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About Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker’s creative expertise and life long interest in advancing social justice through critical storytelling have been the driving forces behind TELEDUCTION's success since its expansion to film and television in 1982. Expert in the art of the interview, she has documented the struggles and achievements of people in neighborhoods throughout the US, and in settings in Africa, China, Central America and elsewhere, tapping into the humanity of her subjects from the powerless…to Presidents. Her titles include Cartoons Go to War, Whispers of Angels, With All Deliberate Speed: Brown v. Board, Estamos Aqui and Why I Write. TELEDUCTION programs have been broadcast via American Public Television, The History Channel, The BRAVO Network, National Geographic Worldwide, and are in educational distribution throughout the US. Sharon’s extensive experience as a producer, director, writer and photographer has netted her prestigious industry awards Emmys, National Gabriel, bronze and silver Chris Awards) and Palm D’Or at distinguished Film Festivals, including the Heartland International Film Festival(2011).

Truth and Reporting

Say it ain’t so. Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show. America’s premier court jester who nightly speaks truth to power in a media landscape so shamelessly yet skillfully compromised that many consumers of “news” no longer question it, is … Continue reading

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It’s The Poverty, Stupid.

First of all, sorry about the stupid. I don’t like that word and I really don’t like any kind of meanness. It’s just that I believe we could save a lot of time and personal energy if we could cut … Continue reading

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George Bailey

We Americans are by and large good neighbors. Much of the time we are better than those we elect to represent us, at least in more recent years since the really big money has entered the game. Gazing at the … Continue reading

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We ARE the World

I studied French in high school and then again in college in order to meet the minimum academic requirement. I love the sound of French. It’s so, you know,  French. Years later when we were shooting a documentary on Homeopathic … Continue reading

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Playing the Hand You’re Dealt…or Not

I cry easily these days. This seems to happen when I see or hear about unnecessary human suffering. Necessary human suffering is bad enough. So you can imagine my reaction when I read about the prostitute in our community who … Continue reading

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The Toxic Lure of Instant Celebrity

I have had trouble sleeping after reading about the incident where a group of young teenaged boys willfully assaulted a 26 year old man with intellectual disabilities, all-the-while the man pleading, “What have I done?” Over the years, we have … Continue reading

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Oh It’s Real Alright…

I cannot for the life of me understand why despite significant scientific evidence (… have you seen the documentary film Chasing Ice?) certain people persist in denying the fact that our planet’s climate is changing, and not for the better. … Continue reading

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Our Emperors Have Some Clothes

I’m not going to name names but can we agree that the 24 hour News Cycle and ubiquitous hand-held digital devices have done nothing to dial down the egos of some of our elected officials? Not too long ago we … Continue reading

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Time Wounds All Heels

Wish I’d said that, I mean originally. The pun is attributed to Groucho Marx but my first encounter with it came when it rolled off the tongue of John Lennon as he exited a NY courthouse having finally received his … Continue reading

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Maybe the Last Really Shall Be First

There are a LOT of really crazy theories out there. Most of these theories are driving without a license as they cruise the distance, end to end, of the information super highway. Well I’ve got my blinker on, about to … Continue reading

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