Television

The Two Marys 0

Michael McKinley and David Gibson wrote and produced this film for CNN Presents in 2005. It won a Gracie Award as the outstanding mid-length documentary aired in the US, from the Alliance for Women in Media. In it, we look at two young women in 1st century Israel, and how one Mary became the mother of God and the other, Mary Magdalene, one of the most mysterious women in history.

After Jesus: The First Christians

After Jesus: The First Christians 0

It’s a dangerous, tumultuous time in the Roman Empire. There are wars and rebellions among the empire’s client-states, and the emperors are becoming increasing brutal in suppressing any hint of revolution. That spells trouble for the restive Jewish nation on the eastern edge of the empire.  There are would-be messiahs and magic men all over Israel, many proclaiming a special connection to the God of Israel. For the Roman Empire, these men are not worth noticing. The Romans respect the Jews and their single god, Yahweh, and they’ve cut them quite a bit of slack. But when one prophet, Jesus of Nazareth upsets the powers that be by chasing out the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem—Judaism’s holiest site—he’s marked for death. more

Hockey Night in Canada: A Legacy in Three Periods — Michael McKinley

Hockey Night in Canada: A Legacy in Three Periods — Michael McKinley 0

Before Twitter, before 24-hour sports channels, long before fans watched highlight goals on their phones—long before something called a “highlight” had been invented—there was Hockey Night in Canada. It was cutting-edge technology back then. Anywhere in Canada, a hockey fan could come in from the snow, sit down by the radio, listen to a game played in Montreal or Toronto, and experience the thrill of a game played hundreds, or thousands, of kilometres away. Before all of what we call Canada had joined Confederation, even before the “Original Six,” there wasHockey Night in Canada to define both the country and the game.
Then, sixty years ago, another technological marvel changed the game—and the country—and launched the longest-running program in the world. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, for the first time, was on television.

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Hockey: A People’s History — Michael McKinley

Hockey: A People’s History — Michael McKinley 0

Hockey is not just Canada’s national game, it is part of every Canadian’s psyche, whether we like it or not. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, and talking about it are up there with eating on the list of the top ten things Canadians do most. In the first half of the last century it mirrored our increasing confidence as a nation and in the last years of the 1900s, which saw an aggressive but unsettling expansion of the game south of the border, it reflected our growing wariness of American influence on Canada. more

A Man Walks into a Bar

A Man Walks into a Bar 0

“A man walks into a bar…” is the line that begins a thousand stories, some of them funny, some of them sad, but all of them very human. That’s because we humans have lived a good deal of our history in bars. To meet, to drink, and to do things that change the world.

There’s a rich history to be found in the great bars of the world, and not just the kind that interior decorators love. No, it’s the history of human schemes and dreams—and so, it’s the story of us all. more

You Belong in a Zoo!

You Belong in a Zoo! 0

 

Every screaming kid who bounces off the furniture, and then the walls, hears mom and dad say: “You belong in a zoo!” And with the children’s TV series, You Belong in a Zoo!, every kid has a chance to do just that!

With the fun, friendly and generally fabulous Oxford zoologist Dr. Joanna Bagniewska as our guide, You Belong in a Zoo! goes on a grand adventure into the world of furry, flying, swimming and crawling creatures. Joanna, who has traveled the world in pursuit of her passion for animals, and who speaks several languages, will take viewers on a journey that could go around the corner to their nearest zoo, or half-way around our planet to the famous Vancouver Aquarium, or perhaps to a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia! more

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