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Series description: Get a short description of the AFRICA series to post on your Web site.

Episode description: Get a short description of all 8 AFRICA episodes that you can post on your Web site's programming area.

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INSTRUCTIONS: Insert the text below and a button to add AFRICA to your programming content areas. Just copy and paste the text, then add a button or a logo from the buttons & logos page, to jazz it up! Be sure to add localization to the AFRICA site link by placing your station's call letters where indicated in the link code. (See source code for further instructions)

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If you have ever wondered what it's like to live on the vast Serengeti plains, or experience the intense beauty of a Sahara night, AFRICA will take you there. A joint venture between Thirteen/WNET New York's NATURE and National Geographic Television, AFRICA is an eight-part series that takes viewers on a kaleidoscopic adventure across Africa's major regions -- from the Ethiopian highlands to Central Africa's rainforests -- and into the homes of the who live there. Shot in wide-screen, super 16mm format, this landmark television series offers viewers a chance to move beyond the headlines of war and famine to discover Africa's mesmerizing beauty.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Copy and paste the text below and the program thumbnail to add the episode descriptions to your local broadcast promo pages. (Just drag and drop the image if you're on a MAC, or use the right click "save image as" function in Windows to grab it!) Be sure to add localization to the AFRICA site link by placing your station's call letters where indicated in the link code. (See source code for further instructions)

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Episode 1. SAVANNA HOMECOMING

Just like the mighty herds of wildebeest, the people who make their homes on Africaís great Serengeti plain are constantly on the move. This episode focuses on two women searching for their spiritual identity. Alice Wangui, a Nairobi hair salon owner, takes a trip to her native Kikuyu village so that her child will be born with a sense of community. On the savanna proper, Flora Salonik lives in an isolated farming hamlet, and struggles with the decision of whether or not to return to her own roots: the bustling metropolis of Arusha, Tanzania.
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Episode 2. DESERT ODYSSEY

For centuries, the Tuareg people have braved the brutal Sahara to trade in salt, a precious cargo once worth its weight in gold. In this episode of AFRICA, Adam Ilius, a young boy of nine, crosses hundreds of miles of desolate and dangerous desert on his first trans-Saharan salt caravan. After months of traveling, will Adam make it to Bilma, Niger to sell the caravanís salt for necessary food and clothing? Or will the shifting sands of the desert spell disaster for this tenacious group?
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Episode 3. VOICES OF THE FOREST

Deep in the central African rainforest, a struggle for survival rages. This episode takes a close look at how booming overseas markets for rainforest trees threaten the existence of two groups of Africans. Cameroonís Baka people, a traditional rainforest group, have lived in harmony with the forest for centuries, but now the sound of electric saws deafens the daily music of birds and monkeys. In Accra, the capital of Ghana, Annan Cedi, a coffin maker, scrambles to find the wood necessary to construct fantasy Mercedes, airplanes and banana coffins for international clients. Will the Baka be able to protect their ancient way of life and with it, an invaluable eco-system? And will Annan be able to maintain his business?
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Episode 4. MOUNTAINS OF FAITH

Isolated by mountains, Ethiopia is a center of spirituality. Here, faith is a driving force in the lives of many. This episode explores the depths of Ethiopia's religious beliefs. In the holy highland town of Lalibela, young Kibkab Wodemariam studies each day in hopes of becoming a priest. In the hills above Lalibela, Abba Defar labors at bringing to life his vision of a cathedral hewn from mountain rock. Will Kibkab Wodemariam be rewarded for his studies with the honor of participating in the annual procession for the holy day of Timkat? And will Abba Defar ever complete his mammoth symbol of faith in the Ethiopian highlands?
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Episode 5. LOVE IN THE SAHEL

In the Sahel, the semi-arid border between the Sahara and the savanna, people mark the passage of time with ceremony and tradition. As the hot sun beats down on the Niger River delta, the annual Fulani cattle drive is underway. Young Errou Dajouli must leave his girlfriend and travel hundreds of miles across parched earth with his family's cattle in search of adequate grazing land. As he travels through the desolate landscape, he and his fellow herders must survive on milk, and what little they can trade in the widely scattered villages of the Sahel. Meanwhile, another young man is hoping to mark an important passage of his own. In a cliffside Dogon village in Mali, Dogolo Saye awaits the sacred dama ceremony to honor the spirits of the dead. Without participating in the dama, Dogolo will forever remain a boy, denied the right to raise a family of his own. Will these two young men be successful in their journeys? And will they find love when they reach journey's end?
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Episode 6. RESTLESS WATERS

Water is the lifeblood of Africa. It can create famine or fortune. In this episode, two families are hoping for fortune. Charles Tinkewimeru has been working the waters of Ugandaís Lake Victoria for several years, building a good business selling fresh fish and dried minnows. But catches are steadily declining and Charles must come up with a new trade. Meanwhile, further inland in Uganda, the Ngwatima family has planted its annual rice crop. But the rains are late this year. A good crop depends on water, and now the Ngwatima must battle the elements in the hope of keeping their crop alive until relief comes from the skies. Will water bring fortune to these families, or will the shifting clouds spell disaster?
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Episode 7. LEOPARDS OF ZANZIBAR

Surrounded by gleaming aquamarine waters and fine white sand, Zanzibar looks like a tropical paradise. But life here is not easy. No one knows that better than Issa Simai, who spends his days, spear in hand, in the warm Indian Ocean trying to catch enough octopus or lobster to make a living. Issa is also a member of The Leopards, Zanzibar's most successful soccer team. This season, they have won their way to a playoff on the mainland, Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam. But before the Leopards even reach the field, they face a daunting obstacle: paying for the trip. Will the Leopards make enough to hire a boat to the mainland? And even more challenging, will they ace the playoff and return home to the cheers of their Zanzibar fans?
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Episode 8. SOUTHERN TREASURES

Gold and diamonds have given South Africa fantastic wealth. They also contributed to the rise of apartheid. Now with official discrimination discarded, the opportunities for black South Africans have exploded. And Xoliswa Vanda stands ready to take advantage of them. This 26-year-old is the first black female master blaster in a Johannesburg gold mine. She has now set her sights on a higher goal: becoming a mine manager. But even as Xoliswa works toward her goal, other miners are not faring so well. Putswa Tekane is one of many who cross the border from neighboring Lesotho to work in South Africaís mines. But as South Africaís mining industry stagnates, more and more of these migrant workers are being laid-off. Will South Africa's gold mines reward Xoliswa and Putswa? Or will they be forced to find other opportunities in the new South Africa?
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INSTRUCTIONS: Add the text below, and one of the AFRICA buttons to add the Africa site to your index of related programming materials (Just drag and drop the image, or use the right click save image as function in Windows to grab it!)

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AFRICA On Line will take viewers on a virtual tour of the eight regions portrayed in the television series. From the Sahara to the rainforest, from the Serengeti to the Swahili Coast, explore the environment and countries of some of Africaís most fascinating territories, or test your knowledge of African history and geography. Expand your cultural horizons with a look at African art, or listen to the rhythm of the continent, from the water drumming of Cameroon's Baka people , to Zulu love songs from South Africa. Then, zoom in closer to everyday African life with our series of in-depth photo essays. From inspiring grass-roots struggles against AIDS to the effects of war and the promise of booming cities, take a look at what the future could hold for this most misunderstood of continents.
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AFRICA for KIDS Web site description/promo

INSTRUCTIONS: Your kids can go on a fun learning adventure, too, by logging into AFRICA for KIDS (at pbskids.org). There, they'll get a chance to take part in a mesmerizing African tribal dance, learn to play a thumb-piano or email students in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa about their photo diaries on what itís like to be a kid in their part of the world.
Add the AFRICA for KIDS button and the text below to get your local kids content into the AFRICA groove! Just copy and paste the text, then add the kids button from the buttons & logos page.


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Hey kids! Want to learn to play a cool African instrument? Go to AFRICA for KIDS at pbskids.org/africa. Listen to, and change the end of a Swahili folktale, make an African mask, or look at the photo albums of African school kids. Its' all at
pbskids.org/africa

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