Monthly Archives: January 2020

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Reveal (4/60 minute programs)  – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) brings its signature investigative journalism back to public television this spring with another installment of Reveal, a four-part series presented by KQED. Reveal is a first-of-its-kind television show that brings viewers deep into investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. The magazine-format program leads with a documentary story followed by shorter pieces and a “true cartoon” animation, and each hour-long episode explores crucial, and often underreported issues: from Terrorist Hunting to finding the families of Jane and John Doe’s. Hidden stories, uncovered; that’s what this series is all about.

  • #202 – Reveal features two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s short documentary “Freedom Fighters,” which profiles three remarkable women battling for equal rights in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for women. In addition, the episode delves into the potential dangers women face when they donate eggs to fertility clinics and the story of two women who gave up everything to help those at risk of deportation.
  • #203 – Director Penny Lane’s “Nellie Bly Makes the News” headlines an episode of Reveal showcasing animated documentaries and innovative, groundbreaking storytelling. Using diverse stylistic approaches, the hour covers a wide range of topics, from the story of a muckraking journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote to the surprising origin story of the humble strawberry.
  • #204 – Reveal examines what the Justice Department has called “the nation’s silent mass disaster.” For decades, there was no way to link the lists of missing persons around the country with the unidentified John and Jane Does in morgues and cemeteries, leaving many families in the dark about their loved ones’ fate. Director Michael I Schiller’s “The Dead Unknown” follows investigators in real time over the course of a year as they attempt to find the identity of one 50-year-old cold case. The hour also looks at efforts to prevent deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border and the Standing Rock Sioux’s historic faceoff with the U.S. government decades before the oil pipeline.
  • #201 – Reveal takes a look at the ways the U.S. has reacted to terrorism. In “The Terrorist Hunter,” director Ann Shin profiles a controversial spy, lauded by some for fighting terrorism and derided by others who claim she finds terror plots where none exist. The episode also explores the challenges that survivors of mass shootings face and uncovers the secret history of American surveillance.

airs Wednesday at 1 a.m. beginning 1/8



Film Maker

Film Maker (12/30 minute programs) – South Florida PBS is pleased to launch film·maker, a film series for emerging filmmakers from which we acquired, broadcasted, and distributed their work, in addition to providing mentorship. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the film maker initiative served 40 artists and reached an audience of over 2. 4 million in the South Florida region. Participants ranged in ages from 22 to 78 and represented cultures from around the globe. The 40 projects featured in film-maker include documentaries, narrative works, music videos, and more. These films will make you cry and laugh; they will entertain and inspire you.

  • #201 – In this episode we feature two films: “One Last Ride: A PBA Lacrosse Story”, a high energy, inspirational production about the last journey of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Men’s Lacrosse team, as they transition to the NCAA Division II by David Mark Merrill; and “Summer’s End”, a film about a turning point in every person’s life: leaving home for the first time by returning film-maker Felipe Ferrufino.
  • #202 – In this episode we feature three films: “Roam”-inspired by old western films, two buffalo hunters set-up camp near enemy territory and try to survive the night after suffering injuries at the hands of Native American forces by Hector Martinez. “Salvador” shares the desperate act to save a young boy’s life when a doctor helps facilitate an illegal organ donation by Debora Von Habsburg. “Sugar, Spice and Sacrifice” is a visual poem that highlights the importance of diversity in the U.S. and the role immigrants play in its success by returning film-maker Lauren McGarrett.
  • #203 – In this episode we feature two films: “Lustrum”, A sci-fi thriller that begins after four men have mysteriously disappeared in a forest and an anxious girlfriend who can’t shake the feeling of being closely watched by Michael Lozano & Paola Flores and “Ayita’s Dream”, the story of a young girl who won’t give up on pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer by Isis Masoud.
  • #204 – In this episode we feature two documentaries that focus on legacies, one through music and one through letters. “Carry That Weight – A Rockumentary” is the emotional story of one teacher; his perseverance in the face of adversity and the lives of many students he changed through music by Brian Leitten. “Legacy Letters” showcases a class that teaches seniors how to reflect deeply on their past in order to chronicle their lives in creative ways by Tyler Council.
  • #205 – In this episode we feature four short films including two music videos. “Apple Pie” is a thriller about two young women, struggling to get by, who find it difficult to play by the rules by Jaydev Hemrajani. “Beauty Queen” was shot in the beautiful city of Miami, where the lead singer portrays a bartender who is infatuated and mesmerized by a lady he sees at a local bar by Joey Lamar Ashley. “I Feel So Alive” features Miguel Fasa singing and dancing his way through this original pop song by Barbie Castro. And finally, “Tears”, an experimental short where the director and dancer, Carla Forte, shares the story through tears.
  • #206 – In this episode we travel to the Treasure Coast and feature the documentary, “Jane Davis Doggett: Wayfinder in the Jet Age” by Pat Williams. Join us as we meet the woman who created graphic systems using letters, colors and symbols to guide people though large, public spaces such as airports, arenas and transit systems. If you’ve found your way from an airport entrance to your gate with ease in the last sixty years, you can thank Jane Davis Doggett.
  • #207 – In this episode we feature two films, in “#TheConnectedMan” we meet a successful salesman who reconnects with a free-spirited choreographer from his past. In one day, their carefully constructed personas crumble in the face of reality and illusion, by returning film-maker Fabian Cardenas. “Portraits of Inspiration” is a short documentary capturing the essence of the Women’s Movement, one of the most transformative periods of time, by Scherley Busch.
  • #208 – In this episode we feature the film, “Maya”, about a Syrian immigrant newly settled in the U.S. who must take on a job that goes against her moral code to save the life of her grandfather by Mohammad Jastaniah.
  • #209 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
  • #210 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
  • #211 – In this episode we feature three films. In “The Cardboard King”, we meet Gustavo, a Cuban immigrant living in the U.S. striving to make a better life for his family still in Cuba. When old wounds begin to resurface, his vision of The American Dream begins to collapse by David Liz. Climb into the cockpit for breathtaking views in “Flying Solo”, a short documentary about the first Asian woman to fly solo around the world by Ed Moy. In “Six Toes” we head to Key West for a dark humor short film about Hemingway cats, accidental suicides, and happy childhood memories by Quincy Perkins.
  • #213 – In this episode we feature the documentary, “Against The Grain” and meet staff from the Coral Gables Art Cinema who contemplate the past and future of film projection – while preparing to screen an exclusive 70 millimeter print of “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Anthony Martinez.

