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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.


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