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In this neo-noir tale, an aspiring actress and a cowboy arrive in Del Rio, TX, with different pursuits. When their plans fall through, the border town becomes a strange way station where time seems to stand still and things are not what they seem.
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Her boyfriend beat her up, but she went to jail. This is the story of one woman’s compassion and a broken system that failed to protect Shawnda Chapman Brown.
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Graffiti artist Lee Trice was arrested when cops mistook him for notorious NYC tagger Dick Chicken. After Lee refused to snitch, officers told him “you’re about to go to hell,” aka central booking.
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When his crush showed up to the party, Kevin Richards was already in handcuffs for trying to save it from aggressive cops. Being the party hero didn’t exactly make him look like Prince Charming.
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During journalist Daniel Genis’ 10-year stint in a maximum security prison, he was sent to solitary four times. His most noteworthy infraction? The unauthorized exchange of five human souls.
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When a heroin addict describes withdrawal as “the flu times a million,” the last thing he needs is an arrest interrupting his doping routine.
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After two years in prison, Evie Litwok, a Jewish lesbian and daughter to two Holocaust survivors, founded Witness to Mass Incarceration, which advocates for incarcerated women and LGBTQ people.
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He lost nothing and fled. She lost everything and stayed. After surviving the 2018 Woolsey fire, record exec Damon Dash and lifelong Malibu resident LisaJo McGee developed very differing views on the value of home.
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A story of twin sisters who discovered that their sexual orientation turned out to be a shared identity.
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In this short docu-series, a diverse group of everyday people recount their arrest stories and reveal the shocking range of encounters one can have with law enforcement.
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An intimate look at four rising musicians from Chicago and the common issues that young Black women artists have to overcome both in a male-dominated music industry and a marginalizing society, from racism to physical expectations to sexual trauma.
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Seven billion people. One act. Infinite ways to do it. Everybody eats, but that’s where the similarities end. With the power to influence cultures, industries, and personal ambitions, eating is a direct entry point into understanding humanity
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What happens to a property after it’s been marred by tragedy? Can it be revived or will it be forever stigmatized? “Distressed real estate” expert Randall Bell shows us what has become of four infamous sites around the US steeped in trauma.
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Get a glimpse at the future of health and rehab through five individuals testing out groundbreaking new technology and programs. Judging by their stories, the future is bright.
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To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.
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Hip-hop, ballet, vogue, and so much more. In this competition, 20 fiercely unique dancers show off their moves across five iconic NYC neighborhoods. Host and judge, vogue pioneer Cesar Valentino, will decide: who’s got the Best Walk?
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What happens when twins remember or interpret the same event completely differently?
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The price of war is every life it touches. In the United Kingdom, that includes a town of people who build fighter jets, Quaker activists determined to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and refugees caught in the middle.
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Jollof rice is a widely celebrated staple dish in both Nigeria and Ghana, but who does it better? In this seriously heated cook-off, Chef Segun of Nigeria and Chef Barbara of Ghana will each make a convincing case for their country’s version.
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Sisterhood is more than skin deep. Half-sisters Jazmin and Timeisha are both proud to be Black, but having different skin tones means being impacted by prejudice in different ways. But they share one identical trait: they’ve got each other’s backs.
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A great way to earn money or a pyramid scheme? Both Carly and Roberta sold clothes for controversial MLM (multi-level marketing) company LulaRoe, but see why one calls it a healthy outlet and one became an anti-MLM advocate.
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One minute she was driving and the next, Jennifer Montano’s life was forever changed. But her terrible mistake has also given her a new purpose in life.
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Coss Marte recounts his old life as an NYC drug dealer and the day he was arrested. After doing seven years, he founded a gym that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness.
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Max was protesting police brutality when he was tackled to the ground by officers, but he was immortalized in the process. The moment was captured and became a widely used photo of resistance.
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How does an innocuous driving offense lead to having three encounters with the cops and your car being completely torn apart? Was it thorough policing or just plain harassment?
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This is the story of how almond milk led to one girl’s arrest. Hannah Laytner walked into a party with Silk and came out with Rolling Rock—guess which one is easier to spot by campus police?
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When comedian and carpenter Jordan Jensen was pulled over, the cop found a mighty suspicious combo of items: an axe, wigs, red paint, and syringes. So how did she get off so easy? Laughter.
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When he was 17, El Sawyer shot someone who was trying to rob him and his brother. After being arrested, they were taken into interrogation and what happened there is a testament to brotherly love.
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Amir Ouazzani shows how being a gymnast can come in handy when you’re handcuffed, and why his arresting officer called him Houdini.
