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A Special Preview: the City of Riverside Segment of the upcoming PBS Documentary “Our Kids”

November 15th, 2017

“Our Kids” is the 4-part documentary film for PBS broadcast derived from the best-selling book by Harvard professor Robert Putnam, who the Sunday Times of London has called, “the most influential academic in the world.”

Riverside is one of the communities highlighted in the film, which examines the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor kids, and what innovative can do to narrow the gap. The film examines inter-looping circles of influence – families, parenting, schools, social/economic status, legal justice and communities – that affect today’s youth.

This is a unique opportunity to preview the Riverside segment before the film’s PBS premiere. Don’t miss the chance to see Riverside among other innovative communities in this influential documentary. Q&A with Co-Executive Producer/Director Harry Wiland.

This event is co-sponsored by the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD)


Founder, Co-President and Co-CEO of Media Policy Center (MPC), Harry Wiland graduated Brooklyn College with a major in Chemistry and from Columbia University with an MFA in Film & Television. He has produced public television and multimedia for over 35 years. In 2002, with business partner, Dale Bell, he founded the Media Policy Center and developed its media model. Since 1981, Wiland has been a director member of the Directors Guild of America and, since 2003, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2006, Harry was elected a lifetime Ashoka Fellow.


Robert David Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. His most famous (and controversial) work, Bowling Alone, argues that the United States has undergone an unprecedented collapse in civic, social, associational, and political life (social capital) since the 1960s. In March 2015, he published a book called Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis that looked at issues of inequality of opportunity in the US.

Among many awards and recognitions, he has received honorary degrees from distinguished universities around the world. In 2013, Putnam was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.