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  • 60 Minutes: All in the Family
    60 Minutes: All in the Family

    Presented by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, All in the Family examines links between defense contractors and the federal government that deeply affect the Pentagon’s military contracting process. When the Army Corps of Engineers revealed that the Halliburton Corporation received a $7 billion no-bid contract to extinguish oil well fires in Iraq, there was public speculation that Vice President Cheney steered the lucrative deal to his former company. The government insisted Halliburton won the deal because it was... read more

  • A Question of Fairness
    A Question of Fairness

    Tom Brokaw’s special report, A Question Of Fairness, probes one of the most vexing social issues in America: affirmative action. Aired just prior to a United States Supreme Court ruling on policies at the University of Michigan, the report tells us the story of this complex issue at the level of intimate personal experience. Two students—one white, one black—present radically opposed views on affirmative action and how it has affected their lives. But the program is far more... read more

  • American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till
    American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till

    Among the hundreds of tragic stories in the history of American racial violence, the murder of a 14-year-old boy in Mississippi in the summer of 1955 remains one of the most harrowing. That the lynching of Till also served to ignite the Civil Rights Movement is an often overlooked consequence of that horrible event. The Murder of Emmett Till examines all facets of this story in fine-grained detail. This outstanding documentary takes us through the well-known facts of... read more

  • American Mavericks
    American Mavericks

    This groundbreaking 13-part radio series and accompanying Web site focus on some of the most inventive artists in the history of 20th Century American concert music. The series presents the biographies, the music, and the ideas of 20th century composers who broke with European tradition to create music based on pure sound. American Mavericks explains how a distinctly American “classical” music developed as the country developed during the last 100 years. Hosted by pop icon and musical innovator... read more

  • Building Homes: Building Problems
    Building Homes: Building Problems

    Building Homes: Building Problems, a joint undertaking of WESH-TV and The Orlando Sentinel, investigates shoddy workmanship by the building industry in Central Florida. A University of Central Florida study that inspected 406 homes in the state, producing a statistically valid assessment of new home construction, prompted reporters Jim Payne, Stephen Stock, Michelle Meredith, Shannon Hori, Dave McDaniel, and Kathy Marsh to uncover problems ranging from major cracks in walls to leaky windows and roofs in new homes—all previously... read more

  • Chavez: Inside The Coup
    Chavez: Inside The Coup

    This provocative and controversial program was created from footage gathered by Irish documentarians Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain during the 2002 coup d’etat attempting to oust Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from office. Bartley and O’Briain had come to Venezuela to make a film about Chavez and had secured full access and cooperation in order to produce a close, personal profile of the president. Elected by landslide in 1999, the charismatic leader had already become a lightning rod for... read more

  • Dora the Explorer
    Dora the Explorer

    This animated series explores the world of Dora, a 7-year-old Latina, her friends, family, and companions. Produced for pre-schoolers, Dora uses computer-style interactivity and play-along techniques to amuse, entertain, and, most importantly, instruct its audience of young viewers. Math, music, and physical coordination are among topics presented in an age-appropriate manner. As part of the series mission, Dora teaches Spanish words and phrases, making it one of the few children’s television programs to introduce language skills and multi-lingual... read more

  • Evidence of Errors
    Evidence of Errors

    KHOU-TV’s investigation, Evidence of Errors, executive produced by David Raziq and reported by Jerome Gray and Anna Werner, uncovered serious and surprising mistakes made by the Houston Police Department’s DNA crime lab. As a result of these errors, innocent people went to jail and some, guilty of crimes such as rape and murder, went free. After initially reviewing cases involving DNA and other forensic testing done by the Houston Police lab, KHOU-TV enlisted the unpaid help of nationally... read more

  • FRONTLINE: A Dangerous Business
    FRONTLINE: A Dangerous Business

    This documentary examines the cases of thousands of individuals who have been injured, and nine who have died, while employed by McWane, Inc, the nation’s largest maker of cast iron pipe. This joint investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times, and WGBH’s FRONTLINE presents a shocking picture of conditions faced by McWane employees. Interviews with current and former employees detail the lack of proper safety procedures at the company’s plants. And the practices of a... read more

  • Great Performances: Degas and the Dance
    Great Performances: Degas and the Dance

    Based on the life of French Impressionist Edgar Degas and the exhibit which honors him, Degas and the Dance is an exceptional documentary that explores some of the artist’s most famous works—his is paintings of ballets and ballerinas. In re-created scenes, we sit with Degas as he attends performances, watches dance classes, and takes full advantage of his complete access to the rehearsal rooms and backstage areas of the splendid Palais Garnier opera house in Paris. We follow... read more

