Heather's WHRO Passport Picks
February 2, 2023
Diversity and culture are at the core of Public Media's mission, and we welcome February by celebrating Black History Month. We are proud to highlight programs from our library over the next month that showcase our nation's history, cultural differences, and diversity.
Our first series, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World offers an absorbing survey of how a musical genre that originated on the streets of New York in the 1970s developed into a movement against racial and economic depression and came to dominate the world's charts in the process. Produced and hosted by Chuck D, this series gives context and access to the contributions of the rap grandees.
- Heather Mazzoni, Chief Content Officer
Now on to the shows
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
Authored by Public Enemy's Chuck D, who famously labeled Hip Hop as "the Black CNN" for bringing the stories of the street to the mainstream, this story will include personal testimonies of the MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, filmmakers, politicians, and opinion formers who created and shaped its direction as it grew from an underground movement in the Bronx to the most popular music genre in the U.S. and the fastest growing genre in the world today. Watch Now.
NOVA: London Super Tunnel
For over a decade, more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers race to build a brand-new subterranean railroad under London— the Elizabeth Line—London's new underground. One of Europe's most significant engineering projects, the construction teams confront immense challenges, from building platforms and concourses the size of aircraft carriers hidden under London's busiest shopping venue, Oxford Street, to designing, outfitting, and testing a fleet of 70 new high-speed trains from scratch in just two years. Watch Now.
American Experience: The Films of Zora Neale Hurston
Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also, a trained anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean — reclaiming, honoring, and celebrating Black life on its own terms. Watch Now.
Paradise from Walter Presents
Paradise is a profound drama portraying tight-knit relationships between workers at a store amidst the societal expectations of the 1950s. From Walter Presents, in Italian with English subtitles. Binge Now.
Mark Your Calendar
Nature: Meet the Family | Dogs in the Wild
One family, 37 different faces. From the recognizable and familiar like foxes, wolves, African wild dogs, and coyotes to the lesser-known ones like the Japanese raccoon dog, fennec fox, dholes, and dingoes, canids have conquered every continent except Antarctica. Get to know these adaptable creatures in the three-part Dogs in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries. Premieres Wednesday, February 8, at 8 p.m. Enjoy the preview now.