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WNIT Presents Big Questions

April 05, 2013 (Updated: May 17, 2013 @ 2:27 PM)
Big Questions

Part documentary, part talk-show, each episode of Big Questions draws you into  some major issues facing the world today, and many episodes offer piece-meal solutions. Find out more information about the show.

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Schedule

All times are marked in Eastern Time.

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    Bangladesh; The Inter-Relatedness of Poverty

    April 8 at 10pm, April 14 at 3pm, May 20 at 10pm, and May 26 at 3pm on WNIT 34.1
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    Wage Theft

    April 15 at 10pm, April 21 at 3pm, and May 27 at 10pm on WNIT 34.1
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    Tanzania; Social Health Care

    April 22 at 10pm, April 28 at 3pm, June 10 at 10pm, and June 16 @ 3pm on WNIT 34.1
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    Tanzania; Corporate Responsibility

    April 29 at 10pm, May 5 at 3pm, June 17 at 10pm, and June 23 @ 3pm on WNIT 34.1
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    Criminal Recidivism

    May 6 at 10pm, May 12 at 3pm, June 24 at 10pm, and June 30 @ 3pm on WNIT 34.1.
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    Food Deserts

    May 13 at 10pm, May 19 at 3pm, July 1 at 10pm, and July 7 @ 3pm on WNIT 34.1.
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How It Began

"No matter what people think about me, I know I'm a human first."

Watch this incredible story and join the conversation at Reddit and Gawker.

Kim Clark teaches media ethics at the College of Communication at DePaul University. As part of an assignment a few years ago, Clark wanted to combine ethics and media. He sent the students out to get to know an individual they had never met and most likely would never speak to outside of the project. The beginning rule was "you need to ask the individual if you could have permission to tell the story of their life." Subjects were to be approached with dignity and respect. The video was the result of the observation of one team of students in downtown Chicago.

The assignment was so successful that an entire class was created around the concept of using ethics and documentaries to tell stories. The idea for a television program came from the the insight of stories from honestly asking and listening to individuals. "We never stopped making Ronald Davis. We kept looking for the honest truth in people everywhere we went," Clark tells.

Clark came to WNIT Public Television with the idea of a 13 part series looking at the way people try to solve problems in unusual ways. Sometimes the solution is traditional and sometimes counter-cultural, sometimes illegal. It's the insightful way people manage their lives against insurmountable odds.