World

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 7:00pm

LIVING COURAGEOUSLY: THE SPIRIT OF WOMEN celebrates the courage of women in times of crisis. The half-hour documentary, which also features insights from actress and advocate Jane Seymour, profiles three American women whose lives have been transformed by challenging — even devastating — circumstances. Alison Levine overcame a life-threatening heart condition to become an international mountain climber, lead the first U.S. women’s Everest expedition and head a foundation that helps Ugandan women find work as mountain guides. Once involved with drugs and alcohol, Francine Ward's near-fatal car accident transformed her; she earned her law degree and now coaches women on self-esteem issues and works with teenagers struggling with addiction. Photographer Sheila Hagler — the first member of her family to graduate from college — now works with at-risk teens in a rural Alabama community devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

American Experience
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 2:00pm

THE AMISH answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century. With unprecedented access, built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to penetrate deeply and explore this attention-averse group. In doing so, THE AMISH paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. It questions why and how the Amish, an insistently closed and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth; explores how, despite their ingrained submissiveness, the Amish have successfully asserted themselves in resisting the encroachments of modern society and government; asks what Americans’ attraction to the Amish says about deep American values; and looks at what the future holds for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past.

Local USA
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 6:00pm

LOCAL, USA is a new 13 week, half-hour series programming initiative of WTTW and World Channel showcasing the best works of regional public television as well as independent producers, YouTube contributors, and other content creators, giving voice to the rich characters in every corner of America.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:00pm

“The Black Atlantic” explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores. The transatlantic slave trade soon became a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, the episode traces the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South and examines what the late 18th-century era of revolutions — American, French and Haitian — would mean for African Americans and slavery in America.

Nature
Sun, 10/20/2013 - 9:00pm

Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens has been filming the life of the remarkable wild stallion, Cloud, since the day of his birth in 1995, allowing NATURE viewers to watch as he grew from tiny foal to the powerful leader of the largest band of wild horses in the Arrowhead Mountains that he is today. Along the way, much has been learned about wild horse society and the importance of family and loyalty in their dangerous and unpredictable world.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 5:00pm

To The Contrary (TTC,) public television's successful all-female news analysis series, is now in its 22nd season on air. The program was launched in 1992, dubbed the "Year of the Woman in American Politics" as women's representation in Congress blossomed. With women in the forefront of politics and on the cutting edge of national agendas, To The Contrary continues as an essential, timely forum for women to discuss national and international issues and policies. The program covers news and offers a platform to views that are rarely, if ever, available elsewhere on television. It is true appointment television.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:00pm

NEWSLINE is "Your Eye on Asia" and features global news and current affairs, business, sports, science and technology trends plus global weather forecasts from more than 30 news bureaus throughout the world. The series, fed multiple times daily, is produced by NHK, Japan’s leading public broadcaster. NEWSLINE's alternating anchors include seasoned NHK reporters Shery Ahn, Yuko Aotani, Catherine Kobayashi and Gene Otani. Other presenters include: Ross Mihara and Raja Pradhan.

Life On Fire
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 6:00pm

In Alaska, the fresh water that feeds the rivers is snowmelt from North America’s highest mountains and most active volcanoes. Time and again, they erupt and poison the rivers. Scientists have only just begun to piece together what might have happened nearly 2,000 years ago, when one race of salmon faced the death of their natal river and were forced back to the open ocean on an exceptional adventure. Navigating between the sulphurous waters, bears, sharks and eagles, the fish escaped the Earth’s wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 6:00pm

VISA DREAM tells the touching story of one family's experience gaining entry into the United States, shedding light on the hardships many immigrant families endure. Ramon and Aurora Chavez, an elderly couple living in Jalisco, Mexico, long to reunite with their children who live 2,500 miles away in Los Angeles. In order to visit, they must secure a tourist visa, an expensive and difficult proposition. A camera crew follows them step-by-step through the application process, which begins at the U.S. Consulate two hours away in Guadalajara. There, U.S. Consulate representatives demystify the visa process and illuminate the reasons why they approve some applications — and deny others. VISA DREAM's closing moments capture the tension — and eventual jubilation — as the family learns the results of the interview.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 9:30pm

KNEE DEEP follows a culturally diverse group of dedicated senior citizens who are pooling their collective knowledge for a common cause: the environmental health of the Delaware Valley's waterways. The Center in the Park Senior Environment Corps is quietly generating scientific data that someday will feed into a global database documenting the long-term health of the world’s rivers and streams, and possibly spur changes in the management of water and waste. The documentary also highlights how the volunteer organization prioritized environmental education within their community, particularly with schoolchildren.

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