July 2016 was a tense time, no one knew what would happen. Join Robert Ashton Winslow asking demonstrators outside the conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia why they were there, what were the most important issues to them, and what it would mean to resolve the extreme divisions in our country.
Southern Dialogues is an independent, non-partisan documentary project looking for answers about how we overcome the extreme polarization and disconnection among us as Americans. We are all in this together.
Produced by Robert Ashton Winslow.
Series One Feature: Chattanooga Story.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, is an historic industrial center, a model in urban revitalization and civic engagement, staking a claim on new information infrastructure and challenged by success as racial equity, property development and affordability take central roles in the city's life. What is that story? It's the story of the American City as lived by one mid-sized mid-South town.
Southern Dialogues Profile: Remote Area Medical (RAM). A charity that operates with hundreds of volunteers across the country providing free pop-up medical clinics in underserved areas. Patients line up the day before in hopes of receiving dental treatment, new glasses, and screenings, all free of charge. For Southern Dialogues, what do the patients here have to say about why this is important.
Conversations with the New Georgia Project and associated voter registration drives at the close of the voter registration period. Simply asking what is the importance of voting, and what does it mean to engage with a genuinely plural electorate?
IT'S WORTH RECONNECTING WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRACY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL THAT WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO DEFINE OUR SYSTEM. AS I TRAVELLED FOR THIS SERIES I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK WITH A NUMBER OF LOCAL OFFICIALS IN THE DEEP AND MIDDLE SOUTH. HERE ARE SOME OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH THREE:
MAYOR ANTHONY WITHERSPOON OF MAGNOLIA, MISSISSIPPI. A RURAL COMMUNITY NEAR THE LOUISIANA BORDER, AS THEY SEEK TO OPEN UP THE COMMUNITY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION.
MAYOR MIKE SCHMITZ OF DOTHAN, ALABAMA. CAPITOL OF THE WIREGRASS REGION AT THE CORNER OF ALABAMA, GEORGIA, AND NORTH FLORIDA, AND ALSO, ON MAYOR SCHMITZ' INITIATIVE, THE HOST OF THE 2014 US-CHINA MANUFACTURING SYMPOSIUM.
MAYOR DAVID PENNINGTON OF COFFEE COUNTY, TENNESSEE. A RURAL AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING LARGE NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. HOME TO BONNAROO, THE LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA.