Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism is a new public media content initiative about the roots and rise of hate in America and across the globe. Exploring Hate will provide historical programming and examine present-day threats, seeking to highlight solutions-based responses that promote understanding, healing and civility.
The initiative will launch with American Insurrection, a new documentary from the award-winning investigative PBS series FRONTLINE, premiering April 13 nationwide on PBS, pbs.org and the PBS Video app. American Insurrection will examine the rise of political extremism and violence in America.
Exploring Hate reporting also appears on national news programs Amanpour and Company and PBS NewsHour Weekend, and WNET’s regional news and public affairs programs MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News. The multi-platform initiative will grow to involve original documentary production and digital content, PBSLearningMedia educational tools for classrooms, and community engagement events.
With online platforms being used as organizing tools for violence, as well as being the subject of intense debates over free speech, Exploring Hate will also launch a social media presence that will seek to engage audiences around topics including intersectionality, media literacy and how to debunk conspiracy theories.
“Antisemitism and racism are rooted in a lack of tolerance. The recent insurgency at the United States Capitol was an attack on the very basis of our democracy, shining a spotlight on the toxic mix of nationalism and extremism on the rise in our nation,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of The WNET Group. “The best antidotes to intolerance are education and understanding. We aim to advance both with this new initiative.”
Major funding for Exploring Hate has been provided by The Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Antisemitism, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, and Patti Askwith Kenner. Additional support from Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, James and Merryl Tisch, Nancy and Morris W. Offit, and Judy and Josh Weston.
About The WNET Group
The WNET Group is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN, WLIW21, WLIW-FM and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey and its news division, NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multiplatform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.