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A Better Life: Creating the American Dream

A Better Life: Creating the American Dream May 2009
The "American dream" has powered the hopes and aspirations of Americans for generations. It began as a plain but revolutionary notion: each person has the right to pursue happiness, and the freedom to strive for a better life through hard work and fair ambition. But over time, this dream has come to represent a set of expectations about owning things and making money. So what exactly is the American dream? How did we come to define it? And is it changing?

A Burden to be Well: Sisters and Brothers of the Mentally Ill

A Burden to be Well: Sisters and Brothers of the Mentally Ill May 2007
The effects of mental illness are well documented. But until recently, there has been little said about the siblings of the mentally ill. Now researchers are starting to look at the "well-sibling" syndrome.

A Mind of Their Own

A Mind of Their Own April 2005
Most children can be volatile at some point in their development, with no particular cause for worry. But at what point do irritability, mood swings, and tantrums constitute a mental illness? Up to half a million children are believed to have bipolar illness. This is the story of three of those children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

A Russian Journey

A Russian Journey August 2001
Follow Russian writer Aleksandr Radishchev's 200-year-old footsteps from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and discover the soul of a people and the character of a nation.

After the Projects

After the Projects October 2008
Chicago is demolishing the public housing projects and moving residents to mixed-income neighborhoods. But there won't be room for everyone, and a new home may not mean an escape from poverty.

After Welfare

After Welfare May 2006
In August 1996, landmark legislation fulfilled the promise to "end welfare as we know it." Congress gave the states money to run their own programs and required them to move many welfare recipients into the workforce. Supporters declared it a new day, the beginning of self-sufficiency for poor families. Others warned the action would push women and children into the streets, perhaps by the millions.


America's Drug War May 2001
After 30 years America's War on drugs costs U.S. taxpayers $40 billion a year with no victory in sight. Combatants from both sides of the drug war shed light on the U.S. government's fight against one of the world's most profitable industries.

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era September 2007
In the 1970s, for the first time, large numbers of white children and black children began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life.

Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality

Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality January 2011
Equal access to transportation was once a central issue of the Civil Rights Movement. But today, disparities still persist.

Bankrupt: Maxed Out in America

Bankrupt: Maxed Out in America April 2006
Americans are going broke in record numbers. In 2005 Congress overhauled the bankruptcy system to stem the tide of filings. What's behind the boom in going bust?

Battles of Belief

Battles of Belief September 2007
America seemed united in fighting "The Good War" but not everyone fought in the same way.

Blood and Oil in Burma

Blood and Oil in Burma March 2000
In a landmark legal case, human rights groups have sued the Unocal Corporation. This is the first time that anybody has sued an American corporation in an American court on the grounds that the company's violating human rights in another country.

Bridge to Somewhere

Bridge to Somewhere May 2009
President Barack Obama wants to create jobs by building infrastructure. So did another president. Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to put people to work by building roads, bridges, dams, sewers, schools, hospitals and even ski jumps. The structures that New Deal agencies built transformed America.

Business of the Bomb: The Modern Nuclear Marketplace

Business of the Bomb: The Modern Nuclear Marketplace April 2008
How the global expansion of nuclear know-how is challenging efforts to contain the spread of atomic weapons.


Campaign '68 October 2008
The 1968 presidential election was a watershed in American politics. After dominating the political landscape for more than a generation, the Democratic Party crumbled. Richard M. Nixon was elected president and a new era of Republican conservatism was born. On the eve of another historic election, we look back 40 years to the dramatic story of Campaign '68.

Carving Up the Vote: How Redistricting Changed the Election Landscape

Carving Up the Vote: How Redistricting Changed the Election Landscape December 2004
One hugely influential issue in the last election got little attention: gerrymandering. Politicians have been tinkering with the boundaries of their electoral districts for decades, but in the last five years, the practice has exploded, and it led to the least competitive race for the U.S. House of Representatives in memory.

Climate of Uncertainty

Climate of Uncertainty August 2004
Scientists have discovered that the Earth's climate is capable of changing abruptly. Could global warming bring the Earth to another such rapid change?

Corrections, Inc.

Corrections, Inc. April 2002
How corporations, prison guard unions, and police agencies help to shape who gets locked up and for how long.

Days of Infamy

Days of Infamy September 2002
Days of Infamy compares recordings of ordinary Americans reacting to Pearl Harbor and September 11.

Deadly Decisions

Deadly Decisions August 2002
How do jurors decide who should live and who should die?

