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The Harlem Shake: Discovery Style

February 14, 2013 in SCIENCE

By aharris

When a new song or dance craze breaks through and takes a hold of pop culture and the interwebs, there are a few options.

1. Watch, enjoy, share and move on.
2. Roll your eyes and proclaim “what has this world come to when this is news.”
3. Join in on the fun. (Exhibit A)

At Discovery, a few of our colleagues in our Silver Spring headquarters chose #3…and we’re supportive of that. If only Todd Hoffman, Buddy Valastro or Jeremy Wade had been in town to join in. Who or what do you think that would add to the Discovery version of the Harlem Shake?

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Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion Details Cases of Racial Profiling

February 13, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

Last February, the nation was gripped by the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, hooded-sweatshirt clad teenager who was killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchmen in his Florida housing development. The details of the interaction remain hazy, but the call for justice was clear: the public wanted to know what happened, with speculation of racial motivations for this seemingly senseless killing.

Tonight, on Investigation Discovery’s  Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion, award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp will delve into the case of Trayvon Martin, as well as other cases that Beauchamp investigated as cases of racial profiling.

Beauchamp will also cover the case of Robbie Tolan, whose story I got to hear first hand at our Winter TCA tour in January. I won’t ruin the story for you but his is one that is not to be missed and you can see a sneak peek below. Investigation Discovery’s Hood of Suspicion premieres tonight at 8pm ET/PT.

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Who Will Bake It To The Top?

February 11, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

Next Great Baker fans: tonight is the night! In just a few hours, the finale begins, with the final three contestants competing for the coveted Carlo’s bakery spot.  Buddy will be broadcasting live from Lackawanna tonight, with some special guests, so tune into TLC at 8pm ET/PT to find out who will be the Next Great Baker!

In the meantime, we want to know who you think will grab the ultimate title! Tweet with the hashtags #AshleyNGB, #JenNGB or #GretelAnnNGB to show whose team you’re on and don’t forget to follow @TLC tonight for backstage updates live from Lackawanna.

Check out a sneak peek of tonight’s show below – you won’t want to miss the epic finale to this season of Next Great Baker.

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ID Brings Racial Equality Discussions to DC, New York

February 8, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

Henry Schleiff, Kerry Kennedy and Keith Beauchamp

On Tuesday, Investigation Discovery debuted documentary film, ID Films: March to Justice, reflecting on our nation’s ongoing pursuit of racial equality. The event, held at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., also featured a panel discussion following the film’s premiere, with Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and daughter of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, First Amendment Center founder and former administrative assistant to Robert F. Kennedy and Carolyn McKinstry, witness to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL in 1963.

Award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp will host another ID event next week, this time in New York on Tuesday, February 12 at the Paley Center. The event will feature highlights of Beauchamp’s upcoming The Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion, an in-depth look at racial-profiling practices still occurring today, brought to national attention in 2008 with the shooting of Robbie Tolan in Texas and, more recently, by the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Beauchamp will also be joined by Henry Schleiff, President & General Manager of Investigation Discovery, Kerry Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, Carolyn McKinstry, and Robbie Tolan for a panel discussion. For more information or to attend the Paley Center event, click here.

The Newseum, Washington, D.C.

Carolyn McKinstry, Birmingham Bombing Survivor

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Puppy Bowl Scores a Win For Animal Planet

February 7, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

As a casual football fan (at best), and a New York Giants one at that, I have to say I was already predisposed to choosing the Puppy Bowl over the Super Bowl on Sunday. After all, adorable puppies prancing about rank over almost anything in my book. When I finally did decide to check in on the “action” of the football game, there was nothing going on but a blackout at the Superdome! I happily switched back to the adorable-ness of Geico Stadium and vowed never to forsake Puppy Bowl again.

As it turns out, I was not alone. Not only was Sunday’s Puppy Bowl IX Animal Planet’s most watched iteration of the annual furry tradition, reaching a record number of 12.4 million gross viewers, fans also tuned in in droves during the power outage at the Superdome. Fans were voting with their devices, too, with a 40% increase in Tweets and web traffic generating 1.6 million video streams. Can’t argue with cute!

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