The ep5 Educational Broadcasting Foundation

educational content for public radio and television

Welcome to ep5

The ep5 Educational Broadcasting Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable institution established in 1988. We produce educational content for cable and for public radio and television. Our television programs are broadcast locally, and we produced a radio series on topics in science and technology for a year and a half. This series is still carried by a number of stations from Florida to Alaska.

We are funded by public donation and rely upon volunteers for almost all functions. Before you proceed, ask why you should even be considering ep5 as a production house for these programs. It’s a fair question. An answer.

For our corporate Statement of Purpose - everyone needs one of those! - please click the bridgework up there ↑. For some reassuringly vague thoughts on how we work, you might take a look here.

Some of our productions have a presence on the Universe’s most ubiquitous platform, YouTube. For a look at these videos, please motor on through to here.

For a view of broadcasting from long ago, still relevant today...the two words that propelled Newton Minow into immortality.

Ben Radford

Natalie Gray

Paula Reynolds

Jim Van Dusen

Frank Stecky

David Fisher

Public radio - out now

Between mid-2015 and early 2017, ep5 produced a public radio series entitled "Ninety Second Science". It was released at the rate of one episode per weekday. The series featured daily minute-and-a-half stories on fascinating topics and themes from science and technology, with an inclination toward the exotic, peculiar, and remarkable. It is distributed nationally by PRX and NPR.

Click the image below...

science in ninety seconds


Public radio - upcoming

What do we have in the works for public radio?

Currently in the prototype stage, Wow! I Didn't Know That! is a science news magazine both whimsical and serious that won't insult your intelligence or speak down to you. Intended for weekly release, Wow! I Didn't Know That! will run half an hour and feature short stories about what’s new and interesting in science and technology. We’ll bet that you won’t have heard these stories anywhere else. In fact, if you take the bet and we lose, we’ll let you buy us lunch at the best restaurant in town!

In addition to news from science, technology, and engineering, WIDKT will feature provocative editorials.

To listen to the Wow! I Didn't Know That! entire first episode, click the caveman.

cave man gag

What else will we have?

Few today know about the canal that New York State built to connect the agricultural and industrial areas of the western part of the state with the rest of the country, back before railroads and highways became common.

It was a good idea, the right idea, but the canal was doomed from the start, thanks to an invention made in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne a few years earlier by two engineers, Richard Trevithick and Robert Stephenson.

To learn more about the “Death of a Canal” project, please click the image below...

canal marker
The east portal


ep5 has produced a number of locally broadcast television programs, still shown on the Rochester cable system.

We have developed several proposals for public television. These include episodic series and hour-long documentaries.

To learn more about these, yeah, you know what to click...

television projects

From time to time, there comes upon the management of this establishment the urge to make various improvements to this web-site. We have removed a number of inconvenient peculiarities in its layout, rearranged the order of things to be a little less confusing, and added substance and detail to the overall presentation. We do this work wholly in-house, using the most extraordinarily incompetent of amateur web-design talent, so this entire process occurs slowly. Very slowly.

If you have been here before, you’ll possibly need to refresh each page when it shows, in order to have the new links function properly. We have put in code which, in theory, should accomplish this automagically. This varies with browsers, of course, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t. In our extensive testing, involving guinea pigs trained to operate computers, it worked about half the time.

Typical of anything on the ’Net...

Don’t you just hate it when browsers don’t work correctly? Don’t you just hate it when guinea pigs go on strike demanding smaller keyboards?

As the glacier said to the Ice Man, we appreciate your patience.

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