Topics to be explored include:
- what happened when people witnessed a crime decades ago, and how their reactions predicted the way we react to online violence today
- why psychedelic drugs - cousins to LSD, which fell out of favor in the 1960s - are getting another look, this time for the treatment of mental illness
- the story of a woman who survived a sexual assault at a Navy convention, and challenged the Pentagon to change the way it treats women
- the strange, wandering voyage of a barge full of unwanted trash that highlighted the need recycle
PBS has also partnered with its member stations to develop localized content in a partner show called Retro Local, which is inspired by topics covered in the series, connecting local communities with their own unique histories.
Founded in 2013, Retro Report is a digital-first documentary news organization that blends original reporting, deep research and rare archival materials to provide compelling new perspectives on the ways current events and attitudes have been shaped by the most unexpected stories from our past. Retro Report videos and the organization have repeatedly been recognized by the Emmy Awards, the Gerald Loeb Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and others. Retro Report is led by Kyra Darnton, a seasoned journalist with more than two decades’ experience at “60 Minutes.” Her investigative reporting and storytelling has earned national recognition, including a 2012 Peabody Award for a story on fraud in cancer clinical trials. The Retro Report team includes award-winning multimedia journalists with experience at CBS News, CNN, PBS, The New York Times, Time.com and other national news organizations.