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Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote             

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Of all the battles waged on Nashville’s doorstep, the final throes for the passage of the 19th Amendment were among the most heated, controversial, and colorful. In July of 1920, all eyes were on the Tennessee capital as Anti and Pro-suffragists each fought for their vision of a socially evolving United States. Foul play and coercion were all fair in this game of high stakes. One more state was needed to ratify the proposed amendment, and that duty rested solely on the shoulders of Tennessee. On a sweltering August 18, 1920, the House convened. After two consecutive 48-48 voting outcomes to table the resolution, it was put to vote. The votes were coming in neck and neck. At the last, a 24-year-old freshman legislator by the name of Harry Burn swung his vote, and changed history forever, making Tennessee the deciding 36th state to enable passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the Constitutional right to vote.

Began airing March 2017 on Public Television Stations Nationwide                                             Distributed by American Public Television . In association with WCTE, Cookeville, TN

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Dinner Party Live

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-The Ultimate Pairing Show

 “Wine is so complicated”. “There are so many choices, I don’t know what to order”. “There are some wines I like, but I don’t know what to eat with them”

These are just some of the feelings that people have about wine that limit their ability to enjoy experiencing good wine and food together. Dinner Party Live de-mystifies the process, and mixes up the learning process with a lot of fun! Host, Garry Hornbuckle, introduces the flight of wines to his dinner party guests. All the bottles are all blind labeled to place the focus on traits, not brands. Each label has a set of key words, which identify the values of that particular bottle. For added enjoyment, other devices may be employed from time to time. These may consist of entertaining and fun facts about the grapes and wine making throughout history. Tools such as cutaways to the growing field and wineries are used to illustrate certain aspects of the process. Devices like iPads are used to keep it in the dinner party environment.

So, join us as we pair up for an enlightening good time!

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Ain’t No Daisies: Women on the Plantation

Plantation life dates back to the very colonization of America. In its most simplified description, a plantation is a farm that produces a product for commerce.

But nothing about plantation life was simple, especially the roles of women. Power in all its variables, class struggles, vulnerabilities, betrayals, love, and sacrifice are all themes that played out on a daily basis, no matter the role one into which one was cast.

Home to all, prison to many, each woman – especially the slave woman -had to find the means to rise above personal adversities to survive.

Add into the mix the prevalent misogyny woven into the law of the land, the breeding programs, and a unique situation in Louisiana reflected in Creole social structure, wherein women were recognized at business and property owners.

The kettle into which all of these variables was strewn created a social structure much akin to a boiling cauldron.

Ain’t No Daisies – Women on the Plantation examines how the women on the plantation worked with the die they were cast in this seemingly opulent environment that was really a gilded cage.

In association with WCTE (PBS – Cookeville)


A Beautiful Mask

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In the early 1930’s, steps were being made toward the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Around that same time, Michie Yamamoto was also taking her first steps. By the time she had her legs well under her, the Yamamoto family would have moved to the city of Harbin in the new puppet state of Manchukuo. Michie’s father, a successful businessman with a background in geology, had seized the industrial opportunity in the new state and was heavily involved in coal and the railroad.Called the “Paris of the Orient”, Harbin was also occupied by “White Russians” who had fled the terrors of communist Russia. Their elegant influence can still be seen throughout the region. While they brought their good taste, many of the former upper crust were reduced to working as domestics.Juxtaposed against the opulence and upscale lifestyle of the Yamamoto family and others like them, Chinese laborers heaved under the burdens of working in the Japanese-run open coalmines. There were also the factories of death – the human biological testing going on just miles away. At times, there were outbreaks in the community from viruses or carriers that had escaped the confines of the testing camps.In 1945, the tables turned. Japan was losing its grip in the Pacific arena, and Russia capitalized on the vulnerability in Manchuria. Michie’s family found themselves destitute and facing a cold Siberian winter before being exiled back to Japan. A Beautiful Mask  is a poignant personal reflection about growing up in Japanese- occupied Manchuria.

In association with WCTE (PBS – Cookeville)


 Water Spirit: The Caney Fork of the Cumberland

As the Caney Fork winds its way through the landscape, it pulses with the heartbeat of centuries of history. The stories of the river – the people and places it touched along the way, and our ongoing connection to it, both physically and spiritually, make for compelling storytelling and stunning visuals. The series is comprised of multiple half-hour segments on various topics connected to the river. Thematically, each episode will embrace a topic, investigating the historical aspects and then following the timeline through to the present.

In early production with WCTE (Upper Cumberland PBS)


Let Me Walk This Path: The Faith and Martyrdom in Japan

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Tracing nearly 300 years of history, this 4-part mini-series documentary looks deeply into the heart of Japan from the arrival of the Jesuits in the 1600’s to the arrival of the Black Ships in the late 1800’s. What was the driving force behind the closing of the ports for some 200 years? Originally airing internationally  in 2010, Let Me Walk has continued to air seasonally on EWTN tv.

(DVD copies available at: EWTN tv Catalogue)

 

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