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  • 60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity
    60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity

    Nominee The devastation of chemical warfare is at the forefront of this Scott Pelley report on the August 21, 2013 sarin gas attacks that killed 1,429 civilians, including 426 children in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria.... read more

  • 60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America
    60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America

    Nominee Two-part series examining the death penalty in America exposes flaws in the legal system that led to innocent people being on death row, and delves into the shady world behind the banned drugs used to carry out the death penalty.... read more

  • 911: Lost on the Line
    911: Lost on the Line

    In January 2015, a suburban Atlanta woman died from injuries suffered when her SUV skidded into a pond. She talked to a 911 operator as her vehicle sank. She might have survived if rescuers hadn’t had such difficulty finding her. Puzzled by the delay, WXIA’s Brendan Keefe investigated why one of the nation’s best 911 centers couldn’t pinpoint the accident location. He found that it’s actually a common experience for 911 dispatchers and that the underlying problem has to do with the logistics of cell-phone service. The Federal Communications Commission acknowledged to Keefe that it’s woefully behind in its campaign... read more

  • Abdi and the Golden Ticket
    Abdi and the Golden Ticket

    Nominee Reporter Leo Hornak follows Abdi Nor, a Somali refuge living in Nairobi, Kenya, in his dire attempts to become an American through the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery.... read more

  • All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore
    All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore

    Nominee Months after Freddy Gray’s death in police custody, this report takes a deeper look into the root causes and long history of racial tension in the city.... read more

  • American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam
    American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam

    Nominee During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon, heroic Americans take matters into their own hands to save lives.... read more

  • American Experience: Walt Disney
    American Experience: Walt Disney

    Nominee An unprecedented look at the man who created a world and built an empire around stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance, while questioning the conventions of class and authority.... read more

  • Beasts of No Nation
    Beasts of No Nation

    A young boy named Agu is ripped from his village in an unnamed West African country and forced to serve in a guerrilla army, living in constant fear, at once repulsed by the horrible things he is asked to do and fascinated with the new responsibilities he is forced to bear. Idris Elba gives a memorable performance as the Commandant, who mentors and brutalizes the young men whose lives he controls. Adapted from a 2005 novel by the Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation was written, shot and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Fukunaga’s vision is unflinching, focusing... read more

  • black-ish
    black-ish

    black-ish sits comfortably within several American TV traditions: It’s a traditional family comedy with parents who love each other deeply, despite their occasional bickering; it’s a warm, aspirational sitcom about a well-to-do family, the Johnsons, living the suburban dream; and it’s sometimes a workplace comedy full of odd characters, rapid-fire banter and goofy moments. It’s an entertaining and briskly paced comedy, but what sets black-ish apart is its determination to spend time in some uncomfortable places as well. It asks whether an upper-middle-class dad has an obligation to keep his kids connected to the working-class world he came from, and... read more

  • Book of Negroes
    Book of Negroes

    Nominee The epic story of Aminata Diallo, a young girl abducted from her West African village, and her decades-long journey from enslavement to freedom.... read more

  • Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times
    Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times

    Important journalism often begins with a simple “Why?” Justin Antoniotti, news director at Pittsburgh’s WTAE, wondered why the station’s news crews often got to Western Pennsylvania house fires about the same time as the firefighters, presumably the first responders. Assigned to investigate, reporter Paul Van Osdol discovered, for starters, that response times were hard to come by, owing in part to antiquated record keeping. Once he got the records - through 911 centers, not the state’s multitude of mostly volunteer fire departments, most of which were uncooperative with Van Osdol - he learned that fire response times varied wildly, from... read more

  • Catastrophe
    Catastrophe

    Nominee A heartwarming comedy set in London about an Irish woman and American man who struggle to begin a relationship after a short fling during an overseas business trip leads to an accidental pregnancy. ... read more

