Newton's Apple

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Newton's Apple
Newton's Apple (1983-99) (title card).jpg
The Newton's Apple title.
Format Children's television series
Created by James Steinbach
Starring Ira Flatow
David Heil
Peggy Knapp
SuChin Pak
Dave Huddleston
Brian Hackney
Eileen Galindo
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 30 Minutes
Production company(s) KTCA
Broadcast
Audio format Mono (1983-1984)
Stereo (1984-1999)
Original run 1983 – 1999

Newton's Apple is an American educational television program produced and developed by KTCA, and distributed to PBS stations in the United States that ran from 1983 to 1999. The show's title is based on the rumor of Isaac Newton sitting under a tree and an apple falling near him—or, more popularly, on his head—prompting him to ponder what makes things fall, leading to the development of his theory of gravitation (an event often loosely described as him "discovering" gravity). The show was produced by Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). For most of the run, the show's theme song was Ruckzuck by Kraftwerk, later remixed by Absolute Music. Earlier- and later- episodes of the show featured an original song.

NPR science correspondent (and current host of Science Friday) Ira Flatow was the show's first host, later succeeded by David Heil, then assistant director of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Peggy Knapp was a longtime field reporter and served as co-host in the 14th season. The last season was hosted by the team of David Heil, Dave Huddleston, actress and voiceover artist Eileen Galindo, Brian Hackney and SuChin Pak, now a frequent host and pop culture reporter for MTV. An occasional short feature appeared called "Science of the Rich and Famous" in which celebrities appeared to explain a science principle; as examples, rock star Ted Nugent explained guitar feedback, Olympic Gold Medalist skater Scott Hamilton demonstrated the angular momentum of a skater's spin, Let's Make a Deal host Monty Hall demonstrated the science of probability, and Betty White showed how cats purr.

"Newton's Apple" won numerous national awards including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Science Journalism Award, the Parent's Choice Award, and in 1989, the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Series. James W. Head III was biology consultant for the series.

A segment in the early years was entitled "Newton's Lemons" which used 1950s era newsreels of a then-futuristic device that had long since been forgotten.

Funding[edit]

  • DuPont (1983-1999)
  • 3M (1983-1999)
  • Public Television Stations/Viewers Like You (1983-1999)

VHS Releases[edit]

# VHS Episode Title Release Date
1 Newton's Apple - Episode 1 September 26, 1990
2 Newton's Apple - Episode 2 August 7, 1991
3 Artificial Heart August 7, 1991
4 Boomering Stars Chat August 7, 1991
5 Mummies Sport Clinic August 7, 1991
6 Episode 6 August 7, 1991
7 Dinosaurs Bulletproof August 7, 1991
7 Science Homeschool August 7, 1991

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