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UEN-TV Programs Celebrate Woman's History Month

Evening with Ursula Burns, Mar 1, 2014 9:00 PM
Hosted by journalist Gwen Ifill, An Evening With Ursula Burns, provides a rare inside look into the life and career of the amazing business icon Ursula Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company. This engaging and informative interview provides important background on Burns' meteoric rise through the ranks of corporate America as she talks candidly about her poor upbringing on Manhattan's Lower East Side, her mother's, Olga's, heroic efforts to raise three children as a single mother, her start at Xerox as a young engineering intern and how intellect, mentorship by others, hard work and business savvy led to her unprecedented success. The rapport between Ms. Burns and PBS TV journalist Gwen Ifill is engaging.

 

Wendy Whelan - Moments of Grace, Saturday, Mar 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Wendy Whelan has been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) since 1991. However, after decades at the height of her profession in New York, Whelan's childhood and roots in Louisville, Kentucky, still inspire her. This new documentary tells the story of this top American ballet star, including behind-the scenes footage of the NYCB, including classes, warm ups, rehearsals, and finally, a performance onstage at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Along the way, we meet world-famous choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; Whelan's husband, photographer David Michalek; and NYCB soloist Craig Hall, one of her regular dance partners.

 

Women in Chemistry: Life Lessons from the Laboratory, Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m.
A documentary profiling eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry. The Women in Chemistry project set out to present a group of eminent women chemists in all their dimensions principally to inspire young women to consider careers in the chemical and molecular sciences.

 

Southern Belle, Tuesday, March 4 at 9:00p.m.
The Civil War ended 145 years ago, but the spirit of rebellion lives on in the South, even in something as innocent as a summer camp. SOUTHERN BELLE takes an insider's look at the 1861 Athenaeum Girls' School in Columbia, Tenn., where the antebellum South attempts to rise again. Every summer, young women ages 14 to 18 eagerly sign up to transform themselves into the iconic and romantic image of Southern identity - the Southern belle, replete with hoop skirt, hat and gloves and singing the region's anthem, "Dixie." For the first time, cameras closely shadow the students and teachers during this intensive week of historical reenactment, which culminates in a ball attended by the Jackson Cadets, the male equivalent of the 1861 Athenaeum Girls.

 

The World of Julia Peterkin: Cheating the Stillness, Wednesday, March 5 at 9 p.m.
The World of Julia Peterkin chronicles the controversial life of author Julia Peterkin, Pulitzer Prize winner for her sensitive portrayal of rural African Americans of the 1920's. Hailed by W.E.B. Du Bois for her "eye and ear to see beauty and hear truth," this white plantation mistress shattered stereotypes of race and gender before she inexplicably stopped writing at the height of her career.

 

History of Women’s Achievement in America, Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning March 5
The unique and independent American woman: adventurer... pioneer... poet... mother... educator... artist... freedom fighter. A History of Women's Achievement in America examines the 400-year history of American women's inspiring accomplishments and victories. Without the American woman's pioneering fortitude, the early colonies at Jamestown and Plymouth Plantation, would not have survived. From then on, millions of American pioneer women would push the frontier ever forward. Destined to play an essential role in the shaping of the United States; American women forged an identity unlike any other in the world.

 

Driven to Ride, Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Since the 1870′s women have been DRIVEN TO RIDE...Two-wheeled vehicles gave women a first real taste of the wild thrill found in unfettered mobility. Victorian Age corsets and billowing skirts were set aside as riding unleashed the power hidden within and the freedom to give that power pursuit. Women continue to shape and push the boundaries of two-wheeled freedom. The call of the road stirs in their blood, a call they answer down a thousand Interstates, and black-tops, and dusty country roads. Highways and byways that sail past in the raw sweep of wide-open spaces. Women climb aboard and tear off - embracing the wild exhilaration of acceleration...Driven to Ride.

 

Tea and Justice: NYPD’s First Asian Women Officers, Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.
Tea & Justice chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s-the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male. In this award-winning documentary, Officer Trish Ormsby and Detectives Agnes Chan and Christine Leung share their fascinating stories about careers and personal lives, as well as satisfactions and risks on the job, the stereotypes they defied, and how they persevered.

