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Civil Rights: The Fight for Justice

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Baltimore Rising
See how Baltimore activists responded to the 2015 death of Freddie Gray and their relationship with the police through the ensuing protests.
The Trans List
The Trans List
Eleven transgender Americans open up about personal struggles, accomplishments, and the road to equality.
true justice
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality
Follow Bryan Stevenson’s decades-long effort to create racial fairness in the criminal justice system.

The Environment 

Atomic Homefront
Atomic Homefront
St. Louis communities seek answers when they realize that nuclear waste dumped by the government in 1942 is threatening their lives today.
ice on fire
Ice on Fire
Producer Leonardo DiCaprio walks through never-before-seen solutions to slowing down the worst effects of Earth’s escalating global warming.
mann vs ford
Mann v. Ford
The Ramapough tribe takes on Ford Motor Co., who dumped toxic waste in the tribe’s backyard 30 years prior, causing dire health effects. 

Women's Rights

Abortion: Stories Women Tell
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
This thought-provoking look at abortion is told through the stories of medical staff, activists, and women with unplanned pregnancies.
I am evidence
I Am Evidence
Four women expose that hundreds of thousands of rape kits remain untested in police evidence storage, leaving their cases in limbo.
Women of Troy
Women of Troy
See how the legendary USC Trojans overcame adversity on and off the court, helping to create a space for women in basketball.

Health in America

bleed out
Bleed Out
A son shares the story of his mother's long ordeal following routine surgery to underscore the problems of American healthcare.
Clinica de Migrantes
Clínica de Migrantes
Follow Puentes de Salud, a clinic serving undocumented immigrants — a population that’s often overlooked.
one nation under stress
One Nation Under Stress
Sanjay Gupta seeks to uncover why Americans are experiencing so much stress and how it affects citizens individually and as a collective nation.

The Economy

hard times: lost on long island
Hard Times: Lost on Long Island
See how the Great Recession affected the people of Long Island and the challenges and frustrations that arise from long-term unemployment.
no contract, no cookies
No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike
Over an 11-month period, workers strike at a Bronx cookie factory in hopes of protecting their jobs and upholding their union contracts.
paycheck to paycheck
Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert
Trace a year in the life of an overworked, underpaid, and uninsured single mom as she struggles to get by in Tennessee.

Civic Engagement

habla y vota
Habla y Vota
Latino celebrities encourage the U.S. Latino community to get out and vote in this installment of the award-winning series.
seeing america
Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe
Athlete and activist Megan Rapinoe discusses injustice in America with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Hasan Minhaj.
Stockton on my mind
Stockton on My Mind
Meet Michael Tubbs, who became the first African-American mayor of his hometown, where he continues to push for innovative change.

Elections Past and Future

after truth
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
Examine the real-life consequences that false news stories, disinformation, and conspiracy theories have on the average U.S. citizen.
Kill Chain
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections
Take a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, an issue that is little understood by the public or even lawmakers.
on the trail
On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries 
See what goes into the important — and exhausting — job of reporting on the 2020 elections through this account of several CNN journalists.

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