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1. Mindwalk (1990)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Philosophical conversations between a poet, politician, and scientist. No one is psychotic or out for revenge.

Director: Bernt Amadeus Capra | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,691 | Gross: $0.77M

2. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,045 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Journalist Amy Goodman hosts this independent news program which features international journalists, grassroots leaders, independent analysts, as well as ordinary people directly affected by world events and U.S. policy.

Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 313

4. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 763 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Ricardo Scofidio, Norman Foster

Votes: 1,945

6. Quebrando o Tabu (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs.

Directors: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Cosmo Feilding-Mellen | Stars: Fran Boyd Andrews, Brenda Blom, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 938

7. The Raising of America (2015– )

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Stars: Llewellyn M. Smith, Vincent Coglianese, Robert Dugger, Marilyn Essex

8. Spin (1995)

57 min | Documentary

7.9
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Pirated satellite feeds revealing U.S. media personalities' contemptuous plans for their viewers come full circle in Spin. TV out-takes appropriated from network satellite feeds unravel the... See full summary »

Director: Brian Springer | Stars: Larry Agran, Jim Bakker, Bill Beutel, Tom Brokaw

Votes: 462

9. Jussie Smollett and the Rise of Hoax Hate Crimes (2019 Video)

13 min | Short, News

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Star: Tim Pool

10. The Lobby - USA (2018)

Documentary

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Stars: Ali Abunimah, Jacob Baime, Sagi Balasha, Omar Barghouti

11. Story in the Public Square (2017– )

28 min | Talk-Show

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Each week, the Pell Center produces episodes of "Story in the Public Square," a public affairs television series. The show features interviews with today's best print, screen, music and ... See full summary »

Stars: Guests, Jim Ludes, G. Wayne Miller

12. Surviving the Good Times (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

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This documentary, filmed over ten years, follows two working families in Milwaukee as they cope with life in the longest economic expansion in American history.

Directors: Tom Casciato, Kathleen Hughes | Stars: Bill Berland, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Bill Moyers

13. America After Ferguson (2014 TV Special)

Not Rated | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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This PBS town hall meeting, moderated by PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill, will explore the many issues brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown's ... See full summary »

Stars: Phillip Agnew, Frederick Bealefeld, Traci Blackmon, Jeffrey Blackwell

14. The Global African (2014–2016)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bill Fletcher Jr., Lennox Yearwood, Stanley Nelson

15. The Ben Shapiro Show (2015– )
Episode: Does Trump Have an Empathy Problem? (2017)

News, Talk-Show

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Melania Trump's high heels and Donald Trump's empathy are the issues of the day. The 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke receives a plug. Ben defends a CNN reporter and praises Nancy Pelosi.

Stars: Ben Shapiro, Donald Trump, Greg Abbott, Rosa Flores

16. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Economic Malpractice and the Millenials (2012)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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How economic inequality destroys opportunity for the millennial generation.

Stars: Bruce Bartlett, Heather McGhee, Bill Moyers

17. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Fighting Creeping Creationism (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | News, Talk-Show

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The onslaught of creationism and the challenges of free thinking in America.

Stars: Susan Jacoby, Zack Kopplin, Vashti McCollum, Bill Moyers

18. CBS Reports (1959– )
Episode: Hunger in America (1968)

60 min | Documentary, News

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Stars: David Culhane, Charles Kuralt

19. The Joe Rogan Experience (2009– )
Episode: Jordan Peterson & Bret Weinstein (2017)

Comedy, Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Bret Weinstein, Jamie Vernon

Votes: 14

20. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Justice, Not Politics (2012)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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Protecting our courts from predatory politics, and watching climate change in action.

Stars: James Balog, Joy Corning, Bill Moyers, Bill O'Reilly

21. Rattling the Bars (2015– )
Episode: One Vote Needed to Override Veto of Voting Rights for Ex-Felons in Maryland (2016)

Not Rated | Talk-Show

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Stars: Eddie Conway, Perry Hopkins

22. On Contact (2016– )
Episode: Strategies of Resistance (2017)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Michael Gecan, Chris Hedges, Anya Parampil

23. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Surviving the New American Economy (2013)

Not Rated | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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Two decades in the making, the intimate story of two American families struggling to find their place in the new economy.

Stars: George Bush, Barbara Garson, Barbara Miner, Bill Moyers

24. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: The Collision of Sports and Politics (2013)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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The collision of sports and politics.

Stars: Martin Luther King, Ann McKee, Bill Moyers, Chris Nowinski

25. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: The Faces of America's Hungry (2013)

TV-G | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Adam Appelhanz, Mariana Chilton, Kristi Jacobson, Greg Kaufmann

26. Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003– )
Episode: The House We Live In (2003)

57 min | Documentary

8.4
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Director: Llewellyn M. Smith | Stars: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Bernice Burnett, Eugene Burnett, Dalton Conley

Votes: 9

27. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)
Episode: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History (2015)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Kevin B. Zeese

28. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: The Path of Positive Resistance (2013)

TV-G | 59 min | News, Talk-Show

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Between them, doctors Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers have been arrested nine times. In the face of injustice and government by the one percent, rather than look the other way and stick to ... See full summary »

Stars: Billy Bragg, Feng Congde, Margaret Flowers, Isabel Lipthay

29. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: The Top Secret Trade Deal You Need to Know About (2013)

TV-G | 26 min | News, Talk-Show

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You may remember how in the ?90?s the Clinton Administration talked us into NAFTA ? the North American Free Trade Agreement -- with the promise of jobs and cheaper goods. According to ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Moyers, Yves Smith, Dean Baker, Max Baucus

30. Cosmos (2014)
Episode: Unafraid of the Dark (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary

9.4
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Description of the two Voyager probes sent for interstellar travel. Tyson ends the series by emphasizing Sagan's message on the human condition in the vastness of the cosmos & to encourage ... See full summary »

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Nick Sagan

Votes: 1,277

31. The Empire Files (2015– )
Episode: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within (2015)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Abby Martin



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