American Spring explores what democracy looks like in the 21st century as new media changes the power dynamic between citizens, the media, and politicians.
This film in production retells the creation of Swedish economist, Gunnar Myrdal’s groundbreaking study, An American Dilemma, and compares Myrdal’s discoveries and findings to the conditions of race relations and social equity in our society today.
For 40 years, the city of Memphis was held in the grip of the less than benevolent despot Edward Hull Crump. Beneath the well kept streets of the City of Good Abode lay the seamier side of bought votes and swift retaliation against anyone who questioned the status quo.
A PBS special and public engagement project examines our citizen obligation to serve – both as civilians and in the military. It probes the philosophical and historic underpinnings of the idea of service; how the government has, can and might be involved; how national service has played out historically and in the present in other democracies. We will see portraits of service today – from Americorps to the military.