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• Fire Next Time
• Circles of Peace
• Livelyhood
• Test of Courage: The Making of a Firefighter
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Not In Our Town
This series is for anyone concerned with ending prejudice and inspiring community involvement.

Not In Our Town
30 minutes
Discussion Guide

Not In Our Town tells the uplifting story of how the residents of Billings, Montana, joined together when their neighbors were threatened by white supremacists. Townspeople of all races and religions swiftly moved into action. Religious and community leaders, labor union volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspapers and concerned individuals stood united and spoke loudly for a hate-free community, proclaiming in no uncertain terms "Not In Our Town!" This critically acclaimed PBS special sparked a national campaign against hate crimes that continues to grow each year.

Not In Our Town II
Show #NIOT2
60 minutes
Discussion Guide

Not In Our Town II briefly recaps the Billings story and tells six compelling new stories about people working to create hate-free towns, cities, workplaces and schools. A Klan rally is countered with a diversity celebration; citizens work with police to address hate crimes; young people discuss how hate crimes affect their lives; office workers discover that improved communication skills can ease racial tensions and create a more harmonious workplace; people come together to rebuild burnt churches in the South; and a town finds that preventing hate before it starts is the best solution.

Segments are modular and may be used individually or in combination.

Not In Our Town Across America
9 minutes

Not In Our Town Across America is the story of how a national anti-hate movement was sparked by the inspiring story of Billings, Montana residents standing up for their neighbors.

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD: Not In Our Town & Not In Our Town II
This DVD set includes both films, plus Not In Out Town Across America for only $99.99

Not In Our Town Northern California
60 minutes

Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here takes a regional look at five Northern California communities dealing with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Together, the stories reveal that whether the motivation is racism, anti-Semitism, or crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. But Californians are finding innovative ways to respond when hate happens here.
A co-production with KQED-TV.
This program includes the "Staging a Response to Hate," "Summer of Hate/Season of Healing," "Reversing Vandalism" and "Welcome Signs" stories.

Highly recommended for:

  • middle, high school, and post secondary and adult education;
  • public, college and university libraries;
  • social studies, government, history, English, diversity training and multi-cultural studies;
  • town hall meetings and study circles;
  • communities of faith;
  • law enforcement;
  • business & corporate training.

Go to the Not In Our Town website for a tool kit of resources to help you promote discussion in your community about the threat of prejudice and hate violence.

Not In Our Town: When Hate Happens Here

Taken from Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here, this three-part modular series designed especially for classroom and community screenings. These videos—Staging a Response to Hate, Summer of Hate/ Season of Healing, and Welcome Signs—are particularly relevant for teachers and organizers, because they tell self-contained, varied and dynamic stories, making them ideal for short screenings in educational and community settings. Centered in urban, rural, exurban and suburban towns, the stories show that hate happen anywhere, but people everywhere can stand up and respond. Co-produced with KQED-TV.

Staging a Response to Hate
Program One

Show #MOD1
Educator Guide
24 minutes

Staging a Response to Hate: While rehearsing a school production of The Laramie Project, about the hate killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard, high school students are confronted with a real-life version of the story they are telling on stage. When a transgender teen is murdered, cast members apply the lessons they learned from the play. The experience becomes a catalyst for parents, residents and civic leaders to take action against hate.

Summer of Hate/ Season of Healing
Program Two

Show #MOD2
Educator Guide
26 minutes

Summer of Hate/ Season of Healing follows the 1999 fire-bombings of three synagogues, an event that jump-starts what comes to be known as "the summer of hate." Within hours, the community unites in support of the victims, culminating in a gathering of four thousand people. But two weeks later, the arsonists murder a prominent Gay couple in a nearby town, and the local residents and leaders rally against hate crimes of every kind. Five years after the arsons, with rebuilding well underway, congregants of one of the burned synagogues invite the families of the murdered men to a special Shabbat service to commemorate—and heal from—their common loss.
Also on this program:
Staff at a large public library discover that hundreds of gay-oriented books from their collection have been mutilated. Reversing Vandalism chronicles the library's search for the book vandal, and the librarians' decision to offer the damaged books to artists as materials for creative expression and community healing.