Design of Desire

Design of Desire November 2007
New research is lending insight into why we want stuff that we don't need. It also explains why some people are what are called tightwads, while other people are spendthrifts. Why do we buy? How are designers and marketers influencing what we buy? And how are individuals using market ideas, tricks, and tools to market themselves?


Don't Lecture Me September 2011
College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.

Early Lessons

Early Lessons October 2009
The Perry Preschool Project is one of the most famous education experiments of the last 50 years. The study asked a question: Can preschool boost the IQ scores of poor African-American children and prevent them from failing in school? The surprising results are now challenging widely-held notions about what helps people succeed -- in school, and in life.

Engineering Crops in a Needy World

Engineering Crops in a Needy World December 2000
In Europe and the United States, the debate over genetically modified (GM) crops has focused on questions about the environment and food safety. But in developing countries, the possibility that GM crops could make things better--or worse--is a question of life or death.

Evading the Virus

Evading the Virus September 1999
A small but growing number of scientists and doctors are helping couples with HIV get pregnant using experimental medical techniques that promise to reduce the risk of passing on HIV.

Face of Mercy, Face of Hate

Face of Mercy, Face of Hate September 1996
Predrag Bundalo was waiting for a cup of coffee when a bullet, fired at point-blank range, killed him. He was sitting on the enemy's couch.

Fast Food and Animal Rights: McDonald

Fast Food and Animal Rights: McDonald's New Farm June 2002
An unlikely corporation--McDonald's--has taken the lead in the campaign for animal welfare.

Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption

Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption October 2005
More than 20,000 foreign children are adopted by Americans every year. Most come from poor and troubled parts of the world, and a life in America offers new hope. But it also means separation from their birth culture. Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption explores the pull of adoption across lives and borders.

Foreclosure City

Foreclosure City April 2009
Until recently, Las Vegas was one of the few places where the American Dream still seemed widely possible. Each month, thousands of people flocked there, lured by the promise of good jobs and a chance to own a home. It was the fastest growing city in the country. But now, Las Vegas has a new distinction - the nation's highest foreclosure rate.

Frances Densmore, Song Catcher

Frances Densmore, Song Catcher February 1997
Frances Densmore spent her life gathering cultural artifacts of old Indian ways.

Gangster Confidential

Gangster Confidential April 2008
Rene Enriquez was a leader in one of America's most violent gangs, the Mexican Mafia. He's serving 20 years to life in California for murders he committed for the gang. While in prison, Enriquez rose to a powerful position in the gang. But then he had a change of heart.

Global 3.0

Global 3.0 May 2005
For many, globalization has meant rich countries getting richer at the expense of the poor. Today, it's not that simple.

Green Rush

Green Rush August 2007
From carbon offsets to biofuels, companies and investors are seeking riches in the fight against global warming. What happens when good deeds grapple with the realities of the free market?

Grit, Luck and Money

Grit, Luck and Money August 2012
More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.


Gunrunners October 2002
Small arms pass from war zone to war zone through a global network of arms traffickers. This is a story about just one part of the illegal arms pipeline.

Hard Time: Life After Prison

Hard Time: Life After Prison March 2003
What impact has America's 30-year War on Crime had on communities and families?

Hard Times in Middletown

Hard Times in Middletown April 2009
For almost a century, Muncie, Indiana has been known as "Middletown," the quintessential American community. But now, as the rust-belt city grapples with deepening recession, many residents are losing their hold on the middle class. Think of them as the brittle class, just one fragile rung above poverty on the economic ladder.

Hearing America: A Century of Music on the Radio

Hearing America: A Century of Music on the Radio December 2006
A century ago, the first radio broadcasts sent music out into the air. Since then, music has dominated America's airwaves and it's been a cultural battleground.

Hidden Agendas

Hidden Agendas February 1999
A Washington research group says that most states, including Minnesota, have inadequate laws to prevent financial conflicts among local lawmakers.

Imperial Washington

Imperial Washington January 2007
Explore the trappings of life in Congress, the pressure to raise campaign dollars and Washington's powerful world of lobbying.

Intelligent Designs on Evolution

Intelligent Designs on Evolution January 2006
How a rival concept about the origins of life is defying the cornerstone of biology.

Investigating Sierra Leone

Investigating Sierra Leone June 2003
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor faces international war crimes charges arising from one of Africa's most brutal civil wars. American RadioWorks followed investigators as they built their case against Taylor.

