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  • 15% of the United States
    15% of the United States

    15% of the United States masterfully deciphers past, present, and future concerns faced by the Latino community. Instead of running 15% of the United States as a 90-minute special, KMEX decided to air the information on its evening news broadcast in short, yet comprehensive segments. This 19-part series, based on the book La Nueva California, Latinos in the Golden State by UCLA professor Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, features interviews with prominent representatives of the Latino community and tackles... read more

  • A Place of Our Own (Los Ninos en Su Casa)
    A Place of Our Own (Los Ninos en Su Casa)

    Public television’s commitment to programming for children acquired a new dimension with A Place of Our Own, KCET’s ambitious public-service project aimed not at pre-kindergarten kids directly but at the “parents, grandparents, childcare providers, nannies” and others who take care of them. Under executive producers Stephanie Drachkovitch and Mary Mazur, directors Hal Grant and Lisa Monares, and producers Joyce Campbell, Shahnti Olcese Brook, Ellen Raphael, Allison Barksdale, Lusi Garcia, Daily Ruiz, and Audry Yi created the project’s video... read more

  • A Room Nearby
    A Room Nearby

    “It seems to be evident that in our culture of prosperity, anywhere we might be, there will always be someone lonely in a room nearby,” Paul Fierlinger observes in A Room Nearby, an animated film he produced, directed, and wrote in partnership with his wife, Sandra Fierlinger, under the executive producer-ship of ITVS’s Sally Jo Fifer. What makes the film so special, apart from the Fierlingers’ inventive, fluidly metamorphic animation style and keen insights about human life, is... read more

  • American Experience: Two Days in October
    American Experience: Two Days in October

    Inspired by the book They Marched into Sunlight by David Maraniss, Two Days in October brings the Vietnam War in all its heartbreak back to our living rooms. The American Experience documentary, executive produced by Mark Samels and Robert Kenner, directed by Kenner and scripted by Allen Rucker, juxtaposes concurrent events thousands of miles apart in October 1967. Even as a jungle ambush by Viet Cong was inflicting casualties on an American battalion so heavy that some politicians... read more

  • American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
    American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    In an event that has brought together Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, is a monumental documentary that focuses on the singer-songwriter’s life and music from 1961-66 and includes never-seen performance footage and interviews with artists and musicians whose lives intertwined with Dylan’s during that time. Dylan talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career, detailing the journey from his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, to Greenwich Village, New York, where he... read more

  • Battlestar Galactica
    Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica is not just another apocalyptic vision of the future but an intense drama that poses provocative questions regarding religion, politics, sex and what it truly means to be “human.” The saga is set in motion when Cylon robots revolt against their creators with a devastating series of nuclear attacks. What’s left of the human race, fewer than 50,000 refugees, roam the universe in a fleet led by the spacecraft ‘Galactica.’ They must re-imagine their society even... read more

  • BBC DoNation Season
    BBC DoNation Season

    A more focused and comprehensive public-service effort than BBC DoNation Season is hard to imagine. Responding to a critical shortage of organ donors in the UK, where 400 people die each year awaiting a transplant, the BBC committed resources to a week-long awareness-heightening campaign that harnessed its television, radio, online, and interactive elements. Producers John Douglas, Susie Donaldson, and Claire Faragher, working under executive producer Edwina Vardey (Factual and Learning), created Life on the List, a week-long series... read more

  • Bleak House
    Bleak House

    British television drama’s way with such prose writers as Jane Austen, Henry James and Thomas Hardy is well established and has won many awards, Peabodys included. Even so, the BBC’s decision to bring to the screen Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, a sprawling tale of a decades-long law suit that might have no climax, its multi-layered plots packed with as rich a population of characters as Victorian London itself, might have seemed an adaptation too far. Instead, the production... read more

  • Boston Legal
    Boston Legal

    Boston Legal is the quintessential David E. Kelley series-as topical as Picket Fences, as concerned with ethics as The Practice, as unabashedly goofy as Ally McBeal. Kelley, co-executive producers Bill D’Elia, Janet Leahy, and Scott Kaufer and their team use the cases of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, a blue-chip corporate law firm, to address issues ranging from the death penalty to the predatory practices of credit-card companies; from global warming to polygamy; from plastic surgery to the war... read more

  • Burning Questions
    Burning Questions

    In four segments, from May through October 2005, KNBC-TV, Burbank, exposed potentially disastrous environmental features threatening the safety of Playa Vista, one of Southern California’s largest commercial-residential projects. Already partially completed on more than 1,000 acres in southwestern Los Angeles, Playa Vista is advertised as a model for such developments. As the KNBC series reports, however, the planned community sits atop beds of underground oil deposits, a once polluted former Hughes aircraft field, and a subterranean gas storage... read more

