Neptune, Sign Language, Fall, and Ray Charles - September 23

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Today is Autumnal Equinox (2:49 am), Checkers Day and Dogs in Politics Day, International Day of Sign Languages, National Public Lands Day, Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day, and Rabbit Day.

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme:  Neptune, Sign Language, Fall, and Ray Charles


  • 1779 - John Paul Jones says  "I have not yet begun to fight!" during a Revolutionary War naval battle.
  • 1846 The planet Neptune is discovered using mathematics.
  • 1889 - The Nintendo Koppai company is founded to produce the Japanese card game, Hanafuda.
  • 1952 -  Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon delivers what is now known as his  ``Checkers'' speech.



  • John Coltrane - Equinox - LISTEN
  • Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack - LISTEN
  • Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald  - Autumn in New York - LISTEN
  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - Autumn Serenade - LISTEN
  • Neil Young - Harvest Moon - LISTEN
  • Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves - LISTEN
  • The Kinks - Autumn Almanac - LISTEN
  • Earth Wind and Fire - September - LISTEN
  • Cheryl Wheeler - When Fall Comes to New England - LISTEN
  • Greenday - Wake Me Up When September Ends - LISTEN
  • Ed Sheeran - Autumn Leaves - LISTEN


  • Grades K-4 - Ready Jet Go! - Neptune and Home (1:18) - VIEW
  • Grades K-4 - NHPBS Video - CampTV - Uranus and Neptune (6:11) - VIEW
  • Grades K-4 - Ready Jet Go! - Neptune Coloring Sheet - PRINT and DO
  • Grades 2-5 - NASA - All About Neptune - READ and VIEW
  • Grades 4-12 - NASA - Neptune: The Windiest Planet - READ and VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LeraningMedia - NASA - First Spacecraft at Neptune (Available in Spanish) (3:05) - READ, VIEW, and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Nova - The Planets: Ice Worlds - Five Facts About the Farthest Planet in Our Solar System (1:11) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Nova - How Voyager Discovered that Neptune is Oddly Warm and Stormy (1:58) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Nova - The Planets: Ice Worlds - Triton (4:58) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Crash Course Astronomy - Uranus and Neptune (12:15) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LeraningMedia - NASA - The Evolution of the Kuiper Belt (Available in Spanish) (2:33) - READ, VIEW, and DO


  • Grades PreK-3 - Sign Language Dictionary for Kids - VIEW and DO
  • Grades PreK-1 - NHPBS Video - Reading Explorers - Sign Language ABC  (26:09) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-12 - NHPBS Video - Rise and Shine - A Looks at the Deaf Community and Sign Language (7:54) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-12- Signing Savvy Video Sign Language Resource - VIEW and DO 
  • Grades 3-12 - ASL Video Dictionary - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-12 - Sign Language 101 - VIEW and DO
  • Grades PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Sign the Sing-A-Long Song (0:42) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-12 - NHPBS Video - Full-Time Kids - Sign Language Alphabet (2:37) - VIEW
  • Grades 4-6 - PBS LearningMedia - DragonflyTV - Sign Language Translator Glove (2:37) - VIEW
  • Grades 4-6 - NHPBS Video - NJTV Learning Live - ASL: Language & Community (55:26) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 4-6 - NHPBS Video - NJTV Learning Live - Signing with Ms. Somers (57:15) - VIEW and DO


  • Grades PreK-12 - Sesame Street - Ray Charles Sings the Alphabet (1:48) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-12 - Sesame Street - Ray Charles and Elmo Sing "Believe in Yourself "(2:34) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Blank On Blank - Ray Charles on Singing True (5:07) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Historian's Take - Where Did the Blind Black Musician Trope Come From? (7:29) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - When Music Makes History - Ray Charles America the Beautiful (1:19)VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Lawmakers - LM 50 Moment: Ray Charles Sings Georgia On My Mind (1979) (26:20) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS NewsHour - Rocking Out to Ray in the White House (2:05) - VIEW


NHPBS EXPLORE - 11.2 Comcast (801) More Options

Saturday, 9/23 from 11 am-12 pm NHPBS EXPLORE
Explore the magnificent eastern region of Colombia, a land defined by two powerful rivers: the Orinoco and the Amazon. Along the way, meet amazing wildlife, including jaguars, capybaras, anacondas, and pygmy marmosets, the world's smallest monkeys. COLOMBIA: WILD AND FREE Streaming Video

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS - Olivia Rodrigo/Phoebe Bridgers
Saturday, 9/23 from 11 pm-12 am NHPBS EXPLORE
Enjoy fresh perspectives in song from Olivia Rodrigo and Phoebe Bridgers. The chart-topping Rodrigo performs tunes from her bestselling debut Sour, while Bridgers sings songs from her critically acclaimed LP Punisher. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS - Olivia Rodrigo/Phoebe Bridgers Streaming Video

NH WORLD - 11.3 Comcast (965) More Options

Saturday, 9/23 from 7-8 pm NH WORLD
Weaving archival footage with interviews from historians, baseball fans, journalists, and former major leaguers Camilo Pascual, Orestes Destrade, and Tony Perez, this documentary chronicles the history of Cubans in the major leagues, documents the influence of baseball on Cuban culture, and examines the impact of Cubans and Cuban-Americans on the game. MAJOR LEAGUE CUBAN BASEBALL Streaming Video

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