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  • 50 Years After the War
    1995
    50 Years After the War

    Fifty years ago, Japan surrendered unconditionally to end World War II. However, the wounds inflicted upon Asia remain. This three-part investigative series by Television Broadcasts Limited in Hong Kong explores and documents the war in Asia and its international legacy. The Topic of 50 Years After the War is the behavior of Japan during and after the war and the impact of Japan’s imperialism on Asian life. There is powerful investigative reporting here, including revelations of forced labor, mass rape and murder, chemical warfare and toxic human experimentation, and the persistent efforts in Japan and elsewhere to downplay, distort or... read more

  • August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson”
    1995
    August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson”

    August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson tells the tale of a family heirloom: an ornately carved piano which carries the history of the Charles family. As the prized possession gathers dust in the home of Berniece Charles (played by Alfre Woodard), her brother Boy Willie (Charles Dutton) dreams of using money from the piano’s sale to buy the land his family once worked as slaves. When Berniece refuses to sell, the real “piano lesson” begins: one which reminds all of us of what we receive from the past, enjoy in the present, and pass on to the next... read more

  • Blind Justice: Who Killed Janie Fray?
    1995
    Blind Justice: Who Killed Janie Fray?

    In this series, WJR Radio, led by investigative reporter Rod Hansen, exemplified journalism’s highest calling - championing the cause of citizens whose rights have been denied. When Janie Marie Fray was found brutally murdered, police quickly arrested her boyfriend, Ricky Amolsch. Authorities claimed a key witness say Amolsch’s van at Fray’s home and declared bite marks on her face matched Amolsch’s teeth. After two months of investigation, Hansen believed Amolsch had been wrongly accused. His initial series of reports proved that law enforcement officials had not thoroughly matched the teeth marks to Amolsch’s bite nor had they examined potential links... read more

  • CBS News for Coverage of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
    1995
    CBS News for Coverage of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

    CBS News’ comprehensive and accurate coverage of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel on November 4, 1995, reflected its long-term commitment to excellence in broadcast journalism. CBS News Radio was on the air within minutes of the assassination with actuality reports and stayed with the events for nearly five hours. The CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer aired within hours of the assassination and presented a powerful account of the life and death or Mr. Rabin, along with predictions about the continuation of the peace process. The following day, coverage on CBS News Sunday Morning, Face The... read more

  • CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America
    1995
    CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America

    Television has long been the target of criticism that its depictions of violence are glamorized and that the effects of violence are glossed over or ignored. CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America answers these charges and exhibits how television can indeed show the truth about violence and its catastrophic consequences. The look at the problem is a collection of portraits of real people, real violence, and real tragedy. The shame suffered by a young killer, and the pain expressed by a mother whose daughter was murdered by her husband, are among the stories brought to life in this... read more

  • Coming Out Under Fire
    1995
    Coming Out Under Fire

    This documentary, deftly produced in the style of movies of the 1940s, takes the contemporary debate about gays and lesbians in the military back to its origins during World War II. Interviews with veterans whose lives were altered by the military’s policies toward gays and lesbians document this little-known chapter of U.S. Military history. These interviews reveal the veterans’ relationships with other gays and lesbians during service and the personal and public humiliations they suffered as a result of military practices. Military documents and sex education and mental health films from World War II illustrate the military’s obstinate and ultimately... read more

  • FRONTLINE: Waco - The Inside Story
    1995
    FRONTLINE: Waco - The Inside Story

    This account of the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, takes exceptional measures to be both comprehensive and informative. The Frontline investigative team, led by executive producer David Fanning, senior producer Jon Palfreman, producer/director Michael Kirk, investigative reporters Scott Malone and Joe Rosenbloom III, and correspondent Peter J. Boyer, delve into the developments which led to the debacle at Waco. Through an extensive examination of the public and private record, the investigation presents evidence to suggest U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s orders were based on incomplete and inaccurate information from subordinates and that the tragedy had its... read more

  • Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
    1995
    Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream

