Exploring Diversity, Building Unity

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Tom Axtell
Tom Axtell, General Manager

Vegas PBS schedules documentaries that expand our knowledge of the world’s diverse populations, religions and cultures; ranging from Streetball Hafla to Many Rivers to Cross or Finding Your Roots to The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. This month we explore elements of the heritage of nearly 30% of our Southern Nevada population during national Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam examines the experience of Hispanics during a war that deeply divided families and the nation. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protestor at home. It’s scheduled on Tuesday, September 22 at 10 p.m.

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Pope Francis has been both praised as a reformer and criticized as a revolutionary. Using first-hand interviews with friends, contemporaries and students, Pope Francis – The Sinner explores how an Argentinian Jesuit and self-described “sinner” named Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the most powerful figure in Catholicism, and how he is working to modernize a church facing a multitude of issues. Pope Francis – The Sinner is on Monday, September 21 at 10 p.m. and repeats on Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m.

This month we’ll also discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. American Masters: Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is scheduled on Friday,
September 18 at 10 p.m.

Latino Americans is a series that tells the story of early Spanish settlement, conquest and immigration; of native tradition and reinvention; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources.The series covers the 1500s to the present day and all six parts are scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 13. Vegas PBS is partnering with the North Las Vegas Library District to co-host a series of community screenings of the Latino Americans.

As our prime time programs explore cultural diversity,Vegas PBS also seeks to promote high academic achievement for children of every culture. Our Educational Media Services department has developed a long menu of services for public, private, charter and home schools working with English Language Learners.More than just the broadcast programs your donations support, these services include interactive educational websites, mobile telephone applications, and parent support videos that help teachers and parents build the vocabulary and language skills needed by all children so they may read proficiently by third grade.

As our community becomes more diverse, Vegas PBS seeks to build unity through respect for traditions, and educational opportunity for all.  

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