This Week on Livestream | May 30, 2017

This week is all about science. Explore the new paradigms of volcanic eruption, learn about NASA’s mission to the Asteroid Belt, and watch the World Science Festival on Livestream.


Senator Al Franken in Conversation with David Letterman | 92nd Street Y
Tuesday, May 30
9:30 PM ET
“Senator Al Franken sits down with late night legend David Letterman for a rare and exclusive conversation. As the honorable gentleman from Minnesota publishes his new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, we’ll hear the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office — and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.”

Computational Creativity | World Science Festival
Wednesday, May 31
8 PM ET
“Today, there are robots that make art, move like dancers, tell stories, and even help human chefs devise unique recipes. But is there ingenuity in silico? Can computers be creative? A rare treat for the senses, this thought-provoking event brings together artists and computer scientists who are creating original works with the help of artificially intelligent machines.”

WHEN THE VOLCANO STIRS | Carnegie Science
Wednesday, May 31
6:30 PM ET
“Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and infrastructure in today’s rapidly globalizing world, leading to a need for more-sensitive and accurate tools for detecting and interpreting signs of volcanic unrest. Dr. Roman will explore the recent development of several new paradigms for eruption forecasting and their implications for our understanding of how volcanoes work.”

New Sounds Present 2017 New York Guitar Festival | The Greene Space
Thursday, June 1
7 PM ET
“Building on last year’s sold-out event, the New York Guitar Festival and WNYC’s New Sounds present a four-week series that features a diverse cast of guitar slingers performing newly commissioned works and special collaboration.”

World of Monk | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Thursday, June 1
8 PM ET
“With its iconic melodies, insightful harmonic progressions, and complex but danceable rhythms, the music of Thelonious Monk offers limitless opportunity for improvisation and interpretation. Watch international virtuosos and the JLCO band interpret Monk’s music in a way completely unique to this collaboration.”

The Evolution of Evolution | World Science Festival
Thursday, June 1
8 PM ET
“It’s a profound question facing modern humans: Are we still subject to natural selection? After hundreds of years of scientific progress, many of the pressures that control evolution—predators and disease—are decreasing. At the same time, technology capable of engineering the genome is in our hands. Renowned geneticists, paleoanthropologists, and biologists consider our genetic future as evolution evolves.”

Round Midnight: Monk’s Legacy | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, June 2
7 PM ET
“Thelonious Monk’s music will be performed by two of the most exciting young pianists of the next generation of jazz: 13-year-old Indonesian sensation Joey Alexander, the first true child prodigy in the history of jazz; and New Orleans’ Sullivan Fortner, recipient of the 2015 American Pianists Association’s prestigious Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz honor.”

To Boldly Go…Well, You Know: NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt | Griffith Observatory TV
Friday, June 2
10:30 PM ET
“At Griffith Observatory’s next ‘All Space Considered,’ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer and mission manager Marc Rayman will describe the highlights of NASA’s groundbreaking mission to Vesta and Ceres, the largest bodies in the asteroid belt.”

Flame Challenge: What Is Energy? | World Science Festival
Saturday, June 3
4 PM ET
“Alan Alda has issued this year’s challenge to the world’s top scientists: What is energy? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a team of experts invite the audience to explore how our bodies use energy, the impact of natural resources, and how we’re going to power the world in the future.”

Cool Jobs | World Science Festival
Sunday, June 4
1:30 PM ET
“The World Science Festival’s highly celebrated program, Cool Jobs, is back with an astounding line-up of the coolest science teachers around. Can you break a cinder block on your chest? Dance your way into learning about fossils? Play catch with a robot? These are all things that these people do every day…at work. And all because they know how to make science the most exciting thing around.”

Choral Splendour: Huddersfield & TMC | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Sunday, June 4
4 PM ET
“The Huddersfield Choral Society from the UK, founded in 1836, joins forces with Canada’s oldest choral organization, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, founded in 1894. These two world-class choirs come together to present a concert of choral classics, including many works by some of the great English church composers.”

Carographers on the Brain | World Science Festival
Sunday, June 4
5 PM ET
“Imagine navigating the globe with a map that only sketched out the continents. That’s pretty much how neuroscientists have been operating for decades. Join leading neuroscientists and psychologists as they answer profound questions regarding the electrochemical roots of memory and behavior and clarify the link between our upbringing and brain development.”

9 Need-to-Know Stats About Livestreaming for Broadcasters [Infographic]

Cord-cutting is on the rise. Audiences are pivoting away from traditional media toward new social and over-the-top content platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Livestreaming television and radio broadcast programming is the best way to reach your viewers across multiple platforms. Our research shows livestreaming for broadcasters is crucial for any modern media distribution strategy.

News and sports broadcasters are leading the charge, with new streaming portals eating away at traditional media’s market share. To meet viewer demand, broadcasters need to diversify the way they distribute their content.

“Not only have we realized an entirely new revenue stream, but [the livestream] has become so popular, we can’t imagine doing the radio show without the streaming video component.” – Shane French, Rover’s Morning Glory Radio Show

1. In 30 days, more video content is uploaded than all three major U.S. TV networks combined have created in 30 years.
2. Digital video consumption among adults has increased: from 21 minutes in 2011 to one hour and 16 minutes in 2015. (Source: eMarketer)
3. 78% of people watch videos online every week, and 55% of watch every day. (Source: Hubspot)
4. Users are spending an average of one hour and fifty-five minutes with digital video each day. (Source: eMarketer)
5. Millennials aged 14 to 25 are the only age group watching more shows on digital devices than on traditional TV screens. (Source: eMarketer)
6. 41% of digital audiences would watch livestreaming breaking news stories. (Source: GlobalWebIndex)
7. Digital radio engagement is up from 53 seconds in 2011 to over one minute in 2015. (Source: eMarketer)
8. In 2014, 47% of all Americans — an estimated 124M people — said they have listened to online radio in the last month. (Source: Media Daily News)
9. 75% of respondents who listen to online radio on a weekly basis think commercials are a fair trade for free programming. (Source: Media Daily News)


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