Read about “The Great War” in USA TODAY
See the promo for our three-part, six-hour series on America’s involvement in WWI. Airing on PBS in April 2017.
Listen to writer/director Amanda Pollak and U.S. Air Force pioneer Colonel Joseph Kittenger discuss Space Men on the Leonard Lopate Show.
Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm. “Space Men” premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.
“American Experience: Edison’ Captures the Inventor’s Practical and Imaginative Spirit” – Pop Matters
“What more could there be to say about a long-dead American icon who generated reams of newspaper stories in his lifetime, inspired scores of biographies — the first of them written when he was just 31 years old — and left behind millions of pages of archival materials?
As it turns out, plenty more.” – The Record
Promethean Fire, Smoldering Still by Neil Genlinger Jan. 31, 2015
The great fires in American history are generally identified with a city or a building: Chicago in 1871, Boston in 1872, the Iroquois Theater in 1903, the Triangle shirtwaist factory in 1911. But a wildfire in August 1910 in the northern Rockies dwarfed all of those in geographic scope. An episode of “American Experience” on Tuesday on PBS that examines that blaze borrows one of its nicknames for its title: “The Big Burn.”
The fire burned more than three million acres in Idaho, Montana and Washington, destroying several towns and killing at least 85 people, many of them firefighters. The United States Forest Service had only recently been established, its purpose and support in Congress both still uncertain. The program (whose source material includes a book by Timothy Egan, a columnist for The New York Times) traces not only the devastation but also its role in giving the fledgling service credibility. Most interesting are the fire-suppression practices that emerged in the aftermath, policies that more recently have come into question.
Some light reading for one of the Forest Rangers…
Director Stephen Ives with Cinematographer Michael Chin on set in Colorado for the “Big Burn.” It was a cold morning in April, but it made for some beautiful footage.