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With a sound that’s like Erykah Badu meets Little Dragon and an eclectic style, Jean Deaux is poised for breakout success. She revisits her first open mic stages, opens up about a trauma, and reveals how she resists fear.
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Akenya, 26, is a quadruple threat: singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. After overcoming a lonely childhood, health issues, and every form of marginalization, she’s now working with Grammy-nominated artists and ready to release her own album.
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At 22, singer Christian has already won the respect of Chance the Rapper, but it hasn’t been an easy road. On the South Side, she dealt with redlining; in Freeport, she faced open racism. Now the preacher’s daughter is taking on the music industry.
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Shortly after releasing her mixtape, “RETROGRADE,” rapper, teacher, and tarot card reader Jasmine (aka J Bambii) talks about the roots of her anxieties and how music has helped her heal and learn to accept herself.
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In 2007, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The majority of them were in Norris Hall. Today, the building has been transformed into a center for peace studies, which Randall Bell calls a “textbook” way to revive a tragedy site.
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The mere mention of Jeffrey Dahmer’s name sends chills, so imagine being his neighbors. In this case, the stigma was so strong that the building had to be destroyed. But according to Randall, that should have been just the beginning.
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The Flight 93 memorial site turned a common field into a national landmark, but not before the landowner demanded a hefty sum for the property increase. Was he profiting off of tragedy or just fighting for fair compensation? Randall Bell explores.
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Occupying the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum honors his legacy by continuing his work. But it’s more than a memorial; it’s a catalyst for ongoing change.
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Technology is enabling paralyzed individuals to have more options than ever. Sergio, a quadriplegic, trades his mouthstick for an app that allows him to paint using simple facial movements.
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The era of relying on opioids is over. Virtual reality technology is enabling individuals with injury-induced paralysis like Woody to reduce chronic pain through simulating movements with VR limbs.
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Technology is enabling paralyzed individuals to have more options than ever. Sergio, a quadriplegic, trades his mouthstick for an app that allows him to paint using simple facial movements.
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Like many seniors in the US, Betsy has chronic health issues but not the finances to treat them, until she found TIPS (Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors). Now she has help, and a new family.
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Cascade Locks, OR is a scenic town that was narrowly saved from a forest fire in 2017. This episode explores how almost losing everything changes one’s relationship to property and possessions.
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Woodburn, OR is an agricultural town with a large Latinx population. In this episode, residents choose items that tell their immigrant stories and seemingly banal objects that they can’t live without.
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Dignity Village and Kenton Women's Village, OR are self-run communities for previously homeless people. Being homeless has given some residents a uniquely profound perspective on material possessions.
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Happy Valley, OR is a storybook upper middle-class suburb known for being safe. Here residents reflect on the importance of maintaining that sense of safety through their material possessions.
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There’s no better—or busier—New York location for the final round than Herald Square. Watch our finalists grand jeté down the crosswalk, twirl around poles, and even arabesque on a moving scooter. Who will Cesar crown the winner of Best Walk?
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What do a South Korean breakdancer, a poet, a Taiwanese B-girl, a cheerleading coach, and a 9-year-old girl have in common? They’re all going to be serving their best dance moves down Fifth Avenue. Who will Cesar choose to move on to the finals?
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From a Cuban woman whose moves turn heads to an old-school voguer who is a legend on the New York ball scene, today’s dancers will be workin’ it down Pier 35 on Manhattan’s waterfront. Who will wow Cesar and move on to the finals?
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Witness a seasoned ballet dancer arabesque next to bok choy stands, a goth dancer do an aerial flip across the street, and a second-grader attempt the worm outside a seafood shop. Who will be named champion out of Chinatown and move on to the finals?
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Today we’re outside One World Trade Center and our dancers include a “gothic superhero with ghost powers,” a young Japanese woman new to the city, and a former exotic dancer from 1980s New York. Whose moves will prevail?
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“My brother was just staring at the smoking ruin that was behind us, and he let out this strange laugh.” Two views of 9/11 from twin brothers.
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Twin brothers stood just steps away from a murder, yet each had a uniquely different experience.
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They’ve grown up together, worked together, and come to common agreement on everything together, except for the one day when that all went out the window.
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“I felt like I was getting my memory stolen.” Twins remember the same thing happening, but there’s a catch.
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Two women named Helen live separate lives, but when foreboding signs appear—a meteor reportedly crashes nearby, people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes—the Helens’ realities spiral into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.
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How her stirring film approaches fatherhood and trauma, and how Shakespeare got into a story about survivalists.
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