When Family, Religion and Sexuality Collide
Memories of a Penitent Heart pbs rewire

First-time filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is many things. It’s a love story and a family history. It’s an investigative report and a warning. But first and foremost it is the story of Miguel Dieppa, Aldarondo’s uncle. Conflicting forces were at play in Miguel’s life. He was an immigrant in New York

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One Photographer’s Quest to Document Endangered Animals
Endangered Animals pbs rewire

You might not know it, but our world is in a period of mass extinction not seen since dinosaurs stopped roaming the Earth 66 million years ago. A recent Stanford University study suggests that creatures large and small are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, a phenomenon the study authors call “a massive erosion

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It’s Time to Cultivate Healthy Sitting Habits at Work
Healthy Sitting Habits pbs rewire

These days, we do a whole lot of sitting. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 62 percent of working Americans use the internet as part of their jobs. That’s a lot of people spending a lot of their time at a computer, and it’s a lot of potential for pain caused by extended sitting

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In Strangers We Trust: How Apps Are Teaching Us to Trust Again
Strangers pbs rewire

As kids we were taught some essentials: Don’t take candy from strangers in vans, don’t get in a car with someone you don’t know, don’t let anyone unfamiliar into the house unless they’re fixing something. Taking candy from strangers in vans is still discouraged, but new economic developments—specifically the rise of the sharing economy—have made the

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What Was it Like to Live in a Victorian Slum?
Victorian Slum pbs rewire

Here’s a premise: Victorian-era reality show. Does that intrigue you? New PBS reality miniseries “Victorian Slum House” follows a group of modern-day people living in a recreated slum in London’s East End and navigating Victorian slum life as it changed across five decades. For real. The show can’t reproduce the time period’s air pollution from gas works

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Why Seed Diversity Matters and How to Preserve It
Seed pbs rewire

“SEED: The Untold Story” begins with the same statistic that convinced filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz that the documentary needed to be made: In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared from commercial seed storage. “We thought, ‘Oh my word, how have never heard about this?’” Betz said. “We’ve been

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The Importance of Sweaters and Sneakers in ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’
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It’s a scene you’ve watched a thousand times. Mr. Rogers steps through his front door with a smile and a song, shrugs off his work jacket and puts it on its hanger in a closet. From a hanger to the left he pulls down a cardigan, puts it on and zips it up over his shirt

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‘Til 5 p.m. Do Us Part: The ‘Work Spouse’ and Why You Need One
work spouse

Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan. Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. These duos have something in common. They’re some of pop culture’s favorite TV couples that aren’t really, well, couples at all. These iconic non-couples never truly got together, but they didn’t need to. They’re each other’s work spouses, partners in a

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These Smart Home Devices Save Money and Energy
smart house

Reality is finally approaching something close to what we were promised by “The Jetsons.” We haven’t quite made it to flying cars, but automation and artificial intelligence are working their way into our daily lives. We can control appliances from our phones, let our houses learn about our habits, and ask artificial intelligence devices all our questions. Smart

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Listen, Learn and Earn: Financial Podcasts for Everyone
Financial Podcasts

Being good with money is not a natural gift bestowed upon everyone. Luckily, there are resources out there to help those of us who weren’t born frugal. Sure, you could hire a financial advisor or a life coach, but that can get pretty expensive in itself. Enter podcasts. Podcasts are not only typically free (very good

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