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We the People 2.0

This is a documentary which highlights the struggle between communities and corporations in a battle for local rights. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people, who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling, and mines in their communities. We learn with these citizens how powerless they feel, even in "the best democracy in the world".
2019; 2016

Liberals Hold the Moral High Ground: A Debate

Do conservative or liberal philosophies lead to more just outcomes? Opposing definitions of morality have long fueled debate over America’s policy goals and national identity. For conservatives, morality is often grounded in ideals such as patriotism, including a respect for order and authority; fairness and liberty in the sense that an individual’s actions yield just rewards, or consequences; and reverence for the sanctity of religious and ethical traditions. For liberals, morality is often grounded in ideals such as compassion and caring for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the marginalized; on fairness in the sense of redressing both historic wrongs and current inequalities of outcome; and on generosity extending beyond the bounds of nations or cultures. In today’s divisive politi [...]
2018; 2017


It has been more than 50 years since the first stone of the Berlin Wall was laid in 1961—later to be torn down—but today the world is still inexorably crossed by walls, both visible and invisible. Walls that divide and exacerbate differences, walls that feed ethnic and religious hatred, walls that raise barriers between races and skin colors...walls that create conflicts all over the world. But in this painful yet hopeful story of dialogue amidst conflict, it is important to increase awareness that, perhaps, the walls within us are the most difficult to break down. The documentary Walls, shot mainly around the border between Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, shows the border that divides the United States from Mexico. Along the almost 2,000-mile border between th [...]
2018; 2012

TEDTalks: Anthony D. Romero—This Is What Democracy Looks Like

In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place—a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti. What could a 700-year-old painting possibly teach us about life today? Turns out, a lot. Romero explains all in a talk that's as striking as the painting itself.
2018; 2017

TEDTalks: Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks—Political Common Ground in a Polarized United States

How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today—and where we can find common ground. Followed by a rousing performance of America the Beautiful by Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem.
2018; 2017

TEDTalks: Laura Galante—How (and Why) Russia Hacked the U.S. Election

Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.
2018; 2017

God in Government

A documentary exploring the complex relationship between religion and politics in the contemporary world. With the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel, and India as object lessons, the film asks fundamental questions: What are the consequences when religion and politics become intertwined? What are the fault lines along which tensions and conflicts occur? What is the appropriate relationship between "church" and state in a modern society?
2018; 2004

Columbus in America

This film explores how the man who first brutalized indigenous people in the New World became a hero, and questions his place in American culture. With instant access to information, students today are challenging traditional representations of Christopher Columbus, bringing issues of imperialism, colonialism, racism, greed, religion, and human rights into sharp focus.
2018; 2017

Guantanamo Diary

This film is an animated documentary about Mohamedou Ould Slahi's declassified memoir, Guantánamo Diary, and its extraordinary eight-year journey from inside the U.S. detention facility to worldwide publication. Mohamedou's brother, attorney, and book editor shed light on how the book was released, with extracts read by Dominic West.
2018; 2015

Death in Camp Delta

On June 9th, 2006, three detainees died inside the Guantanamo detention camp. The prison authorities said that the detainees had taken their own lives. The parents of the prisoners said that their sons were killed. Death in Camp Delta is the story of one of the deceased, Yasser Al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia. He was only 17 years old when he came to Guantanamo in 2002. His father has filed a case against Donald Rumsfeld, stating that his son was tortured, then killed and returned to him in a box, in pieces. The Norwegian filmmaker, Erling Borgen, a professor of investigative documentary filmmaking who has produced 44 documentaries, has been to seven countries and worked for three years preparing Death in Camp Delta. He interviews released Guantanamo prisoners as well as lawyers represe [...]
2018; 2011

Western Democracy Is Threatening Suicide: A Debate

Is Western democracy in trouble? Some argue that authoritarian movements in Poland, Hungary, and other European countries, as well as recent elections in the United States and United Kingdom, signal a threat to democratic values and liberal institutions. Others argue that these populist- and nationalist-fueled developments are simply a healthy and regenerative reaction to economic policies that have ignored and marginalized vast numbers of voters. Will long-established democratic governments remain stable amid the rise of xenophobia, fear, and fractured political parties, or might autocratic models of government find increasing appeal? Is Western democracy threatening suicide?
2018; 2017

John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Produced and directed by six-time Emmy® winner Peter Kunhardt, along with Emmy® winners George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is a biographical profile of one of the most influential forces in modern American politics, Arizona Senator John McCain. The son and grandson of two Navy admirals, McCain is a former Navy pilot who was shot down in Vietnam and spent over five years in a POW camp, returning to forge a career as one of our country’s most passionate and formidable members of Congress. Now 81, the six-term Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate sat down for interviews for this film just a few weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and provided unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, [...]

TEDTalks: Duarte Geraldino—What We're Missing in the Debate About Immigration

Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind? Journalist Duarte Geraldino picks up the story of deportation where the state leaves off. Learn more about the wider impact of forced removal as Geraldino explains how the sudden absence of a mother, a local business owner or a high school student ripples outward and wreaks havoc on the relationships that hold our communities together.
2018; 2017

The Final Year

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Greg Barker (HBO’s Manhunt), this fascinating feature documentary offers viewers a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign-policy team during its last year in office. Featuring unprecedented “fly-on-the-wall” access inside the White House and State Department, the film offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as it prepares to leave power after eight years. The film revolves around top members of Obama's foreign policy team: Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rice and President Obama himself. The Final Year follows each of these personalities as they travel the world over t [...]

Truth and Lies: Watergate

A scandal surrounding the highest office in the United States shook the nation and ultimately led to the resignation of a president. This video shows exclusive interviews, photos, and footage related to the Nixon Watergate scandal.

What Would Teddy Do?

Throughout the 2016 American Presidential election, controversy, pessimism, and fear for the nation's future have dominated the headlines. Americans long for a hero to set them back on course... a dynamic, courageous, and incorruptible leader who truly believes America can be great again - someone, in fact, just like Teddy Roosevelt. But if he were in the White House today, how would Teddy handle bitterly divisive issues like gun control, climate change, income inequality, and political dysfunction? What Would Teddy Do? asks these very questions, while consulting some of America's most prominent politicians, historians, and public figures.
2017; 2016

How Abraham Lincoln Shaped American Politics and Popular Culture (2/20/12)

On this Presidents Day, Hari Sreenivasan and historian Richard Norton Smith discuss President Lincoln's influence on American politics and popular culture as they tour the Ford's Theatre's new Center for Education and Leadership dedicated to the president.
2017; 2012

Big Noise Dispatches No. 5

Dispatches No. 5 provides groundbreaking anti-propaganda news from the Middle East to the American Midwest.
2017; 2010

Justice O'Connor's Legacy (7/1/05)

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor resigned from the United States Supreme Court after a 24-year term. Law analysts discuss her legacy and the view of O'Connor as the "swing" vote.
2017; 2005

After Bush V. Gore

The dramatic controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election led to sweeping voting reforms, but opened the door to a new set of problems that are impacting elections today.
2017; 2016