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Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8

55m 45s

Krasner recruits law students to join the next generation of prosecutors leading reform from within. Meanwhile, activists who campaigned for his election make good on their promise to hold Krasner’s feet to the flames, warning him of consequences if he doesn’t accelerate plans to phase out cash bail. The D.A. must decide how bold he can be today without undoing the progress he hopes for tomorrow.

Episodes

  • The Donut King: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Donut King

    S22 E22 - 1h 25m

    An immigrant story with a (glazed) twist, The Donut King follows the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in California in the 1970s and, through a mixture of diligence and luck, built a multi-million dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast.

  • Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8

    S22 E20 - 55m 45s

    Krasner recruits law students to join the next generation of prosecutors leading reform from within. Meanwhile, activists who campaigned for his election make good on their promise to hold Krasner’s feet to the flames, warning him of consequences if he doesn’t accelerate plans to phase out cash bail. The D.A. must decide how bold he can be today without undoing the progress he hopes for tomorrow.

  • Part 7 | Philly D.A. | Episode 7: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 7 | Philly D.A. | Episode 7

    S22 E19 - 55m 45s

    When an on-duty officer shoots and kills a disarmed Black man as he’s running away, the victim’s family and activists cry out for justice. Krasner’s team scrutinizes the case, weighing whether to become the rare District Attorney’s office to pursue murder charges against a cop. As a decision nears, the police union plans to put Krasner on trial in the court of public opinion.

  • Part 6 | Philly D.A. | Episode 6: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 6 | Philly D.A. | Episode 6

    S22 E18 - 55m 45s

    The Kensington neighborhood, plagued by the opioid crisis, is derided by local media as the "Wal-Mart of Heroin," but to Philadelphia City Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez it’s home. The D.A. favors safe injection sites. Locals are fed up. Caught in the middle, Quiñones-Sánchez arranges a town hall, but will Krasner’s brassy style backfire and undermine community support for his unorthodox pla

  • Part 5 | Philly D.A | Episode 5: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 5 | Philly D.A | Episode 5

    S22 E17 - 55m 50s

    Convicted of homicide as a teen, Joseph Chamberlain prays for forgiveness while dreaming of a reunion with the love of his life. For years, Philadelphia led the country in sentencing juveniles like Chamberlain to life in prison without parole. Now the D.A.’s office is seeking second chances, but a murder spike that has local media pointing fingers at Krasner threatens to halt their plans.

  • Part 4 | Philly D.A. | Episode 4: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 4 | Philly D.A. | Episode 4

    S22 E16 - 55m 45s

    Activist LaTonya “T” Myers lands her dream job just as she’s beginning a 10-year probation sentence. Any slip could send her back to prison. While “T” petitions the court for freedom for herself and thousands more, the D.A.’s team pursues systemic probation reform, facing judges who embrace extended supervision. It’s a chance they believe will break a major cycle of mass incarceration in Philly.

  • Part 3 | Philly D.A. | Episode 3: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 3 | Philly D.A. | Episode 3

    S22 E15 - 55m 45s

    As a candidate, Larry Krasner pledged his office would never seek the death penalty. That promise is put to the test when a police sergeant is murdered while shopping for his son’s birthday. Krasner faces pressure from the police union, the slain officer’s family, and his own attorneys to pursue the death penalty. Lives—and his credibility—hang in the balance of the D.A.’s biggest decision yet.

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    Part 2 | Philly D.A. | Episode 2

    S22 E14 - 55m 45s

    Krasner and his team battle for access to the complete police misconduct files as an angry public demands the District Attorney release the names of officers deemed unfit to testify in court. Meanwhile, tensions boil between new Assistant District Attorneys and seasoned veterans in the juvenile unit over new juvenile sentencing alternatives. How hard can the new guard lean on the old to change?

