Democracy for All?
About This Collection
de·moc·ra·cy : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections - Merriam-Webster
The United States government is known as a democracy but what we learned in history class is not the same as what we see in the now. The state of democracy in this country has changed at the local, state and national levels over the years, especially within the past three decades. WORLD Channel focuses on transformation and sustainability by exploring the impact of democratic systems within America and in nations around the world during the month of July. Powerful stories of political leadership, citizens advocating for rights, and election cycles bring to the forefront the question of what democracy means and how it is experienced in different cultures.
Episodes In This Collection
P.O.V.: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist and philosopher whose vision of revolution will surprise you. American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing dialectical conversation, to propel societal change.
Tea Party activists Katy and John, from the battleground state of Pennsylvania, believe America's salvation lies in a return to true conservative values. Town Hall is more than a political treatise; in exquisite detail, it depicts the concerns of those who believe they will be left behind by a nation they fear is spiraling downward.
Out of Order
Exploring what many citizens perceive to be a kind of broken politics in America. Out of Order examines the decline in civil discourse; the news media’s role; partisan gridlock; vanishing commitment to reasonable compromise; declining civic engagement; and factors such as gerrymandering, filibustering, money and the role of business, scandal, and cynicism.
Great Conversations: Chris Matthews and E.J. Dionne Jr.
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, discusses his book, "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked," and offers a firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill. Matthews draws on his own knowledge and interviews for a lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: A More Perfect Union
Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal travels across the country to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t as well as how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: It's A Free Country
Ask Americans what the Constitution’s most important feature is and most will say it’s the guarantees of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. On Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: It's A Free Country, Sagal explores the history of the Bill of Rights and addresses several stories involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion and right to privacy.
A modern-day Oskar Schindler story about Kirk Johnson, a 26-year-old American aid worker, fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq.
Code of the West
In a showdown between a state and the nation, Code of the West follows the Montana politics of marijuana policy reform, and the federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers in this state and across America.
When the South African government begins to “eradicate the slums” by evicting shack dwellers, three friends, leaders in a growing social movement, refuse to be moved from their homes and community. Dear Mandela follows their journey from the shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela.
An African Election
The 2008 elections in Ghana captivated a nation. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win.
Behind the Rainbow
As South Africa struggles with the aftermath of apartheid, bitter rivals Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma fight for their nation's future. Can the deal between South Africa's old apartheid regime and its new government withstand the test of time, or will power consume the dream?
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: Created Equal
In the third installment of Constitution USA, Peter Sagal learns about the far-reaching changes created by the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868, which made equality a constitutional right, and governs the nation today.
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: Built to Last?
On the final episode of Constitution USA, Peter Sagal travels to Iceland where leaders have decided to create a new constitution, turning to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Peter to consider why our own founding document has been able to last for more than 225 years.
Stokes: An American Dream
An inspiring story profiling African-American brothers who changed the course of American politics. Carl, the first black mayor of a major American city, and Louis, the first black U.S. congressman from Ohio, overcame a poverty-stricken childhood in Depression-era Cleveland, to eventually rise in political prominence during the civil rights era.
Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible
For the last half of the 20th century, America was consumed by two struggles: the civil rights movement and the cold war. For 30 years, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey stood at the center of both. A fresh look at the great body of work of this remarkable American, the film explores his journey through the major events of the 20th century.
The Kennedy Half-Century
John F. Kennedy's legacy has endured for more than 50 years. Based on Larry Sabato's book, "The Kennedy Half-Century" chronicles the impact and influence of JFK's life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.
Frontline: Egypt in Crisis
It took them 80 years to rise to power, and 12 months to lose it. In a special FRONTLINE report, veteran Middle East correspondents Martin Smith and Charles Sennott examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. With unique access to the Brotherhood’s leadership, FRONTLINE follows the Islamist movement as they plot their next move.
Frontline: Syria's Second Front
Three years into Syria's civil war, rebel forces aren't just fighting the Assad regime. They're also vying for control against factions aligned with Al Qaeda. FRONTLINE correspondent Muhammad Ali delivers a gripping report from inside a country in turmoil. Also, the war's youngest bystanders reflect on Syria's chaos in "Children of Aleppo."
The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman
The inspirational story of the life and career of Edmund D. Edelman, a political visionary whose courage and humanity transformed the fabric of life in Southern California. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman provides a unique lens for viewing the political and community life of Los Angeles from the sixties to the present day.