Chasing the Dream: A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special
There were no bigger issues fueling the 2016 election than jobs and the increasing number of Americans who feel that a recovering economy simply passed them by. From the rural towns of Eastern Kentucky to the heart of Silicon Valley, stories of struggles and solutions — and new light on the growing economic divide felt by millions of Americans.
Local, USA: Voices from Atlantic City
In 1976, Atlantic City legalized casinos but by 2014, four of the twelve closed, costing nearly 8,000 jobs. Today, the the political and economic future of the casinos, the people and the city hang precariously in the balance. This is the story of the rise and fall through the unique perspectives of local stakeholders who still manage to have hope.
Reel South: Deep Run
Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole’s candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
Reel South: Eat White Dirt
Discover the oddly spellbinding personal, cultural and scientific history of the deeply transgressive and often misunderstood practice of consuming earth known as geophagy. The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon.
Reel South: Soul City
The story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia — Soul City — in the heart of North Carolina’s Klan country during the 1970s. Despite the odds stacked against them, founder Floyd B. McKissick and his band of idealists risked it all to build the city of their dreams.
From the historic sanctuary of Charleston's Mother Emanuel, Beryl Dakers talks with Rev. Betty Clark, Rev. Joe Darby, former S.C. legislator Bakari Sellers and Malcolm Graham. The conversation focuses on the reaction after nine people were murdered during Bible study, and what is left to be done for this community and country to continue to heal.
Local, USA: Veterans Coming Home: Women in the Military
Five documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at women in the military: "Wife, Mother, Soldier" (WNPT), "For the Benefit of the Team" (KCPT), "Peacefully Organic" (WPT), "America’s Funniest Vets Are Serious About Service" (WHRO), and "On the Home Front."
Local, USA: Veterans Coming Home: Stories of Service
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at challenges our veterans face when they leave the military, and why their struggles matter to veterans and civilians alike: "Veteran’s Court," "A Veteran Fights Homelessness in San Francisco" (KQED), and "Veteran’s Bond" (WUCF).