Political Science

New! Clarence and Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power and the Supreme Court 114 min.

As controversy erupts around Clarence and Ginni Thomas, the inside story of their path to power. How race, power and controversy collide in the rise of the Supreme Court Justice and his wife – a couple reshaping American law and politics.

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Has China's Power Peaked?: A Debate 51 min.

Since China's communist government began opening the country to capitalist investment and development in the 1980s, China has become an industrial powerhouse, rivaling the United States in manufacturing output and economic might. In 2000, China's gross domestic product—the total amount of goods and services a nation produces—was just 12 percent that of the United States. By the early 2020s, this f...

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Was January 6th an Existential Threat to American Democracy?: A Debate 52 min.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump (R, 2017–21) stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to stop the certification of votes from the 2020 presidential election that Joe Biden (D) won. Threatening to hang the vice president, rioters broke windows, stole property, and vandalized offices. Seven people ultimately died as a result of the events of January 6th, and hundreds we...

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The Movement and the "Madman" 83 min.

The Movement and the “Madman” shows how two antiwar protests in the fall of 1969 — the largest the country had ever seen — pressured President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam, including a threat to use nuclear weapons. At the time, protestors had no idea how influential they could be and how many lives they may have saved.

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Putin and the Presidents 54 min.

Vladimir Putin’s clashes with American presidents as he’s tried to rebuild the Russian empire. Over five administrations, the miscalculations and missteps of American presidents, culminating in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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New! China’s Hacker Army 53 min.

When Microsoft accused state-backed Chinese hackers of entering its servers to target at least 60,000 global users, few people were surprised. It was just the latest in a long line of Chinese cyberattacks. Growing security concerns over China have also led to Huawei being banned or restricted from 5G networks in a host of countries, including the US, the UK, and Australia. “There are two types...

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New! War in Ukraine: How Putin Manipulates the Russian People 60 min.

Months into the invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is running at full speed in Russia. Independent media have all been shut down, the main social networks blocked. Opponents who did not flee have been thrown into prison. Throughout the country, no dissonant voice against the war is tolerated. Putin’s regime is sliding towards totalitarianism. Every evening, on the state television ch...

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Are Primary Elections Ruining Democracy?: A Debate 52 min.

The U.S. Constitution has a lot to say about government and how Americans choose their leaders. But nowhere in the document is there any mention of primary elections, the process by which voters winnow down the field of candidates for president and other offices ahead of a general election. Though primary elections may seem integral to the U.S. political system, they are in fact relatively new, ar...

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Pelosi in the House 110 min.

In her 14th documentary film for HBO, acclaimed documentarian Alexandra Pelosi offers a candid, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life of her mother and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, through her career milestones leading up to the inauguration of President Joseph Biden in January 2021. Filmed in a cinéma vérité style over the course of three decades, Pelosi...

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Putin's Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes 84 min.

Documenting evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine and the pursuit of justice. With the Associated Press, tracing Vladimir Putin’s pattern of atrocities in Ukraine and other conflicts, and the challenge of holding him to account.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022