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Documentary of the Week

Documentary of the Week

WNYC Studios

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Every week, WNYC tells you about the best documentaries as they become available on screens of any size. Our hosts are Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, co-founders of the Pure Nonfiction podcast and the DOC NYC festival, the largest non-fiction film festival in the U.S. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, 2 Dope Queens, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more.

Latest Episodes

To Catch A Thief In “Love Fraud”

In the Showtime series “Love Fraud,” filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady conduct an investigation into a con man who has romanced women and stolen their money for twenty years. We watch his former victims band together to seek justice, turning their pain into a purpose.

2 min6 d ago
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To Catch A Thief In “Love Fraud”

An Octogenarian Goes Undercover

The whimsical documentary “The Mole Agent” looks at an amateur spy in Chile who’s recruited to investigate a nursing home. Acclaimed filmmaker Maite Alberdi (“Tea Time”) combines humor and poignancy to study an older generation searching for connections. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

1 min2 w ago
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An Octogenarian Goes Undercover

Bringing Soul to Television

The documentary “Mr. Soul!” profiles Ellis Haizlip who hosted a ground-breaking television series about Black culture starting in 1968.He was the uncle of filmmaker Melissa Haizlip who covers his life with nuance and complexity while serving up an astonishing archive featuring a Who’s Who of Black musicians, writers, activists, dancers and others from that era. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the official film web site.

2 min3 w ago
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Bringing Soul to Television

A Landmark in Black Politics

In 1972, the pioneering filmmaker William Greaves captured the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana for his documentary “Nationtime - Gary.” The work has gone unseen for decades, but has now been restored by IndieCollect. It will have a rare screening online at the Blackstar Film Festival. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minAUG 21
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A Landmark in Black Politics

The Next Generation of Political Leaders

Thedocumentary“Boys State” follows more than a thousand teenage boys in Texas as they participate in a weeklong program of mock elections sponsored by the American Legion.Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine capture political impulses from a wide spectrum. Like many elections, the suspense builds to the very end. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minAUG 15
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The Next Generation of Political Leaders

Maria Ressa Speaks Truth to Power

The documentary“A Thousand Cuts” profiles the courageous journalist Maria Ressa, who leads The Rappler news website in the Philippines. Filmmaker Ramona Diaz follows Ressa and her team as they investigate the regime of autocratic President Rodrigo Duterte in the face of intimidation, death threats and legal harassment. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the official film web site.

2 minAUG 7
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Maria Ressa Speaks Truth to Power

The ACLU Versus Trump

“The Fight” covers the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers as they battle the Trump administration all the way to the Supreme Court. The filmmaking trio behindWeiner- Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg - put us on the front lines of legal battles over immigration, abortion, LGBTQ equality and voting rights. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 31
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The ACLU Versus Trump

They Still Got the Beat

The started out in the L.A. punk scene and catapulted into pop stardom. The documentary “The Go-Gos” examines the brief and brilliant history of the band behind MTV hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation.” Director Alison Ellwood shows how each band member made a unique contribution to make them the most successful all-female rock band, although they continue to be neglected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 24
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They Still Got the Beat

Transgender People on Screen

The documentary “Disclosure” examines how transgender people have been portrayed in film and television from harmful stereotypes to more positive representations. Mixing film clips with commentary, director Sam Feder and executive producer Laverne Cox illustrate recent progress in shows like "Orange is the New Black" and “Pose.” —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 17
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Transgender People on Screen

Race, Gender And Politics Today

The documentary “And She Could Be Next” is a two-part PBS documentary covering women of color across the U.S. who ran for political office in 2018. The filmmakers cover Rashida Tlaib, Lucy McBath, Stacey Abrams and others who fight hard battles against staggering odds. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

3 minJUL 10
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Race, Gender And Politics Today

Latest Episodes

To Catch A Thief In “Love Fraud”

In the Showtime series “Love Fraud,” filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady conduct an investigation into a con man who has romanced women and stolen their money for twenty years. We watch his former victims band together to seek justice, turning their pain into a purpose.

2 min6 d ago
Comments
To Catch A Thief In “Love Fraud”

An Octogenarian Goes Undercover

The whimsical documentary “The Mole Agent” looks at an amateur spy in Chile who’s recruited to investigate a nursing home. Acclaimed filmmaker Maite Alberdi (“Tea Time”) combines humor and poignancy to study an older generation searching for connections. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

1 min2 w ago
Comments
An Octogenarian Goes Undercover

Bringing Soul to Television

The documentary “Mr. Soul!” profiles Ellis Haizlip who hosted a ground-breaking television series about Black culture starting in 1968.He was the uncle of filmmaker Melissa Haizlip who covers his life with nuance and complexity while serving up an astonishing archive featuring a Who’s Who of Black musicians, writers, activists, dancers and others from that era. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the official film web site.

2 min3 w ago
Comments
Bringing Soul to Television

A Landmark in Black Politics

In 1972, the pioneering filmmaker William Greaves captured the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana for his documentary “Nationtime - Gary.” The work has gone unseen for decades, but has now been restored by IndieCollect. It will have a rare screening online at the Blackstar Film Festival. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minAUG 21
Comments
A Landmark in Black Politics

The Next Generation of Political Leaders

Thedocumentary“Boys State” follows more than a thousand teenage boys in Texas as they participate in a weeklong program of mock elections sponsored by the American Legion.Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine capture political impulses from a wide spectrum. Like many elections, the suspense builds to the very end. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minAUG 15
Comments
The Next Generation of Political Leaders

Maria Ressa Speaks Truth to Power

The documentary“A Thousand Cuts” profiles the courageous journalist Maria Ressa, who leads The Rappler news website in the Philippines. Filmmaker Ramona Diaz follows Ressa and her team as they investigate the regime of autocratic President Rodrigo Duterte in the face of intimidation, death threats and legal harassment. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the official film web site.

2 minAUG 7
Comments
Maria Ressa Speaks Truth to Power

The ACLU Versus Trump

“The Fight” covers the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers as they battle the Trump administration all the way to the Supreme Court. The filmmaking trio behindWeiner- Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg - put us on the front lines of legal battles over immigration, abortion, LGBTQ equality and voting rights. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 31
Comments
The ACLU Versus Trump

They Still Got the Beat

The started out in the L.A. punk scene and catapulted into pop stardom. The documentary “The Go-Gos” examines the brief and brilliant history of the band behind MTV hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation.” Director Alison Ellwood shows how each band member made a unique contribution to make them the most successful all-female rock band, although they continue to be neglected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 24
Comments
They Still Got the Beat

Transgender People on Screen

The documentary “Disclosure” examines how transgender people have been portrayed in film and television from harmful stereotypes to more positive representations. Mixing film clips with commentary, director Sam Feder and executive producer Laverne Cox illustrate recent progress in shows like "Orange is the New Black" and “Pose.” —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

2 minJUL 17
Comments
Transgender People on Screen

Race, Gender And Politics Today

The documentary “And She Could Be Next” is a two-part PBS documentary covering women of color across the U.S. who ran for political office in 2018. The filmmakers cover Rashida Tlaib, Lucy McBath, Stacey Abrams and others who fight hard battles against staggering odds. —Raphaela NeihausenandThom Powers For more information, click here to visit the film web site.

3 minJUL 10
Comments
Race, Gender And Politics Today
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