Channel 5
10:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge

Courtesy of NASA/Scott Andrews/Canon

In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.

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Channel 5
10:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nature: An Original Duckumentary

A red head duckling found in Egland, North Dakota.
Courtesy of © THIRTEEN

Ducks fly through the air on short stubby wings — traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. There are some 150 species of them, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all.

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Channel 5
10:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

FRONTLINE: The Suicide Plan

Joan Butterstein (left), terminally ill and contemplating suicide, with her daughter Kathleen (right).
Courtesy of FRONTLINE

You have an incurable illness, you want to die and you want help dying — what can you do? The terminally ill who live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family and even activist organizations.

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Channel 5
10:22 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville

About 1/6 of Janesville's population lost their jobs.
Courtesy of As Goes Janesville/ITVS

“As Goes Janesville” catapults viewers to the front lines of America’s debate over the future of its middle class — a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First, General Motors shuts down Janesville’s century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and exiling residents who must leave in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:02 pm

On the day after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

"Investors pulled back sharply ... [amid] rising worries about the upcoming fiscal fight in Congress," The Wall Street Journal writes.

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Channel 5
10:14 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Market Warriors: New York

The Antique Pickers Miller Gaffney, John Bruno, Bob Richter and Kevin Bruneau.
Courtesy of David Aaron Troy

This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head to the Big Apple in search of big treasures at the Antiques Garage in the heart of New York City. They team up to find the right piece of ephemera from the 100 dealers packed into cramped quarters. Mark L.Walberg comments on the wide array of items the pickers find, such as an antique child’s rake, a woodcut of Grand Central Terminal, and an abstract painting of a woman. In addition, Bob and Miller team up against Kevin and John to find the target item of ephemera.

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Channel 5
10:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

National Salute to Veterans

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise (center) co-host the NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERANS (2012), celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history.
Courtesy of Capital Concerts

Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) host the inaugural broadcast of the NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERANS, celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history. The national television event is produced by Capital Concerts, the nation’s leading producer of live holiday specials, and the production force behind A CAPITOL FOURTH and the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT. These premier celebrations of America’s most important holidays have become annual traditions and the number one and number three top-rated programs on PBS.

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Channel 5
9:57 am
Wed November 7, 2012

ACL: Americana Music Festival

The Civil Wars
Courtesy of Erika Goldring

This AUSTIN CITY LIMITS special features the best in American roots music, without the awards presentations. Taped at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, the program showcases performances from legends and emerging artists, including Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant, the Civil Wars, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Justin Townes Earle.

Airs Thursday, November 15, at 9pm on Channel 5.

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The Salt
9:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

California Rejects Labeling Of Genetically Modified Food; Supporters Vow To Fight On

Supporters of genetically modified food labeling rally last month at Los Angeles City Hall.
cheeseslave Flickr.com

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:14 pm

What a difference $46 million in TV ad spending can make.

At least that was the consensus in the wee hours of the morning at the Yes on Proposition 37 party, held at a performance art space in San Francisco's Mission District, even before the final votes were tallied.

Outspent many times over, "we couldn't get up on the air," organizer Stacy Malkan told The Salt when it appeared the measure was going down. "You need a certain saturation to have an impact."

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

New York, New Jersey Brace For Nor'Easter

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:57 pm

New York and New Jersey, already battered by Superstorm Sandy, are bracing for winds of up to 60 mph, snow and rain.

A nor'easter is forecast to race up the east coast of the United States today and tomorrow. NPR's Richard Harris reports the National Weather Service says the storm will affect the mid-Atlantic as weel.

Richard filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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