Welcome Signs
Program Three

Show #MOD3
Educator Guide
27 minutes

Welcome Signs
Welcome Signs tells the story of how the rural town of Anderson responds when a cross is burned on an African-American family's lawn. Local leaders quickly visit the frightened family to encourage them not move away. One week later, six hundred people march through the neighborhood in the pouring rain as a demonstration of support. Town officials formally declare Anderson a "no hate" zone, installing signs at the city limits stating, "No Room for Racism, Hate, or Violence."
Also on this program:
Soon after the 9/11 attacks, an Orthodox Christian church attended by Arab-Americans is consumed by fire; arson is suspected. When A Church Burns, Children Respond shows how schoolchildren from a neighboring Jewish day school work to help rebuild the church and the community.
Rockford Marching Forward follows the on-going Not In Our Town Campaign in Rockford, Illinois. Students organize a Not In Our School campaign, and leaders plan a city-wide Not In Our Town effort to address an atmosphere of racial tension. More than 200 businesses and organizations sign a citywide anti-racism proclamation, and join a march across the bridge that divides the town.

The complete set -- Programs One, Two and Three -- on one DVD for $99

Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness
60 minutes

Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness follows a community in crisis after the fatal attack of a local immigrant resident. Stunned by the violence, diverse community stakeholders openly confront the crime and the divisive atmosphere, and commit to ongoing actions to prevent future hate crimes and intolerance.

Special Features (Video) include...

  • Patchogue Library's Gilda Ramos: A Voice For Her Community
  • Mayor Pontieri: We Are All Immigrants
  • Gualaceo and Patchogue: Two Towns United by Tragedy
  • Mosaic: No One Walks Alone
This DVD features subtitles in Spanish (SDH) and English (SDH).

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The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time (Theatrical)
83 minutes
Feature length DVD

The Fire Next Time (Broadcast)
53 minutes
Broadcast length DVD
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Northwest Montana, The Fire Next Time profiles a rapidly growing community caught in a web of conflicts. After a domestic terror cell's plot to kill local leaders is uncovered, the citizens of the Flathead Valley must decide what to do. But as ex-cop Brenda Kitterman and environmentalist Mike Raiman discover, standing up has its consequences.
The story reflects some of the country's most critical issues: the role of media in spreading intolerance, the high stakes in the battle over growth and the environment, and an increasingly polarized political atmosphere.
An Independent Television Service (ITVS) Presentation.

For viewing guides, including lesson plans, ALA reading list and other resources, please visit

Circles of Peace
35 minutes
It all began with a judge, a professor and a community coming together to insist on a better response to domestic violence. The result was Circles of Peace. This compelling documentary traces the lives of several families grappling with intimate abuse in Nogales, Arizona, and showcases a community’s novel approach to bringing about healing. Both entertaining and educational, this film illuminates the profound change that can occur in individuals and communities when leaders dare to think outside the box.

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A ten-part series about the changing nature of work, hosted by Humorist Will Durst. Each hour episode includes classroom-friendly three to seven minute segments. Teacher guides are available at

Livelyhood: SHIFT CHANGE
Show #LH101
60 minutes

Shift Change looks at how working Americans are adapting to changes in the workplace due to downsizing, the effects of the global economy, temporary jobs and new technology. You'll meet ordinary superheroes including a CEO who saved a town and a telephone operator who has kept up with 55 years of technological upheaval. Through these and other stories, Livelyhood finds an American work force more resilient than formica.

Show #LH102
60 minutes

How do American families balance work with their personal and family lives? Episode two of Livelyhood explores the impact of work on families, and families on work. A Denver dad starts a day care center at home to spend more time with his kids; Brooklyn seniors create companionship through a currency called Time Dollars; a Northwest mother-daughter team restore the traditional family meal; and a Tennessee bank experiments with policies attuned to the realities of working parents. Working Family Values offers practical and smart solutions for keeping up with the rat race while carpeting the maze.

