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Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story airs 2/5 at 4 a.m.  –  – tells the story of Josiah Henson (voiced by actor Danny Glover), the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War. Josiah Henson was born into slavery near Port Tobacco, Maryland around 1789. As a child, he was sold to Isaac Riley, who later appointed him superintendent of the farm at an unusually young age because of Henson’s strength and intelligence. Riley entrusted Henson with exceptional responsibilities and permitted him to become a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. However, when Henson attempted to buy his freedom, Riley cheated him and made plans to sell him south. Fearing separation from his family, he fled north with his wife and children in the summer of 1830. After escaping through Ohio and New York, they eventually settled in Ontario, Canada.

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Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy

Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy -airs 2/5 at 3:30 a.m. – In the perilous 1870’s and 80’s, when night riders and lynching terrorized African Americans and black-face minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (African American touring-opera prodigies) stood up against this ridicule and oppressive imaging with unique musical works and thus became Voices for Freedom. These works changed minds and hearts for 20 years while bringing the first black leading players to the mainstream stage, integrating casting for the first time, and creating the first American musicals. The Hyers influenced all Music Theater to come and yet remain unsung — ’til now. This half-hour performance documentary celebrates their rich legacy in word and song, with internationally renowned artists and an inspiring story. Enactment, narration, a hip-hop commentator, and expert commentary reveal the social struggles of their day and shed light on our own. Super star Denyce Graves-Montgomery hosts.

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Crucible of Freedom

Crucible of Freedom airs 2/5 at 3 a.m. – In the middle of the 19th century, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.Anthony launched a woman’s rights movement that was to change the world. This documentary describes how the interplay of events of the time – evangelical Christianity, the anti-slavery movement and even the opening of the Erie Canal – gave rise to the women’s movement.

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Art & Design in Chicago

Art & Design in Chicago

ART & DESIGN IN CHICAGO is a four-part series exploring the artists, artistic movements and institutions that played a role in the city’s design history over the past 150 years. The series focuses on the city’s key schools of art, African-American artists, commercial designers, and the innovative artists who struck out on divergent paths to create modern-day Chicago. Each episode, hosted by a Chicago artist or curator, features a story from the art community, including Cubs uniform designers Otis and Dorothy Shepard, and TV commercial director Joe Sedelmaier, creator of the Wendy’s advertising campaign “Where’s the Beef?” The series also tells the story of the community art center that gave birth to AfriCOBRA, home to generations of African-American artists, including Archibald Motley, Jr. Other profiles include the work of photographer Vivian Maier and The Hairy Who, a group of 1960s artists who made outrageous psychedelic paintings, sculptures and prints. The stories in ART & DESIGN IN CHICAGO point to both celebrated contemporary artists, such as Kerry James Marshall, and well-known local talent, such as painter Gertrude Abercrombie. The series also shines the spotlight on Lorado Taft, a once famous sculptor whose work has since been forgotten, and an unrecognized genius, painter Charles White.

  • 2/6/20 at 8pm                   Art & Design in Chicago #101
  • 2/13/20 at 8pm                 Art & Design in Chicago #102
  • 2/20/20 at 8pm                 Art & Design in Chicago #103
  • 2/27/20 at 8pm                 Art & Design in Chicago #104

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Plastic Problems

PBS NewsHour examines how the plastic we use is creating problems for our entire planet. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction. PBS NewsHour examines how the plastic we use is creating problems for our entire planet. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction. The Plastic Problem, airing Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows the 2018 Peabody Award-winning five-part PBS NewsHour series that explored the environmental threat from plastic pollution and potential alternatives. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of why the global extensive appetite for single-use plastic is one of the largest environmental threats. Traveling to multiple cities including Toronto, Canada — and with reports from the edge of the jungle in Malaysia, the Pacific shores of Costa Rica, to the rocky beaches of Easter Island — NewsHour’s team discovers extensive environmental damage plastic has already caused as well as potential solutions in plastic management. This report features interviews with Roland Geyer, Industrial Ecologist, University of California, Santa Barbara; John Coyne, Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, Unilever Canada; and Bea Perez, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Coca-Cola.

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Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap #103 – “I’m Special”

Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap (4/60 minute programs) airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 2/3  – Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE) spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. We hope viewers will try to build similar solutions in their neighborhoods.

  • 2/17 – #103 – “I’m Special” – Detroit Educational Crisis. With deteriorating classroom conditions and the worst test scores in the nation, this alarming episode casts its eye on the current educational crisis in Detroit. In this cautionary tale, both public and unregulated charter schools suffer from high teacher turnover, a shortage of up-to-date textbooks, lack of funding and financial accountability. We visit with students, teachers, parents and educational leaders in their innovative attempts to improve conditions.

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Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap #102 – “Four Cities Tackle the Child Equity Gap”

Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap (4/60 minute programs) airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 2/3  – Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE) spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. We hope viewers will try to build similar solutions in their neighborhoods.

  • 2/10 – #102 – “ Four Cities Tackle the Child Equity Gap” – Children living in fractured homes and poverty can’t achieve equally with children who are financially and emotionally secure. Underserved children need extra services to be competitive. Equal is not Equitable. We illustrate this point in Duluth, MN, Boston, MA, Springfield, MO, and Nashville, TN. A grade school offers wrap-around-services including free food, family meals, clothing, laundry, and medical services.

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Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap #101 – “Making a Difference”

Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap (4/60 minute programs) airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 2/3  – Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE) spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. We hope viewers will try to build similar solutions in their neighborhoods.

2/3 – #101 – “Making a Difference” – Riverside, CA & Manchester, NH. The importance of mentors is illustrated in stories like that of a police detective starting a free judo school to “bait and switch” kids onto a better path. A revolutionary accelerated kindergarten program propels disadvantaged children by celebrating their smartness. Living in a homeless shelter designed around the needs of families, a little girl expresses her pride and determination in song.

 

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