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After an accident left him wheelchair-bound, Robert turned his life around with the help of ReWalk, a cutting-edge robotic exoskeleton. A revealing look at how much our bodies rely on walking.
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Get a glimpse at the future of health and rehab through five individuals testing out groundbreaking new technology and programs. Judging by their stories, the future is bright.
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To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.
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Like many seniors in the US, Betsy has chronic health issues but not the finances to treat them, until she found TIPS (Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors). Now she has help, and a new family.
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After an accident left him wheelchair-bound, Robert turned his life around with the help of ReWalk, a cutting-edge robotic exoskeleton. A revealing look at how much our bodies rely on walking.
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The era of relying on opioids is over. Virtual reality technology is enabling individuals with injury-induced paralysis like Woody to reduce chronic pain through simulating movements with VR limbs.
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Technology is enabling paralyzed individuals to have more options than ever. Sergio, a quadriplegic, trades his mouthstick for an app that allows him to paint using simple facial movements.
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New Orleans lore collides with dark magic in this horror anthology series. Created by Coodie & Chike and starring Chad Coleman, PJ Morton and Omar Dorsey, these “Twilight Zone”-style tales expose chilling corners of the Big Easy.
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Cascade Locks, OR is a scenic town that was narrowly saved from a forest fire in 2017. This episode explores how almost losing everything changes one’s relationship to property and possessions.
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Dignity Village and Kenton Women's Village, OR are self-run communities for previously homeless people. Being homeless has given some residents a uniquely profound perspective on material possessions.
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Woodburn, OR is an agricultural town with a large Latinx population. In this episode, residents choose items that tell their immigrant stories and seemingly banal objects that they can’t live without.
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Happy Valley, OR is a storybook upper middle-class suburb known for being safe. Here residents reflect on the importance of maintaining that sense of safety through their material possessions.
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As a young man, James made a deal that left his filthy rich, but meant he could never know his son. Ten years later, James has become accustomed to the high life and taken to frequenting a local jazz club, dropping big tips for the kid who plays keys, Terrence. However, when the time on his deal runs out, James is tormented by the fact that he has to make a final delivery to the dark spirit or else sacrifice his own soul. He sends Terrence, who learns a secret from his own past and is forced to pay for James’s sins, unless, he too can make a deal...
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Recent transplants to New Orleans, Andrew and his wife Sarah are struggling with his insomnia. When a local cab driver recommends a Pillow Shop, a desperate Andrew will do anything to get a wink of shut eye. The shop owner promises good dreams, and Andrew is thrilled when it delivers, curing Andrew’s sleepless woes. But when Sarah snuggles her head on his pillow and gets a glimpse of his dreams herself, she sees that there is a more sinister side to what the pillow is offering.
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New Orleans, 1968. After the death of her mother, eight-year-old Althea is left in the care of her devoutly religious yet verbally abusive godmother, Grace. When the abuse heightens, Althea turns to drawing to release her pain. Unbeknownst to her, Althea's thoughts expressed through her art manifest far beyond the paper. After Grace suffers an untimely death, Althea is taken in by Grace's friend, a kind, fellow church-member. Years pass, and Althea moves with her own family into a new home. While unpacking, Althea’s daughter stumbles upon her mother's old drawings and unearths more than just memories of Althea's past.
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An interview with Robin Cloud, creator of the series Passing, about connecting with a branch of her family that had become completely disconnected—both from their relatives and their own history.
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The producer and director describe how they came across the story of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project, and the men and women who championed it.
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Why journalist Dani McClain wrote a book about the politics of black motherhood—and what it means to both raise your own children and connect with the needs of other families.
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Laura Lippman’s journey from journalist to novelist has made her think about why women make the best detectives.
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An interview with Krista Tippett, the famous and wise host of public radio’s On Being show.
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A chat with the author of the groundbreaking work.
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A conversation with the animator who reimagined Ta-Nehisi Coates’s interview with Topic.
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The writer and lyricist looks back on the creation of the musical in the wake of Columbine.
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The director of Topic’s August centerpiece opens up about Mayor John Fetterman and what it was like to shoot in an industrial town.
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A look at what it took to make the documentary series The View from Here, about what it’s really like to be terminally ill.
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The creator of Losers explains how he brought his stories of failure, disappointment, and redemption to life.
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Telling the story of the NYPD 12.
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