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Reconnecting Roots

Self-described as "Ken Burns meets This American Life meets Bill Nye the Science Guy," RECONNECTING ROOTS is a quirky, youthful half-hour cultural series that seeks to bridge generations and bring viewers together. Hosted by Gabriel McCauley, each half-hour episode explores the last 150 years of American progress, culture and innovation, through interviews with Americans reconnecting to lessons learned by their parents and grandparents.

Reconnecting Roots  
  • Trains: Tracking Progress
    Wednesday, September 23
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From transcontinental progress to high speed success: how trains catapulted America into the future while never fully leaving the stations of our hearts. ALT: In the Season 2 finale, we ride the rails of history at the 150th Golden Spike anniversary. Gabe talks with descendants of Chinese railroad workers about their forgotten contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, all while seeking to understand how the centuries-old technology keeps this country running today. Virgin/Brightline Trains: Miami, FL (AND Fort Lauderdale / West Palm); Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline Trains; The Golden Spike: Sesquicentennial Celebration: Tremonton, Utah (Near Salt Lake City); Russell Lowe - (San Francisco, CA); Dr. Gordon H Chang, Stanford Professor, Dept of History (Stanford, CA).

 

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  • Trains: Tracking Progress
    Wednesday, September 16
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    From transcontinental progress to high speed success: how trains catapulted America into the future while never fully leaving the stations of our hearts. ALT: In the Season 2 finale, we ride the rails of history at the 150th Golden Spike anniversary. Gabe talks with descendants of Chinese railroad workers about their forgotten contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, all while seeking to understand how the centuries-old technology keeps this country running today. Virgin/Brightline Trains: Miami, FL (AND Fort Lauderdale / West Palm); Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline Trains; The Golden Spike: Sesquicentennial Celebration: Tremonton, Utah (Near Salt Lake City); Russell Lowe - (San Francisco, CA); Dr. Gordon H Chang, Stanford Professor, Dept of History (Stanford, CA).
  • Native Americans: An Uncommon History
    Wednesday, September 16
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    A complicated and forgotten history: How the (stolen) land of the free neglected to make a home for the braves. ALT: America has a difficult history when it comes to the narrative of Native Americans. To better understand how a sovereign nation functions as a part of "We The People," Gabe visits the Navajo Nation and gains first-hand insight into their story from a president and a presidential hopeful. Navajo Nation - Window Rock, AZ (and Navajo Technical University); Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation - Navajo Nation / Window Rock, AZ; Jamestown, NM; Mark Charles, US Presidential Candidate (Washington DC).
  • Native Americans: An Uncommon History
    Wednesday, September 9
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A complicated and forgotten history: How the (stolen) land of the free neglected to make a home for the braves. ALT: America has a difficult history when it comes to the narrative of Native Americans. To better understand how a sovereign nation functions as a part of "We The People," Gabe visits the Navajo Nation and gains first-hand insight into their story from a president and a presidential hopeful. Navajo Nation - Window Rock, AZ (and Navajo Technical University); Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation - Navajo Nation / Window Rock, AZ; Jamestown, NM; Mark Charles, US Presidential Candidate (Washington DC).
  • Hunting: Field to Fork
    Wednesday, September 9
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From survival, to privilege, to sport: how one of our most fundamental means for living led to extinction of life and consequently created a means and system to preserve it. ALT: To continue the "Farm to Table" conversation from Season 1, we examine "Field to Fork" - a program training a new generation of "hipster hunters" to source meat directly and locally. Netflix's "MeatEaters" hosts Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan also offer insight into the complicated history of hunting in America while discussing how hunting is still relevant today. Turkey Hunt - Culleoka, TN (South Nashville Area); Ryan Callaghan, MeatEater (Bozeman, MT); National Bison Range - Moiese, Montana; Steven Rinella, MeatEater (Bozeman, MT); QDMA Field to Fork - Bogart, Georgia (Athens area); Hank Forrester, QDMA (Bogart, GA).
  • Hunting: Field to Fork
    Wednesday, September 2
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    From survival, to privilege, to sport: how one of our most fundamental means for living led to extinction of life and consequently created a means and system to preserve it. ALT: To continue the "Farm to Table" conversation from Season 1, we examine "Field to Fork" - a program training a new generation of "hipster hunters" to source meat directly and locally. Netflix's "MeatEaters" hosts Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan also offer insight into the complicated history of hunting in America while discussing how hunting is still relevant today. Turkey Hunt - Culleoka, TN (South Nashville Area); Ryan Callaghan, MeatEater (Bozeman, MT); National Bison Range - Moiese, Montana; Steven Rinella, MeatEater (Bozeman, MT); QDMA Field to Fork - Bogart, Georgia (Athens area); Hank Forrester, QDMA (Bogart, GA).
  • Travel: Migration to Mobility
    Wednesday, September 2
