At the beginning of this month we learned that the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School had returned to classes at a neighboring school, Chalk Hill. Even though talk of the Sandy Hook tragedy has dissipated (as we might have expected), many people and various media outlets are still working to keep the conversation going. Next month PBS will do their part by airing a series titled After Newtown, in an attempt to address greater issues such as gun control, school security, and mental illness in America. Click inside to learn more.
Paste Magazine has the story:
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, PBS has announced plans to air a series of programs examining the aftereffects of the Newtown school shootings.
Titled “After Newtown,” the week-long series—set to run from Feb. 18 to 22— will be spread across a number of PBS shows, including PBS NewsHour, Frontline and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. In addition, the science series Nova will air a documentary on violence and the brain.
The Frontline report, meanwhile, will focus on Adam Lanza, the man responsible for the massacre. The program will be produced in conjunction with The Hartford Courant.
In a statement, PBS reps said they hope the series will “continue the public conversation” on the topics of gun laws, mental illness and school security.
“PBS is not where you go for breaking news. Where we can add to the conversation is to step back … and say, ‘OK, where are the big issues and where does this take us?’” PBS chief Paula Kerger said during a meeting of the Television Critics Association (TCA).
I’m really looking forward to tuning into these programs, and I hope others will too. Inevitably, those of us who were not directly affected by this tragedy will feel a natural inclination to move on… until the next tragedy occurs. But I’d like to think that Sandy Hook was different, and that some of us will continue to participate in the conversation, and to do our part (big or small) to incite positive change.
You can learn more about these programs here.