Iraq: The War After the War

Iraq: The War After the War September 2003
Even after the fall of Baghdad, the U.S. is still fighting.

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

Is Wal-Mart Good for America? November 2004
They were the kings of corporate America, but over the past 25 years, American manufacturers have lost that position of power. Today, America's largest private sector employer is Wal-Mart, a retailer so large, it virtually dictates many decisions manufacturers make, and is pushing American production overseas.

Jailing the Mentally Ill

Jailing the Mentally Ill July 2000
Why are so many mentally ill Americans behind bars?


Japan's Pop Power October 2006
To many people, global youth culture means rock and roll and other Western fashions. But for more and more young people across to world, the capital of pop culture is Tokyo. Over the past decade, Japanese video games, animation and comic books have caught fire in much of the world, including the United States.

Justice for Sale?

Justice for Sale? January 2005
38 states have elections for state courts around the country. These days, those races are getting more expensive, and can even run into the millions of dollars. Much of that money comes from special interests trying to elect candidates to the courts. That raises alarms bells about the independence of the judiciary, and calls for reform.

Justice on Trial

Justice on Trial July 2002
From the trials of Nazis at Nuremberg to the prosecution of war criminals in the former Yugoslavia, to people's courts in Rwanda--how effective is the machinery of international justice?

Kay Fulton

Kay Fulton's Diary June 2002
The intimate diary of a woman who loses her brother to terrorism.

Keyboard College

Keyboard College September 2012
Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. In this documentary, Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning.


King's Last March March 2008
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

Korea: The Unfinished War

Korea: The Unfinished War July 2003
Examine the often-overlooked war that helped define global politics and American life for the second half of the 20th century.

Las Vegas -- An Unconventional History

Las Vegas -- An Unconventional History November 2005
Trace Las Vegas' evolution from a remote railroad town to a mobster metropolis, to its current incarnation as an adult-themed resort town that nearly two million people call home.

Locked down: Gangs in the Supermax

Locked down: Gangs in the Supermax March 2005
The supermax prison was designed to incapacitate dangerous criminals by locking them down in stark isolation. But do they live up to their promise?

Logging On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to America

Logging On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to America's Kids March 2006
Internet poker has taken America by storm. Three-quarters of high school and college kids are gambling on a regular basis. But adolescents are far more vulnerable to getting addicted to gambling than adults. And with Internet companies making millions from online gamblers, there's little incentive or legal controls to restrict youth gambling.

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Make Change, Not Money September 1998
Nonprofits are being asked to step in to address some of America's most pressing social ills as government steps back.

Mandela: An Audio History

Mandela: An Audio History July 2004
A decade ago, Nelson Mandela became president in South Africa's first multi-racial democratic election. Mandela's journey, from freedom fighter to president, capped a dramatic half-century long struggle against white rule and the institution of apartheid.

Married to the Military

Married to the Military July 2005
The United States is making huge demands on its military people, the toughest since the Vietnam War. But most soldiers during Vietnam were young, single men. Today, in the all-volunteer military, about half of all service people are married with children, so the burdens of fighting these wars are shared back home.

Massacre at Cuska

Massacre at Cuska February 2000
In 1999 Serb death squads attacked the ethnic Albanian village of Cuska and left 41 unarmed civilians dead.

My Name Is Iran

My Name Is Iran February 2004
In 1927, Iran developed a legal code doing away with gruesome Islamic punishments such as stoning and lashing. That all changed during the Islamic revolution of 1979. NPR Producer Davar Ardalan and co-producer Rasool Nafisi look at Iran's long search for a lawful society.


Nature's Revenge: Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands September 2002
Every year, a chunk of land almost the size of Manhattan turns into open water in Louisiana, threatening the state's economy as well as vital American industries like seafood, oil and gas.

New York Works

New York Works August 2002
Jobs that are slowly disappearing in New York City and the people that keep them alive.

Nicaragua "Free Zone"

Nicaragua "Free Zone" August 2000
Global companies fight unions on former Sandinista turf.

No Place for a Woman

No Place for a Woman September 2005
In the 1970s, women began breaking into male-dominated professions as never before. Women took jobs as police officers, lawyers and steelworkers. Across the country, the first women in male bastions faced a hostile reception. In the iron mines of northern Minnesota, women were harassed, threatened and assaulted. Their fight to keep their jobs broke new legal ground and helped change the workplace forever.

