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 in the fall of 2016, she launched her "The Beautiful Not Yet" tour.
Newcomer is a big fan of public media and how it can bring people together. "We live in divisive times, and if you listen to all the voices coming at us from different directions, they're telling us to 'Be afraid.' But everywhere I go I see the finest of people. They're everywhere, including in Indiana," Newcomer said. "I feel that WFYI and public media is a place where we can still go to have the kind of conversation that helps us reclaim a common narrative and a common good."
Attucks: The School that Opened a City captures both the history and legacy of Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, exploring the racist origins of a school designed to fail, and the inspiring tenacity of teachers and students that ultimately prevailed. Built in the 1920s at a time when the KKK was bigger in Indiana than in any other place in the country, the high school was designed to keep black students oppressed. Through the stories of graduates, relatives of faculty, historians and more, this documentary shows the power of the human spirit to rise above obstacles, and offers a message of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Two hours.
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.Produced by WFYI Public Media, in consultation with historian James Madison, Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana is made possible by the following: Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, OneAmerica, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Electric Cooperatives and the Indiana Humanities.