Documentary Aired by Idaho Public Television Produced by Suspended U of I Prof 

"The current situation between Denise Bennett and the University of Idaho administration has nothing to do with the content of her 2017 film."

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Denise Bennett

When viewers tuned in to the broadcast premiere of "Some Lived: An Idaho POW's Story" on Feb. 14, odds are they didn't recognize the program's link to University of Idaho associate professor Denise Bennett, currently in the eye of a firestorm with U of I officials.

Jeff Tucker, director of content for Idaho Public Television, said it was nearly three years ago that Bennett told the station she was producing a documentary on an Idaho native and former World War II POW. When she competed "Some Lived," she sent it to IPTV for consideration as part of the Idaho Experience series, where it eventually aired on Valentine's Day.

"It fit perfectly within our series focus," Tucker said.

"Some Lived" chronicles the ordeal of Lt. Mark Calnon Sr., a pilot from Meridian who was shot down over Germany and spent two years in a Nazi concentration camp. According to the program's description, Calnon's story is "a tale of courage and survival against the odds."

"In the end, our decision to air the documentary rested on several factors. Denise produced and directed the film but does not appear in it," said Tucker. "It's a very poignant story about a fellow Idahoan."

He added, "The current situation between Denise Bennett and the University of Idaho administration has nothing to do with the content of her 2017 film. The film stands as a well-told story, one that all Idahoans should have access to."

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