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. Hosted by Tina M. McDuffie.


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About Season 6

Culled from public television stations and independent producers, LOCAL, USA shows the depth and diversity of people in fascinating short stories. Hosted by Tina M. McDuffie.

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    Heaven: Can You Hear Me?

    In Philadelphia, gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men. HEAVEN: CAN YOU HEAR ME? explores the impact on families through the eyes of mothers like one woman whose youngest of four sons was murdered. The film demonstrates the challenges gun violence prevention advocates confront while allowing viewers to understand the often-untold trauma and resilience of survivors.

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    A Tale of Three Chinatowns

    A TALE OF THREE CHINATOWNS explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods in three American cities: Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston. Through the voices of residents, community activists, developers, and government officials, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them, including the pressing issue of urban development and gentrification.

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    Decolonizing Mental Health

    The mental health field operates around a centre defined by a whiteness of theory and practice. It’s a colonization that has rarely been questioned. By focusing on the work of therapists and individuals of color, DECOLONIZING MENTAL HEALTH calls for a redressal of the ways in which we define psychiatric illness while discussing what a more responsive mental health care system should look like.

About Season 5

Culled from public television stations and independent producers, LOCAL, USA shows the depth and diversity of people in fascinating short stories. Hosted by Tina M. McDuffie.

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    Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising

    On April 7, Wisconsin held its primary election at the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S. An estimated ~16% of Black voters were disenfranchised in Milwaukee. Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis are determined to prevent this from happening again. Follow the mother-daughter activist team as they organize their Black community to prepare for the 2020 presidential election and its challenges.

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    On January 20th, 2020, the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the United States; today those numbers have ballooned with millions infected and hundreds of thousands dead. PANDEMIC19 follows three brave doctors working to save lives during the first wave of the outbreak. Using intimate video diaries, the film encapsulates the historic times in which we live.

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    There are fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales in the world, making them among the most endangered species. Threatening their survival are vessel strikes and millions of lobster lines. ENTANGLED chronicles the efforts to protect the whales, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests.

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    Legal Lens

    Twelve Harvard Law students from six countries explore how laws and regulations can both disrupt lives and encourage constructive change. With intimate and powerful profiles of people -- either caught in or helped by the levers of the law -- these short films examine the jeopardy to people's homes and lives.

About Season 4

Culled from public television stations and independent producers, LOCAL, USA shows the depth and diversity of people in fascinating short stories. Hosted by Tina Martin.

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    States of America: Relocation

    States of America: Relocation explores what it means to be from a place and how the states we live in help us to form our identities. Featuring Wisconsin, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and West Virginia.

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    States of America: Connection

    States of America: Connection looks at the bonds of community and what makes us feel rooted to a place and its people. Featuring Maryland, Virginia, Maine, Nebraska and Iowa.

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    Pandemic in Seattle

    With exclusive access to Seattle and King County's public health director, get a behind-the-scenes look at how public health cared for it most vulnerable in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Witness how local officials scrambled to stop the spread of the virus, tracked and isolated those who became ill, and educated people about what they could do to help.

About Season 3

Culled from public television stations and independent producers, LOCAL, USA shows the depth and diversity of people in fascinating short stories. This 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. Hosted by Tina Martin.

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    K-Town '92: Reporters

    K-Town '92: REPORTERS looks at the city-wide civil unrest that erupted in 1992. Journalists Hector Tobar, Tammerlin Drummond, and John Lee covered the story for the Los Angeles Times, providing in-depth reporting on the destruction and deaths that resulted. Twenty-five years later, they revisit their stories and impressions of those tumultuous events, and the media coverage they helped to create.

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    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.

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    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 United States at stories that celebrate and challenge the relationships between individuals and the communities they live in. In five locales, we hear warm memories, surprising discoveries, and deep worries about our changing American landscapes.

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    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.

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    The Mayors of Shiprock

    Meet THE MAYORS OF SHIPROCK – that’s what some people call The Northern Diné Youth Committee. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). MR. CONNOLLY HAS ALS follows his final year as principal, and invites students to ask questions - personal and tough - about living with the disease.

