Occasionally, very rarely in fact, I wish I had a television, and this is one of those days. I just received an ad from Kate Becker, regarding a new NOVA program, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" which will air 8 pm on Tuesday, November 13 on your local PBS station (you might have also noticed that they are advertizing this program on this site).
This program documents the war over evolution that came to Dover, Pennsylvania in 2004. NOVA captures the emotional conflict in interviews with the townspeople, scientists, and lawyers who participated in the historic six-week trial, Kitzmiller, et. al. v. Dover School District, et. al. They use re-creations based on the court transcripts to present the arguments by lawyers and expert witnesses in riveting detail, and they provide an eye-opening crash course on questions such as "What is evolution?" and "Does intelligent design qualify as science?"
I strongly encourage you to watch this program -- if nothing else, do it for me, because I won't be able to see it (unless they stream it live or send me a DVD). To find the channel and time it will be showing in your area, check this online schedule.
Teaser below the fold;
UPDATE: Kate says they will stream this program on the internet on the 14th of November.
THANK YOU so much for reminding me about this! I heard of it awhile back, but had forgotten about it. My biology students will watch this as part of an assignment. I'm showing Flock of Dodos to my AP students next week, but it's a bit too much for my 9th graders to handle. So I hope the NOVA program is good. Thanks again!
Just go to a local redneck sports bar and insist that they change the channel. I'm sure they'd be glad to do that. ;-)
Thanks for the streaming link (first place where I saw that one). Didn't think I could see the documentary before they'd ship it over seas.
...they provide an eye-opening crash course on questions such as "What is evolution?" and "Does intelligent design qualify as science?"
Uh, don't most of us already know the answers to those questions? So unless you get off on yokel-bashing, what's the point?
Or maybe this is the first of a series--next they could do the trial of Galileo: "Judgment Day: Heliocentrism on Trial!" Provides an eye-opening crash course on questions such as "Is the Earth really flat?"
I thought they were streaming the video on the 16th, rather than on the 14th.
Counting myself, GS, you're the third person I've encountered this morning who is lamenting they don't have a TV for this program. I'm toying with the notion of "accidentally" showing up at a friend's just in time to watch it. :)
For sure, I will watch. But may be I'm too late to help you. I orientate on the date of your post.