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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sunitha Krishnan - Fighting Sex Slavery

Human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India's battle against sexual slavery by uniting governments, corporations, and NGOs to end human trafficking. She has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from the trade - which is a multimillion-dollar global market. In this courageous TEDTtalk, Krishnan tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these survivors rebuild their lives.

Lives for Sale [electronic resource]: Human Trafficking

Each year, more than one million people try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, contending with dangerous forces that prey on their hopes and exploit their gullibility. This program exposes the most painful, disturbing, and hidden dimension of illegal immigration: the growing black market trade in human beings. Shedding light on the poverty that causes so many to risk everything by leaving their home countries, the film reconstructs the frightening journeys of sex-slavery victims and highlights the work of CAST-the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Border patrol agents and other members of law enforcement share their knowledge and experience regarding this ongoing human rights crisis.
2008; 2006

Breaking the Taboo [electronic resource]: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The war on drugs has been raging for more than 40 years. Over a trillion dollars has been spent, millions of people imprisoned, and countless thousands killed. And the result? Drugs are cheaper and more prevalent than ever before, and in a growing number of countries drug cartels are a major threat to national security. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary examines the UN-sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries such as the U.S., Colombia, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil. The film features prominent statesmen including former presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and César Gaviria of Colombia, who press for the urgent need to break the political taboo and support drug liberalization, per the conclusions of the 2011 Global Commission on [...]

Child Prostitution in Thailand [electronic resource]

Thailand's Health System Research Institute estimates that children make up forty percent of all prostitutes in Thailand. The country's sex industry is believed to generate several billion dollars annually. A report from Bangkok examines the sex industry and sexual trafficking of minors in Thailand. Also in this episode, excerpts from the film "Cuba Va," showing the diversity of opinion held by younger Cubans about the Revolution and a look at the impact of American rap and rock and roll on Cuban music. Also featured, an interview with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchú who fights for the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala and around the world.

Worse Than War [electronic resource]: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Genocide is many things - horrific, tragic, and immoral, among others. But one thing it is not, says political scientist Daniel Goldhagen, is inevitable. In this program, the author of Hitler's Willing Executioners explores the social and psychological factors that have repeatedly pushed stable societies into the insanity of mass killing. In Rwanda, Goldhagen speaks with participants in murder squads that rampaged in 1994 as well as witnesses of those atrocities. In Guatemala, he confronts former President Efraín Ríos Montt, considered by many to be responsible for genocide against indigenous peoples in the 1980s. Interviewees also include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Bosnian leader Haris Silajdzic, who called for intervention against ethnic cleansing in 1992; a [...]

The Shadow of Waco

Twenty-two years ago, federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and generated a legacy that still shapes antigovernment groups today.
2017; 2015

A Search for Justice

The murder of four American churchwomen focused attention on the United States' involvement in El Salvador, and continues to haunt both countries nearly 35 years later.
2017; 2014


A look at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in July of 1977, plunging 7 million city residents into darkness. By the time power was restored, stores and businesses had been looted and burned and thousands had been arrested.
2018; 2015