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America at a Crossroads

“America at a Crossroads” is a major public television event premiering on PBS in April 2007 that explores the challenges confronting the world post 9/11 — including the war on terrorism; the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; the experience of American troops; the struggle for balance within the Islamic world and Muslim life in America; and perspectives on America’s role in the world. The original series of 11 documentaries, hosted by journalist Robert MacNeil, is scheduled to launch on Sunday, April 15 and will run through Friday, April 20, 9 – 11 p.m. (ET). Additional films will air as specials following the premiere.

An extensive media and outreach campaign in more than 25 cities accompanies the series — creating a national dialogue that includes screenings and discussions with U.S. military personnel, leading policy experts and leaders of the Muslim American community; an integrated Web presence; and educational initiatives.

The following are the films in the series and their original premiere date:

  • The Anti-Americans (a hate/love relationship) — August 27, 2007
  • The Brotherhood — April 20, 2007
  • Campus Battleground — November 26, 2007
  • The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom — April 17, 2007
  • Europe's 9/11 — April 18, 2007
  • Faith Without Fear — April 19, 2007
  • Gangs of Iraq — April 17, 2007
  • Homegrown: Islam in Prison — November 26, 2007
  • Inside America's Empire — September 3, 2007
  • JIHAD: The Men and Ideas behind Al Qaeda — April 15, 2007
  • Kansas to Kandahar: Citizen Soldiers at War — June 11, 2007
  • The Muslim Americans — April 18, 2007
  • Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience — April 16, 2007
  • Security versus Liberty: The Other War — April 20, 2007
  • STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age — May 11, 2008
  • Struggle for the Soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia — April 19, 2007
  • Warriors — April 16, 2007

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Robert MacNeil

Distinguished journalist and former co-anchor of “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” Robert MacNeil will host the “America at a Crossroads” series.

Credit: Don Perdue

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Arab-American worshippers at the Passaic County Mosque pray for America and victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attack before lining up to donate blood for the wounded on September 14, 2001, Paterson, New Jersey

Credit: © Najlah Feanny/Corbis

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The New York City Skyline, the day after the 9/11 attacks.

Credit: Photograph by Ray Stubblebine. © Reuters/CORBIS

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