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Dialogue in Metal

a WXXI production – Two artists with unique styles come together for a collaboration. Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame and world renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley collaborate to make two sculptures. Each artist starts one sculpture and finishes the other. The completed sculptures were unveiled at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago last fall. WXXI captures their journey, and the unveiling in an hour-long documentary.

Airs on WXXI-HD November 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th

tells the little-known story of a unit of African American soldiers from Illinois, largely from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, who fought in combat for the United States under the French during World War I. They fought on two fronts: the war against the Germans and the war against racism and inequality. During a period when African Americans struggled tirelessly for basic human and civil rights, these soldiers marched off to war to show their patriotism and loyalty to the United States. But when they returned from war they realized that, despite their sacrifices, the country still denied them civil rights. The 370th had the distinction of being the only Black regiment completely staffed with black officers. For its actions during the war, members received 21 Distinguished Service Crosses, one Distinguished Service Medal and 68 Croix de Guerre.

Airs on WXXI-World November 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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Going to War

What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. This documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier’s experiences as never before. War is the ultimate paradox. Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. Going to War helps us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier in times of war. The film illuminates the experiences of training, battle, and coming home for soldiers across conflicts, revealing the universals of the warrior’s journey. Leading our exploration are Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and director of the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo, and Karl Marlantes, decorated Marine officer and author of the bestselling novel Matterhorn and the fearless memoir What It is Like to Go to War. Both men bring firsthand experience, hard-won wisdom, and an abiding commitment to telling the warrior’s story with insight and unflinching candor.

Airs on WXXI-World November 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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The Education of Harvey Gantt

On January 28, 1963, a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. The absence of drama or violence surrounding Gantt’s enrollment – the result of nearly two years of detailed preparation and planning on the part of college administrators, state politicians and business leaders – made headlines at the time, but soon it faded from the public consciousness. Narrated by Tony-winning actor Phylicia Rashad, THE EDUCATION OF HARVEY GANTT tells this pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation. Interviews with Gantt, distinguished scholars and civil rights veterans, and archival footage and reenactment illuminate the events leading up to Gantt’s enrollment, the unfolding of entrance day and the impact of Clemson’s integration on the state and the nation.

Airs on WXXI-HD November 5, 2018 at 2:00 am
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