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    Opioids from Inside

    OPIOIDS FROM INSIDE follows 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.

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    G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America

    Arming teachers was practically unheard of five years ago. But now after multiple incidents in schools across America, 13 states have adopted this practice. One such place is Sidney, Ohio where the school system has decided to take security into their own hands. Explore the complex and often divisive issue of school staff carrying guns in G IS FOR GUN.

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    Crossing the Divide

    5 reporters, 1 van. At a time of deep divisions in America, five young journalists travel together across the country to find hidden stories in every corner of the United States. From red states to blue states, the team explores the issues that divide us and discover the stories that unite us. A co-production of WGBH and The GroundTruth Project.

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    Behind-the-Scenes - Beyond Graduation

    Go behind-the-scenes of the production of BEYOND GRADUATION: Meet Latinx directors Alan Domínguez, Dez Hernández, Georgiana González, Carlos Valdivia and Carla Dauden as they produce short-form films that tell personal stories of Latinx youth transitioning from high school to life. Presented with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

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    Beyond Graduation - DOCS!

    A BEYOND GRADUATION collection of two short documentary stories that share the lives of Latinx youth dealing with life after high-school. Featuring Alan Domínguez's 'Turns in the Road' and Dez Hernández's 'AIM to Leap.'

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    '63 Boycott

    On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation, calling for the resignation of the superintendent. Combining archival footage with reflections today, ’63 BOYCOTT connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings and youth activism.

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    The Seven Generation River

    In a time when America’s natural resources are caught in the crossfire of deep divisions between Americans, the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians from the southwest corner of the Great Lakes might hold the key to healing our divisions, healing nature and healing ourselves.

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    Veterans Coming Home - Health

    VETERANS COMING HOME: HEALTH highlights the challenges veterans - those with physical and/or mental wounds - face in transitioning from military to civilian life. Stories include a program training veterans and dogs to work together to combat the effects of PTSD, TBI & Military Sexual Abuse, and the recovery of a veteran from after he was physically injured to today as a Taekwondo Grandmaster.

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    Veterans Coming Home - Careers

    VETERANS COMING HOME: CAREERS showcases veterans finding new career paths and adapting to the civilian work world. Many discover that the skills they learned in the military can help them. Stories include the successes and stumbling blocks of a post-military career, and how a former Rear Admiral is using her leadership skills to save her community from rising waters.

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    Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone

    The mental health journeys of four young people, told entirely in their own words. Each share their story to let others know they’re not alone and that healing is possible. They have endured assault, bullying and discrimination...some thought about suicide. Through the pain, they found support. They now look towards the future with optimism, and encourage kids to seek support and community.

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    25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln

    Join the quest of 25 history students from Texas to a Springfield, IL museum asking to repatriate Gen. Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg. The mostly Mexican American group also honor Abe Lincoln’s support of Mexico with a Day of the Dead altar. With humor, humility and history lessons, these St. Mary’s University students explore our shared history across the border, and challenge how history is shaped.

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    Tariq's Cube

    Follow Tariq Ali into the world of Rubik’s cube competitions. His progress as a speedcuber mirrors his journey growing up - Tariq comes to terms with a family tragedy and his multiracial identity as a Muslim American in a country where hate crimes are on the rise. In the midst of it all, Tariq says “I just love cubing so much...I come to the competitions and I feel like I leave a better person."

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    The Blackfeet Flood

    More than fifty years after a devastating flood, Butch New Breast returns home to face the ghosts of his past. In 1964, Swift Dam broke and swept through Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation - uprooting homes, killing dozens, and signaling the end of a way of life for many Native families. Half a century later, Butch confronts the tragedy, and tries to remember “what it means to be Blackfeet.”

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    A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of NYC Public Housing

    In New York, residents of public housing moved in with the promise of affordable housing, and a stepping stone to financial stability and independence. But lack of oversight and political chaos have left them living in horrific conditions in the world's wealthiest city. A DREAM DEFERRED offers an intimate look at the lives of residents grappling with health, safety and quality of of life issues.

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