The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

 

The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

by Amy Lignor

 

Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on various issues, but it is the King of the Jungle who will be taking center stage.

Wildlife Conservation Expo, Dr. Colleen Begg, Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo, conservation, endangered species, wildlife supporters, Dr. Shivani Bhalla,  Niassa Lion Project

For those who are not aware, the Wildlife Conservation Expos are unique opportunities for all wildlife lovers to come together as a community and hear, first-hand, stories from the mouths of the conservation heroes. They travel from all over the world to the expo with tales about how endangered species are being saved, and what still must be done to make sure they do not disappear from the earth forever.

 

The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) that holds this event is an organization engaged in protecting all endangered species as well as preserving their natural habitats. They do this by offering their support to entrepreneurial conservationists who constantly pursue innovative strategies and ideas that allow both people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

 

Making these connections – bringing together conservationists with passionate wildlife supporters – has enabled the WCN to raise more than $50 million for wildlife conservation. When it comes to the annual expo held in San Francisco, several guest conservationists attend in order to share their work with the public and share their knowledge among their peers. Over 40 environmental organizations exhibit at the event, and this time out there are speakers focusing on the mighty lion and what is being done to protect and attempt to save the literal “king” before one of the most beloved creatures goes the way of the Dodo.

 

Dr. Shivani Bhalla with the Ewaso Lions (EL) will speak about the wilds of northern Kenya, where people must live alongside many predators, the biggest of which is the lion. With only 2,000 lions left in Kenya, this region serves as an essential habitat for the big cats. Attendees will learn about the Ewaso Lions and how the organization uses community outreach and education programs to engage locals in conservation, and how those locals receive help in return.

 

With the Niassa Lion Project (NLP), Dr. Colleen Begg will be at the event speaking about the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. This is one of the last great wild places on Earth, and an important stronghold for African lions. The Niassa Lion Project draws together scientific study with passion and empathy for the disappearing creatures, and sound management practices. For them, conservation is as much about people as it is about the magnificent lions.

 

This is one spot in the world that would literally take your breath away if you were to see it. The dramatic landscapes play home to wildlife populations that remain largely untouched, while also being one of the dwindling few ‘safety zones’ left for the African lion.

 

Take note that lions have disappeared from 83% of their historical range on the continent, so every remaining viable habitat is crucial. The greatest threat to lions comes from a disgusting growth in trade of lion skins, claws and teeth. What the Niassa Lion Project is striving to do on a daily basis is to build a sustainable lion-friendly community. They do this by working closely with community members, government officials, reserve management teams and even tourism operators because everyone who does their part is considered a very necessary cog in the wheel.

 

The attendees to the expo will be intrigued to learn about the lions who live with some of the world’s poorest people. NLP’s goals are to reduce food insecurity and provide alternative livelihoods and income for people living inside Niassa Reserve. These “alternative livelihoods” programs are active in five villages and include small livestock breeding, conservation agriculture, elephant beehive fences with honey production, and crafts groups. And a team of 26 wildlife guardians are working in 30 villages to monitor the lions, stay aware of both mortality and conflict issues, and remain the direct link between conservation programs and communities.

 

Tickets go on sale this week, August 15th, and it will be an extremely educational and fun trip for you and the family. Learning about this true wildlife corridor and these “wildlife guardians” that work every single day to stop poaching, spread community outreach and institute ongoing camera trapping programs to assess wildlife densities, is an experience you will not forget. If you are a passionate wildlife lover, the WCN Expo being held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 (10am-6pm) at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA, is one “must-do” that “must” go on your list.

 

Take the time to learn about the African lions and the work that is being done (and still needs to be done) in order to make sure the King of the Jungle remains on his throne.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

 

Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

by Amy Lignor

 

In Cleveland sits a museum completely devoted to the celebration and preservation of rock & roll music. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s amazing educational programs to their extensive Library & Archives, this organization makes sure that all those who have inspired and entertained the world continued to be remembered.

And now, with six new artists—as well as one individual being recognized with an Award for Musical Excellence—the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is presenting the “Class of 2017.”

Inductee: Joan Baez. If there was a poster child for “charisma” this woman would be it. Her powerful voice continues to give strength to the world, and her words have never gone out of style. “We Shall Overcome,” (1963) was one of many platforms she gave to people who wanted to get their voices heard. She championed civil rights, human rights and stood up against discrimination of any type, as her music career crossed over with ease from folk music to mainstream. Being in the business for over 50 years now, with over 30 albums to her name, Baez still performs all over the world, encouraging one and all to stand up for their beliefs.

