Programs


    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange


    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange celebrates the cultural and historical growth that has occurred in the last generation, providing fuel for a global conversation on the present day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the Diaspora. Produced by the National Black Programming Consortium.




    AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, as a series, celebrates the cultural and historical growth that has occurred in the last generation using films tailored to a world audience from insightful, artful and often unique local perspectives. These films were carefully selected to portray a more balanced view of Africa than you’ll get on the nightly news and to provide fuel for what must be a global conversation on the present day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the Diaspora.

    AfroPoP is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium and distributed by American Public Television. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.




    America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa


    America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa is an innovative documentary series revealing how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA. Each program focuses on human stories, amplified by analysis of the latest statistical information. Produced by the Futuro Media Group.




    America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa is an innovative documentary series available to public TV stations and viewers. Produced by the Harlem-based Futuro Media Group, "America By The Numbers reveals how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA. Each program focuses on human stories from every corner of the nation, amplified by analysis of the latest statistical information about population, health, education, quality of life, and consumer trends.

    Funding for America By The Numbers provided by The California Endowment, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Druckenmiller Foundation, Ford Foundation, PBS, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.




    America ReFramed


    Through the lens of independent documentaries, America ReFramed presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for the future of an ever-evolving country. Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and WORLD Channel.



    Through the lens of independent documentaries, America ReFramed brings to national audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social-issue documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future.

    With weekly independent films, sometimes followed by provocative conversations led by host/moderator Natasha Del Toro, this series offers an unfiltered look at people rarely given a voice on national television.

    America ReFramed is co-produced by American Documentary, Inc. and WORLD Channel.




    Doc World


    A showcase bringing the best international documentaries from around the globe to an American audience. Doc World, a contemporary window into the realities of people and societies from many nations, is a viewers’ passport into the world’s films. Told with authentic voices, these stories will surprise, inform, and delight. Produced by WORLD Channel.


    Surviving the killing fields of Cambodia...
    Growing up in the controversial madrasahs of Pakistan...
    Empowering women through soap operas in the Middle East...
    Harnessing wind power to build a stronger Nepal...

    These stories dive deep into the heart of an issue, giving viewers a chance to understand the lives and concerns of people beyond U.S. borders.

    Doc World is a new, weekly showcase bringing the best international documentaries from around the globe to an American audience. Presented on WORLD Channel and told with authentic voices, these stories will surprise, inform, and delight. The series is a unique and contemporary window into the realities of people and societies from many nations. This is our viewers’ passport into the world’s films that they cannot see anywhere else.

    Doc World uncovers what matters most to people from other countries, the histories they remember, and what engages and concerns them most. These films explore social concerns, cultural touchstones, political hot topics, and environmental issues, revealing the commonalities and differences that peoples and cultures experience throughout the globe.

    Doc World is produced by WORLD Channel. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by the Center for Asian American Media, The Kendeda Fund, the National Black Programming Consortium and PBS.




    Eyes on the Prize


    The definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Narrated by political leader and civil rights activist Julian Bond (1940-2015).




    Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

    The award-winning documentary series recounts the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation from the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 to Harold Washington's mayoral win of 1983 in Chicago. This is the story of the people -- young and old, male and female, northern and southern -- who, compelled by a meeting of conscience and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and blacks could not attend the same school, ride the same bus, vote in the same election, or participate equally in society. It was a time in which peaceful demonstrators were met with resistance and brutality -- a reality that may once have been nearly incomprehensible to many young Americans but is all too undeniable once again today.

    Through historical interviews and footage, the critically acclaimed Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Narrated by political leader and civil rights activist Julian Bond (1940-2015).

    Eyes on the Prize is produced by Blackside, Inc. Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now is produced by FGW Productions and WORLD Channel.

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    Finding America


    An independent public media production comprised of teams embedded at public radio and television stations across the U.S. The third in a series of national productions first launched by AIR, Finding America moves into communities to invent new storytelling models with citizens who help us tell a new story of the rich diversity of America today.



    Finding America is an independent public media production comprised of 15 teams embedded for nine months at forward-moving public radio and television stations across the U.S. It’s the third in a series of national productions first launched by AIR in 2010 and led by some of the most gifted independent producers in the nation. Finding America moves into communities large and small to invent new storytelling models with citizens who help us tell a new story of the rich diversity of America today.

