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Community Banks

In the 1970s most poor people around the world could not get loans for housing or small businesses. ShoreBank of Chicago, a small community bank that initiated small loans to individuals for revitalizing neighborhoods, was highly successful in both reviving blighted neighborhoods in the Midwest of the United States and for creating a model for microlending that continues to be the most widely-replicated model throughout the developing . Along with its founds we examine the bank, the unavoidable circumstances around its collapse, and its successor, the Urban Partnership Bank, who continues to follow their practices in their communities today.


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Big Questions is an Emmy® Award Winning documentary television series that explores new ideas and projects that are changing the way the world works.

Big Issues

Our show tackles issues from around the world through the eyes of the individuals they impact. The series examines opportunities for change by following dedicated community leaders, innovative organizations and new theories being tested right now in the real world. Our series capitalizes on the power of media to reach and affect audiences and make real change.

A Clear Perspective

Our host, internationally renowned scholar, Patricia Werhane and our team set up each issue for the viewer before we tell the story on the ground. After we’ve seen what’s going on in the world today, Pat collects the facts, theories, and drama to put everything into clear perspective.

To make real change we have to tackle real problems. With such a complex and interconnected world, what problems should we pay attention to?

The Bottom 50%

Often times the people affected by these issues are in the bottom 50% of our global community. Many of these problems are systemic and require massive political and cultural changes to solve. We have to understand in order to find solutions. That's why it's vital to see the real people behind the issues.


Season 2 – Watch Now

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Faces of Wage Theft

Children of Syria


Indigenous Rights

Poverty Is a System

Benefit Corporations

Cottage Industries

Emerging Markets

Fresh Start

Millennium Villages

Food Deserts

Homeless No More

Disruptive Education


Pat Werhane

Executive Producer, Host

Timothy Wolfer

Field Producer

Scott Arakawa

Producer, Asst. Director

Brenda Bowyer

Supervising Producer

Tom Cunningham


Matthew Newman

Producer, Editor

Tim Rolph

Writer, UPM



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