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    Part 1 | Philly D.A. | Episode 1

    S22 E13 - 58m 59s

    Civil rights champion Larry Krasner defies precedent with a landslide win to become Philadelphia’s District Attorney. Pledging sweeping reform, the new top prosecutor in America’s most incarcerated city fires 31 resistant attorneys, alienating many he needs on his side to enact change. As the staff reels, his team uncovers a secret that shakes the police department.

  • Coded Bias: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Coded Bias

    S22 E10 - 1h 25m

    Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

  • Mr. SOUL!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mr. SOUL!

    S22 E9 - 1h 25m

    Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.

  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    9to5: The Story of a Movement

    S22 E7 - 1h 24m

    When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but as seen in 9to5: The Story of a Movement, their fight that inspired a hit would change the American workplace forever.

Extras + Features

  • Trailer | Belly of the Beast: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Belly of the Beast

    S22 E4 - 30s

    An unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, shielded by prison officials and doctors, and wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Belly of the Beast exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons, through intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people.

  • Trailer | Jonathan Scott's Power Trip: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

    S22 E3 - 30s

    In Jonathan Scott's Power Trip, the HGTV home makeover guru shines a light on the obstacles and opportunities for America’s solar industry, following fossil fuel monopolies that halt the growth of renewable energy while visiting with politicians, coal miners, solar panel installers, the Navajo Nation building its own solar plant, and others at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.

  • Trailer | Represent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Represent

    S22 E2 - 30s

    Represent follows three women running for office in the heart of the Midwest leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, as they take on entrenched local political networks and fight to reshape politics on their own terms.

  • Trailer | Feels Good Man: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Feels Good Man

    S22 E1 - 30s

    Feels Good Man is the story of how artist Matt Furie, creator of a once-benign comic character named Pepe the Frog, fought an uphill battle to reclaim his iconic creation from those who turned it into a symbol of hate. Feels Good Man is a thought-provoking, wild ride through an Internet that transformed an unlucky cartoon frog, and then the rest of the world.

Schedule

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    The First Rainbow Coalition

    Thursday
    Jun 17

    1 Hour

    The Chicago Black Panther Party, the Latino group Young Lords Organization, and the Young Patriots organization band together to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing.
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    Independent Lens

    Man on Fire

    Thursday
    Jun 17

    1 Hour

    An elderly white preacher self-immolates to protest racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2014.
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    Independent Lens

    The First Rainbow Coalition

    Thursday
    Jun 17

    1 Hour

    The Chicago Black Panther Party, the Latino group Young Lords Organization, and the Young Patriots organization band together to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Man on Fire

    Thursday
    Jun 17

    1 Hour

    An elderly white preacher self-immolates to protest racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2014.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Man on Fire

    Saturday
    Jun 19

    1 Hour

    An elderly white preacher self-immolates to protest racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2014.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    The First Rainbow Coalition

    Saturday
    Jun 19

    1 Hour

    The Chicago Black Panther Party, the Latino group Young Lords Organization, and the Young Patriots organization band together to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing.
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    Independent Lens

    Tre Maison Dasan

    Sunday
    Jun 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Three boys who have a parent in prison struggle to identify themselves as they grow up in a society that offers little support to their families.
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    Independent Lens

    Tre Maison Dasan

    Monday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Three boys who have a parent in prison struggle to identify themselves as they grow up in a society that offers little support to their families.
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    Independent Lens

    Tre Maison Dasan

    Monday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Three boys who have a parent in prison struggle to identify themselves as they grow up in a society that offers little support to their families.
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    Two Gods

    Monday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
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    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
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    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
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    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
  • Image
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    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Saturday
    Jun 26

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Saturday
    Jun 26

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Man on Fire

    Saturday
    Jun 26

    1 Hour

    An elderly white preacher self-immolates to protest racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2014.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Sunday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Man on Fire

    Sunday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour

    An elderly white preacher self-immolates to protest racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2014.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Iconic

    Independent Lens

    Two Gods

    Monday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour

    A Muslim casket maker in East Orange, N.J., teaches two young men how to embrace life as they learn about the Islamic burial tradition.

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