  • Children of Beslan
    Children of Beslan

    On September 1, 2004, heavily armed extremists, mostly from the republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia, overran School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia. More than 1,200 children and adults were held hostage in the school gymnasium. When the Russian military’s siege ended on September 3 in a firefight with the hostage-takers, more than 350 people were killed, half of them children. Children of Beslan tells the story of this tragedy through interviews with the youngest survivors of the ordeal.... read more

  • China: A Million Steps Ahead
    China: A Million Steps Ahead

    In the past decade, more than 100 million people have moved from China’s vast hinterlands to work in the nation’s booming, industrialized eastern and southern cities. They come seeking a better life for themselves and for the families they leave behind in the countryside. They are the motor driving China’s economic “miracle.” China: A Million Steps Ahead chronicles the phenomenal migration, personalizing it through the story of a young woman from Central Mongolia named Bai. The TVE team... read more

  • Classical Baby
    Classical Baby

    An inspiring mix of classic art and music, Classical Baby is as intriguing and hypnotic to adults as it is to the developing minds of its intended audience. The primary purpose of the show is to promote early childhood learning by stimulating babies’ imaginations through beautiful and vibrant animated interpretations of paintings, accompanied by well-orchestrated renderings of famous musical pieces. Each short piece is prefaced with a diaper-clad baby conducting an orchestra of assorted animals. Segments are inspired... read more

  • CNN: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
    CNN: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

    Whether tracking the path of Hurricane Katrina, reporting its devastating effects, exploring controversies that developed in the course of rescue and recovery, or presenting in-depth documentary explorations of events and issues, CNN provided important news and information to viewers. After its reports on the first effects of Katrina’s terrifying landfall, CNN broke news of a New Orleans levee breech at 2:27 a.m. on August 30, 2005, and confirmed the story at 3:02 a.m. This first notification was followed... read more

  • Edge of America
    Edge of America

    Edge of America is the story of an African-American teacher who transfers to a rural American Indian reservation school in Utah and reluctantly agrees to coach the winless girls’ basketball team. Unfamiliar with American Indian culture, Kenny Williams, played by James McDaniel, is forced to learn about Native traditions in order to better motivate his team. His players, most of whom have never seen a black man, struggle with 21st century attitudes toward authority while trying to stay... read more

  • House

    Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the infectious disease specialist at the center of the eponymously titled House, is a television physician like no other. He’s tactless and unsociable—some would even say misanthropic. His rude bedside manner and boorish demeanor are a frequent source of subplot conflicts. He copes with a painful, chronic leg injury by self-medicating to excess with strong drugs. His saving grace is his diagnostic brilliance—he saves patients who would be lost without his expertise. With... read more

  • How Far Will the Army Go?
    How Far Will the Army Go?

    The KCNC-TV Investigation Team’s startling news story How Far Will the Army Go? began when David McSwane, a 17-year-old honor student and reporter for his high school paper, contacted them about his undercover reporting. McSwane, posing as a high school dropout and habitual marijuana smoker, met with a U.S. Army recruitment officer to discuss enlistment. Although his admitted drug use and dropout status required the recruiting officer to turn him away, he was instead given instructions on how... read more

  • NBC News: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
    NBC News: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

    When it was clear that a major hurricane was headed for New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region, NBC News committed major resources to reporting on the storm. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and a team of journalists headed to the region on August 27, 2005. As the storm blasted the city on August 29, Williams reported from inside the New Orleans Superdome, and with his crew captured the harrowing scenes of evacuees seeking shelter—as pieces... read more

  • POV: Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed
    POV: Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed

    In 1972, Shirley Chisholm, a junior congresswoman from New York City, became the first African-American and the first woman to toss her “bonnet,” as CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite cutely put it, into the ring and seek the presidency of the United States. Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed, produced by Phil Bertelsen and Shola Lynch, who also directed, is a vibrant recollection of Chisholm’s campaign, which, impossible dream though it was in its time, resonates powerfully today. In... read more

  • Radio Rookies Project
    Radio Rookies Project

    Radio Rookies is ingenious. In the short term, the six-year-old WNYC project generates illuminating feature article/essays by, for, and about teenagers, a radio audience rarely catered to by anyone but music programmers and advertisers. Long term, it may produce a multicultural new generation of audio journalists. New York City teens trained in WNYC workshops take home tape recorders and microphones with which to record interviews with family and friends, ambient sound, and their own ideas and thoughts. With... read more

  • Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights
    Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights

    In the summer of 2004, on a mission cosponsored by the AARP, the Leadership Council on Civil Rights, and the Library of Congress, a group of 70 journalists bussed around the United States collecting people’s personal remembrances of Jim Crow segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights presents a cross section of those interviews, documented by director Jeffrey Tuchman and cinematographer Andy Bowley. The film, executive produced by Tuchman and Susan Werbe... read more

  • South Park
    South Park

    No aspect of modern society is exempt from the scathing satirical campaigns mounted by the raucous children of South Park. Institutions, individuals, and ideologies—all are targets. So, too, is the series itself. Constantly doing battle with critics, with those whose values it challenges or lampoons, and with its own network, this cartoon for adults continues to push the boundaries of what is meant by “freedom of speech.” Censorship, the largest thorn in the side of creators/executive producers Trey... read more

