discuss the disclaimers again at its board meeting today, but has now put that discussion off until October.
With the "Evolution" series next week, there will be three companion programs, in addition to an expanded, one-hour "Dialogue" call-in show with guests from secular and religious colleges in Idaho.
Idaho Public Television already has begun airing one of the companion shows, a rerun of Bill Moyers' "Genesis, a Living Conversation."
That program is airing each Wednesday night at 10 and lasts for 10 weeks. Next week, "Evolution" will run Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesday night, it will be followed by "Voices for Creation," a one-hour "point-of-view documentary" produced by a public television station in Marquette, Mich. On Thursday night, "Evolution" will be followed by "The Young Age of the Earth."
The expanded "Dialogue" program will air at 6 p.m., before Thursday episode of "Evolution."
Jim Hammond, a state Board of Education member from Post Falls, said: "It looks to me like this is an effort to provide the kind of balance that they've been asked for. ... The source of information isn't as important as the fact that we provide different points of view."
Other states are taking a variety of approaches with the "Evolution" series. Some are letting the series stand alone. Others are running various counterpoint programs along with it, including the programs Idaho is running and others.
Said Pisaneschi: "Every station chooses to do what they want to do. ... I think it's important to give an opportunity for other voices to be heard."
He added: "I'm not aware of a legislator having provided a program to us before. On the other hand, we have over the years received comments from viewers who say that there's a lot of programming on that presents the evolution point of view -- Nova, Nature ... and they've never seen anything that presents the viewpoint of those who believe in the biblical version of creation."
"The Young Age of the Earth" was produced by Earth Science Associates of Knoxville, Tenn., and was provided to IPTV at no cost, as was "Voices for Creation."
"Evolution" was produced by WGBH in Boston and Clear Blue Sky Productions, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and distributed by PBS. When Hawkins gave IPTV the videotapes, he offered to underwrite the broadcast of "The Young Age of the Earth" himself, if necessary.
But Pisaneschi said the broadcast is being funded in the usual manner, by viewer contributions. IPTV received a $10,000 grant from the Boston station that produced "Evolution" to underwrite the expanded "Dialogue" program. Hawkins could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.