An examination of the New York justice system focuses on the war against drugs waged by the Major Narcotics Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney's office in Brooklyn. The hour follows three cases and profiles key members of the bureau, including the chief, Avery Mehlman.
A profile of former President George Bush focuses on his “commitment to public service,” from his Navy days in WWII through his Presidency. Included: interviews with his brother Prescott Bush; his mother Dorothy Walker Bush; author Gail Sheehy; author Richard Ben Cramer.
Examining law-enforcement efforts to eliminate organized crime. This expanded edition traces the rise of New York's Gambino family, whose members included Carlo Gambino and John Gotti; Thomas Dewey's successful prosecution of Charles “Lucky” Luciano; and Attorney General Robert Kennedy's investigations into the activities of Carlos Marcello.
“Do celebrities get equal justice?” asks Bill Kurtis in a report that looks at criminal cases involving well-known personalities. Included: the 1983 trial of director John Landis for the deaths of three actors (including Vic Morrow) on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
A profile of the “hardest working man in show business,” the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown. Included: interviews with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dan Aykroyd. Also: footage from “American Bandstand.”
Examining the impeachment process, placing it in historical context and looking at the case against President Clinton. Interviewed: Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste; political scientist Alan Lichtman; former Federal judge Alcee Hastings.
A profile of Mary Kay Letourneau, the former Washington State teacher who was convicted of having sex with her 13-year-old student. Among those commenting are Letourneau (in a phone interview), childhood friends and author Gregg Olsen (“If Loving You Is Wrong”).
“Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde” examines their private lives and the public's fascination with their brutal crime spree during the Depression. Included: archival footage, photographs, letters and interviews.
Chronicling the life of U.S. senator Ted Kennedy. Among the topics: his privileged upbringing, relationship with his father, personal tragedies, including the deaths of four siblings; and legislative career. Interviewed: Kennedy, Sen. Orrin Hatch, cousins Joe Gargan and Kerry McCarthy, and Bobby Kennedy, Jr.
A profile of Henry Kissinger includes interviews with former President Gerald Ford, John Ehrlichman, Alexander Haig, Lawrence Eagleburger and Joseph Sisco, as well as Kissinger's mother and son. Jack Perkins is the host.
Profiling musician Brian Wilson, the creative force behind the Beach Boys. The program examines the formation of the group, Brian's relationship with his domineering father and his problems with drug abuse and mental illness. Included are interviews with former wife Marilyn and daughters Wendy and Carnie.
Chronicling August 31, 1997, the last day of Princess Diana's life, which ended in an automobile accident in Paris. Included: interviews with eyewitnesses; Dodi Al Fayed's bodyguard; hotel personnel; and members of the paparazzi.
Profiling Britain's Princess Diana (1961-97), whose adult insecurities are attributed to a privileged but unhappy childhood, following her parents' divorce. Included: home movies and archival clips, illuminated by telling interviews with friends and colleagues.
Profiling Chicago crime bosses, including Al Capone, who became the Windy City's gangland kingpin in his 20s; 1960s gangster Sam Giancana; and Anthony Accardo, reportedly the trigger man at the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre.