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Builders, Heroes & the Boats that Won the War - $25.00

Did you know that the landing crafts used at D-Day and every major amphibious invasion during World War II were designed and built in New Orleans? This half-hour documentary not only looks at the history of the Higgins LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) but also the construction of an exact replica of the landing craft on display at the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. The documentary features interviews with renowned WWII historian Stephen Ambrose and Higgins' biographer Jerry Strahan. Both scholars will provide historical details and insights into the crucial role that Louisiana played in World War II.

The Breathtaking Cost of Asbestos - $25.00

Asbestos was introduced in the United States at the turn of the 20 th century and has been used in products ranging from insulation to car brakes. In the 1930s it was discovered that prolonged exposure to asbestos could cause cancer and other respiratory problems, but the dangers were concealed for more than four decades by producers of the materials.

Since the cover-up was revealed in the 1970s, a tidal wave of lawsuits have been filed. Yeshiva University Law Professor Lester Brickman calls the asbestos issue 'the mother of all litigations.'

An estimated 20,000 cases are currently pending in Louisiana with thousands more already settled. One reason there are so many cases in Louisiana and Mississippi is the large number of people who worked in construction on petrochemical plants and in the shipyards during the construction boom which started in the 1950s. So many cases are showing up now because it often takes 30 to 40 years for the effects of prolonged asbestos exposure to surface. The most common ailment is asbestosis, a debilitating lung disease that slowly smothers its victims over a period of years. Asbestos can also cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer that can kill its victim in months.

This documentary tries to sort out the legal wrangling and the charges and countercharges in this 200 billion dollar litigation which is now at the center of the national debate over tort reform. It also puts a human face on the effects of asbestos with profiles of a former worker who fears that he may have cancer and a Mississippi man who is in the final stages of asbestosis. He died while the documentary was still in production.

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour

Baton Rouge’s Troubled Waters - $25.00

This LPB documentary looks at life in South Baton Rouge from the late 1940's to the present. Segregationist laws often meant African Americans had separate and inferior accommodations at department stores, hospitals and doctors' offices. They had no access to many parks, pools, restaurants and hotels. Many were tolerant of the situation and only hoped and prayed for change. However, the people of South Baton Rouge were strong-willed and eventually - and deliberately - demanded change. This program reveals what happened when residents became weary after several young African Americans drowned in rivers, creeks and other water holes because segregation denied them access to City Park and its swimming pool. See how the community made strides in integrating City Hall, the local pools, public schools and the city bus system in Baton Rouge.

Atchafalaya Swamp Revisited - $25.00

Emmy Award winning journalist and filmmaker Bill Rodman details nature photographer CC Lockwood's return to America's largest swamp wilderness, thirty years after his acclaimed Atchafalaya Swamp book and National Geographic article. Surprisingly, Lockwood finds the Swamp's most interesting and threatened species has since vanished. The story Rodman weaves explores the degree to which the Atchafalaya Swamp has changed - naturally and culturally - since the great flood of 1927, while revealing one of America's last and most intriguing frontier communities. Atchafalaya Swamp Revisited (26:40) is a co-production of The Bill Rodman Production Shoppe (http://www.billrodman.com) and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The program was funded by the Atchafalaya Trace Commission and Heritage Area and supported, in part, by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.

Ann & Marc Savoy: A Portrait in Music - $25.00

This documentary examines the recent history of the revitalization of Cajun music through the lives of perhaps its most important couple- Ann and Marc Savoy. It is truly an enduring love story.

An Enchantment of Butterflies - $25.00

Of all the things in nature that throughout history have captivated the minds, hearts and souls of people, perhaps the most powerful and most universal are butterflies. To gardeners and naturalists, butterflies are considered the most beautiful and popular representatives of the insect world. This program examines more than just science and modern culture. The magic of metamorphosis has served as a literary metaphor for thousands of years, as we discover in examples of native myths, readings and dream imagery. The symbolism of the butterfly is one that even young children understand.

American Utopia - $25.00

John Harriman envisioned a colony which offered such radical ideas as an 8-hour workday, equal education, health care, and food and shelter for all who were willing to put in an honest day's work. And while the history of utopias is usually one of naive idealism and failure, Harriman's concepts would later become standards in the American way of life. Where could such a group eventually settle and thrive? As improbable as it may seem, a small town in southwest Louisiana became their American Utopia. New Llano went on to become America's last and longest-lived socialist cooperative. This story of an American Utopia provides an example of American risk-taking, vision, grit and courage.

Ain’t A That Good News: The Fisk Jubilee Singers in Concert - $25.00

In 1871, George L. White, the treasurer of Fisk University, heard a choir of nine young Black people from the struggling college for children of freed slaves. They set out on an uncertain journey to raise funds for the struggling Fisk school in Nashville, Tennessee. This group travelled around the United States and throughout Europe performing Negro spirituals. To everyone's surprise, the singers were successful in their endeavors. These young people were the first to be known as the "Fisk University Jubilee Singers." For over 125 years the Jubilee Singers have brought the rich, diverse, and painful heritage of the Negro spiritual to the world stage. In the process, they saved Fisk University and established the Negro spiritual as a rich historical art form.

Aillet House: A Window to Our Past - $25.00

Join a group of dedicated preservationists as they endeavor to save the Aillet House, an important example of a small Creole plantation. Watch as the house is being moved to its new location on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum and returned to its former glory.

Step by Step: Kids Trimming Down - $50.00

Pediatrician Dr. Stewart Gordon, Psychologist Dr. Denise Sellers, Registered Dietitians Heidi Schumacher and Denise Delphin, and Exercise Physiologist Dr. Melinda Sothern all worked with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to develop this series of programs to help parents and children adopt healthier eating, and exercise habits; as well as the attitude needed to make wiser choices. Our entire panel of experts serve on teams with the Committed to Kids programs operated out of Children's Hospital in New Orleans and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Both programs have been recognized nationally for their success in helping children lose weight.

Website:Step by Step: Kids Trimming Down

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