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Retro Report

Season 2014 2014

  • 2014-01-07T05:00:00Z on Syndication
  • 12 mins
  • 5 hours, 24 mins
  • Documentary, News

27 episodes

2014x01 Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets

  • Season Premiere

    2014-01-07T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

On March 8, 1971, a group of eight Vietnam War protestors broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Media, Pennsylvania and stole hundreds of government documents that shocked a nation.

2014x02 When a Bridge Falls

  • 2014-03-03T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

At the height of rush hour on August 1, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a bridge carrying eight lanes of I-35W over the Mississippi River suddenly collapsed, sending cars trucks plunging into the water below. Thirteen people died and 145 were injured in one of the worst bridge accidents in years.

2014x03 McMartin Preschool - Anatomy of a Panic

  • 2014-03-10T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The nightmare began in 1983 when a 39-year-old mother called the police department in Manhattan Beach, California and accused a teacher at the McMartin Preschool, Raymond Buckey, of molesting her two and a half-year old son.

2014x04 Fly Wars - Battling the Medfly

  • 2014-03-17T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

In the summer of 1981, the Mediterranean fruit fly spread through California’s Santa Clara Valley, infesting backyard fruit trees and threatening the state’s $14 billion agricultural industry.

2014x05 Baby M and the Question of Surrogacy

  • 2014-03-24T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The custody battle over Baby M was the first time a court considered surrogacy. Today’s families are created in many different ways. But have we resolved the question of surrogacy?

2014x06 The Shame of the Church

  • 2014-03-31T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been making headlines for years. Some priests have been punished, but what about the bishops who shielded them?

2014x07 The Superpredator Scare

  • 2014-04-07T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

In the mid-1990s, after a decade of soaring juvenile crime, some social scientists warned the violence would only get worse. Reality proved otherwise.

2014x08 On Shaky Ground

  • 2014-04-14T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The 1989 earthquake that shook San Francisco sent out a wake up call that continues to echo across the country.

2014x09 The Enduring Legacy of Terri Schiavo

  • 2014-04-21T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The controversy over Terri Schiavo’s case elevated a family matter into a political battle that continues to frame end-of-life issues today.

More than three decades after the accident at Three Mile Island cast a shadow on the atomic dream, is America again ready to give nuclear energy a chance?

2014x11 Picking a Winner: The 1998 NFL Draft

  • 2014-05-05T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

After the 1998 NFL draft produced one of the greatest busts in history, what have we learned about the science of evaluating human talent – on and off the field?

2014x13 How DNA Changed the World of Forensics

  • 2014-05-19T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?

On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.” America’s space program was never the same.

2014x15 SWAT: Mission Creep

  • 2014-09-08T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

SWAT teams were created in the 1960’s to combat violent events. Since then, the specialized teams have morphed into a force increasingly used in routine policing, most often to serve drug warrants. The media has shone a light on isolated botched raids, but it took the show of force in response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri to start a national dialogue on the appropriate role of SWAT teams in today’s police force.

2014x16 The Promise of the Air Bag

  • 2014-09-14T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

How did cars become “computers on wheels,” so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins forty-five years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.

2014x17 Revolution in a Capsule

  • 2014-09-21T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

When Prozac was introduced in 1988, the green-and-cream pill to treat depression launched a cultural revolution that continues to echo.

2014x18 The Mystery of the Missing Bees

  • 2014-09-28T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder has pushed honeybees into the public eye. But the story of their plight — and its impact – is much more complicated.

2014x19 Curt Flood: Rebel Without a Clause

  • 2014-10-05T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

When baseball star Curt Flood rejected a trade in 1969, he challenged America’s pastime and helped spark a revolution that rippled beyond the game.

2014x20 The Cost of Campaigns

  • 2014-10-19T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal.

2014x21 Ruby Ridge: American Standoff

  • 2014-10-26T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

When armed suspects stand off against the law today, one event continues to cast a shadow on both sides of the police line: the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge.

2014x22 Wolves at the Door

  • 2014-11-02T04:00:00Z — 12 mins

In the 1990s, the federal government reintroduced the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park. It was considered a big success. And that’s when the real fight began.

2014x23 A Search for Justice

  • 2014-11-09T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

The murder of four American churchwomen focused attention on the United States’ involvement in El Salvador. Nearly 35 years later, the case continues to take surprising turns.

2014x24 A Dingo’s Got My Baby: Trial by Media

  • 2014-11-16T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

In 1982, an Australian mother was convicted of murdering her baby daughter. She was later exonerated, but soon fell victim to a joke that distracted the world from the real story.

2014x25 Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric

  • 2014-11-23T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

In the 1970s, the T.V. movie “Sybil” introduced much of the nation to multiple personality disorder and launched a controversy that continues to resonate.

2014x26 Power Line Fears

  • 2014-11-30T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

News media coverage in the 1980s and early 1990s fueled fears of a national cancer epidemic caused by power lines and generated a debate that still lingers today.

2014x27 Napster: Culture of Free

  • 2014-12-07T05:00:00Z — 12 mins

In 1999, a file-sharing program created in a Boston dorm room sent shockwaves across the music industry and served notice that a major cultural shift was underway.