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The Passionate Eye

Season 25 2016 - 2017

  • 2016-09-18T05:00:00+01:00 on CBC News Network
  • 30 mins
  • 12 hours, 0 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary

Festival favorites, Academy award winners, and provocative political and point-of-view documentaries that will inform, sometimes outrage, and always entertain you.

24 episodes

25x01 Weiner

  • Season Premiere

    2016-09-18T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Anthony Weiner was a young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions.

25x02 The Secret History of ISIS

  • 2016-09-25T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The inside story of the radicals who became the leaders of ISIS, the missed warning signs and the U.S. failures to stop the group's brutal rise.

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

25x04 The Choice 2016

  • 2016-10-16T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

During one of the most polarizing U.S. Presidential campaigns, insights show how each candidate would lead in one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

25x05 Who Shot Down MH17?

  • 2016-11-20T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Australia, was blown up over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew members. The tragedy shocked the world and raised urgent questions about the safety of global commercial flight paths. The search for the cause, meanwhile, led to a tangle of accusations and conspiracy theories, many of which involve Russia, Ukraine and the CIA. Official investigations into the downing of MH17 argue that only a powerful ground-to-air missile could have been responsible. Nevertheless, there are eyewitness accounts offering other versions of events, including reports of aircraft seen flying next to MH17 close to impact.

25x06 Children on the Frontline: The Escape

  • 2016-12-04T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Children on the Frontline: The Escape tells one family’s wrenching story of seeing their lives turned upside down by the civil war in Syria and having to flee in search of a better, safer life far from their home.

25x07 The Truth About Alcohol

  • 2016-12-11T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The health advice on alcohol is confusing. Drink more – it prevents heart disease. Drink less – it causes liver disease. Not to mention the many myths about beer versus wine, hangover cures and whether or not booze can make you fat.

The extraordinary story of the musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The film explores how music can preserve tradition, shape culture and inspire hope.

25x09 Saudi Arabia Uncovered

  • 2017-01-14T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

For many outsiders, Saudi Arabia remains an enigma. A kingdom of dazzling wealth and unmistakable global influence tied, in no small part, to massive oil reserves. It’s known by reputation as a land of glitzy shopping malls and luxurious hotels, but also as an oppressive religious state, showing very little tolerance inside its borders for the unrest and dissent that has found fertile ground elsewhere in the Arab world.

25x10 The White House: Inside Story

  • 2017-01-15T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The White House. It’s probably the most famous building in the world – a living symbol, an icon of democracy, and home to one of the most powerful people on Earth. It’s where the president of the United States of America charts the course for the country, and where the first family lives in the national spotlight.

25x11 How the Rich Live Longer

  • 2017-01-22T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Is there a secret to eternal youth? British Doctor Christian Jessen investigates Britain’s high-end health industry and some of the bizarre treatments used by the super-rich to stay young and fit. Some people in the wealthiest areas of Britain are outliving those in the poorest by 18 years. Dr. Jessen is on a quest to uncover the key to longevity and discover why life expectancies differ so much between the rich and poor.

25x12 Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

  • 2017-01-28T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

With highlights from a recent interview with Mary Tyler Moore and tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Ed Asner, Betty White, Valerie Harper and others as well as clips from some of her best-loved performances.

25x13 My Son the Jihadi

  • 2017-01-29T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

In 2011, Thomas Evans abandoned his life in Buckinghamshire, England, to join the jihadi group Al Shabaab in Somalia. At just 21, Thomas became the only known white British man to join the terror group which seeks to impose its strict version of Islamic rule in the Horn of Africa nation.

The story of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.and the hunt to find his killer.

25x15 Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President

  • 2017-02-19T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The remarkable history of Donald Trump's family and an extraordinary immigration success story. From penniless German settlers to billionaire tycoons, what do his roots reveal about the United States' 45th President?

25x16 Presenting Princess Shaw

  • 2017-02-26T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Presenting Princess Shaw tells the extraordinary true story of an aspiring New Orleans singer. Her shot at stardom comes when a stranger, a digital music whiz living half a world away, unexpectedly turns her into a viral internet sensation.

25x17 Hipster Handbook

  • 2017-03-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Hipster - it’s a look and a lifestyle popping up in lots of big urban centres, embracing creativity and authenticity. A look at what's behind the trend and how mainstream business is cashing in.

25x18 Frat Boys: Inside America's Fraternities

  • 2017-03-19T04:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

An investigation into American college fraternities.

25x19 Trump's Road to the White House

  • 2017-03-26T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Interviews with campaign insiders reveal how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency.

25x20 Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth

  • 2017-05-28T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

An investigation into the validity of the latest diet trends.

25x21 Bannon's War

  • 2017-06-18T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Political insiders discuss Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's political views, his plight to deliver on President Trump's promises and his mission to transform America.

25x22 Why Trains Crash

  • 2017-07-02T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Following the Lac Megantic train crash, efforts are being made to improve rail networks.