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A UNO Television documentary would make a fine addition to your home library. Any or all of these productions are unique and thoughtful gifts that can be enjoyed for years to come. For your convenience, you may order online safely and securely, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We utilize PayPal to process your credit card, but a PayPal account is not required to purchase online. To order by telephone, request special UNO faculty/student/staff pricing, or ask questions about your order, call UNO Television business manager Carolyn Schwinck at (402) 554-2516 during regular business hours, or email her any time at cschwinck@unomaha.edu.

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UNO100:
Central to Our City

One hundred years of growth for the University of Nebraska at Omaha told in three parts: Campus Growth, Academic Development and University Life; told through historic photos and interview clips. Narrated by Otis XII, Cheril Lee and Dave Webber; and featuring interviews with Chancellor Emeritus Del Weber, Nebraska's First Lady Sally Ganem and UNO Assistant Athletic Director Connie Claussen. Produced by UNO Television.

Approx. 30 minutes 2008
* Available on DVD only

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Madagascar:
Conservation vs. Survival

Rapidly declining rainforests on the island of Madagascar are threatening the existence of the country's unique ecosystem. Approximately 80 percent of its plants and all of its native primates, mainly lemurs, are found nowhere else in the world. At least 19 lemur species are already extinct. This documentary details the extreme struggle the people of Madagascar face as they try to balance feeding a growing population with preserving highly endangered and globally unique habitats.

Researchers from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebr. are collaborating with local officials in Madagascar to meet these competing goals. As the zoo's conservationists help empower the Malagasy, new hope emerges for them and the endangered specias. Through the UNO Television cameras, you will see the incredible and unique animals and plants of Madagascar that have fascinated explorers, scientists and researchers for centuries.

Approx. 56 minutes 2006
* Available on DVD only

 

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Omaha Since World War II:
The Changing Face of the City

From the decline of downtown and the birth of shopping malls to the evolution of city government and the unfolding of the current riverfront renaissance, "Omaha Since WWII: The Changing Face of the City" tells the city's story. Among the history experts whose scholarly comments are included in the program are Nebraska history specialist Dr. Harl Dalstrom, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Dr. Bill Pratt, Professor of History, UNO; Dr. Thomas Kuhlman, Professor of American Studies, Creighton; Dr. Charles Gildersleeve, Professor of Geography, UNO; and Garneth O. Peterson, AICP.

Omahans who provide details on the city's history include Mrs. Jean Holland, widow of DePorres Club founder Denny Holland; Wilda C. Stephenson, retired educator; and Omaha World-Herald photographer Rudy Smith. Both the first formal City Planning Director, Alden Aust, now retired, and Marty Shukert, one of his successors, offer insights on the challenges that faced the city. Other interviewees include Samuel and Mark Mercer, Frankie Pane, George Haecker and the late Preston Love.

The vibrancy of the north and south Omaha communities, the story of the Dreamland Ballroom and the importance of the packing industry are explored. The decline and rebirth of downtown, the development of the Old Market and the significance of Jobbers' Canyon are all examined.

Interviews with history experts are combined with stories from those who lived the history and those whose work helped shape the city. The program comes alive with vivid recollections and memories. Whether it's the story of downtown in the 1950s, the civil rights struggles of the 1960s or the account of new urban pioneers and a riverfront renaissance, "Omaha Since World War II: The Changing Face of the City" is the story of how people and events have shaped modern Omaha.

Approx. 120 minutes 2004
* Available on VHS and DVD

 

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The Road to Morocco:
Journey to Understanding

As the most religiously diverse country in the world the United States can not afford to ignore lessons of the past and present. Morocco and the United States have both similarities and contrasts religiously. Both countries profess freedom of religion. In America, Christians are in the extreme majority, while Morocco is almost exclusively Islamic. The United States strives to have little interaction between government and organized religion, while Morocco is an Islamic state in which the two are very closely tied. In Morocco, Muslims have experienced peaceful co-existence and interaction with Christians and Jews for more than 1000 years, but the non-Muslim population is currently less than two percent. In America, the members of non-Christian religions are expanding rapidly.

