This series features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program.
Local USA Previous Broadcasts
Death and Dying (Episode #108)
KQED World: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
An uplifting meditation on death and dying with stories that prepares us for the journey. An embalmer in Toledo, Ohio prepares a deceased person with the precision and attention of an artist; a dying Brooklyn woman prepares for her final journey with dignity, grace and a dinner party; a teenage hospice volunteer shares advice from his patients and his experience growing up amidst a landscape of violence and death in Brooklyn, New York; and observations from an urban Memphis, Tennessee philosopher.
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
Beehive Spirits (Episode #107)
KQED World: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Utah is not exactly the first place you think of when talking about alcohol and liquor. But since the early days of prohibition, The Beehive State has a unique foray into distilling spirits. We retrace Utah's fight for and against alcohol with a look at the characters keeping it alive today.
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
Defying Disabilities (Episode #106)
KQED World: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
Three stories question the limits of any disability: the loving marriage of two intellectually-challenged individuals in New York City; a volunteer program that introduces unlikely candidates to surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii; and a blind North Carolina hiker sets out to climb the Appalachian Trail.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 16, 2015 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Native American Culture (Episode #105)
KQED World: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
Three stories about the modern Native American culture: A look at how climate change is effecting a Pacific Northwest tribe known as the "Salmon People" and how science can help find a solution; the Lincoln, Nebraska rock star artist who's creating sculptures, linking the past to the present; and the fight an Oklahoma tribe tries to revive their fading language.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 9, 2015 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 7, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 7, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Head Trauma at War (Episode #104)
KQED World: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, has received increasing attention especially among athletes and soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. We examine the links between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the damage they can do, through the story of retired Army sergeant Andrew Reeves of Colchester, Vermont.