Ostriches, Emus, and More on 'Big Birds Can't Fly'

It may seem strange that among the more than 10,000 bird species in the world today is a group that literally cannot fly or sing, and whose wings are more fluff than feather. These are the ratites: the ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi and cassowary. How and why these birds abandoned flight has puzzled scientists since Darwin’s time, but DNA and dedicated research are helping to solve these mysteries. Premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00 pm Nature
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Mike Donlan

WGCU Honors SWFL American Graduate Champions

American Graduate Champions are individuals who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to prepare students of all ages for success. The Champions are role models whose stories inspire others to take action.
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Can You Really Roll Those Aches And Knots Away?

27 minutes ago

When my husband has a particularly tough workout (or work day), he comes home and says, "I have to roll."

He's talking about using a foam roller on body parts including the hips, quads and calves, using his own body weight to supply the force. You've probably seen people rolling in your gym; some facilities even offer classes. The rollers are available in various sizes and can cost as little as $10 – more for fancier ones with grooves intended for more targeted pressure.

But do rollers actually work?

Rick Steves and the Joy of European Travel

29 minutes ago

WGCU & Preferred Travel of Naples present...

Rick Steves and the Joy of European Travel

Tuesday, March 1  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Ritz Carlton Golf Resort Lawn Pavilion, Naples

$75 Rick Steves Event Ticket
$125 Event Ticket with Meet & Greet after the event - limited availability

Can you fight terrorists the same way you battle ordinary criminals?

A prominent Kenyan crime fighter, Mahamud Saleh, is betting you can. He's testing his theory in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya thrust into the spotlight this April when Islamist militants attacked a campus dorm, killing 147 students.

Long before Garissa had a terrrorism problem, it had a problem with bandits, as Daud Yussuf, a Kenyan journalist, remembers.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls paid a swift visit to corporate offices of beleaguered airliner Air France on Tuesday, a day after two of the company's executives were mobbed by protesters and had their shirts and suit jackets ripped from their bodies.

The executives had been taking part in meetings Monday about how the company would cut 2,900 jobs when hundreds of workers stormed the Air France offices. Human resources manager Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier head of long haul flights, scaled a metal fence and escaped under police escort.

The social conservative non-profit Florida Family Policy Council brings its state-wide “Protect My Ministry” tour to Southwest Florida this week.  The 14 city tour provides workshops aimed at helping pastors Christian school principals and other religious leaders to get the most out of religious constitutional protections. Seminar instructors also teach proactive steps churches and other religious groups can take to protect themselves from discrimination lawsuits by making changes to their organizations’ bylaws.  

Saving For A Wedding When You Make 53 Cents A Day

2 hours ago

The thought of paying for her daughters' weddings has haunted Kamala Rani for years. When it came time for her older daughter to get married two years ago, she was up against the biggest cost of her life: $320.

This might seem like peanuts to an American audience used to hearing about weddings costing tens of thousands. But consider this: Rani and her family in Bangladesh each live on the equivalent of about $1.50 a day, treading a very thin line between deep and extreme poverty.

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to fine a Chicago-based drone operator $1.9 million for repeatedly violating FAA regulations and flying in restricted airspace. The FAA charges that the company, SkyPan International, conducted 65 flights in the skies over Chicago and New York, some of the nation's most restricted and congested airspace. Forty-three of the flights took place over New York, without clearance from air traffic controllers.

You've heard it a million times: The hours we spend sitting in front of our computers, sitting in front of the TV and sitting just about everywhere else are adding up. We are sitting ourselves to death.

So it came as welcome news when we read last week that just 10 minutes — 10 minutes! — of walking after sitting for a long period of time can restore the damage to our vascular system.

It's hard to deny that the NRA has won the gun debate over the past 20 years.

Despite mass shootings — and despite some 80 to 90 percent of Americans saying they are in favor of background checks — no legislation expanding on the 1993 Brady Bill has passed Congress.

What's going on? Well, the debate over guns is hardly ever solely about background checks or other seemingly popular measures intended to curb gun violence.

October Travel Seminar

3 hours ago

  Have questions about the WGCU trips to Cuba, Peru or Iceland?

Tuesday, October 27 10am - 12pm 


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