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Beyond Our Borders

Utah Instructional Media Consortium
Grade Levels: 6 - 13+
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Website: http://www.ndmquestar.com/program-individual.php?pid456.html
Next Airing: Mon, May 11th, 2020 at 11:15 AM on UEN-TV

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American students retain geography and history information better when they experience living images of world cultures. These 33 programs about some of the world's major countries help students understand other peoples' environments, values, and significant historical contributions. They also feature information-rich maps that clarify geographical data such as a country's global location, major regions, and important cities. The scripts and narrators reflect indigenous cultures, but each program uses language appropriate for North American classrooms.

Episodes:

  • Cambodia

    This program visits Cambodia today, explaining the reasons for the great disparity of wealth that is evident everywhere in the streets of Phnom Penh, the capital. The rest of the world did not know about Khmer culture until 1861, when a French biologist discovered the ruins of Angkor Wat. The first half of the program recalls the horrors of the reign of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot's lack of humanity, and the atrocities performed in the Killing Fields. The section closes with photos of Cambodians who died in the slaughter and shelves of skulls retrieved from mass graves. The architectural and artistic splendors of Angkor Wat are displayed, cautioning that the global community has yet to resolve the problem of looting at this historical site.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 11th, 2020 at 11:15 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:12:18
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021
  • Argentina

    The stark, spectacular beauty of Patagonia and tierra del Fuego wildernesses is contrasted with the somewhat faded but highly civilized ambience of the city of Buenos Aires. Diverse peoples and other terrains of this remote country are also revealed.

    Next Airing: Tue, May 12th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:02
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Australia

    Australia is a country and a continent of impressive cities and geography. Its vast interior outback is shown, as are the characteristics of its major states and territories. Both the English heritage and the aboriginal influence are seen.

    Next Airing: Wed, May 13th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Brazil

    This country comprises 50% of the landmass and population of South America. We explore the five distinct regions that make up Brazil and learn that it has some of the greatest potential as well as many of the most serious problems in the world.

    Next Airing: Thu, May 14th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:25
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Canada

    Canada's relatively small population lives mostly along the US border, in the world's second largest country. Its history made it bilingual, with a French-speaking minority. Diverse economic, scenic, and cultural features of each Province and Territory come alive.

    Next Airing: Fri, May 15th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:58
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Cuba

    An overview of history and geography shows how Spaniards intermarried with Natives and Africans, producing a rich Cuban culture. The importance of sugar, tobacco, the Spanish-American War, Jose Marti, Fidel Castro and several cities becomes clear.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 18th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:27
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Egypt

    One of the greatest ancient civilizations, Egypt, now plays an important role in the Middle East. Cairo juxtaposes sleek office buildings with bustling bazaars and mosques, and the Suez Canal, Sinai Peninsula, and Alexandria reveal their continuing importance.

    Next Airing: Tue, May 19th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:40
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • England

    The modern and historic features of London set the tone for an introduction to the small, but extremely important island nation of England. Economic and cultural features of its major regions are revealed along with the many visible historic influences.

    Next Airing: Wed, May 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:35
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • France

    The cultural richness and geographic variety of France emerge, along with many historical features. The intensity of Paris contrasts with diverse rural economies and traditions, and the many international contributions of the French are shown.

    Next Airing: Thu, May 21st, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:10
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Germany

    Detailed maps anchor the early history of German states. From the southern Baviarian Alps to the Baltic Sea ports, and from former communists to western regions, geographical, cultural, and economic characteristics of a reunified Germany emerge.

    Next Airing: Fri, May 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:59
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Hungary

    Hungary is a land of Baroque palaces and cobblestone streets echoing with gypsy rhapsodies. Budapest reveals this historic richness mixed with emerging free enterprise. Outside the capital, varied traditional cultural settings and experiences are also seen.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 25th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:13
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Indonesia

    Spread among thousands of islands, Indonesia's history has brought many religious and national influences together. Its rich resources, beautiful environments, and diverse peoples make it both captivating and potential unstable.

    Next Airing: Tue, May 26th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:49
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Israel

    The historical significance of Israel can be felt at the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy places of three religions. Best known as the home of modern Jews, Palestinian peoples also inhabit this ancient yet modern country.

    Next Airing: Wed, May 27th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:58
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Italy

    The diversity and unity of the Italian people, history and geography are experienced in this episode. The economy, occupations, and characteristics of the great regions and many cities are revealed, including less known ones such as Liguria and Umbria.

    Next Airing: Thu, May 28th, 2020 at 11:02 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:28
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Japan

    Japan has a very homogenous society, but its highly volcanic terrain crowds many of its people into huge megalopolises. It is both traditional and modernist, making it one of the most fascinating and economically powerful countries in the world.

