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Stateless, Saturday, May 2 at 9 p.m.
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Duc H. Nguyen follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States. Many may be familiar with the mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees following the 1975 fall of Saigon, but most do not know that there are still Vietnamese refugees seeking asylum today. "Stateless" follows the stories of refugees such as Nguyen Phuc Trong,who has unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Vietnam numerous times since 1975. The great risks that refugees like Phuc Trong take are centered around their anticipation and hope of an opportunity for resettlement. In Manila, lawyer and activist Trinh Hoi and his legal aid center team help the nearly 2,000 Vietnamese "long-stayers" resolve the legal limbo that has rendered them stateless.

 

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Episode 1109, The Water Show, Sunday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.
From fountains in the garden to drought-tolerant plants, Allen keeps it fun! Allen will demonstrate how to make a galvanized bucket feel a little more at home in nature and teaches us how to make an herbal ice bowl. Allen also talks to an expert on pine straw and how to use it for erosion control. Plus,we'll learn about water features and how to make bath blends out of fresh herbs.

 

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Episode 186 "Ocean Exploration", Monday, May 4 at 3 p.m.
Is space really the final frontier? Bill Nye says no. The ocean makes up two thirds of the world's surface and remains largely unexplored. This episode boldly takes us were few have gone before -- to the bottom of the ocean.

 

Seeking Water From The Sun, Monday, May 4 at 9:30 p.m.
After 30 years off the Navajo Nation,Rosie Sekayumptewa returned to the homestead where three generations of her family have lived. She found the beauty and serenity she remembered and the scarcity that had shaped her childhood. In Sekayumptewa's corner of the reservation, there is no access to safe, clean water. Almost forty percent of the Navajo Nation's residents drive hundreds of miles every month to haul water back to their homes,where they ration what they have and use scant gallons for washing, bathing, cooking and drinking. But water may be on the way. University of Arizona scientists are exploring how to use solar energy to make clean water. Their hope is to bring solar-based, "off the grid" water purification to the vast, 24,000-square-mile Navajo Nation and its residents.

 

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Episode 186 "Wetlands", Tuesday, May 5 at 3 p.m.
Bill Nye sloshes across American wetlands and shows us how swamps, bogs, and marshes help control floods, naturally filter water and provide good homes to lots of living things, especially wildlife.

 

Remains of a River: From Source To Sea Down the Colorado, Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river. From October 2011 to January 2012,Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains to Mexico following the Colorado River system from its farthest inland source to the sea, filming and narrating on the fly. The resulting film series, is a story of friendship, adventure and environmental degradation.

 

A Walk in the Park With Nick, Tuesday, May 5 at 9 p.m.
The second installment of the nature series "A Walk In The Park With Nick Molle" explores the Colorado, Big Thompson,Cache la Poudre and St. Vrain rivers located within the northern Rocky Mountains. With sound science, respect and a touch of humor, host Molle traces the sources of the streams from the top of the Rockies to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and explores the scenic natural habitats of the region's indigenous animals, including beavers,moose, bears, coyotes and others. Along the way, he carefully illustrates the role humans play in each ecosystem.

 

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Episode 146 "The Water Cycle", Wednesday, May 6 at 3 p.m.
Using a whimsical model made of a tiny staircase,wind-up penguins, and a bicycle tire, Bill Nye demonstrates the phases of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.

 

Biz Kid$, Episode 512 "Businesses Going Green", Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Going green is worthwhile and good for the bottom line. Explore the profitable side of going green, and learn how to distinguish between what's hype, and what's hip. Meet two college grads who learned how to make a profit from the coffee grounds up.

 

Powell to Powell: Portraits of The Upper Colorado, Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
From June through September 2012 Will Stauffer-Norris, Zak Podmore and friends walked, kayaked, and rafted from Rocky Mountain National Park to Lake Powell along the Colorado River. Along the way they talked to over 30 people involved in the Colorado: farmers, ranchers,water managers, professional rafters, conservationists, and more.

 

Balancing Development and Environment: Wetland, Wednesday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Wetland mitigation is a simple idea. When an acre of wetlands is lost from development, two acres must be provided to make up for, mitigate, that loss. This video illustrates the mitigation process and shows how we can successfully balance development and conservation. It highlights the value of the land owner in managing the restored area after construction to provide vibrant habitat and many wetland benefits including cleaner water, biological diversity, flood control and outdoor recreation.

 

Water Pressures, Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m.
Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide - 1.2 billion - lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. " Water Pressures" sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan.