  • The Queen of Trees
    The Queen of Trees

    The complexity and interdependence of the Earth at large is demonstrated in microcosm by this breathtaking nature film, executive produced by Alan Root and, for Nature and Thirteen/WNET, Fred Kaufman. The Queen of Trees profiles a single African tree, a sycamore fig, and its special relationship with its insect partner, the fig wasp, that is one-billionth its size. Using groundbreaking micro and macro photography, producer-director-cinematographers Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble (who also wrote the script read with restraint... read more

  • The Shield
    The Shield

    Few television police procedurals have matched the intensity of The Shield. Here characters push against legal, psychological, and moral boundaries so fluid and porous as to offer no guidelines, no clear perspective. Viewers are forced into sympathy for villains and disgust at those in authority. At the core of its “What price order?” quandaries is Vic Mackey, masterfully portrayed by Michael Chiklis. Mackey is a corrupt detective who strives to protect his family, his colleagues, and his city... read more

  • The Staircase
    The Staircase

    In The Staircase, director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade drills into events surrounding a controversial, high-profile murder case in Durham, North Carolina, from preliminary investigation to final verdict. Artfully photographed by Isabelle Razavet and enhanced with a distinctive score by Jocelyn Pook, it begins by taking viewers back to the night of December 9, 2001, when novelist Michael Peterson made a 911 call to report that his wife, Kathleen, a prominent corporate executive, was unconscious at the bottom of a... read more

  • The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music
    The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music

    In The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music, an eight-part CBC radio series, host Jowi Taylor observes that while the invention of the electric toaster didn’t really change toast, “Making music with electricity changed everything-the art, the social structure, and the economy of music. Think about what it did to guitars. Here’s this genteel kind of instrument and all of a sudden Chuck Berry is duck-walking across the stage with a Gibson ES 335.” Taylor, who displays... read more

  • This World: Bad Medicine
    This World: Bad Medicine

    Bad Medicine focuses on a growing international problem—counterfeit drugs—and one woman’s campaign to stop them. Dr. Dora Akunyili, head of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has fought to eradicate fake drugs in her own country. When she started in 2001, more than half of the drugs sold in the vast unregulated markets in Nigeria were fake or substandard. These drugs kill by stealth—by failing to cure, and by creating drug resistance in... read more

  • Viva Blackpool
    Viva Blackpool

    Part mystery-thriller, part splashy, karaoke-style musical, and part love story, Viva Blackpool takes a brazen chance with a fusion of television genres and succeeds brilliantly. Writer Peter Bowker’s vision is beautifully realized by directors Julie-Anne Robinson and Coky Giedroyc in this six part British miniseries. It tells the story of Ripley Holden (David Morrissey), his dream of turning the run-down seaside town of Blackpool into his own Las Vegas, and what happens to that dream when a dead... read more

  • What If Winter Never Comes? (Et si l`hiver ne venait plus?)
    What If Winter Never Comes? (Et si l`hiver ne venait plus?)

    Climate change is a subject with which broadcast journalists are increasingly attempting to grapple. They—and their audiences—often find its complexities challenging and difficult to comprehend. CBC/Radio-Canada vividly demonstrated how an apparently simple approach can achieve great resonance. What If Winter Never Comes? (Et si l’hiver ne venait plus?) took listeners to Canada’s own northern limits: the Arctic Circle. There, reporter Chantale Lavigne explored not just the physical changes to the flora and fauna of the region but the... read more

  • WLOX-TV: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
    WLOX-TV: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

    As Hurricane Katrina ripped the roof off the WLOX-TV newsroom, destroyed a wing of the station’s home, toppled one of its towers, disabled news bureaus in adjacent counties, and forced the staff to seek shelter in another section of the building, the broadcasts continued. For twelve days during the fiercest Katrina hours and into the aftermath, WLOX transmitted vital information to the South Mississippi region. The station supplied viewers with information regarding shelter, food and medicine by collaborating... read more

  • WWL: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
    WWL: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

    Before the 2005 hurricane season began, WWL-TV aired Eye on Hurricanes 2005. As one in a series of yearly specials planned to remind citizens of New Orleans of the dangers that could accompany a major hurricane in the region, the program emphasized a new evacuation procedure and explored the existing minimal plans developed to assist the elderly, the disabled, and those without vehicles to evacuate the city. Experience with previous storms had led WWL to relocate its transmitter... read more

  • Yesterday

    As the name of the central character as well as the film’s title, the familiar word Yesterday is filled with irony. For it is not the past, but each present day and each look toward tomorrow that informs this work. As we follow Yesterday through her daily routines, struggling to raise her daughter, Beauty, we recognize her great strength. Her dignity remains undiminished even when she discovers that she carries the HIV virus. Rather than focusing on the... read more