Rice and Donald Hall - September 20

Grains of Learning and Poetry

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Today is Fried Rice Day, Pepperoni Pizza Day, String Cheese Day, Rum Punch Day, School Backpack Awareness Day, and National Gibberish Day.

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme:  RICE and DONALD HALL


  • 1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival is held.
  • 1962 - The University of Mississippi bars James Meredith from entering because he is Black.
  • 1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match.
  • 1973 - Singer Jim Croce and five others die when their plane crashes on takeoff at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror" in an address to a joint session of Congress.
  • 2011 - The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
  • 2017 -  Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico, leading to nearly 3,000 deaths and over 90 billion dollars in damages.



  • Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle - LISTEN
  • Jim Croce - Bad Bad Leroy Brown - LISTEN


  • Grades K-5 - PBS Parents - Let's Go Luna - Make Three Kid-Friendly Rice Dishes: Rice and Beans from Mexico (2:00) -  VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS Parents - Let's Go Luna - Make Three Kid-Friendly Rice Dishes: Jambalaya from New Orleans, USA (2:00) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS Parents - Let's Go Luna - Make Three Kid-Friendly Rice Dishes: Onigiri Rice Balls from Japan (2:00)VIEW and DO
  • Grades 2-4 - Crayola - RIce is All Around Us - DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Reactions - Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds (4:29) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - PBS LearningMedia - PBS NewsHour - Can New Rice Improve Health in the Philippines? (8:24) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Earth and Sky Podcast - Pamela Ronald Has Developed a More Flood-Tolerant Rice (1:30) - LISTEN
  • Grades 7-12 - Nova - Miracle of Rice - READ
  • Grades 7-12 - EDSITEment - BackStory: What’s Cooking? A History of Food in America PodCast - LISTEN (Rice:16:30-25:20 mark)
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Learning Media - America's Heartland  - Harvesting Rice (2:57) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - A Chef's Life - Amber Waves of Grain - VIEW (24:40)


  • Grades K-4 - Reading Rainbow - Ox-Cart Man (28:11)  - VIEW
  • Grades K-12 - Donald Hall Reads Ox-Cart Man (1:34) - VIEW
  • Grades K-4 - Lorne Green Reads Ox-Cart Man (6:56) - VIEW
  • Grades 2-3 - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Ox-Cart Man Lesson - DO
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS NewsHour - Donald Hall Saw Poetry As a School For Learning (3:14) VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Media Meet - Poet Laureate Donald Hall (29:05) VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - NH Authors - Donald Hall (26:45) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - Poetry Foundation - Donald Hall - READ
  • Grades 7-12 - Academy of American Poets - READ
  • Grades 7-12 - Library of Congress - Donald Hall - READ


NHPBS - 11.1 Comcast (802) Live Stream More Options

Wednesday, 9/20 from 8-9 pm NHPBS
The Ancient Puebloans were the first inhabitants of what's now New Mexico, and their ruins can still be found there. From turkey hunting to rafting on the Rio Grande, Baratunde explores how New Mexico's history shapes its outdoor culture. AMERICA OUTDOORS WITH BARATUNDE THURSTON Streaming Video

NOVA - London Super Tunnel
Wednesday, 9/20 from 9-10 pm NHPBS
Thousands of engineers, technicians, and workers race to build Europe's biggest construction project - London's new railroad, the Elizabeth Line. NOVA Streaming Video

Wednesday, 9/20 from 10-11 pm NHPBS
Travel to the hottest and driest extremes to see animals go to extraordinary lengths to survive. From the Sahara Desert to Australia, animals provide new clues about our changing planet and what it will mean for the future of our heating world. EVOLUTION EARTH Streaming Video

NHPBS EXPLORE - 11.2 Comcast (801) More Options

HISTORY DETECTIVES - Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five
Wednesday, 9/20 from 1-2 pm NHPBS EXPLORE
Tukufu Zuberi tallies the facts on a 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard. Could that be Toby Riddle, the woman Congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the American West? And, why would J. Edgar Hoover endorse a crime radio drama? HISTORY DETECTIVES Streaming Video

Wednesday, 9/20 from 2-4 pm NHPBS EXPLORE
Explore what happened when the small Mississippi town of Leland integrated its public schools in 1970. Told through the remembrances of students, teachers, and parents, the film shows how the town - and America - were transformed. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - The Harvest: Chapter One Streaming Video

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