Tonight (Sun., Nov. 8, 2012)...PBS Hawaii invites you to a full evening of television viewing, starting at 6:30 pm, with a live gathering of some of Hawaii's most intriguing people, and then—the debut of Ken Burns' much-anticipated latest film.
From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Broadway and London performer Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific) hosts a star-studded group, all former guests on our weekly program LONG STORY SHORT. They include slack-key guitar master/songwriter Keola Beamer, singer Marlene Sai, jazz vocalist and PBS Hawaii Board member Jimmy Borges, entertainer and PBS Hawaii Board member Kawika Kahiapo, "Ambassador of Aloha" Danny Kaleikini, singer/composer Paula Fuga, slam poet Kealoha, ukulele impresario Roy Sakuma, voice coach Neva Rego, storyteller and business leader Pono Shim, outstanding educator Candy Suiso, and iconic artist Pegge Hopper. We're also honored to have a lifetime achiever in public media, Dr. Mary Bitterman (who started her media career at Hawaii Public Television), join us. Amazing to have all of these people in the same room! Also with us, on tape, is YouTube phenom Ryan Higa. These interesting and talented people want to raise public awareness—and funding—for your public television station's NEW HOME Campaign.
We like to think of PBS Hawaii as a home for viewers. Our guests will share a song, a poem, a story, about the concept of home, as PBS Hawaii faces an urgent need for a new place. Our lease at the University of Hawaii is running out. We hope you'll enjoy Sunday evening's thoughts of home.
Following the NEW HOME Campaign, Ken Burns' THE DUST BOWL launches for two consecutive evenings. The film examines the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history through vivid interviews with survivors, dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage. It is also a morality tale about our relationship with the land that sustains us — a lesson we ignore at our peril.
In part one, The Great Plow Up, (Sun., Nov. 18, 2012, 8:00 pm, encore at 10:00 pm) survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them.
The next evening, Reaping the Whirlwind (Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 8:00 pm, encore at 10:00 pm), sees gradual relief as families seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts — and a break in the drought in 1939 — eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life. But the dangers of another Dust Bowl still face future generations.