Society and Culture
It's the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Class can be harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences, yet in many ways it's the most important predictor of what kind of financial and educational opportunities someone will have in life. But class is a hard subject to talk about in a society like ours, where the idea that all people are created equal and that a poor child can become President is enshrined in national legend.
Small Ball: A Little League Story, first seen nationally on PBS in April 2004, captures the hope, thrills and excitement of players, parents and coaches as a team of 11 and 12-year-old Little Leaguers go from their small northern California town all the way to the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series Championships in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Presenting some of the first independent TV documentaries made in New Orleans, the Being Poor in New Orleans series was a pathbreaking look at New Orleans' problems and raised a number of issues about inequality that had not been aired in the city's media at the time.