Ten trillion dollars in Americans’ retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special “Money, Power and Wall Street,” FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings. “The Retirement Gamble” reveals how fees, self-dealing and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer’s best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:00pm
Seven years in the making, this award-winning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three refugees who now call America home. American Heart, the feature documentary debut from Chris Newberry, centers on a remarkable health clinic tucked away in St. Paul, Minnesota, which serves as a crossroads for these chronically ill refugees and their devoted doctors.
In the opening scenes we hear a beeping monitor and see the jagged lines across a heart monitor, and a smiley-face get-well balloon. The patient is Alex Gliptis, an Ethiopian refugee suffering from PTSD, diabetes and HIV, who has a burning desire to go back to Africa. Alex tells us that sometimes it’s kind of a dream that he is really in the United States. He tells us about his depression, sleeping disorder and about his medications. Yet, he still has bad dreams about the past and that in some ways he can’t really believe that he got out.
Throughout the course of the film, we also meet Thor Lem, a former political prisoner from Cambodia who survived the killing fields, but is dying from liver cancer. Patrick Junior, a member of an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma is the writer of over 200 songs, many of them religious and uplifting. He loves to sleep with his guitar. The health care challenges they face are daunting, made more complicated by the trauma they carry from the past. Despite failing health and life-threatening health emergencies our protagonists lead remarkable lives; their outlook and trajectories surprising even to their doctors.
Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:00pm
Produced by NHK, Japan’s leading public broadcaster, NEWSLINE is "Your Eye on Asia." The series provides news and breaking news from around the world, including coverage of the latest in politics, business, technology and culture in Asia. Regular reports from Beijing, Seoul, Bangkok and Tokyo offer different perspectives on events in the region. NEWSLINE's alternating anchors include seasoned NHK reporters Shery Ahn, Yuko Aotani, Catherine Kobayashi, Gene Otani, Ross Mihara and Ron Madison
MR. CIVIL RIGHTS: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE NAACP
Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:00pm
MR. CIVIL RIGHTS: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE NAACP incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to chart Thurgood Marshall's life (1908-1993) in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.
The documentary explores his upbringing in Baltimore, his education at Howard University Law School ("the West Point of the civil rights movement"), his status as a rising star within the NAACP, his skill as an orator and storyteller, his relationship with his mentor Charles H. Houston, and his high-profile segregation cases involving voting, transportation, housing, labor and the military.
This compelling biography, produced by the filmmaker behind Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible unfolds through interviews with Justice Elena Kagan, Justice John Paul Stevens, lawyer and civil-rights activist Vernon Jordan, Marshall biographers Rawn James, Juan Williams and Larry S. Gibson, and several law professors.
Sat, 01/17/2015 - 2:00pm
Three-year-old Monique Corzilius counts to 10, pulling petals from a daisy. A voice from mission control then counts down as the camera zooms into Monique's dark pupil. An atomic blast and ensuing mushroom cloud consumes the TV screen as President Lyndon Johnson's voice proclaims "We must either love each other, or we must die." This political ad, “Peace Little Girl,” aired only once or twice during the 1964 presidential campaign between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater, but it ushered in a new era of the television attack ad.
The 1964 campaign also reshaped the American political landscape in other significant ways. Johnson's "Great Society" and civil rights agendas pushed southern states toward the Republican Party and brought the northeast in line with the Democrats, creating America's contemporary geopolitical map of red and blue states. Barry Goldwater's rift with "the liberal Republican establishment," or "Rockefeller Republicans," served as the basis for his landslide defeat in the general election, but also for the rise of an out-spoken and blossoming conservative movement. Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign also spawned the political career of Ronald Reagan, and inspired future conservative offshoots like social and Christian conservatives as well as the Tea Party.
BOMBS AWAY: LBJ, GOLDWATER AND THE 1964 CAMPAIGN THAT CHANGED IT ALL includes interviews with historians and participants in the campaign, including Richard and Doris Kearns Goodwin, Barry Goldwater, Jr., Victor Gold, Joseph Califano, Larry J. Sabato, Professor Robert Mann and Monique Corzilius.
Horace Carter Fights the Klan
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:00pm
Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, THE EDITOR AND THE DRAGON tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era. Carter, the 29-year-old editor of the weekly Tabor City Tribune, stood against the Klan and risking life, livelihood, friendships and his family's safety to protest the Klan's racist rhetoric and vigilantism. His courageous reports and the unwavering integrity of his weekly editorials helped lead to the first FBI investigation of the Klan during that era, and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 Klansmen. Archival footage and interviews with Carter, his family, Tabor City (North Carolina) residents, journalists and historians help piece together this dark chapter in American history.
Forensics: Beyond the CSI Effect
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:00pm
Television dramas often provide an inaccurate portrayal of how evidence is gathered and used in a criminal investigation. Learn how law enforcement applies the scientific method to their work and why this fundamental understanding outlines the basis behind the science of forensics.
Nightly Business Report
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:00pm
NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, television's longest-running evening business-news broadcast, features in-depth reporting and analysis of the day's leading financial stories. Every weeknight, the Emmy®-winning series delivers trusted, credible and unbiased information to help business executives, financial professionals and the general public manage their business or personal finances. NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT utilizes the global editorial resources of CNBC, a worldwide newsgathering organization that provides access to some of the world's top business leaders and policy makers. Recently, the series covered the hacking of JPMorgan Chase & Co's databanks, the impact of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" on charitable giving, Burger King's possible acquisition of Tim Hortons, the teaming of Merck and Pfizer to combat a certain type of cancer, and the deliberate burning of natural gas in the oil-rich fields of North Dakota.