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Truth and Lies: Waco

ABC presents a documentary on the deadly 1993 Waco, Texas siege that ignited national outrage. This video features interviews with FBI and ATF agents, survivors of the fire, and children of David Koresh's followers. The raid on the Branch Davidian compound led to a gunfight killing four ATF agents and six of David Koresh’s followers. After a 51-day standoff, the compound burned to the ground, leaving 74 more people dead. The crisis that ignited national outrage and a media firestorm has been described as the worst debacle in federal law enforcement history. The government’s misleading disclosure of key facts in the case following the event gave rise to conspiracy theories from far-right movements that cite this event as a rallying cry for their distrust of the government. The documen [...]
Online
2018
162.

The Day the '60s Died

The Day the 60s Died chronicles May 1970, the month in which four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. From college campuses, to the jungles of Cambodia, to the Nixon White House, The Day the 60s Died takes us back into that turbulent spring 45 years ago.
Online
2017; 2015
163.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

1962—American spy planes spot launch ramps in Cuba that are designed for nuclear missiles. President Kennedy orders that the island be blockaded in order to inspect any ships wishing to dock there. On October 26, Khrushchev tells Kennedy that he will continue his action: “If the United States want war, we shall find ourselves in hell.” The CIA informs the American president that 24 Russian missiles are now operational and pointing at precise locations in the country. Off the coast of Cuba, the U.S. Navy confronts the Russian fleet and is hunting down Russian submarines. Two of them break surface, but a third remains submerged, refusing to come up. Three exercise charges are dropped to emphasize the order to surface. Moscow orders its vessel to react. A nuclear torpedo is loaded into [...]
Online
2017
164.

Politics of Extremism, the

Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry talks about the tendency to be, ". . . provocative, or angry, or loud, or shrill. . . " as perhaps the only way to cut through the enormous amount of information that is cluttering the political landscape at any given time. "It creates situations in which politicians have to always kind of answer to the fringe of the political spectrum, rather than figuring out how to build up the center of the political spectrum," Mr. McCurry adds.
Online
2015; 2011
165.

The End of Secrets

In many aspects of our lives we want privacy. Yet when it comes to leaders and politicians we look for openness. Would full transparency make for good government and honest citizens? Or is mass surveillance of private records a step to an Orwellian nightmare? The Panel Sean Curran asks co-founder of the Open Data Institute Nigel Shadbolt, Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges and Director of the Oxford Internet Institute Helen Margetts to speak the truth about transparency.
Online
2017; 2015
166.

Bill Moyers Journal: Author Louise Erdrich / America’s Long War in Afghanistan

Renowned for her mastery of multiple genres, how did award-winning writer Louise Erdrich find her voice? In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with Erdrich—author of 13 novels, poetry, children’s literature, and a memoir—to discuss how her Native American heritage and unique cultural experience has impacted her life, motherhood, and work. Moyers also talks with history and international relations expert and former U.S. Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich about America’s long war in Afghanistan. Broadcast date: April 9, 2010. (57 minutes)
Online
2016; 2010
167.

Ruby Ridge: American Standoff

When armed suspects stand off against the law today, one event casts a shadow on both sides of the police line: the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Online
2017; 2014
168.

Negotiating With Congress

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker explains that his first major negotiation as Secretary of State was not with a foreign power but with the Congress of the United States. Secretary Baker recounts the process of convincing ultra-liberal and ultra-conservative members of congress to reach a bipartisan accord on Central America. Once that was done, he says, "...We had no problem really solving the foreign policy problem."
Online
2015; 2011
169.

The Internet: The Origins of the Web

In 1957 the Soviets launch the first artificial satellite into space. Now aware of their technological deficit, the Americans work on a number of programs, including one for computer networks for military use: the ARPA. A mathematician, Lawrence G. Roberts, develops the system into ARPAnet, which enables information to be exchanged between computers over the telephone network. At the end of the 1980s, the military part of ARPAnet is split off from the rest of the network, which opens up to individuals and businesses. In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web, which makes navigation from one Internet page to another possible without typing in a single line of code. Better still, he provides access to the source codes of his creation. Now, nobody will ever be able to sell the [...]
Online
2017; 2016
170.

Looking Back at the Vietnam War With Author and Veteran Tim O’Brien (4/28/10)

Thirty-five years after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Tim O'Brien's collection of stories about an American platoon, The Things They Carried, is being reissued as it celebrates its own 20th anniversary. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author about the experiences that led him to write the book.
Online
2017; 2010
171.

The Morality of War

The Iraq war left us acutely aware of the dangers of intervening in foreign lands. Yet the outrages of Isis have demanded a response. Do we have a responsibility to protect Western values, or is the high ground held by staying out of it? Or is morality irrelevant in foreign affairs and our interest all that matters? The Panel Former chief speechwriter to Tony Blair, Phillip Collins, and military historian Hew Strachan, clash over the prospect of peace with founder of the Stop the War Coalition Lindsey German.
Online
2017; 2016
172.

Persian Gulf War: Part 2

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.
Online
2017; 2003
173.

Where's the Fair?

The simple question "What happened to the World's Fair'?" launches a journey that uncovers the sordid past, present, and future of the United States' role in the largest global event in human history. The World's Fair was a fixture of American culture. And then it disappeared... Or did it? Where's the Fair explores just this question.
Online
2017; 2014
174.

Stealing J. Edgar Hoover's Secrets

On March 8, 1971, a group of eight Vietnam War protestors broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole hundreds of government documents that shocked a nation.
Online
2017; 2014
175.

10 Parks That Changed America

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks, and learn the history of landscape architecture—an American-born art in which human beings try their best to mimic nature.
Online
2017; 2016
176.

War on ISIS: Retaking Raqqa

On this episode of Nightline, ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell interviews volunteer soldiers fighting against ISIS in Raqqa and refugees desperate to escape.
Online
2017
177.

Beyond Borders

The nation, the tribe, the union, are all sources of strength. But they are also a means to entrench advantage and exclude others. Are borders and boundaries really about privilege? Should we strengthen them so we have greater power and status, or remove them to create a fairer world? The Panel Independent columnist and author of Exotic England Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Labour politician Jon Cruddas and LSE political theorist Chandran Kukathas look beyond borders.
Online
2017; 2015
178.

The Most Powerful Man in the World

Fareed Zakaria searches for answers to these essential questions: What is the true nature of the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – and, what are the implications of their relationship for the world?
Online
2019; 2017
179.

Return to Mosul

Trapped by an ISIS firefight, CNN's Arwa Damon and Brice Laine took shelter with an ordinary Iraqi family in East Mosul. Two months after their escape, the pair returned to discover the fate of the soldiers and civilians they met, and to find out how the city and its people are recovering after years under ISIS control.
Online
2019; 2017
180.

American Umpire

This thought-provoking documentary about U.S. foreign policy chronicles how the United States became the world's policeman and questions how long the U.S. must continue to play this role. Narrated by Jim Lehrer, formerly of The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and written by award-winning historian Elizabeth Cobbs, the film explores the history of American military intervention and the future of America's military commitment abroad. After detailing the principles that guided U.S. foreign policy for 150 years and the sea change that followed WWII, the latter half of the one-hour documentary examines America's contemporary role on the international stage. The film concludes by asking whether it's time to rethink our current policies, scale down military spending, and bring our allies back int [...]
Online
2016; 2015