As the world responds to Nelson Mandela's passing, FRONTLINE is making The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela — its definitive two-hour documentary film on the remarkable leader — available to watch online for the very first time.
WILL-TV will also air The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela at 7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 11.
In The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, FRONTLINE tells the intimate and surprising story of a Mandela few people know: a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician in prison, and a passionate man who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more.
Widely hailed as the definitive television biography of Mandela, the documentary draws on stories and insights from Mandela's closest colleagues, fellow prisoners, friends and political adversaries —as well as unique photos and rare archival film — to paint an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest leaders.
FRONTLINE is also exploring Mandela's legacy through illuminating digital content — including an interactive Facebook timeline that chronicles his formative upbringing, his time in prison, and his trailblazing quest to end Apartheid in the country he loved.
Praise for The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
"Arguably, television's most detailed and comprehensive biography to date of the person who led South Africa out of the darkness of brutality and bigotry into the light of civil and human rights." - New York Daily News
"[The producers] succeed brilliantly, introducing the masses to Mandela the man rather than the living monument." - New Orleans Times-Picayune
"This is, without contest, the definitive TV biography of that remarkable politician, statesman and leader who changed his world." - Houston Chronicle
Robert Van Camp, who produces public television programs about historic and scenic tourist railroads, will be at WILL-TV from 7 to 10 pm Tuesday, Dec. 10, for the station’s broadcast of Trains Around North America.
Van Camp will be in the TV studio during breaks in the program to talk about his love of railroads and how he got interested in helping preserve their history. Trains Around North America features a variety of railways — from quiet and relaxing trains featuring spectacular meals and views, to fast-paced trains full of glitz and glamour. The program is hosted by Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller David Holt.
During the program, viewers will have to opportunity to enter a drawing to win a pair of Pullman Railway Journey tickets, including a double bedroom and featuring classic railroad cars updated with modern amenities, between Chicago and New Orleans, as well as hear about other special train-related ticket offers.
Before founding his own production company, Van Camp was a television news photographer/ producer in Winston-Salem, N.C. His first railroad show, about the Great Smoky Mountain Railway in North Carolina, aired in 1994. It became the first in a series of shows about scenic railway journeys. Many PBS stations across the U.S. air the programs during their membership drives. In 2007 the Great Scenic Railway Journeys series was picked up by the Travel Channel UK, which broadcasts throughout Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and the Asia Pacific.
Imagine a world without algebra. We can hear the sound of school children applauding. What practical use are parametric equations and polynomials, anyway? Even some scholars argue that algebra is the Latin of today, and should be dropped from the mandatory curriculum.
But why stop there? Maybe we should do away with math classes altogether.
An astronomer says he’d be out of work: we can all forget about understanding the origins of the universe, the cycles of the moon and how to communicate with alien life. Also, no math = no cybersecurity + hackers (who have taken math) will have the upper hand.
Also, without mathematics, you’ll laugh < you do now. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has peppered his animated show with hidden math jokes.
And why mathematics = love.
Andrew Hacker – Professor of political science and mathematics at Queens College, City University of New York. His article, “Is Algebra Necessary?”, appeared in The New York Times in 2012.
Bob Berman – Astronomy editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the author of The Sun’s Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet , and columnist for Astronomy Magazine. His article, “How Math Drives the Universe” is the cover story in the December 2013 issue.
Simon Singh – Science writer, author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Rob Manning – Flight system chief engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab, responsible for NASA’s Curiosity rover
Edward Frenkel – Professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, author of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality . His article, “The Perils of Hacking Math,” is found on the online magazine, Slate.
This two-part program features stories frpm the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk--these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
Edo de Waart conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist. Also on the program, Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.
A Season's Griot, public radio's only nationallysyndicated Kwanzaa program, has been hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.
This year’s program will celebrate family with special guests Elisha Minter, AKA Mother Minter; the show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette; and other members of the Season’s Griot family. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music in the 2013 edition of A Season's Griot.
Every year more than one million students fail to graduate from high school on time. But we rarely explore what happens next. What are these students’ lives like 10, 20, even 40 years after they leave the classroom? Do they ever get a second chance?
Yesterday’s Dropouts is a documentary about the 30 million dropouts in the U.S. and the hundreds of thousands who return to the classroom every year as adults. It’s been years since these students dropped out of school, but the long shadow of their unfinished education still follows them every day.
The program is part of a new documentary series, Breaking Ground with Kavitha Cardoza, dedicated to making the invisible visible.Breaking Ground focuses on specific issues that poor and disenfranchised Americans face, from illiteracy to homelessness to hunger. It is produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Cardoza began her career in 2002 at WUIS-WIPA Public Radio, University of Illinois at Springfield. There she reported and produced features for the Illinois Public Radio network’s 11 member stations, inlcuding WILL-AM.
It's the fifth edition of the wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall.