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Tuesday 10:00 PM on PBS Premiered Aug 09, 1999 In Season

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  • Season 18
    • Tower
      Tower
      Episode 9
      2/14/17
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      Animated reenactments, archival footage and interviews with survivors piece together the tense afternoon of August 1, 1966, when sniper Charles Whitman opened fire on random people from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin.
    • Accidental Courtesy
      2/13/17
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      The story of R&B-blues musician Daryl Davis' unusual hobby: meeting and befriending KKK and neo-Nazi members, many of whom have never before met a black person, in an attempt to sway them away from their racist views. The documentary accompanies him on a journey across America in which he meets with former and current members of the Klan, neo-Nazis and Black Lives Matter activists who dismiss his effort as a waste of time.moreless
    • Birth of a Movement
      2/6/17
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      A protest in 1915 Boston led by civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter (1872-1934) against D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation," which depicted the KKK as heroes and African-Americans as racist caricatures, is recalled.
    • The Witness
      The Witness
      Episode 6
      1/23/17
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      Bill Genovese investigates the 1964 murder of his sister Kitty, who was stabbed to death in Queens while 38 bystanders did nothing—at least, that's how the story was reported by the New York Times. Those "facts" led to the development of "the bystander effect" within psychology; influenced politicians to pass "Good Samaritan" laws; and spurred Bill to volunteer for Vietnam, where he lost his legs. But those "facts" weren't accurate, as Genovese discovers through the course of the documentary.moreless
    • What Was Ours
      What Was Ours
      Episode 5
      1/16/17
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      A young Northern Arapaho journalist, Northern Arapaho student and Eastern Shoshone elder set out to reclaim tribal artifacts from various museums around the country and return them to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
    • What Was Ours
      What Was Ours
      Episode 5
      1/16/17
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      A young Northern Arapaho journalist, Northern Arapaho student and Eastern Shoshone elder set out to reclaim tribal artifacts from various museums around the country and return them to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
    • Containment; Excerpt From Uranium Drive-In
      "Containment" examines the dangers presented by nuclear waste to both current and future generations. The documentary spotlights the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., the site of an incident in 2014; the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan, which suffered a meltdown after the 2011 tsunami; and the Savannah River Site, a former nuclear weapons facility in South Carolina. Also: an excerpt from "Uranium Drive-In," about a proposed uranium mill in Colorado.moreless
    • Best and Most Beautiful Things
      1/2/17
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      The story of a quirky young woman's pursuit of love and freedom. Michelle Smith is legally blind and on the autism spectrum; and, after graduating from Perkins School for the Blind near Boston, she finds herself walled off from the world until, during an alumni weekend, a school administrator offers her an animation internship in L.A. As she prepares for the challenge, she falls for a young man and, with him, becomes involved in fetish role-playing, through which she achieves empowerment.moreless
    • Meet the Patels
      Meet the Patels
      Episode 2
      12/26/16
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      After breaking up with his girlfriend, Indian-American actor-comedian Ravi Patel heads to India on a family vacation; and decides to find a wife the traditional way. That is to say, his parents arrange for him to meet a procession of potential matches.
    • Best of Enemies
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