 

A Reason to Dance, Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m.
As a mother, teacher, and dancer, China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora through contemporary dance. Her company, Ballet Afrique, employs a synthesis of ballet and modern blended with Afrocentric undertones to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance. As Smith wrestles with the business aspect of sharing her art as well as the uphill battle against cultural expectations and the cultural stereotypes of ballet, she continues to cement herself as an indelible and essential part of the dance scene.

 

No Going Back: Women and the War, Wednesday, March 12 at 8 p.m.
North of the Mason-Dixon line, the Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century drew increasing numbers of women out of the home and into the factories. In the agrarian, antebellum South, no such exodus occurred. Many Southerners perceived the forces of modernization - including the early rumblings of the women's suffrage movement - as a threat to their traditional way of life. However, as Fort Sumter fell in April of 1861, so too would many firmly held cultural and societal beliefs about "a woman's place."

 

Kung Fu Master – Zhao Jianyang, Saturday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m.
There are two schools of Kung Fu in China. The quick fight Kung Fu known to the West is Shaolin Style. Master Zhao represents another MAJOR style - the Wudang Kung FU. As she explained in the documentary, Wudang Kung Fu is Internal, It's much slower. But it can be more powerful. Kung Fu Master: Zhao Jianying is about Zhao Jianying, an 86 year old Kung Fu Master, was born on Wudang Moutain in China's Hubei province. As a child she suffered severe illness, until one day a soldier noticed how sick she was and offered to teach her Kung Fu, an art form that literally saved her life. Though she was a girl and it was uncommon at that time for girls to learn Kung Fu, it was her passion for Kung Fu that shaped her life.

 

Mayme Kratz, Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Mayme Kratz is an established Arizona artist, a collector of biological odds and ends, materials harvested from frequently overlooked desert debris. Her cast resin sculptures highlight the interconnectedness of nature and space and the creative spirit, as if Kratz has fostered a three-dimensional language to express the crucial elements of poetry. This examination of light, color and form causes us to reconsider what it means to pause and pay attention.

 

War Zone / Comfort Zone, Thursday, March 20 at 9 p.m.
Women account for roughly 14 percent of the active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, yet they often receive less than a hero's welcome upon their return to civilian life. Many face poverty, homelessness and joblessness; deal with the psychological and physiological effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from military sexual trauma and combatrelated injuries; and often receive poor service from a Veterans Administration ill-equipped and, in some cases, unwilling to help them. The Emmy?? -nominated documentary WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE uncovers the plight of these veterans through the intense and personal stories of four women veterans coping with life after their military service.

 

Soma Girls, Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
SOMA GIRLS (2009) explores the lives of girls growing up in a hostel in Kolkata, India. From ages 6 to 17, the film follows these intelligent, funny and high-energy girls as they overcome extraordinary circumstances to lead ordinary lives. Official Selection - 2010 South Side Film Festival, 12th Mecal International Short Film Festival (Barcelona), Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival.

 

Apache 8, Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. APACHE 8 weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time.

 

New Glass at Wheaton, Sunday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
NEW GLASS AT WHEATON explores the world of New Jersey's Creative Glass Center of America, where fellowship artists pursue their creative visions. Cameras follow three young residents as they manipulate glass in new and unexpected ways. Charlotte Potter creates tongue-in-cheek "antler art" in response to the kitschy Western art seen in her hometown of Jackson Hole, WY. Rika Hawes creates large-scale versions of her jagged, broken-glass installation pieces. Kim Harty continues her exploration of conceptual themes and performance work. One of her projects, "Synchro Blow" - a process in which two glassblowers simultaneously create the same form - spurs the development of a glass "circus."

 

Life is a Banquet: the Rosalind Russell Story, Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time, including Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, and Kirk Douglas. Long an advocate for those with disabilities, late in life this unique and pioneering talent was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease. Whether considered for her sophisticated comedy roles or dignity under duress, her humanity shines through.

