This Week In…Discovery Buzz

January 30, 2015 | by lstewart

Happy Friday! Here in Silver Spring, we’re still feeling all warm and fuzzy inside thanks to a celebratory Puppy Bowl Tailgate we had this afternoon. If we weren’t all ready to head full throttle into the Big Game (I’m talking about the pups, here!), we certainly are now.

As much as we love our four-legged friends, there are lots of other things happening here at Discovery Communications! Here are some stories from this past week you may have missed:

Have a great weekend!

The Puppies Are Coming! The Puppies Are Coming!

January 30, 2015 | by lstewart

Puppy Bowl XI is only two days away, and Animal Planet has been busy giving fans and pup lovers across the country previews of what they can expect from Team Ruff and Team Fluff: from releasing the official Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup, to creating an online Fantasy Game, to launching the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show offering behind the scenes analysis. They even teamed up with Uber on Wednesday (#UberPuppyBowl) to bring adoptable puppies to animal lovers in ten cities across the U.S. (You can take a peek at some of the cutest photos from the event here.)

And, since all of us here in the office can’t let everyone else have all the fun, we held our own Puppy Bowl tailgate this afternoon with adorable, adoptable puppies from the Washington Animal Rescue League. What happens at a Puppy Bowl tailgate, you ask? In addition to fun games and lots of tasty treats (for humans and our four-legged friends), we’re able to snuggle and cuddle tiny little puppies and give them some lots of love and attention before they find their forever homes. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

This is it: the countdown is on! Visit AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl to catch up on all things Ruff & Fluff, and don’t miss the most uncoordinated action you’ll likely see this year. Puppy Bowl XI airs Sunday, February 1 at 3pm ET/PT. May the best team win! 

Discovery Education Hosts Virtual Reading Experience with Former First Lady Barbara Bush

January 29, 2015 | by lstewart

Discovery Education and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum are partnering today to offer students around the world a unique learning experience in the eight annual “Reading Discovery Program.” More than 40,000 students are expected to tune in as former First Lady Barbara Bush reads from award-winning author Lynn Curlee’s book Rushmore, speaks about the importance of literacy and answers students’ questions via an interactive video conference.

Rushmore explores STEM topics such as the engineering of Mount Rushmore, as well as social studies and relevant historical issues. For the first time in the history of the program, students will not just read text on the pages of a paper book, but will experience  it coming to life through computer-generated technology. Discovery Education’s Senior Director Hall Davidson will lead participants in a demonstration of augmented reality technology, which allows students to overlay digital information – such as engaging videos, audio and graphics – on any image being viewed on a device, such as a smartphone.

Joining Mrs. Bush on stage as reading partners will be multiple students from Houston Independent School District and Bryan Independent School District.

The event will be hosted from 11-12:15pm ET. Interested in participating? There’s still time to register online!

This Week in…Discovery Buzz

January 23, 2015 | by lstewart

Another week down, only one more left in the month! (If anyone has any idea where January went, can you please let me know?)

This week, a couple of our networks announced even more shows fans can look froward to seeing in the new few months: TLC’s Style by Jury, which premieres February 20 at 9:30pm ET/CT, and Science Channel’s Chaos: Caught on Camerawhich premieres in April.

A couple new shows also premiered this past week. On Thursday, January 22 at 9pm ET/CT, America’s Worst Mom debuted on Discovery Life Channel, and on Monday, January 19 at 9pm ET/CT, Vanity Fair Confidential debuted on Investigation Discovery.

Here is some other news you may have missed:

Stacy London is Back! New Series “Love, Lust or Run” Premieres Tonight on TLC

January 23, 2015 | by lstewart

Remember those days when you would settle into your couch – maybe after a long day at work or on a relaxing weekend afternoon –, turn on the TV and watch Stacy London and Clinton Kelly work their fashion magic on What Not to Wear? Yeah, me too – and I miss them!

Thankfully you & I are in for a treat, because Stacy London is back – and this time, she’s focusing on makeunders.

In her new TLC series, Love, Lust or Run, Stacy coaches women on their fashion choices, transforming their fashion mishaps into “wow” moments. Each makeunder kicks off with Stacy meeting with a woman whose outrageous fashion is in need of some dire help, where Stacy reveals to her how strangers on the street rated her style: “love,” “lust” or “run.” Stacy then guides each woman through a transformative makeover – first asking that she remove her makeup, hair extensions, jewelry and wild clothing, and then offering fashion advice that will help her channel the message she really wants to share with the outside world. Finally, Stacy will again ask strangers on the street to rate each woman’s style as “love,” “lust” or “run.”

Take a look at the sneak peek below, and don’t forget to watch the premiere tonight at 9pm ET/CT on TLC.

Discovery Communications Honors 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau Liberation with “One Day in Auschwitz”

January 22, 2015 | by lstewart

There are moments peppered throughout history that not only changed the world, but changed how we perceive our place as individuals in the world.  The liberation of Nazi German concentration and extermination camps is one of those moments in time, and one that I find particularly fascinating.

In a visit to Washington D.C. earlier last year (before I moved to the area to be a part of the Discovery Communications team) I had just enough free time to visit a museum in the metro area. This city has some of the best museums in the country (many of them part of the Smithsonian Institution), but my decision to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was a no-brainer. There are so many different things a person can glean from the horrific event: what is says about the nature of groupthink and our ability to be manipulated and persuaded; what it says about our spirit and how it enables us to persevere; and what it says about our humanity that we can learn from the past and work to ensure that the memory of all Holocaust victims lives on.

This coming Tuesday, January 27th marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation from Nazi Germany, and Discovery Communications is commemorating the monumental event around the world.

On Sunday, January 25, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Discovery Channel will feature One Day in Auschwitz, a special which follows Polish-English Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, who was only 16 years old when she and her mother were sent to the concentration and extermination camp. Now 89, Kitty returns to Auschwitz and shares the inspiring and admirable story of how her and her mother were able to survive despite the practically unimaginable circumstances. The program will air in more than 220 countries worldwide – including the Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel (AHC) in the Untied States. Immediately following the special program, Discovery will also air Schindler’s List on Discovery Channel in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, and on AHC in the United States without commercial interruptions.

Discovery Education and the University of Southern California’s (USC) Shoah Foundation, in association with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, is also hosting educators from around the world in a series of professional development experiences January 24th through January 27th in Poland. Delegates from around the world will join some of the last living survivors and reflect on how they can carry the bravery from all those affected.

This Sunday, take a moment to honor those Holocaust victims and survivors, and if you’re able to, turn to Discovery or American Heroes Channel to hear Kitty’s incredible story.