 

Inductee: ELO. The classic rock and roll sound of the Electric Light Orchestra – more popularly known as ELO – remains a mainstay on all classic rock radio stations. Beginning in Birmingham, England in 1970, their first single, “10538 Overture,” was an ode to the Beatles. Little did they know then, however, that their name would also become synonymous with ‘greatness.’ Commercial success was reached by ELO when their fourth album, Eldorado, scored them their first U.S. top 10 single “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and went on to become their very first gold album. The Beatles were not the only band the U.K. produced that America is still extremely grateful for – ELO is most definitely another.

 

Inductee: Journey. The amazing sound of Journey sums up rock and roll at its very best. Formed in 1973, the band did well when first starting off by blending jazz with rock. But it was in 1977, when they found Steve Perry, that Journey became a household name. With Perry, they refined their path, releasing one of the biggest hit records of all time – Escape – in 1981. Perry had the voice of a balladeer which caused him to go out and earn a successful solo career until making his way back to Journey in 1995.

 

Inductee: Pearl Jam. Alternative rock and roll enthusiasts are still screaming at the top of their lungs for this group that puts on the most unpredictable live concerts that any band has ever created. Pearl Jam began in Seattle, Washington, and was well-known only in Seattle’s underground community. In 1991, when they released their debut album, Ten, Pearl Jam went from unknowns to a commercial success, conquering the world. Explosive voices, they mixed everything from heavy metal to hardcore punk to classic rock – blending it all together to create a sound no one had ever heard before. And they are still doing it today!

 

Inductee: Tupac Shakur. Everyone knows the story. Some are fans; some are not. But whether you liked him on a personal level or not, Tupac’s lyrics made him the perfect anti-hero. Race relations, rap, and the treatment of young black men in America were among a few of the complex subjects that he would touch upon in order to break down the walls of hip-hop and create what some feel is an art form. Using his voice to preach activism and express a broad range of emotions that went from rage to love, his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, generated acclaim and brought about controversy. In a career that lasted only five years, Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide, while he became a star on-screen. The impact he and his words had on people continues to this day.

 

Inductee: Yes. Talk about endurance. This is one band that still understands exactly how to change with the times. If you look back at their long career, Yes has been able to put out records that span hard rock, progressive rock, contemporary and more. The band created epics. Remember “Close to the Edge?” “The Gates of Delirium?” Their sound continues to fill stadiums in the 21st-century. It is amazing to hear Jon Anderson use his perfect alto tenor voice to hit the highest of high notes almost forty-five years after forming the band. Yes is one group that may just make it another fifty years.

 

And the Award for Musical Excellence goes to…Nile Rodgers. From NYC, it was in 1977 that he formed the band called CHIC, bringing a funk/disco sound to the dance floors across America. By producing Sister Sledge’s superhit, “We are Family,” Nile rose to the top of the charts as a producer and helped to create albums for everyone from Diana Ross to Madonna. Producing film scores, releasing solo albums – this is one man who has yet to even slow down and take a breath.

 

So there you have it. The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017. And, once again, voters have chosen the ‘best of the best’ to become part of music’s unforgettable history.

 

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

 

 
The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

by Amy Lignor

 

Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you make the memories that last when it comes to ushering in what may just be the best year seen in a long, long time? Well…here are some fantastic locales to pick from which, over time, have shown they are unbeatable when it comes to you and your family having a whole lot of fun!

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Sydney Habour Bridge & Opera House Fireworks New Year Eve 2008 Photo by Hai Linh Truong

 

Valparaíso, Chile offers the largest, most ornate New Year’s Eve show Latin America provides. From a fireworks show that’s launched from 17 different areas along the coast to a party that lasts until the sun rises on that first day of 2017. More than a million travelers make their way to these shores for a beach party that literally has no match.

 

For those who like skiing or the beauty of the white snow to be their background for New Year’s Eve, Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, throws a citywide celebration. The party is more than memorable, with community bonfires set in order to symbolize the destruction of the troubles that the previous year brought along, while a myriad of fireworks light up the sky. Hotels and restaurants offer a fantastic view of the city; there you can spend a New Year’s Eve party with a huge celebratory crowd before perhaps heading to the hot springs for a warm and welcoming bath.

 

If you are into the lush beauty of the California wine country, both Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the locations to travel to if you are interested in a quieter, more romantic New Year’s Eve. Many of the large hotels and wineries put on their unique wine-fueled parties in cellars and wine caves. And from candlelit dinners to masquerade balls, the Valleys host them all.