 

Get Real! Wise Women Speak, Thursday, March 27 at 9 p.m.
This award-winning documentary features extraordinary women and the inner fire which propels them to use their wisdom and experience to change the world. The film creates a vivid mosaic, weaving together ancient archetypes, modern-day stories and interviews, impressionistic re-enactments and an original score of Celtic and world-influenced music by Jamshied Sharifi. Featuring Marianne Williamson, Della Reese, Jane Fonda, Nikki Giovanni, Sylvia Earle, Susan L. Taylor, Tenzin Palmo, Jody Williams, Indigenous Grandmothers Agnes Baker Pilgram and Flordemayo, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Laura Carstensen, Angeles Arrien, Linda Leitch, Swanee Hunt, Vivian Castleberry, Roberta Pollard and Martha Jackson-Javis. All Audience Award, Soho Film Fest; Mission Award, Miami Women's International Film Festival; Audience Award, LA Awareness Film Festival; 1st Place Award, My Hero Project Film Festival.

 

Service: When Women Come Marching Home, Saturday, March 29 at 9 p.m.
SERVICE takes the audience on a journey from the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee and from Iraq to urban New York City. It shows women functioning as fully accepted and contributing members of a military unit as well as the devastating isolation and persecution of those who report rape. We see these women as veterans fighting to find homes, demanding services, responding to therapy and gaining their independence. Through interviews in their kitchens, bathrooms, even therapy sessions SERVICE reveals the raw truths of our women warriors fighting in the battlefield called "home."

 


April Fools & Women's History Tribute, Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

UEN Sci-Fi Friday pays tribute to Shirley Temple in her 1939 classic, "Little Princess." When Sara Crewe's (Shirley Temple) father, Captain Crewe arrives to enroll Sara in an exclusive school they are snobbishly turned away. When the snooty headmistress learns that Crewe is a major shareholder in a South African diamond mine, she quickly accepts his generous check and gives Sara the royal treatment. Later, when she learns that Sara's father has most likely been killed in action and Sara's bills won't be paid, she sticks Sara in an unheated attic room and relegates her to the servitude of a scullery maid to pay off the insurmountable debt.

 

Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Florence, Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance, gave rise to some of the world's most celebrated artists, architects and scientists, including Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Galileo. Yet, little is known of the city's trailblazing female artists. The Emmy®-winning INVISIBLE WOMEN sheds light on the lives and works of these largely forgotten Renaissance-era painters, revealing the "hidden half" of one of the world's most beloved art cities. Infrared reflectography and other high-tech equipment assists a dedicated group of artists, historians, restorers and museum executives as they remove centuries of decay and bring precious pieces of art history - salvaged from storage facilities throughout Italy - back to life.

UEN-TV Programs Celebrate Health, Wellness and Earth Day

Children and Autism: Time is Brain, Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
This program is a sensitive and engaging portrait of two families faced with the daunting challenge of raising an autistic child. Autistic children typically have deficits in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Today, scientists remain mystified about the causes of the complex neurological disorder, while experts claim that early diagnosis and appropriate intervention are the keys to helping autistic children reach their potential. During the program, therapists and a board- certified behavior analyst discuss diagnosis, early intervention and the treatment of autism.

 

Conquering the Dragon: Breast Cancer Survivors Race for Life, Friday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.
This documentary is about breast cancer survivors reaching for the stars and creating triumph out of tragedy, never letting up in their determined fight against the dragon. In their quest to regain their lives, thousands of breast cancer survivors around the world discovered Dragon Boat Racing, a very demanding water sport, requiring mental and physical toughness that has became the ultimate team competition among survivors.

 

Not As I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma, Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
John Kaplan was at the top of his world. Never before ill, he was used to documenting the life ordeals of others. But when suddenly diagnosed with a rare case of potentially deadly Lymphoma, it was a blind side. Turning the lens on himself, Kaplan’s remarkable imagery takes us beyond his despair and through his powerful belief that he can, and must, beat it. Through his visual journal, with help from his family, doctors, and even Mother Teresa and a rock star, Kaplan shares the same boundless determination that helped him become a famous photojournalist.

 

Civic Summit, Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance, Tuesday April 8 at 9 p.m.
This is a conversation about the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.

 

Autism: Making It Work, Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
This program will explore the growing needs of adolescents and young adults with autism. In 1991 the number of autism cases increased sharply. That population will begin exiting the school system to enter the general population. What are their needs? What can parents do to plan for their future? What's in place to ensure their success?

