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PBS Shows Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives one Small Company at a Time

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PBS WORLD Channel: Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives


Forget those reality shows where budding inventors and entrepreneurs compete at begging celebrities to endorse and invest in them; PBS has the real story of smart, gutsy, determined people who built their companies from the ground up and brought jobs and hope to their families and communities. Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives presents four true and inspiring stories of small businesses and how they overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to make their dreams and those of others around them come true.

Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives is a presentation of WTTW Chicago, and will air on PBS’ World Channel at 7 pm Eastern, Monday, January 6. World Channel is carried by nearly 160 PBS stations (including WLIW World in New York, WTTW World Chicago, WGBH World in Boston and KQED World in San Francisco, to name a few).

In the one-hour documentary directors James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty profile five people in four corners of the world who did what they were told was impossible. The Tusty’s document how in Zambia, a teacher taught local farmers in poor, rural villages how to farm smarter, better and produce enough food to not only supply a restaurant she started but also to sell at regional markets. In South Korea they show how a refugee who escaped North Korea built up a small business and has helped others who fled the communist regime set up shops and companies of their own. Moving on to Slovakia, the filmmakers follow a mother and her children who built up a bread company in the former socialist republic, and in Chile the Tusty’s present two stories: one of a bee-keeper who now raises and sells queen bees around the world and a weaver who has set up a small factory to produce her designs.

These five stories of people working against the odds to create profitable ventures and bring jobs, hope and “economic freedom” to their families and communities are engaging and inspiring, as well as entertaining. This is true “reality” television.

Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives will air on PBS’ World Channel at 7 pm Eastern on Monday, January 6.

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