Documentary / Special Broadcasts Archive

KCPW Presents: “Teenage Diaries Revisited”

 A lot of life happens in two decades. Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful

KCPW Presents: “King’s Last March”

On April 4th, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a landmark speech from the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York. He

KCPW Presents: America Abroad: “De-Radicalizing Terrorists”

From the Boston Marathon bombings to a recent attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya, 2013 has seen a spike in terrorism

KCPW Presents: “Climate One: Environmental Debt”

All eyes are on the Federal debt these days.  But who is counting the environmental debt? Natural systems provide all sorts of economic

KCPW Presents: “New Years: A Reflection”

 Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler

KCPW Presents: “Reclaiming the Holidays”

This special profiles people from different backgrounds who seek to get past the consumer frenzy of the December holidays, and to focus

KCPW Presents: America Abroad “Global Entrepreneurship”

The U.S. is often thought of as the land of innovation – a great habitat for entrepreneurs. And, this is still the

KCPW Presents: “The Mandela Tapes”

In this special program, you’ll hear Nelson Mandela as you’ve never heard him before. This program draws on 50 hours of recorded

11/29/13: “Dovie Thomason at Utah’s first Native American Story Telling Festival”

Dovie Thomason is one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. Her journey began with the childhood influence of

11/22/13: “We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives”

Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK’s confidantes recorded just after the assassination. The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil.  For background, more

Documentary Hour 11/15/13: “Rising Seas: A BURN Special”

While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its

Documentary Hour 11/8/2013: Andrew Solomon: “Love, Acceptance, Celebration: How Parents Make Their Children”

The most basic mechanism of resilience is the ability to construct meaning out of adversity.  Is this meaning inherently there, or is

Documentary Hour 11/1/2013: IEEE Spectrum’s “Grokking Democracy”

  IEEE Spectrum’s hour long news program exams the democratic process and how technology has played a role.  This special broadcast aired on

Documentary Hour 10/25/2013: “War of the Worlds 75th Anniversary”

A New documentary from R.H. Greene, “War of the Welles,” telling the back-story of the production of “War of the Worlds”, correcting

10/18/2013: “Climate One: Fracked Nation”

Today we drill into the fracking bonanza across America. Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is unleashing a torrent of cheap natural

10/11/2013: America Abroad: “A Decade at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Counterinsurgency”

In this special anniversary episode, A Decade at War: Iraq, Afghanistan & Counterinsurgency, America Abroad looks back at the policies and lessons

10/04/13: “Reveal: There’s more to the story”

This special broadcast will air on KCPW Friday, October 4th at 9 AM and 8 PM.  For more information you can visit

9/27/2013: “America Abroad: Syria and the Responsibility to Protect”

Does the international community have a moral obligation to intervene more aggressively in Syria? We take a look back at past conflicts –

9/20/2013: “The Switch: A BURN special on the nation’s electrical grid”

The nation’s electric grid now penetrates all aspects of our daily lives; yet we don’t give it a second thought until something

9/13/2013: “John Prendergast: A Changing Africa”

Much of the news from Africa highlights the catastrophic and the tragic with war, famine, and lawlessness dominating the headlines.  Yet, many

9/06/2013: American Radio Works: “Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED”

Today’s workers need more education and skills than ever before. But 39 million adults in the United States don’t have even the

8/30/2013: American Radio Works: “One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age”

Experts say technology creates new ways for schools to customize education for each student. This program documents the rise of so-called “personalized

8/23/2013: “American Radioworks: Grit, Luck and Money”

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren’t finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to

8/16/2013: “Permission to Speak”

As Burma transitions from dictatorship to democracy, hundreds of political prisoners have been freed after decades behind bars. Many former political prisoners

8/9/2013: “Climate One: Living a Low Carbon Lifestyle”

Today we are checking out low carbon lifestyles. In this hour we’ll tackle green myths and discuss what choices are good for

8/2/2013 Special Broadcast: “Six Months in Captivity: Judith Tebbutt speaks to Dan Damon”

In September 2011, Judith and David Tebbutt set off on holiday. They were kidnapped by armed pirates and Judith was separated from

7/26/2013: Climate One: Volatile Climate and Economics

Today we look at the global economy and the fuels that run it. After a hundred years of growth propelled by subsidized

7/19/2013: America Abroad: Iran At the Crossroads

What does Iran’s new leadership mean for the future of the country, its nuclear weapons program and relationship with the West, and

7/5/2013: “Satire and the Sacred: From Mohammed to Mormon Underwear.”

A panel discussion featuring Daniel Peterson and Victor Saul Navarsky. Moderated by Pat Bagley as part of the 2013 Association of American