The Big Game is gone, but Indianapolis' commitment to remain a "super city" moves into a new phase...taking the promise civic leaders made to the NFL to re-make an underserved neighborhood and using it as a springboard to keep transforming the city. In the first half-hour, host Derwin Smiley explores the problems still facing many of Indianapolis' neighborhoods. In the second half-hour, experts and residents alike convene in the WFYI Studios for a special Indy Talks to discuss lessons learned and dreams awakened by the success of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.
The Making of Dinosphere - In 2004, The Indianapolis Children's Museum opened the Dinosphere, the one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur bones in the country. This Across Indiana special offered a behind-the-scenes look at how this 30 million exhibition came to be.
This is the first episode in a series by Samuel Orr. Documentary filmmaker Samuel Orr is creating a series of programs that combine breathtaking videography with scientific accuracy.
The Indiana That Was
From ancient seas and coral reefs, to Ice-Age glaciation, the first program will explore the massive changes in Indiana’s landscape, as well as the flora and fauna that developed over these periods. The program will also explain how the landscape was further changed by human habitation, and begin to examine present-day conditions.
The entire Super Bowl Legacy series includes: More than a Game, Nearing The Goal, Gametime is Showtime and The Lasting Legacy.
Documentary producer Kim Jacobs follows the creation of the works by Hoosier artists, and the creation of a new landmark in the city. Designed by Indy’s own Rundell Ernstberger Associates, the program takes viewers to the artists’ workshops as they work to bring alive the Glicks’ vision.
Tough Decisions: Defending the Homeland is a compelling documentary that takes viewers behind-the-scenes during a groundbreaking simulation of a mock terrorist attack.
Produced in partnership with the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Tough Decisions chronicles the minute-by-minute response to a simulated terrorist attack through the eyes and emotions of Indiana University students as they attempt to balance the legal and policy issues that arise in such a situation. Together, these students must determine the best course of action following a series of frightening events involving questions of both domestic and international law.
Transformation: Old Building, New Life chronicles the dramatic restoration of the former Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Indianapolis (cornerstone laid in 1891) into the 21st Century home of Indiana Landmarks.
A gambling scandal – one he had no part of – shatters New York City’s brightest young basketball star. Kicked out of college and banned by the NBA, he spends the next six years working the night shift at a Dayton, Ohio, GM plant before the Indiana Pacers of the rogue ABA make him their first player. He quickly becomes the most feared scorer in the new league, leading the team to three championships with breathtaking performances in the games that matter most. He becomes a city councilman, a civic icon. But he dies too young, stricken by cancer, tormented to the end by what-could-have-been laments. A once-magical name – many Hall of Famers say the "Rajah" should have gone down as one of the greatest ever – fades into obscurity. Until Now.
With stunning footage and imagery and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Reggie Miller and many others, Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story brings to life one of the most amazing sports stories never told. The story of a young man robbed of his prime and his dignity, who overcame obstacle after obstacle to become an artist in the eyes of the few lucky enough to see him – and a better man for these trials. It’s a story at once tragic and inspirational and altogether human – one that viewers will never forget.
Visible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana 1921-1927 is the story of the rise and fall of the KKK in Indiana. Featuring interviews with scholars and individuals who lived through the time, historic documents and period photographs, you will learn about the rebirth of a discredited Southern fraternal organization. Nearly 50 years later, this organization rose to near complete power in the American Midwest. Any student of American history will be fascinated with the examination of this little known period in our nation’s past, and shocked at the power and influence the KKK embodied.
It was bright white limestone, shining up through clear water, that inspired Native Americans to name their sacred river “Waa-paah-siki” or the “Bright White.” French fur traders shortened the name to “Ouabache,” and the early settlers changed it again, to the name we know today: “Wabash.”
The Wabash is Indiana’s river. Its story of beauty and inspiration, of exploration and discovery, is the story of how we became who we are, both as a state…and as a nation.
That spirit of exploration and discovery lives on in The Wabash: Life on the Bright White River, a 500 mile, 19 county adventure, from the Ohio border to the Ohio River, to examine the delicate balance that exists between the people who live on the banks of the Wabash, and the Wabash River itself.