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Return to the Forest Where We Live - $25.00

This high-definition Louisiana Public Broadcasting documentary examines how advances in technology and changes in priorities are prompting communities throughout America to reconsider how vital trees really are to the socio-economic well-being of our cities. Drawing upon examples from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, this program challenges viewers to re-evaluate the critical importance of investing in healthy urban ecosystems.

Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the narrator for this new public television documentary.

Producer/Director: Liz Barnes
Writer: C. E. Richard
Editor: Rex Q, Fortenberry
Photographers: Keith Crews and Rex Q. Fortenberry
Senior Producer/Project Director: Tika Laudun

This project was supported by the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry National Challenge Cost Share Grant, as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC).

Rosedown: A Link to the Past - $25.00

LPB explores the history of West Feliciana's Rosedown Plantation.

The two-story home and its gardens were built by Daniel Turnbull and Martha Hillard Barrow Turnbull to resemble the beautiful gardens of France, England and Italy that they saw on their honeymoon in 1828. Completed in 1835, Rosedown Plantation's estate covered 3,500 acres and would eventually include 12-huge columns and two small ones, as well as three porches. The biggest attraction has always been the glorious gardens that Martha Turnbull continued expanded for the remainder of her life.

Rosedown went into decline until Catherine Fondren Underwood purchased the property in 1956 and restored it to its original splendor. Mrs. Underwood and her husband maintained the plantation until their deaths. Their son kept it for more than a decade before selling it.

As Rosedown appeared to be spiraling downward again, the State of Louisiana purchased the plantation. It is now an historic site, providing invaluable insights into the history of life on a southern plantation.

SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott - $25.00

A one hour documentary that recounts the circumstances and events that led to the nation's first large-scale boycott protesting segregation and then examines its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights activism across the country during the early years of America's Civil Rights Movement. Regardless of whether the Baton Rouge bus boycott is viewed as a success or failure, the boycott's impact on the larger civil rights movement is indisputable. Not only did the boycott provide proof that African Americans could take a brave, unified, and peaceful stand against segregation, it also brought to light a specific, yet fundamental inequity suffered by most black Southerners, paying the same bus fare as whites, but having to stand up over empty seats, simply because they were black. Music by Grammy-winning artist Chris Thomas King.



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Situation: Disaster! - $25.00

Natural disasters are the most common type of disaster and no region of America is without some risk of being affected. Are you prepared if a crisis situation strikes your community? Can you survive during and after a disaster situation?

Erik Estrada hosts Situation: Disaster, a series of two half-hour programs which detail how to protect yourself, your family and property before, during and after a natural catastrophe. The shows cover preparation and survival tips for earthquakes, wildland fires, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, floods and fire.
Situation: Disaster!

The Situation: Disaster DVD includes the following two programs in both English and Spanish.
Program #1 - "Before a Catastrophe" (26:46)
Program #2 - "During and After a Catastrophe" (26:46)

Louisiana Postcards - $25.00

Join award-winning LPB Chief Photographer Rex Q. Fortenberry as he trains his camera of the may sights and sounds of Louisiana; including her people, wildlife and landscapes. Engulf yourself in a special "Sense of Place" experience as you journey from one end of this fabulous state to the other!

Included on this DVD:

FRESHWATER CITY
MAMOU MARDI GRAS
ALLIGATOR BAYOU
FLORIDA PARISHES
SPANISH LAKE
CADDO LAKE
BLESSING OF THE FLEET
BATON ROUGE BALLOON FESTIVAL
BARRIER ISLANDS
FROGMORE COTTON
FESTIVAL OF THE LIGHTS
ACADIAN CHRISTMAS
BONFIRES ON THE LEVEE

Plus Bonus Video:
THE WEST OF IRELAND
Photographer Rex Q. Fortenberry journeys to the emerald isle for this special presentation."

Louisiana Parks: Our Natural Treasures - $25.00

Join award-winning journalist Charlie Whinham (Louisiana: The State We're In, Lost Louisiana, Louisiana Railways) as he travels our state to visit some of Louisiana's most beautiful and historic parks in Louisiana Parks: Our Natural Treasures.

Charlie's journey includes visits to Kisatchie National Forest, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and Chemin-A-Haut State Park north of Bastrop. Charlie showcases the natural beauty, recreational activities, and facilities at each site, along with their history.

Also included are tours of Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville, North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle, Lake Bistineau State Park east of Shreveport, Poverty Point State Historic Site near Delhi, and the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte.

Louisiana Honors Its Veterans: The Pacific Theatre - $25.00

A tribute to the men and women of Louisiana who served in the Pacific Theatre during World II, this special also highlights a preview of the Pacific wing of the D-Day Museum dedicated on December 7, 2001. The D-Day Museum opened on June 6, 2000 honoring all World War II veterans. In this program, hosted by Bob Courtney, Louisiana veterans share their stories about the war. The program spotlights the contributions of such heroic Louisianians as General Claire Chennault and the Fighting Tigers and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Jeff DeBlanc of St. Martinville who shot down nine Japanese planes before being shot down behind enemy lines.

Louisiana Honors Its Veterans - $25.00

On the 56th anniversary of D-Day, Louisiana Public Broadcasting honored an entire generation of World War II veterans. Men and women whose sacrifices made this world safe for democracy and our American way of life. LPB has captured on tape this historic evening for you to re-live with your loved ones for generations to come. Watch as celebrated historian Stephen Ambrose leads a distinguished panel of scholars in discussions of important battles from North Africa to the D-Day invasion of Normandy and on to the Pacific. Share with real-life Louisiana war heroes the gripping stories of bravery and sacrifice many Louisianans made in these historic battles.

Louisiana Gardening - $25.00

This special is hosted by popular New Orleans gardener Dan Gill, the co-author of the Louisiana Gardener's Guide and the author of Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana. Gill, who hosts a radio show and does a weekly gardening segment on WWL-TV, gives tips on how to solve the problems that may keep you from having a great flower bed or vegetable garden. Dan will be joined by camellia expert Art Landry, butterfly gardener Linda Auld, and Bill Fontenot, an expert on landscaping using native plants.

Louisiana Book Talks - $25.00

This program includes interviews with a number of noted Louisiana authors recorded at the 2004 Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. The authors include Robert Crais (Hostage), Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain) and LSU professor, poet and essayist Andre Codrescu. Codrescu is also a contributor to National Public Radio and was the host of the Peabody Award-winning series Road Scholar. Pulitzer Prize winner Shirley Ann Grau, (The Keepers of the House) was also honored for her work.

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