American Culture

Know Ohio | Women in Aviation

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Ohio is the birthplace of aviation, home to the International Air and Space Museum, and many pioneering women aviators. Ohioans served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in the WWII experimental military training program designed to train women to fly military aircraft. In more modern times, Ohio women have participated in NASA space initiatives and flights.

The Quilts of Ken Burns in 360° | Nebraska Stories

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Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns has collected quilts since the early 1970’s. In this 360 video from Nebraska Stories, take a virtual tour of an exhibit featuring his unique collection of quilts at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Reflections: Joe Maddon on "Italian vs. Polish" | American Creed

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Joe Maddon shares how he grew up amid the different perspectives of immigrant families from around the world, and how sports brought different communities together.

Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport: Equal Opportunity in the Arkansas Delta | American Creed

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Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport believe that Americans from diverse backgrounds can shape the American Creed by empowering others, especially those who live in areas with limited access to technology, jobs, and education.

Reflections: Mark Meckler on "The Fight Matters" | American Creed

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Mark Meckler believes that the American Creed is being actively engaged in the world and sharing personal experiences across political, economic, and cultural boundaries. He believes that Americans can build bridges across differences by using inclusive language to start conversations about seemingly polarizing issues.

"The Innocents Abroad" | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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In July of 1869, Twain's The Innocents Abroad appeared at last. It was a subscription book sold door-to-door, and it made Mark Twain the most successful writer in the world. Instead of going for a cultivated audience, Twain went for the masses. "Great books are wine," said Twain. "My books are water...but everybody drinks water."

The Problem of Race | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain knew if America was going to be a great nation, the problem of race had to be talked about and brought to light. Mark Twain saw what America was about and he was not afraid to hold up a mirror.

Hannibal, Missouri | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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The idea of place formed Mark Twain, and through Mark Twain we see Hannibal, Missouri as something of an Eden, a place of eternal summer.

David Kennedy on "The Great Depression" | American Creed

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David Kennedy shares how his father experienced the hardships of unemployment during the Great Depression.

Fishing Pyramid Lake | Outdoor Nevada

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In this episode host John Burke gets a lesson in ladder fishing at Pyramid Lake outside Reno.

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