 

One of the most special and enthusiastic places to spend New Year’s is in Edinburgh. The Scottish put on their Hogmanay celebration lasting four days. Concerts, a huge street party, and a torchlight parade is available to one and all visitors. You will also learn the Scottish way of “first-footing,” where the first guest brings gifts for the rest to celebrate the New Year.

 

To be the very first to ring in 2017, head to Sydney, Australia. Hosting one of the most humongous parties every year, Sydney puts on a Technicolor waterfront show and televises it to billions around the globe. Lasting all day and all night, families also can enjoy air and water shows as well as the Harbour of Light Parade, which is a real stunner with more than 50 illuminated boats and other vessels to be thrilled by.

 

Closer to home, the City of Lights, the City that Never Sleeps, Sin City, whatever you choose to call it, is a place not to be missed. What happens there (on New Year’s Eve, anyway), does not stay there. Las Vegas puts on the ultimate party with so many shows, events, concerts, and casino bashes that it would be impossible to take them all in. The unique “Downtown Countdown” is also held at the Fremont Street Experience, and from atop some of the most famous bars/hotels in the world, you can see fireworks shot off up and down the Strip.

 

You have London, Cape Town, Canada…there are cities out there that put on some of the most amazing and memorable New Year’s Eve events that you can possibly think of. So what is the best one? No matter what list you read or who you talk to, The Big Apple still reigns as being the one that everyone tunes into just in case they can’t be there live and in person. But if you have a choice and can ring in 2017 outside the home, New York City and that famous “ball drop” is truly at the heart of all Americans.

 

But no matter how you and your family choose to celebrate, just remember to have a happy, safe, healthy New Year, and look forward to 2017!

Source:  Baret News

 

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

 

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

by Amy Lignor

 

As times move forward, technology expands. However, so does the imagination. No, I’m not talking about a new cell phone or animatronic device that creates pumpkins; I’m talking about some seriously cool ways to carve pumpkins that are popping up all over the internet. Unique, awesome, colorful – people across the U.S. have used their imaginations during the 21st century to create some of the most stunning pumpkins you will definitely want to place on your holiday table, or outside on the doorstep, so those tick-o’-treaters coming to your door will be downright amazed.

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Image: Hallmark

 

You’ve seen them on commercials; you use them every day on your computers and cellphones; and NOW you can make your pumpkins look just like them. Introducing, the Emoji Carved Pumpkins. Oh yes…they wink, they smirk, you can even make their eyes into little hearts and allow that candle inside the pumpkin to beam your love for the holiday all over town. (Check out the Bespoke Bride video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fnku-nkgwk. It is super-cute!)

 

You will fall in love with this one when you see it. It also, unfortunately, will make you want to run to burger King ASAP. Fight that sudden craving, but run right out and get yourself a pumpkin in order to add this decoration to the house. Called the Original Hamburger Pumpkin, this is nothing short of delicious-looking. (http://theoriginalhamburger.com/2012/10/25/diy-hamburger-pumpkin/)

 

While doing this research, the Diorama Carved Pumpkin appeared on the “best of the best” list. You can use real pumpkins or even plastic pumpkins and props. Either way, these are some of the coolest pumpkin ideas you’ll ever see. And if you choose to go with plastic, just think…you’ll be able to store them and re-use them year after ‘scary’ year. (Check them out at: http://www.eatknitanddiy.com/2013/10/diy-halloween-diorama/)

 

Now THIS one is not only chic, but it also comes in handy. Just think about opening that door to the witch or the warlock standing outside and handing out your candy from the Candy Jar Carved Pumpkin. This one is pure style, folks. (http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/10/pumpkin-carving-ideas.html)

 

Something beautiful on the scariest of all evenings? Easy to do when you decide to carve this Starry Night Pumpkin. Vintage, classic – all you need are some carving skills and you will be taking and posting pics of this one all night long. (http://homeologymodernvintage.com/starry-night-pumpkin-luminary/)

 

Head to the beloved and famous Hallmark, because the company that always has the perfect card for every occasion also has some of the perfect ideas for pumpkin carving. The very best idea discovered during all this research is Hallmark’s Carriage Pumpkin. Using paint, glitter, candy, as well as a big pumpkin so that Cinderella is comfortable while she heads to the ball, your kids will be enthralled with this one. Another on their list of ideas comes in the form of a “Gruesome Twosome.” This is a mummy bride and groom that with some cute little props, you can create a couple who stays together until they…well, rot. All I can say about these unique pumpkins is: “All Hail, Hallmark!” Cards are not the only things these people do really, really well. (http://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/halloween-ideas/pumpkin-carving-ideas/)

