Local USA
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:00am


As the Asian American population continues to rise in the United States, so do their questions about what their place is in America. Stories of a Japanese-Filipino man who narrates his “becoming American” story; a group of mixed race professionals address issues of identity and acceptance; and mothers trying to balance the old with the new.

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am

Narrated by legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY traces the 75-year history of the world's largest organized youth sports program, from its humble beginnings in Williamsport, Penn. to its current status as a worldwide phenomenon. Past and present Little League players, administrators, coaches, umpires, and others reflect on the role Little League played on their lives. Notable interviewees include: President George W. Bush, NASA Space Shuttle Commander Story Musgrave, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig, former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, former MLB pitcher Mike Mussina, Cincinnati Reds player Todd Frazier, and MLB's official historian, John Thorn. LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY also includes interviews with the family members of Little League founder Carl Stotz; Carolyn King, whose 1973 lawsuit against Little League contributed to the league's landmark policy reversal of prohibiting girls from playing Little League Baseball; Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar (the first girl to ever play Little League); and the three surviving members of the original Little League team formed in 1939.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:30pm

As the sun began to set on frontier life, a vigilante act ripped apart a young Oklahoma community and brought shame to citizens struggling to distance themselves from backwater violence. In the early morning hours of April 19, 1909, a group of Ada residents — many of them community leaders — avenged the murder of a popular local rancher and former U.S. Deputy Marshall A. A. "Gus" Bobbitt by lynching the four suspects. The mob effectively drove the outlaw element out of town, but in the process perpetrated a terrible miscarriage of justice. (To date, no person has ever been identified or prosecuted in connection with the killings.) DEATH OF THE OLD WEST marks the 100th anniversary of the event by examining the hanging and the fallout that still fascinates historians and stirs emotions among local residents.

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:00pm

Peter explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature its resilient brand of federalism.  The framers created a strong national government while at the same time preserving much of the power and independence of the states.  This delicate balance of power, seemingly hard-wired for disagreement and conflict, has served America well for more than two centuries. But it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today over medical marijuana, gun control, and Obamacare.

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:00pm

During the early days of baseball, fans experienced the game without the benefit of an umpire's colorful hand signals: the defiant fist as the perfect pitch crossed home plate, the cross-hand sweep as the runner slid into home, and the dramatic fist pump as the runner, ball and baseman converged at first base. The umpire's voice, usually drowned out by the screams of thousands of excited fans, served as the only means to signal a ball or strike or to call a player safe or out. SIGNS OF THE TIME explores the origins of baseball's hand signals and the pioneers responsible for this pivotal innovation. Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, the award-winning documentary features full-scale re-enactments of early games and interviews with historians, retired umpires, former players Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Fred Lynn, Ken Singleton, Danny Litwhiler, Bobby Bragan and Bill Werber, and Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:00pm

Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100 celebrates the centennial of the oldest and most intimate big league ballpark in America. Fenway’s Grand Opening was on April 20, 1912, when the Red Sox played the New York Highlanders, a team that would be renamed the Yankees the next year. The film uses a current Red Sox-Yankees game as a thread to the history of the ballpark and as a way to go inside and get behind the scenes to see what it takes to put on a major league game.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:00pm

SCULLY/THE WORLD SHOW continues its impressive public television run with 52 episodes featuring some of the world's most prominent and famous personalities. Each week, veteran broadcaster Robert Scully — dubbed "the best interviewer on television" by Canadian daily La Presse— discusses topical issues with authors, financiers, entrepreneurs, diplomats, philanthropists and more. The Gemini Award-winning series is produced on-location throughout the Americas. Last season featured Scully's interviews with Colombian presidential candidate and former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt; Welsh business tycoon Sir Terence Matthews; author and public policy specialist Elaine Karmarck; Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Merton; Nobel Prize-winning cardiologist Bernard Lown and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dudley Herschbach.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00pm

**April 24, 2014: Tavis Smiley was honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his 20 plus years as a broadcaster.**

Join Tavis Smiley as he interviews politicians, entertainers, athletes, authors and other newsmakers in this unique hybrid of news, issues and entertainment.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:00am

Each July, during the eight-day festival of San Fermin, thousands participate in one of the most dangerous and adrenaline-charged events in the world — the running of the bulls. This frantic sprint through the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Pamplona amounts to little more than 900 yards, and lasts roughly three minutes, but each moment brims with intensity and excitement. RUNNING OF THE BULLS explores the history and cultural relevance of this centuries-old tradition that attracts people from all over the world. Longtime participants explain why they run in a race with a well-earned reputation for causing serious injury, and even death. High-speed cameras suspended on cables above the streets capture spectacular images that immerse viewers in the experience. Archival footage provides historical context on the evolution of the Festival of San Fermin from its humble beginnings as a local celebration to the now-famous phenomenon.

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