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  • 9/11

    In the spring of 2001, three documentarians (Jules and Gedeon Naudet, with James Hanlon) began a project following a New York City rookie firefighter’s rite of passage. On September 11, they ended up inside hell. With the men of Engine 7, Ladder 1, they bore witness to history and to extraordinary courage in the face of catastrophe. Their work became the heart of the CBS broadcast 9/11, containing the only known pictures of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center and what may be the only videotaped record of some of the final moments inside those buildings. 9/11 does... read more

  • Almost Strangers
    Almost Strangers

    Set in London’s elegant Claridge’s hotel, Almost Strangers follows the peculiar and mysterious Symon family’s three-day reunion. Like most such events, this one stretches and strains the very definition of “family.” Though all here are relatives, most are indeed “almost strangers” to one another, linked by blood, but in many cases, very little else. A tale of disturbing secrets unfolds as the tangled roots of the Symon family tree unravel. Raymond, played by Michael Gambon, his wife Esther (Jill Baker) and their son, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen), find themselves irresistibly drawn into their family. Meeting distant and not so distant relatives... read more

  • American Experience: Monkey Trial
    American Experience: Monkey Trial

    Monkey Trial follows one of the most famous legal battles of the 20th century, the trial of John Scopes for violating a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of evolution in public schools. But the account presented here sheds new light on this well-known event, rewriting popular history and biography in the process. The trial was the first to be widely covered by mass media (radio), and the Scopes Trial might actually be termed a media circus: 150 reporters were also in attendance at the eight-day event. In Monkey Trial we learn that everyone wanted their time in the media spotlight.... read more

  • Bang Bang You’re Dead
    Bang Bang You’re Dead

    Bang Bang You’re Dead, written by William Mastrosimone, is based on Mastrosimone’s play of the same title, written in reaction to threats of violence—from students, toward students—at his son’s school. He placed the script on the Internet, free for high schools to produce. The play has no set, it’s short enough to fit into a 45-minute school period, and uses few props, yet it conveys a clear, strong message that school violence must be taken seriously. Thousands of productions were generated, and email response from kids painted a grim picture of American school life. This response called for the larger... read more

  • Boomtown

    Boomtown holds a mirror up to the complexities of 21st century society, where common concerns are rarely experienced in black and white. As is most often the case, life is experienced in far more subtle shades of gray. This series goes to street-level Los Angeles and offers stories seen from the diverse perspectives of the city’s unsung and imperfect heroes—the cops and paramedics, the lawyers and beat reporters, members of the D.A.‘s office and city officials. Their stories are never simple narratives of crime, capture, and prosecution. Rather, they overlap, intertwine, and sometimes unravel. Each central event in Boomtown is... read more

  • Boston Public: “Chapter Thirty-Seven”
    Boston Public: “Chapter Thirty-Seven”

    Week after week Boston Public explores the personal and professional lives of teachers, administrators, and students who work and study at an urban high school in Boston. Following controversial and topical storylines—sometimes dramatic, sometimes comedic—the series explores problems and issues faced by teachers who try to make a difference in the lives of their students, and by students who struggle to come of age in a very complicated world. “Chapter Thirty-Seven,” the most controversial episode in the 2002 season, grapples with the historical significance of the n-word. When casual use of the word among friends triggers classroom violence, teacher Danny... read more

  • Bringing Down a Dictator
    Bringing Down a Dictator

    On October 5, 2000, the final dramatic hours of the Serb struggle against Slobodan Milosevic captured headlines and cover stories around the world. But the defeat of the “Butcher of the Balkans” was incorrectly billed as a one-day revolution. What the global media failed to recognize was the year-long anti-Milosevic campaign waged by Serbian resistance in partnership with pro-democracy and human rights groups. Using exclusive footage and conversations with the principal participants,Bringing Down a Dictator, hosted and narrated by Martin Sheen, reveals to the public what news organizations did not. Producer/Writer/Director Steve York makes clear that the spectacular defeat of... read more

  • DNA Protects Men of Dishonor
    DNA Protects Men of Dishonor

    In a case of rape at Fort Hood army base in Texas, military criminal investigators inform the victim, an enlisted woman, that they have all the evidence, including DNA evidence, they need to secure a conviction, but they will not be using that evidence because of a Pentagon policy. Although DNA samples for every soldier in the U.S. military are on file, the policy prohibits the samples from being used in solving crimes, even those committed by soldiers against soldiers. The victim and rape crisis counselors in this case feared that other violent crimes would be committed before military authorities... read more

