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Morgan Spurlock is at it again in Super Size Me 2

Source:  PEOPLE Thirteen years after his documentary, "Super Size Me," started a national conversation about the health risks of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock is ready to take it on again in "Super Size Me 2. This time, Spurlock is going behind-the-scenes of...

“Oh les filles!” tells the history of french female rock stars

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter An alternative reading of French rock history is given in "Oh les filles" ("Haut les filles"), from French journalist-turned-director Francois Armanet, and as the title suggests, it tells the story from a female point-of-view. The...

How Obamacare became a symbol of America’s divide

Source:  FRONTLINE Following years of legal challenges and political battles, a federal appeals court in New Orleans may now hold the fate of the Affordable Care Act in its hands. A trio of judges there is deliberating whether to uphold a ruling out of Texas late last...

The Stonewall Inn: The Bar That Started It All

Source:  The New York Times Few places are so closely identified with the birth of a movement as the Stonewall Inn and the streets that surround it in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. This month marks 50 years since the Stonewall riot, which...

The Horrors of ICE’s “Trans Pod”

Source:  The Atlantic “I decided to come to the U.S. to save my life,” says Luz, a transgender woman from Honduras, in Sylvia Johnson’s short documentary "Luz’s Story." Luz entered the United States via an official port of entry and asked for protection through...

Morgan Spurlock is at it again in Super Size Me 2

Source:  PEOPLE Thirteen years after his documentary, "Super Size Me," started a national conversation about the health risks of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock is ready to take it on again in "Super Size Me 2. This time, Spurlock is going behind-the-scenes of...

How Obamacare became a symbol of America’s divide

Source:  FRONTLINE Following years of legal challenges and political battles, a federal appeals court in New Orleans may now hold the fate of the Affordable Care Act in its hands. A trio of judges there is deliberating whether to uphold a ruling out of Texas late last...

Who Owns the Moon?

Source:  American Experience There was no need for space law before humans put objects in space, but the launch of Sputnik in 1957 caused Americans and nations around the world to become concerned about the potential for maleficence on the part of bad actors. In 1967,...

New doc­u­mentary enters the rings of boxing and religion

Source:  NY1 Boxing is a brutal sport so why do many fighters turn to religion as they engage in such violence?  A new documentary aims to find out. Craig Tubiolo spent three years working on "Ring of Faith."  He’s the Director of Programming and Production at DeSales...

Why Are We Obsessed With Serial Killers?

Source:  The Atlantic In 1979, the American discourse on serial killers was irrevocably changed.  Ted Bundy’s serial murder trial, which was nationally televised, ushered in a new era of live entertainment. Fifteen years later, O. J. Simpson’s trial became the next...

“Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party” premieres tonight on PBS

Source:  The New York Times Earlier this month thousands of Hong Kong residents began protesting against a bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China. The timing of the demonstrations makes them ever more potent: This month marks the 30th anniversary of the...

Every Toy in the “Toy Story” Franchise, Explained

Source:  Wired "Toy Story 4" director Josh Cooley takes a look at every toy that appears in the "Toy Story" franchise and explains their significance. From "Toy Story 4" star Forky to the iconic Buzz Lightyear, hear the backstories behind your favorite characters....

Amazon acquires Starbucks-produced “This Is Football” docuseries

Source:  Variety Amazon has ordered a documentary series to go from Starbucks.  “This is Football” will span the globe and tell six stories about the global power of soccer. Veteran producer and film executive Joe Roth, an owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer club,...

The new technology Cold War runs through a cable on the ocean floor

Source:  Field of Vision The United States and China are in the midst of a power struggle: a new Cold War of technology with companies like Huawei at the center. Field of Vision's “Cablestreet” offers viewers an unprecedented look inside the notorious telecom company....

“I Am Human” explores the future of neurotechnology

Source:  The Verge We’re in a dark moment for the tech industry: a time when some new technologies have been adopted recklessly and backfired terribly, and others have developed far more slowly than their creators hoped. Against the backdrop of this pessimism, a film...

“Picture Character” explores the mysterious emoji approval process

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Chances are you use them every day and know very little about them.  We're talking about emojis, those cute graphics which apparently no email or text message can be without these days. Martha Shane and Ian Cheney's documentary, whose...

Bred to be shot: Inside America’s exotic hunting industry

Source:  CBS News Texas is the epicenter of the exotic animal industry in the U.S. 5 Star Outfitters is one of the many hundreds of hunting ranches in Texas that stock their grounds with exotic animals like the wildebeest. There's no official count, but some estimates...

The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

Source:  CNBC on YouTube Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S.  Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through its Prime service  in 2017. But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers, the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout....

Meet the vigilantes filling in the potholes in Oakland, California

Source:  VICE For a state where the car is king, California’s roads are in pretty terrible shape.  This is particularly true in Oakland, California where tens of thousands of unfilled potholes wreak havoc on San Francisco Bay Area drivers every day. “You can't can't...

How Best Buy cheated death and took on Amazon

Source:  CNBC Amazon has shattered traditional brick-and-mortar stores across sectors, but there's one retail giant that still stands amid the rapidly changing retail market: Best Buy. In 2012, the electronics chain almost declared bankruptcy.  Then, somehow, it...

Watch the restoration of the very first American Honda

Source:  Driving Honda has been doing business in America for 60 years this year and to celebrate the milestone, the brand has released a video highlighting the restoration of the very first Honda to arrive in America, the 1967 Honda N600, serial number one. Tim Mings...

Shutting Down the Streets of LA: Sideshow Takeovers

Source:  VICE Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area, sideshows are events where participants shut down busy public intersections and perform car stunts such as donuts, burnouts, and drifts. In Los Angeles, one of the biggest sideshow car clubs is TAKING 0VER and...

“Oh les filles!” tells the history of french female rock stars

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter An alternative reading of French rock history is given in "Oh les filles" ("Haut les filles"), from French journalist-turned-director Francois Armanet, and as the title suggests, it tells the story from a female point-of-view. The...

Newsweek announces plans for film and distribution unit

Source:  Variety Newsweek magazine intends to start Newsweek Studios, a film and distribution company that will focus on newsworthy and documentary content from filmmakers around the world. Pierce Cravens, a producer and actor, has been named president and will lead...