The first clip associated with the Traces of the Trade lesson plan shows filmmaker Katrina Browne and some members of her family — descendants of slave traders — traveling to Ghana to visit a place where captured Africans were brought and held before being sold as slaves. Students should discuss whether or not the descendants of those who benefited from slavery need to help repair the injustices and inequality that resulted from slavery. For another perspective on the trip to Ghana, read through Chapter 9 of "Inheriting the Trade", Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey.
For the last 20 years, civil war has raged in Sudan, killing and displacing millions. Two young refugees, Peter and Santino, lost their families and set out to make new lives for themselves in America.
Alex Landau, who is African American, recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, who is white, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.
On September 13, 2010, the New York Times Community Affairs department and POV presented a panel discussion on the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Times. The conversation featured Daniel Ellsberg, former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel, New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak and New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson.
With rare access inside Pelican Bay State Prison, we hear inmates' experiences of living in long term solitary confinement. This short documentary offers a visceral snapshot of the day-in-the-life inside one of the most notorious supermax prisons in the U.S.