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"Newton's Apple,'' the Public Broadcasting Service show that takes a slightly lighter approach to science than the ever-serious "Nova,'' begins its 10th anniversary season early next month with a one-hour special.

The premiere invites viewers inside their televisions to examine the technology that makes them work. The show also features clips from the past decade of programs. It airs at 7 P.M. on Oct. 3 on PBS. (Check local listings.)

The half-hour weekly series, produced by public-television station KTCA in Minneapolis/St. Paul, was threatened with extinction two years ago when PBS cut its funding. But the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company stepped into the breach as a corporate sponsor.

"Newton's Apple'' features a great deal of science served up with a touch of humor by David Heil, the associate director of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the show's host; its field reporter, Peggy Knapp; and its naturalist, Nancy Gibson.

This season's 13 new episodes will include segments on a trip to Antarctica, the battle against oil spills in Alaska, and the medical fight against AIDS.

"Teacher TV," the magazine show co-produced by the Learning Channel and the National Education Association, begins its second season on the cable-television outlet on Oct. 4.

The half-hour weekly show, which airs at 6 P.M. on Sundays, made its debut last spring.

The first of seven new episodes examines peer-coaching and intergenerational learning. Other topics addressed this fall include the economics of education, alternative assessment, and curriculum innovations.

For the curriculum episode, which airs Nov. 8, the actor Mel Gibson discusses theatrical techniques that increase student interest in Shakespeare and other classical literature.

The Learning Channel is available in about 17 million households with cable television.

"News for Kids,'' a weekly half-hour news show for young people, made its debut this month.

The program is produced by the Cable News Network in conjunction with TBS Productions. It began airing on cable superstation WTBS on Sept. 27, and is also being syndicated to local broadcast stations. The show is scheduled for Sundays at 9:05 A.M. Eastern time on WTBS.

"News for Kids'' is one of several youth-oriented news and public-affairs shows that have been created to help stations comply with the federal Children's Television Act. The 1990 law calls on stations to air more educational and informational programming.--M.W.

Vol. 12, Issue 04

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