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The Riot Report

1h 53m

When Black neighborhoods across America erupted in violence during the summer of 1967, President Johnson appointed a commission to determine what happened, why it happened, and what could be done to keep it from happening again. The bi-partisan commission’s final report offered a shockingly unvarnished assessment of American race relations that would doom its finding to political oblivion.

Episodes

  • The Riot Report: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Riot Report

    S36 E5 - 1h 53m

    When Black neighborhoods across America erupted in violence during the summer of 1967, President Johnson appointed a commission to determine what happened, why it happened, and what could be done to keep it from happening again. The bi-partisan commission’s final report offered a shockingly unvarnished assessment of American race relations that would doom its finding to political oblivion.

  • Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal

    S36 E4 - 1h 52m

    The dramatic and inspiring story of ordinary women who fought against overwhelming odds for the health and safety of their families. In the late 1970s, residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY, discovered that their homes, schools, and playgrounds were built on top of a former chemical waste dump. Housewives activated to create a grassroots movement that galvanized the landmark Superfund Bill.

  • The Cancer Detectives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Cancer Detectives

    S36 E3 - 52m 54s

    The Cancer Detectives tells the untold story of the first-ever war on cancer and the coalition of people who fought tirelessly to save women from cervical cancer: a Greek immigrant, Dr. George Papanicolaou; his intrepid wife, Mary; Japanese-born artist Hashime Murayama; Dr. Helen Dickens, an African American OBGYN in Philadelphia; and an entirely new class of female scientists.

  • Fly with Me: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fly with Me

    S36 E2 - 1h 52m

    Fly With Me tells the story of the pioneering women who became flight attendants at a time when single women were unable to order a drink, eat alone in a restaurant, own a credit card or get a prescription for birth control. The job offered unheard-of opportunities for travel and independence. These women were on the frontlines of the battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace.

  • Nazi Town, USA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nazi Town, USA

    S36 E1 - 52m 32s

    Nazi Town, USA tells the story of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi group which in the 1930s had scores of chapters across the country, representing what many believe was a real threat of fascist subversion in the United States. They held joint rallies with the KKK and ran summer camps for children centered around Nazi ideology and imagery, melding patriotic values with virulent anti-Semitism.

Extras + Features

  • Trailer | The Riot Report: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | The Riot Report

    S36 E5 - 2m 20s

    When Black neighborhoods across America erupted in violence in the summer of 1967, President Johnson appointed a commission to find the cause for the unrest. Their findings offered an unvarnished assessment of American race relations.

  • Trailer | Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal

    S36 E4 - 2m 34s

    In the late 1970s, residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY discovered their neighborhood had been built on a former chemical waste dump. Housewives activated to create a grassroots movement that galvanized the landmark Superfund Bill.

  • Trailer | The Cancer Detectives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | The Cancer Detectives

    S36 E3 - 1m 35s

    The Cancer Detectives tells the untold story of the first-ever war on cancer and the coalition of people who fought tirelessly to save women from cervical cancer: a Greek immigrant, Dr. George Papanicolau; his intrepid wife, Mary; Japanese-born artist Hashime Murayama; Dr. Helen Dickens, an African American OBGYN in Philadelphia; and an entirely new class of female scientists.

  • Who's Who: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Who's Who

    S36 E2 - 1m

    The integrator. The networker. The advocate. The organizer.

  • Trailer | Fly with Me: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Fly with Me

    S36 E2 - 2m 2s

    Fly With Me tells the story of the pioneering women who became flight attendants at a time when single women were unable to order a drink, eat alone in a restaurant, own a credit card or get a prescription for birth control. The job offered unheard-of opportunities for travel and independence. These women were on the frontlines of the battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace.

  • Trailer | Nazi Town, USA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Nazi Town, USA

    S36 E1 - 1m 26s

    Nazi Town, USA tells the story of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi group which in the 1930s had scores of chapters across the country, representing what many believe was a real threat of fascist subversion in the United States. They held joint rallies with the KKK and ran summer camps for children centered around Nazi ideology and imagery, melding patriotic values with virulent anti-Semitism.

Schedule

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    Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

    Tuesday
    Jul 2

    2 Hours

    The life and career of Sandra Day O'Connor, from growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona to her 25 years on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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    American Experience

    Saturday
    Jul 6

    1 Hour

    "American Experience" combines dramatic re-enactments with commentary by historians and authors to present an absorbing look at the personalities, events and resources that have had a profound impact on the shaping of America's past and present. Many of the program's documentaries have received major honors in the broadcasting community, including Emmy, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia University awards.
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    American Experience: The Boys of '36: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    The Boys of '36

    Tuesday
    Jul 9

    1 Hour

    A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
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    American Experience: The Boys of '36: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    The Boys of '36

    Tuesday
    Jul 9

    1 Hour

    A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
  • Image
    American Experience: The Boys of '36: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    The Boys of '36

    Wednesday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
  • Image
    American Experience: The Boys of '36: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    The Boys of '36

    Wednesday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
  • Image
    American Experience: The Boys of '36: TVSS: Iconic

    American Experience

    The Boys of '36

    Wednesday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

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