No Place To Hide

No Place To Hide January 2005
President Bush has admitted ordering intelligence agencies to electronically spy on American citizens without court oversight since 9/11. Such monitoring of suspected terrorists affects thousands of people. But unknown to most people, the government has also turned to the nation's burgeoning data industry to track millions of people in the name of homeland security. So for most Americans, there is no place to hide.

North Carolina Muslims

North Carolina Muslims October 2001
For the estimated 6 million Muslim Americans, the new spotlight on Islam presents both hazards and opportunities. A Muslim congregation in Raleigh, North Carolina has taken September 11th as a 'wake-up call.'

Oh Freedom Over Me

Oh Freedom Over Me February 2001
In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi for a peaceful assault on racism. It came to be known as Freedom Summer, one of the most remarkable chapters in the Civil Rights Movement.

One Child at a Time

One Child at a Time August 2013
Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option. Now, new computer programs can customize education for each child. But adding computers to classrooms isn't likely to help unless teachers are willing to change their approach to teaching.

Power and Smoke

Power and Smoke February 2011
The production of electricity in America pumps out more greenhouse gases than all of our cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined, and half of our electricity comes from burning coal.

Power Trips

Power Trips September 2004
A generation ago, members of Congress could take cash from companies or unions simply for giving a speech. They were also allowed to keep their campaign war chests when they retired - sometimes pocketing millions. Public outrage forced Congress to tighten the rules, but there is still one big perk left.

Power Trips: Chilled Travel

Power Trips: Chilled Travel July 2005
How has all the recent news about congressional travel changed the travel habits of those in Congress?

Power Trips: Congressional Staffers Share the Road

Power Trips: Congressional Staffers Share the Road June 2006
Public documents show that from 2000 through mid-2005, Capitol Hill staffers accepted nearly 17,000 free trips worth almost $30 million. Many of these trips clearly violate ethics rules designed to limit the abuse of power.

Power Trips: Pombo in the Gray

Power Trips: Pombo in the Gray October 2005
Tax law prohibits members of Congress from taking international trips paid for by private foundations, but Republican Richard Pombo may have done just that.

Power Trips: The Lobbyists

Power Trips: The Lobbyists' Loophole June 2005
Over the past few years, private groups have payed for more than 4,800 trips by members of Congress at a cost of $14 million.

Pueblo, USA

Pueblo, USA September 2008
Latino immigrants are changing the culture and economy of America, and not just in big coastal cities. We follow a small Southern town as it adjusts to its deepest cultural change since the Civil Rights movement, and in a Midwestern city, a neighborhood is reborn when immigrants move in. But the rebirth comes at a price.

Put to the Test

Put to the Test September 2007
The effects of high-stakes testing on students, teachers, and schools.

Radio Fights Jim Crow

Radio Fights Jim Crow February 2001
During the World-War-II years a series of groundbreaking radio programs tried to mend the deep racial and ethnic divisions that threatened America.

Rebuilding Biloxi: One Year After Katrina

Rebuilding Biloxi: One Year After Katrina August 2006
Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of thousands of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents. Rebuilding Biloxi tells the stories of several families in the coastal community of Biloxi, Miss., and their struggle to survive and then recover from the storm.

Red Runs the Vistula

Red Runs the Vistula September 2004
Five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw rose up against the German occupation of their city. The uprising was meant to last just 48 hours. Instead, it went on for two months. A quarter of a million people were killed and the Polish capital was razed to the ground. It was one of the great tragedies of World War II, and yet it is rarely talked about outside Poland.

Remembering Jim Crow

Remembering Jim Crow November 2001
For much of the 20th century, African Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them.

Reports from a Warming Planet

Reports from a Warming Planet November 2006
The early signs of climate change are showing up across vastly differing landscapes: from melting outposts near the Arctic Circle to disappearing glaciers high in the Andes; from the rising water in the deltas of Bangladesh to the "sinking" atolls of the Pacific. Reports from a Warming Planet takes you to parts of the planet where global warming is already making changes to life and landscape, and demonstrates how climate change is no longer restricted to scientific modeling about the future. It's happening now.

Revisiting Vietnam

Revisiting Vietnam April 2000
Twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, the legacy of the war affects lives on both sides of the Pacific. In this series of reports, American RadioWorks reveals how events fading into memory still influence our environments, institutions, and cultures.

Rewiring the Brain

Rewiring the Brain September 2006
A unique study of Romania's orphans reveals the profound effects of social deprivation on brain development.