    For twenty-three years in the major leagues, Henry Aaron quietly rewrote the baseball record books. His singular achievement, of course, was hitting home run number 715 on April 8, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing career home-run record. Aaron shouldered great personal and professional responsibility with a dignity and grace rarely seen in professional sports. Despite hate mail and death threats, he remained stoic and unwavering in his pursuit of baseball immortality. Aaron’s journey, from rural Alabama to Atlanta, is brought vividly to life in this powerful and personal portrait. Writer, director and co-executive producer Mike Tollin, with co-executive producers Brian... read more

  • Homicide: Life on the Street
    1995
    Homicide: Life on the Street

    Two years ago the Peabody Board cited Homicide: Life on the Street for its “innovative, quirky, and frequently brilliant combination of style and substance.” This year, the Board again recognizes this program’s continuing excellence with a second Peabody Award. The drama’s peerless storylines continue to make connections between the worlds of the homicide detectives and the criminals and victims they confront. The characters, created by Paul Attanasio, executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, co-executive producer Henry Bromell and a talented team of writers, illustrate good, evil, and the gray area between those extremes. The accomplished ensemble of actors includes... read more

  • Hoop Dreams
    1995
    Hoop Dreams

    Nearly ten years ago, film makers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert began documenting life on an around Chicago’s playground basketball courts. Their camera focused on William Gates and Arthur Agee, two schoolboy athletes whose dreams of paying in the National Basketball Association collided with academics, family life, economic hardship and injury. For more than five years, the film makers collected more than 250 hours of film. The result is an especially revealing portrait of modern American Life. More than a “one-shot” documentary, this landmark work has ongoing instructional value. Its PBS broadcast was accompanied by the distribution of... read more

  • Kevin’s Sentence
    1995
    Kevin’s Sentence

    The impact of drunk driving on young lives and on the criminal justice system became both personalized and poignant in this powerful radio documentary. Kevin Hollinsky was convicted of dangerous driving in an accident which resulted in the deaths of two passengers in his vehicle - his best friends. Over objections by prosecutors and one victim’s father, Kevin was spared jail time and was sentenced instead to make a series of public appearances to condemn drunk driving by telling his tragic story. The appearances would ultimately include the police officer who mad the initial arrest and the victim’s father who... read more

  • KFOR-TV, KOCO-TV, and KWTV-TV for Coverage of the Murrah Building Bombing
    1995
    KFOR-TV, KOCO-TV, and KWTV-TV for Coverage of the Murrah Building Bombing

    At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, an act of terrorism struck our nation’s heartland. In the days that followed, America and the world came to know the extraordinary courage and indomitable spirit of the people of Oklahoma City. That message was carried forth by the heroic television journalism of local stations KFOR-TV, KOCO-TV and KWTV-TV. Located in a comparatively small city by television standards (market size 43), each of these stations set aside the competitive rivalries which often drive TV news today, and instead concentrated on transmitting reliable, compelling reports to their community and to the world. The Peabody... read more

  • New York City School Corruption
    1995
    New York City School Corruption

    Amid all the media hype of satellite uplinks, spectacular weather graphics and news anchors known more for their on-camera looks than for their journalistic abilities, WCBS-TV reminds us that personal investigative journalism is still the core of a successful news operation. In 1995, reporter Marcia Kramer, under the leadership of executive producers Jerry Nachman, Bill Carey and producer Pattie Aronofsky, uncovered and reported rampant corruption in the nation’s largest public school system. Starting with a single report of corruption at a warehouse storing the city’s school supplies, Ms. Kramer and the WCBS-TV news team documented a complex web of organized... read more

  • Personal Award: Oprah Winfrey
    1995
    Personal Award: Oprah Winfrey

    Each year the Board screens hundreds of news, entertainment, education, and public service programs. Today, we recognize a woman who has done exceptional work in each of these areas. From her beginnings as a 19-year old news anchor in Nashville, to her move to Chicago to host a morning talk show and the explosive popularity of her syndicated program, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ms. Winfrey has proven herself to be a multi-talented broadcaster. Her off -air accomplishments are equally noteworthy. As chair of Harpo Entertainment Group, she joins the elite company of Lucille Ball and Mary Pickford as the only... read more

