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America ReFramed

America ReFramed

Through the lens of independent documentaries, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social issue series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future. Hosted by Natasha Del Toro.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/TVMFCl7iaNik0n7mrWIRNw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killers to offer forgiveness. She establishes a connection with one of them in the hopes that their bond will help him turn his life around. Inspired by Native American tradition, Janet and other mothers of murdered... /episodes/get/92209 /episode/92209 Circle Up /episode-player/92209

CIRCLE UP is the story of a grieving mother, the men who murdered her son, and the unexpected relationships they create to prevent more violence. Janet Connors' son Joel was murdered in Boston by four young men. Three of the men make a plea agreement but the main perpetrator walks free on "reasonable doubt." Janet realized she needed to make her own justice. But instead of exacting vengeance, Janet becomes the first person in Massachusetts to hold a Victim-Offender Dialogue through the corrections system and develops a deep relationship with one of her son's murderers.

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Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/n1DWZCe-ztvuaZJjmLooGw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In virtually every city, state and strip mall across the U.S., women get their nails done in salons likely owned by Vietnamese entrepreneurs. How did this community come to dominate an $8 billion dollar nail economy? NAILED IT takes viewers from Los Angeles to the Bronx to meet the people behind... /episodes/get/92022 /episode/92022 Nailed It /episode-player/92022

Meet the people behind the booming, and sometimes controversial, nail salon industry.

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Tue, 05/07/2019 - 04:00
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Parents recount in disbelief the trauma of forgetting their very own child in the car.

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Tue, 04/30/2019 - 04:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/iiuxOnnqpDZTzyCE0em_Lw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Although medical interventions have kept him alive well beyond his prognosis of cystic fibrosis, 28-year-old Ethan Rice and his family live in constant uncertainty and everyday question how long they can go on fighting. In a culture that often looks away from death, EXIT MUSIC explores the intimate... /episodes/get/91436 /episode/91436 Exit Music /episode-player/91436

Explores the intimate and complex path of terminal illness through one young man's life.

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Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/kd5RwCdH1cIn7qNKioM84g==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of the "motor city" through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins’s work route. Blamed for the devastation - disinvestment to bankruptcy - but... /episodes/get/89492 /episode/89492 Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route /episode-player/89492

Exploring the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit, America's "motor city."

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Wed, 12/12/2018 - 01:18
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/kd5RwCdH1cIn7qNKioM84g==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of the "motor city" through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins’s work route. Blamed for the devastation - disinvestment to bankruptcy - but... /episodes/get/89664 /episode/89664 Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route /episode-player/89664

Examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years. The films listen in on his conversations with his customers - the resilient Detroiters who share stories of resistance: pushing back against racial segregation in housing; challenging industrial and political disinvestment; and living on reduced pensions as a result of the 2014 municipal bankruptcy.

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Wed, 12/12/2018 - 01:18
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