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Wagons Ho, Now Boarding, Stand Clear, Closing Doors: journeying back to the ways we traveled and how they changed the reasons why we travel. ALT: From migration to mobility, the reason we travel has changed alongside technology. Looking to the future, Gabe visits a cutting edge Hyperloop company in California to see first hand how Americans hope to get around in the years to come. HyperloopTT - Culver City, CA (Greater Los Angeles); Bibop Gresta - Chairman (Los Angeles, CA); The Pan Am Experience - Hollywood, CA; Anthony Toth - Redondo Beach, CA.
  • Travel: Migration to Mobility
    Wednesday, August 26
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Wagons Ho, Now Boarding, Stand Clear, Closing Doors: journeying back to the ways we traveled and how they changed the reasons why we travel. ALT: From migration to mobility, the reason we travel has changed alongside technology. Looking to the future, Gabe visits a cutting edge Hyperloop company in California to see first hand how Americans hope to get around in the years to come. HyperloopTT - Culver City, CA (Greater Los Angeles); Bibop Gresta - Chairman (Los Angeles, CA); The Pan Am Experience - Hollywood, CA; Anthony Toth - Redondo Beach, CA.
  • Irish Immigrants: Emerald Isle to Ellis Island
    Wednesday, August 26
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From the land of the green to the land of the Free: why so many Irish left for America and why it's worth looking back on. ALT: Taking the immigration story back overseas on a visit to Ireland, Gabe answers the question of why so many Irish people came to America. This helps us to better understand the DNA behind our diverse nation, while examining true immigrant success stories. Murphy's Ice Cream: Dingle, Ireland (County Kerry); Sean Murphy (Dingle, Ireland); Ulster American Folk Park: Omagh, Ireland (Ulster); Liam Corry (Omagh, Ireland).
  • Irish Immigrants: Emerald Isle to Ellis Island
    Wednesday, August 19
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    From the land of the green to the land of the Free: why so many Irish left for America and why it's worth looking back on. ALT: Taking the immigration story back overseas on a visit to Ireland, Gabe answers the question of why so many Irish people came to America. This helps us to better understand the DNA behind our diverse nation, while examining true immigrant success stories. Murphy's Ice Cream: Dingle, Ireland (County Kerry); Sean Murphy (Dingle, Ireland); Ulster American Folk Park: Omagh, Ireland (Ulster); Liam Corry (Omagh, Ireland).
  • Religion: Church In States
    Wednesday, August 19
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From tents to steeples to megachurches: how religious groups have divided, multiplied, and united Americans for generations. ALT: What does religious freedom mean to America today? Gabe travels to Flushing, New York - the birthplace of spiritual liberty in America - to find out. Quaker Meetinghouse: Flushing, NYC (Queens); Gina Minielli (New York City); Nancy Bruno (New York City); Round Table at Flushing Free Synagogue: (All from Queens - Flushing, NYC); Alan J. Brava; John Choe; Caroline Lane; Ravi Vaidyanaat Sivachariar; Reverend Rosemarie Newberry; Central City Community Outreach: Coffee & Karaoke: Los Angeles, CA (Skid Row); Tony Stallworth - Pastor - Los Angeles, CA; Scott Chamberlain - Pastor - Los Angeles, CA; Jefferson St. Bridge Ministry: Nashville, TN.
  • Religion: Church In States
    Wednesday, August 12
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    From tents to steeples to megachurches: how religious groups have divided, multiplied, and united Americans for generations. ALT: What does religious freedom mean to America today? Gabe travels to Flushing, New York - the birthplace of spiritual liberty in America - to find out. Quaker Meetinghouse: Flushing, NYC (Queens); Gina Minielli (New York City); Nancy Bruno (New York City); Round Table at Flushing Free Synagogue: (All from Queens - Flushing, NYC); Alan J. Brava; John Choe; Caroline Lane; Ravi Vaidyanaat Sivachariar; Reverend Rosemarie Newberry; Central City Community Outreach: Coffee & Karaoke: Los Angeles, CA (Skid Row); Tony Stallworth - Pastor - Los Angeles, CA; Scott Chamberlain - Pastor - Los Angeles, CA; Jefferson St. Bridge Ministry: Nashville, TN.
  • The Recording Industry: Off the Record, In the Cloud
    Wednesday, August 12
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From your turn-table to your pocket to the cloud: how technology has changed the way we listen to music and each other. ALT: Gabe Visits Jack White's Third Man Pressing to find out if the vinyl resurgence is just a fad, or if it's here to stay. Third Man Record Pressing: Detroit, MI (Cass Corridor); Jon Krautner from The Go - Detroit, MI; Dave Buick - Third Man - Detroit, MI; Eddie White - Third Man - Detroit MI; Bill Skibbe - Record Producer - Third Man - Detroit, MI; Patreon & Pomplamoose: San Francisco, CA; Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn - San Francisco, CA.
  • The Recording Industry: Off the Record, In the Cloud
    Wednesday, August 5
    8:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    From your turn-table to your pocket to the cloud: how technology has changed the way we listen to music and each other. ALT: Gabe Visits Jack White's Third Man Pressing to find out if the vinyl resurgence is just a fad, or if it's here to stay. Third Man Record Pressing: Detroit, MI (Cass Corridor); Jon Krautner from The Go - Detroit, MI; Dave Buick - Third Man - Detroit, MI; Eddie White - Third Man - Detroit MI; Bill Skibbe - Record Producer - Third Man - Detroit, MI; Patreon & Pomplamoose: San Francisco, CA; Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn - San Francisco, CA.
  • Education of a Nation
    Wednesday, August 5
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From one room school houses with pencil & paper to campuses with smart-boards & tablets, education in this country has experienced a massive overhaul. Putting the education system to the test, we visit homeschool coops, modern one room schoolhouses, and a high school who might just understand the big picture.