‘Independent Lens’ tells unforgettable stories about people and history

The Emmy Award-winning anthology series “Independent Lens” featuring unforgettable people, communities and moments in history returns to Arizona PBS on Mondays at 9 p.m.


March 30: “One Child Nation”

China’s one-child policy forever change the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother, and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment. Watch via Passport.

April 13: “Bedlam”

Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrist and filmmaker Kenneth Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine the national health crisis of mental illness. Watch online.

April 20: “The Hottest August”

Listen as ordinary New Yorkers attempt to answer the question “What were you doing while the planet burned?” During one sweltering month in 2018, they discuss the biggest issues they faced, from climate change to skyrocketing rents to mass shootings. Watch online.

April 27: “Jim Allison: Breakthrough”

Meet a visionary doctor on a journey to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks. Watch online.

May 11: “Out of State”

Shipped thousands of miles away from Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two Native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Watch online.

June 1: “Shadow World”

Discover the shocking reality of the global arms trade through the stories of those who perpetrate and investigate this shadow economy – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.

June 8: “ACORN and the Firestorm”

Explore the politically charged battle to take down ACORN, a controversial national community-organizing group. Working with lower income communities, the group was investigated by undercover journalists, cutting to the heart of the political divide.

June 15: “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”

Activist Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day from 1975 to 2012, creating an invaluable comprehensive archive of the media. Her 70,000 VHS tapes reveal how television shaped – and continues to shape – our world.

June 22: “Pipe Dreams”

Follow four ultra-talented young people from all over the world as they play to win the Canadian international Organ Competition, which is open to virtuosi under age 35. Who will  master the “king of instruments” and come out victorious?

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