Show #LH103
60 minutes

In this rapidly changing economy, where businesses are bought and sold, moved or downsized on a daily basis, American workers are creating new ways to save jobs by redefining business culture. In Honey, We Bought the Company, American entrepreneurs and employee owners pave their own way -- gaining higher stakes, personal and collective control in the workplace. Meet a home health aide who is co-owner in her company; Wisconsin cabbies who operate as a collective; Maine blanket weavers who bought out their company to keep it from going offshore; and a Hopi entrepreneur bringing jobs and solar power to her community.

Livelyhood: OUR TOWNS
Show #LH104
60 minutes

In Our Towns, we meet the torchbearers of civic life. From team-owning beer vendors in Greenbay, Wisconsin, Seattle super teachers, Big Easy librarians, to volunteer firefighters moving a 150-year old station, we meet ordinary, but extraordinary people strengthening community institutions.

Show #LH201
60 minutes

Livelyhood looks at the American work ethic -- where we get it and how we pass it on. Host Will Durst learns the secrets of a relentless Girl Scout cookie capitalist; an Austin, Texas, high tech company where working 16 hours a day qualifies you as a slacker; a Nashville bricklayer studying to be an engineer on her union's dime; and a Detroit healthcare executive giving back to his community.

Show #LH202
60 minutes

Host Will Durst sets out on a quest for the ideal workplace. From high tech companies curbing burnout to motorcycle manufacturers attempting to democratize the assembly line, we meet everyday architects redesigning the workplaces of the future. Join Will as he searches for the best commute from bikes to buses, and discover how Carpool to Nirvana inspires us to make our ideal workplace a reality.

Livelyhood: NIGHT SHIFT
Show #LH203
60 minutes

To find out what's happening as more and more Americans work non-traditional hours, Livelyhood stays up all night so you don't have to. On a journey from dusk until dawn, we meet web crash watchers, chipmakers, truck drivers, sleep researchers, nurses and night watchmen and women. In today's 24-7 work world, are we ready for an around the clock work world, or are these workplace night watchmen and women paying a price that may be too costly for all of us?

Show #LH204
60 minutes

In 1938, workers won the right to an eight-hour workday. But the new economy is rapidly rewriting the rules. For millions of Americans, 9 to 5 now seems like a quaint idea. Host Will Durst travels the country to see how the workday has changed ­ for better and for worse. Along the way, you'll meet factory workers who prove flextime doesn't just work in an office setting; high tech workers burning the midnight oil to keep clients happy; and a professional lackey who picks up dry cleaning, delivers party snacks ­ and even downsizes an office.

Livelyhood: PLANET WORK I
Show #LH301
60 minutes

Host Will Durst wings his way around the world to meet a few ordinary Americans trying to make the global marketplace a little more fair for all of us. A Seattle chef finds a creative way to help feed the hungry in Siberia; a Vermont-based coffee importer shares more of the profits with Central American coffee growers through Fair Trade; a union organizer helps improve labor practices for factory workers in Cambodian sweatshops; and a New England shoe maker finds a way to save manufacturing jobs at home, while also turning a profit.

Livelyhood: PLANET WORK II
Show #LH302
60 minutes

So your company has gone global. You've been relocated to another continent where the language, culture, and norms make you feel even more disconnected than you already are. Livelyhood offers a few tips and stories to help you cope in this quick changing global economy. Host Will Durst also travels to Italy to understand the Slow Food movement, attempting to counter fast food and long hours at the office; Singapore to meet up with a globetrotting mom who spends 12 days a month in a different time zone than her kids; and Bangalore, India, where telemarketers use American aliases to put customers on the other end of the line at ease. Also featuring a third-generation Venetian gondolier operator; Brazilian talk show host Joe Suarez; and Geek corps volunteers bridging the digital divide in Africa.

