Political Science


New! Words That Built America 49 min.

The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights represent much more than the words used by America’s Founding Fathers to define a fragile, nascent country. They’re the living, breathing realization of America’s democratic ideal, the bedrock of a society that its people have built over nearly two-and-a-half centuries, and they provide a blueprint that is, was and will...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate 99 min.

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middl...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Universal Basic Income Is the Safety Net of the Future: A Debate 97 min.

Imagine getting a check from the government every month—$600 or $1,000 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland and other countries, where pilot programs are being launched to test what is known as a “universal basic income.” Such programs, supporters argue, simplify the social safety net, combat poverty and income inequality, treat all citizens equally, and provide a cushion for workers, giving them...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Give Trump a Chance: A Debate 92 min.

Since Donald Trump became president in January 2017, opponents have criticized him as unpredictable, offensive, and autocratic, a threat to both democratic ideals at home and stability abroad. But supporters have praised him as refreshing, bold, and unafraid to make waves or upset the status quo. Some Americans urge resistance to working with Trump to avoid "normalizing" his presidency, but others...

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Next Stop Istanbul: The Refugee Crisis 48 min.

With neighboring Syria in ruins and stricken by a civil war, Turkey keeps its borders closed in exchange for billions of euros from the European Union. Many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans have managed to cross the porous borders and are now in Istanbul, the gateway to Europe. Will they stay there or is crossing to Europe too irresistible? Last year, thousands drowned during the sea crossing to Europe...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

People, Power and Varoufakis: A New Democracy for Europe? 48 min.

If the European leaders won’t start to listen to their citizens soon, the European Union will be a thing of the past. For this reason, former Greek minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, has started a grass roots movement which is rapidly gaining support all over Europe. What is the most frightening thing for the political order in Europe? Not terrorism, migration or the international competitive...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Habla Y Vota 56 min.

Habla y Vota is the fourteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Hablaseries, which comprises over 200 testimonials from U.S. Latinos – including celebrities, recognized professionals, and everyday Latinos – who’ve shared their funny, poignant, and honest stories about being Latino in the U.S. Featuring leading Latino celebrities and inspiring personalities and in order to raise the voice...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution: A Debate 100 min.

Since the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788, it has been amended 27 times, always by the same method outlined in Article V of the document: by winning approval of two-thirds of each chamber of Congress and three-fourths of the states. But Article V allows for another method to revise the Constitution that bypasses Congress: by winning approval of two-thirds of state legislatures to call a con...

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Boko Haram: The Origins of Evil 52 min.

How has the extremist group Boko Haram, which began as a small Islamic sect, managed to make Nigeria, the richest country in Africa, and all its neighbors, tremble with fear? Who are they and how did they become so powerful? Xavier Muntz spent a month in Northern Nigeria, in the heart of the red zone, to answer these very questions. He met with many people, all directly affected by this religious...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is a Failure: A Debate 103 min.

Has President Obama’s foreign policy been a success or a failure? Some praise his accomplishments, citing his taking out Osama bin Laden, ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defusing the threat of a nuclear Iran, normalizing relations with Cuba, and "pivoting" U.S. foreign policy toward Asia, where the nation's greatest opportunities and long-term challenges lie. But others criticize his legacy a...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016