Documentary / Special Broadcasts Archive

4/18/14: “When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special”

In this National Poetry Month special, State of the Re:union explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson’s

4/11/14: “The Really Big Questions: Why does Music Move Us?”

  Why Does Music Move Us? Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans

KCPW Presents: “All That Stands in the Way”

  Around the world young women still lack the same opportunities as men, despite most countries legislating against gender discrimination. So, what

KCPW Presents: IEEE Spectrum’s “Adapting to Climate Change”

 No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events — tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, droughts —

KCPW Presents: “Innovation Hub: Woman’s History Month Special”

How have female innovators fundamentally altered our lives? We’ll talk with Wendy Kopp, who conceived of Teach for America as a college

KCPW Presents: Reveal Pilot #2

 In the Reveal Two pilot: An investigation by WBEZ/Chicago and The Chicago Reader exploring the path heroin takes from Ciudad Juarez to

“Smoke and Mirrors: Fact vs. Fiction about Utah’s air pollution”

  Join KCPW this Thursday at 7 pm for a special live broadcast entitled “Smoke and Mirrors: Fact Vs Fiction about Utah’s

KCPW Presents: “The Future of Genomic Medicine: From Pre-Womb to Tomb”

Join Dr. Eric Topol, Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, for an exploration of the research and technological frontiers that will one

KCPW Presents: “Leadership from the Bottom Up: A Black History Month Special”

 Usually during Black History Month, we remember Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy.  But over the past couple of years,

KCPW Presents: “What is This Thing Called Love?”

Hosted by writer, broadcaster and composer Dean Olsher, this program ponders the “why” behind humans’ drive to pair up. Why do human beings

KCPW Presents: “Re:Defining Black History”

 During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won

KCPW Presents: “The World Debate: Has America Lost Touch With the World?”

 The World Debate is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where hundreds of business and political leaders will review the world’s

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 –