Bending Borders

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Bending Borders stories connect different cultures across the world through shared or common human experiences. Those connections make ordinary moments memorable. For example, what's the first kiss like in Detroit versus Kabul; or how are mothers-in-law regarded in Shanghai versus Los Angeles. How do wives in a polygamous Senegalese family view divorce in the West?  How do Congalese workers in America view the way we treat seniors?  These stories give the audience something unscripted and offbeat – served up, whenever possible, with wonder and humor.  As events around the world make Americans feel a bit anxious or alienated, these stories show we are more connected through every day life than we imagined.

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12 Pieces

Twelve workers who might otherwise go unnoticed – a deli waitress, bus driver, metal scrapper, longshoreman and bathroom attendant, to name a few – take us inside their places of work to show us what they do, why they do it and what it takes to get through a shift.

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9 Pieces

In this special report, we explore the lives of eight groups of people under the Trump administration. From undocumented lovers, to a transgender woman in a Trump-supporting household, they show us how they are coming to terms with the new administration.

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9 Pieces

In this hour-long special, nine stories from immigrants who left their homelands for America, but find themselves somewhere in between. A Nigerian pop star, an Iraqi Kurdish restaurant owner, a group of Central American women and others make the journey to America, only to be reeled back home.

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3 Pieces

Love Is Complicated looks at the perils and the perks of looking for love in many different places. This ongoing series takes an irreverent, playful and profound look at the many different ways love is expressed around the world, and the risks the players take in pursuing it.

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4 Pieces

Modern cities are a place of simultaneous decay and resurrection. Part of this process is the creation of an ever-widening chasms between rich and poor. This goes hand in hand with the shifting demographic fault lines that have created new spaces of fusion and collision, where inhabitants now live with people they would have never known just a few years ago.


Pieces

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Shahan Sanosian, a student living in the U.S., fears for the safety of his parents back in Damascus.

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 06:32
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Caption: Life under Trump, Credit: Paola Mardo
In this special report, we explore the lives of eight groups of people under the Trump administration. From undocumented lovers, to a transgender w...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Following the election, L.A.-based comic Sara Schaefer travels to colleges across the U.S., where she’s trying out some politically charged material. Here she is performing at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Credit: Rohan Venkatesh
Sara Schaefer does standup comedy in L.A. Taking her act on the road to college campuses--some in red, religious territory--has its own risks and c...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 05:10
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Caption: Olive puts on lipstick in her car. She says she loves the name of it: Rage., Credit: Renee Gross
There has never been an easy time to be transgender in America. For 22-year-old Olive, whose parents are Trump supporters, it couldn’t be much hard...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:22
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Caption: Tess and Marco play sungka, a traditional Filipino mancala game., Credit: Paola Mardo
As Filipino schoolmates, Marco was sweet on Tess but left for the Middle East to work, and Tess went to the U.S. Three decades later--with the help...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:51
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Once in plain view, many immigrants are missing from work sites, classrooms, and bus stops. But one pastor has vowed to do what he can to keep his ...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:36
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Caption: Alvin poses for a portrait. The car behind him is a Nissan 240SX. Ever since he was a kid, it has been his dream to own one. DACA allows him drive his car without the fear of getting pulled over and getting deported., Credit: Stefanie De Leon Tzic
Alvin’s family left Indonesia for the U.S. to give their son more opportunity. Now that they are aging, it’s his turn to protect them...and he’s ve...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:33
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Caption: Vondersaar's cousin Melissa Brand is a liberal from Orange County. The pair mostly avoids talking about politics., Credit: Jenny Lower
Adam Vondersaar is a gun aficionado and survivalist. But this former punk rocker took an unusual route to becoming a Republican in a blue state. Pr...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:44
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Caption: Coach Asa and Marwa after their hour-long lesson, Credit: Pasha Zolfaghari
When attacks on Muslims and Mosques spiked, one young woman removed her headscarf but refused to be intimidated. Produced by Pasha Zolfaghari.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
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Caption: Lead guitarist Josh Fleury and drummer Rick Chapman jam during a late-night rehearsal., Credit: Ashley Eady
When Trump took aim at minorities, a group of L.A. musicians took up steel guitars and razor-sharp lyrics to fight back. Produced by Ashley Eady.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
  • Purchases: 1