Regional Programs — History Specials
46 Days: The Confessions of Ned Kellogg

46 Days: The Confessions of Ned Kellogg

This local production investigates controversial murder cases of two Kent, Ohio, women more than 70 years ago. Premiered in 2016.

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Act of Duty

Act of Duty

Northeast Ohio men and women share their firsthand experiences of battle and how it has shaped their lives. Premiered in 2000.

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Akron Women: Another Look at History

Akron Women: Another Look at History

Celebrating the significant contributions of Akron women to the city's history. Premiered in 2005.

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The Battle for the Right to Vote

The Battle for the Right to Vote

This local production tells the story of the women’s suffrage movement, weaving in stories of Northeast Ohio leaders and pioneers. Premiered in 2017.

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Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race

Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race

Beyond the Powder follows the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the original race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby. Premiered in 2015.

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Clyde Singer: An American Artist

Clyde Singer: An American Artist

Western Reserve PBS presents a new documentary that celebrates the centennial birthday year of Ohio artist Clyde Singer. Premiered in 2008.

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Country Crush

Country Crush

Every year in August, the quiet rural village of Lisbon, Ohio, explodes with loud colors and even louder noise as lumbering combine harvesters compete in the zany combine demolition derby. Country Crush is the story of the derby and the combine drivers who compete each year at the Columbiana County Fair. Premiered in 2010.

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Dirty Little Secrets: Foundations From the Past

Dirty Little Secrets: Foundations From the Past

Geological findings of CSU, UA researchers. Premiered in 2001.

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Doris O’Donnell’s Cleveland

Doris O’Donnell’s Cleveland

In a career that spanned half a century, Cleveland print reporter Doris O’Donnell beat the pavement and reported the daylights out of a city on the make and on the move. Produced by Storytellers Media Group. Aired 2007-2009.

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Floating on Air

Floating on Air

Lighter-than-air enthusiasts share the fond memories and fascinating history of Akron’s unofficial mascot of the skies. Premiered in 2009.

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Flying Turns: Resurrecting a Legend Flying Turns: Resurrecting a Legend

Flying Turns: Resurrecting a Legend

Follow the resurrection of a wooden bobsled-type roller coaster at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa. Premiered in 2016.

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Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Discover the story of Ohio’s only national park in Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Generations tells the story of the park’s natural wonders and the people whose lives have crossed its many paths. Premiered in 2009.

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Heart of a Nation: America’s First Ladies

Heart of a Nation: America’s First Ladies

This Western Reserve PBS production tells the stories of the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio, and the roles first ladies have played in our nation’s history. Premiered in 2000.

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If You're Not Dead, Play!

If You're Not Dead, Play!

This Western Reserve PBS production documents the second wave of Akron "garage bands" that continued in the tradition of "the Akron sound" that began with bands like Devo, Tin Huey and The Waitresses. Premiered in 2005.

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Inventive. Industrious. Inspired. A History of Akron

Inventive. Industrious. Inspired. A History of Akron

A look at the people, the businesses and the communities that have made Akron unique. Premiered in 2000.

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It’s Everything, and Then It’s Gone

It’s Everything, and Then It’s Gone

This Western Reserve PBS production takes a look back at the Akron "garage band" movement of the 1970s and 80s that launched the national careers of several rock bands, including Devo. Premiered in 2003.

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Lasting Impressions: The Wendell August Forge Story

Lasting Impressions: The Wendell August Forge Story

The Grove City, Pennsylvania-based Wendell August Forge is the single remaining survivor of what was once the flourishing industry of handcrafted aluminum giftware. Discover the history of this famous forge and meet the men and women who pound out their living in aluminum. Premiered in 2000.

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Radio Daze: Cleveland’s FM Air Wars

Radio Daze: Cleveland’s FM Air Wars

Follow the dramatic rise of Cleveland’s FM rock scene, from its early days to its rise to a billion-dollar entertainment industry. Produced by Mike Olszewski. Premiered in 2008.

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Red Tail Reborn

Red Tail Reborn

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen and a restored P-51C Mustang, one of the famous roaring fighter planes these men flew in combat. Produced by Adam White of Hemlock Films in Cleveland, winner of three regional Emmy awards and released nationally by PBS. Premiered in 2007.

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Reinventing Akron: Stories of a Generation

Reinventing Akron: Stories of a Generation

An exceptional group of Akron men and women, born before the second World War and who reshaped the community over the last 50 years, are profiled in this documentary. Premiered in 2001.

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Road Kid to Writer – The Tracks of Jim Tully

Road Kid to Writer – The Tracks of Jim Tully

This documentary is based on the definitive book about the life of a remarkable author and journalist, Jim Tully. It compellingly describes the hardscrabble life of Tully from his immigrant roots, rural Ohio upbringing, time in an orphanage and life as a hobo. Premiered in 2015.

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Séances and Slot Machines: The Story of Brady Lake Park

Séances and Slot Machines: The Story of Brady Lake Park

This documentary tells the story of Brady Lake Park, located between Kent and Ravenna, Ohio. It opened in 1891 as a beautiful, rustic resort offering picnics and pony rides to the upper class and closed six decades later as a tired and seedy gambling den run by the Cleveland mob. Fred F. Endres, Kent State University professor emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, tracks the history of the popular park. Premiered in 2014.

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A Simple Life

A Simple Life

Explore Amish country in Holmes County. Visit the people and the places that populate the beautiful rolling hills and farms of this rural northeastern Ohio county to find out what draws the millions of visitors each year. Premiered in 2002.

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The “Sojer Boys” of Portage County

The “Sojer Boys” of Portage County

Some 2 million men fought for the Union during the American Civil War. More than 2,000 of them came from rural Portage County, Ohio. This compelling new documentary tells the story of seven of those young men. Fred Endres, a Kent State University professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, uses the letters and diaries of the men to take a close, personal look at the war. Premiered in 2013.

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Stark Contrast: A History of Stark County

Stark Contrast: A History of Stark County

Stark Contrast looks at the county’s communities, industrial development, educational and cultural institutions, sports, art, culture, transportation and more. It also follows two groups of residents representing the county’s older and younger generations. Premiered in 2009.

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Who Shot Rock & Roll: Akron Art Museum

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Akron Art Museum

Western Reserve Public Media goes behind the scenes of the Akron Art Museum's current exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, which tells the story of the photographers whose works helped to define the musical genre of rock 'n' roll. Premiered in 2010.

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