Regional Productions

 

A new WNED-TV production, premieres Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m.

(repeats May 9 at 2:30 a.m. and May 10 at 3 p.m.)


Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and best-known landscape architect, created an enduring legacy in Western New York. Perhaps best known for his design of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted had a powerful and lasting influence on Western New York.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is a one-hour original WNED-TV production that captures the architect’s impact throughout Western New York. The program includes documentary segments that capture the history and context for Olmsted’s contributions and interviews with local experts that focus on how that legacy is being carried into the future.


Olmsted designed the Buffalo Park System, the first of its kind in the world. Buffalo is where Olmsted first coined the term “parkways” to describe the grand tree-lined boulevards that connected the three parks within the system.

While he was working in Buffalo, Olmsted visited Niagara Falls and was troubled by what he saw. Factories lined the rapids, and fences blocked the best views and allowed the charging of admission to see the falls. Olmsted’s support for the Free Niagara movement led to Niagara Falls becoming America’s first state park.

One of Olmsted’s allies in the Free Niagara movement was renowned architect H.H. Richardson. In 1880, Richardson completed work on the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, one of the best examples in America of the Richardson Romanesque architectural style. Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux designed the landscape for the 203-acre site.


“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” tells the story of all three of these Olmsted contributions. The program also provides a contemporary perspective on Olmsted’s enduring Western New York legacy by examining the current status of the Buffalo Park System, the restoration of Olmsted’s vision for Goat Island at Niagara Falls and the rebirth of what has become known as the Richardson Olmsted Complex.

The program includes interviews with Stephanie Crockatt, interim executive director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy; Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director, Richardson Olmsted Complex; Mark Thomas, director, Western District, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

 

 

Find video, essays and classroom resources at www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted/home/ 

 
Watch a 2 minute preview of "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York"

 

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is funded by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

 

 

 

There is a one in four chance that your teenage son or daughter has tried prescription medications that were not prescribed to them by your family physician or dentist.  In the last ten years, addiction to painkiller medications and prescriptions has increased 400% and taken hold in our communities. Every 19 minutes in our country, we lose a person to opiate addiction, which is no different than taking heroin.  


Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. on WNED-TV

WNED-TV’s production, “Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction,” shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community.  Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.  We encourage you to watch this program with your entire family, no matter how old or young they are. Get informed and take action.

Tragedy and Hope: A Call to Action
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV 

Broadcast live from the WNED studio, “Tragedy and Hope: A Call to Action” features the WNED-TV produced documentary “Tragedy and Hope – Stories of Painkiller Addiction.”  The program will air in segments, breaking away to the studio for follow up discussion with parents and local experts, designed to increase awareness of an epidemic plaguing our teens – addiction to prescription painkillers and other medications.  Drug counseling volunteers from our community partnerships will be on hand to take phone calls from viewers and offer information packets to those interested in further information on the epidemic of painkiller addiction.

Educator and Community Resources 
Classroom and community engagement resources & lesson plans are being developed for middle, high school, and collegiate students as well as for parents and community groups. Find more information about these valuable resources here in November 2013.

 

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