 

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Episode 160, "Rivers and Streams", Thursday, May 7 at 3 p.m.
Splash down a rapid river with Bill Nye the Science Guy and explore how ecosystems work and why they are important to our environment. From waterfalls and dams, to the depths of the Grand Canyon, this is one wet and wild ride. This week's music video showcases the Talking Headwaters singing "Take Me to the River."

 

A Changing Delta: Restoring the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m.
Left for dead after decades of neglect, the terminus of the Colorado River in Northern Mexico was once a vibrant wetland ecosystem the size of Rhode Island. "A Changing Delta" chronicles the stories, issues, and people of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, and what they've done to reconnect one of the most iconic American rivers to the sea.

 

Discovery Road #210, Native Americans & Sacred Water, Thursday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m.
This episode is about Native American views of water from a variety of perspectives in and around the state of Utah. The program opens in southern Utah with a visit to the Kaibab-Piute Indian Reservation and Pipe Spring National Monument. The story of the natural springs gives insight to ancient history and modern views of the valuable water here. The Hot Springs just outside of Monroe,Utah have long been a source of intrigue, belief and dreams about humanity. Historians say it was used by prehistoric Indians as a sacred watering place. There is evidence all around the Hot Springs that ancient tribes did live there. Pictographs and the hot springs are discussed by local residents and others. From a distance you can see the distinct yellow and gold colored soil and rocks where the water still trickles from the earth.

 

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story, Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m.
America's Heartland is home to some of the world's most productive farmland, but this bounty comes with a price. At a crossroads, the future health of America's agricultural lands and waters depends upon a combination of solutions. This film traces the development of America's bountiful harvest and its effect on the legendary river. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers are contaminating the nation's waters at the same time that precious soils wash away. Farmers, scientists and citizens are seeking solutions that help meet the goals of an ambitious, food-producing nation while ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of its most precious natural resources.

 

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Episode 187, "Lakes and Ponds", Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m.
Bodies of water surrounded by land on all sides are called lakes if they're large and ponds if they're small. Where does all that water come from? Bill Nye ponders this and many other freshwater questions in this program.

 

Extreme Environments #121, Lakes, Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Lakes are bodies of water not connected to an ocean. Just three percent of the world's water is fresh,with two-thirds being locked away in polar or glacial ice. Russia's Lake Baikal and the Great Lake System of North America make up as much as half of what's left over.

 

Tulare Lake, Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Tulare Lake in California's Central Valley was once the largest lake west of the Mississippi. By the year 1910, the lake had been completely dried by water diversion and land reclamation, along with the dislocation of the Valley's indigenous people. Today the region maintains the most productive agricultural land in the world and in the same locale, the most impoverished congressional district. Today a visionary land owner has begun adjusting to climate change by advocating partial restoration of what was once Tulare Lake. Along with his new ideas, a successful and impressive lake and marsh restoration project is already underway.

 

Watershed Revolution, Friday, May 8 at 8:30 p.m.
"Where does your water come from?" This question perplexed most of the audiences that Paul Jenkin surveyed during his worldwide lectures on ecosystems and dam removal. He was surprised to discover that very few people in his own community understood the value of the Ventura River as an independent water supply, unique in Southern California. In order to raise awareness, in 2007 Jenkin and filmmaker Rich Reid set out to make a film documenting the issues affecting their watershed. Over a two year period, through floods, fire and drought, they visually define a watershed and offer ways to protect future water supplies. With an area of 200 square miles, the Ventura River watershed is small in scale compared to some of the larger watersheds in the United States. However, this region suffers many of the same problems with habitat degradation, dams,water supply, and water quality.

 

Water Blues, Green Solutions, Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
This documentary tells stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Floods. Drought. Overloaded sewers. Acres of pavement. Pollution. We're in a water crisis. Meet the innovators who are teaching America to "soak it up." America's deteriorating water infrastructure demands repair and expansion. Some communities are testing new solutions. "Water Blues Green Solutions" tells the stories of visionary leaders in four cities-Philadelphia,New York, San Antonio, and Portland-who borrow strategies from nature to clean and protect water.

 

Crying Earth Rise Up, Saturday, May 9 at 9 p.m.
A Lakota mother studying geology seeks the source of the water contamination that caused her daughter's critical health problems. Meanwhile, a Lakota grandmother fights the regional expansion of uranium mining. "Crying Earth Rise Up" exposes the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on Great Plains drinking water.