  • Personal Award: Oscar Brand
    1995
    Personal Award: Oscar Brand

    In December 1995, Oscar Brand celebrated his 50th anniversary as host of the Folksong Festival on WNYC, New York’s municipal radio station. In that half century, Mr. Brand has personally championed folk music and has provided a platform for its most important and influential proponents. The artists featured by Oscar Brand include Woody Guthrie, The Weavers (who took their name from a listener’s suggestion) and Huddie Ledbetter. In the McCarthy 1950’s, many performers blacklisted as communists by commercial broadcasters found their only radio airplay with the courageous Mr. Brand. New folk performers soon made their way to Oscar’s studio: Bob... read more

  • Peter Jennings Reporting: Hiroshima–Why the Bomb was Dropped
    1995
    Peter Jennings Reporting: Hiroshima–Why the Bomb was Dropped

    The August 6, 1045 atomic bombing of Hiroshima signaled the end of World War II and the origins of the Cold War. As the 50th anniversary of the bombings approached, Pete Jennings and ABC News producers David Gelber, Martin Smith, Sherry Jones, and Elizabeth Sams began exploring the inside story of the decision to use the bomb. From diaries, letters and memoirs of decision-makers to Hollywood depictions of events, Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped repeals the profoundly complicated and controversial decision made by President Harry Truman to use atomic bombs in the effort to end the conflict. The debate... read more

  • POV: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
    1995
    POV: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

    In Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, film maker Deborah Hoffmann recounts her coming to terms with her mother’s advancing Alzheimer’s disease and explores the universal relationship between mother and daughter. P.O.V. launched its 1995 season with this fine film, and created a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Association of Retired Persons to establish regional activities to raise awareness of resources available to Alzheimer’s care-givers and support groups. In addition, PBS member stations created companion programming to highlight local referral information. Few programs generated the personal, heartfelt responses that Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter engendered, as letter, electronic... read more

  • Road Scholar
    1995
    Road Scholar

    In this personal journey, poet and commentator Andrei Codrescu set off in a bright red 1968 Cadillac to look for America. Beginning at the Statue of Liberty, his cross-country odyssey took him to Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The result was a mixture of Jack Kerouac and Charles Kuralt - a series of off-beat reports which revealed a country marked by diversity and eccentricity. Producer and director Roger Weisberg, and co-director and cinematographer Jean de Segonzac have crafted an eloquent personal testimony to the meaning of the First Amendment to all Americans. With equal doses... read more

  • Rock & Roll
    1995
    Rock & Roll

    This ten-hour series for public television traces the history of rock from its renegade beginnings to its technology-driven present. Executive producer Elizabeth Deane for WGBH-TV, and Hugh Thomson, series producer for the BBC, with senior producer David Espar and the series’ chief consultant, popular music expert Robert Palmer, tell the story of rock through the first-hand experiences of influential artists, engineers, session musicians and others who were on the scene as the music’s great moments were created. Imaginative cinematography and exceptional editing combine with superb narration by Liev Schreiber to reveal the influences and connections between the roots of rock... read more

  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
    1995
    Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story

    Perhaps the first TV movie to depict a lesbian orientation and its personal and professional consequences, Serving in Silence recounts the true story of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer of the Army National Guard. When asked about her sexual orientation during a routine security-clearance interview with a Defense Investigative Services agent, Ms. Cammermeyer told the truth and declared her homosexuality. With that admission, a brilliant 24-year military career came to an abrupt end. For years, she fought her dismissal and eventually won back the right to wear the uniform, but her long-held dreams of rising to chief nurse of the Army National... read more