  • CNN’s Coverage of Guns in America
    CNN’s Coverage of Guns in America

    Nominee A series of reports on survivors of gun violence and their fight against the NRA, a foiled school massacre plot, and the business of guns, culminating in a town hall with President Barack Obama.... read more

  • Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis
    Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis

    Nominee Working off a tip, reporters investigated abuse and deplorable conditions in Texas prisons—including higher rates of death among inmates with asthma—that amounted to potential constitutional violations.... read more

  • Desperate Journey
    Desperate Journey

    From June 2015, when the United Nations reported that the number of refugees and displaced persons globally had surpassed 50 million for the first time since World War II, through the end of the year, PBS NewsHour was the most impressive U.S. source of news and analysis about the crisis. Beginning with stunning images of Afghan and Syrian refugees arriving at the Greek island of Lesbos on crowded rubber rafts, NewsHour presented a stream of powerful reports under the banner Desperate Journey. The seasoned news instincts of special correspondent Malcolm Brabant, a former BBC bureau chief, kept him alert... read more

  • Deutschland 83
    Deutschland 83

    Though the cold war belonged primarily to the U.S. and USSR, its impact was felt most directly in the countries physically split by the passions of the superpowers. Deutschland 83 vividly re-creates a divided Germany of the 1980s. tracking an east German undercover agent recruited by the Stasi to spy on the west German military, the program shows what happens to people on different sides of the border when they share the prospect of nuclear disaster. Combining the story of a young man coming of age in a community not his own with the thrill of Cold War espionage,... read more

  • Divided by Law
    Divided by Law

    Nominee A special report on four U.S.-born children whose mother was banned from the country for 10 years tells how the kids support one another and help their elderly, ailing father.... read more

  • Do Not Track
    Do Not Track

    Remember the old saying about “free lunch,” that there’s no such thing? It applies to the internet as well. As Brett Gaylor says on Do Not Track, “if you’re getting great news or funny videos for free, odds are someone is paying for information about you.” Do Not Track is an online documentary series that he conceived and produced about internet privacy and the web economy. With pithy, playful videos and interactive elements, Gaylor seeks to educate us about who may be monitoring us online and how much private information professionals, called “trackers,” can glean and extrapolate from even our... read more

  • European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/The Year of Migration
    European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/The Year of Migration

    The biggest news story in the summer of 2015 was the unprecedented flow of refugees from Syria, Libya and elsewhere, throngs of displaced persons attempting to enter European Union countries by land and by sea. Conveying the scale, the chaos, the political implications and the human tragedies of this rapidly moving crisis was an enormous task to which the BBC’s news operations rose impressively. Reporting across its worldwide range of television and radio platforms, the BBC brought us the key moments from the flashpoint places, the moving individual stories which illuminated the wider issue, and the vital wider context to... read more

  • Fargo
    Fargo

    Nominee The second season of the midwestern “true crime” drama follows a young State Trooper as he investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major Mob syndicate, and a small-town beautician.... read more

  • Fresh Off The Boat
    Fresh Off The Boat

    Nominee A classic immigrant story set in the mid-1990s, told through the eyes of a first-generation Asian-American kid after his family relocates to suburban Florida in pursuit of the American dream.... read more

  • Gardeners of Eden
    Gardeners of Eden

    Nominee Actress Kristin Davis takes viewers on a gripping journey to Africa to reveal the devastating impact ivory poaching has on elephants and how Kenya’s David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is trying to turn the tide.... read more

  • Get Real: Heart of the Haze
    Get Real: Heart of the Haze

    Nominee An investigative report on forest fires in Indonesia that combined with record levels of pollution created a toxic health risk for people in an area with limited resources.... read more

  • Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
    Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me

    Nominee A documentary highlighting the musical talent and legacy of Glen Campbell during his “Goodbye Tour” also raises awareness through its honest retelling of his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.... read more

  • Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief
    Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief

