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Hacking your Mind

 at 10 p.m. – Discover why it’s easy for politicians, marketers and social media companies to hack your mind, and find out how to hack your own mind to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends.

  • 9/30 – #104 – Find out why hacking for good may be the most important scientific discovery of this century, and learn how to hack your mind to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends.

Conversations About Education #103

Lots of people talk about equity, but how does a district move from “talking the talk” to “walking the walk?” Moving from acknowledging that a culture of low expectations rooted in implicit bias holds students back — and then working to mitigate this bias, is the hard work of culture change. After introducing the topic, Helene speaks with students about equity and then we revisit the Albany City School District which, under the leadership of Superintendent Kaweeda Adams, has been actively working to mitigate bias and empower the student voice for years — starting with the board, right down to the maintenance staff. We hear from board members, parents, administrators and teachers about the ongoing work.  The panel discussion that follows includes Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Wade Norwood, Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, Superintendent Terry Dade and Superintendent Mike Nagler


Hacking your Mind #102

Discover why it’s easy for politicians, marketers and social media companies to hack your mind, and find out how to hack your own mind to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends.

  • 9/16 – #102 – See how politicians, social media companies and corporate marketers use big data to hack your auto-pilot decision making system, and learn how to defend yourself.

Airs at 10 p.m.


One Carbon Footprint

One Carbon Footprint airs 3/3 at 3 a.m. – As discussions of the impact of climate change intensify around the world, many Americans are wondering if changes they make in their everyday lives can make a difference. The short answer, as vividly demonstrated in One Carbon Footprint At A Time, a new half hour documentary from award winning filmmaker Bob Gliner (Schools That Change Communities, Barefoot College) is that they can. As seen through the lens of a diverse range of university and middle school students enthusiastically engaged in a wide range of climate change activities as part of the curriculum at their schools – from analyzing the clothes they choose to buy and wear, to the food they grow and eat, to the energy used to power their cell phones, hair dryers and electricity in their homes, and the jobs and lifestyle changes they make after graduation – everyday actions play a critical and potentially inspirational role in impacting climate change.



Miles Davis: American Masters

Miles Davis: American Masters
Airs Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm ET

A visionary known for his restless aesthetic, Miles Davis is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in music. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.


Independent Lens: Black Panthers – Vanguard of the Revolution

Independent Lens: Black Panthers – Vanguard of the Revolution
Airs Monday, February 24 at 7:30pm ET

In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.


Blackademics (5/30 minute programs)

Blackademics (5/30 minute programs) airs Mondays at 3 a.m. beginning 2/10 – Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

  • Airs 2/10
    • #601 – Curry challenges viewers by uncovering the history of sexual violence against black males from slavery to present. Dr. Evans-Winters discusses black kids’ treatment in schools. Black Sovereign Nation founder presents a program for black autonomy.
    • #602 – Husband/wife hip hop duo Riders against the Storm replace digital technology with practices to better connect us. Anthropologist Dr. Adams encourages thoughtful listening with a talk on the art of the cab ride. Chef Kabui encourages sustainable organic food use.

Ambikaipaker/ Givens/ Foster Season 7 Episode 3


Of Race and Reconciliation

Of Race and Reconciliation airs 2/27 at 4 a.m. – chronicles the Chinese experience in America around the year 1885. That was the year the Chinese residents of Tacoma were forcefully expelled from the city against the backdrop of increasingly alarming and even violent tensions between American citizens caught in an economic downturn and Chinese immigrants seeking opportunity in “Gum San,” or the Land of the Golden Mountains they had heard about in America. Of Race and Reconciliation producer Forrest Burger traveled through six states to take an unflinching look at this period in time, but also document how the tensions between American citizens and immigrant populations provide relevant lessons in today’s political climate, and in Tacoma’s case, how far efforts toward reconciliation have come.

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