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Idaho Public Television has a long history of covering human rights issues. Here are some of our programs:
Marcia Franklin talks with Kelly Buckland, the executive director of the National Council on Independent Living, about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Marcia Franklin continues her conversation with Boise attorney David Nevin, the lead defense counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to planning the 9/11 attacks.
Marcia Franklin takes a look back at a 1996 speech of Miep Gies, who helped hide the Frank family for two years. Gies also saved Anne's diary after the family was deported in August 1944. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen in March, 1945, just two months before it was liberated.
In this inspiring conversation, Marcia Franklin talks with Tererai Trent, Ph.D., who grew up in rural Zimbabwe and is featured in the book, Half the Sky. As a young girl, she had always wanted an education, but wasn't allowed. Undeterred, Trent taught herself to read, and then wrote down her goals, saved her money and eventually became educated in the U.S., earning two Masters degrees and a Ph.D.
Marcia Franklin talks with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the last of the "Big Six" leaders of the African-American civil rights movement. Lewis, who spoke at the 2014 Sun Valley Writers' Conference, talks about the major civil rights events in which he participated, his passion for the movement, current civil rights challenges, and a new trilogy of comic books, "March,"" that he's writing about his life.
Marcia Franklin interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson about her book, The Warmth of Other Suns. The work, about the Great Migration of African-Americans from the south to other parts of the country, took Wilkerson 15 years to research and write. They discuss the reasons for the migration, its influence on the country, and how the book's success has affected Wilkerson.
Marcia Franklin speaks with former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley about his book, Crazy. The memoir chronicles what he learned about America's mental health system while trying to get help for his mentally ill son, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. The two discuss why he wanted to write the book, as well as what he sees as current gaps in mental health policy in the U.S.
Marcia Franklin talks with Liza Long, the mother of a son with a mental illness, about a controversial blog post she wrote about her fear of her son, and what she thinks is needed to improve the mental health system.
Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, reflects back on the 2000 legal case against the Aryan Nations in Idaho, which he won, and discusses current human rights issues.
Marcia Franklin talks with former Congolese refugee Rose Mapendo, the subject of the PBS documentary, "Pushing the Elephant," about her harrowing experience in a death camp, the difficulties of being a refugee, and her work with women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Marcia Franklin talks with an Israeli and a Palestinian brought together by an Idahoan to work on projects that promote peace between the two groups.
Marcia Franklin talks with Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan about her experiences in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The two also discuss her book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," her passion for teaching about human rights, and her trip back to Germany, which she fled after being liberated. Lazan is profiled in a documentary called "Marion's Triumph," which has been shown on PBS stations.
Marcia Franklin talks with filmmaker Dawn Porter about her documentary, "Gideon's Army," which looks at the underfunded and overworked system of public defenders in the South.
Marcia Franklin talks with anti-tax activist Grover Norquist about why he believes immigration reform is both morally correct and pencils out financially.
Marcia Franklin talks with Doug Dirks of Ten Thousand Villages about the principles of fair trade.
According to the Idaho Office for Refugees, 5,000 refugees arrived in Idaho in just five years. Marcia Franklin talks with four of the newcomers about why they had to flee their respective home countries, and what it's been like to live in Idaho. Guests include: Fidel Nshombo, from Congo; Rusul Mousa-Bryant, from Iraq; Jumuna Gautam, from Bhutan; and Hosy Nasimi, from Afghanistan.
In this special hour-long Dialogue, a follow-up to the IdahoPTV documentary 'Color of Conscience,' Marcia Franklin and her guests explore the ways Idaho has improved its human rights reputation since the destruction of the Aryan Nations compound.
On Dec. 15 of 2010 the U.S. House voted to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gays in the military, and three days later the Senate also passed the legislation. President Obama signed the bill the following week. Marcia Franklin talks with Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach of Mountain Home Air Force Base, whose challenge of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy regarding gays in the military was one of the centerpieces of the debate on the issue.
