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A Time to Heal

Explores the impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of those who fought, protested, or prayed for their loved ones to come home alive. Producer Lindsey Whissel Fenton travels across Pennsylvania, talking with men and women about their experiences in that divisive war and their perspectives now, seeking an answer to the question: is it finally a time to heal?

Airs 12/14 at 3-4 a.m.

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Crowd in the Cloud

(4/60 minute programs) – https://www.pbs.org/show/crowd-cloud/  – THE CROWD & THE CLOUD is a documentary series showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. This multi-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them,citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.

Airs Thursdays 4-5 a.m. beginning 12/13.

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  • #1 – 20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. A new project, EyesOnALZ, enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer’s disease. DIY enthusiasts from Public Lab map the BP oil spill with kites, balloons and cameras and continue to watchdog pollution. The crowd, using mobile tech and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives.
  • #2 – Citizen scientists track air and water pollution at fracking sites in windswept Wyoming and five other states, using simple but science-based techniques developed by the “Bucket Brigade.” On idyllic East Coast trout streams, volunteers from Trout Unlimited monitor water quality regularly, generating baseline data that will prove invaluable in the event of future pollution events. Community members connected with professional researchers to tackle Flint’s drinking water crisis and now the same is happening in Philadelphia and other cities. In China, citizens use government data and a unique mobile app to report environmental crimes. When citizens and scientists partner, it’s a win-win for all concerned.
  • #3 – Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data. Local ordinances are changed and everyone breathes easier. Can apps and maps combat globalized diseases in a warming world? Stories of citizen science fighting mosquito-borne diseases with apps and crowd-sourced data in Barcelona, Houston and New Orleans. In Kenya, Medic Mobile develops smart but low-cost software to give simple phones powerful capabilities to help community health workers improve maternal and child health.
  • #4 – Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there’s an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science” including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native American teens in springtime in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and horseshoe crabs are surveyed in summer by retirees along mid-Atlantic coasts. In Uganda, World Bank economists and local partners generate data for sustainable development. The far-ranging potential of “Citizen Science in the Digital Age.”

The Place of Refuge

This documentary shines a light on more than 40% of all children in our country affected by divorce. The Place of Refuge, filmed by an Emmy award-winning film maker, informs parents what they can do to help prevent emotional pain, trauma, behavioral and learning problems often experienced by children. The film presents new findings and perspectives based on the latest research.

Airs 12/12 at 4-4:30 a.m.

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Letters from Baghdad

http://lettersfrombaghdadthemovie.com/  – is the story of a true original – Gertrude Bell – sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003. Advisor to Winston Churchill and outspoken critic of colonial policies in Iraq, Bell was considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning Tilda Swinton, the film uses stunning, never-seen-before footage of the region to immerse the viewer in Bell’s world. The story is told entirely in the words of Bell and her contemporaries, excerpted from letters, private diaries, and official documents. LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British Colonial power. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current. Why has Bell been written out of the history she helped make?

Airs 12/11 at 9 p.m.

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The American St. Nick

WXXI HD http://www.wwiifoundation.org/category/films/american-saint-nick/

World War II exacted a heavy toll on the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg, nearly destroying the small town. Occupied by German forces for four years, the town was subject to the whims of Nazi leadership: streets were renamed, the native language was banned, religious freedoms were curtailed, and Saint Nicolas Day was outlawed. The documentary THE AMERICAN SAINT NICK chronicles a day at the height of the war when the battle-weary 28th Infantry Division of the American Army returned hope and joy to the children and people of this war-torn town. On Dec.5, 1944, American soldiers, led by Harry Stuts, put their guns down for one day and organized a party celebrating the town’s centuries-old Saint Nick tradition. Soldiers made hot chocolate from their D-rations, company cooks made donuts and cookies for the children, and 22-year-old corporal Richard Brookins from Rochester, NY played the role of Saint Nick. An emotional and heartfelt story, THE AMERICAN SAINT NICK illustrates how American soldiers and residents of the hamlet were able to bond over a moment in time, creating a tradition that continues to this day. The documentary THE AMERICAN SAINT NICK chronicles a day at the height of the war when the battle-weary 28th Infantry Division of the American Army returned hope and joy to the children and people of this war-torn town. On Dec.5, 1944, American soldiers, led by Harry Stuts, put their guns down for one day and organized a party celebrating the town’s centuries-old Saint Nick tradition. Soldiers made hot chocolate from their D-rations, company cooks made donuts and cookies for the children, and 22-year-old corporal Richard Brookins from Rochester, NY played the role of Saint Nick. An emotional and heartfelt story, THE AMERICAN SAINT NICK illustrates how American soldiers and residents of the hamlet were able to bond over a moment in time, creating a tradition that continues to this day.

Airs 12/11 at 8 p.m. and 12/15 at 4 p.m.

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Chaplains

WXXI World

http://journeyfilms.com/chaplains/  – takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains-men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition, but are trained to be of comfort and support to everyone-religious or not. Through personal profiles, the documentary explores the daily life of chaplains throughout society, from their role in the military and the workplace to their work in prisons and behind-the-scenes of NASCAR. With a tradition dating back centuries, chaplains today are on the front lines-often in the midst of life and death situations- where the questions are the deepest, and the need for spiritual and pastoral care the greatest. The film provides a window into religious diversity in America today and the murky nature of the American principle of separation of religion and state.

  • #101 – airs 12/11 at 6 p.m.; 12/15 at 12 p.m. and 12/16 at 4 a.m.
  • #102 – airs 12/11 at 7 p.m./ 12 15 at 1 p.m. and 12/16 at 5 a.m.

Adirondacks

 http://www.pbs.org/program/adirondacks/  – The Adirondack Park sprawls across six million acres in Upstate New York. Bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Park combined, it is by far the largest park in the lower 48 states. Yet it is the only one on the continent in which large human populations live and whose land is divided almost evenly between protected wilderness and privately owned tracts. This patchwork pattern of land ownership has created an utterly unique place. The story of the Adirondacks is told through a series of passionate characters, each with a distinct perspective. Through their stories “The Adirondacks” explores this remarkable region and reveals a delicate and dynamic relationship between progress and preservation.

Airs 12/9 at 11 p.m.

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Thirsty Land

 http://www.thirstylandmovie.com/  – Thirsty Land is a documentary film about extreme drought, agriculture, & the water crisis in the Western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, cities, and local communities. We hear from world-renown water and climate experts, farmers, city and state leaders who tell us their stories about managing water resources in an already dry climate, now impacted by drought. The film was shot during the spring, summer and fall of 2015, during the record-breaking drought in California. Managing water resources in the west is vital to the production of food for Americans and for people all over the world. California’s farmers provide approximately 50 percent of all fruits and vegetables for the United States, and 20%for the world. Without water, food production is not possible. City and state leaders all across the west are working together with farmers to ensure there’s enough water to go around for everyone.

Airs 12/4 at 2-3 a.m.

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Eco Sense

https://www.pbs.org/show/ecosense-living/  – (10/30 minute programs) – Thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.

Airs Tuesdays at 3-4 a.m. beginning 12/4.

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