airs Friday 2 a.m. beginning 1/3


Science is Fun

Science is Fun (2/30 minute programs)

  • #1801 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri and his friends present experiments with an assortment of gases. Carbon dioxide shows its many sides when it changes the colors of solutions, generates a plume of fog, inflates a rubber bulb, and puts out fires. Bubbles filled with methane gas rise and ignite in balls of flame. Oxygen gas turns into a liquid that sticks to a magnet.
  • #1802 – Join renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Bassam Shakhashiri as he shows the colorful side of metals. Solutions of metals change colors when mixed with other solutions. Colorful flames blaze when solutions of metals are sprayed into them. Metal wires sing and a metal pipe howls. He is joined by special guests in this fun-filled show, packed with the sights and sounds of science.

airs 1/31 at 1 a.m.



Medicine Women

Medicine Women  – Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915). The one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, features historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

airs 1/29 at 2 a.m.

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EMTA Media Literacy Project Grant

The 2020 Media Literacy Project Grant Application is open!

The New York State Educational Media/Technology Association provides up to two annual Media Literacy Grants in the amount of $1,250 for certified educators in New York State who are working with Pre-K-12 students on the subject of media literacy. Eligible educators must work in a district that participates in the media service at a BOCES or Big 5 that is an EMTA member.

Media Literacy is defined as the ability to comprehend, design, and produce media. It includes critical thinking skills used to evaluate and analyze information in a variety of formats. Media Literacy is essential to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

The purposes of the grant are to:

Support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy.

To provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples include:

  • A film literacy course held after school
  • Learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work
  • Using video effectively in your lesson plans

Please see the EMTA website for the application and more information.

Blackademics Television: #503 KHABELE / CHERY

airs Mondays 3 a.m. beginning 12/9 (600 series has 5/30 minute programs) (500 series has 6/30 minute programs) Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

The founder of multiple innovative schools talks about raising our expectations of students; a Black studies professor performs poetry and shares information on Black student activism in South Africa. Talks by Letsie Khabele and Tshepo Masango Chery.

airs 1/27 at 3 a.m.



Managing Risk in a Changing Climate

Managing Risk in a Changing Climate With relative rates of sea level rise among the highest in the world, the Louisiana coastal region has been called the “canary in the coal mine” for climate risk. “Managing Risk in a Changing Climate” examines how scientists and the region’s decision makers and citizen stakeholders came together to create an action plan to fight catastrophic climate impacts from rising seas and violent storms. Peter Coyote narrates.

airs 1/28 at 4 a.m.


Frozen North – Sir Hubert’s Forgotten Submarine Expedition

Frozen North – Sir Hubert’s Forgotten Submarine Expedition  – Sir Hubert Wilkins was one of the most successful polar explorers of all times. In 1931 his Nautilus Expedition, for the first time in history, undertook the challenge to reach the North Pole by submarine, in his specially-built sub named the Nautilus. This very early submarine was named after the fictional submarine in Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. The documentary recounts the adventurous journey of an obsessed explorer who devoted his entire life to the exploration and research of the polar region. 70 Years later we accompany oceanographer Hans Fricke on his search for the wreck of the Nautilus.

airs 1/29 at 10 p.m.