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In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
When the Bough Breaks
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And, for African Americans, the rate is nearly twice as high than it is for white Americans. Even well-educated Black…
Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
The End of Poverty? - An Exploration of World Poverty
Poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies --…
Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the…
Becoming American
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning less and having the stress of adapting to a new…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. As…
Collateral Damage
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Two billion people worldwide are infected with the TB bacillus, but only 9 million people a year actually get the disease. The story of the Marshall Islands can help us understand why. The lives and health of Marshall Islanders in…
The Divide - What Happens When the Rich Get Richer?
The Divide takes a deeply personal look at wealth inequality, telling the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in the modern day U.S. and U.K. -- where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom…
Dysfunctional Societies - How Equality Makes Societies Stronger
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
What distinguishing feature do the world's healthiest and happiest societies have in common? According to acclaimed author Richard Wilkinson, the answer is simple: they have far less income inequality than other societies. In this new film based on his international…
Home Economics - Domestic Workers and Labor
Part of the Series: America Divided
Amy Poehler ventures into the world of the invisible women who help keep the California economy afloat: domestic workers. What she finds is a human story far more complex than the simple exploitation of poor women by the super-rich. While…
City Rising - Examining Gentrification and its Historical Roots
Cities across California are booming with investment and opportunity; these dramatic changes are shifting demographics and displacing historically vibrant communities. CITY RISING is a multi-platform documentary series examining gentrification and its historical roots, economic role, and social consequences. CITY RISING…
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#ReGENERATION - Social Activism
Ryan Gosling narrates this engrossing film about social activism, the forces that galvanized the Occupy movement, and how a new generation of young people is coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. The film skillfully weaves commentary from some…
Clothes To Die For
Clothes To Die For is a documentary film about the worst industrial disaster of the 21st century - the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, in which more than 1100 people died and 2400 were injured. The eight…
Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus - Using the Free Market to End Poverty, Hunger, and Inequality
What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus'…
The Super-Rich and Us Episode 1
Episode 1 of The Super-Rich and Us
BBC
In programme one of this two-part series, Jacques Peretti looks at how the super-rich first exploited an obscure legal loophole to make Britain one of the most attractive tax havens on earth. He argues this was no accident. Wooing the…
The Fall of Occupy LA
This is the story of the final weeks of the Occupy LA camp in 2011, told from the inside. The division, the mistrust and the eventual fall of the camp itself. What ended in LA, began in New York. On…
Caracas: Gangs, Favelas and Miss Universe
Part of the Series: The Most Dangerous Cities
Caracas, a metropolis of more than 5 million people, is a land of contrasts: poverty, wealth, consumption extreme oil galore, insecurity and crime records form the identity of this place. Caracas is far from a quiet town. Some do not…
The Red Tail - The Downfall of Northwest Airlines
On August 19, 2005 Roy Koch, along with 4,400 airline mechanics, custodians, and cleaners, went on strike against Northwest Airlines, the 4th largest airline in the world. Northwest, otherwise known as "The Red Tail" by its employees, wanted to lay…
Not Without Us - Grassroot Activists Demonstrate at the United Nations' Climate Talks
This documentary follows seven grassroots activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. The effects of climate change on their lives reveal what is at stake if a strong agreement to limit carbon emissions is…