Common threads from the musical African-American cultural experience weave through jazz, spirituals, blues, gospel, pop and soul in this simple, yet engaging, production featuring only the talents of guitar virtuoso Tyron Cooper and world class mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson.
Host Michael Atwood leads viewers on a breathtaking tour of Indiana's state parks, nature preserves, and other natural wonders that make the Hoosier landscape so unique. Set against a backdrop of changing seasons, Naturally Indiana is a spectacular journey through the Grassy Plainsstate's four major eco-regions: Tallgrass Prairie (Central), Great Lakes (Northwest), Tillplain (North Central) and Low Plateau (Southern Indiana).
One of the world's grandest sporting events comes to Indianapolis for the first time – and host Derwin Smiley will take you to where the action is happening.
Around 10th Street, the Super Bowl Legacy Project is in full swing as the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center is taking shape, along with 32 MIBOR Centennial Homes for at-risk families. Downtown, there are murals painted by local artists and the Georgia Street Pedestrian Plaza is nearing completion. And “Super Cure,” a Super Bowl initiative using hundreds of volunteers to help provide the Simon Cancer Center Komen Tissue Bank with the research tools needed to find a cure for breast cancer, is underway.
NEIGHBORHOOD AT THE CROSSROADS is the story of one Midwest community's transformation from an urban wasteland to a paragon of urban renewal. The documentary captures the plight of an Indianapolis neighborhood which had been in decline for decades. Over the past 10 years, however, residents have found their collective voice, and with it, a long-forgotten sense of community. Slowly, businesses returned, parks were created, new schools were built, and artists, academics and medical professionals bought property, pioneered social service projects and moved their practices to the neighborhood. Throughout the program, members of the community provide moving testimony to the revitalization now underway.
Open Door: China in Indiana reveals how this ancient Asian culture has evolved into a relationship that will be a defining force in Indiana's future. The state's economic experts explain why direct relationships with China are crucial to business here at home. Students from Indiana's premier medical school share clinical hours with their Chinese counterparts. Learn why Mandarin is one of the top language courses now embraced by public schools, and see how Chinese and Hoosiers alike are flocking to classes and camps that teach everything from dance to art to calligraphy.
How much do you really know about charter schools and how they operate? Join us for Outside the Box, a documentary that will help you better understand how charter schools operate and learn why some say charters are helping raise the bar on what is possible in education. We'll talk to a national expert who is helping make sense of the data. We'll discover how charters are monitored and learn who decides if they're not making the grade and if and when to close those that fail. We'll learn some of the challenges of starting a charter school from scratch. We'll also visit some nationally recognized transformational schools closing the achievement gap between rich and poor.
Behind the scenes journey of five pleinaire painters as they attempt to capture the natural beauty of all 92 counties in Indiana.
Before Larry Bird, Oscar Robinson, or high-priced sneaker advertisements, the forefathers of professional basketball in Indiana forged a remarkable legacy as unlikely and magical as a last-second shot that spells a championship. A 1993 Emmy nominee for “best documentary,” Pioneers of the Hardwood tells the colorful story of raucous fans, local heroes and round ball legends who cultivated the unrefined world of professional basketball into a multi-million dollar industry known as today’s NBA.
Pioneers of the Hardwood explores the growth of professional basketball in Indiana during the rough-and-tumble barnstorming days, when teams played for nickels simply because they loved the game. Interviews include former All-Americans John Wooden and Ralph Bears, as well as former coaches, players, broadcasters and fans who round out an all-star television line-up.
In the summer of 2012, 32 Hoosier volunteers, including 28 rural electric linemen, traveled to a remote mountain area of Guatemala. Their mission: to bring electricity to three villages located in beautiful, but treacherous terrain near the Mexican border. The Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives organized the largest volunteer contingent ever to participate in a decades-long initiative by the NRECA International Foundation help developing countries connect their citizens to the power grid.
America is at a crossroad. Confronted with new global conflicts and shifting political and economic fortunes, many in the United States are questioning if American values are still relevant in today's globalized, high-tech world.
But there are others who are leading a transformation in American culture. They are pioneers who are generating a sense of community, as well as a resurgence of American virtues. Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness is a locally-produced one-hour special that looks at how innovative leaders are connecting the notions of commerce and community to unleash prosperity in America and throughout the world.