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Chicago: Artists Fighting Segregation
Season 3, Episode 4
Chicago is a city that ranks as one of the richest and most productive in the United States, yet it has a deeply segregated urban landscape and a high murder rate. In its south and west sides, impoverished housing blocks sit beside affluent homes, universities and city stadiums. The year 2016 was the city’s most violent in over two decades with a record of 762 homicides, an increase of 58 percent since 2015. The bulk of these shootings occurred in the south and west, areas that are predominantly poor and black, and whose murder rate is on par with some of the world’s most dangerous countries like Brazil and Venezuela.
Residents and community leaders are despairing over the violence and its normalization as a routine part of life, while city officials have responded with more police officers and law enforcement strategies.
But the city’s segregation has also birthed a diverse, politicized art scene. This episode will reveal characteristics of a U.S. city which are not frequently seen and will feature some of Chicago’s most talented young artists: Malcolm London, a rapper-activist whose politically charged poetry speaks directly to the people of his community; Sam Kirk, a visual artist who uses her work to build links between segregated communities; Fawzia Mirza, a queer performer whose complex identities create new perspectives of the city; and The Era Footwork Crew, a footwork crew that is using dance to change stereotypical narratives about Chicago. Each in their own way is bringing hope to a place that has become synonymous with homicides and forging links between people amid the segregated landscape of the city.
Season 2, Episode 3
Lagos, the largest city in Africa and an economic powerhouse, is characterized by extreme social inequalities, frequent power cuts and a rapidly increasing population. In the rest of Nigeria, political upheavals, including the militant insurgency of Boko Haram and a drop in oil production in the country’s oil sector, are among some of the challenges facing the government of Mohammadu Buhari, elected in 2015. Lagos, and its exploding art scene, is where these realities are brought to the fore of people’s consciousness.
Season 2, Episode 4
Cuba is a multi-layered, complex, culturally-rich island, known primarily for the 1953 revolution of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. The revolution, America’s subsequent trade embargo and the economic struggles that the island faced has had a notable impact on the kind of art that was created. Much of it was inspired by a sense of cohesion and unity, with Cuban artists promoting the belief that socialism would work. More recently, and in the context of renewed normalization of relations between the U.S.
Season 2, Episode 5
Manila, a giant Asian metropolis with traffic-laden roads, towering skyscrapers and sprawling informal settlements, has become a dangerous place. Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines in June 2016, vowing to crack down on the drug trade. Since then, extrajudicial killings have led to the deaths of over 3500 people by vigilantes; his approach is reminiscent of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled from 1965 to 1986.
Season 3, Episode 1
Mexico City, a massive, sprawling metropolis and home to over 21 million inhabitants, is the capital of a country that has become notorious for drug-‐related violence. The ‘drug war’ as it is widely known, officially launched in 2006, had initially the support of communities who were tired of gun battles, execution-style murders and police corruption.
Season 3, Episode 2
Kenya is well known internationally for its sandy beaches and wide‐open savannahs that attract foreign tourists every year. But behind the picture perfect postcard hides a bleak reality.
The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process.KCET Original
Economist Arthur Laffer and author Anand Giridharadas discuss inequality, billionaires and oligarchy in the U.S.KCET Original
A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy.KCET Original
The UN says a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in northwestern Syria; the top Iranian official tests the waters for talks with the U.S. as tensions escalate; and Sudanese protestors remove most of their barricades as demanded by the military.KCET Original
Roy explores the power of cooking to rehabilitate those on the margins of society and the organizations taking a chance on those who need it most.KCET Original
Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan tones down language towards Iran; The U.N. issues a dire warning that Libya could be descending into a prolonged civil war; and British PM Theresa May offers the chance for a second referendum on Brexit.
Iran quadruples its production capacity of low-enriched uranium; Russian airstrikes continue to rain down on Idlib, Syria; and Tech shares fall after Google says it’s restricting Huawei’s access to its Android operating system.
Each year, tens of thousands of migrant workers travel to Singapore hoping for a better life.
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