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Second Opinion “Overdose: Inside the Epidemic”

A panel of experts discuss the drug epidemic in the U.S., and offer solid, timely information about prevention and treatment. Just eight weeks after their son Patrick died of a heroin overdose, Mary and Joe Mullin courageously share their story in this one-hour special, Second Opinion—Overdose: Inside the Epidemic. They tell their very personal experience of Patrick’s decline from alcohol and marijuana use, into opioid and heroin addiction.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (1 hour long)
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There and Back

In July 2015, retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and ex-POW, Charlie Plumb returned to Vietnam with artist and writer John Mollison. Plumb spent nearly six years in the North Vietnamese prison system. “There. And Back” chronicles Charlie’s return to former enemies and places.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 9, 2018 at 2:30 am (1/2 hour long)
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In Their Words: Songwriting with Soldiers

Learn how creative experiences can help heal military with post-traumatic stress. The recovery process for active duty US soldiers and veterans can seem out of reach, at times leading to attempted suicide and death. Follow how one group of volunteers and professional songwriters work with soldiers to offer an immersive retreat for them to write songs about their military experience and even a chance at healing.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 9, 2018 at 2:00 am (1/2 hour long)
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Sweet Dillard

One of the most successful high school jazz bands in the country is right here in Broward, South Florida, just steps away from I-95. Sweet Dillard chronicles the 2014 school year of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, and their irrepressible band-leader, Christopher Dorsey.

From the first day of class to a national competition, Sweet Dillard provides an inside look at one of the nation’s best public high school jazz bands. Dorsey lays down the law from the first beat, calling out his students’ cliques—black and white kids automatically inhabit separate sides of the rehearsal room, something Dorsey won’t tolerate. “You don’t have to like each other, but you gonna respect each other,” Dorsey declares. As he later states, “If they can’t leave the program saying that they learned about life, about relationships… that’s the biggest thing, when you start dealing with race, to learn more about each other.”

Over the course of Sweet Dillard, we follow several individual students and their families, and learn of the often very serious pressures many of them face while still determinedly showing up at every rehearsal to take their seat in the band. At the end of the year, they travel to New York City for the national championships, determined to make South Florida proud. In our troubled America, these are youth that listen to their teacher—and come out with solutions for living that all of us learn from.

Airs on WXXI-World the following dates and times:

  • April 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • April 8, 2018 at 1:00 am
  • April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • April 12, 2018 at 9:00 am
  • April 12, 2018 at 11:00 am
  • April 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • April 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018 at 10:00 am
  • April 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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Big Voice

An award winning feature documentary chronicling a year in the life of the demanding Santa Monica high school choir director pushing his students to achieve artistry and become one big voice despite the obstacles they face.

Airs on WXXI-World the following dates and times:

  • April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • April 8, 2018 at 12:00 am
  • April 10, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • April 10, 2018 at 11:00 am
  • April 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm
  • April 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
  • April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018 at 9:00 am
  • April 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

 

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Watching Our Water: The Challenge to Keep it Clean

In the United States, battles over water rights invoke cliches of cowboys and farmers in shoot- outs. In recent years, droughts and lawn watering bans revive the question of quantity – is there enough water? Now, news from Flint, Michigan of contaminated municipal water supplies have people from Boston to Berkeley shifting the question from, “Will I have enough?” to “Is my water safe?”

“Watching Our Water: The Challenge To Keep It Clean” explores the vexing question of how pristine water high in the Rocky Mountains ends up as a floating chemical ‘dead zone’ in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This Harvest Public Media special illuminates the challenges facing farmers, scientists and engineers. It looks at the problem from a rural and urban perspective, and examines possible solutions to control the contamination in our water.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 6, 2018 at 3:00 am (1/2 hour long)
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Playing By the Rules: The Run Coal Memos


The three-part documentary series PLAYING BY THE RULES: ETHICS AT WORK examines how ethics play a major role in contemporary business practices and challenges viewers to think about what they would do in these situations. From debating whether or not to act on insider information, choosing between employee well-being or shareholder obligations, or disclosing a rare but potentially fatal side effect of a newly manufactured drug-ethical decision making is a critical skill. But even the most moral character can be influenced in ethical gray areas.

#103 – A look back at the Massey Energy company and its Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Massey was run by the hard-charging, larger than life CEO, Don Blankenship. Prosecutors say that his resistance to regulation and his constant emphasis on “running coal” led to the deadly April 5, 2010 mining disaster at Upper Big Branch. The prosecution would not only put Blankenship on trial, but the company’s culture as well.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 6 at 5:30 a.m., April 7 at 4:30 p.m., April 20 at 5 a.m., April 22 at 10:30 p.m., and April 27 at 5:30 a.m. (1 hour long)
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Playing By the Rules: Ask Why


The three-part documentary series PLAYING BY THE RULES: ETHICS AT WORK examines how ethics play a major role in contemporary business practices and challenges viewers to think about what they would do in these situations. From debating whether or not to act on insider information, choosing between employee well-being or shareholder obligations, or disclosing a rare but potentially fatal side effect of a newly manufactured drug-ethical decision making is a critical skill. But even the most moral character can be influenced in ethical gray areas.

#102 – The name “Enron” remains synonymous with corporate greed. In late 2001, Enron went bankrupt after using a series of accounting schemes to exaggerate its bottom line. Few at Enron admitted they knew what was going on, yet these practices involved many, and didn’t happen overnight. This episode explores the rise and fall of Enron, a company culture gone bad, and the story of one Enron employee brave enough to take her concerns straight to the top.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 6 at 5 a.m., April 7 at 4 p.m., April 15 at 10:30 p.m., April 13 at 5:30 a.m., and April 27 at 5 a.m. (1 hour long)
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Playing By the Rules: The Whistleblower


The three-part documentary series PLAYING BY THE RULES: ETHICS AT WORK examines how ethics play a major role in contemporary business practices and challenges viewers to think about what they would do in these situations. From debating whether or not to act on insider information, choosing between employee well-being or shareholder obligations, or disclosing a rare but potentially fatal side effect of a newly manufactured drug-ethical decision making is a critical skill. But even the most moral character can be influenced in ethical gray areas.

#101 – In 2011, Sherry Hunt was a vice president and chief underwriter at CitiMortgage in O’Fallon, Missouri. For years Hunt saw what she thought was fraud as the company issued, bought and sold mortgage loans on terms that did not meet company standards. After alerting senior management and being told to keep quiet, Hunt took a stand.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 7 at 3:30 p.m., April 8 at 10:30 p.m., April 13 at 5 a.m., and April 20 at 5:30 a.m. (1 hour long)
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Sauti: Refugee Girls Speak

A documentary that profiles five teen-aged girls in a Ugandan refugee settlement. With tenacity, tenderness and imagination, they approach their uncertain futures to create new lives of their own choosing. The film, told in the voices of the refugee girls, witnesses the power of girls struggling for agency and self-determination against the odds, and inspires audiences to reframe their ideas about the daily realities, hopes, and dreams of refugees.

Airs on WXXI-TV April 4, 2018 at 3:00 am (1 hour long)
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