With a mini-documentary, live interviews, and user-friendly interactives, The Washington Post just showed the world how to launch an investigation

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“A World In Disarray”: Vice examines American foreign policy in Special Report on HBO

Source: Deadline.

HBO will premiere Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray, a documentary that examines the past, present and future of American foreign policy, on Friday, July 21.

In the exclusive HBO presentation, Vice founder Suroosh Alvi and other Vice correspondents examine the foreign policies that have shaped the modern world and meet people living through today’s major conflicts. It features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Ash Carter and others.

“In this increasingly confusing modern political landscape, we thought it would be interesting to canvass the best minds in foreign policy in an attempt to make sense of what is actually happening and weigh in on the greatest dangers that are facing us today,” says Vice founder Shane Smith. “Marrying signature Vice on-the-ground reporting with unique insights and explanations of how we got here, from the people who were actually there at the table, makes for a foreign policy wonk’s dream. Enjoy!”

Starting with an exclusive interview with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “A World in Disarray,” the special observes America’s role in a post-Cold War world and the unfolding consequences of an “America First” policy.

Alvi and correspondents Sebastian Walker, Ben Ferguson and Isobel Yeung will provide exclusive, never-before-seen footage as they travel through Syria, Ukraine, China and South Korea for firsthand accounts of ongoing humanitarian crises and political struggles in these and neighboring countries.

‪Meet the people on the front lines of America’s coal wars. “From the Ashes” premieres tonight on National Geographic

Source: National Geographic.

In today’s America, coal is a dirty word.

Advocates for clean energy point out that coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

Politicians argue that the coal industry provides tens of thousands of invaluable jobs to America’s blue-collar backbone.

Public health officials warn of the myriad risks of mining and burning coal: respiratory disease, cancer, birth defects, death.

For their part, coal miners remember the generations of workers who provided for their families by powering America—and worry that they can’t do the same for themselves.

In “From the Ashes,” a new documentary from Emmy-nominated director Michael Bonfiglio, people on all sides of the debate get a chance to speak up.

“From the Ashes,” a feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, premieres tonight at 9 pm ET on National Geographic.

‪”No Dress Code Required” chronicles the efforts of a gay Mexican couple to get legally married

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Powerful love permeates Cristina Herrera Boquez’s documentary about a same-sex couple in Baja California, Mexico who defy their local government and wage a legal fight to get married. And long before the movie is over you’ll be as much in love with its subjects as they obviously are with each other. Although its central issue is sadly familiar (but hopefully won’t be for much longer), “No Dress Code Required” offers a heartwarming affirmation that decency sometimes prevails.

The film, recently featured at New York City’s Human Rights Watch Festival, will be released theatrically later this year.

Victor and Fernandez, who own and run a beauty shop together, decided to get married in 2013 after being together for nearly a decade. It seemed easy enough, since the Mexican Supreme Court had recently declared gay marriage legal.

Unfortunately, the independent state in which they lived had defied the ruling. Both its governor and the mayor of Mexicali, where the two men lived, declared their opposition to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. While the couple could easily have traveled to Mexico City to get hitched as others had done before, they decided out of principle to fight it out where they lived.

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