  • Door to Door
    Door to Door

    Door to Door chronicles the life of Bill Porter. Stricken with cerebral palsy as the result of an accident at his birth, Porter went on to become a successful door-to-door salesman with the Watkins Company. But this film is much more than the story of one man’s life, one man’s struggle to overcome adversity. Rather, it is a story of how that one man’s life and work, his commitment and compassion, his wit and his stamina intertwined in the lives of those around him and, in so many cases, changed them for the better. Without a hint of false sentiment,... read more

  • EGG the arts show
    EGG the arts show

    EGG the arts show is smart, entertaining, unpretentious—and not infrequently—funny. It treats art playfully without dumbing it down. One installment, focused on uses of water in the arts, examines the work of underwater photographer Connie Imboden, visits an ice carving competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics and offers spectacular footage by photographers Leroy Grannis and Scott Aichner who “get inside” huge waves with daring surfers. Another program, “Gimme Shelter,” looks at the work of architect Samuel Mockbee, who builds in impoverished rural areas, surveys the history of skyscrapers,and documents the work of architect Paolo Soleri, who seeks to restructure buildings... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection: Almost A Woman
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection: Almost A Woman

    Almost A Woman, based on a memoir by Esmerelda Santiago, is the fifth production for ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection, a series of adaptations of significant works of American literature. This story is a familiar one, central to American experience. A mother, Mami (Wanda De Jesus), seeking a better life for her children, moves them from their home to a new place—in this account, from Puerto Rico to New York. But like all such migrations this one is about more than geography, more than family, even more than the search for opportunities. As Negi, the teenaged Esmerelda, Ana Maria Lagasca... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: Othello
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: Othello

    In Othello, screenwriter Andrew Davies (Middlemarch, House of Cards) updates one of the greatest Shakespearean tragedies, presenting it in contemporary form as the story of the first black Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Force. This London Weekend Television/WGBH coproduction, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, affords Davies one of his favorite topics: “I always do like to write love stories,” he says, “even if they end tragically.” In this instance he proves that envy, lust, pride, jealousy, and revenge are as powerful and prevalent now as in the 16th century. Wonderfully played by Eamonn Walker, Davies’ John Othello... read more

  • Fake Drugs, Real Lives
    Fake Drugs, Real Lives

    From January through September 2002, this investigative series revealed that confidential informants working with Dallas police planted powdered Sheetrock or billiard chalk near unsuspecting Mexican immigrants to contrive drug cases. Reporter Brett Shipp and Producer Mark Smith found that nearly half the Dallas Police Department’s alleged cocaine seizures in 2001 contained little or no illegal drugs. The broadcasts helped spur an on-going federal investigation, confessions by three informants, and dismissals of 80 drug charges against more than 50 defendants, many of whom had languished in jail for months. The series established that paid informants may corrupt the justice system—and possibly... read more

  • File On 4: Export Controls
    File On 4: Export Controls

    Broadcast on the day the British Parliament discussed Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, this investigation revealed how other “rogue” nations, including Iran, had illicitly procured sensitive equipment from British companies for use in their nuclear arms programs. Based on detailed, original research conducted by Reporter Allan Urry, in both Britain and the United States, the program highlighted serious weaknesses in the United Kingdom’s system of controls over the export of so-called “dual-use” material. Because of the sensitive nature of the subject, it was not an easy story to tell. There was little incentive for individuals or companies to talk to... read more

  • FRONTLINE: Shattered Dreams of Peace, The Road From Oslo
    FRONTLINE: Shattered Dreams of Peace, The Road From Oslo

    In the summer of 2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were on the brink of reaching a peace agreement. After years of negotiation, both sides seemed ready to move forward—never before had the dream of peace seemed so close. Within weeks, however, the window of opportunity had closed and the peace process had collapsed. As the Middle East continues to erupt in violence, FRONTLINE examines the faltering, frustrating quest for harmony in Shattered Dreams of Peace. Beginning with the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the two-hour documentary traces the ongoing peace process through years of negotiations and up... read more

  • How High is the Mountain
    How High is the Mountain

    On the day his son is born, filmmaker Tang Shiang-Chu learns that his father has suffered a stroke. As the older man begins his recovery, delighting in the growth of his grandchild, the family decides to travel from Taiwan to the ancestral home in China, and to record this journey on film. The resulting narrative offers visual beauty exquisitely matched by emotional riches. The family’s expedition becomes a metaphor for the far greater questions surrounding the 50-year history of relations between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. After so many years of turmoil, the questions focus on how one... read more

