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  • 60 Minutes: “The Duke Rape Case”
    60 Minutes: “The Duke Rape Case”

    In one of his final 60 Minutes reports, correspondent Ed Bradley tackles the complex, racially charged case of three white Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer at a team party. Through exclusive interviews with the three players and with the other woman who danced at the party that night, Bradley and his producers unsnarl conflicting testimony and reveal botched police procedures and potentially unethical behavior by the district attorney of Durham, N.C. While... read more

  • ABC News/Brian Ross Investigates: Conduct Unbecoming
    ABC News/Brian Ross Investigates: Conduct Unbecoming

    When news organizations began to receive complaints from former Congressional pages about sexually inappropriate e-mails and instant messages sent to them by Rep. Mark Foley, reporters had difficulty authenticating them. Brian Ross and his investigative team at ABC News met the challenge, verifying the messages through traditional news-gathering means, then posting their documentation online at ABC News’ blog The Blotter. In the following 24 hours, Ross’ team received scores more messages, even more explicit, from other pages whom... read more

  • American Masters: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
    American Masters: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

    Whatever swirled about and around Andy Warhol—design, art, music, drugs, sex, film, fame, celebrity—was surely matched by whatever swirled within. This first major documentary on Warhol chronicles his life from the cliches of “humble beginnings” to the height of his role as one of the most famous artists of the late 20th Century. In the course of that account, we are presented with a host of influences and experiences. We hear from confidantes and companions. We listen to... read more

  • Baghdad ER
    Baghdad ER

    Baghdad ER, an unflinching look at the Iraq War from the perspective of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in the center of the besieged capital, is surely one of the most revealing documentaries ever to explore the human toll of war. Filmed over a two-month period during the summer of 2005 and presented without commentary or narration, the film puts human faces on the war’s cold casualty statistics. Doctors and nurses fight to save the lives of wounded... read more

  • Being a Black Man
    Being a Black Man

    The depth and breadth of this website illustrates the power of multimedia journalism. Building on 15 original articles prepared for the print edition of The Washington Post, the site added 12 video documentaries, many online discussion areas, and narrated photo galleries. Stories presented the lives and experiences of many black men—workers, performers, activists. The purpose of the project was to go beyond surface description, to provide the possibility of interactive responses and to extend the reach of the... read more

  • Beyond Borders: Personal Stories From a Small Planet
    Beyond Borders: Personal Stories From a Small Planet

    Young people are favorite targets of mass media, but rarely do they have the opportunity to create programming. Beyond Borders aims to remedy that imbalance. Adult mentors and media professionals at Listen Up! Youth Media Network train and assist youngsters, age 13-19, to write, shoot, edit and even animate short films that chronicle their experiences in challenging circumstances. The 2006 films include Diana Guevara’s powerful account of her rape by a gang-member neighbor in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and... read more

  • Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer
    Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer

    Uncommonly substantial for a sports documentary, Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer not only celebrates the tennis legend’s athletic achievements but also explores the social role she embraced as a champion for gender equality in sports and within society as a whole. HBO Sports combines rare footage, archival photos and revealing interviews with friends, family and fellow athletes to provide an in-depth look at King’s status as an international icon for women, whether she was demanding equal... read more

  • Braindamadj’d…Take II
    Braindamadj’d…Take II

    Left for dead after an automobile accident in Egypt, Paul Nadler, a relentlessly energetic and hugely creative music video director, fought to overcome a dire prognosis. Doctors believed he had no more than a five percent chance of surviving his traumatic brain injury and that, if he did, he would never see, walk or talk again. Nadler not only defied these predictions, he has presented the world with a wildly inventive film about his experience. Braindamadj’d…Take II traces... read more

  • Brotherhood

    Brothers Tommy and Michael Chafeestand at the center of Brotherhood, yet their conflicted bond is but one kind of tie is this rich drama. Layers of connection, tangles of commitment, thick knots of dark obligation run through the communities and clusters of politics, crime, romance and most significantly, of family. Tommy, who longs to provide for his family and his community in a time of change, has successfully threaded his way into political power. Michael, criminal to the... read more

