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.
The West Point Class of 1967 arrived at the United States Military Academy during the heady days of the early 1960s when it appeared that America was destined for a century of unrivaled success. Four years later, when the members of that class were graduated and commissioned as officers in the United States Army, the country was embroiled in a strange and unpopular war in Southeast Asia. The Class of 1967 paid a high price in that war, yet most stayed strong, bonding as brothers and as soldiers in a way that has endured through to the present.
The new Golden Age of television is now. In the expansive world of modern television, more groundbreaking shows are being created today than ever before. America in Primetime is a 4-part television series for PBS which showcases this iconic American art form.
In 2008, the presidential candidates agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. But that national call to action has disappeared and in the past four years public opinion on the climate issue has cooled. This election cycle, the presidential candidates barely discuss climate change. And new studies find that only about half of Americans believe global warming is caused by human activity. What’s behind this dramatic reversal? In Climate of Doubt, FRONTLINE correspondent John Hockenberry of PRI’s The Takeaway explores the inner workings of the movement that changed the debate on climate change.
California has long been known as a land of dreams – a place irresistible to visionaries from all walks of life who come to innovate, create, entertain, and accomplish feats that, in turn, go on to change the world. But dreams don’t just happen – they are made. Built up piece-by-piece, day-by-day.
Dreamland tells the story of one day in California. Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, it follows a remarkable ensemble of Californians who are pushing the bounds of the possible.
From the very first shipboard landing by Eugene Ely in 1911 to the latest debates surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles, Angle of Attack: How Naval Aviation Changed the Face of War chronicles the triumphs and challenges that Naval Aviation has faced since its invention, and brings to life the largely untold story of one of the pillars in our national defense structure.
Both a film and video game, The Bill of Rights tells the story of a struggle that nearly tore the country apart before it had really even been established. But out of their compromise came one of our nation’s most central documents and the foundation for some of our most celebrated freedoms.