Political Science


New! Sandra Day O’Connor: The First 112 min.

For 191 years the U.S. Supreme Court was populated only by men. When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice in 1981, the announcement dominated the news. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, in her 25 years as justice she was the swing vote in cases about some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Leaving Afghanistan 54 min.

This program investigates the consequences of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. With exclusive access to a militant wing of the Taliban, and the story of Iran’s growing influence across the country. Also: a report on politics and rape in India.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! The New York Times Has Lost Its Way 65 min.

What's happening at the New York Times? Founded in 1851, the newspaper has long been one of the most respected sources of news in the United States. But the "paper of record" has recently come under fire, with critics arguing it has sacrificed journalistic and intellectual balance in favor of correcting historic inequalities. In the process, they contend, this effort has stifled dissent and promot...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! The GOP Has Lost Its Way 74 min.

What should the GOP, or Republican Party, look like after the presidency of Donald Trump? For many prominent establishment figures, including those behind the Lincoln Project, the GOP has lost its way. The only way back, they argue, is to purge the forces that brought Trump to power. But others warn that rejecting the millions of voters who supported the former president is the wrong call for the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Taiwan Is Indefensible 57 min.

The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. Since nationalist forces fled communist revolutionaries in mainland China and set up their own government on the nearby island of Taiwan in 1949, China has thirsted to regain it. With 24 million people and a robust economy, however, Taiwan has long claimed its sovereignty as an independent nation. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s government...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

American Insurrection 84 min.

FRONTLINE investigates the rising threat of far-right violence in America. With ProPublica, this film exposes the individuals and ideologies behind a wave of crimes, culminating in the attack on the Capitol.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Our Towns 97 min.

Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan (HBO’s Emmy®-nominated Raising Renee) and based on a bestselling book by esteemed journalists James and Deborah Fallows, Our Towns looks at how small towns and cities respond to setbacks. Finding unexpected connections between personal stories, community actions, and the arc of history, the visually stunning feature documentar...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Long Breakup 86 min.

This program explores Ukraine’s struggle to escape Russia’s embrace, leave its Soviet past behind, and become a truly independent country. Ukrainian-American journalist, Katya Soldak, of Forbes Magazine, tells the story of her home country as it exits the USSR, works through two revolutions, and endures a war with Russia — all through the eyes of her family and friends in Kharkiv, a large Ukrainia...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

For the Last Four Years, America Got the Middle East Right 76 min.

President Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East will likely be far different from that of former president Donald Trump. But should it be? For some, the Trump legacy was the right approach: a transactional style that resulted in a host of political and diplomatic victories, including normalizing relations between Israel and several Arab nations. It was also selectively aggressive when it came to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

America's Socialist Experiment 56 min.

America's Socialist Experiment recounts both the victories and failures of a unique brand of socialism in the historically conservative city of Milwaukee, Wisc. Between 1910 and 1960, elected socialists in Milwaukee reduced corruption, improved conditions for working people, and cleaned up the environment, leaving a mixed legacy to which both Democrats and Republicans lay claim today.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020