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.
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.
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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.
If you are new to classical music, or if you think of the classics as only for those of a certain age, then this WFYI production will likely open your eyes to new possibilities.
"Indy Collection" features the energetic and talented powerhouse Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians whose work defies the typical genre classification. Although their instruments are traditional – the violin and double bass – their music and performance is anything but. Think rock concert meets symphony.
"Compadre Huashayo" is the first western classical composition ever designed for South America’s native instrumentation. Meet Gabriela Frank, who composed a special orchestral work for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and blends her United States roots and training with her South American heritage.
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."
The Great Flood of 1913 was America’s most widespread natural disaster, overshadowing Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hardest hit was Indiana, and yet, it remains largely forgotten; until now.
In spring 2012, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI presented the world premiere of a lost 400-year old play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, "The History of Cardenio." This half-hour documentary highlights the 20-year effort by world-renowned Shakespeare scholar and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, Dr. Gary Taylor, to recreate the play.