Linda Ellerbee profiles four children of migrant farmworkers, highlighting the impoverished conditions under which they and their families live and the daily struggles they must endure to succeed in the U.S.
On location from Houston's Astrodome, Linda Ellerbee tries to help kids deal with Hurricane Katrina during a report on the storm's effects and aftermath. Coverage focuses on people coming together to assist their neighbors, including those who have donated goods and services, in addition to folks working as volunteers.
Linda Ellerbee reports from the Middle East on how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects children, and looks at the dangers young people face in a region where violence is a fact of daily life. Kids on both sides discuss how, despite their differences, they share a mutual hope and desire for peace. Also: an organization in which Jewish and Arab youth play soccer together.
Students have their say on how their educational needs could be better served. Standardized tests, dress codes, federal free lunch programs, government funding and homework are among the topics covered. Host: Linda Ellerbee.
An adventure of a lifetime for a group of six American kids chosen to go on safari in Kenya, where they get a hands-on education about wildlife and habitat, check out a chimpanzee sanctuary and ride on camels. Also: Africa's Masai people introduce these young explorers to their culture and traditions.
Linda Ellerbee reports from Auschwitz 60 years after the former death camp in Poland was liberated. Included: a look at how grandchildren of Holocaust survivors carry on the legacy; the emotional experiences of youngsters who were persecuted by the Nazis. Also: atrocities happening in the world today, particularly in Sudan.
Dr. Phil McGraw is part of a children's panel discussion of brain conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, dyslexia, mood swings and attention-deficit disorder. Youths with these brain-based diseases talk openly and honestly about their frustrating struggle to be accepted. Also: a look at a support group in Nebraska for young people with mental-health problems.
The life experiences of three children who are HIV-positive help broaden understanding about the virus. Included: the kids profiled talk about their worries, fears and overwhelming desire to be treated like their peers. Also: a look at the burgeoning pill regimen of an HIV-infected patient.
Current and former child actors discuss whether fame is a good thing for a kid and offer tips on how to handle being famous. Those commenting include Lil' Romeo, Daryl Sabara, Kenan Thompson, Butch Patrick and Paul Petersen. Linda Ellerbee hosts.
Host Linda Ellerbee travels with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus and spends time with the five kids of the Dykes Family, who live and perform in the circus. Also: how the circus cares for its animals; circus traditions; superstitions and secrets.
Linda Ellerbee addresses the issue of obesity among America's youth, and how kids can learn to make healthy decisions concerning nutrition. Ellerbee is joined by Emeril Lagasse, who shows children how to make dishes that are easy, healthy and taste good.
Linda Ellerbee hosts a discussion of the upcoming 2004 presidential election, offering kids a forum to express their thoughts on political issues. Topics include the war in Iraq, the economy, gun control and education.
Princeton University professor Cornel West joins a panel discussion with kids on the subjects of racism and slavery in America. The program begins with a look at slavery's history in this country, including the fact that many of the founding fathers were slave holders. In addition, there are recitations of written accounts by children who were slaves; and a segment on how many friendships today are based on color.
Linda Ellerbee chats with Native American children in Utah, Montana and Idaho about growing up on reservations. Included: how the traditions of their cultural heritage affect their daily lives; what their hopes and dreams are for the future; and their experiences with prejudice.
Grammy winner Faith Hill joins a panel of kids to discuss their experiences of being adopted. One of the more emotional moments comes as they each describe what they'd like to say to their birth parents. Also: Susan Orr of the Children's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services talks about the more than 500,000 American children living in foster care. Hosted by Linda Ellerbee.
Linda Ellerbee moderates a kids panel addressing questions and concerns about the war with Iraq. The participants, ages 10 to 14, get the opportunity to talk with psychologist Bruce Arnold about different ways of handling stress and fear caused by current world events. Ellerbee notes that “talking about the noise of the war is a good way for kids, for all of us, to cope with what's going on.”
Kids discuss television's portrayal of truth versus fiction. Included: Comments by producer Gary David Goldberg and PAX-TV president Jeff Sagansky. Also: How different series depict complex social issues and topical events.
Rosie O'Donnell and Rev. Jerry Falwell discuss nontraditional families, focusing on households headed by gay parents. The issue of hate crimes is addressed, along with recommendations for how to promote tolerance among people from different backgrounds.
Segments include a look at how the Internet provides easy access to students who want to cheat; and a profile of Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Computers. Also: the death of the lion Marjon at the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan.