Osprey is proud to sponsor an incredible, inspiring and educational upcoming special that will air on PBS this month: Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge. The program was created by executive producer, host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli, who grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has devoted his adult life to traveling to developing regions of the world, where he investigates the lives of people young and old, asking the ultimate question: “How can we change the world for the better?”
Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge will premiere on many PBS stations nationwide this Friday, July 19th at 10 p.m., and is the first of about five airings that will happen over the next several years. To see if this premiere is showing on your local station, please check the Local Listings, as some stations will air the special as late as July 27th.
Here’s what the special is all about:
In this program, he visits the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to explore a culture all but expunged from the history books, that of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans. While there, he embarks on a life-changing buffalo harvest, gets “schooled” by the women’s college basketball team, visits with a 14-year-old suicide prevention activist, and finds himself shoulder deep up a cow’s backside while trying to better understand employment issues on the reservation. With humor and pathos, he uncovers stories of hope and learns how culture has prevailed in the face of adversity.
Martin Bad Wound, a respected community leader on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
“What do you want people to remember about you?” Chris asks Martin Bad Wound, a respected community leader — “It ain’t just me I want you to remember. It’s my people. We ain’t all depressed, we ain’t all oppressed, we ain’t all alcoholics. We all want something out of life. We’re just like you.”