“The Age of Slavery” illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people, these years were a time of opportunity, but for most African Americans, the era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories and the forcible relocation of African Americans to the Deep South. Yet as slavery intensified, so did resistance. From individual acts to mass rebellions, African Americans demonstrated their determination to undermine and ultimately eradicate slavery.
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 7:00pm
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
Life On Fire
Thu, 10/31/2013 - 6:00pm
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 4:00pm
On the volcanic island of New-Britain off the coast of Papua New Guinea, a handful of animals have learned to live with the Earth’s moods. When ash from a volcanic eruption invades their habitat, the choice is simple: leave or stay and adapt. In truth, it’s not that easy, since volcanoes and their actions are unpredictable and each creature responds in its own way. This episode presents the reactions of strange birds, mischievous hermit crabs and gregarious flying foxes as well as the majestic Priamus butterflies.
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 6:00pm
Finding a sense of place...and purpose in four stories: a young Memphis girl seeks solace and safety in her favorite hiding place ("April"); a family of native descent returns to Lincoln, Nebraska, the land of their forefathers to learn about the past and connect with the present ("White Buffalo Girl"); a whimsical artist who has worked for 35 years creating a visual feast of his most cherished sites throughout San Francisco ("This is Us! Scott Weaver"); a silent film star in Seattle tours the world he knows ("Skip"); and a lifelong Chicagoan sees his town in a whole new way thanks to a theatre group from the other side of the world ("En Route").
Sat, 10/26/2013 - 5:30pm
Hosted by NHK's senior commentator Aiko Doden, ASIAN VOICES investigates global and regional issues with Asia’s top academics, economists and politicians. The weekly series explores global issues from the Asian perspective and transmits the voices of Asia to the world.
Pioneers of Television
Fri, 10/25/2013 - 8:00pm
“Superheroes” crosses many eras: “Superman” in the 1950s, “Batman” in the ’60s, “Wonder Woman” and “The Incredible Hulk” in the ’70s and “The Greatest American Hero” in the ’80s. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others. It also includes comments from Robert Culp, about his show “The Greatest American Hero,” recorded just days before he passed away.
Life On Fire
Thu, 10/24/2013 - 6:00pm
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.