Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.
"Good Concept But Very Little Content"
The visceral impact of history's great speechmakers is at the heart of Say It Plain. This new American RadioWorks documentary highlights a selection of landmark sermons, speeches, and broadcasts by remarkable African-American speakers.
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. Three stories in this special report from American RadioWorks: "Engineering Crops in a Needy World", "A Bean of a Different Color", and "The Campaign to Humanize the Coffee Trade".
In August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, 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.
"God Bless them all !!!"
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.
For much of the 20th century, African-Americans endured a legal system in the American South that was calculated to segregate and humiliate them.
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.
"Belgium's Should Be Ashamed!"
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.
Bankruptcy is booming. The reasons more Americans are filing for personal bankruptcy over the past decade are contentious, from predatory lending to lax morals. And despite a new law designed to slow down filings, America's bankruptcy will likely remain in record territory.
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. In this documentary, explore The Roots of Resentment against America in the Arab world, and the complex emotions the U.S. provokes even in our closest ally, Great Britain.
"nice program with clear truths"
Members of Congress face many temptations from special interests who want to take them on free trips golfing and fishing, or to Bermuda and Wimbledon. But voters are demanding reform.
"Las Vegas: An Unconventional History" commemorates the 100th anniversary of Las Vegas with a sweeping look at the city's dramatic past. The program follows a century of Las Vegas' development, from its humble, dusty beginnings as a remote railway station to the fluorescent, 24-hour, corporate-financed destination it is today.
For decades, the United States has been the dominant exporter of pop culture. In the 21st century, it has a powerful new competitor: Japan. Young people across the globe watch anime, read manga comic books from right to left, listen to J-pop, and play with Japanese toys and video games. What's so cool about Japan? Will the ancient nation rise again, this time as the world's leading exporter of fantasy? An entertaining journey, from Tokyo to middle America.
"Death is un-American," an "affront to the American Dream," wrote historian Arnold Toynbee in 1969. It was a time of social movements, and big change: peace and civil rights, environmentalism and women's liberation.
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.
We spend six months following a lively group of innovators, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who are at the epicenter of an American desire for clean technologies - and they seek riches and solutions to global climate change. This is what happens when good deeds grapple with the realities of the free market.
Supermax prisons are icons of America¿s tough penal system. But do Supermaxes live up to their promise of stopping violent crime? This report takes listeners inside one Supermax prison where sophisticated prison gangs flourish, often against all odds.
The nation's swelling inmate population has turned imprisonment into a $50 billion-a-year industry. Those who've prospered along the way include corporations, prison guard unions, and police agencies. American RadioWorks correspondent John Biewen examines how some of those with vested interests help to shape who gets locked up and for how long.
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 the legal campaign against racial segregation, which culminated in the landmark Brown v. Board decision. This project traces Marshall's life as a lawyer and justice.
Follow students, teachers, and administrators from Western Guilford High School as they navigate the requirements of No Child Left Behind.