Program: Specials and Documentaries
Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.
October 1: Keeping Teachers
There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about the teachers these schools desperately need, but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas. There are surprising similarities in why schools struggle to attract and keep these teachers that are particularly relevant now, when the divides between urban and rural — and white and black — are getting so much attention.
October 8: Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade
A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many Southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. This documentary focuses on three universities — Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia — as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories. At the crux of the story is the question of how these institutions might make amends for the ways they participated in American slavery and the moral, political and practical issues undergriding that question.
October 15: Pulse: Chaos in the ER
The Pulse nightclub shooting highlights a flaw in the U.S. health care system: The closest hospital gets the most patients in a mass casualty incident.
Orlando Regional Medical Center, just three blocks from the Pulse nightclub, got 44 victims the morning of June 12. Nine of them died. In this documentary, health care workers describe the absolute chaos as victims with multiple gunshot wounds flooded the emergency room. Blood bank workers had to carry bags of blood by hand in buckets to the ER. Nurses had to squeeze blood into people because there weren’t enough pressure bags. At one point, they couldn’t find a sheet to cover one of the deceased.
And then came the call overhead: Police believed, wrongly, that a second shooter had come to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Pulse: Chaos in the ER brings the unvarnished story of what happened, and what lessons can be learned, from health care workers on shift during the Pulse nightclub shooting.
October 22: Healing In an Era of Mass Shootings
It’s been 10 years since the massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech. Journalist Tom Kapsidelis is speaking with survivors for his forthcoming book, Higher Aim: Guns, Safety and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings. Also: One of the biggest misconceptions of school shooters is that they are all mentally ill kids who are evil from birth. Philip Mongan says most of them live normal lives until they experience triggers and turn violent over months or years.
October 29: Eyes Closed in Prayer
A look back at the Charleston, SC, church shootings. It tells the story of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church and the complicated aftermath. This documentary examines race in America, the power of symbols, and the power of love and hate..