As part of a multi-year project studying the interaction of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the United States, 70 American Jews, Christians and Muslims spent two weeks in Morocco in May of 2000. This predominately Islamic country has a rich history. Exploring Morocco while closely interacting with members of other faiths allowed this group of Americans to examine their own convictions as well as the religious traditions of others. The Road to Morocco took them on a journey through time, a journey to knowledge, but most importantly, a journey to understanding.

UNO Television followed the tour group's travels, discussions and encounters in Morocco. The resulting documentary will provide a historical perspective that previews the social issues soon to be faced in a multi-religious America. Viewers will follow the participants through Morocco as they explore historic sites, some more than one thousand years old. Significant locations of all three faiths will be visited and Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders will be heard. The experience provided the participants with a unique setting in which to explore the faiths and traditions of others while examining their own convictions. What they experienced and learned can be a window into the future for the United States as its multi-religious population continues to grow.

Approx. 60 minutes 2002
* Available on VHS and DVD

 

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Return to the Cave of Letters

"Return to the Cave of Letters" is a one hour documentary produced by UNO Television. Producer Carl Milone and writer Carol Schrader take viewers to the historic hiding place for Jews that escaped the last revolt against the Romans during the 2nd century AD. In 1962, that hiding place yielded precious secrets about the 2nd century disaster for the Jewish people.

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and an endoscope... what do they have in common? They are keys to the first archeological venture into a historic Israeli desert cave in nearly 40 years. Experts felt certain that the rubble-ridden cave and others nearby may still tell us more. After the invasive dig four decades ago, guardians of Israeli antiquities feared destruction of this national shrine.

Enter the novel approach offered by history professor and Co-director of the UNOmaha Bethsaida Project, Richard Freund, Ph.D. Freund theorized that ground penetrating radar (GPR) and a medical scope could help detect pockets that might contain new finds, without ripping up the cave interior. The Israeli government was willing to give it a try. The documentary shows the work in the Cave of Letters that tested Freund's theory and also probes the mystery and controversy that still lives surrounding Bar Kokhba, charismatic leader of that fateful revolt.

A hallmark of "Return to the Cave of Letters" is its Nebraska signature. The 1999 Cave of Letters expedition was led by Freund and his UNO cohort, Rami Arav, Ph.D. The ongoing project operates under the auspices of UNOmaha's International Studies and Programs. Two other UNOmaha professors were involved: John Shroder, Ph.D. and Phil Reeder, Ph.D. Both are members of the Geography-Geology Department. Gordon Brubacher, Ph.D., and professor of Religion on Doane's Crete, Nebraska campus represented Doane College. The man in charge of the endoscope on site was Omaha Family Practice physician, Gordon Moshman, MD.

Approx. 60 minutes 2001
* Available on VHS and DVD

 

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St. Cecilia's: A Cathedral for the Ages
A Cathedral for the Ages

Almost a century ago the people of the Omaha Archdiocese had a vision to build a magnificent cathedral in the countryside just outside the city. It would take them over 50 years to build it. Designed by Omaha's premiere architect Thomas Rogers Kimball, St. Cecilia's Cathedral stands as a lasting tribute to the effort and faith of the people who built it. Kimball's choice of Spanish Renaissance Revival style sets the building apart from the Gothic cathedrals of the early 20th century. The massive twin towers can be seen from around the city. Since its completion in 1959, St. Cecilia's has stood as a symbol of the faith of those who built and now use it. In 1997, the Omaha Archdiocese undertook an effort to restore the cathedral and preserve it for future generations.

In 1997, the Omaha Archdiocese undertook an effort to restore the cathedral and preserve it for future generations. The Spanish tile roof had leaked, causing damage to the ceiling tiles. The massive roof would have to be fixed before the problems with the ceiling could be addressed. "St. Cecilia's: A Cathedral for the Ages" tells the story of the efforts to build and restore this remarkable piece of architecture.