 

Dying to Live, Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Every day in the U.S. about twenty people die waiting for transplant organs, because not enough of us are donors. Dying To Live tells the inspiring stories of four hopeful organ recipients as they struggle to stay alive long enough to reach the top of the long waiting list. The documentary also brings us into the lives of two donors - a young man who dies and leaves a liver to one of the people followed in the documentary, and a courageous woman who makes the remarkable decision to donate a kidney to a person she has never met.

 

Autism: Emerging from the Maze, Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The numbers are staggering: 1 out of every 88 children in America has autism. Examine the research and advancements in treatment at the UC Davis MIND Institute making international news and how a clinic at Sutter Heath is helping autistic adults. Inspiring stories and behavior therapy programs help children and families from the maze of this puzzling disorder.

 

Trees, Pests and People, Saturday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Communities nationwide are impacted by tree-killing pests, and the effects to local economy and quality of life can be drastic. By learning about the issue through this documentary, the public will be informed about what they can do to detect and combat these pests in their own communities.

 

Nature’s Invitation, Monday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m.
"Nature's Invitation" is a documentary about Canada's quest to get new immigrants in touch with nature. It also explores the consequences of a life devoid of nature. It includes a special appearance by the best selling American author Richard Louv of the book "Last Child in the Woods - Saving our children from nature- deficit disorder."

 

Growing Up Green, Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m.
A few schools across the country have tried a different approach, focusing education around the places where students live and solving problems their communities face. While showing promise, these efforts have been largely isolated and piecemeal. However, they have helped set the stage for a unique statewide effort in Michigan, where for the first time, rural and urban schools, spanning a broad population base, focus school reform around the environments students inhabit.

 

We've Got the Power, Tuesday, April 22 at 9 p.m.
"We've Got the Power" shows viewers how the United States can replace fossil fuels with clean energy in a way that is economically beneficial to consumers and businesses alike, and ensures a safer environment for future generations. By driving electric vehicles, installing solar on our roofs, or doing something as simple as getting a home energy audit, we all have the power to improve energy efficiency, save money, and phase out fossil fuels. The program also looks at the importance of the role of government in different stages of clean energy production including research, regulations, policy making, and protecting the public and the environment from disasters like the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

 

Out On a Limb, Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
"Out on A Limb" explores the evolution of prosthetics and the exciting advancements being made at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering and robotics. A science story and a human story, this documentary shows the impact of this transformative science, as revolutionary prosthetics move from the lab to the bodies of amputees, and particularly to children with limb loss, who stand to benefit the most.

 

UEN-TV Programs - Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Water Week

Pacific Heartbeat #302 – The Illness and the Odyssey, Saturday, May 3 at 9 p.m.
A cure for Alzheimer's, a Nobel Prize and an honored place in medical history all hang in the balance as scientists race to find the cure for a rare disease found on one remote Pacific island. The Illness & the Odyssey tells the story of a deadly, mind-wasting disease that could, potentially, hold the key to solving the riddle of so many other neurological nightmares. The film features the renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks as well as many other luminaries in the field of neuroscience. Based on the book "The Island of the Colorblind" by Dr. Sacks, the film traces the struggle to solve a medical mystery plaguing a native population living on Guam.

 

Calling Tokyo Wednesday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
This documentary tells the unheralded story about a group of Japanese Americans, who as civilians served America during World War II, even as their families and friends were incarcerated in concentration camps. While the unequaled battle records of Japanese American soldiers are now legendary, little is known about the vital role played by these US citizens who did language translation work and short wave radio broadcasting to Japan, assisting in the war efforts of Britain and the USA. Through actual recordings and first-person interviews with the participants of those broadcasts, CALLING TOKYO is a fascinating story about a unique effort to help hasten the end of the war.

 

Japanese American Lives, Wednesdays beginning May 14 at 9 p.m.
"Japanese American Lives" is a series that showcases the richness of the Japanese American experience. From a 99-year-old judo master, to questioned loyalties during World War II, founders of the Asian American jazz movement, and finally, Japanese Americans helping to rebuild Japan after the devastating tsunami. "Japanese American Lives" is an important look at the varied diversity of America.

