America in Black & Blue

America in Black & Blue

July 15 at 9pm and July 17 at 4pm on ThinkTV16

After a week of violence, grief and horror, with five police officers shot dead in Dallas, and two African American men shot dead by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, America in Black and Blue will dig deep to explore the roots of these events, competing accounts of responsibility and justice, and televise the conversation that America is having around so many losses, mutual fears, and also around the common ground where progress may be made.

The special will draw on recent and upcoming PBS content, including FRONTLINE’s Policing the Police, the Gwen Ifill special America After Ferguson and the forthcoming documentary, The Talk, about the talk that many parents of color have with their kids about interacting with police.

America in Black and Blue, a PBS NewsHour Weekend Special, will be hosted by journalist Alison Stewart, with reporting from PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND anchor Hari Sreenivasan, and special correspondents Chris Bury and Michael Hill.

From Chief Programming Officer Jim Wiener


This story on Jesus tonight, should not be on government tv. Unless you use a disclaimer. It's nothing more than myth. - Ron J., Hamilton

ANCIENT ROADS FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE is a six-part series hosted by author and history professor Jonathan Phillips.  He recounts some of Christianity’s pivotal moments at locations in which they have been described, and how Christianity evolved from a small movement into the largest religion in the world.  

The distinction should be made between religious history and theological dogma.  ThinkTV has aired a number of documentaries on the historical roots of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.  But we pass on any documentary that teaches religious dogma or attempts to proselytize viewers.

 So in a nutshell, ANCIENT ROADS may chronicle that Jesus was in various locations when certain events occurred, but it is not attempting to sell us on his divinity or performance of miracles, or that Christianity is the one true religion, etc. 

 By the way, public media gets some funding from state and government funding, but a far larger source of its funding comes from individual members and foundations… hence the name public media (public television and public radio) and not “government tv.

-Jim Wiener, Program Director

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