News stories are dramatized, with the dialogue drawn entirely from real life. Reenactments include the 1974 crash of a passenger jet in heavy North Carolina fog (First Officer: Jon Terry); the 1975 court case of a man (played by Paul Vincent) charged with prostitution; the 1975 New Jersey case in which the parents (Mark Dawson, Billie Lou Watt) of Karen Quinlan argue that their daughter's life-support systems be turned off. Attorney Armstrong: Jim Roberts.
News events reenacted using actual dialogue include "Secret Germ Warfare on Americans," about controversial experiments; "Raid on Piedras Negras," about a Texas entrepreneur's frog-farming venture; and "Blowing the Whistle," about the issue of police-department cover-ups. Pepitone: George Pollock. Evseroff: Sam Gray. Koopman: Ray Serra. Michael: Sam Coppola.
Reenacted incidents in the lives of assassins and would-be assassins. Included: Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Saylor Creswell) seeks Soviet citizenship; Sirhan Sirhan (Michael Kell), under hypnosis, recalls confronting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Arthur Bremer (Eric Uhler) stalks President Nixon in Canada before shooting George Wallace; Sara Jane Moore (Sloane Shelton), who tried to kill President Ford, appears in court. Andrew MacMillan is the series host.