More than two million men and women serve in America’s all-volunteer military force, and another three million are their husbands, wives, sons and daughters. Yet over the course of two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the stories — and the service — of these military families have often been overlooked.
In a revealing two-hour documentary special presented by Bob Woodruff, The Homefront will bring the true stories of these military families to a PBS audience.
“You have the right to remain silent.” Thanks to movies and television, it’s hard to conceive that this simple phrase hasn’t always been a part of our history. But before these words became a common staple of American culture, the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination was virtually impossible to protect.
Then came Ernesto Miranda.
To make a movie is to contribute to a conversation amongst filmmakers. NOW PLAYING – a multi-part series – brings this creative process to the screen, inviting some of the most thoughtful and innovative people working in movies to share their methods and their inspiration. Like AMERICA IN PRIMETIME, the Documentary Group’s series about television’s new golden age, we’ll go behind the lens to illustrate how the best movies touch hearts and leave their mark on culture.
In the 1970s Native American “self-determination” became official U.S. policy, allowing tribes to run their own governments. In the years since, something incredible has happened. It’s working. Native nations have seized control of their own affairs and – as a result – started to reverse the worst living conditions in the country. Produced in partnership with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and consulting producer, Academy-Award winner Thomas Lennon, TAKING BACK MANHATTAN will tell the dramatic stories of the people and tribes leading today’s change.
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film and the centerpiece of the global action campaign for girls’ education. We use the power of storytelling, leveraged through partnerships, to share the simple truth that educating and investing in girls can transform families, communities and entire countries for generations.
In July 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report with 41 recommendations to improve the security of the United States. Each recommendation was directly tied to an institutional failure that left the country vulnerable to the attacks on September 11th. Since that time, nearly all of their 41 recommendations have been implemented in whole or in part. A key exception was the one recommendation which the 9/11 Commission believed to be among the most important but also the most difficult to realize – fixing the fragmented congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. HOMELAND CONFUSION examines the critical need for congressional reform and the security implications of inaction.
Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio is the story of one of the most iconic cases in the history of the United States Supreme Court. The story might seem made for TV – after all, it’s got a bomb, gambling, a world famous boxing promoter, a determined heroine and a cop who breaks the rules when they get in his way – but to people that study the Constitution, what makes Mapp v. Ohio really exciting is the 4th Amendment.