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The 70-year fight for suffrage began in Central New York, an epicenter of reform. Success depended on many women whose stories are often forgotten. Meet Matilda Joslyn Gage, Paulina Wright Davis, Mary Burnett Talbert, and Hester Whitehurst Jeffrey, diverse suffragists who tirelessly navigated religious intolerance, sexism, politics, and racism as they fought for the vote and women’s equality.
In the summer of 1991, a prominent group of Israelis and Palestinians came together in the small mountain town of Ben Lomond, California to work out and sign a ground breaking peace agreement . Jerusalem: the Bridge to Peace profiles what happened to that agreement. Today, with the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continuing to rage with seeming no permanent resolution in sight, this historic film offers both great insight into the conflict but above all points the way toward a lasting peace.
A historical look at cross-racial and cross-cultural relationships in American history that impacted America's development. The film presents a series of short stories from the arrival of the first slaves on America's shores to relationships that impacted advances in social justice.
The moving story of Michigan families attempting to secure their child’s right to read. Facing challenging circumstances -- like social inequity, Michigan's Read by Grade Three law, and limited access to books -- parents, educators and experts weigh in on how to solve the literacy crisis in Michigan. The goal? To encourage the joy of reading and promote childhood literacy at home.
Out of view of the high art world and the hip gallery scene comes this heartening story of unlikely partners in middle America working together to reexamine their histories, celebrate what makes their towns unique, and imagine their futures in the form of monumental community murals led by artist Dave Loewenstein. Called to Walls is a thoughtful and uplifting film that not only leaves viewers reassessing their notions of art, but also with an itch to go out and do it themselves!
PLAYBACK SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS is the first series entirely focused on social responsibility in business, science, the environment and entertainment. The third episode: Climate Change, COVID-19 and Commerce- features exclusive reporting on the impact of multiple crises. Featuring interviews with: Nobel Prize Winning Economist Joseph Stieglitz, U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Tom Kertis, Environmental Activist John Trudell, Musician Bonnie Raitt, Native News Online Publisher Levi Ricketts & more. PLAYER POWER: a special segment profiling the innovators of Sustainable Fashion or “Slow Fashion”.
What things mean the most to us? How do otherwise ordinary items come to symbolize experiences, aspirations, and identity? "Objects and Memory" is about the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us because of their associations with people and experiences. The film shows how we preserve the past and speak to the future through objects that have been transformed into irreplaceable conveyers of experience, aspiration, and identity. Guided by Frank Langella's narration and set to the music of Philip Glass, the film examines items recovered or offered in response to 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Vietnam War, along with stories of people who find them important. Without the objects the stories would lack vibrancy; without the stories the objects would lack significance. Taken together, images of the objects, the stories they evoke, and the stories of their collection lead the viewer on a journey where the commonplace is transformed into the remarkable and where the stuff of history is highly personalized.
This engaging film tells the story of Walt Whitman’s remarkable life (1819-1892), the turbulent era in which he lived, and the timeless poetry he created. Interweaving narration and dramatic readings with captivating period music, insights from scholars, and photography filmed in key locations, this documentary brings to life Whitman’s unique character and poems.
Race is the Place, originally produced and broadcast in 2005, is a visual and verbal riff on the most explosive issue in America; presenting artists, poets, rappers, performance artists and stand-up comics, combined with archival footage illustrating the issues that they are responding to. It sends a message that their communities know only too well, but until now has never been acknowledged by society at large. As the nation addresses racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, Race is the Place is more relevant than ever. There is an urgent need for public television to address this new reality, and Race is the Place can help that process.
Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage? - A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg examines the many ways government policies support big business interests at the expense of small businesses, individuals, and local communities. Hosted by Johan Norberg, Free To Choose Media executive editor and Cato senior fellow.
Join Sara Gallegos and Angela Huffman in the quilting studio for the 3800 series of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” to discover new techniques and fun projects. From a softened Storm at Sea pattern, to a color-themed string quilt, the projects on this show range from scrappy to planned, easy to challenging, quick to heirloom-worthy. Joining Sara and Angela are guests Debi Kuennen-Baker, who helps master your sewing machine, and Barbara J. Eikmeier, who shares two scrappy quilts with an historical legacy.
All aboard for the Quilting Arts creative journey. Grab your passport and we’ll provide the ticket to creativity as we travel to out-of-the-way places and take the road less traveled when it comes to quilting. Vivika Hansen DeNegre acts as a travel guide along with Susan Brubaker Knapp and a bevy of talented designers. The journey begins with season 2800 as we make time for contemporary quilting every day.
Travels with Darley follows five-time Emmy nominated host Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure. Each episode introduces viewers to diverse cultures and traditions and what makes each location truly unique. Darley’s on-camera local counterparts are the true stars of each episode, as they lead Darley through their world. Viewers learn about places and cultures that are less publicized by traditional media, as well as new things about places they thought they knew, bridging global cultures and inspiring viewers to look at the world in a new way.
From the heart of the Redwoods comes a new concert series set in one of California’s most magical music venues. Live from The Old Steeple offers a virtual front-row-seat to intimate performances by renowned songwriters and musicians, from emerging artists to established legends, across many genres.
Crossing South is a travel show which takes us on a journey South of the border. Bilingual travel companion and host, Jorge Meraz, helps us get to know the people, vernacular, foods, customs and places frequented by the locals. This series helps us see there is so much more to Mexico than what we hear on national news. There’s a lot to learn and fun to have right next door by Crossing South.
At a time of public outrage over anti-Asian hate crimes, this new documentary shines a light on everyday life in San Francisco’s Chinatown a century ago. Hundreds of photographs, serendipitously rescued from a Chinatown dumpster, chronicle the lives of an immigrant community from an insider's perspective. Through images from the early to mid-1900s, they reveal the artistry of a preeminent photographer of the time, preserving community life from civic parades to small businesses to fantastic Cantonese opera scenes.