Stories from North Carolina, California, and Ohio. As our loved ones near the end of their lives, the difficulty in comforting them reverberates in the lives of family members, caretakers, and communities: a woman with young children of her own must find balance as she cares for her ailing mother; a look at the intimate bond between patient and caretaker; the story of a man who personifies "in sickness and in health"; and how the power of music can awaken sleeping minds.
The story of America's solar industry, and the promise of solar today and tomorrow: the rise and fall of the 1970s American solar energy program; a non-profit dedicated to providing low income families with solar panels; the Seattle company that built "the world's greenest office building"; and the creative couple in Idaho blazing new solar paths for America's highways.
As the Asian American population in the United States rises, so do their questions about their place in America; a Japanese-Filipino man narrates the story of his "becoming American"; a group of mixed race professionals is New York address issues of identity and acceptance; and new mothers try to balance their old heritage with their new culture.
An examination of the terrifying syndrome that's all too common among U.S. veterans returning from combat zones: a devastating injury pushes one former soldier into the dark; the family of a Navy Seal tells his tragic story; a woman rebuilds her post-war life; and a program at the City College of San Francisco committed to rehabbing veterans.
Wherever we go, the past is never far behind. From Chicago, Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska and Weston, Florida to Toledo, Ohio, Local, USA explores four stories connecting us to times gone by: a family business that started a fast food innovation; a man trying to keep a legacy alive; a muralist who keeps the iconic images of yesteryear around for generations to come; and the fragility of life is examined through the memories we keep, and the ones we forget.
Three stories about the modern Native American culture: A look at how climate change is effecting a Pacific Northwest tribe known as the "Salmon People" and how science can help find a solution; the Lincoln, Nebraska rock star artist who's creating sculptures, linking the past to the present; and the fight an Oklahoma tribe tries to revive their fading language.
Stories from Arizona and California. Issues on immigration - from both sides of the fence; the treacherous conditions migrants face while trying to cross into the United States;danger for the children of immigrants who are left behind; and the vigilante Americans who patrol the border.