Tag Archives: China

High Tech Low Life

Watch POV “High Tech Low Life” at 9 p.m. Monday, July 22 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Zola - High Tech Low LifeI’m always happy to see films that remind us of some of the things we take for granted – freedom of speech for example. It’s unfortunate that the only cases that make it into mainstream media are the ones where a person or persons are claiming their freedoms are being infringed upon. It just sets the stage for everyone to forget that they have rights in the first place and that the cops won’t be showing up at their door just because they posted a news article about the happenings in their home town.

I think it’s important to remember that the life we live here in America is not the same as the lives people live in other parts of the world. If nothing else, it helps us remember to be grateful for what we do have instead of focusing on what we don’t. I hope you’ll find the time to tune in and appreciate the courage of these two men as they struggle to tell their stories as citizen-reporters.

China's Terracotta Warriors

Watch Secrets of the Dead: China’s Terracotta Warriors at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 on Wisconsin Public Television.

It has always amazed me to look back at some of the things that have been created throughout history as tombs. Nowadays we keep it simple with graveyards and fairly standard tombstones. I can’t imagine living in a time when an entire society would dedicate so much time and effort to preparing a place to lay their leader to rest, or rather an army to protect them in the afterlife. I have to say, I’m much happier living during the present day where I can use my time as I wish instead of working day and night so that one man can have a lavish burial based on some obscure idea of divine right.

Riverdance Jumps into Beijing

Watch Riverdance: Live From Beijing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

For more than 15 years, Riverdance has been jumping, kicking and twirling across stages around the globe, blending the traditions of Irish dance with a wide array of musical styles. With dozens of dancers on stage, the programs are colorful and energetic. This new special captures the current Riverdance troupe as they toured China, incorporating traditional Chinese music into their dancing repertoire.

If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Riverdance dancer, watch the video clip below. In it, principle dancer Padraic Moyles teaches a BBC sports correspondent a few steps.