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by Tug Yourgrau and Dan Miller
The little-known 1960 felony conviction of three gay Smith College professors marked the peak of sexual McCarthyism, pitting an individual’s right to privacy against national security claims.
by Nancy Schiesari
A look at the life of one of America’s great women photographers, one of the first staff photographers at LIFE magazine, whose Depression-era photos and commitment to social justice inspired concerned artists everywhere.
by Connie Field
This five-part series chronicles the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.
by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Vincent Brown
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness examines the life and work of the Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits, whose writings challenged prevailing notions of race and culture.
by Ramona Diaz
Clips, interviews, home movies and more reveal how the former first lady of the Philippines courted, claimed, used, and abused power for nearly four decades.
Global Voices, Independent Lens
by Christine Christopher and Carvin Eison
In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York.
by Joel P. Engardio and Tom Shepard
Following two families who stand firm for their controversial and misunderstood Christian faith, Knocking reveals how Jehovah's Witnesses have helped shape history beyond the doorstep.
by Frederick Wiseman
The Last Letter is legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s poignant portrayal of a Russian Jewish woman living in a Ukrainian city seized by the Germans who writes her son one last letter.
by Kyle Boyd
In the 1960s, Baptist minister Curtis Boyd left his East Texas pulpit to become a doctor, providing safe abortions before it was legal. A documentary portrait by his son Kyle, Life Matters offers a myth-shattering look at a father, his times and his community.
by Rachel Raney and David Murray
The hunt for a missing time capsule reveals the heart of this eccentric California suburban town, home to a controversial totem pole, a supernatural light bulb, and a nuclear research lab.