Choose four Livelyhood specials for $345 ($51 saving)

Order the entire Livelyhood series for $750 ($240 saving)

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Show #TOC
60 minutes
Every day millions of Americans, black, white, Asian, Latino, men and women, gay and straight, go to work together. For the most part they manage to get along. But what happens when you take a diverse group of people and tell them they have to eat, sleep and live together and trust each other with their own lives? Getting along becomes another story. Test of Courage is a one-hour documentary about young men and women from diverse backgrounds striving to become firefighters. Set in Oakland, California, a city where no single ethnic group makes up the majority, the story shows how these aspiring firefighters navigate the cultural divides to learn to live and work together, meeting the daily pressures of saving lives. For more information:

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Working In America library collection special

5 DVD collection for $379.00 (More than 20% saving)

We Do the Work, the longest running workplace program on public television, presents this library collection. Save more than 20 percent off the regular price by selecting five classic labor documentary titles (below). This collection, an excellent value for schools, universities, libraries, and organizers, surveys the current landscape of jobs and work. Appropriate for grades 7-12, post secondary students and adults, it is designed to help students better understand the rapidly changing nature of work in contemporary America by addressing topics of: labor history, social responsibility and accountability, vocational models, race relations, the social impact of work and global economic issues.

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We Do the Work, classic labor documentaries

Looking Back: Moments in Labor History
Show # 509
30 minutes

Actor Danny Glover, recounts the dramatic history of The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and tells how it helped redefine the relationship between the races, lay the foundation for the civil rights movement and inspired a generation of black leaders. Turbulent Romance recounts the history of airline flight attendants, a fascinating story that reflects the struggles and triumphs of women in the workplace in the twentieth century. Earl Robinson, composer of the legendary ballad Joe Hill is also profiled in a clip from the documentary, Earl Robinson: Ballad of an American.

Looking Back: More Labor History
Show # 517
30 minutes

Featured stories in this labor history sequel documentary includes the story of Homestead, Pennsylvania, a steel town, whose rise and fall is a parable of rapidly changing economic forces and patterns of consumption at work in twentieth century America. Life On the Beam profiles dynamic labor leader Harry Bridges, first president of the International Longshoreman and Warehouseman's Union (ILWU), and life-long champion of racial equality. Red's Java House is a very special workers' café and unique museum of San Francisco waterfront labor history.

Discounted Lives
Show # 521
30 minutes

Workers at K-Mart's high tech distribution centers say wages and working conditions are rock bottom and their treatment is second rate. The globalization of the economy means more products are made outside the U.S., moving American workers into distribution jobs. This program looks at the struggle for a first contract at the Greensboro, North Carolina, distribution center that went beyond employee/employer relations and ultimately involved the entire community.

When Children Do The Work
Show #601
30 minutes

In spite of tough laws enacted early in the century, child labor has re-emerged as a serious concern in the era of the global economy. This program explores the connections between products on American shelves and the exploitation of children and teens, and the inspiring work of human rights activists. A union women's group outraged by the use of child labor in Bangladesh; Charles Kernaghan's expose of abuses in U.S. "free-trade" zones and the maquiladora program; and the dramatic story of Iqbal Masih, a ten-year-old activist who was assassinated for drawing international attention to the plight of indentured carpet children in Pakistan, remind us that consumers need to know the true cost of the products they buy.

Leaving Home
Show #403
30 minutes

This program documents how free trade has impacted the economic lives of millions and is affecting working people on both sides of the border through the maquiladora program. Factories in the Midwest have relocated to Mexico, leaving former workers and their towns without jobs, or hope. Mexican workers in U.S. plants make just $35 to $50 a week and describe the dangerous conditions they face on the job. Economists, environmentalists and business experts debate the impact of our free trade future.

