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2015 Academy Award Nominee For Best Documentary Feature: During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, American officers on the ground found themselves faced with a moral dilemma: whether to follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or to ignore orders and evacuate the men, women, and children they had come to value and love in their years in Vietnam.
Drawing on one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism (including more than 40 reports on the war on terror), as well as new, in-depth interviews with policymakers and military leaders, the investigative team behind traces the U.S. role from the 2003 invasion to the current violence - exploring how and why Iraq itself is now coming undone.
When NSA contractor Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government network, it led to the largest leak of classified information in history - and sparked a fierce debate over privacy, technology and democracy in the post-9/11 world. FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world - including ordinary Americans - and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public.
In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City.
Based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen and developed by writer and former crime reporter Janet Tamaro, and featuring a tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), who has an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china shop approach to both cases and life, and the brilliant medical examiner from a privileged background, Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), who may be the best-dressed science nerd in New England.
Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, Megan Boyd's name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales. In a cottage in northern Scotland without electricity, telephone or running water, Boyd long ago practiced her trade and mastered her craft, twirling bits of exotic feather and fur, silver and gold around a tiny metal hooks. They were seductive and perfect metaphors - in every strand there was a story, a mystery waiting to be unraveled.
For years, the NFL worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early-onset dementia, brain damage and other devastating consequences. The investigation draws on more than 200 interviews with scientists, doctors and former players, including some of the NFL's all-time greats, as well as previously unpublished medical records, NFL memorandums and e-mails.
For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job. FRONTLINE partnered with Univision News - the award-winning news division of the leading media company serving Hispanic America, Univision Communications, Inc. - for "RAPE IN THE FIELDS/VIOLACION DE UN SUENO," to uncover the hidden price that many migrant women working in America's fields and packing plants, especially those who are undocumented, are paying to keep their jobs and provide for their families.
In his latest film, Marian Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood. But this time, he is not alone. The film chronicles the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors and rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural, and religious identity that mark many survivors.
The whistleblowers featured in the film continue the tradition of brave men and women who have come forward to tell the truth without looking for any personal gain - Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers); Jeffrey Wigand (tobacco industry); Karen Silkwood (power plant health and safety procedures) and Mark Felt (Watergate).
The untold inspirational story of Colonel Ilan Ramon, a fighter pilot and son of Holocaust survivors who became the first and only astronaut from Israel, embarking on a mission with the most diverse shuttle crew ever to explore space. Ramon realized the significance of 'being the first' and his journey of self-discovery turned into a mission to tell the world a powerful story about the resilience of the human spirit. Although the seven astronauts of the Columbia perished on February 1, 2003, a remarkable story of hope, friendship across cultures, and an enduring faith emerged.
How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone's brain has untapped genius - just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? Watch as host David Pogue (popular technology reporter for The New York Times) meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do.
Travels the globe to show how prostitutes really live and work today. The conclusion to internationally renowned director Michael Glawogger's globalization trilogy, following Megacities (1998) and Workingman's Death (2005), Whores' Glory depicts the skin trade in three economically divergent countries.
Smiles, everyone, smiles! Season Three delivers a treasure trove of phenomenal guest stars including Don Adams, Sonny Bono, David Cassidy, Bob Denver, Elinor Donahue, Annette Funicello, Robert Goulet, Peter Graves, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Nielsen, Doris Roberts, Dick Sargent, Abe Vigoda, among other notables.
Evidence collected at crime scenes -everything from fingerprints to bite marks - is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the guilty behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world, it's not so cut-and-dried. A joint investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley examines the reliability of the science behind forensics.
In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. Now, one year later, FRONTLINE presents their story, with rare footage from inside the plant and eyewitness testimony.
FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien travels to three continents to explore the revived debate about the safety of nuclear power, the options for alternative energy sources, and questions about whether a disaster like the one at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex could happen in the United States.
The story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years, transforming himself from an impetuous, risk-taking radical into a mature leader and statesman.
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