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This week’s Petrucelli’s Picks (and they are several!) is devoted to all the fine works coming from PBS Distribution.
The Younger Next Year books, co-authored by Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley have sold more than a million copies in 16 languages. The reasons are simple: Dr. Lodge has illuminated the new science of aging–that everyone, no matter how old, can take control of his or her biology and reverse the process of aging.
In Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging, Dr. Lodge will focus on the philosophy, science and advice espoused in the “Younger Next Year” books, as well as new research on the brain. The exciting premise that you can actually become stronger, healthier and function more effectively as you grow older is based on the latest scientific research. Dr. Lodge conveys a joy for life as he gives us a blueprint for reversing our biological clock to remain vital and to live better for years to come. The aim is to create a highly engaging program providing greater awareness and understanding of health issues and lifestyle choices that affect aging, and thus to inspire new behaviors and practices by individuals and their families.
From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), The Interrupters is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. The New York Times says the film “has put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy.”
Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films in Chicago, The Interrupters follows Ameena, Eddie and Cobe as they attempt to intervene in situations before those situations turn violent: Two brothers threatening to shoot each other; an angry teenage girl just home from prison; a young man heading down a warpath of revenge. The film captures not only the interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and, ultimately, redemption. As they venture into their communities, they confront the importance of family, the noxious nature of poverty and the place of race. And they do it with incredible candor and directness.
The interrupters work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which is the brainchild of epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, who for 10 years battled the spread of cholera and AIDS in Africa. Slutkin believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.
As the 2012 race for the White House heats up, American Expereince: Clinton explores the life and career of the 42nd president of the United States.
From draft dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. The latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful collection of presidential biographies, the documentary offers the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters ever to stride across the public stage.
The program recounts a career full of accomplishment and rife with scandal, a marriage that would make history and create controversy, and a presidency that would define the crucial and transformative period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. It follows Clinton across his two terms as he confronted some of the key forces that would shape the future, including partisan political warfare and domestic and international terrorism, and struggled, with uneven success, to define the role of American power in a post-Cold War world.
Clinton features unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders including White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta (current Secretary of Defense), former Senator Trent Lott, Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, as well as interviews with dozens of journalists, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton’s years as Governor of Arkansas, and biographers.
For a preview of Clinton please click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrPzxultvWg
An extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life,“American Experience: The Amish questions why and how the Amish, an insistently closed and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open and individualistic societies on earth. This program also explores how despite their ingrained submissiveness, the Amish have successfully asserted themselves in resisting the encroachments of modern society and government, asks what our fascination with the Amish says about deep American values, and looks at what the future holds for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past. With unprecedented access to the Amish built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to deeply penetrate and explore this profoundly attention-averse group and includes the first television interview with one of the parents of the murdered schoolgirls from the horrifying incident in 2006 where 10 young girls were shot by Charles Roberts, a 32-year-old milk truck driver.
On June 26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory, General George Armstrong Custer ordered his soldiers to drive back a large army of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. The battle pitted two larger-than-life antagonists against one another: Sitting Bull, the charismatic and politically savvy leader of the Plains Indians; and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union’s greatest cavalry officers. By day’s end, Custer and nearly a third of his army were dead.
American Experience: Custer’s Last Stand paints a penetrating psychological portrait of Custer’s personality, and explores the fateful relationships within the officers of the Seventh Cavalry that would lead him to his doom. This new biography allows viewers to take a fresh look at Custer’s passionate love affair with his wife Libbie, and their mutually ambitious partnership that made them the power couple of the 1870s. From Custer’s heroic exploits on the battlefields of the Civil War, to his often brutal subjugation of the Indians of the Southern Plains, to his highly publicized expedition into the Black Hills, Custer was a man in a hurry, desperately trying to “be” Custer, struggling to maintain the fame that had come to define him.