Only a few short years ago, legal gambling was rare and regarded with suspicion if not moral indignation. Today, three quarters of our state governments run legal wagering in the form of lotteries, which Americans spend more on than movies, theatre and recorded music combined! Are lotteries really a painless panacea for increasingly tight state budgets, as many politicians say, or are they a dangerous threat to our society promoted by the very institutions that should be protecting us? Go to the heart of the issue with hard-hitting interviews with everyone from ...
Investigation about gun laws in America, focusing on the so-called "firearms freeway," Interstate 95. This highway runs from the southeastern US states, where gun laws are lax, up through the stricter northeastern states, and it is a popular route for straw purchasers who legally buy guns and simply drive them up north to be sold to criminals.
One of the founders of Earth Day, Ira Einhorn was a leading light of counter-culture in the '60s. But his arrest in 1977 for the murder of his girlfriend transformed the hippie activist into a fugitive from justice. After powerful allies including current Senator Arlen Spector secured his release from prison before his trial Einhorn fled the country. For twenty years he eluded the authorities. Finally, in 1997, he was arrested but not jailed in France. Despite extradition arrangements between France and the U.S. and the fact that he was convicted of the crime in ...
A look at life underground in New York City. Looks at how the rules in a world without sunlight are enforced, follows captain Bryan Henry as he roams the tunnels as a community outreach officer for the homeless; and introduces the people who live and work underground.
Bill Kurtis spends two nights in Chicago's Cook County Hospital Trauma Unit where doctors treat victims of gun violence. He also takes viewers to a local gun range where NRA instructors are helping people make the personal decision of whether or not own a gun.
Baby Beauty Queens" looks at the ultra-competitive world of pageants for kids, as well as "the parents who drive them with an almost religious ferocity." Included are profiles of four contestants and their moms, and the preparation that goes into competition.
Often ignored by drug abuse experts, young women are turning to heroin and other drugs at increasing rates. We'll visit a Santa Cruz, California, community of self-described "girl junkies" who are trying to help themselves with their own needle exchange program and an informational magazine.
Who are the people who bring us our local news on TV, and how do they do it? We go behind-the-scenes at KCAL-9 in Los Angeles during the May sweeps rating period to get the answers. For 20 days, our cameras follow the news director, producers, reporters, and anchors as they try to find the right balance between legitimate news stories and sweeps "stunts" that are only designed to win the ratings game.
Bill Kurtis puts the JonBenet Ramsey murder case under the microscope, seeking to discover the mistakes that were made and to understand a series of controversial decisions by the authorities during the investigation of the 6-year-old beauty queen's death.
This episode provides behinds the scenes footage of the State Department's little know Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). DSS Agents protect foreign dignitaries visiting the US as well as US Officials overseas. This documentary includes an interviews with senior DSS Special Agents as well as an interview with Secretary of State Madeline Albright. It also contains behind the scenes footage of protective details operating in the US, Greece and Israel.
A look at the skyrocketing number of flight cancellations and delays plaguing the nation's air traffic system. Victims of plane delay tell their horror stories, including a man whose plane sat on the tarmac in Chicago for more than eight hours, and a woman and her two sons who were trapped for eight hours on a Detroit runway during a snowstorm.
A look at the phenomenon of the drug ecstasy from its manufacture in secret Dutch labs to its sale in New York City's hottest clubs. Law enforcement officials describe how use of the drug is skyrocketing, and medical experts tell us how dangerous ecstasy really is.
Documentary about counterfeit designer accessories. Each year, billions of dollars are diverted from legitimate companies as counterfeiters profit from shoddy, even dangerous, goods that are sold to shoppers on the streets of America. The program looks at the efforts of Customs agents trying to guard against illegal imports of knock-offs.
Follows journalists from New York City who investigate criminal cases, including "New York Post" crime beat reporter Mark Stamey and WABC Television chief investigative reporter Sarah Wallace. Each case unfolds as the reporters track informants, interview witnesses and try to uncover the truth behind the crime committed. Stamey's story follows the police slaying of Bronx resident Malcolm Ferguson, sorting out the conflicting accounts of a brutal police conspiracy and the consequences of the life of a repeat petty criminal. Wallace's investigation reveals the details ...
An unprecedented look into the world of military academies, and how their strict mental and physical training affects students. We'll focus on Norwich University in Vermont, one of the most prestigious military schools in the country, and follow the students from their first days as "rooks" through the emotional ring ceremony and graduation.
Examines the unique world of Dr. Kathy Reichs, where forensic science and crime fiction collide. One of only 55 forensic anthropologists in North America, Dr. Reichs works under contract to the cities of Montreal, Quebec, and Charlotte, North Carolina. In basement morgues she identifies human remains.