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Episode 4: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

In one of history’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa went missing on July 30, 1975, never to be found. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union. But he fell afoul of the law, with allegations that the powerful pension fund was under mob control and used, among other things, to finance Vegas casinos. What exactly happened to Hoffa that day, and why? Recently declassified FBI files and interviews with people close to the story allow a detailed accounting of what likely occurred. The investigation is an exploration of Hoffa’s final days and hours and a revelatory window on power and corruption in the post-war era labor movement.
2017; 2015

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middle East have all put strains on this relationship. After 70 years, has the special U.S.-Saudi relationship outlived its usefulness?

My Vietnam Your Iraq

My Vietnam Your Iraq tells the stories of Vietnam veterans and their children who have served in Iraq. Their stories examine the pride, challenges, fears, and the myriad of emotions they have experienced during and after deployment.
2017; 2011

Persian Gulf War: Part 1

Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait resulted in more than one million troops facing off against each other in the desert of the Persian Gulf. The Allied Coalition's air war, known as Operation Desert Storm, involved the most sophisticated technological weaponry available.
2017; 2003

Space Conquest

It’s the Cold War between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. The Soviet Union has a clear lead in the conquest of space. America fully understands all that is at stake politically on April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to make a journey into space. The news creates a huge impact around the world. The Soviet Union now appears to be the most advanced nation on the planet. Khrushchev announces swaggeringly: “The Capitalist countries are trying to catch up with us!” Since January 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been leading the U.S.A. He is an ardent supporter of the space program even though the accumulated delay behind the U.S.S.R. seems insurmountable... Then, on September 12, 1962, Kennedy makes a speech that becomes famous: “We choose to go to the Moon.” These words give a [...]
2017; 2016

Report From Saigon

In the summer of 1966, WNET travelled to Saigon for a news-making story on the information gap in the reporting of the Vietnam War.
2017; 1970

Globalization: Winners and Losers (Part Two)

Professor of Sociology and History Craig Calhoun states that there is no truly level playing field on which global commerce can play out, because every country in the world imposes some form of restrictions on trade.
2015; 2011

Diary of a Student Revolution

This program reveals the views and actions of two opponents: The radical student group staging a protest over the issue of on-campus industrial recruitment and the college president. A film crew follows the student group and the president throughout the 10-day demonstration.
2017; 1969

10 Homes That Changed America

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic architecture, 10 Homes will also offer a lesson in the history of American domestic life, as the evolving design of these homes over time reveals America’s changing relationship with nature, technology, and each other.
2017; 2016

Gerald Ford: Interview (1/14/91)

An interview with former President Gerald Ford on the prospect of the United States going to war in the Persian Gulf, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
2017; 1991

How the Civil Rights Act Changed America (7/2/14)

July 2, 2014, marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex. Gwen Ifill is joined by Todd Purdum to discuss his new book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, which tells the story of how the legislation came to be.
2017; 2014

Who Invited Us?

Are we imperialists? Do we fight for ideology or for investment? These questions are placed in an economic, politcal, and military context by producer Al Levin, winner of a DuPont award for Defense and Domestic Needs: Contest for Tomorrow.
2018; 1970

Hard Coal: Last of the Bootleg Miners

Hard Coal: Last of the Bootleg Miners is a feature documentary about the last twelve independent coal miners in the United States and reveals the crushing injustices they face as they desperately cling to a familiar way of life while fighting off threats from unfamiliar enemies. The film is personal, political, and powerful.
2017; 2008

Hope Against Hopeless

The video deals with the causes that provoke the refugee ‘waves’ and the trespass of Human Rights. It aims to shed light at the illegal movement of immigrants and refugees from Syria to Turkey and later on into Cyprus. Shocking images of immigrants at the borders of Syria and Iraq oscillate between hope and hopelessness. The political position of Turkey, the position of the International Amnesty and the never ending struggle of people striving for a better quality of life are some of the major issues touched by this documentary.
2017; 2014

Responding to Epidemics

Professor of Sociology and History Craig Calhoun talks about the ways in which nations respond to epidemics. Professor Calhoun focuses on the importance of prevention, as well as setting up a triage process that allows for prioritization.
2015; 2011

Is Aid to Africa Helping—Dan Rather Reports

Since the last drought in 2010, hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency food aid has been spent in Africa's most needy nations. While the US government and aid agencies race to prevent a food crisis, some are asking is there a better way to save Africa's starving people? Also, an update on contaminated drinking water found at Camp Lejeune.
2016; 2012

Black and White Together

This program studies Atlantic City's Project WILL in the larger context of secondary school education in America today. The project, backed by $100,000 in Title I funds, was set up for two six-week periods at the Hotel Traymore on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Here, some 80 students, black and white, engaged in a process of "living and learning." Each of the students checked in to the hotel daily after attending regular high school classes. The goals of the project: an "effort to remove students from totality of their environment;" to foster interracial understanding and learning skills in a relaxed, though structured, atmosphere.
2017; 1969

Homefront 1967

This documentary probes the effect of the Vietnam War on one community--Charlottesville, Virginia. The program, produced for the weekly "Net Journal" series, studies the attitudes and emotions of a single American city toward the war in Vietnam. From an American Legion meeting to a ministers' conclave, and from a University of Virginia teach-in to the mother of a dead soldier, the documentary grasps one comminity's range of feelings and widespread uncertainty about the war.
2017; 1967


Exodus documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.
2017; 2016

Bill Moyers Journal: Mission Accomplished in Iraq? / Contexts and Subtexts of the Obama/Clinton Race

Five years have passed since George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers interviews Christopher Cerf and Victor S. Navasky, co-founders of “The Institute of Expertology,” about their latest book: Mission Accomplished!, a satirical analysis of so-called expert commentary on how the U.S. won the (ongoing) war in Iraq. In addition, media and politics expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson examines the contexts and subtexts of the 2008 quest for the Democratic nomination as the candidates bounce between Indiana and North Carolina, and Moyers reflects on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the controversy swirling around him. Broadcast date: May 2, 2008. (57 minutes)
2016; 2008