  • Nightline: Heart of Darkness
    Nightline: Heart of Darkness

    The fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo is rooted in the genocide of Rwanda. This war, sometimes referred to as the first African world war, has involved as many as seven nations since 1998, and claimed more than two-and-a-half million lives. It has been an unrelenting war, brutal and countrywide, with rebel groups and the government fighting for power as well as control of Congo’s immense natural resources. This story of murder, greed, violence, and the quest for power is also a story of those who survive, who try to forge lives in the midst of terror, a story... read more

  • Nightline: The Survivors
    Nightline: The Survivors

    On September 11, 2001 Louise Kurtz, 49, began her second day as an accountant at the Pentagon. She was standing by the office fax machine when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into her world. Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, 40, was walking down a hallway when he thought he heard a bomb explode. Louise and Brian were two of the ten severely burned victims of the attack taken to the Washington Hospital Center, the premier burn unit in the Washington D.C., area. Nine of the victims survived. Three weeks after the attack, Producers Holly and Paul Fine visited the burn unit.... read more

  • Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
    Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry

    Poetry on television. Poetry spoken and performed, not read from the page. Poetry that draws a live audience into the intricacies of language, the humor of a varied inflection, the elegance of a sentence structure. It’s all there in the Home Box Office series, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Based on the nationally touring stage production, Def Poetry Jam, in which poets trade verse before live audiences, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry is hosted by musician-rapper and actor Mos Def, star of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog. Mos Def introduces poetry performers Beau Sia, Jason Carney, Thea Monyee, Sekou Sundiata,... read more

  • Six Feet Under
    Six Feet Under

    Every episode in the life of the Fisher family begins with death. How else would stories set in Fisher & Sons Funeral Home begin? Created by producer/writer Alan Ball, the strange yet strangely familiar world of the Fishers and their assortment of friends and companions, lovers and clients, deals with the most fundamental human experiences. The face the celebration of life and the loss of life, the joy of love and the pain of love, the struggle for understanding—and the headlong crash into confusion. Here, dreams, memories and neuroses intersect, remind us that those who pass are never fully lost.... read more

  • Sounding the Alarm
    Sounding the Alarm

    Working closely with Milwaukee’s North Shore Fire Department, WISN Reporters Tammy Elliott and Kent Wainscott made a startling discovery: Many young children simply will not be wakened by the sound of shrieking smoke detectors, even in their own bedrooms. Going into the rooms of sleeping children with cameras at night, taping as fire fighters used foggers to simulate smoke-filled rooms and set off the alarms, the WISN reporters recorded the behaviors of children from every angle. The reporters and the parents were astounded as children slept through the loudest alarms, and sometimes wakened only to fall back asleep. These parents... read more

  • Stage on Screen: Beckett on Film
    Stage on Screen: Beckett on Film

    Samuel Beckett is acknowledged as one of the most important and visionary writers of the 20th century. His stark depictions of human isolation captured the spirit of a rapidly changing, chaotic world. In Beckett on Film, from Thirteen/WNET New York’s acclaimed Stage on Screen series, seven of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s short plays are presented in a star-studded showcase of filmed versions. The works in the program were created for this series, and are far more than filmed stage performances. Translated here in imaginative fashion are Catastrophe, Ohio Impromptu, Come and Go, Breath, Play, Act Without Words II, What Were,... read more

  • Stories of Home
    Stories of Home

    Some say home is where the heart is—a sanctuary where we turn to renew relationships with ourselves and our families. There we can truly be ourselves and define who we will become. In this eloquent series Executive Producer Julia McEvoy has captured a range of stories defining rich meanings of “home.” Aired in the Spring of 2002 as part of Chicago Matters: Inside Housing, this program from McEvoy, Writer/Producer Alex Kotlowitz and Producer Amy Dorn, offers a window into the unusual ways in which individuals define home as far more than a house or an apartment. Seeking stories that examine... read more

  • Terror on Tape
    Terror on Tape

    It is one thing to imagine the processes of planning for terrorist tactics. It is quite another to see the process. In Terror on Tape, CNN Reporter Nic Robertson presents and analyzes videotapes made inside the Al Qaeda organization for purposes of instruction, for announcing operations, or to record meetings directed by Osama Bin Laden. Recovered by Robertson, who relied on sources developed through years of reporting from Afghanistan, these training tapes show a range of frightening activities. We see chemical weapons being tested on dogs. We review the presentation of detailed instructions on the production of TNT. We are... read more