  • St. Paul Sunday
    1995
    St. Paul Sunday

    For 15 years Minnesota Public Radio’s Saint Paul Sunday has provided listeners with extraordinary access to the world’s finest classical musicians. The luminaries presented by Bill McGlaughlin, host since the show’s inception, include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell: violinists Joseph Silverstein, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Pamela Frank pianists Marian McPartland, Charles Rosen, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson, and Claude Franke; and the Julliard, Emerson, Cleveland, and Kronos String Quartets. Sopranos Dawn Upshaw and Benita Valente and baritones Thomas Hampson and Sanford Sylvan have also graced the program. Saint Paul Sunday presents emerging new talent as well as commissioned classical... read more

  • Target Seven: Armed and Angry
    1995
    Target Seven: Armed and Angry

    A report on the militia movement in United States, this is a first-rate investigative effort by a local television station. WXYZ-TV’s news team, led by reporter Shellee Smith, producer Barry Cutler, photographer Mike Kalush and editor Hector Heath, crossed state lines to investigate the Montana Militia and its connection to national and local organizations. These reports followed investigations by WXYZ-TV into the Michigan Militia organization, which were brought to viewers’ attention long before the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City. In Armed and Angry, militia members reveal their unswerving belief that incidents such as the siege at Ruby Ridge and... read more

  • The Boys of St. Vincent
    1995
    The Boys of St. Vincent

    The power of this fictionalized portrayal drawn from actual events resides in the exceptional writing, acting and staging. Executive producers Claudio Luca and Colin Neale, with co-producer and co-writer Sam Grana and writers Des Walsh and John N. Smith, tell of the victimization of young boys by the staff of St. Vincent’s orphanage - the very individuals who are expected to serve as the boys’ guardians and spiritual mentors. Without recourse, the boys’ plight seems inescapable until they find advocacy in a janitor and local police officer. The impact of this program in Canada and the United States has been... read more

  • The Dying Rooms
    1995
    The Dying Rooms

    Under profoundly perilous circumstances, three film makers carefully penetrated deep inside China, where allegations of neglect and abuse of orphan children were rumored but previously undocumented. What co-producers and directors Kate Blewett and Brian Woods, and photographers Brian Woods and Peter Hugh found and recorded with cameras smuggled into the country in pieces and assembled in secret, shocked and enraged the world. As many as one million babies, mostly girls, are abandoned in China each year, the result of the country’s policy mandating only one child per family. A deluge of unwanted babies arrives each year at ill-prepared, poorly-maintained and... read more

  • The Journey of Christopher Reeve
    1995
    The Journey of Christopher Reeve

    In May 1995, a near-fatal riding accident changed Christopher Reeve’s life from that of a top Hollywood actor and an avid outdoorsman, to a quadriplegic unable to even breathe on his own. This special edition of 20/20 provided the first, and to date, the most complete portrayal of the courageous strength of Christopher Reeve and his inspirational message about the meaning of life, love and family. Barbara Walters is at her best here - her skillful interviewing techniques combine with a deep affection for her subject. The result is a heartening hour of television. This program reminds us of the... read more

  • The Peavy Investigation
    1995
    The Peavy Investigation

    Maintaining a commitment to thorough investigation in the face of unprecedented competitive pressure is a formidable challenge facing local television news operations. Robert Riggs, WFAA-TV reporter and executive producer, and his outstanding team of executive news director John Miller, researcher P.J. Ward and photographers Jesus Hernandez and Percy Powers, met that challenge with a revealing series of reports into insurance purchases involving the Dallas Independent School District. The investigation centered on the chairman of the Board of Education’s Committee on Insurance, who was responsible for directing more than $30 million of insurance purchases. For six months, the WFAA-TV team relentlessly... read more

  • The Politician’s Wife
    1995
    The Politician’s Wife

    Screenwriter Paula Milne’s stunning trilogy centers on Flora Matlock (perfectly played by Juliet Stevenson) as the unsuspecting wife of a distinguished but adulterous M.P., depicted with appropriate indifference by Trevor Eve. After the tabloid press exposes his romance with a young researcher (Minnie Driver), his political advisors and mentors and her family beg her to help with “damage control.” Instead, she resolves to deal covertly with the ongoing infidelity. Her plot to achieve ultimate revenge on the Parliamentarian, a supposed champion of “family values,” takes a number of ingenious and clever twists as it reaches its surprising conclusion. The canny... read more

