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The Buffalo War

by Matthew Testa and Bryan Cole

The Buffalo War examines the culture clash between Native Americans, ranchers, environmentalists, and government agents currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America's last wild bison.

True Stories

Fenceline: A Company Town Divided

by Slawomir Grunberg and Jane Greenberg

The social divisions in Norco, Louisiana — a company town in the middle of the Mississippi River’s notorious “cancer alley” — are literally black and white.

True Stories, POV

Homeland

by Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson

Four Lakota Indian families face the persistent challenges of contemporary reservation life.

True Stories

Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story

by Jamie Meltzer

An engaging look at the fascinating subculture of the song-poem industry, where a dream and a song come together as ordinary people mail in their poems to be set to music for a fee.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Okie Noodling

by Bradley Beesley

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands ("noodling"), and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years.

True Stories

Razing Appalachia

by Sasha Waters Freyer

The last 40 families of Blair, West Virginia stay to fight America's second-largest coal company as mountaintop removal mining threatens their homes.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town

by Micha Peled

Tracking the controversy in a town divided over whether to permit the construction of a discount mega-store, Store Wars uncovers how discount retail chains are changing not only the way Americans shop, but the way they work and live.

True Stories

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