Visionaries - Changing the World One Story at a Time

Presenting our 17th Season on Public Television!

HALO - Helping Animals Live On

Episode #1701

In Phoenix, more pets are killed each year than almost anywhere else in the nation. Heather Allen is doing something to change that sad statistic. The organization she founded in her mother's backyard has grown into one of the most successful 'no kill' shelters in the country saving thousands of dogs and cats while finding them loving homes.

When the Bough Breaks

Episode #1702

According to childhood trauma experts, for every soldier returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress or depression, 10 children in the U.S. are traumatized by family violence, sexual abuse and/or neglect. In response to this epidemic, the Center for Child Protection in Austin, Texas, was created in 1989. The first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of abuse (and for children who have witnessed a violent crime), the Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.

The Center takes a holistic approach to child abuse, treating not just the child but his or her protective caregivers and siblings, if necessary. In this way, the Austin non-profit hopes to break generational cycles of abuse - and end this epidemic once and for all

Equal Justice for All

Episode #1703

Being a lawyer is about more than crime. It's about using the law to serve and protect the good guys, too. The New York Legal Assistance Group, or NYLAG, provides free legal services to low-income New Yorkers in civil cases. Serving seniors, domestic violence victims, immigrants, people with disabilities, and others, NYLAG helps ensure that every New Yorker - rich or poor - gets equal justice under the law. Last year, NYLAG served nearly 54,000 individuals and helped hundreds of thousands more through successful class-action litigation.

Growing Native Leaders

Episode # 1704

History is replete with stories of how Native American culture has been devastated by efforts to "Civilize the Indians". This is a different kind of story. It is the inspiring tale of how a religious organization, led by a Native American, is working to build a new generation of native leaders who are committed to preserving and celebrating their cultural heritage while providing skills to succeed in the modern world.

Ping Pong Diplomacy

Episodes #1705 & 1706

In this hour-long (2 half hours) special, Visionaries takes you to China to tell the story of how a tiny non-profit organization, National Committee on United States-China Relations, has played a critical role in bringing two of the most powerful nations in the world together in a stunning array of programs that span 45 years.

Visionaries team was given rare access to meetings in the Great Hall of the People, Interviewed Henry Kissinger as well as ambassadors, legislative leaders in both nations, but the real story unfolds in classrooms in China and America where teacher and student exchanges bond people and communities across a great cultural divide.