 

Model Minority: Do the Math, Wednesday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
The film reveals the impact of the model minority myth on the experiences and perspectives of Asian American college students. The myth is a complex and contradictory stereotype of Asian Americans as academic over-achievers. As a result, many struggle with personal goals and mental health, leading to racial resentment, discrimination, and suicide.

 

Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties, Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
This program explores the personal histories of second generation Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II as Japanese language specialists in the Pacific, and after the war during the Occupation of Japan. It examines the uncommon courage of these soldiers whose faith in the future of America fueled the desire to prove themselves defending their country while many of their families and friends were imprisoned in isolated incarceration camps and stripped of their civil liberties.

 

Papa Boss, Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m.
When he became the Mayor of Puerto Princesa in 1992, a city of 250,000 inhabitants, surrounded by islands and jungles, the largest territory a city mayor has control of in the Philippines, Ed Hagedorn vowed to change his life as well as the city, in gratitude to his voters. Will his vision be continued or will the town go back to being a forgotten, third world city with corruption and an uncertain future? Adorably called by his grandson 'Papa Boss', this is how he is perceived: to his family - a loved father figure, to the rest - he is the boss.

 

UEN-TV Programs - 70th Anniversary of D-Day & National History Day Contest, June 15 to 19

Company of Heroes, Wednesday, June 4 at 9 p.m.
Easy Company, the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, widely known as the "Screaming Eagles," remains one of the most revered combat units in U. S. military history. They fought their way through Belgium, France and Germany, survived overwhelming odds, liberated concentration camps, and drank a victory toast in April 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps. 20 of the few remaining survivors, along with the families of three deceased others - recount the horrors and the victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed, and the friends they lost.

 

Day of Days: June 6, 1944, Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m.
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful "Day of Days."

 

Eagles of Mercy, Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.
"Eagles Of Mercy" recounts a seldom-told chapter in the World War II narrative, picking up in the opening moments of D-Day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, two young American medics with the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" parachuted into France, and soon found themselves trapped in a 12th-century Norman church in the small village of Angoville-au-Plain. Medics Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore provided first aid to the first casualties of D-Day while a savage battle raged outside between American and German forces. During the documentary, Wright and Moore recount the rigors of basic training, parachuting into Normandy ahead of the amphibious landing on Utah Beach, surviving German anti-aircraft artillery and carrying on their life-saving work even when their unit retreated.

 

Dick Winters: 'Hang Tough', Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Dick Winters: "Hang Tough" honors one of World War II's most respected combat leaders - Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011). Emmy -winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. "Hang Tough" traces Winters' formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters' own recollections, original members of Winters' unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.

 

Navy Heroes of Normandy, Saturday, June 7 at 9 p.m.
On June 6, 1944, more than 52,000 American sailors on board thousands of ships arrived off a quiet stretch of coast in Normandy, France. Operation Neptune-Overlord was the largest amphibious and landing assault operation in the history of war. On this historic day, the U. S. Navy would prove critical to the success of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. "Navy Heroes Of Normandy" spotlights a dedicated group of Navy veterans who set out to ensure that the crucial role they played on that day would never be forgotten.

 

The Charles W. Morgan, Wednesday, June 11 at 9 p.m.
The Charles W. Morgan tells the extraordinary story of America's last wooden whale ship still in existence and the incredible saga of the United States' first global industry. From her humble beginnings in New Bedford, Mass. in 1841. This "lucky ship" survived freeze-ups in the Arctic, attacks by South Sea headhunters, fire aboard ship and a host of other calamitous events. The documentary chronicles the efforts in Mystic, Conn. to restore the 170-year-old Charles W. Morgan and make it seaworthy before it sets sail on its 38th voyage.

 

Simeon Wright: No Longer Silent, Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Simeon Wright was 12 years old when his cousin from Chicago, Emmett Till was kidnapped before his eyes. The Till murder would spur the nation but for the young boy, it would mean a lifetime of living in the shadow of the events in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. This is an eyewitness account of one America's seminal Civil Rights events, but also the story of a personal journey from the dark of a Mississippi night to redemption and reconciliation. Narrated by Julian Bond.

