Spirit of America Series

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After School Experiences
Some of the most enjoyed learning experiences are the ones we participate in after school hours, which is the theme of this eclectic program that presents all sorts of exciting…
All in a Day's Work
Americans are hard-working people, but some people, as we meet here, are just not cut out for 9 to 5 office jobs. After meeting a farmer and his beloved draft…
Art for Art's Sake
The art world of the American West is bursting with life as we discover in this program where artists are influenced by the natural beauty surrounding them. Denver's International Airport,…
Back Roads
t's nice to put a face to all those great homes we all pass by on old back roads. We begin with photographer Michael Lewis (Colorado's Centennial Farm and Ranches),…
Colorado: The Grand Tour
When you think of Colorado, what comes to mind? Obviously, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains; however, there is so much more to the Centennial State, which is the nickname for the…
Competition: Let the Games Begin
People who live in the Rocky Mountains have come up with some outrageous competitions over the years. How about riding a bicycle to beat a train? That's the history behind…
Cowboys
Being a cowboy is a full-time occupation, not just a state of mind. Here we meet present day cowboys who tell of the rewards they get from their job. We…
Dinosaurs: Thunder Lizards
"Highly Recommended. Quality production values are evident throughout this lively and informative video. It leaves the viewer eagerly anticipating a visit to the nearest natural history museum. Includes an interview…
Dogs (and Wolves)
Dogs are one of the most beloved animals in the world; there are over 70 million in the U.S. alone. This program pays tribute to a group of various dogs…
Everything Old is New Again
The old cliche, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," holds true as the theme of this program that takes us on a trip down memory lane. Elaine Hull,…
Food: That's Good Eatin'!
Sweet or sour; hot or spicy; fat-free or filled with calories - one of the great things about America is the wide variety of foods people can choose from to…
The Good Earth
Peal S. Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for her best selling novel, The Good Earth, which told the story of Chinese farmers who cultivated a bountiful and profitable harvest from…
The Harvest
America is a nation blessed with fields and orchards that, thanks to the attentive gardening and farming efforts of many, yield their bounty each year. In this program we visit…
Home on the Range
"Home, home on the range..." - words from the famous song that echo as the unofficial anthem of the American West. In this program we are shown how modern-day Westerners…
Hooves, Paws and Claws
This program offers a wonderful look at some very interesting "critters." First, avalanches are a common occurrence during winter in the Rocky Mountains, which is why ski patrols love to…
Horses (and Burros)
Horses have been a part of America's driving spirit since its earliest days, and they remain so today. In this horse's lover's program we begin by learning about polo horses,…
Mountaineers
Ever imagine what the first settlers west of the Mississippi thought when they first saw the Rocky Mountains? In this program, we are introduced to real-life mountaineers who help us…
Multi-Culture Celebrations - Celebrate!
"Recommended. This is a no-frills, immediate experience of some of the different ethnic and racial groups that make up the American mosaic. The African American rodeo should be seen by…
Mysteries, Legends and Tall Tales
The old west is filled with exciting mysteries, legends and tall tales, and this program introduces us to a number of them. We begin with the strange and unfortunate circumstances…
National Western Stock Show
The National Western Stock Show is the West's premiere stock show. Here Cowboy poet Baxter Black takes us through the sights, sound, and, yes, smells of the livestock biz. We…
Native Americans
What does it mean to be a Native American? Perhaps Native American model Stormy Hollingsworth (Ute) says it best, "to be proud, to know that our past and our whole…
Nature
Native American Gene Poorbear starts our love of nature program off helping us better understand the meaning of sunrise; then we travel to meet to the Prock Elk Ranch in…
The New West
Everyone has an iconic idea of the Old West; but as novelist, journalist, and humorist Oren Arnold once said, "Nobody knows exactly where the New West begins; it's as much…
Off the Beaten Path
This program is dedicated to places the majority of people have probably never seen before. We begin celebrating Labor Day at the Four Corners Iron Horse Motorcycle Rally in southwest…
Railways
There is something special about riding the rails; just ask any train lover. And there's something spectacular about riding railways in the Rocky Mountains. This program lets viewers revel in…
Recreation: Are We Having Fun Yet?
As this program shows us, recreation can be educational, a real adventure, and a whole lot of fun! California has its Tournament of Roses Parade; Colorado has its Cardboard Downhill…
Road Trip!
This program takes you on some all-American road trips you'll never forget! First we see something we're not expecting in Colorado, alligators. The Colorado Gator Farm is a must stop…
Snowscapes
Snowscapes are beautiful to look at, and as this program shows, snow motivates people in all sorts of ways. We begin in Vail, Colorado, and dicover a Ske-cology program, where…
Sports: The Real Thing
According to Webster's Dictionary, SPORT is a "physical activity engaged in for pleasure," not necessarily for money, power or fame. That's certainly a healthy way of thinking about sports, and…
Thrills and Chills
Ever get bored? Well in this program you'll experience a mind-boggling variety of things to do every season of the year that are sure to bring you thrills and chills.…
Trains
Trains traditionally carried life into the Rocky Mountains and they continue to do so today. Many people take trains from Durango to Silverton not only for purposes of travel, but…
Unforgettable Adventures
Adventure. It's a word that adds excitement to people's lives, takes them to places they've never seen before, motivates them to try things they've never tried before, and it's the…
Water: Taking the Waters
Water; it's one of the world's most important natural resources. In this program we see a variety of ways water plays a significant role in the lives of so many…
Winter Wonderland
This program shows viewers how people in Colorado "just say no" to cabin fever during the winter by participating in all types of fun stuff. We begin with dog sledding…

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