New Years Day Local Marathon
Kick off the new year with some of the best WFYI programs produced right here in the heart of Indiana. Meet the musicians, athletes, authors and more who have helped shape our state's rich history.
8 AM - Wings Over Indiana - Watch Now
In this special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award winning science series Indiana Expeditions, host Rick Crosslin travels across the state and to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California, to look at Indiana's connections to the history and science of aviation. Through stunning videography crews place viewers in the cockpits of airplanes and on the wingtips of gliders.
9 AM - Natural Heritage of Indiana - Watch Now
This four-part series documents Indiana's changing landscape from the ancient seas and coral reefs to the farms and suburban homes that now make up the Hoosier image. Highlights include ecosystems around the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, and the Monarch butterfly migration from Mexico.
10 AM - Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana - Watch Now
Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana explores Indiana’s 200-year history through the descendants of ordinary Hoosiers who lived through extraordinary times, while helping to shape the fabric of our state. Based on the definitive history of Indiana, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, by James Madison, this four-part series dives into Indiana’s most pivotal moments. Along the way, we discover the lesser-known details of our Hoosier story, and we see how the past, present and future intersect to reveal the Indiana yet to come.
11 AM - Attucks: The School That Opened A City - Watch Now
Built while the Ku Klux Klan ran Indiana, Crispus Attucks High School was designed to fail. Instead, for more than 40 years, the students who came of age within the brick walls of Attucks overcame a system designed to belittle them. They became surgeons and teachers, scientists and politicians, world-class musicians and athletes. And over time, these successes and the grace that accompanied them became a grassroots agent for integration, winning over the younger generation of Indy’s white population.
1 PM - For Gold and Glory - Watch Now
This one-hour documentary retraces a little-known chapter in American sports history: the heritage of the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, an auto racing circuit for African-American drivers and mechanics, set against a backdrop of racial unrest in America during the 1920s.
2 PM - Courage, Brains and Muscle: Our Environmental Champions - Watch Now
Former First Lady Judy O’Bannon travels the state in search of environmental champions, discovering creative individuals who are successfully improving sustainability and reducing pollution in Indiana.
3 PM - Bobby "Slick" Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier - Watch Now
Bobby "Slick" Leonard is Indiana basketball. No one better embodies its toughness; no one better personifies its passion. And no one takes more pride in being a native Hoosier. "Heart of a Hoosier" chronicles Leonard's journey as never before, from the poorest part of Depression-era Terre Haute to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
4:30 PM - Naptown to Super City - Watch Now
A documentary showing how Indianapolis leaders gambled on an unprecedented strategy -- civic development through sports -- and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. It shows how the sports strategy -- with its attendant risks, back-room deals, dissent and no small amount of serendipity -- transcended sports and built a whole new city.
7:30 PM - Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story - Watch Now
Roger Brown, a 1950s New York City schoolboy legend, robbed of his prime playing years at age 19 by a baseless NBA blacklist, led the Indiana Pacers of the fledgling ABA, to three titles and five championship appearances in eight seasons. He built a reputation as the best one-on-one player in a league that included Julius Erving, George Gervin, Rick Barry and many other future Hall of Famers.
10:30 PM - Evening with Carrie Newcomer - Purchase the DVD
Described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, Grammy Award winner Carrie Newcomer is known for her warm voice, exquisite melodies and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world. During a concert at Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theatre held in collaboration with WFYI last fall, she launched her “The Beautiful Not Yet” tour.
11:30 PM - John Wooden: The Indiana Story - Watch Now
This biography is focused on Wooden's life here in Indiana and how his early experiences shaped the values that he lived both on and off the court. Wooden was a high school standout in Martinsville, played semi-pro around the state, coached high school basketball in South Bend, and the ISU Sycamores in Terre Haute, before leaving for California.