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The War of 1812

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The War of 1812 shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. 

 

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The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain

Offering unprecedented access, The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain captures a unique approach to theatre in one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theatre experiences. In following the process of getting plays from the page to the stage, this documentary provides insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival.

Each year between April and October, the Shaw Festival presents 10–12 plays on four stages that attract patrons from all over the world. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, the Shaw’s extended and one-of-a-kind schedule has actors and directors working on several plays at once. Over eight months, crews design and build sets on a finely honed schedule that is both frenetic, creative and amazingly well-planned and executed.  

 

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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

William Still was just a boy when he helped the first one escape. He never knew the man's name; only that he was being hunted by slave catchers. But in the years ahead, there would be many hundreds more. And Still vowed their stories would never be forgotten.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states, but under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves. 

 

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Golf’s Grand Design

Golf's playing fields have recognizable characteristics—fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards-- but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. Golf's playing fields are dictated by the features of the land and the imagination of the architect.  

Golf's Grand Design focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day featuring some of America's best known and influential courses: the National Golf Links of America on Long Island; Baltusrol in New Jersey; Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Augusta National in Georgia; the Dunes in South Carolina; Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina; Crooked Stick in Indiana; Sand Hills in Nebraska; Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and Bandon Dunes and Old Macdonald in Oregon.
 

 

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Chautauqua: An American Narrative

Chautauqua: An American Narrative captures the unique environment and opportunities provided by the Chautauqua Institution. The program focuses on the contemporary story of Chautauqua today while using the Institution's rich history to provide context and perspective. It is an exploration of this uniquely American experience and its pervasive—yet sometimes forgotten—place in American culture and history.

The Chautauqua Institution promotes life-long learning and the engagement of art, education and community through lectures, performances, and other activities. Chautauqua: An American Narrative showcases the places and activities that make Chautauqua such a unique destination. The program highlights each of the 'four pillars' of Chautauqua; the arts, education, recreation and religion.
 

 

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Elbert Hubbard: An American Original

The life of Elbert Hubbard is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. To this “back-to-basics” artistic and cultural movement, Hubbard would contribute his bold, ingenious talent and creative force. The flamboyant founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, N.Y. (1856-1915) was an influential national figure -- an author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur. He also was a man of extreme contradictions, who ultimately died as dramatically as he lived. 

 

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Your Life, Your Money

This upbeat, fast-paced program features real-life stories of young adults navigating a variety of economic challenges. Hosted by charismatic actor Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), the documentary encourages viewers to get their financial life on track and to “give purpose to every penny.” In no-nonsense terms, it delivers basic financial advice on credit, savings, insurance and other important topics. Major national personal finance experts; hip-hop icon Russell Simmons; and R&B/pop singer D.Woods (Danity Kane) add their insight to the issues. 

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo

In Buffalo, N.Y., some of the greatest works of American architecture relay a remarkable story that resonates with the universal themes of home, family and friendship. The charismatic Frank Lloyd Wright, destined to become America’s greatest architect, called Darwin Martin, an unassuming, wealthy businessman from Buffalo, his “best friend.” Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo reveals how Martin’s three decades of support fostered Wright’s career and led to some of the architect’s renowned masterpieces. 

 

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