    Lawrence Wright, on whose book Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary is based, says on camera that he did not set out to do an exposé, just to understand the cult-like religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard. Like the book, the film demonstrates that in this case understanding is exposé. Numerous former church officials and disenchanted, embarrassed ex-adherents, including screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash), deliver corrosive testimonials about corruption and abusive tactics used to control men and women who have given over their minds and money in the pursuit of Scientology’s promises to make them happier, more successful and “clear” of trauma from... read more

  • Gravity Falls
    Gravity Falls

    
Nominee Twelve-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines spend summer vacation with their Great Uncle Stan Pines, unraveling local mysteries in the fictitious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.... read more

  • Growing Up Trans
    Growing Up Trans

    Nominee An intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new frontier for transgender children, exploring the medical possibilities, struggles, and choices they and their families face today. ... read more

  • How to Dance in Ohio
    How to Dance in Ohio

    Autism is one of America’s fastest-growing developmental disorders, affecting one in 68 children. How to Dance in Ohio is a window on that world, an intimate portrait of what living with autism is like. Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva found a metaphor and a microcosm in Columbus, Ohio, where Amigo Family Counseling was staging a spring formal for its high-functioning autistic clients. The dance is both reward and life-skills exercise. “For many of them, there’s like a giant wall between them and everybody else,” says Dr. Emilio Amigo. “And the simple task of learning how to say hello, make eye contact, be... read more

  • Independent Lens: 1971
    Independent Lens: 1971

    Nominee The story behind ordinary citizens who risked everything to uncover FBI abuse in 1971 explores the line between law enforcement and spying, accountability and abuse, and the role investigative journalism plays in democracy. ... read more

  • Independent Lens: India’s Daughter
    Independent Lens: India’s Daughter

    Essential viewing, though painful at times to watch, India’s Daughter chronicles the internationally infamous gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, in Delhi in 2012, and the protest movement it inspired. Leslee Udwin’s documentary confronts head-on the hideous misogyny ingrained, almost enshrined, in India’s culture. To see Jyoti’s parents, bereft and angry, speaking tearfully about their beloved daughter, her dreams and her violent death, is heart-breaking. To see her rapist-killers not only excuse their crime by invoking ancient notions of women’s subservient place in society but also to justify the attack - “a girl is far... read more

  • Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
    Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    Nominee A documentary exploring the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present, through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.... read more

  • Individual Award: David Letterman
    Individual Award: David Letterman

    David Letterman entered our late-night lives like a ghost of television’s past and its future, reviving the anar-chic, anything-goes antics of pioneers like Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs but also pushing the parameters with a postmodern sense of irony. On Late Night with David Letterman, post-Tonight on NBC, he was a one-man fringe festival, a daffy dadaist who found hilarious new uses for Velcro, watermelons and monkeys. He dismissed the obsequious veneer of showbiz chitchat and made celebrities work for their promotional plugs, expecting them to play at his comedic level or be left twisting in the wind. His... read more

  • Individual Award: Stanley Nelson
    Individual Award: Stanley Nelson

    Stanley Nelson has directed a trio of Peabody-winning documentaries that have become landmarks in documentary filmmaking and have deepened our understanding of the Civil Rights struggle: The Murder of Emmett Till, Freedom Summer and Freedom Riders. For this deeply influential and revealing body of work on a wide range of social justice issues, he was the recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal, presented to him by President Barack Obama, and a MacArthur “Genius” grant. Eight of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and he has won every major award in broadcasting. The focus of his... read more

  • Inheritance
    Inheritance

    Nominee An interactive and emotional journey with filmmaker Ken Dornstein, whose brother David died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in his search for closure and justice. ... read more

  • Injured Heroes, Broken Promises
    Injured Heroes, Broken Promises

    Nominee A yearlong investigation uncovered hundreds of complaints from active duty U.S. Army soldiers describing mistreatment, harassment, and verbal abuse from commanders of Army Warrior Transition Units or “WTUs,” which are supposed to care for the ill and injured.... read more