 

Our American Family: The Furutas, Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 p.m.
The first half of the 1900's represents the last era of American life that, for most families, began largely unchanged from the generations that came before. Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, CA established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band together to pursue the American dream a second time.

 

Memory of Forgotten War, Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The program conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-1953) by four Korean American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival, and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless other displaced by ongoing military conflict today.

 

Among B-Boys, Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m.
Christopher Woon's first documentary feature explores the intersection of rugged urban b-boyin' (breakdancing) and the traditional roots of Hmong culture. But instead of the usual generational conflict, "Among B-Boys" unveils a story of the modern and the traditional actually affirming each other, visually weaving between the older generation's memory of ethnicity and war and the younger generation's top rocks, footwork, freezes and power-moves. Woon focuses on three breakers - Impact and Vlln of Underground Flow and Sukie of Velocity/Soul Rivals Crew - who reveal the path towards b-boy cultural citizenship in America, but continually steer us back to their families, history and community.

 

Filipino-American Lives, Tuesday, May 19 at 9 p.m.
The series showcases the richness of the Filipino American experience and the nuanced cultural and historical relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines. From the unheralded history of Filipinos and the United Farm Workers Union, to the journey to rediscover the romantic musical traditions of haranas, to the ornately decorated jeepneys, "Filipino American Lives" is an important look at the varied diversity of America and its connection to the world.

 

Hafu, Thursday, May 28 at 9 p.m.
With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is amounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. "Hafu" is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five "hafus"-the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese-as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds.

 

After the Tsunami, Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The documentary tells the story of Indonesian college graduate students who came to U.S. universities on scholarships following the 2004 tsunami that killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh. Much of the early relief was dedicated to food, shelter and the necessities of everyday life. But while roads and houses were being rebuilt, this program allowed 75 students to go away for a brief time-so they could come home to rebuild what could not be replaced with asphalt and brick and mortar. Students are profiled during their time at the University of Arkansas and Texas A& M. The film also follows graduates who are back home in Banda Aceh working in the fields of education, agriculture, government and business. One graduate runs an orphanage for children who lost their families in the tsunami.

 

Music for Life: The Story of New Horizons, Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m.
Marion found respite during a time of trouble. George found his life partner. Marjorie found something she'd thought she'd lost forever. They all found more than they bargained for when they joined the New Horizons Music Program, a program for senior musicians whose skills range from novice to seasoned. Marion,George,Marjorie and others share how they found a new connection to music and so much more in this documentary.

 

Beyond the Light Switch, Monday, May 11 and 18 at 9 p.m.
This two-part, two-hour documentary series thoughtfully considers the trade offs of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a nuclear renaissance, the costs of solar power, the sprawl of wind power and the feasibility of a super grid.

 

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Picture Books, Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Charter School students and Mount Holyoke College's Philosophy Professor Thomas Wartenberg and President Lynn Pasquerella give children an opportunity to pursue their natural curiosity and inclination for philosophy. Philosophy is not usually part of a second-grade curriculum, yet this documentary accompanies a group of college students who lead a series of philosophy classes for six- and seven-year olds. The students learn some of the basic rules for having philosophical discussion, from what it means to be a listener who respects differences in opinion to how to build a strong argument when making a point.

 

Homecoming: The Impact on Our Veterans, Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Veterans from different wars, as well as military experts and a psychologist look at the impact of a homecoming on a soldier - even decades after he or she returns from war. The program also highlights a second homecoming some 60 years in the making for Nebraska Korean War veterans.

 

Indigenous Focus, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on First Nations Experience Network, ch. 9.3
This weekly series features short films exploring cultures around the world. On May 20, "Ubuntu," explains the fundamental understanding of life and its ramifications on how we treat each other, ourselves, and the earth. "The Green House Project" is set in the inner city of Johannesburg, people are being reminded of what they used know - how to grow food, build shelter, and deal with their waste. "A Game For Life, " works with an innovative soccer program to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

 

World Affairs Today, Sundays at 9 a.m. on MHz Worldview on ch. 9.2
"World Affairs Today" is a public information service of the World Affairs Council in Washington,D.C. 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. Speakers include U.S. and foreign government officials, foreign policy experts, authors, journalists, economists, Nobel Laureates, and global business leaders. 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. On the May 24 program, panelists discuss "Global Threats and Lessons From the Ebola Crisis."