 

Every Day is a Holiday, Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m.
Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man fifty years her senior. In this documentary, we explore the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and place themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of "living history." Paul Loong (American Legion member, retired Veterans Affairs doctor, practicing Catholic) talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. We discover why, despite much suffering, "Every Day Is a Holiday."

 

Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered, Wednesday, June 18 at 9 p.m.
This Emmy-winning program examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted Neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Ill., a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II. Produced to mark the event's 35th anniversary, this engaging film's extensive use of archival footage, movie clips and contemporary interviews explore the impact of the Skokie March, then and now, and reveal how a First Amendment debate turned Holocaust survivors into activists.

 

Age of Delirium, Wednesday, June 25 at 9 p.m.
This is the story of the fall of the Soviet Union as lived and experienced by the Soviet people. The film shows what it meant to construct an entire nation on the basis of a false idea and how truthful information led to the Soviet Union's rapid and unstoppable collapse.

 

Light of the Valley: The 15th Renovation of Swayambhu, Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m.
The program presents the inspiring story of the 15th renovation of the Swayambu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, recognized as one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world. Renowned for its great antiquity and spiritual significance, this historic site has been worshipped continuously through the centuries by the people of Nepal and Tibet. In 2008, Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku sent his daughter, Tsering Gellek to Nepal to direct the renovation, a project that is traditionally undertaken once in a century. With the help of 70 skilled Nepalese artisans, in less than two years the project was successfully completed.

 

UEN-TV Programs - Programming All About America

Your Kids are Drinking, July 1 at 9 p.m.
The program examines the most under-reported aspect of under-age drinking by youths - the adults who allow it to happen. This documentary includes a visit to small town celebrations where heavy drinking is a tradition and families protect their teenage drinkers. In a larger community, cameras capture under-aged decoys purchasing liquor from stores and restaurants. Finally, one family's tragic story illustrates the horrible consequences of teenagers drinking before they can handle its effects.

 

About Benjamin, July 2 at 8 p.m.
TFor more than two centuries, biographers have endeavored to define Benjamin Franklin's greatness. In celebration of the tercentenary, or 300th birthday, of one of America's founding fathers, "About Benjamin" uncovers the man behind the countless achievements in science, art, medicine, education and politics. Historians, artists, curators, authors and architects discuss Franklin's musical and artistic inventions, his currency-printing innovations, his early diplomatic dealings, his penchant for fine foods and spirits and the nagging medical issues he took to his grave.

 

The Gettysburg Story, July 2 at 9 p.m.
Over three days in 1863, war-weary Union and Confederate soldiers met at a backwater Pennsylvania crossroads to decide the fate of the nation. Produced to commemorate its sesquicentennial, "The Gettysburg Story" tells the epic tale of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and the greatest man-made disaster in American history. Narrated by actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone, Gettysburg), the documentary recounts the pivotal events and intimate stories from the iconic Civil War battle immortalized in Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address. " Cutting-edge cinematography techniques reveal the grand scale of the 6,000-acre battlefield, including the legendary sites of Little Round Top, Devils Den, The Railroad Cut, Cemetery Ridge and the fields of Pickett's Charge.

 

45th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing, July 20: Pioneers in Aviation: 3 Part Series, Saturdays beginning July 5 to July 19 at 9 p.m.
The documentary captures every significant event in aviation history, from the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk and the birth of the airlines to the triumphant Apollo moon landing. The three-part documentary uses archival footage and newsreels, along with commentary from aviation scholars, to profile industry pioneers William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Dutch Kindelberger and James McDonnell. 1: The Early Years 2: The War Years 3: The Race to the Moon

 

Jessica Lynn - This Much Fun - Live from the Winery at St. George, July 6 at 8 p.m.
America's fastest rising Country/Pop star, Jessica Lynn performs in her first full length concert television special, "This Much Fun," filmed live in a century-and-a-half old stone church, now the historic Winery at St. George, New York. This fun family music program features Jessica and her 13 piece band performing twelve brand new songs and gives us an intimate up close introduction to country music's newest face.