  • The Private Life of Plants
    1995
    The Private Life of Plants

    They smell heavenly, have multiple sex partners, and reproduce in the thousands. We can’t live without them and yet if we get too close, they can draw blood. What are they? Plants. British naturalist David Attenborough explores the secrets of plant life throughout the world in this intriguing and fast-paced six-hour documentary series. Using the latest in time-lapse microphotography, this series examines the world of plants and its hazards from the point of view of the plants themselves. In the skilled hands of Mr. Attenborough, executive producer Pat Mitchell, series producer Mike Salisbury and producers Neil Nightingale, Mike Salisbury, and... read more

  • The Tuskegee Airmen
    1995
    The Tuskegee Airmen

    The story of the “Fighting 99th,” the first squadron of African-American fighter pilots, is brilliantly told by executive producer Frank Price, producer William Carraro, and director Robert Markowitz in The Tuskegee Airmen. This select group of aviators was trained at the Tuskegee Institute, the prestigious black university in Alabama. Despite aptitude scores and flight evaluations among the highest on record, for many months the squadron was perceived as being incapable of air combat. Only after the intervention of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was the unit sent into action in the European and North African theaters. To the surprise of the... read more

  • Truth on Trial
    1995
    Truth on Trial

    For the last two decades, alleged sexual abuse of children in group care settings has risen into the national spotlight. Criminal prosecutions of these alleged acts of abuse have relied almost exclusively on the testimony of small children. This report shed light on the suggestibility of children during pretrial interviews, bringing into question the relationship of their testimony to potentially false charges. Video evidence showed children agreed to statements of abuse only after repeated denials. Young witnesses were subject to leading questions and were rewarded by prosecutors and social workers for delivering positive responses to allegations of sexual abuse. Reporter... read more

  • Wallace and Gromit
    1995
    Wallace and Gromit

    Aardman Animations uses virtuoso claymation to chronicle the zany lives of an eccentric inventor, Wallace, and his faithful, dog, Gromit. In this series of films for television, the endearing duo weave their way through hilarious misadventures, in which Wallace’s dubious inventions are their nemeses and the two become victimized by the pitfalls of technology. Gromit’s skepticism about the merit of his owner’s offbeat inventions is surpassed only his canine loyalty. The pup’s affinity for reading is matched only by his owner’s gourmandizing. Wallace & Gromit is the product of executive producers Colin Rose and Peter Salmon for the BBC, Peter... read more

  • Wynton Marsalis: Making the Music/Marsalis on Music
    1995
    Wynton Marsalis: Making the Music/Marsalis on Music

    These two outstanding series - one for radio, the other for television - share much. Each demonstrates the range and fecundity of jazz from blues to the avant-garde; each treats us to the instruction and interpretation of Wynton Marsalis. Were his virtuosity insufficient, Mr. Marsalis’ infectious enthusiasm and inviting personal style make a unique connection between artist and audience. Through twenty-six episodes on National Public Radio and four hours on PBS, Marsalis unravels the meanings of music like a master magician sharing his secrets. Especially deserving of note for the radio series are executive producers Sandra Rattley-Lewis and Murray Horwitz... read more

  • Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation
    1995
    Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation

    This definitive record of the events associated with the collapse of Yugoslavia brings into focus the divergence of warring factions and the hostility among leaders on all sides. With superb narration by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the various combatants tell their own stories, explaining how the gaps between them widened and why this region continues to be torn apart by ethnic conflict. Key political and military proceedings are painstakingly examined by producer-directors Angus MacQueen and Paul Mitchell. Remarkable footage includes previously unseen meetings of the Yugoslav State Council, the Croatian government’s secret efforts to smuggle arms into the country, and numerous... read more