  • Institutional Award: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    Institutional Award: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    From That Was The Week That Was to Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update and HBO’s Not Necessarily the News, television has long found humor and absurdity in news and current events. But Comedy Central’s The Daily Show – once comedian Jon Stewart became its host/anchor in 1999 – was a different animal, an evolutionary leap. In an era of politicized, echo-chamber news channels and traditional-journalism timidity, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart didn’t simply mine the day’s news for jokes. It spoke truth to power and wither-ing sarcasm to hypocrisy, taking on the news media as well as the news... read more

  • Invisibilia
    Invisibilia

    Nominee A podcast and radio show that explores complex ideas about human behavior through character-driven documentary stories that offer listeners new ways of looking at the world and understanding themselves.... read more

  • ISIS in Afghanistan
    ISIS in Afghanistan

    At great personal risk, veteran afghani journalist Najibullah Quraishi, a FRONTLINE correspondent, and his producing team drove deep into ISIS-held territory in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 to document its growing power and appeal. Many of the ISIS fighters defected from the Taliban and Al Qaeda. One ISIS leader says the reason is that the Taliban “are puppets of Pakistan (while) ISIS answers only to God.” But Quraishi also reports that ISIS “pays better,” about $700 a month, which is serious money in such a poor country. In another part of Afghanistan, he inter-views masked teenagers who have pledged them-selves to... read more

  • Katie Morag
    Katie Morag

    Adapted for television from Mairi Hedderwick’s series of books, Katie Morag ferries viewers to the fictional Scottish isle of Struay to follow the adventures of the delightful red-haired Katie Morag McColl and her fellow islanders. Cherry Campbell shines as Katie, full of energy, good will, courage, pluck, humor, curiosity and wisdom, while Annie Louise Ross becomes television’s best grandmother to don overalls and a pair of Wellington boots. A small cast of additional characters helps further the sense of a somewhat magical land that balances quite beautifully a sense of realism with the comfort of a world that exists for... read more

  • Listen to Me Marlon
    Listen to Me Marlon

    The late actor Marlon Brando not only left a legacy of iconic film performances, from Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront to Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, but also hundreds of self-recorded audiotapes - personal musings on everything from his Nebraska childhood to his acting technique to his affinity for underdog causes - and a hologram-like rendering of his head, a computer-generated bust. The latter wasn’t some kooky quirk but part of a 1980s experiment in digital preservation of actors. The grand brainstorm of Stevan Riley, director of Listen to Me Marlon, was to animate the hologram, sync the... read more

  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones
    Marvel’s Jessica Jones

    In 2015, superheroes were everywhere in American media - with both DC and Marvel extending their franchises through epic feature films and long-form tv series. Many of these projects enjoyed commercial success but not critical acclaim, which is one of many reasons why Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a story that matters. Show-runner Melissa Rosenberg took a subplot from the original comics series about Kilgrave, a character who uses his mental abilities to bend others to his will, and turns it into a season-long exploration of how a powerful woman can reclaim her life and stand up against her abuser. David... read more

  • Master of None
    Master of None

    It could have been just another TV comedy about a 30-something guy and his buddies in Manhattan. But actor-comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) instead turned his Netflix series Master of None into a treatise on life as a millennial-age child of immigrants in New York, disguising its incisive vision with snappy patter and pop-culture savvy. Ansari cast himself as Dev Shah, who’s 30, still figuring out what to do with his life, and presently pursuing an acting career. One minute, the show pokes fun at Americanized kids oblivious to the struggles their parents endured to reach the United States,... read more

