Around the Nation

BY Tom LeGro  September 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM EST

Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

American Masters‘ “The Day Carl Sandburg Died” premieres nationally Monday at 10 p.m. ET. “The new 90-minute documentary…to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his death, provides a dynamic examination of Sandburg’s life, work and controversial legacy from a modern perspective.” Here’s an excerpt:

Watch Excerpt: The Train to Rootabaga Country on PBS. See more from American Masters.

Episode 2 of PBS’ “Broadway or Bust” picks up where it left off, “launching headlong into the fire of the rehearsals, coaching and coaxing sessions. Fighting fatigue, the contestants quickly see what a learn-by-immersion experience is all about — and get an eye-opening look at what life is like on Broadway.” Watch the full episode here:

Watch Episode 2: “Boot Camp” on PBS. See more from Broadway or Bust.

Off Book explores the world of modern fan culture and wonders if it’s changed society: “Before the mass media, people actively engaged with culture through storytelling and expanding well-known tales. Modern fan culture connects to this historical tradition, and has become a force that challenges social norms and accepted behavior. “Fannish” behavior has become its own grassroots way of altering our society and culture, and a means of actively experiencing one’s own culture.”

Watch Has Fan Culture Changed Society? | OFF BOOK on PBS. See more from Off Book.

Idea Channel asks “Is Facebook Changing Our Identity?”
“With 955,000,000 worldwide users, Facebook seems like just about everyone makes use of the social media giant to connect with friends, share photos, and update everyone they’ve ever met since grade school about their dinner plans. But what you may not realize is that Facebook’s new timeline layout is enhancing the ability to construct our self identity by super-charging our memory.”

Watch Is Facebook Changing Our Identity? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.