    AIR matched winning talent with stations and deployed them to build productions over nine months with a mandate to invent new pathways to those citizens not engaged with public media. AIR’s producers then assembled scores of community partners, storytellers, and citizen contributors to produce live events, invent new, blended media models, and produce stories distributed via broadcast and digital platforms.

    Principal funding for Finding America provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and AIR’s network of more than 1,100 producers in 47 states and 30 countries.




    Global Voices


    Global Voices strives to bring a wide array of issues, stories, and cultures from around the world into the American living room. The series explores the earth by featuring international documentaries that will make you think beyond our nation's borders. Produced by the Independent Television Service.




    Global Voices strives to bring a wide array of issues, stories, and cultures from around the world into the American living room. Through the medium of independent documentary films, the series explores the earth by featuring international documentaries that will make you think beyond our nation's borders. Open your eyes and ears by tuning into Global Voices, and experience what the rest of the world has to say.

    Global Voices is produced by the Independent Television Service.




    Independent Lens


    Independent Lens is an Emmy Award-winning series that is television’s leading showcase of independent documentaries — and made by filmmakers funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Watch fascinating human stories that spark conversation about the world’s most pressing issues. Produced by ITVS.




    Independent Lens is television's largest showcase of independent documentary films made by some of the best independent filmmakers working today. The award-winning series introduces an incredible array of unique characters from in the United States and around the world, bringing their rich stories to even wider, more diverse audiences while engaging communities in conversations and providing an authentic space for many voices.

    Independent Lens is produced by the Independent Television Service.




    Local, USA


    Local, USA is a series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers, and curated around a single theme for each program. These “untold” local stories are shared with a national audience. Produced by WORLD Channel and partners from across the country.




    Local, USA is a half-hour series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers, and curated around a single theme for each program.

    Local, USA is produced by WORLD Channel and producing partners from across the country. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.




    Pacific Heartbeat


    Pacific Heartbeat is a series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. The series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture. Produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications in partnership with PBS Hawaii.




    Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. Creative and beautifully told stories about arts, culture and intimate human stories, the series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

    From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, Pacific Heartbeat features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

    Pacific Heartbeat is produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and distributed by American Public Television.




    POV


    POV is TV's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction film. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country with films known for their intimacy, unforgettable storytelling and timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues. Produced by American Documentary, Inc.




    POV is TV's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction film. Since 1988, the series has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

    POV is produced by American Documentary, Inc. Major funding is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, with special support from The Fledgling Fund.




    Reel South


    Reel South is an anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view of one of the most unique corners of the country, the American South. A collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund.




    The American South – its history, people, culture, and landscape are infused with a sense of heritage like no place else in the country – or the world.

    Reel South is an anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view. A collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund, the series showcases documentary films about one of the most unique corners of the country, the American South.

    Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.




    The Open Mind


    Hosted by Alexander Heffner, The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. Produced by THIRTEEN (WNET).




    Premiered in May 1956, The Open Mind with founder Richard D. Heffner was designed to elicit insights into the challenges Americans face in contemporary areas of national concern. Today, the longest-running public broadcast in the history of American television continues with Heffner's grandson, host Alexander Heffner. The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. The goal of the show? To "interrogate ideas" rather than guests in order to further a “vision of communications and media serving the public interest” (New York Times, September 2014).

    The Open Mind airs Sundays at 3:30/2:30c on WORLD.




    WORLD Channel: The Exclusives


    Direct from the storyteller - WORLD Channel's exclusives are engaging, provocative and can only be seen on WORLD. These are documentaries, both short- and long-form, for public media audiences from emerging and veteran independent filmmakers.




    Direct from the storyteller - WORLD Channel's exclusives are engaging, provocative and can only be seen on WORLD. These are documentaries, both short- and long-form, for public media audiences from emerging and veteran independent filmmakers.




    Your Voice, Your Story


    Personal stories are the driving force behind public media. We all have a story to tell. Through this series of short profiles from people of all walks of life, WORLD Channel captures the small stories that give voice to a transforming America. Produced by Firelight Films.




    Personal stories are the driving force behind public media. We all have a story to tell. Through this series of short profiles from people of all walks of life, WORLD Channel captures the small stories that give voice to a transforming America.

    Your Voice, Your Story produced by Firelight Films. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.