Approx. 29 minutes 2000
* Available on VHS and DVD

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Restoring the Vision

More than a century ago, the eminent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland designed a series of parks connected by a network of scenic boulevards that was considered novel and visionary. Cleveland's designs featured rolling terrain, curving pathways, pastoral bodies of water and numerous tree plantings that provided a welcome respite from the growing urban sprawl. His design philosophies and practices were highly regarded and respected by the very best landscape architects of his time and continue to be followed today.

Omaha's grand old parks that carried so much of Cleveland's signature saw massive damage and destruction when a late October 1997 snowstorm struck. Through the joint efforts of the city of Omaha, a talented landscape architectural firm and a private foundation, a plan was developed and implemented to return the parks to their former impressive stature. That 1997 snowstorm proved to be the catalyst for an immense effort of replacing the large number of damaged trees and "Restoring The Vision" that Cleveland had demonstrated in their creation.

Approx. 28 minutes 2000
* Available on VHS and DVD

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Westward The Empire:
Omaha's World Fair of 1898

A century ago, The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 drew 2.6 million people to Omaha, Nebraska, over a five-month period. This spectacular "world's fair" comes to life in "Westward The Empire: Omaha's World Fair of 1898," a one hour documentary produced by UNO Television for broadcast on the Nebraska ETV Network. This is the first television documentary to be produced on this major historical event. While history has called this time the "Gay Nineties," the country and particularly the West suffered from economic depression and drought.

The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition put the plains and the nation on display. Located in the area of what is now Kountze Park, the Exposition's Venetian styled lagoon and Classical and Renaissance style buildings featured artwork, new inventions, and agricultural and manufacturing exhibits, heralding the many accomplishments of the states west of the Mississippi River. This documentary showcases the culture, values and economy at the turn of the century, while examining one incredible construction project and its moment in history. The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition became one of the most important events ever held in the region.

Approx. 60 minutes 1998
* Available on VHS and DVD

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The War Comes To Nebraska

This 90-minute documentary explores the significant contributions made by the men and women of Nebraska in the effort to win World War II. Military airfields trained hundreds of thousands of air crews. Ordnance plants produced ammunition, artillery shells and bombs, at its peak. The Naval Ammunition Depot at Hastings provided 40% of the Navy's ammunition. The Martin Bomber plant near Omaha built B-26 and B-29 bombers, including the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan. The nation's busiest canteen, which served between six and eight million service men and women, was located at the North Platte train station. Twenty-four POW camps scattered across the state interned hundreds of thousands of German and Italian prisoners. The Martin bomber facility, ordnance plants, POW camps, scrap drives, volunteering at canteens and rationing are all brought back to life as Nebraskans relive the actions taken and sacrifices made for victory.

Approx. 90 minutes 1997
* Available on VHS and DVD

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The Lost City of Bethsaida

The Lost City of Bethsaida, a one hour documentary on the history and excavation of the once lost city of Bethsaida, offers the viewer a unique glimpse of a First Century city being excavated today. As the pyramids were built in Egypt, this city first rose on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee near the Jordan River. Bethsaida was a seaport, a center of Jewish learning, a major crossroads of the ancient world, home to the Christian Apostles and the site of many of Jesus' miracles.

Yet sometime after the first century, the city was lost. For nearly 2,000 years, pilgrims, scholars, and archeologists searched but the city could not be found. When it was finally rediscovered in the late 1980s, an archeological excavation began. UNO Television crews traveled to Israel for three weeks to record the sights and sounds of the excavations.

Approx. 60 minutes 1997
* Available on VHS and DVD

 

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walls If These Walls Could Speak...

If These Walls Could Speak... tells the story of Omaha's first 100 years through its historic buildings - not as a study of steel and stone, but rather an examination of creations that represent people's dreams and aspirations. It is divided into three parts, each approximately 40 minutes long.

"Building Omaha" explores the city's early years as it grew from a frontier town into a major city. "Making a Statement" looks at Omaha's great public and commercial buildings, and the political and economic forces behind them. "Omaha's Neighborhoods" focuses on what life was like in Omaha's neighborhoods, including the city's diverse ethnic communities.


Approx. 120 minutes 1994
* Available on VHS and DVD

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