 

Want a creepy forest to decorate the lawn? Then sit down and carve the Scary Forest Pumpkin from HGTV. If you’re really a master chef and own those carving skills, make it even more elite with a few forest creatures running through the scene. (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/pumpkin-carving-ideas-pictures?s=2&%3fsoc=pinterest)

 

And if you don’t happen to own carving skills, like me, who can barely cut a straight line, there is a pumpkin project for you that both you and your kids would absolutely love to add to your Halloween decorations. “How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins” at www.hgtv.com/…/handmade/how-to-make-black-cat-pumpkins gives you complete information and directions on how to create kitty cats without having to carve a single thing. The perfect arts and crafts project, all you need is some black exterior paint, markers, glue, construction paper – all the little things that you already most likely have sitting around the house. All you need is the pumpkin!

 

We all know without pumpkins, Halloween just isn’t Halloween. So head to these sites (or research more, because there are a whole bunch of ideas out there) and light up the night. You’ll have those eerie ghosts and goblins cracking a smile at the enchanted spectacle you make!

 

 

Source:  Baret News

The Alexander Hamilton Challenge RAP INTO HISTORY

 
THIS OCTOBER, COBBLESTONE™ MAGAZINE COMMEMORATES  CULTURAL ICON 
ALEXANDER HAMILTON WITH THE “RAP INTO HISTORY” CHALLENGE

Alexander Hamilton, Rap Contest, #Hamilkids, "Rap Into History" Challenge, Cobblestone Magazine

 

Taking a Page from the Broadway Smash Hamilton: An American Musical, Cobblestone Invites Kids of All Ages to Submit an Original Rap about Their Favorite Person in U.S. History in This Challenge Judged by Showbiz Luminaries

 

Alexander Hamilton, Rap Contest, #Hamilkids, "Rap Into History" Challenge, Cobblestone Magazine Thanks to a musical biography with irresistible hip hop music and snappy lyrics, Alexander Hamilton is a Broadway star — two centuries after his death.  The hottest musical in the country has spawned a best-selling cast soundtrack, a national tour and even #Hamilkids, a passionate group of young fans who’ve overtaken social media.  This October, Cobblestone, the award-winning magazine for aspiring historians, focuses on the “ten dollar Founding Father.”  To celebrate this exciting new issue, the editors are wondering which other U.S. historical leaders might inspire future Broadway songwriters.  So, 
Cobblestone is proud to launch the Rap Into History” Challenge.

 

Aimed at kids ages 9-14, the Cobblestone magazine “Rap Into History” Challenge invites junior historians and music lovers alike to drop some cool rhymes about a person in U.S history who intrigues, excites, or challenges them.  The entrants’ original songs will be judged by a panel of  accomplished Broadway producers including six-time Tony® Award winner Frederick Zollo (Once), two-time Tony® Award winner Jim Kierstead (Waitress, Kinky Boots), founder of Broadway for All, Osh Ghanimah, filmmaker Leah Natasha Thomas, producer of 3 ½ Minutes, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards and COBBLESTONE™ editor Meg Cholian. The winning raps will be featured online on the “Rap Into History” mini-site, as well as in the pages of COBBLESTONE™ magazine, perhaps discovering the next Lin Manuel Miranda.  Cobblestone readers may now upload their audio or video entries on the “Rap Into History” mini-site at http://www.rapintohistory.com/. The challenge closes on October 25, and winners will be announced onNovember 18. 

 

Along with the challenge entry form, the “Rap Into History” mini-site includes bonus Hamilton content: “Hamilton On Stage” by Kathiann M. Kowalski, which features an interview with Miguel Cervantes, who has been part of the Broadway cast and is now starring as Hamilton in the Chicago production; and, “COBBLESTONE™ Goes to Broadway” in which Kathiann recounts her exciting and inspiring experiences seeing the show in person.

 

The October issue of Cobblestone is devoted to Hamilton, a Revolutionary War veteran who argued passionately for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and helped shape the country’s financial system as its first secretary of the Treasury.  Inside its pages, readers will learn of Hamilton’s early years in the article “Young Ambition”, his wartime heroics in “Military Glory” and, in the most tragic chapter of his life, young historians will learn of Hamilton’s demise in “An Infamous Duel”.  