  • The Complete Angler
    The Complete Angler

    When Yale student James Prosek convinced the university to permit him to write a senior essay on Izaak Walton, author of the 17th Century classic, The Complete Angler (The Compleat Angler), he had not yet read Walton’s book. When he did he found it as much about a philosophy of life as about fishing. Prosek’s “research,” which took him to Ireland and England to fish the same rivers and streams as had Walton, is captured in this very personal documentary that celebrates nature, fishing, and most importantly, the contemplative life of the “complete” fisherman. He discovers the art of “dapping,”... read more

  • The Gathering Storm
    The Gathering Storm

    By the mid-1930s, 60-year-old Winston Churchill (Albert Finney)is all but irrelevant to British politics. His family fortune has been wrecked by the stock market crash. His estate is a never-ending string of expenses. His dear wife, Clemmie (Vanessa Redgrave), is deeply frustrated by Churchill’s private confusion. The man himself is beset with depression, the “black dog” that hounds him in such periods. Still, from his beloved country home, Chartwell, he looks hard at the political circumstances defining Europe. He looks to the future and the past while writing the history of his forbearers. What he sees is the gathering storm... read more

  • The Hepatitis C Epidemic: A 15-Year Government Cover-up
    The Hepatitis C Epidemic: A 15-Year Government Cover-up

    Hepatitis C is a devastating, often fatal illness that can cause both cirrhosis and liver cancer. This in-depth probe by Fuji Television Network’s investigative team brought to light a disturbing link between Hepatitis C, contaminated drugs, an unethical pharmaceutical company, and governmental indifference. During the 1970s, the anti-clotting agent Fibrinogen, made from human blood plasma, lost its FDA certification in the U.S. because the purity of the plasma could not be guaranteed. In Japan, however, Fibrinogen was still being sold years after the U.S. ban took effect. Reports alleging a link between Fibrinogen and Hepatitis C led to the voluntary... read more

  • The Interrogation of Michael Crowe
    The Interrogation of Michael Crowe

    Based on a true story, The Interrogation of Michael Crowe follows the ordeal of the Crowe family, whose 14-year-old son, Michael, played here so poignantly by Mark Rendall, is forced to endure an excruciating police interrogation into the 1998 murder of his 12-year-old sister, Stephanie. Michael repeatedly denies any involvement in this terrible event, despite hours of grueling interrogation without a lawyer or his parents (Ally Sheedy as Cheryl and Michael Riley as Stephen Crowe) present. Ultimately, however, under intense pressure from Detective Taylor (John Bourgeois), Michael is broken and coerced into confessing to the crime, subsequently spending seven months... read more

  • The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
    The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

    This unprecedented four-part series explores segregation from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the modern Civil Rights movement. It recounts the brave and inspiring achievements of African Americans who fought against a system of brutality known as “Jim Crow.” Within this system, Southern blacks endured a life of crushing subordination maintained by white supremacist social and cultural custom and written into laws securing and perpetuating a grinding pattern of inequality. Nevertheless, large numbers of African Americans and a corps of influential black leaders bravely fought against the status quo, acquiring for African American citizens opportunities in... read more

  • The Sonic Memorial Project and
    The Sonic Memorial Project and

    The Sonic Memorial Project, executive produced by the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, is an intimate and historic documentary radio series commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood through rare recordings, voicemail messages, personal stories, and oral histories. The project, produced by Silva, Nelson, Jay Allison, Jamie York, Joe Richman, Ben Shapiro, Laura Folger, and Jim McKee, is a unique national collaboration involving Lost & Found Sound, NPR News, WNYC, independent radio producers, artists, musicians, archivists, historians, public broadcasters and listeners who came together in the wake of the September 11th attacks... read more

  • Yiddish Radio Project
    Yiddish Radio Project

    The culmination of nearly two decades of research, preservation, and production, this historic series was saluted in newspapers and magazines across the country. Just as significantly, it was hailed by thousands of listeners and noted for breaking new artistic ground in radio production while preserving and celebrating a lost and poignant moment in history. Produced by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, ethnomusicologist Henry Sapoznik, and Yair Reiner, the series was broadcast over ten consecutive Tuesdays on NPR’s All Things Considered in March, April and May 2002. Providing narration were Henry Sapoznik, Rabbi Menachem, Mendel Rubin, Claire Barry, Paul Pincus, Siegbert Freiberg,... read more