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Genres: Interview
Station: PBS (US)
Status: Running
Start: 1999-08-09

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  • S17E13 - Welcome to Leith

    Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar and residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. An unsettling exploration of what happens to democratic principles when they're pushed to the limit, the film asks us to consider how in a free society we confront people whose views we find abhorrent. MORE

    Leith, a 90 minute drive from the nearest city (Bismarck) is home to around 20 people, mostly farmers and ranchers living on a prairie backdrop of sky and wheat. In 2012, an outsider moved in and started buying up property. Residents initially welcomed him, figuring he'd moved to be closer to the oil fields, but Craig Cobb had other motives. Posting on white nationalist forums that he'd found the perfect place to start an all-white enclave, Cobb implored other white supremacists to move to Leith and help take over the town's government.

    Meanwhile, far from the prairies of North Dakota, Ryan Lenz, an investigator from Montgomery, Alabama's Southern Poverty Law Center, discovers Cobb's posts and informs Leith's mayor, Ryan Schock. Schock, a young rancher and family man who has lived in Leith all his life, is stunned by the news — and the ensuing media firestorm as tensions in Leith threaten to boil over into violence.

    As the community rallies to save their town from strangers intent on taking it over, Welcome to Leith details the clash between the locals and Craig Cobb's band of white supremacists as they challenge his vision for the future of the place they call home.

    Air Date: 05 April 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E14 - Democrats; Soft Vengeance

    Democrats follows two top political operatives in Zimbabwe who have been appointed to lead the creation of a new constitution after years of increasingly corrupt leadership from President Robert Mugabe. The two men are political opponents with wholly different styles but united in their ambition to deliver a new foundation for a reformed Zimbabwe

    Air Date: 19 April 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E15 - My Nazi Legacy

    Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths.

    Air Date: 03 May 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E16 - Peace Officer

    Meet a crusading former sheriff, who highlights the increasingly militarized state of the police.

    Air Date: 10 May 2016 01:00 -
  • S17E17 - The Armor Of Light

    Meet two Christians - an Evangelical and the mother of a murdered son - who fight against gun violence.

    Air Date: 11 May 2016 00:00 -
  • S17E18 - Dogtown Redemption

    Meet three street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, CA.

    Air Date: 17 May 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E19 - Trapped

    Visit the front lines of the fight over controversial laws designed to restrict abortion access.

    Air Date: 21 June 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E21 - Trapped
    Air Date: 21 June 2016 02:00 -
  • S17E20 - T-rex Her Fight For Gold

    T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women's boxing in 2012. Now with a record of 69-1, she is ranked number one in the world heading into her second Olympic competition, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.

    Air Date: 03 August 2016 00:00 -
  • S17E22 - T-rex Her Fight For Gold
    Air Date: 03 August 2016 02:00 -
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