  • Command Mistake
    Command Mistake

    IED, a military acronym for Improvised Explosive Device, sadly has entered the American vernacular during the war in Iraq. Many soldiers have suffered fatal or debilitating injuries from such weapons. WISH-TV’s Command Mistake examines the continuing difficulties faced by one such Indiana veteran. But the station’s reports also searched for ways to help prevent these injuries from occurring. Through dogged research, the Command Mistake team discovered startling evidence suggesting that a high school football helmet is usually better... read more

  • Crossing Borders
    Crossing Borders

    This vivid and poignant audio mural, broadcast by KUNM-FM and more than 230 other public-radio stations, goes far in explaining why Mexicans by the thousands continue to attempt to enter the United States illegally and what their journeys can entail. Crossing Borders combines ambient recordings of festivals and masses in Mexico, snippets of border radio programs and readings by Luis Alberto Urrea from his harrowing book, The Devil’s Highway. It presents interviews with anxious, border-bound immigrants, weary agents... read more

  • Crossing East: Our History, Our Stories, Our America
    Crossing East: Our History, Our Stories, Our America

    Sweeping in scope, rich in anecdote, Crossing East is the first major radio series about pan-Asian immigration to the United States—or, rather, what became the U.S. In the mid-1700s, we learn, Filipino seaman known as “Manilamen” jumped ship from Spanish galleons and started a settlement in Louisiana. Such details were made possible by executive producer Dmae Roberts’ enlistment of noted Asian-American scholars and creation of an oral-history project for which nearly 1,000 people were interviewed. The milestone series’... read more

  • Dateline NBC: The Education of Ms. Groves
    Dateline NBC: The Education of Ms. Groves

    The troubling plight of urban schools is well documented, but rarely are the root causes behind the failures explored. The Education of Ms. Groves provides an enlightening window on this world through the story of an idealistic Teach For America volunteer who was plucked from her upper middle-class background in Lansing, Michigan and her studies at the University of Virginia and transplanted to a tough middle school in Atlanta, Ga. Certain that she will love and inspire her... read more

  • Defective Parts on Black Hawk Helicopters
    Defective Parts on Black Hawk Helicopters

    Sikorksy Aircraft Corp.‘s Black Hawk is the U.S. Army’s primary utility helicopter. Variants are used by the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Thus there is no question of the national importance of WTNH’s Team 8 unit’s investigation of rumors of quality-control problems at the Sikorsky plant in nearby Stratford, Conn. WTNH’s three-year pursuit of the story never stalled, even though Sikorsky is among the region’s largest employers. Their efforts entailed securing internal corporate documents, interviewing production employees... read more

  • Elizabeth I
    Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I focuses on the latter years of the great English ruler’s reign, particularly on her volatile relationships with two men she loved, the Earl of Leicester and the Earl of Essex. The movie is sumptuous, beautifully lit and photographed, filled with dialogue at once stately and colloquial, and peopled with a cast of actors who seem to the Shakespearean manner born. Among them, Helen Mirren, as Elizabeth, rules this film. Whether impulsively ordering her palatial quarters stripped... read more

  • For My Country? Latinos in the Military
    For My Country? Latinos in the Military

    The question posed in the title of this important report has no easy answer. Young Latinos are disproportionately represented in the military when compared with population statistics, and it is clear, on the one hand, that they are often targeted by military recruiters as they complete secondary schooling. Yet it is also the case that many Latino military personnel stand proudly by their decisions to enter the branches of the United States services. One central figure in the... read more

  • four docs
    four docs

    four docs is exemplary of the development of the World Wide Web as integrated, multimedia, multi-purpose communication. It is a distribution system for producers of documentary video: anyone who has complied with legal and technical guidelines can upload a documentary between three and five minutes in length. It is a school for training those producers, providing available online assistance as well as prepared instruction materials. It is an archive of outstanding documentaries. It is a repository of interviews... read more

