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On Home Ground: Life After Service

Filmed primarily in the summer of 2014, ON HOME GROUND: LIFE AFTER SERVICE gives an intimate look into the lives of three veterans who returned home to the Adirondacks in upstate New York after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film poses the question: after all the sacrifice, when does home finally feel like home again? The documentary guides viewers on a journey of re-assimilation into civilian life with veterans living near the Adirondack Mountains.

Airs on WXXI-World November 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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Warrior in Two Worlds

Ely Parker was a Seneca chief, a legal scholar, an engineer, a Civil War hero, and a Cabinet-level commissioner — all by the age of 40. At first glance, his story appears to be one of success and triumph. Yet Parker died in poverty far from the land of his birth. In later life he was estranged from his people and dismissed by political leaders he once considered friends. Today, American history remembers him as a mere footnote, and inside the Seneca community, he is a controversial figure — considered a hero by some, branded a traitor by others.

Airs on WXXI-TV November 7, 2018 at 3:00 am
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Long Road Home

Exploring the impact of wartime Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), LONG ROAD HOME offers compelling stories of Pittsburgh-area military veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II still coming to terms with the emotional wounds of war. The film explores successful therapies and documents the promising research underway at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where doctors study the sleep and brain patterns of PTSD sufferers and examine the reasons why women are twice as likely as men to develop the disorder. The program concludes on a hopeful note, with a visit to a weekend retreat for veterans dealing with PTSD and combat stress. United by their experiences, the former servicemen and women discuss their feelings, their struggles in civilian life, their need for closure and their optimism for the future.

Airs on WXXI-World November 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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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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Native America Part 2

NATIVE AMERICA is a four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe. It travels through 15,000-years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art, and writing, and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents. The series reveals some of the most advanced cultures in human history and the Native American people who created it and whose legacy continues, unbroken, to this day. The series explores this extraordinary world through an unprecedented combination of cutting edge science and traditional indigenous knowledge. It is NATIVE AMERICA as never seen before-featuring sacred rituals filmed for the first time, history changing scientific discoveries, and rarely heard voices from the living legacy of Native American culture. NATIVE AMERICA rediscovers a past whose splendor and sophistication is only now being realized, and whose story has for too long remained untold. Emmy-award winning cinematographers and Academy Award nominated animators bring to life towering pyramids, sprawling empires, and incredible indigenous legends. NATIVE AMERICA reveals a unifying belief that inspires these diverse cultures – people are deeply connected to earth, sky, water, and all living things. This belief is rooted in millennia of living on this land and continues to resonate in the lives of Native Americans to this day.

Explore the rise of great American nations. Investigate lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru, a potlatch ceremony in the Pacific Northwest and a tapestry of shell beads in upstate New York whose story inspired our own democracy.

Airs on WXXI-TV October 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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Doing the Reptile Rumba from the Rainforest of Ranomafana

features Erik Callender, a herpetologist who has turned his lifelong fascination with reptiles into a professional teaching career. In the one-hour program, viewers see first-hand Erik’s excitement for teaching and exposing children to the wonders of science and education through his classroom visits in the U.S., where he brings along a menagerie of exotic animals, including lizards, reptiles and snakes. He also travels to the Ranomafana rainforest in Madagascar, where Callender engages with the locals, studies the animals, feeds the crocodiles, and introduces the children of two cultures to some of the most fascinating creatures on earth – as well as each other through webcasts.

Airs on WXXI-TV October 30, 2018 at 3:00 am
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