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Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
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Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
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SHOTLIST:AP Television - Clients OnlySpring Valley, Minnesota 10 October, 20131. Mid view of John Ackerman in a cave2. Ackerman going down steps in cave3. Ackerman going along passageway in cave4. SOUNDBITE: John Ackerman, Cave Owner:"I think its just to be able to be the first human being to introduce light into the inky blackness of just unknown chambers that may go for miles. And then, later, its to protect them so that they're available for scientific research."5. Wide of Ackerman going to entrance to Spring Valley Caverns6. Mid view of Ackerman putting on a helmetMUST COURTESY: John Ackerman7. Still photographic image of Ackerman inside Spring Vallery Caverns in the 1980s8. Close view of finger on the map, pull out to show Ackerman explaining the map of Spring Vallery UPSOUND: John Ackerman, Cave Owner:"I broke through and found over five miles of caverns. 8. Wide view of stalactites from the cave's ceiling9. Mid view of Ackerman coming up along a stairway10. SOUNDBITE: John Ackerman, Cave Owner:"And down below, in that very passage right there, is where I'm going to be buried. So, I'd really like to see people commercialize the cave, Disney-fie the cave over my dead body."11. Wide view of Ackerman walking along floor of cavernSTORYLINE:VOICE OVER)JOHN ACKERMAN COULD BE CALLED A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CAVEMAN.NOT BECAUSE OF HIS LOOKS OR BEHAVIOR, BUT BECAUSE HE OWNS 45 CAVES UNDERNEATH THE ROLLING HILLS OF MINNESOTA AND NORTH-EAST IOWA.ACKERMAN BEGAN EXPLORING CAVES AS A BOY.(SOUNDBITE: John Ackerman, Cave Owner:)"I think it's just to be able to be the first human to introduce light into the inky blackness of just unknown chambers that may go for miles. And then later, its to protect them so that they're available for scientific research."(VOICE OVER)HIS PRIDE IS SPRING VALLEY CAVERNS, THE LARGEST PRIVATE CAVE IN MINNESOTA.SPRING VALLEY WAS ALSO ACKERMAN'S FIRST PURCHASE TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO.WHAT HE INITIALLY THOUGHT WAS A RELATIVELY SMALL half-mile long CAVERN UNDERNEATH MINNESOTA FARMLAND ... TURNED OUT TO BE A MAJOR MAZE OF UNDERGROUND PASSAGES AND WATERWORKS.(UPSOUND: Ackerman at the map)(12:41:50) - After working in a passage after a year, I broke through and found over five miles of caverns. Most of this was all walking caves. This section was a river, raging river with very tall water falls. (12:42:06)(VOICE OVER)AS HE MAPS THE SPRING VALLEY CAVERNS, DRIPPING WATER IS THE ONLY SOUND OTHER THAN ACKERMAN'S MOVEMENTS.(UPSOUND WATER DRIPPING TO RUSTLE OF MOVEMENT)AND, THROUGH THIS PIPE, BROWN BATS ARE MOVING INTO THE CAVE AS WINTER HIBERNATION BEGINS.ACKERMAN's FURNITURE RESTORATION BUSINESS HAS BEEN LUCRATIVE - ALLOWING HIM TO PURCHASE CAVES AND SURFACE PROPERTY.HE ESTIMATES HE'S SPENT more than FOUR MILLION DOLLARS ON CAVE EXPLORATION AND ACQUIRING UNDERGROUND RIGHTS.(SOUNDBITE: John Ackerman, Cave Owner:)"I've had the shear good fortune to find a lot of caves. Over 40, 45 caves. And, its my wish to make sure that the scientific community has access to all these caverns when I'm long gone."ACKERMAN ADMITS THAT CAVING CAN BE DANGEROUS, BUT HE'S ON A QUEST TO PRESERVE AS MANY AS HE CAN FOR SCIENCE.HIS CAVES ARE FREE TO SCIENTISTS, CAVERS, AND NATURE GROUPS WHO WANT TO EXPLORE THE UNDERGROUND PASSAGES.TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS(****END****)