Soaring glaciered peaks, temperate, primeval rainforests, and a roughhewn Pacific coastline define Olympic National Park. Nearly one million square miles, 60 active glaciers, and the 11 major river systems that drain the mountains attest to the magnificence of this extraordinary biosphere reserve.
Olympic is a vast world of emerald greens, deep ocean blues, and blinding whites. 581 miles of trails, some through ecosystems rarely seen anywhere on earth, contribute to the unique appeal of this world heritage site. Through the lenses of Pat O’Hara and Ross Hamilton, the majesty of a fascinating ecosystem comes to life with power and beauty. Featuring Mannheim Steamroller keyboard artist, Jackson Berkey, the evocative music, lyrical narrative and the sounds of nature create a portrait of vibrancy and emotion.
Politically unaffiliated throughout the early 1920′s, both Republicans and Democrats eyed Herbert Hoover as a potential candidate for president. At the time of his landslide victory in 1928 as a Republican, Hoover was, by many accounts, the most respected man in America. But just months after taking office, he found himself in the middle of one of America’s greatest economic crises: the stock market crash of 1929, massive unemployment, and the beginning of the Great Depression.
With expert scholarly analysis, Hoover’s story unfolds here in dramatic fashion as the film examines the strengths and weaknesses of a man destined to both win and lose the presidency of the United States in election landslides. An Iowa orphan, Hoover was a self-made millionaire at an early age with a vast expertise in leadership, crisis management, and humanitarian work. His two terms as Secretary of Commerce have been hailed as extraordinary, leaving a legacy that continues to impact Americans’ way of life. Yet his policy decisions as president around employment and monetary and fiscal policy continue to provoke strong criticism from politicians and leaders today.
The heartbeat of North Carolina lies in its rich past and vibrant present. Old seaports and coastal plains…. the red-clay rich Piedmont and modern cities…. the rugged Great Smoky Mountains to the west… North Carolina – An American Portrait is an impressionistic, provocative profile one of the oldest, most diverse states in America. The spirit of its people resonates throughout the program, and across generations, allowing viewers to feel what it really means to be a North Carolinian.
Narrated by renowned North Carolina author, Bland Simpson, the program is a blend of breathtaking cinematography, archival imagery, and poignant dramatic readings from old diaries, letters and literature. The music includes selections from Doc Watson, Shirley Caesar, and Ryan Adams. Many of the haunting, beautiful black and white images in the show are those of famed North Carolina photographer Bayard Wootten.