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Media Edge is now shown on these community
cable access TV channels:


Sacramento (City & County), CA:
Access Sacramento Ch. 17
Sundays, 8:00 - 10:00pm
replayed Mondays, noon - 2:00pm and
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00am

Davis, CA:
DCTV Ch. 15
Sundays, 8:00 - 10:00pm

Cambridge, MA:
CCTV Ch. 8
  Saturdays, 8:00 - 10:00pm
replayed Wednesdays, 12:00am - 2:00am

Eureka, Arcata and Humboldt County, CA:
Access Humboldt Ch. 12
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Palo Alto, E. Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford, CA:
Media Center Cable Channel 27 

Mondays, 9:00 - 11:00pm
replayed Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00am and 12:30 - 2:30pm

West Sacramento,CA:
Community Access Ch. 21

, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Grass Valley, Nevada City & Nevada County, CA:
NCTV Ch. 11
Mondays, 10:30pm - 12:30am

replayed Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00am and Sundays, 5:30-7:30pm

COMING UP on Media Edge:

Episode 595

(initially on cable access TV:
October 1-7, 2016)

Watch this episode now: CLICK HERE

Segment 1: "A Letter to All Who Have Lost in this Era"
(17.5 minutes)

Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those
who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or feel, lost. It confesses to ignoring pain until it became anger. It chides an idealistic yet remote elite for its behind-closed-doors world-saving and airy,
self-serving futurism — for at times worrying more about sending people to Mars than helping them on Earth. And it rejects the exclusionary dogmas to
which we cling, calling us instead to "dare to commit to the dream of each other."


Segment 2: "What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq"
(6.5 minutes)

An Iraq war veteran who served two deployments shows us the destruction and garbage he saw and photographed when leaving Iraq.

Segment 3: "Peak Moment"
(27 minutes)

“Today we’re looking at a ten percent world,” says J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World. “What we think of as nature today has been
depleted by 90% in many cases.” Diaries of explorers reveal an abundance of sea life, birds, and animals like bison in numbers far beyond our imaginations: “It’s almost like visiting a different planet.” Our urbanized population has become disconnected from our roots in nature. MacKinnon advocates re-wilding by actively building the wild back into our living spaces. We also need to regain the cultural understandings necessary to live alongside the natural world. He asserts, “We NEED the natural world…Not only is it good for us, but it’s good in ways nothing else can provide.” To re-wild ourselves, we can start small: sit down and actively see nature
again. “Once I began paying attention, what I experienced was so wonderful, that it was easy to keep doing it. It’s so easy to fall back in love with
the natural world.”


Segment 4: "The Risky Politics of Progress"
(18.5 minutes)

Global problems such as terrorism, inequality and political dysfunction aren't easy to solve, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying. In fact, suggests journalist Jonathan Tepperman, we might even want to think riskier. He traveled the world to ask global leaders how they're tackling hard problems — and unearthed surprisingly hopeful stories that he's distilled into three tools for problem-solving.

Segment 5: "Over Troubled Waters"
(45 minutes)

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas, is a national treasure being squandered by greed. In this
visually rich documentary, Ed Begley, Jr. narrates the story of the battle being fought by the people of the Delta to protect the region they love and encourage saner water policies for all of the people of California.


Episode 596

(initially on cable access TV:
October 8-14, 2016)

Watch this episode now: CLICK HERE

Segment 1: "Everyone's Channel"
(60 minutes)

This 1990 documentary explores the history of U.S. community television and public access TV, using rare video clips from across the nation. Combining unique archival footage from the early days of cable, rediscovered footage from the late 1960s, and interviews with access pioneers, it provides an illuminating overview of the people, ideas, and technological developments that helped make cable access a reality, and stresses the continuing need to see it as a vital necessity and right. From the birth of the video revolution, inspired by the marketing of portable TV equipment, to the first access channels in New York City and beyond, "Everyone's Channel" portrays the evolution of an idea that refuses to die.

Segment 2: "Happy Collaborator: George Stoney"
(60 minutes)

This poignant documentary by Mike Hazard portrays the late George Stoney as a filmmaker, teacher of film, and media activist. He is widely known as "the father of public access TV."
"Happy Collaborator" includes clips from 17 films, interviews with collaborators who worked with George in front of and behind the camera, and intimate recordings with him.


Episode 597

(initially on cable access TV:
October 15-21, 2016)

Watch this episode now: CLICK HERE

Segment 1: "How to Raise a Black Son In America"
(5 minutes)

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.

Segment 2: "Ecosystems, War and Climate Change"
(4.5 minutes)

Four scientists describe the impact of climate change on wildlife and fragile ecosystems, and and draw the parallel between that and the destructive role of warfare in undermining our capacity to protect and sustain our essential natural resources.

Segment 3: "Wild Versus Wall"
(19 minutes)

This Sierra Club film details the unique and diverse natural areas along the southern borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and explains how they have been and will be affected by
current and planned federal border policy and infrastructure, as well as the danger to our rights and safety imposed by sweeping new powers granted to the Department of Homeland Security.

Segment 4: "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"
(70 minutes)

This film highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press. The film includes interviews with whistleblowers Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm and award-winning journalists like David Carr, Lucy Dalglish, Glenn Greenwald, Seymour Hersh, Michael Isikoff, Bill Keller, Eric Lipton, Jane Mayer, Dana Priest, Tom Vanden Brook and Sharon Weinberger.

Segment 5: "Bring on the Female Superheroes!"
(16 minutes)

Why is it so hard to find female superhero merchandise? In this passionate, sparkling talk, media studies scholar (and father of a Star Wars- obsessed daughter) Christopher Bell addresses the alarming lack of female superheroes in the toys and products marketed to kids — and what it means for how we teach them about the world.

Information about all previous episodes of MEDIA EDGE can be seen by clicking here.