Just two years in the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is the world’s youngest dictator, ruling one of the world’s most isolated countries. Like his father and grandfather, he wants to maintain tight control over what North Koreans see of the world — and what the world sees of North Korea. But with unique access, FRONTLINE goes inside the secret state to explore life under its new ruler and to investigate the enigmatic “Morning Star King” as he tries to hold onto power. Using new footage smuggled from inside and never-before-told stories from recent defectors living in South Korea, the film offers a rare glimpse of how some North Koreans are defying authority in a country where just being caught with illegal DVDs could mean immediate imprisonment.
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:00pm
MOYERS & COMPANY investigates issues that matter to American democracy, particularly the continuing influence of big money and corporate self-interest on politics, the economy and daily life. Each week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts compelling conversations with today's top thinkers about new ideas, crucial issues and workable solutions. Select episodes also feature Moyers' own meticulously researched essays on a variety of topics.
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 1:30pm
Closer To Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating film-like production values. The visual lushness of the high definition, on-location productions, combined with the intriguing titles of the shows, builds audiences already interested in such perennial topics.
Thu, 01/09/2014 - 1:30pm
Fast-paced and provocative, the award-winning SECOND OPINION focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. Host Dr. Peter Salgo leads a panel of medical specialists and patients through the twists and turns of real-life medical mysteries. Season 10 topics include: heart disease, concussion, melanoma, whooping cough and diabetes. In addition, a new field segment, “Myth or Medicine,” uses viewer-submitted questions to help separate medical fact from fiction.
Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:00pm
For more than two decades, saxophonist/clarinetist Frank Glover and pianist Claude Sifferlen enjoyed both a critically acclaimed musical collaboration and a nurturing father/son-type bond. TAKE TWO traces the final stages of their act following Sifferlen's terminal diagnosis of inoperable prostate cancer. The regional Emmy®-nominated film poignantly explores the musical and interpersonal relationship between these two jazz virtuosos, as they reflect on their decades-long partnership and continue to perform together while facing a painful, yet inevitable, separation.
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 2:00pm
Economic Freedom in Action is a new one-hour documentary that travels the globe to profile inspiring entrepreneurs from nations that have increased economic freedom for their citizens. From Zambia to South Korea, from Slovakia to Chile, this rise in economic freedom has led to increased prosperity and longevity, allowing more people to rise out of poverty and build positive futures for themselves and their children. Hosted by noted Swedish author, economist and commentator Johan Norberg, Economic Freedom in Action explores the very definition of economic freedom. By reviewing and explaining the findings of the latest Fraser Institute Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report, the program reveals — in personal and dramatic terms — the impact of increased economic freedom on the lives of ordinary citizens across the globe.
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 8:00pm
TO CATCH A DOLLAR: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America follows Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Yunus as he brings his unique and revolutionary microfinance program to the U.S. Witness the birth of Grameen America and the compelling stories of the first women borrowers; from the challenges they face to the successes they achieve. These inspiring entrepreneurs learn to rise from poverty by starting and growing their own sustainable businesses with the education, peer-support, and non-collateral microloans they receive. This film has been screened at film festivals all over the world.
Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:00pm
In the late 1930s — with the violence and destruction of Kristallnacht foreshadowing the devastation of European Jewry — a determined group of German-Jewish refugees left behind well-established lives and most of their possessions and immigrated to Chicago. There, they set out to create a supportive community for themselves and other German, Austrian and Czech Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Eventually, they founded Selfhelp, an organization providing temporary housing, food, English classes, job placement and, in 1950, a residential home for elderly emigrés and Holocaust survivors. REFUGE: STORIES OF THE SELFHELP HOME features the deeply personal stories of these residents, who spent the war years surviving by any means necessary. Vividly, they reflect on these experiences — of separations, deportations, selections and life-and-death decisions. REFUGE moves back and forth seamlessly between these often heartbreaking stories and examines how the trajectories of residents and founders diverged during the war and came together again around Selfhelp.
Wed, 01/01/2014 - 7:00pm
When 13-year-old Fred Sondermann escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, on the eve of World War II, he never imagined he would return. His homeland held only horrific and traumatizing memories of discrimination, persecution and death. However, an opportunity in 1969 to spend a sabbatical in Germany represented a chance for Dr. Sondermann to make sense of, and peace with, his experiences. RETURN recounts Sondermann's remarkable journey to understanding, as he begins to appreciate the complexities and multiple realities of the time. This documentary, adapted from Sondermann’s memoirs, explores the emotions and the conclusions of an American Jew returning to his German homeland after 30 years. In addition to the late Sondermann's compelling first-person narrative, RETURN also features interviews with his son, his widow and his childhood friend. Contemporary video and photography of Dachau Concentration Camp and Sondermann's hometown of Horn are interchanged with archival images and documents, period news footage and the few surviving family photographs.