Paula Kerger, President of PBS, was nominated by Charlie Rose Executive Producer Yvette Vega to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to help spread awareness of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Paula (with the help of some friends you might know) accepted the challenge and donated to the ALS Association.

She nominates filmmaker Ken Burns, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff of PBS newshour and all of the Presidents at PBS stations.

If you wish to donate, you can here.




Where does the smell of rain come from?

If you said “from the sky,” then congratulations! You are hilarious. But it’s a lot more interesting than that. The pungent perfume that accompanies rainstorms carries special chemical signatures, some born from lightning, some from deep within the soil.

And beyond just being pleasant and nostalgic, those smells are actually useful to some living things, such as telling plants when it’s time to grow, guiding camels across the desert, and even signaling some fish when it’s time to get “romantic”. 

Take a big whiff, because there’s a science storm a-comin’!