Every four years, the world's most talented young violinists come to the Hoosier capital for a competition known in international violin circles as simply, The Indianapolis. The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis promises extraordinary prizes, the loan of a magnificent Stradivari violin, and perhaps most importantly, the launch of the winner's solo career.
The WFYI documentary The Indianapolis follows 40 young violinists on their journey through the demanding 17 day competition, as they compete for the title of Gold Medal Laureate.
Two steel beams were escorted in a procession across New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio by thousands of motorcyclists. Interstates were shut down while they passed. Word of mouth brought thousands more to bridges and overpasses to see them. Their destination and final resting place: Indianapolis.
In rare occasions, a job title can become a term of reverence. This was the case with legendary basketball coach John Wooden. Players and peers frequently referred to Wooden simply as "Coach." John Wooden: They Call Him Coach offers some unique perspectives on the life and legacy of John Wooden.
The Big Game is gone, but Indianapolis' commitment to remain a "super city" moves into a new phase...taking the promise civic leaders made to the NFL to re-make an underserved neighborhood and using it as a springboard to keep transforming the city. In the first half-hour, host Derwin Smiley explores the problems still facing many of Indianapolis' neighborhoods. In the second half-hour, experts and residents alike convene in the WFYI Studios for a special Indy Talks to discuss lessons learned and dreams awakened by the success of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.
Lest We Forget is a personal recollection of World War II from the unique perspective of Columbus, Indiana resident Gustav Potthorf, a survivor of the Japanese slave labor camp that was responsible for the building of the notorious Bridge over the River Kawai. The now infamous bridge was built by prisoners of war to cross the river as part of what became known as the Thai-Burma "Death Railway." Over 100,000 POW's would ultimately lose their lives building the railway. They worked under horrific conditions with many of them buried where they fell. Gus kept most of those nightmarish experiences to himself, until he retired. As an outlet, he used art to convey his memories as a POW. He now has made several journeys back to Thailand to visit the site of the POW camp, and has become an important exponent for remembering the atrocities that occurred there.
A history of the Delaware Indians and their success in preserving their cultural heritage in the midst of the contemporary world.
Infant seats. Safety helmets. Crib rails. Seat belts. Immunizations. Hoosier parents strive to keep their babies and young children safe and healthy in the face of hazards both seen and anticipated. But there is a hidden danger from the past that continues to take a toll on the youngest in our state: lead paint. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says 13,000 Indiana children suffer from lead poisoning, primarily from ingesting lead paint in their own homes.
Common threads from the musical African-American cultural experience weave through jazz, spirituals, blues, gospel, pop and soul in this simple, yet engaging, production featuring only the talents of guitar virtuoso Tyron Cooper and world class mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson.
The NFL provides seed money for building a youth center in past host cities. But the local Super Bowl Committee’s visionary leaders wanted to do things the “Indianapolis Way,” to dream bigger and promise to do something no host city has done before: partner alongside a neighborhood already in the midst of transforming their own community. More Than a Game: The Indy Super Bowl Legacy is a half-hour program chronicling the impact of the upcoming Super Bowl on the city, focusing on a section of Indianapolis that is undergoing profound change.
NEIGHBORHOOD AT THE CROSSROADS is the story of one Midwest community's transformation from an urban wasteland to a paragon of urban renewal. The documentary captures the plight of an Indianapolis neighborhood which had been in decline for decades. Over the past 10 years, however, residents have found their collective voice, and with it, a long-forgotten sense of community. Slowly, businesses returned, parks were created, new schools were built, and artists, academics and medical professionals bought property, pioneered social service projects and moved their practices to the neighborhood. Throughout the program, members of the community provide moving testimony to the revitalization now underway.