Rising By Degrees

Rising By Degrees November 2009
The United States is facing a dramatic demographic challenge: Young Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and they are the least likely to graduate from college. Experts say the future of the American economy is at stake, because higher education is essential in the 21st century economy. Rising by Degrees tells the story of Latino students working towards a college degree--and why it's so hard for them to get what they want.

Roots of Resentment: America, Great Britain and the Arab World

Roots of Resentment: America, Great Britain and the Arab World December 2001
The United States inspires deep and conflicting emotions in other parts of the world. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, America has been forced to pay closer attention.

Routes to Recovery

Routes to Recovery August 2007
To mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, American RadioWorks teams up with Nick Spitzer of American Routes to find out how culture might save New Orleans.

Say it Plain, Say it Loud

Say it Plain, Say it Loud January 2011
Public speech making has played a powerful role in the long struggle by African Americans for equal rights. This collection, for the ear and the eye, highlights speeches by an eclectic mix of black leaders. Their impassioned, eloquent words continue to affect the ideas of a nation and the direction of history.

Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory

Say It Plain: A Century of African American Oratory February 2005
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most famous black orator in history. But he was hardly alone. For generations, African Americans have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy. These orators, and the very act of speaking out, played a crucial role in the long struggle for equal rights. Hear some of those seminal speeches at Say It Plain.

Second-Chance Diploma

Second-Chance Diploma September 2013
The General Educational Development test (GED) is a second chance for millions of school dropouts. Each year, more than 700,000 people take the GED test. People who pass it are supposed to posses a level of education and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education. But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school. And research shows the credential is of little value to most people who get one.

Shadow over Lockerbie

Shadow over Lockerbie March 2000
270 people died when Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. It was the worst-ever act of airline terrorism against the United States. It was also called the world's biggest unsolved murder.

Some College, No Degree

Some College, No Degree August 2011
In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.

State of Siege

State of Siege January 2011
Mississippi led the South in an extraordinary battle to maintain racial segregation. Whites set up powerful citizens groups and state agencies to fight the civil rights movement. Their tactics were fierce and, for a time, very effective.

Steve Schapiro: American Edge

Steve Schapiro: American Edge October 2000
American RadioWorks contributing photographer Steve Schapiro traveled throughout America photographing and recording people and issues during the turbulent 1960s.

Suffering For Two

Suffering For Two August 2004
More women than ever are taking antidepressant medication, including more pregnant women. For those trying to weigh the danger of fetal exposure to medication against the risk of a mother's relapse into depression, scientists offer mixed or even conflicting advice.

Testing Teachers

Testing Teachers August 2010
Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers.

The Cost of Corruption

The Cost of Corruption May 2005
Corruption skims billions from the global economy, locking millions of people in poverty. But a worldwide movement is fighting back.

The Fertility Race

The Fertility Race September 1999
A series about the social implications of infertility and the advanced reproductive techniques designed to correct the condition.

The Few Who Stayed - Defying Genocide in Rwanda

The Few Who Stayed - Defying Genocide in Rwanda April 2004
In April 1994, the central African nation of Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.

The Forgotten 14 Million

The Forgotten 14 Million May 1999
One in five American children is growing up poor. Critics of welfare and other social programs say government spending hasn't solved poverty. But neither has economic growth.

The Global Politics of Food

The Global Politics of Food June 2001
The global economy is changing the way we think about food, from the kinds of things we eat, to the way food is grown and harvested.

The Great Textbook War

The Great Textbook War June 2010
What should children learn in school? It's a question that's stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. Schools were hit by dynamite, buses were riddled with bullets, and coal mines were shut down. The fight was over a new set of textbooks

The Hospice Experiment

The Hospice Experiment June 2004
The '60s were a time of social movements and big changes, but a quieter revolution was underway too - one led by a few middle-aged women who wanted to change our way of death. They were the founders of the hospice movement.

The Positive Life

The Positive Life January 1999
Teens with HIV face the challenge of preparing for an adulthood they may never reach.

The President Calling

The President Calling November 2003
Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon left hundreds of hours of secretly taped telephone conversations. What can these tapes tell us about the presidency and the individuals that hold the office?

The Promise of Justice

The Promise of Justice February 2002
American RadioWorks' award-winning documentary series examining the machinery and insidious legacy of war crimes, and the struggle for justice in societies convulsed by mass violence.

