FACING FORWARD: A STUDENT'S STORY journeys inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts. By connecting with Tyree, as well as with his teachers and family, viewers learn about the complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education. FACING FORWARD: A STUDENT'S STORY raises questions that contribute to an important national discussion, including: What roles do students, parents and the community need to play to partner in this future-focused effort? And, how can students living in chaos pursue their goals and overcome the complexity of their young lives?
Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:00pm
GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown. (More information HERE)
On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. GO PUBLIC is an important film because there is a national crisis of confidence surrounding public education. This film gives audiences a chance to see and hear the people actually living the public school experience.
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:00pm
Called a "must-see movie" by The New York Times, Race to Nowhere exposes a silent epidemic plaguing America's schools. The one-hour documentary features the heartbreaking stories of students pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, and shines a light on the price that achievement-obsessed kids pay for this "race to nowhere." Mother-turned-filmmaker Vicki Abeles chronicles her own family's intense schedule, taking viewers on an intimate journey into the center of the daily struggle to balance academic commitments and cultural expectations with healthy personal needs. From nights doing homework at the dinner table, to the desks of education and child psychology experts, Race to Nowhere explores whether the current education system properly prepares students to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively.
Dropping Back In
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:00pm
#101 Second Chances
High school dropouts, educators, and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough, and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances. Two former dropouts, Kellie Blair Hardt, homeless as a child, now an award-winning teacher, and Hasan Davis, former commissioner of juvenile justice for the state of Kentucky, tell their stories.
More information HERE
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:00pm
Produced by NHK, Japan’s leading public broadcaster, NEWSLINE is "Your Eye on Asia." The series provides news and breaking news from around the world, including coverage of the latest in politics, business, technology and culture in Asia. Regular reports from Beijing, Seoul, Bangkok and Tokyo offer different perspectives on events in the region. NEWSLINE's alternating anchors include seasoned NHK reporters Shery Ahn, Yuko Aotani, Catherine Kobayashi, Gene Otani, Ross Mihara and Ron Madison.
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:00pm
This special gives space and breadth to our nation’s education reform debate by giving the audience a first-hand view of what happens in a school that meets the needs of the most challenged students in new and sometimes non-traditional ways. Observe a tireless team of teachers and school leaders dealing with the usual antics of teenagers and the changing tides of a fast-moving administration that is responding to pressures from outside partners, politicians and forces in the community. A surprising and dramatic end to the school year sheds light on both the extraordinary challenges and opportunities today’s public schools face.
Central Standard: On Education
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:00pm
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Episode 1 introduces five 8th graders. Hear Robert’s, Emma’s, Natalia’s, Gina’s, and Kyle’s hopes and concerns, see what they do for fun, and how they feel about school. The drama builds as the highly competitive process of getting into one of Chicago’s top high schools is introduced.
CENTRAL STANDARD: On Education follows five kids, in five neighborhoods across Chicago, as they prepare for high school. For nine months, we went to school with them, did homework with them, and listened to them.
The goal: to show the different paths kids travel, and the challenges they face, in an increasingly fragmented public school system. We wanted to cut through the policy conflicts that dominate the headlines, and instead show the real-world impact our education system has on kids and their families.
Their stories can help us gain insights into our public education system – and to answer the questions: What is standard? What is possible?
More on the series HERE
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 8:30pm
The McLaughlin Group is a weekly public affairs programwhere a group of five pundits discuss current political issues in a round table format. It has been broadcast since 1982, and is currently sponsored by MetLife. Previous underwriters included: Pfizer, the New York Stock Exchange, and GE (the longest-serving).
The general format for the show consists of moderator John McLaughlin along with four commentators— usually Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Mort Zuckerman, and a guest commentator.
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:30pm
The Closer To Truth television program is the definitive series on Cosmos, Consciousness and Meaning, a global journey in search of the vital ideas of existence.
Closer To Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating rich production values.
Public fascination with questions of Cosmos, Consciousness and particularly of Meaning has grown substantially in recent years. Public debate has been intense, often heated.
Closer To Truth presents to mass audiences these leading-edge ideas in an approachable, rational and balanced manner, and introduces the human personalities behind these ideas. By meeting these change-making characters close-up, the thinkers behind the thoughts, visiting them in their homes, offices, labs, gardens, churches and temples, Closer To Truth humanizes riveting ideas and makes them more accessible and more relevant.
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
Survey the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.