Frontline new height

I watched Frontline on PBS. It is fantastic. This episode might be the best. It will be available for online viewing Friday. Word on the Street got me ready. The scene of the documentary that got me the most was when students of today were shown the big photograph. They had no idea what they were seeing.

I remember watching television that summer. I remember the peaceful gathering that stretched on and on. I remember the helplessness. I remember the outside inaction against the bully. It is still sad now. We sold them out. I blamed George Bush. I still do although I do not know what he could have done.

I did the image search and compared the special results to the regular results. The difference is about 13700 images. “Don’t be evil“?

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Michael M. on April 11th 2006 in General

6 Responses to “Frontline new height”

  1. Bobber responded on 11 Apr 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    Have you ever talked with anyone who was there? I have. That show looks good. I will try to catch it.

  2. Michael M. responded on 12 Apr 2006 at 11:47 am #

    As far as I know, I never have met anybody who was there. I learned much more about what happened in the suburbs, having known approximately nothing before.

  3. barlow responded on 14 Apr 2006 at 8:08 pm #

    I met one of the student leaders. He was a law professor and came to St. Louis for seminary (he is Presbyterian). He lived in my apartment complex and I met him a few times. Then, one day, I heard a “World” broadcast on NPR and there he was being interviewed. I was amazed. He essentially said that one day he would return and run for president in a democratic China.

    By the way, Frontline’s episode on the Iraqi insurgency was really good too. I also checked one out of the library that they did a long time ago on global warming and it was extremely well done. I learned a lot from it about some of the measurement details that I had only sketchy details about previously. It would be nice if one could buy Frontline episodes on iTunes music store. When you stream them from their site, you have to keep clicking every few minutes – there’s no way to watch the episodes all the way through…

  4. Michael M. responded on 15 Apr 2006 at 9:35 am #

    Wow, Barlow. I still remember those protesters with great admiration. For a multitude of reasons both selfish and cheritable, we need a democratic China, and it cannot come soon enough.

    I have not watched The Insurgency, but I think I have it recorded. I will have to watch it. The other one must have been What’s Up with the Weather? that was a co-production with Nova. I missed it altogether.

    Your iTunes idea is very good. The way streaming works is a small hassle, and it is not portable. Public libraries ought to have these programs, too. The Saint Louis Public Library has many shows, including the global warming one, available on VHS (yuck) in the Public Performance Collection, whatever it is. I noticed that Google Video has episodes of Charlie Rose for sale. All PBS programs should be available somehow.

  5. Chris responded on 15 Apr 2006 at 4:59 pm #

    Jon and others,

    That student from CTS and Gulf Drive was interviewed on the Frontline show the other night. I about jumped out of bed, when I saw him being interviewed. His name is either Yan Xiong or Xiong Yan. If you google him, you’ll find pictures, websites, and an mp3 interview.

    Yan (as I used to call him–that’s what he went by at CTS), it appears is a now a chaplain in the US Army. He did a tour in Iraq…what amazingly diverse life experience he has! On the radio interview I found through googling him, he said that he spent 19 months in jail and was one of the Top 21 Most Wanted persons in China.

    Very quiet and unassuming guy, but when Dr. Calhoun turned over his church history class to Yan for 10-15 minutes he was transformed. It was then that I saw the “student leader” who was considered influential enough to be in the Top 21 most wanted.

  6. barlow responded on 17 Apr 2006 at 12:38 pm #

    Oh, so he was on the Frontline broadcast. Wow, so now I have to watch it right away.

    One Thanksgiving we brought a bunch of American thanksgiving fare to his family and they returned the favor with a big plate of fried rice – it was really good. I hope our turkey and dressing was as good to them.

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