  • Meet the Composer
    Meet the Composer

    The Meet the Composer podcasts celebrate, annotate and explore the music of contemporary composers infrequently heard even on public radio’s classical outlets, which tend to be devoutly traditional. Host Nadia Sirota, herself an acclaimed violinist, in each program takes listeners into the mind and process of someone who is creating complicated, challenging music, some of it fiercely dissonant, some of it breathtakingly beautiful. Sirota gleans not only insights about her guests’ music but also about their personal history, beliefs and influences. Ingram Marshall, billed as “a Connecticut hippie in California,” alludes to Indonesian gamelan music and Early American sacred harp... read more

  • MR. ROBOT
    MR. ROBOT

    Even now, with high-quality dramatic series superabundant, everyday real-world problems mostly go untouched thematically. MR. ROBOT is a huge exception. It’s ready to rumble with most every hot-button issue we have going: surveillance, privacy, computer hacking, corporate control and greed, drug abuse, mental illness, class resentment, wealth disparity, debt - yes, debt, both student and government. All this, plus the more familiar elements of murder, mayhem and sex. Rami Malek is mesmerizing as Elliot, a hyper-idealistic, socially inept cyber-security whiz whose world-saving inclinations get him enmeshed in a cyber-terrorism conspiracy led by a mysterious hacker (Christian Slater) who wears a... read more

  • Night Will Fall
    Night Will Fall

    When images of the Nazi concentration camps flooded collective consciousness in 1945, few expected that other images were being prevented from public display. Night Will Fall tells the fascinating story of that documentation, largely unseen until now. drawn from a 1945 documentary by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein that was shelved for political reasons and resuscitated nearly 70 years later by the Imperial War Museum, Night Will Fall deftly weaves two stories into one documentary tale - one about the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps, the other about the changing policies of postwar reconstruction that pulled atrocity images into... read more

  • POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
    POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

    Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) illuminates the plight of and the debate over the more than 11 million undocumented people in America today by focusing intently on one: 24-year-old Angy Rivera. She’s lived in this country since her mother, fleeing violence and hopeless poverty in Colombia, brought her at the age of four to New York. Unlike her siblings who were born here, Angy is not a citizen, and she has been coached since she first learned to talk to remain silent, to tell no one, lest she be found out, arrested and deported. But Angy, as... read more

  • Precious Lives
    Precious Lives

    Nominee A partnership of local media outlets address the causes and consequences of gun violence on Milwaukee’s youth in a series of multiplatform stories about personal loss, community outcry, and the failures of political and civic leaders. ... read more

  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields

    Once again expanding the boundaries of sports reporting, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel sent a news team to Africa to report on the decimation of the continent’s elephant population. The sport connection is trophy hunting. Big-game hunters and groups like the NRA are suing the U.S. government to repeal its ban on Americans bringing elephant trophies home, thus stifling interest in an activity that they contend brings African countries much-needed money for preservation efforts. The graphic hunting footage Real Sports obtained is sickening. Yet one American interviewed in his overstuffed trophy room by correspondent David Scott waxes ecstatic about the... read more

  • Secret Mustard Gas Experiments
    Secret Mustard Gas Experiments

    It’s not news that the United States military tested mustard gas on American troops during World War II. Information about the secret experiments was declassified in the 1990s. What wasn’t understood until NPR’s investigation team dug deeper and tracked down survivors is that in some variations, soldiers were segregated by race to look for possible advantages that could be exploited on the battlefield. African-Americans were exposed because it was theorized their darker skin might prove more resistant and frontline-worthy if the Axis powers resorted to mustard gas. Japanese-American soldiers were commandeered as proxies for the Pacific Theater enemy. It’s shocking... read more

  • The Case for School Desegregation Today
    The Case for School Desegregation Today

    This American Life tapped reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, now at the New York Times, to help tell three radio stories that make an important point: School desegregation, however unpopular politically, can significantly cut the gap in achievement between white students and children of color. but as each of the three episodes details the pain and struggle such efforts bring, listeners learn why communities often avoid the practice. one report reveals how an unintended legal loophole enabled black students from a school district in Ferguson, Missouri, to transfer to white schools, with improved test scores the result. the second report considers what... read more