    Next Airing: Fri, May 29th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:12
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Jordan

    Jordan is a monarchy and one of the key countries of the Middle East. Its history includes many influential events. Part of it is the land of the Old Testament, but the capital, Amman, reveals western influences along with Arabic and Islamic faces and cultures.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:33
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Low (Benelux) Countries

    Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, historically small and relatively weak Low Countries (near or below sea level), formed the Benelux union in 1947. They have contributed much to the industry of Europe, and the similarities and differences among them are revealed in urban and rural environments.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jun 2nd, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:57
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Mexico

    From the arid deserts of the North to the Lacandon rainforests of the South, Mexico's varied geography and history come into view. Spanish language and culture dominate, but many Indian groups and traditional indigenous influences persist.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:57
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Morocco

    Morocco has been a bridge across European, North African, and Arabic cultures, and some of these historic traditions can still be seen in old marketplaces, mosques, and desert camel herders. This land has fertile valleys and mountain ranges as well as deserts.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jun 4th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:29
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • New Zealand

    This two-island nation varies from Alpine landscapes in the south to breathtaking coasts in the north. The British heritage and native Maori culture intermingle in seeming harmony. New Zealand's economy is largely self-sufficient, but also global.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:53
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Peru

    It's Inca heritage makes Peru one of the most important Latin American countries, but it's Spanish heritage can be seen in cities like Cuzco and Lima. The Amazon jungle and rubber barons' buildings reveal even more diversity in this land where the past still lives in the present.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 8th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:58
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Phillipines

    The Philippine's Spanish past can be seen in many places, but its 7,000 islands reveal many indigenous cultures in a terrain of great variety. We visit the largest island, Luzon, with it's capital, Manila, as well as remote tribal villages and settlements.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jun 9th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:01
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Poland

    Poland has been invaded and occupied by many other countries, yet has maintained its own proud heritage. Roman Catholic roots are seen, Auschqitz reveals it's darker history, while pristine natural areas and burgeoning industrial enterprises show its variety and vitality.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jun 10th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:09
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Russia

    After countless rulers, decades of Communism, and former domination of Eastern Europe, Russia remains the world's largest sovereign landmass. We see Russia's most important regions and natural wonders, and the new free enterprise.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jun 11th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:55
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Scandinavia

    Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are Europe's 'north countries', which have varied and beautiful landscapes, high standards of living, and the remains of significant histories. We learn about the major cities, rural economies, and natural spaces of each.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:54
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • South Africa

    South Africa has a conflicted past, a beautiful landscape, and Africa's strongest economic engine. We learn about its various ethnic groups, African, Indian, and European, that give the country both vitality and instability.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 15th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:21
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Spain

    Spain's history emerges by visiting its most important regions and cities, starting with Madrid, moving to Avila and other cities in the north, then to the south in Andalusia, and finally, Barcelona and one of Spain's most dissident cultural regions, Catalonia.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jun 16th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:28:49
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Switzerland

    Switzerland is small, but important for its banking and other business and technical skills. Its cities reveal both history and modernism, and stunning Alpine settings make it a destination for many visitors.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jun 17th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:38
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Thailand

    Bangkok displays a rich history and imperial culture, but there are also many hill tribes in the north of Thailand where silk weaving, orchid farming, and traditional arts and crafts are witnessed. We see many examples of ancient monumental art and architecture.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jun 18th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:51
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Ukraine

    Ukraine has often been threatened by its larger Russian neighbor as well as by other invaders, despite being Europe's second vastest country. Its greatest city, Kiev, has its own renown and historical treasures, as have other cultural and environmental sites.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 19th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:49
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe is a fascinating but troubled African country. At Great Zimbabwe, we witness the remains of its historic culture, and we learn how British colonial and native cultures co-exist in Harare, the capital, and in other regions and cities.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:12
    Usage rights: 6/1/2005 to 12/31/2021
  • China

    China has the world's fastest growing economy, yet is also has many ancient traditions. Beginning in Bejing, and proceeding through China's rural villages, we see the many ancient and modern traditions that influence Chinese culture.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jun 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:52
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021
  • India

    India is one of the most diverse nations on earth, the result of many historical invasions that brought new peoples and cultures. How these influences have impacted modern India, and how it reacts to influences from other modern cultures is discussed.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jun 24th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:58
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021
  • Iran

    Iran (formerly Persia) is a land of contrasts— ancient and modern. Informative maps pinpoint Iran's major cities. Archival footage, artworks, and artifacts chronicle Iran's tumultuous past, while contemporary footage reveals how ancient traditions and modern ways coexist.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jun 25th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:57
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021
  • Myanmar

    Outstanding photography of the geography of the resource-rich country provides an illuminating introduction to Burmese culture and politics. The first section, on Myanmar's history, reviews the legacy of the British colonial system.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 26th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:24:50
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021
  • Tibet

    A unique view of Tibet and the Tibetan people focuses on ancient agricultural and social traditions, which provide unity and self-sufficiency in remote mountain communities. A group of Tibetans are followed on their arduous journey down narrow mountain pathways and across the raging Yarlung Tsangpo River to worship the Buddha. Emancipated Tibetan women are shown carrying heavy loads and acting as the final arbiter in family decisions. A brief section films Tibetan nomads and their dependency on the yak. The holy city of Lhasa boasts key tourist sites, such as the market, the Jokhang Temple, and the Potala Palace. Evidence of the Communist takeover is everywhere, including shopping malls, restaurants where Chinese is spoken, and in the countryside, where Tibetan forests have been ravaged to support the Chinese economy. A brief introduction to the Dalai Lama closes the program, and his message of world peace advises Tibetans to promote a spirit of non-violence, in spite of Chinese abuses.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 29th, 2020 at 11:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:24:18
    Usage rights: Expires 12/31/2021

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