 

Walk in the Park with Nick Molle: Birds Without Borders, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Naturalist Nick Molle goes in search of four birds with the ability to thrive in two completely different ecosystems: Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler, the Yellow Warbler and the Western Tanager. Molle ventures into the coniferous forests of the Rocky Mountains and the lush tropical environs of Costa Rica with research biologists, park personnel, natural-history experts and conservationists to track the birds, with the goal of defining exact flight patterns and documenting changes in behavior. Along the way, they discuss the effect of environmental changes on the species, their unique partnership and the importance of shared conservation.

 

NetSafe Utah: Cybersafe Your Teens, July 14 at 9:00 p.m.
This program explores the threats of the digital age for young people and offers some guidance for parents to manage and control a technology that is constantly on the move. It's hard enough trying to keep up with the pace of innovation. Parents these days have limited control over a vast gathering place, where young people do what they've always done, they meet up to chatter and share information - but in this virtual hangout it's difficult to know who's really out there, and just what their intentions really are.

 

Community Concern, July 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Across the United States, graduation rates in most urban districts still remain between 50 and 60 percent. This documentary is about people who refuse to accept the system's failures and are working for change. Their spirit, passion and commitment shows that when organizers, parents, youth and educators work together, they are successful. It brings together stories of people facing different challenges, but share similar goals.

 

Watch This!, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
This monthly series presents four documentary films produced by Salt Lake City teens on current and socially relevant topics of their choosing.

 

3,2,1 Fireworks, July 19 at 8:30 p.m.
The explosive new special "3, 2, 1 FIREWORKS "takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington, D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world. Shot in high-definition, the special captures every step of the renowned fireworks production. It opens in China as the crew observes the making of fireworks and dazzling new pyrotechnic effects. Once the fireworks are shipped to America, an army of technicians undertake the delicate and dangerous tasks of setting up thousands of explosives-filled mortar tubes in preparation for the spectacular display.

 

An Evening with Doc Watson & David Holt, July 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Five-time Grammy winner and National Medal of Arts honoree Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (1923-2012) takes the spotlight. Blind since childhood, Doc developed an innovative flat-picking style of playing guitar and, with his son Merle, helped lead the folk roots revival of the 1960s. David Holt, a fellow Grammy-winner, folklorist and longtime friend of Doc, hosts this celebration of song and story. In this three-act concert, recorded in 1998 at North Carolina's Appalachian State University, Doc, David and Richard Watson (Doc's grandson) perform a variety of duets and solos.

 

Buffalo Bill's American West, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Buffalo Bill Cody's legacy is explored through iconic images and artifacts of the American West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Stunning high definition footage of artistic masterworks help paint a portrait of the man who embodied the spirit of the West in all its complexities, while telling the story of western expansion.

 

Final Hours: Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, July 26 at 8:00 p.m.
This powerful documentary recreates the final flight of Amelia Earhart, the noted aviation pioneer whose historic 1937 trip around the world ended in her tragic disappearance. Shot in 19 countries, "The Final Hours" is based on "World Flight 1997," Texas aviator Linda Finch's honorary recreation of Earhart's planned flight. With the rare accreditation of the Smithsonian Institution, this informative program presents footage of Finch's flight, artfully intercut with archival footage and interviews with Earhart. Notably different from other Amelia Earhart films, this program also presents theories as to what actually occurred during the deadly flight.

 

John Glenn: A Life of Service, July 26 at 9:00 p.m.
The program chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues, including Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI) and PBS News Hour's Mark Shields. It captures the pivotal events in John Glenn's life: his humble beginnings in Depression-era Ohio, his life-changing ride-along with a barnstormer, his enlistment following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his 122 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, his envelope-pushing exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut during the Cold War. Thrilling archival footage of NASA lift-offs and transmissions help chronicle Glenn's historic orbits around the Earth on February 20, 1962. In interviews, Glenn describes the importance of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, the risky nature of the launch and Friendship 7's treacherous re-entry five hours later. As a fitting coda to a life spent dedicated to serving his country, the program concludes with Glenn's record-setting space flight in 1998 at age 77.

 

Set for Life, July 31 at 9:00 p.m.
The Great Recession (2007-2009) decimated the economy and put 15 million Americans, including many Baby Boomers, out of work. The award-winning "Set For Life" follows three Baby Boomers - a third-generation steelworker from West Virginia, a community college staffer from South Carolina and an IT project manager from California - struggling to recover. Thrust into a quest they never anticipated, they suffer financial woes, self-doubt and health problems while enduring the daunting job-hunt process and coping with their rapidly eroding American Dream.

