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TV Programming Spotlight: July 2020

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Police Free Schools
Phila Student Union

Freedom Fighters digital rally before the Board of Education to demand repurposing the Office of School Safety for non-law enforcement related positions & shift to employing & training community members.

Produced by Philadelphia Student Union
Saturdays at 8:00 AM in July
You Are Not Alone
You are not Alone

Mental Wellness: Inspired by the power and possibilities self-love and community care can have in finding our way through the most painful of days.

Produced by Steven Jackson
Saturdays at 3:00 PM in July
Bicentennial City
Bicentennial City

A portrait of untold Philly stories and the celebration of America’s 200th birthday party in 1976. The 4th of July weekend suffered from overblown expectations. In the wake of the Vietnam War and complicated by the provincial policies of the controversial mayor Frank Rizzo, the celebrations represented the promise of redeeming the economically troubled city. But the Bicentennial laid bare some pressing questions of America’s national identity.

This new essay film  “Bicentennial City” captures the voices behind the years of planning that led to events for, ultimately, two million visitors. Spotlighting stories about the embattled Vendor Wars and the Save Chinatown Movement, the film includes interviews with Temple University Public Historian Kenneth Finkel, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Pennsylvania Folk Life Festival Coordinator (1976) Ann Mintz, Independent Historian Francis W. Hoeber, Community Activist Mary Yee, Urban Historian Nathaniel Popkin, Artist and Educator Leroy Johnson, Jeweler and IMPresario Henri David, and Supreme Court Principal Justice Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation Rev. J. R. Norwood.

Directed by Thomas Devaney, Matthew Suib, and Aaron Igler
Produced by DocuLab and VCAM at Haverford College
SATURDAYS at 8:00 PM & SUNDAYS at 4:00 PM in JULY
Updates from the Edge
Update from the Edge

Vlog about living and learning during Covid-19 times. Community gardening, stories Grandma would tell, and a personal reflection after George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis.

Produced by Filmmaker and Storyteller Pam Colby
Saturdays at 8:40 PM & Sundays at 4:40 PM in July
Toy Theater Festival
Great Small Works

Isolating Together, from the intimacy of the Victorian parlor to your personal viewing device, international puppeteers reach out during days of separation with original colossal wonders of miniature proportions.


Produced by Great Small Works: John Bell, Trudi Cohen (Cambridge, MA), Jenny Romaine (New York, NY), Stephen Kaplin (Jackson Heights, NY), Roberto Rossi (Red Hook, NY) and Mark Sussman (Montreal, QC)

Featuring artists from across the country and around the world.
Sundays at 12:00 AM (midnight)
Special Series
Meaningful Action
Meaningful Action

Virtual Townhall  Interfaith Response to the Murder of George Floyd With Activists, Clergy and Politicians

Speakers: Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke (Working Families Party), Tammy Thompson (Circles Greater Pittsburgh), Tim Stevens (Activist, the Black Political Empowerment Project), Iftekhar Hussain (Amana Foundation), Rabbi Elyse Wechterman (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association), Rev. Nick Taliaferro (West Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church), Pastor David Tatgenhorst (St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr), Timothy Welbeck (Attorney, Temple University and CAIR-Philadelphia), Hanan Seid (spoken word artist). 

Produced with POWER
Mondays at 7:30 AM in July
The Crisis & the Opportunity
PA Stands UP

Public forum series  focused on understanding the current COVID crisis and also the organizing opportunity at hand. Topics include environmental justice, worker struggles,  & nationwide uprising for Black Liberation

Organized by Pennsylvania Stands Up
Tuesdays 2:30 PM in July
Conversations Across Time
Conversations Across Time

Host Vivienne Crawford moderates lively conversation amongst actors portraying historical personalities discussing current events on the topic of the Urgency of Crisis Leadership with Sen. Sextus Frontinus, Mamie Till, Cleopatra, Pres. James Buchannon, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt, 

Produced remotely during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order
Tuesdays at 9:30 PM
New Episodes
Free Library Family Program
Free Library Family Program

Favorite family-friendly programs that advance literacy, guide learning & inspire curiosity featuring storytimes, craft projects, music, and more!

Produced by the Free Library of Philadelphia
Wednesdays at 4:00 PM
New Series
The Shift
The Shift

Conversations asking the big questions about sharing resources & community resilience, offering practical ways toward a more sustainable, healthy & fair world after the pandemic

Produced by The Story of Stuff
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
New Series
Over My Dead Body-Tricky Dick
Over My Dead Body

Former President of the United States Richard Nixon gives his first interview since his death in 1994 and offers his take on today's world.

Produced by Steven Kunes
Wednesdays at 8:00 PM in July