Political Science


New! Putin's Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes 84 min.

Documenting evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine and the pursuit of justice. With the Associated Press, tracing Vladimir Putin’s pattern of atrocities in Ukraine and other conflicts, and the challenge of holding him to account.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Putin's Road to War 54 min.

The inside story of what led to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. The events that shaped the Russian leader, the grievances that drive him, and how a growing conflict with the West exploded into war in Europe.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Taken Hostage 240 min.

Unfolding like a political thriller, Taken Hostage revisits the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, when 52 Americans were held hostage in Tehran. For the next 444 days, the world watched as the U.S. endured humiliation, vitriol and hatred from a country that had long been a close ally. The crisis would transform both the U.S. and Iran and forever upend the focus and direction of American foreign policy.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Taken Hostage: Episode 1 113 min.

Explore how America’s quarter-century of unwavering support for its ally, the Shah of Iran, and the violent Islamic revolution that overthrew him in 1979, set the stage for the Iran hostage crisis.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Taken Hostage: Episode 2 112 min.

Through riveting accounts from hostages, journalists and officials, learn how Iranian students held 52 hostages at the American embassy in Tehran from November 1979 to January 1981—a defining crisis of Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

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New! Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin 26 min.

This documentary charts the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader. Explore the man behind the series of game-changing media appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. What motivates him? How did he transform from joker to leader and what is the next chapter of his story?

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New! Long Live the British Monarchy?: A Debate 51 min.

In 2022, King Charles III ascended the British throne after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who had reigned for 76 years. For more than a millennium, England has had a monarchy, a form of government in which a king or queen serves as head of state. Unlike in centuries past, however, the royal family today holds little formal power and serves a largely ceremonial function. Some wonder i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Vot-ER 5 min.

According to census data, fewer than three-quarters of eligible Americans are registered to vote. Since 2019, a non-partisan nonprofit called Vot-ER has taken voter registration efforts into medical exam rooms across the country. In this NewsHour segment, Tionya Lawrence, a family nurse practitioner in Georgia, joins John Yang to discuss the initiative.

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New! Hostages 240 min.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian student activists stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking hostage more than 60 Americans. It would last 444 days. This riveting documentary looks back at this unforgettable international event with never-before-seen footage and revelatory new interviews with both American hostages and their Iranian captors.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Part 1: The Peacock Throne (Hostages) 60 min.

Under the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah, Iran experiences an oil-driven economic boom, but the government’s excesses and repressive tactics lead to increasing hostility towards the monarch and his closest ally: the United States. As religious cleric Ayatollah Khomeini grows in popularity, the Shah flees and the country becomes engulfed in revolution, endangering the U.S. embassy.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022