A weekly public-affairs newsmagazine, produced in collaboration with National Public Radio, that includes reports, essays and interviews. The series was spun off (and cut back to a half hour from an hour) when Bill Moyers left in December 2004.
A look at Sheridan Correctional Center, an Illinois medium-security prison that aims to reduce recidivism via substance-abuse treatment, aggressive counseling, job training and following up with convicts after they're released.
The Kenyan soap opera "The Team," whose producers hope to foster social change in their country, is examined. The drama is about soccer players from various tribal backgrounds working together; in reality, the country has 42 tribes who are often at odds with one another, and suffered through tribal-influenced violence during the 2008 presidential election.
A trek to the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas with environmentalist/high-altitude climber Conrad Anker reveals how climate change is affecting the source of the Ganges River. Also: global warming's impact on Montana's Glacier National Park; how the world's melting glaciers may impact food prices in the U.S.
Voter anger and angst are examined. Included: what motivates people to come together under the Tea Party banner; why voter discontent may spell trouble for incumbents in both parties come the 2010 midterm elections.
The Democratic Party's support of reproductive rights is examined. Included: remarks from pro-life Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), former DNC chairman Howard Dean and Allentown (Pa.) Women's Center executive director Jen Boulanger.
The shrinking landscape of journalism is discussed with Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, authors of "The Death and Life of American Journalism." Included: their proposal for government subsidies to support journalism.
A report from Kenya on a TV soap opera designed to foster national unity and combat the tribal conflict that arose following that country's disputed 2007 presidential election. "The Team" follows a soccer team whose members belong to different tribes. Interviewees include Milly Mugadi, one of the show's stars; and John Marks, president of Search for Common Ground, which produces versions of "The Team" in 12 countries.