 10 PM) includes a show-stopping 23-minute performance of the song “Echoes” along with other classic Pink Floyd tunes.

Celtic Thunder Ireland (March 15 at 8:30 PM) combines 10 years of Celtic Thunder hits, focusing on their Irish and Celtic fan favorites. Enjoy Irish classics “Danny Boy,” “She Moved Through the Fair” and “Caledonia,” and the inspiring anthems “Ireland’s Call” and “My Land.”

Enter the 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

For the 26th year, Idaho Public Television is hosting the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. IdahoPTV’s three regional stations — KUID/Moscow, KISU/Pocatello and KAID/Boise — encourage children in kindergarten through third grade to write and illustrate their own imaginative story and submit it by Saturday, March 21, for a chance to win prizes and have their work published online.

Entry forms, rules, FAQs and teacher tips are available at idahoptv.org/kids/writers.  The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade residing within IdahoPTV’s over-the-air service area, which includes all of Idaho and parts of Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon and Nevada.

Regional volunteer panels will judge the entries on creativity, originality, language skills and illustrations. Winners in each grade level from each region of Idaho will be selected and will receive prizes including toys, books, and a $100 contribution to an IDeal Idaho College Savings account. Winners will be announced on or around May 1, 2020.

In May, an awards ceremony will be held in each region of Idaho to celebrate the winners and their stories. By June 1, the winning books will be uploaded in full color onto the IdahoPTV website: idahoptv.org/kids/writers.

IdahoPTV thanks the sponsors of this year’s contest: The F.M., Anne G. & Beverly B. Bistline Foundation in the Idaho Community Foundation and IDeal – Idaho College Savings Program.