 

Kabul Kitchen, Sundays at 9 p.m. on MHz Worldview on ch. 9.2
Afghanistan, 2005. In the middle of a war-torn country and a repressive fundamentalist culture, Jacky runs the Kabul Kitchen, a cafe where all the expats come to eat, drink and enjoy a swimming pool in the heart of Kabul. As the series begins, a surprise visitor also arrives at the Kabul Kitchen. She's Jacky's daughter, she's a humanitarian aid worker and despite Jacky's protests, she's moving in. In French with English subtitles.

 

Today's Ireland, Programs on MHz Worldview on ch. 9.2
The newest global content creation of MHz Networks, "Today's Ireland" (TI) connects viewers with contemporary Ireland, blending news, business reports, cultural programs and entertainment from many broadcasters as the first all-island channel. The concept of Today's Ireland has never been attempted and makes TI a one-of-a-kind programming service connecting the Irish- American Diaspora, as well as MHz's globally-minded audience, to the beauty of a modern, optimistic, new Ireland.

Focal Point, Community News: A roundup of weekly news from NVTV Belfast, broadcast in English. Mondays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Comhra: Whether they are national figures or people whose lives have not made the news, all are happy to share their innermost feelings or experiences in a quiet conversation with award-winning broadcaster, Máirtín Tom Sheáinín. A long-running favorite with the Irish language audience with guests from all corners of Ireland. Broadcast in Irish with English subtitles. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Sean-Nos: Traditional singing from the Ireland's favorite exponents of this acclaimed art-form. Singer Síle Denvir meets and interviews some of the best known singer and chats to them about their songs, and their interest in the tradition. We also hear a selection of their repertoire and the lyrics to all songs are available on-line at www. tg4.ie/ seannos. Broadcast in Irish with English subtitles. Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Derry-Londonderry-UK City of Culture 2013:Monthly magazine program covering events and happenings in Derry~Londonderry. Broadcast in English. Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Timpeal Na Tire: A weekly compilation of the main regional stories as seen on the channel's evening news. This is a people-led approach, highlighting how issues impact on the daily lives of Irish people around the country. Broadcast in Irish with English subtitles. Wednesdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Roisin: A weekly discussion show presented by broadcaster, journalist and mother Róisín O'Hara that throws a new light on today's issues and challenges, a combination of conversation, reports and debate,mixing the light-hearted with the serious. Broadcast in Irish with English subtitles. Wednesdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Northern Vision Documentary Specials: Documentaries produced and presented by NvTv, broadcast in English. Thursdays at 1 p.m.

McGurk's Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence: Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m.: A documentary made in association with The McGurk's Bar Remembrance Committee examining the suspicious circumstances surrounding the bombing of McGurk's Bar in Belfast,Northern Ireland in 1971.

Our Generation: Conversation with Padraic Fiacc: Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m.: Interview with the poet Padraic Fiacc, who was born in Belfast in 1924. In 1929 when he was 5 years old, his family moved to New York. He returned to Belfast in 1946 where his poetry was published in several magazines, and the 1948 volume of New Irish Poets. Fiacc was the youngest poet in that edition. Despite only producing 12 anthologies, Padriac's work has influenced many poets over many years, but it is only recently that his work has begun to receive the recognition it deserves. Today he still resides in Belfast, and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Arts Academy.

Neil Shawcrass: The Portrait: Thursday, May 21 at 1 p.m.: Neil Shawcrass grew up and studied art in Lancashire, England before moving to Ireland in 1962 to teach art. Ever since he has considered himself to be a proud Ulster man. Renowned for his portrait paintings,Neil has immortalized several well-known individuals such as fellow artist Colin Middleton and novelist Francis Stuart. We sit with Neil during a live painting of his chosen subject Paul Charles as part of his "Hats & Heads" series. During this process Neil recollects his love of Ireland, teaching art, his greatest influences and confesses what he loves most about his work.

Poitin: IsTuisce Deoch Na Sceal: Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m.: There are many stories about poitín, the long illegal homemade drink. In this program, four storytellers in the Donegal Gaeltacht share some of their own reminiscences of the "demon drink". They tell us about the myths and superstitions developed by poitín distillers, about batches gone awry and run-ins with the law, and about producing the stuff in rural Gaeltacht areas and in Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail. They share some of the humour and the horror associated with this legendary drink.

Houses of the Oireachtas: Today's Ireland programming also includes coverage of the weeks' leaders questions. Produced and distributed by Houses of the Oireachtas. Broadcast in English and Irish. Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

 

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