About This Program
Produced in partnership with WTTW in Chicago, Local, USA is a half-hour, 13-week series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program.
Local, USA is a co-production of WTTW and WORLD Channel.
THE SERIES PREMIERE OF LOCAL, USA STARTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 9/8c!
Episodes from Season 1
Through the Past
Wherever we go, the past is never far behind. From Chicago, Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska and Weston, Florida to Toledo, Ohio, Local, USA explores four stories connecting us to times gone by.
Sense of Place
Finding a sense of place...and purpose in four stories through a young girl from Memphis, a family of native descent in Lincoln, Nebraska, a whimsical San Franciscan artist, a silent film star in Seattle, and a lifelong Chicagoan.
Finding One's Voice
Searching for an artistic voice and a way of expressing oneself. An autistic artist in New Jersey finds the best tools to communicate his wonderful works of art -- despite barely uttering a word -- and a young Chicago prodigy connects with her inner performer and discovers her electrifying voice.
Soldier Head Trauma
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, has received increasing attention especially among athletes and soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. We examine the links between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the damage they can do, through the story of retired Army sergeant Andrew Reeves of Colchester, Vermont.
Native American Culture
Three stories about modern Native American culture: the effects and solution of climate change in the Pacific Northwest; a Lincoln, Nebraska sculptor, linking the past to the present; and the fight to revive a language in Oklahoma.
Three stories question the limits of any disability: the loving marriage of two individuals in New York City; a volunteer program that introduces unlikely candidates to surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii; and a blind North Carolina hiker sets out to climb the Appalachian Trail.
Utah is not exactly the first place you think of when talking about alcohol & liquor. But since the early days of prohibition, “The Beehive State” has a unique foray into distilling spirits. We retrace Utah’s fight for and against alcohol with a look at the characters keeping it alive today.
Death and Dying
An uplifting meditation on death and dying with stories of an embalmer in Toledo, Ohio; a New York City hospice volunteer; a dying Brooklyn woman; and an urban philosopher from Memphis, Tennessee.
We get social, with social media! Finding the people using social media to change the world from Chicago (Twitter), Raleigh-Durham, NC, Santa Monica, California (Instagram) and Los Angeles (facebook).
Poetry in Motion
Poetry with a kick! The words, sounds and people that bring poetry to life. Five shorts from cities across the USA, including San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis, that are connected by the rhythm of words and the search for identity.
Sowing the Seeds of Change…planting ideas for sustainability and self-sufficiency. You might think of it as a Midwest rust belt town, but community gardeners in Flint, Michigan are undergoing a variety of projects and planting the seeds of hope for economic revitalization.
Living the Dream
Living the life! Whether it’s in the cozy confines of your own home, or venturing out to find your calling in the big wide world…four subjects in pursuit of their dreams.
Drive Like A Girl
"Drive Like A Girl" follows New York's champion all-girls robotics team, The FeMaidens (The Iron Maidens), just one year after they beat more than 60 male-dominated teams in a regional competition. Though they advanced to the national stage in Atlanta, Ga., they lost before winning it all. Now, they've returned for another shot at the title.