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ABC News Special

All Episodes 2018 - 2017

  • Returning Series
  • ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 7 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • News

12 episodes

Special 1 Truth and Lies: Waco

  • 2018-01-03T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Inside the 51-day standoff between federal agents and members of an apocalyptic religious sect.

Special 2 Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story

  • 2018-01-10T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding sat down with ABC News to talk about her troubled relationships with her mother and first husband, her skating career and the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

Special 3 State of the Union 2018

  • 2018-01-29T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union Address

1x01 'Earth 2100': Is this the Final Century of Our Civilization?

  • Series Premiere

    2009-06-01T22:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Experts say over the next hundred years the "perfect storm" of population growth, resource depletion and climate change could converge with catastrophic results.

1x02 Ecstasy Rising

  • 2004-03-31T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

In the 1990s, Ecstasy seemed to come out of nowhere to join marijuana, cocaine and heroin as one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the country. No other drug has ever spread so fast. To halt its spread, the U.S. Government has spent millions of dollars making a dramatic case against Ecstasy as a dangerous drug. The headline of this campaign has been that Ecstasy causes massive brain damage. But this is a claim based on flawed science, and many Ecstasy users now feel their government has no credibility. What do we know about the real risks of Ecstasy? Has the government been its own worst enemy in the fight to stop the drug's use? Peter Jennings Reporting: 'Ecstasy Rising' takes viewers through the seminal events in this story and introduces all the major players -- from Alexander Shulgin, the famous chemist who was the first person to report the effects of Ecstasy, to Michael Clegg, the Dallas businessman who gave Ecstasy its name and turned it into a recreational drug, to the drug enforcement officer who led the fight to make Ecstasy illegal, to the DJ who brought Rave to America. This special tells the definitive story of how an obscure compound, discovered in 1912 and all but forgotten for over 60 years, became the drug of choice for a generation.

Hillary Clinton talks about everything from her marriage and her health to being secretary of state and running for president.

1x06 Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped

  • 1995-07-26T22:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

It's been more than 50 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. To this day, Americans know very little about how that decision was reached. Did it shorten the war? Did it save American lives? Was it necessary? Were there alternatives? Did the United States need to be the first and the only nation to use an atomic bomb?

1x07 Vietnam Veterans' Day

  • 2016-08-17T22:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

August 18 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. We remember the contribution of those who served, before a Remembrance Service to mark Vietnam Veterans' Day from Anzac Parade in Canberra.


  • no air date — 60 mins

2017x01 President Trump: The First Interview

  • Season Premiere

    2017-01-24T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

President Donald Trump will do first interview with “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir since taking the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States. “President Trump: The First Interview” will air during a one-hour primetime special on Wednesday, January 25 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.