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.
There are killers in our streams and rivers known as "low head" dams. The name implies low hazard and/or low impact, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The water going over these dams is a Jekyll-Hyde death trap. Odds are, anyone unfortunate enough to get caught in their violent, unrelenting, whirlpool will not get out alive.
In this new WFYI documentary, we see these notorious dams and get to know their victims, we talk with those trying to mitigate the dams’ threat, and we become better equipped to keep ourselves out of danger.
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.
Reviving the Spirit: The Story of Martindale-Brightwood illuminates the rich history of this northeast side neighborhood and captures the determination of today’s residents to maintain the pride and stability that have long been the hallmarks of their community. In recent years, Martindale-Brightwood residents have rallied together and developed a new vision for their community — a plan designed to help children, lower crime, improve incomes and revitalize housing.
The role of homemaker is one of the most valuable, yet frequently least valued positions in American society. Rich Lives explores the world of 20th century homemakers, in a stage presentation by Rita Kohn based upon an oral history compiled by Eleanor Arnold. Arnold crafted Voices of American Homemakers from interviews with more than 200 women in the mid-20th century. The women interviewed shared their experiences, values and deep feelings about their lives and the changing world they were living. They revealed homemaking as a universal experience distinguished from housekeeping by the caring and love with which it’s done.
This initial staging of Rich Lives was presented at the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village Opry House in 2010.
Search and Rescue Preserving Indiana's Rural Heritage explores the preservation of artifacts from the environment of prehistoric times, actual techniques in practice in the adaptive reuse of rural buildings today, and the strengths of community in rural life. From the restoration of log barns, to transportation by canal, to antique agricultural practices at the Indiana State Fair's Pioneer Village, we meet the folks that find satisfaction and inspiration in exploring and preserving our rural heritage.