Three million Americans served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Most veterans are reluctant to speak of war experiences, but Vietnam veterans have been even more reluctant because of the controversy surrounding their war and the often hostile reception on their return. They put away their uniforms and tried to put away their memories, but these are memories that cannot be put away. Vietnam War Stories shares these personal memories of service and sacrifice, and gives us insight into the experience of war.
Native American Heritage Programming
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:00pm
Fred Harria, LaDonna Harris (Comanche) and Wakeah Tabbytite in grandstand at a parade.
This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation.
The Last Ridge
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
On a freezing winter night in February 1945, the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division accomplished the impossible: they scaled a 2,000-foot cliff in northern Italy to knock the seemingly invincible Germans from their impenetrable perch. THE LAST RIDGE recounts the remarkable story of the legendary 10th Mountain Division, whose extraordinary efforts turned the tide for the Allied forces in Italy, revolutionized winter mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports and inspired an entire generation of soldiers. Narrated by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the documentary traces the 10th Mountain Division's history: from their uphill battles in World War II to their current campaigns in troubled Afghanistan.
AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:00pm
Moms pose with their children in The Crescent neighborhood of Rochester, New York.
The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other nation, and the biggest portion goes toward pregnancy and childbirth. Despite this, infant mortality rates are appalling. To find out more about this critical issue, visit Rochester, New York, where babies are dying at a rate two times higher than the national average and where mothers of color are three times more likely than white mothers to lose their babies before their first birthday. In the search for answers, learn about programs that are working to reverse these dramatic disparities.
PORTRAITS FOR THE HOME FRONT
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:00pm
Leaving a promising art career behind, Pittsburgh native Elizabeth Black (1912-1983) joined the American Red Cross at the height of World War II. On special assignment, she sketched hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and sent the treasured portraits to worried families back home. Seventy years later, Black's son uncovered photographs of her sketches, scrapbooks, news clippings and other memorabilia from her forgotten footlocker. Through Black's unforgettable sketches, rare archival images and interviews with the veterans and their families, PORTRAITS FROM THE HOME FRONT explores Black's lost art career and her distinguished service during World War II. It also captures memorable scenes of amazed families finally receiving the lost portraits, some of which capture loved ones killed in action.
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:00pm
SERVICE takes the audience on a journey from the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee and from Iraq to urban New York City. It shows women functioning as fully accepted and contributing members of a military unit as well as the devastating isolation and persecution of those who report rape. We see these women as veterans fighting to find homes, demanding services, responding to therapy and gaining their independence. Through interviews in their kitchens, bathrooms, even therapy sessions SERVICE reveals the raw truths of our women warriors fighting in the battlefield called “home.”
Another Day in Paradise
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:00pm
Five thousand sailors and marines are deployed on a super carrier bound for the Persian Gulf. They share the same mission --t o arm and fly jets over Iraq -- but they are not all the same. The film follows a fighter pilot described as "more of a lover than a fighter," an aviation ordnance man who learns his girlfriend is pregnant right before departure and a tough-talking, salsa dancing marine. The film offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of the people who are fighting America's wars.
Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:00pm
Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist for the New York Times and author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves, talks with Bethany McLean, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:00pm
The Navajo serve in the military in greater proportions relative to their population numbers. The veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and many across services in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their dedication and courage in battle does not protect them from the challenges they face when they return home. Unemployment, Post Traumatic Stress, rural isolation prevents many from receiving help, but strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy help others create a new normal.