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America at a Crossroads Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

15 Episodes 2007 - 2009

Episode 1

JIHAD: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda

Sun, Apr 15, 2007 117 mins

"JIHAD: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda" looks at radical Islamic groups, including the beliefs that inspire them and the challenges they pose to their governments and to the West.

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Episode 2

Warriors; Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

Mon, Apr 16, 2007 117 mins

"Warriors" details the daily lives of U.S. soldiers in and around Baghdad during 2005. Then, "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience" explores an NEA initiative in which noted authors led writing workshops for military personnel. Featured are comments from writers Tim O'Brien and James Salter, and dramatic readings of the soldiers' works by actors Josh Lucas, Aaron Eckhart and Blair Underwood.

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Episode 3

Gangs of Iraq; The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom

Tue, Apr 17, 2007 117 mins

"Gangs of Iraq" examines the four-year effort to train Iraqi forces to "stand up"; and how the Coalition-trained Iraqi military and police have been infiltrated by sectarian militias. Also: "The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom" follows former assistant defense secretary Richard Perle, who championed the invasion of Iraq, as he defends the war; and debates opponents, including the wife of a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq, and former UN ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

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Episode 4

Europe's 9/11; The Muslim Americans

Wed, Apr 18, 2007 117 mins

"Europe's 9/11" looks back at Al Qaeda-linked bombings of commuter trains in Madrid on March 11, 2004, which killed 191 people. Also: "The Muslim Americans" explores how the Muslim community has fared in the U.S. since 9/11; and compares it with the experiences of Muslims in Great Britain and Europe.

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Episode 5

Faith Without Fear; Struggle for the Soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia

Thu, Apr 19, 2007 117 mins

"Faith Without Fear" follows Muslim dissident Irshad Manji ("The Trouble With Islam Today"), who seeks to reform Islam, as she travels in North America, Europe and Yemen. Also: "Struggle for the Soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia" examines the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia and details the threat it poses to the country.

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Episode 6

Security Versus Liberty: The Other War; The Brotherhood

Fri, Apr 20, 2007 117 mins

"Security Versus Liberty: The Other War" examines the Bush administration's efforts to protect the home front from terrorist attacks; and the reaction of critics, who contend the measures have eroded civil liberties. Also: in "The Brotherhood," Newsweek reporters Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff investigate the Muslim Brotherhoood, an organization that promotes a fundamentalist form of Islam.

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Episode 7

Kansas to Kandahar

Mon, Jun 11, 2007 87 mins

"Kansas to Kandahar" tracks the experiences of an Army Reserve Chinook helicopter unit as it served a one-year deployment, first providing humanitarian relief in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake, then headed to Afghanistan, where it transported troops and supplies into combat zones. Included: how the unit's families dealt with the absence of their loved ones.

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Episode 8

Anti-Americans (A Hate/Love Relationship)

Mon, Aug 27, 2007 57 mins

"Anti-Americans (A Hate/Love Relationship)" is an illuminating look at how Europeans perceive the U.S., with clips from the French satire series "Les Guignols de lInfo" ("News Puppets") and the English production of "Jerry Springer: The Opera." Also: comments from French, Polish and British residents, including two French hip-hop artists and a Polish country musician.

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Episode 9

Inside America’s Empire

Mon, Sep 3, 2007 57 mins

Atlantic Monthly military correspondent Robert D. Kaplan examines the U.S. military's role in the 21st century. Included: U.S. forces working with local forces in the Philippines and Mali to root out terrorists; assisting the Colombian government in its war against the narcotics trade; and training the military in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

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Episode 10

Homegrown: Islam in Prison

Mon, Nov 26, 2007 57 mins

Examining the role of Islam in U.S. prisons, and whether inmates receive the Muslim faith's true teachings or the radicalized rendition adopted by some terrorists. Included: remarks from former FBI agent Stephen Denny and Imam Frederick Thaufeer al-Deen, a former federal-prison chaplain. Also: the story of Levar Haney Washington, a convert to Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, a radical Islamic group that allegedly plotted to attack targets in Los Angeles in 2005.

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Episode 11

Campus Battleground

Mon, Nov 26, 2007 57 mins

An examination of how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays at UC-Berkeley and Columbia University, where sentiments on both sides are strong. At Berkeley, pro-Palestinian students set up mock Israeli checkpoints while Jewish students celebrate Israel Day. At Columbia, provocative speakers stoke debate. Included: Bari Weiss, editor of Current, a Columbia Jewish-affairs journal; and Khadijah Abdul Nabi, president of Turath, the university's Arab cultural organization.

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Episode 12

Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age

Sun, May 11, 2008 57 mins

Five Muslim-American comedians share their experiences and observations about navigating a post-9/11 world. Included: "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" veteran Ahmed Ahmed; Tissa Hami, who wears her hijab on stage; Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid, who cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival; and Azhar Usman, who headlined "Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour."

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Episode 13

The Trial of Saddam Hussein

Sun, Oct 12, 2008 57 mins

The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is chronicled. Included: his conviction and sentencing; claims that the proceedings were tainted.

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Episode 14

Dissonance and Harmony: Arabic Music Goes West

Sun, Nov 2, 2008 57 mins

Music impresario Miles Copeland travels to the Middle East, where he meets local musicians who share their attitudes about the West. He brings five to L.A., and partners them with such Western artists as Nile Rodgers, Charlotte Caffey (the Go-Go's), RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Jack Blades, guitarist Ken Mazur and composer Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain") for a concert at L.A.'s legendary Roxy Theatre.

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Episode 16

The Mosque in Morgantown

Mon, Jun 15, 2009 57 mins

The story of journalist Asra Nomani ("Standing Alone"), who returned from Pakistan to her hometown of Morgantown, W. Va., following the 2002 slaying of reporter-friend Daniel Pearl only to find men she saw as extremists running her mosque. As a result, she led a campaign to stop the segregation of women, who had to enter the house of worship through a backdoor and pray in a balcony. Included: interviews with the mosque members.

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