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.
Death and Dying (#108) Duration: 27:09 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Beehive Spirits (#107) Duration: 27:25 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Poetry In Motion (#110) Duration: 27:13 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Storytelling with a kick! The words, sounds and people that bring poetry to life - a painful story about bullying; powerful memories of a soon-to-be demolished housing project; inaccurate assumptions about a pretty face; coming to terms and acceptance with loss; and the melting pot of identity politics. Five pieces from cities across the USA, including San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis, that are connected by the rhythm of words and the search for identity.
Urban Gardening (#111) Duration: 27:18 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Sowing the Seeds of Change... planting ideas for sustainability and self-sufficiency. You might think of it as a Midwest rust belt town, but community gardeners in Flint, Michigan are undergoing a variety of projects and planting the seeds of hope for economic revitalization. From green belts to green thumbs -- a couple works with children to hone their martial arts and gardening skills; and two women toil with the local Flint government to get their garden growing.