|KRCB programming tries to help with healthier lifestyles
In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among its viewership, KRCB, Rohnert Park’s public television channel, offers two programs under its KRCB Health Connections banner.
• “A Matter of Leadership: A Special Report On Ending America's Dropout Crisis,” July 5, 8 p.m.: Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman, the nationally distributed public television series on ideas and their consequences, has produced its first one-hour documentary. This high-definition special program is presented as part of “American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen,” a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help communities across America address the high school dropout crisis.
"The nation's dropout crisis is not just a story of statistics," Glassman said. "We've taken a unique look at the successful strategies around the country that can be modeled in other schools."
This program focuses on two integral components changing the way we look at the national high school dropout crisis – middle school intervention and a new breed of innovative principals and school administrators.
A Matter of Leadership presents inspiring, motivating success stories of the students, teachers and entire educational communities committed to tearing down a system of "Dropout Factories" one school at a time.
• “Frontline: Cell Tower Deaths,” July 5, 9 p.m.: The smartphone revolution comes with a hidden cost. A joint investigation by Frontline and ProPublica explores the hazardous work of independent contractors who are building and servicing America's expanding cellular infrastructure. While some tower climbers say they are under pressure to cut corners, layers of subcontracting make it difficult for safety inspectors to determine fault when a tower worker is killed or injured.
Also in this program: Nearly four years after the financial crisis, yet another scandal rocks Wall Street. Jon Corzine, former head of Goldman Sachs and political power broker, took over MF Global in the spring of 2010 with oversize ambition and a passion for risk. But after a massive bet on European debt turned sour, the firm lay in ruins, with more than $1-billion dollars of customer funds missing.
Frontline investigates how Corzine's traders went around MF Global's risk officers and how he swayed regulators in Washington to allow risky practices to continue.