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On Air

December 03, 2004

TV and Radio

Kids Healthworks

Friday, 7 a.m. Discovery Health

"Growing Up With Grandma." Coping with bullies, boosting reading skills at an early age, finding the perfect sitter to take care of your kids and the nationwide trend of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Discovery Health Classroom

Saturday, 5 a.m. Discovery Health

"Big Decisions." Choosing health over illness is not just one choice that people make but a series of millions of choices, made every day from deciding whether to wear a seat belt to trying to make a new friend to drinking because everyone else is.

Outdoors Maryland

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. WMPT

"Island Reborn." Erosion has caused huge problems for the port of Baltimore as it tries to keep its busy shipping channels open. Each year, the Maryland Port Administration dredges several million cubic yards of mud from its winding waterways in the Chesapeake Bay. Until recently, there was debate and controversy about what to do with this dredged material.

Now the port believes it has found the answer. It's bringing back to life Poplar Island, which shrank from 1,200 acres in 1847 to five tiny islands in the early 1990s. The program explores the engineering, science and technology being used to build the new island into a wildlife sanctuary.

The reclamation of Poplar Island is one of the largest projects of its kind. "Island Reborn" shows how the island is becoming a wildlife oasis, and it looks at the larger lessons to be learned in how the busy ports around the world can clear their channels for shipping as well as help the environment by creating new habitat.

Unmasked

Saturday, 9 p.m. (Repeats Saturday at midnight and Sunday at 1 p.m.) Discovery Health

"Treacher Collins Syndrome." One in 10,000 children is born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates a distinct appearance: the jaw is underdeveloped, the cheekbones are missing, the eyes down-slanting, and the ears are malformed or missing.

Outdoors Maryland

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Repeats Thursday at 5:30 a.m. and Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.) WMPT

"The Root of It All." The nutria, a large, furry South American animal introduced to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to bolster the fur trade, escaped years ago into the wild and ate thousands of acres of precious marsh grass. A recent report says that the nutria has been eradicated from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge's fragile tidal ecosystem.

"Journey of the Longnecks." In years past, numbers of Canada geese in Maryland were down. Experts at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources blamed poor weather at the birds' northern nesting grounds, and even overhunting. Now, new management programs are helping the population grow.

"Flying to Freedom." Volunteer Mary Graul flies her airplane on National Aquarium in Baltimore missions -- whether to release baby sea turtles that have been rescued and nursed back to health, or to carry experts skyward to get a count of dolphin populations off Ocean City.

Sky Watch

Thursday, 8:33 a.m., WYPR (88.1 public radio).

"Finding Other Planets." Hosts are Jim O'Leary, senior director of technology, IMAX and Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, and Carol Christian, the deputy head of the Community Missions Office of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Online blog

Read Sun science writer Frank Roylance's weather and astronomy blog, updated daily at marylandweather.com.

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