  • Friday Night Lights
    Friday Night Lights

    Set in fictional Dillon, Texas, the core subject of Friday Night Lights is, to some degree, familiar to almost everyone in the United States. High school football—American style—is filled with the exuberance of youth, the ecstasy of victory, the embarrassment of loss, the battle for recognition, the obsessive memories of old men and the frustration of those who just do not understand. Friday Night Lights, the series, captures all these emotions associated with the game. But it is... read more

  • Galapagos: Born of Fire
    Galapagos: Born of Fire

    Formed in a geological ‘hot spot’ 600 miles off the west coast of South America, the Galapagos Islands range from barren volcanic rocks to lush tropical refuges. Famed as the site of Darwin’s early explorations, they are home to some of the most unusual creatures on Earth, from giant tortoises to cliff-diving marine iguanas. The animals, their habitats and their behaviors are presented in spectacular film footage providing perspectives of land, sea and air impossible to capture in... read more

  • Gideon’s Daughter
    Gideon’s Daughter

    Gideon’s Daughter is a delicate and intriguing character drama that unfolds against the backdrop of Princess Diana’s 1997 car-crash death and the planning of Great Britain’s millennial celebration. The film poignantly explores the strained relationship between a London public-relations strategist, Gideon Warner, and the daughter for whom his high-powered career has left little time. Meanwhile, the PR guru is finding himself smitten with an eccentric, unpretentious woman who clerks in a convenience store and has regrets of her... read more

  • Good Eats
    Good Eats

    Alton Brown knows his foodstuffs, but so what? Dozens of tele-victual specialists know how to make a perfect barnaise or tell if a cantaloupe is ripe. What sets Brown and his Good Eats gang apart is how much they know and include in their half-hour programs about history, anthropology, math, chemistry, physics and popular culture. In an installment of Good Eats, a viewer is almost as likely to hear or see a reference to Batman or Werner Von... read more

  • Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools
    Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools

    Responding to a tip about a 14-year-old special-needs student abandoned by the East St. Louis School District, KMOV-TV’s investigative team uncovered shocking evidence of corruption and incompetence in District 189. In 21 special reports broadcast over seven months, KMOV revealed that the district violated state and federal laws. Adequate special education services were not provided for students. Taxpayer dollars were squandered on excessive training expenses. And despite repeated requests, the appropriate special education faculty were not hired. Instead,... read more

  • Mental Anguish and the Military
    Mental Anguish and the Military

    Mental Anguish and the Military, presented on NPR’s All Things Considered, is a reality check on how well the U.S. Army is living up to its obligations to help treat Iraq War veterans—20 to 25 percent by its own assessment—exhibiting symptoms of serious mental health problems. Succinct and stunning, the 22-minute investigative report found that at Ft. Carson, Colo., soldiers who seek therapy for post-Iraq nightmares, depression and suicidal urges are in fact harassed, ostracized, even forced out... read more

  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America
    Out of Control: AIDS in Black America

    Although African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 50 percent of all new cases of HIV infection. They are eight times more likely to contract HIV than whites. That rate increases to become 23 times more likely when women alone are considered. These epidemic conditions went largely ignored by major media until the shocking prime-time report Out of Control: AIDS in Black America. Augmenting the late Peter Jennings’ last original reporting, Terry... read more

  • Prescription Privacy/Cause for Alarm
    Prescription Privacy/Cause for Alarm

    Excellent local broadcast news has been recognized by the Peabody Awards since their inception. This year, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis maintains that tradition with a pair of enterprising investigations that led to calls for action not only in its local market but also nationwide. Prescription Privacy began after an elderly woman was robbed of her pain pills by a drug addict who had found her personal health records in the trash behind her pharmacy. Reporter Bob Segall began a... read more

  • Scrubs

    Scrubs is so lively, so supercharged with quirky characterizations, imaginative editing, sight gags, musical asides and visualized daydreams, that it often seems more like a human “Loony Tunes” than a sitcom. Six seasons into its run, Bill Lawrence’s hellzapoppin’ hospital comedy’s creative pulse is as vital as ever. This was evidenced particularly by “My Way Home,” a sly, circuitous homage to The Wizard of Oz in which two of Sacred Heart Hospital’s young doctors doubt their brains and... read more

