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Thirsty Land

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 on WXXI-TV April 20, 2018 at 4:00 am (1 hour long)
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Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican-Americans

Examines US policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States. The film carefully explains the history of the relationship between the two countries – Mexico and America – some of which may be unfamiliar to viewers.

In telling the stories of several undocumented Mexican-Americans, BEYOND BORDERS reveals the reasons why millions of Mexican workers have settled in the US over the past four decades instead of returning home. It also illuminates the remarkable networks that connect the film’s characters with the families they left behind, and the very real human impact of the anti-immigration backlash now sweeping the country.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 18, 2018 at 3:00 am (1 hour long)
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Latino Americans: The New Latinos

This series tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration;and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series covers the 1500s to the present day.

Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 18, 2018 at 2:00 am (1 hour long)
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America Revealed: Made in the USA


American manufacturing has undergone a massive revolution over the past 20 years, becoming – gloomy perceptions to the contrary – the number-one manufacturing nation on earth. Cross the country with host Yul Kwon to look at traditional and not-so-traditional types of manufacturing. Along the way, meet the men and women who create the world’s best and most iconic products, engineers who are reinventing the American auto industry, steelworkers who brave intense heat to accommodate radical new ideas about recycling and engineers who are re-imagining the microchip.

Visit a small start-up company that is building personalized robots – machines that may one day reshape our homes and offices. Investigate the emerging notion that manufacturing itself is changing – from a system based on the movement and assembly of raw materials to a system in which ideas and information are the raw materials of a new economy.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 17, 2018 at 3:00 am (1 hour long)
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Museum Access #107

Join host Leslie Mueller as she visits The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago to learn about the broadcast world from it’s exciting infancy to present day. Explore the Radio Hall of Fame, a working vintage radio station and the ‘Here’s Johnny, The Making of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson’ special exhibition. Then join us for a look at the private archives area where broadcast history is carefully preserved.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 17, 2018 at 1:00 am (1/2 hour long)
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Soldier On: Life After Deployment

Three women – Natasha Young, Amanda Tejada and Lyndsey Lyons – confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Once back in the United States, the women cope with the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and employment difficulties.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 16, 2018 at 2:00 am (1/2 hour long)
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Return to Normandy

Twenty-two World War II veterans are invited on a trip to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the invasion of D-Day in Normandy, France. Many of the veterans have reservations about attending and some are excited to set foot on the sands they fought on decades ago. No veteran was expecting the hero’s welcome that they would receive during their ten-day visit that, in the end, would change their lives.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 16, 2018 at 1:30 am (1/2 hour long)
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Generation with Honor: A Year with the Young Marines

Every generation produces young men and women of character, and the national youth organization ‘The Young Marines’ boasts over 15,000 such individuals formed in units across the country. Ranging in age from 8 to 18, the Young Marines pledge to live a drug-free, healthy lifestyle and to adopt the US Marine Corps core values of honor, courage and commitment, while fulfilling their groups’ primary mission of honoring America’s military veterans and their service to our country.

The documentary film Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines follows the 2014 Young Marine of the year; a young woman from Northern Kentucky named Dakota Richter, along with the program’s key national staff, adult volunteers and other division Young Marines as they travel from Washington DC and Pearl Harbor… to Window Rock, Arizona to meet with the last of the WWII Navajo Code talkers… and finally to the hallowed ground and beaches of Iwo Jima, escorting remaining veterans of that iconic 1945 battle.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 16, 2018 at 1:00 am (1/2 hour long)
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4 Wheel Bob

4 Wheel Bob tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to becone the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada of California. The one-hour documentary follows the inspirational journey of Bob while encouraging us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Airs on WXXI-World at the following dates and times:

  • April 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • April 10, 2018 at 1:00 am
  • April 10, 2018 at 9:00 am
  • April 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • April 15, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • April 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

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