About This Series
A series culled from public television stations and independent producers, Local, USA shows the depth and diversity of this country's people in fascinating short stories. The third season brings individuals together to talk about their slice of life - from the witnesses of a historic event that changed a neighborhood, and a nation, to the men and women finding themselves and their passion & place. Local, USA is their story and your story, connecting each of us by our shared experiences.
Local, USA is culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program. Funding for season three of Local, USA provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
K-Town '92: Reporters
K-Town '92: Reporters looks at the city-wide civil unrest that erupted in 1992. Three journalists covered the story for the Los Angeles Times, providing reporting on the destruction and deaths. Twenty-five years later, they revisit their stories and impressions of those tumultuous events, and the media coverage they helped to create.
Finding America 1
Before Courtney became an accidental baker and Jesus cooked the most beautiful hot dogs, they each had to search for their identity. The same can be said of Anthony, Cordelia and Tonia - these five men and women discovered who they are and then discovered their passion and purpose in their America.
Finding America 2
We all come from some place – and that place can shape us for the rest of our lives. Finding America looks across the country at stories that celebrate – and challenge – the relationships between individuals and the communities they live in. Hear warm memories, surprising discoveries, and deep worries about our changing American landscapes.
The Guys Next Door
Erik and Sandro, like many married couples, hope to become parents. Their friend Rachel decides she can help by becoming a surrogate for them – even though she and her husband Tony have three biological children of their own. The Guys Next Door is a story that redefines choice, generosity, and what it means to be a family in today’s America.
The Mayors of Shiprock
Meet The Mayors of Shiprock. These young Navajo leaders meet every week to learn about their Native culture, discuss community improvements, and work to bridge divides within their community. Some on the reservation say they don’t have the traditional knowledge and language needed to be real leaders… but the Mayors are not stopping.
My Everyday Hustle
Meet five men and women chasing their versions of the American Dream. In New York, they are an integral part of everyday life and many people depend on them as a dog walker to street cart vendor. How do they make ends meet? My Everyday Hustle reveals the struggles, successes, and daily “hustle” for people we see every day, but don’t really know.
Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall
At 15-years-old, Terry Kanalu Young took a dive into shallow waters, becoming a quadriplegic in a split second. Nonetheless he learned to value the life he lived rather than mourn the life he lost, using that insight to offer hope to those dispossessed. At the end of his life, Kanalu was able to inspire Native Hawaiians to reclaim their sense of worth.
Mr. Connolly Has ALS
In New Hampshire, Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly was known for his non-stop energy and the innate ability to connect with the school’s 1,600 students. However, in 2014, he was diagnosed with ALS. The film follows his final year as principal, and invites students to ask questions - personal and tough - about living with the disease.
Opioids from Inside
Follow the journey of three women, all mothers, who have served time in New York State jails for opioid-related crimes. Growing up, these women dreamed of having a family, a career. But these women are not simply addicts, they are mothers and daughters, they are loved and feared, they are abusers and victims, but most of all, they are humans.