This excellent video originally aired on PBS in 1987, hosted by the venerable Bill Moyers. It is presciently pertinent today, in the post-9/11 USA. And it all started with the post-war National Security Act of 1947…
Moyers also worked for Lyndon B. Johnson and has a very professional approach. He interviews many different people involved with the CIA and other government agencies. His documentary gives quite an overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the cold war (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Vietnam and Chile). He features such people as Ralph McGeehee and Phil Retinger (both former CIA agents), Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque (Ret. U.S.N.), Theodore Bissell (active in the CIA at the time), Sen. Frank Church and many others. The full video “The Secret Government” is 90 minutes – this segment is edited by Frank Dorrel to 20 minutes.
Iranian-born filmmaker Saide Kardar takes us into Toronto’s Muslim community in Home Grown Muslims and provides viewers with a provocative and candid look at the conflict of identity among young Muslims living in Canada. The recent description in the media of “Home grown terrorists” within the Muslim community has sparked resentment, especially among Muslim youths.
Fresh water is our most precious resource and it defines the distribution of life on land. Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife below the ice in the world’s deepest lake.
Increasingly more people are becoming caregivers to our aging parents. This PBS program should be of interest to all of us who are caregivers or are reaching the age where we may soon need caregivers ourselves… Although the families featured are American, the issues they face resonate with all of us…
CARING FOR YOUR PARENTSWednesday, April 2, 2008, 9 – 11:00 pm
As the population ages, many adults are grappling with an unprecedented social, cultural, economic and personal revolution as they become the primary caregivers for their
aging parents. Through an intimate look at five American families, this special underscores today’s struggle to keep parents at home, the tensions between siblings and the complexity of shifting caregiver roles. (CC, Stereo)
(Sunday March 23 at 8pm on CBC-TV)
AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR (120 minutes)
THE PASSIONATE EYE
(Sunday March 23 at 8pm ET on CBC Newsworld)
The following are some excellent documentaries being repeated on CBC this week. If you haven’t seen them, you should — they are very interesting and informative:
THE FIFTH ESTATE(Wednesday March 19 at 9pm on CBC-TV)
THE LIES THAT LED TO WAR
Since the US-led invasion four years ago, the fifth estate has covered Iraq and the war on terror from virtually every angle–the military, media, intellligence, politics–revealing aspects of the story that you didn’t find anywhere else.
Now, as the White House warns about the latest threat in the region, this time from Iran, we go back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein.Discuss this film online.
(Thursday March 20 at 9pm on CBC-TV)DUBAI: MIRACLE OR MIRAGE?An examination of one the world’s most fascinating and fastest developing city-states. Surrounded by war zones, Dubai remains blissfully peaceful. This state which is smaller than the province of Prince Edward Island has become home to superlatives – the biggest building, the largest airport, the tallest hotel, the richest horse race are all situated in Dubai.
(Thursday March 20 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)POLE TO POLE
The ultimate portrait of our planet looks at the key factors that shape our natural history. The sun and fresh water dominate the lives of all animals and plants on Earth and trigger seasonal migrations, small and large. In the Arctic spring, a mother polar bear and cubs emerge from their winter den. They have just two weeks to cross the frozen sea before it melts and they become stranded. Share the most intimate and complete picture of polar bear life ever filmed. For more than three years, time-lapse cameras captured the annual transformation created by the Okavango floods. The latest technology and aerial photography enables us to track some of the greatest mass migrations, following prey and predators on truly epic journeys.
AFGHANISTAN’S OPIUM TRAIL
In bleak Afghan villages, the lure of opium cultivation is clear. With no other viable alternative for farmers and no effective law enforcement by the Afghan police, growing poppies is the only way for locals to feed their hungry families. It is this opium that is sold to drug barons and their envoys, processed into heroin and then smuggled across borders.