History is Repeating Itself
A law school professor is challenging Trump’s travel ban 25 years after he challenged the government as a student. For more, watch our collaboration with FRONTLINE, “Forever Prison.”
The Back Story on Trump and Vaccines
Vaccine critic, RFK, Jr., says that Donald Trump has asked him to “chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity.” Our latest mini documentary looks at Donald Trump and the back story on the MMR vaccine conspiracy theories.
“The equipment ranges from the early 1900s to up to date present time.” Our latest collaboration with PBS, American Experience takes a look at the Boston “T” – the oldest subway in America.
Wireless power seems cutting edge, but it was actually pioneered more than 100 years ago by Nikola Tesla. We’ve teamed up with the American Experience to explore how Tesla’s technology is being used today.
Has the government done enough to stop housing discrimination?
Life After Welfare
Twenty years ago, welfare reform was signed into law, promising needy families a path out of poverty. This is the story of Tianna Gaines-Turner, a former welfare recipient, who still struggles to make ends meet.
The Split (1860): Conventional Wisdom
Some issues are too fundamental for a party to withstand, and the consequences can last for a generation.
The Speech (2004): Conventional Wisdom
Sometimes the most important speech at the convention isn’t delivered by the nominee.
A Broken Party (1924): Conventional Wisdom
Immigration has been a defining issue in a campaign before, and the consequences transformed the Democratic Party.
The Modern Primary (1912): Conventional Wisdom
In 2016, some Bernie Sanders supporters have said the delegate process isn’t fair. In 1912, a battle over the primary process transformed American politics.
How It Started (1831): Conventional Wisdom
In 1831, a radical third party had a new idea for selecting a presidential candidate, and it’s still in use today: the national nominating convention.
The Outsider Republican (1964): Conventional Wisdom
Donald Trump’s candidacy isn’t the first time the Republican Party has been split by an outsider declaring war on the establishment elite.
The Mess In Chicago (1968): Conventional Wisdom
There are important lessons to be learned from the Democrats’ 1968 Chicago convention.
The Power of the Delegate (1976): Conventional Wisdom
In 1976, Ronald Reagan found owning the soul of a party isn’t the same as taking home its nomination.
Smoking Man: Political Ads That Changed the Game
In the 2012 Republican primary, Herman Cain’s campaign produced an unusual video featuring Cain’s chief of staff, Mark Block, giving a pep talk while smoking a cigarette.
The Rock: Ads That Changed the Game
In 2007, long-shot Democratic candidate Mike Gravel released one of the strangest ads in political history.
Willie Horton: Ads That Changed the Game
The infamous Willie Horton ad placed a nail in the coffin of Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential run.
Morning in America: Political Ads That Changed the Game
Future warm and fuzzy ads can trace their lineage to this one. For his reelection campaign, Ronald Reagan employed a team of advertising all-stars, resulting in one of the most famous catchphrases in American politics.
It’s 3:00 am: Political Ads That Changed the Game
After a string of critical losses in the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign put out a hard-hitting ad that questioned Barack Obama’s readiness for the White House.
Daisy: Political Ads That Changed the Game
Perhaps the most famous political ad of all time, this early television spot ran on air just once, but generated enough media coverage to become a real factor in the 1964 presidential election.
LSD and Cats
The early science of hallucinogens in the 1950s and ’60s was kind of a Wild West free-for-all. For more info on the science of spiders and drugs, visit www.drpeterwitt.com.
Growing up Gygax
Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax’s son explains what life was like in a household where D&D took center stage.
Junot Díaz and the D&D Revolution
Why Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz says playing Dungeons and Dragons was a revolution.
More than 50 years after Kitty Genovese’s murder became a symbol of urban apathy, her partner, Mary Ann Zielonko remembers Kitty’s life and impact.
Why Teaching Robots to do Easy Stuff is Still Hard
The robotics team from M.I.T recovers from disaster at the robot Olympics. #RobotsAreComing
Machine trains self to beat humans at world’s hardest game
Hillary Clinton and the Superpredator
Wondering what the Hillary Clinton/superpredator brouhaha is all about? Here’s the cliff notes…
When Dreams Fly
More than 40 years ago, Pierre Sprey set out to build the ultimate fighter jet.
The Bliss Point
How did food companies get us to crave their products? They discovered the bliss point.
The Unexpected Science of Exercise
Does exercise really make you lose weight? One scientist went to Africa and found an unexpected answer.
Is it All in Your Gut?
Is there a hidden cause of obesity? A professor at Stanford thinks the answer might lie with the 100 trillion microbes living in our bodies.
Being in the Bubble
The curious origin of a political metaphor.
Chris Borland: The Man Who Walked Away
He’s been called the most dangerous man in football. Not for what he’s doing on the field – but what he’s saying off of it. A new series of original Retro Report short docs produced for Facebook.
A Tale of Two Boxers
For many boxers, once the punches stop, the real fight starts. Former world champions Iran Barkley and Wilfred Benitez live that battle every day.
When Pinball was Illegal…
A panic over Pinball? Really? A new series of original Retro Report short docs produced for Facebook.
The General Sleaziness
WARNING: The following content may contain elements that are not suitable for some politicians. But you might like it. A new series of original short docs produced for Facebook.
Cartoonist Al Jaffee has been causing mischief at MAD Magazine for decades and at 94-years-old, he’s as irreverent as ever. A new series of Retro Report short docs produced for Facebook.
Your Sisters Are Looking For You
Flavia Battistiol has turned to social media in hopes of being reunited with the sibling who disappeared in 1977, when the military junta ruled Argentina.
A Stolen Life
The story of one man’s search for his identity after his parents disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
Sean Graves was told he would never walk again after being shot during the attack at Columbine High School. This is the story of what happened next.
A mini-doc about the anatomy of a shaken baby case from the perspective of defense attorney Adele Bernhard.
The pediatric neurosurgeon who first identified shaken baby syndrome has a surprising take on the very syndrome he’s credited with discovering.
Searching for Better Answers
On the heels of a national measles scare, Google announced that it is refining its search results for hundreds of medical conditions to show only vetted resources and web sites.