  • StoryCorps

    In a soundproof booth one person speaks, one listens. One may be a wife, the other a husband, one a grandparent, the other a grandchild. The teller of the story may describe the past, consider a problem, face a future. The storyteller and the listener come from all walks of life, but they should never be described as “ordinary.” They are like the rest of us, each special in some way, each with a story to tell, or... read more

  • The Boondocks: The Return of the King
    The Boondocks: The Return of the King

    Like the Aaron McGruder comic strip on which it’s based, the animated series The Boondocks throws edgy, irreverent comment at some of the thorniest issues of our time. Race relations, racial identity, juvenile delinquency—there are no sacred topics here. In this especially bold and imaginative episode, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wakes from a 32-year “coma” only to be both disturbed and disappointed with the current state of social affairs. After an interview in which he reiterates his... read more

  • The Music in Me
    The Music in Me

    From the Latin rhythms of a 10-year-old jazz flutist to an 11-year-old classical cellist’s artistic interpretation of Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” to folk music performed by a seven-year-old zydeco accordionist, The Music in Me allows audiences to experience young musicians fully at home in their elements. A charming mix of home-video clips and professionally recorded performances captures the range of musical styles found in children’s lives today. The six artfully produced vignettes follow youngsters preparing and presenting their musical... read more

  • The Office
    The Office

    Creating an original hit comedy series is always difficult. Successfully adapting an existing hit to a different nationality may be harder still. Yet that has been achieved with this version of The Office. Based on the Peabody-winning BBC series of the same name, The Office has been masterfully retooled for American sensibilities, bringing a distinctly stateside feel to the hum of the fluorescent lights and drone of the copy machine at Dunder-Mifflin paper supply in Scranton, Penn. Skilled... read more

  • The Three Amigos HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme
    The Three Amigos HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme

    They look a little like Smurfs or some of SpongeBob Squarepants’ undersea buddies, but the brightly colored cartoon characters Shaft, Stretch and Dick are actually condoms. In the past year, they became international stars thanks to The Three Amigos, a boldly inventive series of public-service announcements that uses hip language and humor to set up pointed reminders that condoms are tremendously important in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. At a casino, for example, the Amigos play roulette and... read more

  • This American Life: “Habeas Schmabeas”
    This American Life: “Habeas Schmabeas”

    Have you heard the one about the Pakistani brothers who printed a mock wanted poster in their satirical magazine, sort of a Pashtu edition of The Onion, and wound up terrorist suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo for three years? It’s not a joke. Their Kafka-esque experience provided This American Life with a darkly comic point of entry into an examination of the legal right of habeas corpus. This installment of the creatively curious series, heard on some 500 public-radio... read more

  • Ugly Betty
    Ugly Betty

    An internationally popular telenovela made over for the American audience, Ugly Betty defies categorization. It’s a soap opera, a mystery, a screwball comedy, a fairy tale, a devilish satire of New York’s high-fashion industry. It’s a shrewd examination of clashing notions of beauty, class, ethnicity, sexual identity and color-coordination. Heroine Betty Suarez, from a working-class family in Queens, isn’t actually ugly. She’s just fuller figured than the twig-lets who strut through Mode magazine’s ultra-trendy offices, and her orthodontic... read more

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    Stunning images and candid interviews speak for themselves in When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, an uncompromising analysis of the events that precede and follow Hurricane Katrina’s assault on New Orleans. Director Spike Lee tells the story with an unparalleled diversity of voices and sources, from mothers who lost children, to federal, state and local officials, to residents of the infamous FEMA trailers. His documentary’s comprehensive coverage indicts the government’s colossal failures in engineering, in... read more

  • Why We Fight
    Why We Fight

    Masterful as filmmaking, challenging as connect-the-dots reportage, Why We Fight links President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous caution about the dangers of a burgeoning “military-industrial complex” to five decades of American interventions abroad, including the war in Iraq. In writer-director Eugene Jarecki’s analysis, America so often fights rather than negotiates largely because of deep investments in armaments businesses—businesses as dependent on growth as GM or Google. Pork-barrel projects provide good-paying jobs in virtually every state and weaken barriers between... read more