Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.