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Artist Amy Franceshini wants to confuse you…and that’s good

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PBS NewsHour
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Amy Franceschini creates collaborative art that she hopes will confuse the viewer so that they are more open to discovery. Continue


The Jewish Journey: America

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PBS Specials
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Trace Jewish immigration to the U.S. through the centuries. Top scholars, notable writers and immigrants themselves share stories of those who made a leap of faith to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. Continue


The Loyal Americans (1930-1945)

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The Italian Americans
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A second generation of Italian Americans begins to enter the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment. Fiorello LaGuardia becomes mayor of New York City. Joe DiMaggio, the son of a San Francisco fisherman, becomes an American hero. But with the outbreak of World War II, loyalty to America is questioned and Italians are forced to choose between two nations. Continue


Becoming Americans (1910-1930)

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The Italian Americans
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At the turn of the 20th century, more than four million Italians immigrate to America. Leonard Covello is forced to give up his “old world” ways and adopt American mores, including changing his name; Arturo Giovannitti, a new immigrant, leads the largest labor strike of 1912, when Italian Americans push for better working conditions and wages. Continue


Underserved Austin students embrace culture through drumming

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PBS NewsHour
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Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program, teaches students to collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion and embracing their own cultures, For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Growing Up White

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Independent Lens
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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz looks back at her birth and childhood, through family photos and home movies. From a young age she’d begun to wonder why her skin was darker than other family and friends, and it became the one thing she wanted to change. Continue


Creating live cinema with puppets and shadow

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


With puppets, projectors and live performances, Manual Cinema creates surreal movies as the audience watches the process unfold. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art Continue


A Will for the Woods

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America Reframed
PBS


Musician & psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and partner Jane have inspired a local cemeterian, and together they aim to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. Continue


Shell Shocked

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America Reframed
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New Orleans is one of the "murder capitals" of the U.S.; statistics show murder rates are 4-6x higher than the national average. 80% of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years. Shell Shocked starts at the surface of the teen murder epidemic and delves into the hearts and minds of those whose lives are most deeply impacted. Continue


Alaskan puppeteers create theater for adults

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PBS NewsHour
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For Geppetto’s Junkyard, a puppetry troupe based in Haines, Alaska, near the Canadian border, few topics are off limits. The puppeteers find that they can say anything they want with a puppet For more Continue


Time-lapse artist shows us his vivid California dreams

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Sacramento photographer Justin Majeczky has a knack for capturing beautiful scenes in and around his city over time. Continue


The American Dream (1945-present)

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The Italian Americans
PBS


In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them? Have Italian Americans finally shed the old stereotypes and become fully accepted in America? Continue


Out in the Silence | Preview

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America Reframed
PBS


When Joe Wilson announces he is to wed a man, a firestorm of controversy ignites in his hometown. Drawn by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being bullied at school, Wilson’s journey illustrates the possible transformation of those who have been constrained by a traditional code of silence to summon the courage to break it. Continue


La Famiglia (1890-1910)

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The Italian Americans
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A brief history of the Italian Risorgimento provides the context for the great flight from the mezzogiorno region. By the late 19th century, Italians begin to put down roots and “Little Italys” spring up in urban areas throughout the U.S. But the first generation, holding onto language and culture, is branded “outsiders” and mistrusted by non-Italians. Continue


Finding Her New Identity at Georgetown

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Independent Lens
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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz talks about how applying to college at Georgetown University made her more ready to try on a new identity for herself. She was welcomed by the black community when she joined the Black Student Alliance, and it also lead her to finally confront her mother about why she looks the way she does. Continue


Family Origins

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Independent Lens
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In this excerpt from the opening moments of the Independent Lens documentary Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz introduces us to her family tree, a “long line of New York Jews.” Growing up, she tells us, she’d never suspected she was anything but white. Continue


Scott McCloud tackles mortality, love, art in 'The Sculptor'

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PBS NewsHour
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Cartoonist Scott McCloud, best known for the “Understanding Comics” series, talks about “The Sculptor,” his first graphic novel and his first work of fiction in over 30 years. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


A Will for the Woods | Preview

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America Reframed
PBS


Musician & psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and partner Jane have inspired a local cemeterian, and together they aim to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. Continue


Alaskan puppeteers create theater for adults

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For Geppetto’s Junkyard, a puppetry troupe based in Haines, Alaska, near the Canadian border, few topics are off limits. The puppeteers find that they can say anything they want with a puppet For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


American Denial

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Independent Lens
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In the wake of recent events that have sparked a national dialogue, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases around race and class. Using Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, the film shows how unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. Continue


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