The landscape of rural Indiana is punctuated by hundreds, maybe thousands, of old wooden barns.
Each of these barns has a story to tell. It begins long agoin an ancient forest, where virgin timber was cut by hand, then shapedintomassive wooden beams. The story continues as those beams are lifted into place, and the barn begins to serve its noble purpose.
In Endless Song: 20 Years of the Indianapolis Children's Choir - Singers in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the largest children's choir program in the country, are from all different socioeconomic backgrounds. But, they have one thing in common. They all love to sing, and through the instruction they receive, they sing beautifully.
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.
How an historic totem pole from Alaska came to Indianapolis, and how it was later recreated for the Eiteljorg Museum.
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.
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.
The dramatization of Wind Chimes and Promises relates the memories between the Knox family's arrival in Indianapolis in 1919 and the 16th birthday of Prudence Knox Adair, the narrator, in 1926. While this is a story of a person who lived in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, it is also a story of the neighborhood and the city of Indianapolis from 1919-1926.
In the ‘60s, simplicity was everything. Beatlemania at the Fairgrounds. The tragedy of the Coliseum Disaster. Men walked on the moon. A president was assassinated. Join WFYI for a journey with those who lived it, among them Jane Pauley, George McGinnis, Richard Lugar, and a teen cook at the Riviera Club—Mitch Daniels.