Week of October 4, 2015
Segment 1: Dancing with the Enemy
When he created Dancing Classrooms, four-time world-champion Pierre Dulaine knew that ballroom dancing could be a tool for getting children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different. In 2011, he decided to try the same 10-week program in Jaffa, Israel, his birthplace. This time, Israeli and Palestinian 11 year olds would learn to dance together. The program was documented in a movie, produced by Diane Nabatoff, Dancing in Jaffa.
"I want so much for the Middle Eastern countries to take advantage of what touching another human being can do in one's own life. Having respect for each other, having respect for oneself, becoming confident."
Segment 2: The Bizarre Inner Workings of the Israeli Government
Gregory Levey, Shut Up I'm Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government was a Canadian law student living in New York. Through a bizarre series of events he ended up working for the Israeli mission of the UN, then in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem.
"It was my first time in a meeting, I sit down and I thought, 'oh my God, Iran is supposed to sit right next to me. This is gonna be awkward.' And they didn't sit next to me."
Week of September 27, 2015
Segment 1: Stroke Survivor and Philanthropist Mark Moore
Mark Moore went from being a successful businessman to having to re-learn the basic functions of life like walking, talking and even how to write a check. After suffering two major strokes in quick succession, doctors gave him little chance for a full recovery. Mark was determined to push through the many challenges and amazingly, he completed a 5K in record time on the one-year anniversary of his strokes. Now, he and his wife are raising stroke awareness and have also formed the The Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation to give back to the community.
"I'm here today because people have helped me get here today, and my wife and I decided, we need to help people as well."
Segment 2: Yes, We Totally Messed Up the Planet, but ...
The human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. In "The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us," bestselling author Diane Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating — perhaps saving — our future.
"It is technologically possible to curb [climate change]. The question is: is it politically feasible? That is the big issue. And I think that means the ball is in our court - or rather, the planet is in our court."