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Program: Specials and Documentaries

Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.

This month, we’re airing a Back to School Series by APM Reports. Learn more about them here.

Programs that are long-form reporting that will deliver investigations and documentaries about the most important issues of our time. Unlike the majority of news media, the in-depth journalism delivered aspires to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change in the public interest.  It is a non-partisan, non-ideological and independent news group that adheres to strict journalistic principle.

Sept 4:   Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

Sept. 11: Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline

Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and more likely to wind up in prison than kids with similar behaviors who are not kicked out. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe. We visit St. Paul, where parents and teachers complain that kids who should be disciplined are disrupting classrooms and causing chaos.  And we go to Denver, where a grassroots group pushed the schools to use a restorative justice approach to discipline instead.

Sept. 18: What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools

There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, nearly 20 percent of students don’t finish. Why? This documentary explores what students and teachers are up against in some of the nation’s poorest high schools. We document the progress that has been made at one former “dropout factory” and ask what it would take to help more kids succeed. And we visit one school that literally chases students down to get them to class so they can graduate.

Sept. 25: The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election

The special will examine the character of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The 2016 presidential candidates are uniquely unpopular – why is that the case? Over the course of the hour, we will revisit their personal histories and explore episodes in which their character was forged. We’ll begin by looking at key moments over the decades that helped cement their public reputations.

Next, we’ll explore the ways in which Clinton and Trump stood out from their peers even at a young age. And finally, we’ll dive into aspects of their personalities that have turned into liabilities with voters: Clinton’s need for privacy and Trump’s desire for public attention.

To understand Clinton’s character, we interviewed a close childhood friend, a former chief of staff, Republicans who worked with her in Congress, columnists who have tracked her career, and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

To understand Trump’s character, we interviewed longtime friends in business, entertainment, and politics such as Piers Morgan and Roger Stone, a current business partner, a critic of Trump’s business practices, and biographers.


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