Past Productions and Reviews
Giving Up the Canal
The 1977 Panama Canal Treaty stipulated that on midnight of December 31, 1999, control of the Canal would pass from the United States to Panama. Giving Up the Canal explores the process in which the U.S. gradually became the tenant, Panama the landlord. The program, narrated by Edwin Newman, aired nationally on PBS in June 1990.
"one of the best examinations ever put together to explain the 1977 U.S.-Panama treaty"
"thoughtful and fair-minded" Seattle Times
Campaign for Cuba
This documentary looks at how a powerful Cuban American exile group, the Cuban American National Foundation and its former leader, Jorge Mas Canosa, influenced U.S. policy toward Cuba in the 1980s and early 90s. Campaign for Cuba, narrated by Daniel Shorr, aired nationally on PBS in October 1992.
"offers a sharp look at a high powered lobby that may be influencing American foreign policy in behalf of parochial interests" Walter Goodman, New York Times
"a provocative inquiry" Editorial, New York Times
Last Days of the Revolution
This documentary examines the reasons behind the economic crisis Cuba suffered in the early 1990s and the subsequent mass exodus of Cubans to the United States. The program, narrated by Jose de Cordoba of the Wall Street Journal, aired nationally on PBS in November 1994 and on Swedish and Spanish television stations in 1995.
"Fidel Castro's condition must be verdadermente desperado if public television can't find
a good word for him. Last Days of the Revolution depicts a nation in despair" Walter Goodman, New York Times
"most notable for its candid views of what life in Cuba is like today" Seattle Times
Deciding Who Dies
This program examines the arbitrary nature of the death penalty -- in particular, how factors like poverty, race and quality of defense influence the judicial process. The documentary, narrated by former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley, aired on PBS stations in spring 1997.