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At one point in the documentary Dolores, about American farm workers' labor activist Dolores Huerta, her daughter says, "We need to set the record straight! Women cannot be written out of history!" Th…
In 2006, Vice President Al Gore used his fame to explode environmentalism into the mainstream. Using a PowerPoint slide presentation as the core of his message, he managed to explain global warning in…
There's something so unreal and ephemeral about carnivals that it's almost strange to think about them in practical terms. They appear every year with their dependable variations on rides, games, priz…
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I was of a generation of American kids that was not taught about Vietnam. Sure, some kids had fathers that fought or even died there. Some of our classmates were refugee…
While other modern reality shows have had people looking for husbands and wives, or "surviving" on tropical islands while trying to win peanut butter sandwiches, PBS has taken their own spin on the ge…
Using a curious, sometimes wobbly, sometimes fascinatingly cool mix of fiction and documentary, National Geographic's series Mars presents a space drama supported by the historical science that made i…
I have a love/hate relationship with Oasis. I adored their catchy pop-rock sensibilities in the 90s, especially the masterpiece that is "Wonderwall". But then I saw them in concert, and was faced with…
"My grandparents were colored. My parents were Negroes. And me, I'm black." So says the amiable host and creator of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has the demeanor …
Let me start by saying, yes, I'm a member of Generation X, born smack in the middle of the generation described in the opening of this documentary series as being born between 1961 and 1981. Slacker. …
When recounting how his vivacious, chatty toddler suddenly changed, father Ron Suskind remembers, "All of a sudden, at 3 years old, Owen vanishes. The doctor says, 'Let me explain what autism is...'" …
Over ten years ago, Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas (outside of Dallas) started a Halloween haunted house that was designed to literally scare the fear of Hell into you. It was in 1999 though, tha…
There are those of us (myself included) that may doubt that mid-century American women had the smackdown skills of, say, modern WWE entertainers. But any doubts will be laid to rest with this film—Lip…