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September 2014 Highlights

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WORLD exclusives

Global Voices: Recycle | September 7, 2014 at 10pm
Recycle reveals the distinct yet intertwined stories of three native sons of the city of Zarqa: al-Zarqawi; Abu Ammar, an ex-Mujahadin fighter who supports his family of 11 by collecting cardboard to recycle; and filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad who, from behind the camera's lens, coolly unravels the knotted threads of poverty, humiliation, and strict religious doctrine that have made the rundown, industrial metropolis a continuing source for jihadist recruits.  

Global Voices: Casablanca Calling | September 14, 2014 at 10pm
In Morocco, women are being employed as religious leaders - called Morchidat - for the first time, offering advice and guidance in mosques, schools, prisons, and orphanages around the country. The Islam they teach is based on tolerance, compassion and equality.  

Global Voices: Oil & Water | September 21, 2014 at 10pm
One was born there. One was drawn there. The Amazon needs them both. Shot over six years, Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world's worst toxic disasters.  

Global Voices: Last Train Home | September 28, 2014 at 10pm
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos, all at once, as a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are in the rural villages where they left behind family to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.  

American Graduate Programming

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School
Part 1: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 8pm | Part 2: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8pm

an intimate portrait of life for the first graduating class of Washington Metropolitan High School (DC Met), a public school in Washington, D.C, where only seven percent of students are deemed “proficient” in math and only 19 percent in reading. 

Independent Lens: The Graduates
Part 1: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11pm | Part 2: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11pm
Explore the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students from across the United States who are part of an on-going effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. 

Central Standard: On Education | September 22, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
"On Education" follows five ways to get into high school. Guidance counselors, parents, and students navigate the complicated selective enrollment process in Chicago, which is contrasted to suburban districts and boarding school options.  

P.O.V.: American Promise | September 23, 2014 at 6pm
An intimate and provocative account, recorded over 12 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious—and historically white—private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

America ReFramed: The Prep School Negro | September 23, 2014 at 8pm
Growing up in the ghettos of Philadelphia, filmmaker André Robert Lee's mother struggled to support him and his sister by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When André turned 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be the golden ticket, a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. 

Outside the Box | September 23, 2014 at 9:30pm
Charter schools — free public schools funded by tax dollars — first opened in the United States 20 years ago, largely in response to low graduation rates and the failure of schools to better prepare students for higher education and the job market.  

Our Time Is Now | September 24, 2014 at 7pm
Our Time is Now, a character-driven coming-of-age documentary, shares the lives of six rural New Mexican students as they work toward finishing high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and straddle their hopes and dreams of childhood with the responsibilities of adulthood. 

Facing Forward: A Student’s Story | September 24, 2014 at 8pm
Journey inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts. 

Dropping Back In | September 24, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Dropping Back features inspiring stories of former dropouts telling their personal stories, profiles of institutions and organizations that are forging innovative solutions, and leading experts discussing.  

Frontline: Dropout Nation | September 25, 2014 at 7pm
Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas. It’s an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number of students involved. What is clear is that massive dropout rates are crippling individual career prospects and clouding the country’s future.

Race to Nowhere | September 25, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
A silent epidemic plaguing America's schools. Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.

Tavis Smiley Reports: Education Under Arrest | September 26, 2014 at 6pm
View the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among teens.

Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District | September 26, 2014 at 7pm
Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District documents a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown.

The Rule | September 26, 2014 at 8:30pm
See how St. Benedict's Prep school delivers an astounding success rate.

America ReFramed: The New Public | September 30, 2014 at 6pm
Follow the lives of the ambitious educators and lively students of Bed Stuy’s new Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. 

America ReFramed: PushMadison vs. Madison | September 30, 2014 at 8pm
A dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team tries to hold itself together. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Programming (HHM is September 15  October 15)

Independent Lens: The Graduates
Part 1: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11pm | Part 2: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11pm
Explore the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students from across the United States who are part of an on-going effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.  

America ReFramed: Deputized | September 16, 2014 at 8pm
Deputized is a comprehensive examination of a hate crime in an all-American town. 

Voces on PBS: Tales of Masked Men | September 16, 2014 at 9pm
Explore the sport of "lucha libre" and its role in Latino communities in the U.S. 

Independent Lens: Precious Knowledge | September 17, 2014 at 7pm
Ethnic Chauvinism or Modern Civil Rights Struggle? 

Ruben Salazar: Man in the MiddleA Voces Special | September 17, 2014 at 8pm
Examine the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. 

Frontline: Rape in the Fields | September 17, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Lowell Bergman investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women. 

The Latino Americans | September 18 -19, 2014 at 7pm
The first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos. 

Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations | September 28, 2014 at 11:30pm
See what it's like living between two worlds. 

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