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    Independent Lens

    Independent Lens

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    PBS
    Celebrate independent films with this Emmy award-winning PBS series. Each week spotlights new documentaries, dramas, shorts and other cinematic artistry by different filmmaking visionaries.
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    Vanguard

    Vanguard

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    Current TV
    Vanguard is an award-winning documentary series on Current TV that explores some of the most shocking and controversial political and social issues facing the modern world. Vanguard aims to uncover stories that are often overlooked, and journalists Adam Yamaguchi, Kaj Larsen, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller travel to all corners of the globe to capture these stories on handheld (and sometimes hidden) cameras. Currently in its fourth season, Vanguard is widely praised for its investigative reporting style while venturing into territory often avoided by mainstream news outlets. Whether it's exploring the reasons behind the shockingly high occurrences of rape on Native American reservations, or why the violent pirate lifestyle is so seductive to young, impoverished Somalis, Vanguard explores the questions that other programs are afraid to ask. Traveling to highly dangerous destinations to cover these stories doesn't come without risk, and in March 2009, former Vanguard journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea for allegedly crossing the North Korean-China border while covering a story on human trafficking. The journalists were eventually sent home in August 2009, after former U.S. president, Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea to negotiate their release. Though Laura Ling and Euna Lee are no longer a part of the Vanguard team, Laura shares her experience in a 30-minute interview with Mariana van Zeller that aired on Current TV on May 19th, 2010.moreless
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    Dateline: Mystery

    Dateline: Mystery

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    NBC
    Dateline: Mystery is an NBC true crime documentary series presented by Ann Curry and a team of talented reporters that includes some of the most shocking and thrilling stories of unsolved mysteries ever to air on the long-running weekly newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Some episodes of this intriguing series tell the real-life accounts of the country's strangest and most puzzling cases, revealing the trails that have gone cold and the evidence that doesn't add up. In addition to the unsolved mysteries, other episodes present criminal profiles and exclusive interviews with the nation's most newsworthy murderers. In one such episode, Alex and Derek King give their first interview ever to Keith Morrison, who asks them to speak about the day they became the most talked about twelve and thirteen-year-olds in the country when they murdered their own father. Dateline: Mystery is a riveting series and a must-see for true crime fans.moreless
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    The Haunted

    The Haunted

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    Animal Planet (ended 2011)
    Animals are more perceptive to spirits that humans. This show looks at animals that have experiences paranormal events and how they react to the attempts to rid them of their haunting.moreless
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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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    Showtime (ended 2010)
    In society, there are many products and ideas that we buy in to. Some of these products, services or ideas are just plain bullsh**. Well-known magicians, Penn and Teller, are here to knock some sense into people in a humorous and informal way and to explain why some things in life are just plain bullsh**.moreless
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    Wicked Attraction

    Wicked Attraction

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show reenacts murders and tracks down the killers.
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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    VH1
    "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless
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    Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks

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    HBO
    Hard Knocks on HBO presents viewers with an inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks will showcase what it takes to be in the NFL.moreless
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    Whale Wars

    Whale Wars

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    Animal Planet
    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society goes to extreme lengths to make illegal whaling operations extinct. Animal Planet is there to capture all the action. Theme song is "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by The Smashing Pumpkins.moreless
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    History Specials

    History Specials

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    The History Channel
    History Specials is a History Channel greatest hits series, presenting the most exciting, riveting, shocking, and memorable documentaries produced by the History Channel. These episodes probe into a wide variety of topics, presenting expert commentary on intriguing international subjects. Several videos from the "What Went Down" series appear here, providing viewers with a glimpse of what it would have been like to experience first-hand the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Alamo. In the "Sex In" series, the role of sex in a variety of cultures is examined, from sex in ancient Pompeii and Egypt, to sex in 1969 America. Also included are pieces explaining the mysticism surrounding the Koran and the Kabbalah, as well as biographies of some of the world's deadliest killers, from Charles Manson to Adolf Hitler. These History Specials documentaries represent the best-of-the-best from the History Channel's years of acclaimed non-fiction programming.moreless
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    PBS
    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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    Beyond The Wormhole

    Beyond The Wormhole

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    The Science Channel
    Morgan Freeman hosts this scientific exploration into the deepest mysteries of existence - mysteries which have intrigued mankind for eternity. Now, modern science is beginning to pull back the curtain and provide answers to these ancient questions. Originally titled "Through the Wormhole."moreless
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    Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal

    Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal

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    Discovery Health
    Discovery Health takes a look at why half of adults cheat in "Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal". In "Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal," viewers are given a look at why people cheat, what does through their mind, and how cheating not only affected the relationship between their partner but their family and friends.moreless
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    Ice Pilots NWT

    Ice Pilots NWT

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    History Television
    This show is about Buffalo Airways, an airplane company based in northern Canada that strictly uses propeller planes. The series follows Joe McBryan, the maverick owner, and the array of people working for him as they tackle challenges unique to the area they work in.moreless
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    Africa

    Africa

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    Discovery Channel
    AFRICA is a seven-part mini-series that shows a side of Africa never before seen. The show features never-before-filmed species, strange animal behaviors and secret, natural wonders of the world.
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    Popular Mechanics for Kids

    Popular Mechanics for Kids

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    (ended 2001)
    Jay, Elisha, Tyler, and Vanessa are the hosts of this amazing television series that explains to children, about how technology in the world works and gives large amounts of information to learn from. Along the way, Charlie shows you how to build and perform different, exciting things. For the fourth season different themes are used for each episode but the content used are from previous episodes of seasons one, two, and three. Popular Mechanics for Kids were nominated for several times in the Gemini Awards

    1998 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1998 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Series

    1999 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1999 - Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Seriesmoreless
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    Horsepower

    Horsepower

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    Spike TV
    Horsepower is a Spike TV original series, presented as part of Powerblock, the show written by gear heads for gear heads. In Horsepower, modern secrets for getting the most out of your machine are revealed by industry experts and top mechanic professionals, shedding some light on what makes the hottest new rides so hot. The series is hosted by Joe Elmore and Mike Galley, two car-obsessed rev heads who introduce the latest and greatest gear from GM, Ford, and Mopar and share tips and tricks on how to maximize your own street machine. Some segments find Joe and Mike in the shop, working on a slick new whip and showing you the bolt-on mods that make them fly. In other segments, Joe and Mike hit the road, tracking down the best underground street races America has to offer and checking out the winning machines. Horsepower is a must-watch series for car fans, full of information on how to get the most power out of your ride.moreless
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    Hoarders

    Hoarders

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    A&E (ended 2013)
    This show goes into the lives of two people with a mental disorder that causes them to obsessively collect things, even if the items are unnecessary and unneeded. It shows their effort to get help and recover.moreless
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    Operation Repo

    Operation Repo

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    truTV (ended 2014)
    This show follows a highly-trained team in the San Fernando Valley as they give us an inside look at the business behind auto repossession.
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    On The Case With Paula Zahn

    On The Case With Paula Zahn

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show will feature Paula Zahn, previous CNN news anchor, as she explores a number of crime mysteries.
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