A new immigration law in Arizona would compel local law enforcement officials to confront individuals whom they suspect of being illegal immigrants and demand proof of citizenship or immigration status. In this episode of Dialogue, Idaho Senator Mike Jorgenson, who would like to see a similar law in Idaho, debates the law with Leo Morales, Immigration Policy Director for the Idaho Community Action Network.
Marcia Franklin has a conversation with two Hispanic leaders about the costs and benefits of illegal immigrants. Humberto Fuentes, a board member of the Farmworker Justice Fund and former director of the Idaho Migrant Council, debates Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez, who recently declared his county a "disaster area" due to the costs of providing health care and incarceration for some illegal immigrants.
It was the largest water rights agreement to date in Idaho history, with the potential to affect large portions of the state. Marcia Franklin examines the Nez Perce water rights settlement with three guests. The agreement, which has been negotiated over more than a decade, attempts to resolve the Nez Perce Tribe's claims to much of the water in the Snake River drainage.
Marcia Franklin and guests discuss a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Idaho. Opponents of the measure say a ban on same-sex marriage is already codified in Idaho law. Proponents, however, say a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court striking down a ban on same sex marriages indicates the need for an actual constitutional amendment, not just a statute.
In 2003, Hispanic leaders from Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming gathered in the IdahoPTV studio to offer their perspectives on Hispanic issues in their respective states. Issues discussed included education, mentoring new immigrants and preserving their culture.
Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Ernie Stensgar joins Marcia Franklin to talk about the proposed settlement over mining pollution in the Coeur d'Alene basin, a proposed ballot initiative on Indian gaming and field burning. They also discuss a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the North Idaho tribe is entitled to ownership of one-third of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with Rev. Peter Southwell-Sander and Rev. Nancy Taylor about diversity workshops being conducted around the state under the auspices of the Interfaith Alliance.
Marcia Franklin talks with Greg Carr, the new owner of the former Aryan Nations compound near Hayden. Carr bought the compound from two plaintiffs who received it as part of a settlement against the Aryan Nations. He plans to turn the property into a retreat for human rights advocates.
Long-time civil rights activist and Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees discusses the successful civil suit against the Aryan Nations in Hayden Lake with Marcia Franklin.
Marcia Franklin talks with three Idaho mayors who appear from Coeur d'Alene where they are attending the Association of Idaho Cities conference. The annual meeting is highlighting strategies to combat Idaho's reputation as a haven for racists.
In this hour-long DIALOGUE special, coinciding with the showing of the documentary It's Elementary, host Marcia Franklin talks with several guests about whether gay issues should be brought up in the classroom and if so, how and when.
Marcia Franklin talks with two friends of Anne Frank's family about Anne and her legacy. Hannah Pick-Goslar was a childhood friend of Anne's who spoke to her in Bergen-Belsen just one month before Anne died. Cor Suijk, the former director of the Anne Frank House, discusses a controversy over additional pages of Anne's diary he was given by Otto Frank that were not in the published diary.
Miep Gies, the woman credited with finding Anne Frank's famous diary, was in Boise for the dedication of the Anne Frank Human Rights Center and Memorial. In this episode of Dialogue, we give you a front row seat to hear Gies' speech during that dedication ceremony.
Marcia Franklin talks with Conelis Sujik, the Director of the Anne Frank Center in New York. Marcia asks Sujik about his experience hiding Jews during the holocaust and his current work with the Anne Frank Center.
Marcia Franklin moderates a debate on Proposition 1 the so-called "anti-gay" initiative. The bill would outlaw same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships, require library books that express homosexuality be only available to adults, prohibit schools from endorsing or promoting homosexuality and make it illegal for the state to spend money expressing approval of homosexuality.
Idaho Reports host Barbara Pulling looks at the Aryan Nations during their 1986 Congress, and responses to the group in north Idaho.
Idaho Reports host Marc Johnson talks with Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and Kootenai County Prosecutor Glen Walker about the rise of the Aryan Nations, and its suspected links to criminal activity.
Idaho Reports host Marc Johnson and his guests, NAACP leader John Purce and Attorney General Jim Jones, discuss a malicious harassment case in Pocatello and the issue in general.
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