[Original Airdate: April 4, 2016] Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette Law School, talks with Urban Sociologist Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. Professor Desmond is the author of "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." His experience as principal investigator for the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, which looked at eviction and the urban poor, served as the foundation for the book. Desmond will also discuss issues of poverty, inequality and housing policy in large American cities.
How about a hot dog for lunch? "A Hot Dog Program" is an all-American celebration of those fabulous and phenomenally popular little sausages in their soft little buns hosted by Rick Sebak. Whether you like your dog with mustard and sauerkraut, chili and cheese, or with the "works," this program is sure to please. From a Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island to a gourmet reindeer-dog vendor at the start of the Iditarod sled dog race, A HOT DOG PROGRAM, produced by WQED Pittsburgh, visits some of the country's coolest hot dog places. During the one-hour documentary, we find out what makes a Chicago-style dog, go inside a giant hot-dog-shaped building, stop at some late-night stands and see how hot dogs are made.
Every year, American families are evicted from their homes in the millions. But while economic controversies like unemployment rates and welfare reform continue to grab headlines, the eviction crisis has gone largely unreported. Sociologist Matthew Desmond examined the experiences of evicted families for his new book “Evicted,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what he learned.
[Original Airdate: April 22, 2015] Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. The settlers used rivers and Lake Michigan to transport grain, lumber, leather and beer, but water was just as important for play as it was for work. Gurda explains how the Milwaukee River became a destination for fun. Learn how the lower Milwaukee River was eventually reduced to an open sewer by 1900, with Lake Michigan suffering similar indignities. Only in recent decades have the currents turned for the better. From the Milwaukee River Greenway to the reborn Menomonee Valley to the cultural theme park on our downtown lakefront, the patterns of the past are being reversed, providing cause for celebration as well as concern.
[Original Airdate: October 6, 2016] The Making of Milwaukee: The Next Chapter celebrates the tenth anniversary of the history-making television series. It begins where the series ended. The new segment updates some of what has happened in Milwaukee since 2006. It looks at business, technology, sports, economics, politics, social issues, and of course, its people.
Short-term vacation rental companies like Airbnb are changing the tourism industry – and quite possibly your neighborhood. Opponents of this phenomenon say illegal or “underground” vacation rentals drive up housing prices and change the character of neighborhoods. Airbnb proponents say it has stabilized Hawai‘i’s housing market. Local data indicates 19 percent of homeowners partner with Airbnb to avoid foreclosure, and 60-65 percent participate so they can afford to stay in their homes. Differing perspectives on this issue will be heard on this INSIGHTS, televised live, and live streamed on pbshawaii.org and Facebook.
You might remember me doing a lot of these back in 2012 and 2013 on GoAnimate, but here is a new and less cringeworthy version.
This is a look back at the 1971 Great TV Auction.
[Original Airdate: April 19, 2018] This one-hour special is a follow up to "Lead and Our Health" from a year ago, looking at what's changed in a year when it comes to Milwaukee's public health issue of lead in our water, paint, and soil. This program was produced at St. Anthony's School on Milwaukee's south side, an area that has a higher density of lead due to older housing stock and lead laterals. The program highlights areas of concern, as well as solutions to helping keep children and families safe from lead poisoning. A panel of health and environmental professionals focus on advocacy for quicker solutions to lead abatement in Milwaukee and surrounding older suburbs.
Taken from an PBS late night edition of the BBC World News program Beyond 100 Days with Katty Kay and Christian Fraser.