Retro Report is a growing series of over 175 short documentaries that tell the history behind the news.
Context for this Week
Stories that shine a light on today’s news
President Trump blamed “gross mismanagement of the forests” for California’s wildfires. This isn’t the first time forest management has been criticized during a massive forest fire (although it may be the first time the criticism is coming from a president) – the 1988 Yellowstone fire sparked a fierce debate that still reverberates today.
Michelle Obama has revealed that she and Barack Obama used IVF to conceive their daughters. Here we look back at the origins of IVF and meet the world’s first IVF baby.
A record-breaking Burmese Python, measuring a whopping 17 feet, 5 inches and weighing 120 pounds, has been captured in Florida. The story of how Burmese Pythons took over the FL everglades is a fascinating one. Watch “The Snake That Ate the Everglades.”
- Guns in America, the legacy of Matthew Shepard, etc.
- How Sinclair is growing its conservative media empire, a Year of #MeToo, etc
- How Trump Really Got Rich explained, fifty years after the Mexico City protest
- Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong, A Survivor's Tale and more
- Going back to the Reagan-era war on drugs, a Russian spy story, etc