Last year, Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency. Now, FRONTLINE investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today. Through exclusive interviews with intelligence insiders, cabinet officials and government whistle-blowers, part one reveals how the U.S.
Wes’ journey begins with Bonnie Collins, the mother of Brian Collins, one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer. Last year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Brian abruptly took his own life. The questions surrounding this tragedy initiate Wes’ desire to learn more about why some can get on with their lives, while some cannot.
Coming Back with Wes Moore airs on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.
"The Typist" follows the life and work of Larry Tillemans, believed to be the last living clerk-typist from the Nuremberg Trials. As a sergeant in the U.S. 3rd Army, it was Larry's duty to document the testimony of victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust – information that deeply affected the young Midwesterner. After years of carrying this emotional burden, Larry decided to share his experiences with as many people as possible, a tireless effort that brought one man's voice to a world that sometimes struggles to remember the lessons of the past.
In Richmond, Virginia, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots. Highlights include a late 19th-century Albert Neuhuys watercolor that was bought by a very young collector for $2.00 and is now valued at $1,000 to $1,500; a 1982 UNC championship signed basketball featuring teammates Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins and more; and an early 20th-century Alice R.H.
What happens when a state allows adopted citizens to have their original birth certificates? In 2011, Illinois became the largest state in the Union to reverse sealed records laws, providing adult adoptees access to the document recording their birth. 'A Simple Piece of Paper' tells the story of over a dozen adoptees, as they open their records. Their collective experiences provoke a new question: what would have happened if the records had been opened sooner?