  • Honor and Betrayal: Scandal at the Academy
    Honor and Betrayal: Scandal at the Academy

    On February 12, 2003, KMGH-TV Investigative Reporter John Ferrugia went on the air with his first story about sexual assault at the United States Air Force Academy. In ninety-seven separate reports—nearly six hours of total coverage—KMGH’s “7News Investigates” unit documented case after case of female cadets who were sexually assaulted at the academy. Dozens of women were finally able to talk openly about the culture of assault at the academy and how the academy addressed—or failed to address—their... read more

  • Hoxie: The First Stand
    Hoxie: The First Stand

    Hoxie: The First Stand presents the story of a small Arkansas town whose school board chose to integrate its classrooms in the summer of 1955. In the previous year, the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Rather than fight the decision, rather than taking a stand against integration, the Hoxie school board made their radical decision simply because “it was the right thing to do.” When Life magazine... read more

  • Israel’s Secret Weapon
    Israel’s Secret Weapon

    This report, aired on BBC2’s Correspondent series, examines the wall of secrecy surrounding Israel’s production of nuclear weapons materials and devices. Reporter Olenka Frenkiel focuses on the case of Mordechai Vanunu, whose photographs inside the Dimona factory complex in the Negev desert remain the only clear evidence of Israel’s still unacknowledged program to make weapons-grade plutonium and nuclear products. Captured in Rome, Vanunu was returned to Israel, tried in secret, convicted of treason and espionage, and sentenced to... read more

  • Jobless Recovery: Non-Working Numbers
    Jobless Recovery: Non-Working Numbers

    In Jobless Recovery: Non-Working Numbers, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer business correspondent Paul Solman reveals the inadequacy of government data related to unemployment. Official numbers do not take into account millions of unemployed persons who live on disability, incarcerated men, and those “discouraged” workers who no longer actively seek employment. Solman’s report suggests that the current unemployment rate is actually closer to that of the deep 1982 economic depression when 10.8% of eligible workers were unable find employment. His... read more

  • Know HIV/AIDS and Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself Campaigns
    Know HIV/AIDS and Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself Campaigns

    Know HIV/AIDS, the public education initiative created by Viacom and The Kaiser Family Foundation is a multi-year effort designed to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and other STDs, including how to avoid infection. This massive project comprises television and radio public service announcements, television programming which incorporates AIDS-related themes into top-rated shows, outdoor advertisements, print and online resources, working with community organizations, as well as testing facilities. Especially cited in the Peabody Award are productions from the MTV Campaign,... read more

  • Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation
    Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation

    Stuart Watson, investigative reporter for WCNC-TV, spent six months talking to dozens of patients, pouring over dental records, consulting experts, and tracking tens of millions of dollars in government databases to expose the shady practices of a group of North Carolina dental clinics. Although the clinics were not government agencies, their profits depended on government reimbursement for services, and clinic staff members were paid bonuses based on the amount they billed Medicaid. The resulting investigative series, executive produced... read more

  • Mother Flew Away as a Kite
    Mother Flew Away as a Kite

    Based on an original story by Akiyuki Nosaka, Mother Flew Away As A Kite is a haunting depiction of the horrors of war, and how a mother and child live everyday in the hope of a peaceful future. Told through animation, this is the story of five year-old Ka-chan who lives with his mother in a Japanese town during the waning days of World War II. Ka-chan’s father, a school teacher, is away fighting the war, and the... read more

  • NOVA: The Elegant Universe with Brian Greene
    NOVA: The Elegant Universe with Brian Greene

    The Elegant Universe with Brian Greene, based on the acclaimed physicist’s best-selling book, explores science’s most elaborate and ambitious theory, the string theory. Preparing such a topic—little of which can be seen or filmed—for television was equally ambitious. Yet host Brian Greene makes the abstract concrete, the complicated clear, and the improbable understandable in this entertaining yet sophisticated program. Blending factual story telling with animation, special effects, and trick photography, the producers turn the universe upside down and... read more

  • Personal Award: Bill Moyers
    Personal Award: Bill Moyers

    For a career distinguished by the highest standards of excellence in the use of television to educate, inform, and challenge received ideas, a Personal Peabody Award goes to Bill Moyers. 1976: A Conversation with Jimmy Carter. 1978: The Battle for South Africa. 1980: The MX Debate. “The distinguished Bill Moyers, with the help of two excellent public television stations, KUED-TV, and WNET/13, created a special edition of Bill Moyers’ Journal which dealt totally with the MX controversy.” 1984:... read more

