N.S.E.W. (NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST)
About This Collection
From the mountains of the North to the fields in the South, embrace the past and present of a transformed East coast and explore the wild West's diversity as we experience America. WORLD Channel showcases the best of public media with shows that are rooted locally...sharing the stories that make up the fabric of a new American demographic on N.S.E.W.
Episodes In This Collection
Articulate with Jim Cotter: The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler
Though his neighbors call him Daniel Handler, you’re more likely to know him as Lemony Snicket, the author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events;" after a decade of non-stop creativity, Lisa Hannigan overcame the horrors of the blank page; and Nina Chanel Abney’s gift was obvious from an early age - she’s on her own waiting list for a painting.
Around The Corner with John McGivern: Stoughton
If traveling to Norway is not in your budget, start with Stoughton! This Wisconsin gem wins the award for most ethnic joy. While Stoughton celebrates its Norwegian roots, there’s also plenty to do & see that doesn’t require you know how to pronounce Syttende Mai. Watch, and you’ll know why Stoughton should be on your travel list for its own sake!
This American Land: Irrigation Revival, Partnerships for National Parks, Gulf Coast Fishing
The Gila River Indian Community is gearing up for a revival of an agricultural heritage that once sustained them; public-private partnerships in national parks are saving money while supporting services, maintenance & repairs; and charter boat captains on the Gulf Coast are adopting sustainable practices, providing them with more income and safety.
Start Up: Virtual Toys
Gary and the crew head to Austin, Texas to meet with Jan Goetgeluk, owner of Virtuix, a virtual reality company that created the Virtuix Omni™ motion platform. Then they head over to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with Lizzy Newsome and Trevor Yopp, the owners of Kappa Toys, a design-minded toy store, with a wide selection of oddities and classics.
Articulate with Jim Cotter: Janet Echelman Looms Large
Janet Echelman’s sculptures encompass technology, engineering and civic engagement; what began as a job for a hat maker became a vocation for milliner Arturo Rios; humanity’s greatest fear is the certainty of death, and we’ve been dealing with it artistically; and Justin Bettman’s photography took flight when he began using recycled materials.
Around The Corner with John McGivern: Around The Map In Se Wisconsin
What does it say about a group who chooses Jones Island, a bell museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, pizza, ice cream and the Zoo? It says that apparently we’re not all interested in the same things, but we are all really glad this worked out because we loved it. Whether by region or by community, it’s awesome to work in Wisconsin!
This American Land: Restoring River Flows, Welcome Back Monarchs
Managing irrigation demand in the upper Colorado Basin: water managers in western CO are developing innovative, more efficient systems to conserve water and restore flows; in OK, reviving prairie habitat for migrating monarch butterflies; and researchers study lizards in White Sands, NM, to learn how changing habitats influence evolution.
Start Up: The Concrete That Broke The Camels Back
Gary and the crew head to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with Guy Seeklus, owner of Camel Safari, a premier camel ride and Segway tour experience. Then they head over to Phoenix, Arizona to meet with Brandon Boetto, owner of SlabHaus, a business specializing in high-end concrete home furnishings.
Articulate with Jim Cotter: Ian Brennan and the Democratization of Music
Ian Brennan believes that cultural colonization by English-speakers needs redress; Nina Berman blurs the line between fine art and editorial photography - her images are compelling and beautiful; and Leroy Johnson has lived on the edges of the art world but life in the hinterland has provided him with his own distinctive artistic voice.
Around The Corner with John McGivern: Delavan
Delavan is completely unique. Delevan is home to our only cookie jar museum, the one and only Bradley’s department store and the only company we’ve been to that produces tubes used to artificially inseminate poultry and cattle. In Wisconsin, this is home to the only school for the deaf and the largest percentage of Latinos. Yep. Only in Delavan.
This American Land: Wyoming Wilderness, Rising Sea Levels, Managing National Forests
In WY, there’s support for protecting wilderness study areas; Norfolk, VA residents use education to defend their neighborhoods from rising sea levels; in NC's Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, the public is playing a major role in shaping the future of the forest; and researchers in ID study pygmy rabbits to save threatened sagebrush landscapes.
Start Up: A Bearded Delight
Gary and the crew head to Austin, Texas to meet with Jeremiah Newton, owner of The Bearded Bastard, beard grooming products made by hand. Then they head over to Detroit, Michigan to meet with Amina Daniels, owner of Live Cycle Delight, the first contemporary cycle studio to offer cycling classes, a bike lounge, and a cold-pressed juice bar.
Articulate with Jim Cotter: Gene Yang: Drawing On Knowledge
Gene Yang’s career choices have always been driven by vocation - he came to realize that making comics would be a far more potent educational tool; if you feel like you missed out on British '70s glam rock, don’t worry - The Struts are here to help; and you might be surprised to learn that courtship is alive and well, and living in your phone.
Around The Corner with John McGivern: Grafton
Grafton is friendly, graceful and good looking. It is a community that has it covered with artists and businesses, are making a difference, and have people like banjo player Mike Gregory and Christmas tree farmers Lisa and Rick O’Malley. And the Around the Corner crew were well satisfied by elk sticks, kiefer and BBQ...yum!
This American Land: Forest Homes for Bats, Defenses Against Flooding, Prescribed Fires
Private landowners in PA work with government support to provide critical forest habitat for bats; near St. Louis, residents try to break the cycle of flooding, cleaning up and re-building by adopting more natural solutions; and FL landowners use prescribed fires to reintroduce a natural process that results in healthier ecosystems for wildlife.
Start Up: FINN-Ish Your Beer
Gary and the crew head to New Orleans to meet with Daniel Victory, the founder of Victory Nola, a bar-meets-classroom operation that teaches how to make classic New Orleans Cocktails. Then they head over to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet with Jeff Butzow, a fishmonger and the owner of Fish Lads, a seafood restaurant and fresh seafood store.