 

UEN-TV Programs - End of Summer and Back to School

Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, Saturdays beginning Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg offers insider access to the travel industry, deconstructing travel myths from the facts in segments from around the world. Plus "Hidden Gems" beyond the guidebooks; volunteer vacations; and "one-tank trips." In the first program on August 2, Greenberg explores the truth about frequent-flier programs and the "Hidden Gems" of Malinalco, Mexico and Abu Dhabi's gold culture.

 

The Visionaries, Saturdays beginning Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Bolstered by a co-production relationship with Harvard's Ash Institute, "Visionaries" presents 6 new shows that celebrate what happens when our inventive spirit is combined with a commitment to the greater good. Sam Waterston leads viewers on an extraordinary odyssey to explore the remarkable capacity Americans have to create positive change in the world. You will meet bold innovators, dynamic social entrepreneurs, and creative problem solvers that are changing lives all across the country and throughout the world.

 

World Affairs Today, Sundays at 7:00 a.m. on MHz Worldview / UEN-TV 9.2
"World Affairs TODAY" is a public information service of the World Affairs Council in Washington, DC. Each week the program is recorded in front of a live audience in Washington and focuses on a major global issue and foreign policy topic. Through these programs, viewers gain insights and a better understanding of the most challenging issues facing the United States and the world in the coming years.

 

Enough is Enough, Tuesdays beginning August 5 at 9 p.m.
This series is an invaluable and practical resource for parents, educators and other caring adults who may be uninformed, overwhelmed or ill-equipped to protect children in the ever-evolving Internet world. Filled with poignant true stories and essential strategies to counter these dangers, viewers gain information, skills, and confidence to effectively protect children on all Internet-enabled devices.

 

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth, Thursday, August 7 at 9 p.m.
"Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Eleven million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Of those, four and a half million were brought to the U.S. as children. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for most of these young people.

 

Fit Kids, Healthy Families, Friday, August 8 at 9 p.m.
"FIT KIDS, HEALTHY FAMILIES" is a half-hour program that focuses on the critical threat to children's health posed by childhood obesity. The fast-paced program provides information on how and why childhood obesity has risen to become a major issue. The program also provides valuable information to children and parents on making wise nutritional and exercise choices to help insure a lifetime of healthy habits.

 

Facing Forward: A Student's Story, Saturday, August 23 at 9 p.m.
In inner-city Cleveland, 19 out of 20 African-American males, on average, do not graduate from high school. E Prep, a new-wave middle school with old-school values, endeavors to counteract these statistics by holding its students to high standards for behavior and achievement. The program takes viewers to a cultural battlefield where teachers and administrators strive to transform at-risk youth into self-assured, productive individuals. Hand-held cameras follow the charming but troubled 12-year-old Tyree during a full academic year and beyond to chart E-Prep's impact.

 

Women In Chemistry: Life Lessons From the Laboratory, Monday, August 25 at 9 p.m.
A documentary profiling eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry. The Women in Chemistry project set out to present a group of eminent women chemists in all their dimensions principally to inspire young women to consider careers in the chemical and molecular sciences.

 

Cafeteria Man, Tuesday, August 26 at 9 p.m.
All across America, school food is undergoing a major transformation to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Cafeteria Man provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring fresher, healthier food to the millions of kids in our nation's schools, with the ultimate goal of enhancing their well-being. It follows nationally-recognized, charismatic chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis. Says best-selling author Michael Pollan in the documentary: "If Tony makes this happen here, I think you'll see this happening all over the country."

 

Good Morning Mission Hill: The Freedom to Teach, The Freedom to Learn, Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m.
Imagine a public school environment based on respecting every child and adult's limitless possibilities! Unlike most of their public school peers, Mission Hill teachers have control of their curriculum, and a say in just about every aspect of school life. At this Boston public school academics connect to experiences, empathy and exploration are valued, and children with diverse abilities and backgrounds flourish. There are no panaceas, but much can be achieved when teachers have the freedom to teach, plus the support to keep growing. Expect laughter, tears, singing and fresh baked bread.

 

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