The Rise of Phoenix

The Rise of Phoenix September 2012
For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players. More than one in 10 college students attends a for-profit. The rapid rise of these career-oriented schools has provoked heated debate, opening up new conversations about the costs, quality and purpose of higher education. In this documentary, correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of education.

The Sonic Memorial Project

The Sonic Memorial Project September 2006
Peabody-award winning documentary that chronicles the sounds and voices of the World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood.

The Surprising Legacy of Y2K

The Surprising Legacy of Y2K January 2005
Five years after the hoopla and warnings about Y2K, many still dismiss it as a hoax, scam, or non-event. But in reality, Y2K was not only a real threat narrowly averted, it also led to changes in how we look at technology and economic shifts that are still being felt today. For the fifth anniversary of Y2K, we look at the history and the legacy of the millennium bug.

The Whole Thing Changed

The Whole Thing Changed April 2004
Meet two medics with the Army's 101st Airborne Division stationed in Mosul, Iraq who recorded their impressions of the situation around them.

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The World Turned Upside Down March 1998
An extraordinary moment: America in a rare period of price stability.

Thurgood Marshall Before the Court

Thurgood Marshall Before the Court May 2004
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history, as the leader of an extraordinary legal campaign against racial segregation in America.

Trauma and the Brain

Trauma and the Brain September 2005
Terrifying events like the terrorist attacks of 9/11 trigger strong biological and psychological reactions. Most people can recover over time, but researchers are trying to understand why some never do.

Unmasking Stalin: A Speech That Changed the World

Unmasking Stalin: A Speech That Changed the World February 2006
On February 25, 1956, former Kremlin leader Nikita Khrushchev revealed and denounced, for the first time in the history of the Soviet Union, the crimes of his predecessor, Joseph Stalin, dramatically shifting Soviet Russia's course, stirring a human rights movement, and opening the door to the eventual collapse of the USSR.

Urban Shakespeare

Urban Shakespeare December 2006
A few "at risk" teens in Los Angeles are getting their first jobs, as working artists: studying Shakespeare and writing their own poetry and music, all while earning minimum wage.

Vietnam and the Presidency

Vietnam and the Presidency June 2006
Four American presidents tried to end the conflict in Vietnam. The lessons they learned echo sharply today.

Walking Out of History

Walking Out of History October 1999
The true story of 28 men lost in Antarctica for almost two years, fighting ice and the ocean. It's the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance, and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914.

Wanted: Parents

Wanted: Parents November 2007
Advocates for kids are trying to persuade more families to adopt teenagers. If teenagers in foster care don't find permanent families, they face a grim future. They "age out" of foster care, usually when they turn 18 years old, and many wind up on the streets. Every year, more than 24,000 American young people age out of foster care.

War on Poverty: From the Great Society to the Great Recession

War on Poverty: From the Great Society to the Great Recession June 2010
From the heady optimism of the Great Society to the trauma of the Great Recession, questions remain about what government should do to help the nearly 40 million Americans who are poor.

What Killed Sergeant Gray

What Killed Sergeant Gray October 2008
Sergeant Adam Gray made it home from Iraq only to die in his barracks. Investigating his death, American RadioWorks pieces together a story of soldiers suffering psychological scars -- because they abused Iraqi prisoners.

Who Bought the Farm?

Who Bought the Farm? March 2002
Is there still a place in America for a competitive and independent family farm? And is the use of popular antibiotics on livestock leading us toward a public health crisis?

Who Needs an English Major?

Who Needs an English Major? September 2011
The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.

Whose Vote Counts?

Whose Vote Counts? November 2003
The newest voting machine technology may do little to lessen voter disenfranchisement or fraud, and it will do nothing for those that have lost the right to vote.

With This Ring: Following the International Diamond Trail

With This Ring: Following the International Diamond Trail November 2001
Follow the international diamond trail from the buckets of child miners in war-torn Western Africa to America's jewelry counters.

Witnesses to Terror

Witnesses to Terror September 2004
During an 18-month investigation, the 9/11 Commission heard extraordinary testimony about the terrorist attacks on America. Witnesses told stories of lucky breaks and deadly errors. The commission pieced together new evidence and new details to tell the most complete story to date of the al Qaeda plot.

Workplace U

Workplace U November 2009
We know that a good education can be the ticket to a good job. But for many Americans, conventional school isn't working. They don't make it through high school or don't learn enough to prepare them for good jobs. A new movement turns conventional wisdom on its head, and makes a job the ticket to an education. The idea is to turn workplaces into classrooms and marginal students into productive workers.