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Considering Matthew Shepard

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die. Twenty years later his legacy is remembered in a unique production that uses music, poetry and interviews and to explore a pivotal time in our history. When a hate crime is committed, what does it mean to be a victim, a parent, a community member, a perpetrator? How do we learn to be compassionate and find hope in hopeless situations? As a response to this hate crime, Matthew’s story is placed into the context of a passion story presented as a three-part oratorio, bringing new depth to a harrowing story of loss and highlighting the role of art and how we react to tragedy. At the heart of this production is the renowned composer Craig Hella Johnson and the Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare. We follow the creative process as their art is used to explore how music can be a healing force and lift up voices that are rarely heard.

Airs 6/12 at 2-3 a.m. (6/26 at 4-5 a.m.)

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To A More Perfect Union

A documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples – and Edie’s spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government – and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others of the legal team, movement activists, legal analysts, well-known supporters and opponents.

Airs 6/10 at 9 p.m.

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REGENTS REVIEW (2019)

A series of test-prep programs for high school students who plan to take New York State Regents exams in June, 2019.  The series, produced by WCNY, offers key concept instruction, tips and resources for students and teachers preparing for the following 11 New York State Regents Exams. 

On Demand visit – https://www.wxxi.org/highlights/2019/04/regents-review-20-2019-demand-wxxi-tv

AIR DATES Program
6/7 at 2 a.m.

6/7 at 3 a.m.

(#9) – U.S History & Government

(#10) – Transition Global History & Geography

6/14 at 2 a.m.

6/14 at 3 a.m.

(#11) – New Global History & Geography II

 (#1) – ELA

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Stonewall Uprising:  America Experience

When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Airs 6/5 at 8 p.m.

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Objects & Memory

This program is about the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us because of their associations with people and experiences. The film examines items recovered or offered in response to 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War, along with stories of people who find them important. Without the objects the stories would lack vibrancy; without the stories the objects would lack significance. Taken together, the commonplace is transformed into the remarkable and where the stuff of history is highly personalized.

Airs 6/5 at 4-5 a.m.

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A SUMMER OF SPACE

SUMMER OF SPACE multiplatform experience, anchored by the highly anticipated AMERICAN EXPERIENCE six-hour film “Chasing the Moon,” and including new science and history programs, will begin in July timed to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing. “Chasing the Moon,” written, produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Stone, premieres Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. The film tells the story of the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969.  In addition to “Chasing the Moon,” the SUMMER OF SPACE lineup brings five new programs that cover different areas of space exploration combined with the best of PBS’ encore space-themed programming and PBS Digital Studios content.

Reconstruction:  America After the Civil War

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for this exploration of the transformative years following the Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.

  • #1 – Experience the aftermath of the Civil War – a bewildering, exhilarating and terrifying time. For African Americans, despite their hard-won freedom, support for their social, economic and political gains did not last.

Airs 6/3 at 8 p.m.

  • #2 – Explore the rise of Jim Crow and the undermining of Reconstruction’s legal and political legacy, and see how African Americans fought back using artistic expression to put forward a “New Negro” for a new century.

Airs 6/11 at 8 p.m.

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