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In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
With virtually no government or public outcry, the multi-billion dollar youth marketing industry has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics…
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 2018 Best Documentary Oscar Nominee
PBS
From acclaimed director Steve James ( The Interrupters ), Academy Award -nominated (Best Documentary Feature, 2018) ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused…
When the Bough Breaks
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And, for African Americans, the rate is nearly twice as high than it is for white Americans. Even well-educated Black…
Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the…
Becoming American
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning less and having the stress of adapting to a new…
Class Divide - Effects of Gentrification in West Chelsea, NYC
Acclaimed filmmaker Marc Levin explores the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in the NYC neighborhood of West Chelsea. On one side of the intersection of 10th Ave. and 26th St. sits Avenues: The World School, an elite, state-of-the…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. As…
Food Fight - The Corporate Battle of a New England Grocery Chain
A Greek immigrant family opened a neighborhood grocery market in 1907. Over the next 100 years, they grew it into a multi-billion dollar, 80-location chain with old-school values and a quirky corporate culture. Market Basket had become a household name…
The Overspent American - Why We Want What We Do Not Need
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
This powerful video scrutinizes what Juliet Schor calls "the new consumerism" -- a national phenomenon of upscale spending shaped and reinforced by a media system driven by commercial interests. Illustrated with hundreds of media examples, The Overspent American draws attention…
Collateral Damage
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Two billion people worldwide are infected with the TB bacillus, but only 9 million people a year actually get the disease. The story of the Marshall Islands can help us understand why. The lives and health of Marshall Islanders in…
The Divide - What Happens When the Rich Get Richer?
The Divide takes a deeply personal look at wealth inequality, telling the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in the modern day U.S. and U.K. -- where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom…
Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. In this illustrated presentation based on his latest critically acclaimed book, media scholar Justin…
Money, Power and Wall Street
PBS
In a special 4-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects…
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Secret History of the Credit Card
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
The average American family today carries 10 credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have…
October Country - An American Family Struggling for Stability
A beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. A collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher, this vibrant…
In Debt We Trust - America Before the Bubble Bursts
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
This hard-hitting documentary investigates why so many Americans - college and high school students in particular - are being strangled by debt. Zeroing in on how the mall has replaced the factory as America's dominant economic engine, Emmy Award-winning former…
Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds
An emotional film that illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food. Providing the basis for everything from fabric to food to fuels, seeds are as essential to life…
The Madoff Affair - The First Global Ponzi Scheme
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
In the mid-1960s, Bernard Madoff tapped money from Jewish businessmen at exclusive country clubs with the promise of steady guaranteed returns on their investments. He then set his sights on Europe and Latin America, brokering deals with powerful hedge fund…