Live forum on October 5, 2011: President Eisenhower’s Military Industrial Complex Speech
NOVA #3602 Spy Factory – Sunday, 10/2 at 9:00 p.m.
For the first time on television, NOVA exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). Today, the NSA is the world’s largest intelligence agency, three times the size of the CIA and far more secret. Its mission is to eavesdrop on the world – from cell phones in Europe to pay phones in Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. But since 9/11, it has also turned its giant ear inward, listening in without warrant on thousands of American citizens, many of whom are on the government’s secret watch list, now more than half-a-million names long. Based on the latest best-seller by journalist James Bamford, “Inside the Spy Factory” is a gripping investigation of the NSA, from its tragic failures leading up to the 9/11 attacks to its secret listening rooms currently installed in the nation’s telecom networks. The program presents groundbreaking new evidence about how the agency listened in to the phone calls of key 9/11 plotters, yet failed to realize they were located in the U.S. To show how current eavesdropping technology works, NOVA traces the path of an email sent from Asia to the U.S. via fiber optic cables on the Pacific sea floor. From a beach in California, the email then travels to a telecom switching facility in San Francisco, where the cables are covertly duplicated, with one copy of everything – including the original email – going to the NSA’s secret room and the other transmitted to its proper destination. This is a suspenseful and eye-opening report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.
Live forum on October 12: The Birth of Pong and Video Games
Video Games Live – Sunday, 10/9, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.
Video Games Live is the greatest video game music of all time performed by a full symphony orchestra and chorus. What makes it really unique is that the music is completely synchronized with massive video screens, rock and roll lighting and stage-show production. “I like to describe Video Games Live as having all the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra performance, combined with the energy and excitement of a rock concert, mixed together with all the cutting edge visuals and fun that video games provide.” says Tommy Tallarico, co-creator and host of Video Games Live. Captured in New Orleans this past April in High Definition with 5.1 audio surround sound, the concert featured the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by VGL’s co-creator, Jack Wall, a 34-person chorus and number of soloists including pianist Martin Leung, flautist Laura Intravia, and singers, Vangie Gunn, Kendrew Heriveaux, Ron Ragin and Cindy Shapiro, a rock band featuring Tommy Tallarico on guitar and a full compliment of state of the art lighting, lasers and effects.
Live forum on October 19: The American Family; Our First Reality TV Show
An American Family Anniversary Edition – Sunday, 10/16, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.
In 1973, television viewers watched dramatic life events unfold in the home of an American family in Santa Barbara, California. “An American Family: Anniversary Edition” is a compilation of the original 12-hour public television series that made TV history.
Live forum on October 26: President Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers
From Wharf Rats to the Lord of the Docks: The Life and Times of Harry Bridges – Sunday, 10/23, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.
Directed by Academy Award winning director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, this is the film of a truly unique event – Ian Ruskin performing his one-man play to a packed house of 1000 longshore workers in San Pedro, California. The result, with appearances by Elliott Gould, Edward Asner and members of ILWU Local 13, and with music by Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tim Reynolds, Ciro Hurtado, and others (including the world premiere of Woody Guthrie’s song about Harry, sung by his granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie) is an inspiring story. It is an intimate exploration of the life and times of this extraordinary man – “a hero or the devil incarnate, it all depends on your point of view” – full of the high drama and biting humor that ran through his life. And it is a springboard into understanding the parallel issues – globalization, global responsibilities, wars on terrorism, surveillance and privacy, and the widening gap between rich and poor that we face today.