PBS calls their upcoming season the strongest fall schedule in years. This weekend brings the debut of two of the programs in the lineup, both based on books, Call the Midwife (see earlier story) and Half the Sky, which runs on Oct 1 and Oct 2.

Based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the documentary includes celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde who travelled to  ten countries to report on how women are overcoming oppression. Wilde talked about the project on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this week:

You may also get demand from the schools; Random House Academic Marketing is making a push to high schools and colleges, including screenings of the documentaty at the upcoming National Council of Teachers of English and National Council of Social Studies. Online teaching resources will also be available

The PBS seal appears on new printings of the book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (RH/Vintage).

The DVD will be released in November.

It is also available in audio from HighBridge Audio.


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