Ties That Bind
Show #600
30 minutes

This special examines workers' efforts to gain union representation in the workplace by looking at two organizing drives that had very different results. In 1993, ship builders at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans voted to unionize. Opposing visions of what's best for employees resulted in a bitter two-year dispute involving the National Labor Relations Board, the company and the union that eventually resulted in a new contract for the workers. The second case study involves textile workers in Martinsville, Virginia, who won a union contract after sixteen years and five union elections. Through on-going coverage and competing advertisements broadcast on the local cable channel, issues raised by labor and management were debated by civic and religious leaders, families and neighbors.

Prison Labor/Prison Blues
Show #526
30 minutes

This award-winning investigative report (winner of the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award) goes behind penitentiary walls to look at the growing controversy over the increasing use of prison labor in the United States. We hear from prison officials, inmates, and business and labor leaders. Does inmate labor provide meaningful rehabilitation and a way to finance prisons, or is it just a cheap source of labor for private companies? What is the impact on people competing for the same jobs outside the prison system? Also includes rare footage of a prison factory in Shanghai, China.

Tools of the Trade
Show # 603
30 minutes

The stories from the construction industry include a debate over prevailing wage laws, which set pay on publicly funded construction projects; a profile of a family who passes its building trade and its commitment to quality work through three generations; a former welfare mother who became a journeyman painter through the America Works project; and a Carpenters Union campaign to organize immigrant workers at an earthquake retrofitting business.

This Far By Faith
Show #108
30 minutes

In the Mississippi Delta, catfish ponds flood the fields where cotton used to grow. Many of the workers who process up to forty fish a minute live in shacks on stilts, while across the tracks in the white section of town large homes recline behind sprawling lawns. This Far By Faith takes viewers inside homes and churches to meet workers--mostly African-American women--whose pay was so low that despite working a 40 hour week they still qualified for welfare and food stamps. After a long strike against the Delta Pride catfish processing company, they emerged victorious in what has been proclaimed one of the most significant labor and civil rights victories of the last decade. Music by B.B. King, and hosted by Alfre Woodard.

Working Until It Hurts
Show #303
30 minutes

Chronic pain as a result of fast-paced computer use is disabling thousands of Americans in factories and offices around the country. Working Until It Hurts profiles individuals whose lives have been transformed through repetitive strain injuries (RSI), now the leading cause of occupational illness in the U.S. It examines actions now being taken to combat this crippling epidemic. Hosted by Lee Grant.

Sewing Our Future
Show #309
30 minutes

Eight dollars an hour, or three dollars a day? Over the last 20 years, nearly half a million U.S. apparel jobs have been lost to offshore sites. This special report looks at who is making U.S. apparel in the 1990's, where it's being made, and efforts by fashion designers, manufacturers and unions to keep the clothing business thriving in the U.S. Features interviews with workers in New York City and El Salvador, plus labor investigator Charles Kernaghan, who revealed that the U.S. government spent nearly a billion dollars to encourage garment manufacturers to relocate to Central America and the Caribbean. Hosted by Ed Asner.

Family Fuel: A Coal Strike Story
Show # 208
30 minutes

The battle between the United Mineworkers of America and the Pittston Coal Company reached epic proportions in the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Mountains. Mass sit-ins, arrests and the takeover of the coal plant made this strike one of the most dramatic in labor history. Coal miners walked off the job when Pittston cut health and pension benefits for retirees, widows and disabled miners. This special chronicles what miners call "a battle for their way of life." Hosted by Ned Beatty.

Navajo Medicine
Show #404
30 minutes

This report examines Native American health care workers in the Navajo Nation struggling to meet the needs of isolated rural communities in clinics that are often under funded and understaffed: Marilyn Yazi, the daughter of a medicine man, now a community health representative; Harry Charlie, who cooks and serves traditional meals to Native elders; Larson Manuelito, a former uranium miner turned union organizer.

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Short-Form Videos

NIOT 10-Year

The story of communities across the nation embracing the Not In Our Town movement during its first 10 years.


Highlights from the first 20 years, including We Do The Work, Livelyhood and Not In Our Town.

Note: Discounted prices are available for personal or home viewing only.

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