 

In conjunction with the “Rap Into History” Challenge, Cobblestone will also be offering a limited-time one-year subscription rate of $21.95 (normally $33.95) Aside from the special rate, which covers 9 ad-free issues per year, new subscribers will also receive the Alexander Hamilton issue for free. Subscription information is available here.

 

“The Presidents” premieres August 8-18 on PBS

 

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PBS Presents Special Encore Broadcasts of The Presidents,

Peabody Award-winning Series of Biographies from

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

 

  – From John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, Encore Broadcasts of

Six Presidential Biographies ScheduledAugust 8-18, 2016

 

PBS, The American Experience, From John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, Six Presidential Biographies(BOSTON, MA) – As part of its lineup of programming tied to the presidential election, PBS has scheduled encore broadcasts of six AMERICAN EXPERIENCE biographies from the Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents. The special series begins on Monday, August 8 with a two-night special onJFK, and concludesThursday, August 18 with George H. W. Bush.

 

“These films offer a chance for Americans to explore the lives of the leaders who shaped our country and see how each dealt with many of the same issues we face today — war, poverty, healthcare, immigration, and education,” said Mark Samels, AMERICAN  EXPERIENCE Executive Producer. “Each was shaped by the times in which they governed, as well as by their personalities and character. As we choose our next leader, these films provide an invaluable look back at the qualities that make an effective president and shape a legacy.”

 

Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS, added: “This year offers a timely opportunity to revisit the stories of six presidents who have helped to shape our nation. We are delighted to offer these special encore broadcasts of The Presidents from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and know our viewers will enjoy the chance to learn more about these leaders and their unique contributions to our country.”

 

The six films feature insight and commentary from America’s leading presidential historians including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali and Douglas Brinkley, and feature interviews with world leaders, family members, and political insiders from Nancy Reagan to Colin Powell, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barbara Bush.

 

The complete schedule for The Presidents is below:

 

JFKMonday and Tuesday, August 8-9, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments, and his unfulfilled promise. JFK features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali and Evan Thomas.

 

LBJWednesday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET

Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the most astute, effective, and perplexing politicians in modern American history. An “accidental” president but a master legislator, LBJ put into motion many of the programs that would continue to shape American life throughout the 1960s and 70s. A larger-than-life figure in his day, LBJ is appreciated for his vast domestic accomplishments, but his presidency continues to be overshadowed by his failure to end the war in Vietnam.

 

NixonThursday, August 11, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Winner of a Writers Guild Award and the first American Experience presidential biography produced, Nixon explores the fateful combination of strengths and weaknesses that propelled Richard Nixon to the presidency and then brought him down. His legacy includes both ending America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Forced to resign, his administration did much to erode Americans’ faith in their government.

 

Jimmy CarterMonday, August 15, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Jimmy Carter’s story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. Overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat in 1980, over the following decades he became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. Jimmy Carter traces his rapid ascent in politics, dramatic fall from grace, and unexpected resurrection.

 

ReaganTuesday and Wednesday, August 16-17, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

The life of the actor, governor, and president who saw America as “a shining city on a hill” is recalled by those who knew him best: wife Nancy Reagan and three of his children. Also interviewed are those in his inner political circle as well as his counterparts on the world stage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who negotiated historic arms agreements with Reagan.

 

George H. W. BushThursday, August 18, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET

With unparalleled access to figures in Bush’s private and public life, George H. W. Bush explores the life of a man who became a pivotal player during a critical moment in American and world history. Bush’s personal letters and comments from his closest advisors and prominent critics inform the film, which features interviews with First Lady Barbara Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, James Baker, and more.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE recently launched  The Presidents, an all-new digital portal showcasing more than 750 assets from the Peabody Award-winning collection of films about our nation’s most important leaders. The portal allows viewers to screen full-length films, delve deeper with experts and living witnesses, and examine more than 200 primary source documents. Video galleries on The Presidents site explore how different presidents faced issues including the economy, war, dealing with a crisis, and abuses of power.

 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),an independent federal agency, has been a major funder of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s The Presidents for more than 20 years.

 

Films from The Presidents series are available on DVD at shopPBS.org or wherever DVDs are sold. Films are also available to download on iTunes.

 

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for The Presidents provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015-16, the National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital – at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies – and advance our understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, and language. Learn more at neh.gov.

 

About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE 

For more than 28 years,  AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television’s most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam.

 

About PBS

PBS, with 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 100 million people through television and over 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature, and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook, or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.