  • POV: Flag Wars
    POV: Flag Wars

    As Flag Wars so powerfully demonstrates, the course of gentrification in the United States is rarely without a human cost, compounded in this instance by historical racial and economic divisions. In Columbus, Ohio’s Olde Towne East district, bitter ironies abound as two historically oppressed groups—blacks and gays—find themselves in unequal competition for the same real estate. Flag Wars producers/directors Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras offer us a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty, and local politics. Shot... read more

  • POV: Two Towns of Jasper
    POV: Two Towns of Jasper

    Two Towns of Jasper is a provocative documentary focused on the 1998 hate-crime murder of James Byrd, Jr. Through the extraordinary efforts of filmmakers Marco Williams and Whitney Dow, the program goes beyond a simple account of the sadistic killing of Mr. Byrd to uncover a subtle, yet continuing racial divide in America. Dow, who is white, interviewed white residents of Jasper while Williams, who is black, talked with black citizens. Two different perspectives on the state of... read more

  • Sisters in Pain
    Sisters in Pain

    This powerful radio documentary recounts the true stories of three women who for years suffered abuse from husbands and boyfriends. In final, extreme retaliation, these women took the lives of their abusers; they were tried in courts of law and sentenced to extensive terms in prison. These Sisters in Pain were among a group of thirteen Kentucky women arrested for committing such crimes—all of whom were eventually granted clemency by then Governor Brereton Jones. In this account, the... read more

  • Soldier’s Girl
    Soldier’s Girl

    Soldier’s Girl is based on the true story of Pvt. Barry Winchell, an American G.I., and Calpernia Addams, a transsexual nightclub performer, with whom he fell in love. The emotional havoc their relationship unleashed on the Army base where Winchell was stationed, the anti-gay sentiments fueled by ignorance and fear, led to Winchell’s brutal murder. On July 5, 1999, he was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by a fellow soldier. Translating such a story for the... read more

  • Students Rising Above
    Students Rising Above

    Beating the Odds, the theme of KRON-TV’s public service series Students Rising Above, highlights the incredible obstacles faced by at-risk high school students in the San Francisco area on a daily basis. These students, many of whom live below the federal poverty line, confront homelessness, domestic abuse, and similar issues with determination and a positive attitude. Some raise younger siblings by themselves while maintaining 3.0 GPAs and holding down part-time jobs. Others work multiple jobs, leading productive lives... read more

  • The Office
    The Office

    With no predictable jokes, no easy punch lines, no laugh track, and no known stars, The Office still manages to make audiences laugh out loud for thirty minutes at a time. Yet its quirky oh-so-real characters and situations set in an oh-so-ordinary British business office are sometimes as poignant as they are comic. Shot in “mockumentary” style, this skewed glimpse into office politics and mundane workday routines rings true for anyone who has spent time in an office.... read more

  • The Wire
    The Wire

    The second season of The Wire secured a place for the series in the history of America’s most outstanding police/crime television. Set in Baltimore, one of the nation’s more complex urban environments, the narrative shifted focus from its first-season exploration of urban drug wars. In the course of the second season’s 12 episodes, The Wire (named for electronic surveillance) examined the steady decline of the working class in American cities, as exemplified by Baltimore’s port and waterfront. There... read more

  • To Live is Better Than to Die
    To Live is Better Than to Die

    During the early 1990s, impoverished citizens in rural China responded to a critical blood shortage by selling their blood for much-needed cash. Unsanitary collection methods caused many of them to become infected with HIV and to suffer the catastrophic effects of full-blown AIDS. To Live is Better Than to Die examines the depths of China’s growing epidemic by focusing on one family in the village of Wenlou in Henan province. In 2001, filmmaker/director/producer Weijun Chen traveled to Wenlou... read more


    As described by its creators and staff, is a multi-faceted online resource for both aspiring and established radio producers, and a showcase for new and varied radio documentaries, features, and audio art. The site is designed to provide opportunity for participation by those who are increasingly shut out of conventional media. This outstanding Web site, the first free standing site to receive the George Foster Peabody Award, provides technical information and conceptual instruction for experienced radio producers,... read more

  • War Photographer
    War Photographer

    As disturbing photographs come home from Baghdad, Mosul, and Tikrit, we sometimes ask ourselves: Who is the person on the other side of the lens? War Photographer is a startling portrait of Pulitzer Prize winner James Nachtwey, one of the world’s most respected practitioners. This documentary follows him for two years as he photographs wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, and the Middle East, taking us deep inside the dangerous, demanding, and often lonely world of this renowned photojournalist. Surrounded... read more