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First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee

Around fourteen thousand Cherokee remain in their ancestral homeland in the mountains of North Carolina, but few among them still speak their native language, and no children are learning the language at home. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now fighting to revitalize the language and come to terms with their native heritage in the context of the modern United States.

Airs 1/18 at 3 a.m

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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 1/9 at 4 a.m.

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Beth Ames Swartz / Reminders of Invisible Light

focuses on a woman artist’s resolve to choose love and creativity over fear and pain. Through her visual interpretations of historic and revered wisdom systems of knowledge, Beth Ames Swartz invites us to honor the sacredness of all life. Swartz hopes that by visually showing the interconnectedness of one belief system to another, each of us may experience a common compassion. This story of healing, courage and love encourages viewers to reflect upon their own sense of purpose, spiritual values and our innate ability for continual transformation.

Airs January 3 at 2 a.m.

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