From Brett Kavanaugh to Robert Bork, FRONTLINE investigates how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the United States’ highest court and turned confirmations into bitter, partisan conflicts. Link.
Follow the most important events in the life of George W. Bush. Understand his struggles and triumphs and how he found both his wife and his faith.W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film based on the life of George W. Bush. Directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stanley Weise. Follow the most important events in the life of George W. Bush. Understand his struggles and triumphs and how he found both his wife and his faith. Rent on Youtube.
Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union is a 2021 documentary series about Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. It is named after his March 18, 2008 speech, which he delivered during his 2008 campaign. Available on HBO. Three episodes.
Movie from 2019. FBI agent Daniel Jones performs an exhaustive investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on suspected terrorists. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the CIA adopted new interrogation techniques. Available on Amazon Prime.
Documentary from 2019. A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history.
Robert “Bobby” Kennedy led a political career that included serving as attorney general during the presidential administration of his brother, John, but he had greater ambitions. Those ambitions included running for president with a campaign that lasted only 83 days before he was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. This four-part docuseries examines the “Bobby Phenomenon” of the 1960s and the politician’s continuing influence decades after his untimely death. Documentary available on Netflix.
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Documentary from 1992. Examining the tumultuous period following the verdict in the Rodney King trial in 1992. The acquittal of four police officers for beating a black motorist saw several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles. Available on Netflix, among other places.
This film is a dramatization of the decision-making behind the Johnson administration’s escalation of the Vietnam War in the mid 1960s. As Lyndon Johnson (Michael Gambon) agonizes over sending more troops to Southeast Asia, he is given contradictory advice from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Alec Baldwin) and Secretary of State Dean Rusk (John Aylward). The president also attempts to build his Great Society at home, while balancing the war’s increasing drain on the nation’s resources.
John McCain’s 2008 US presidential campaign struggles to compete against Democratic Senator Obama. The game changes when strategists choose Alaska’s Governor Palin as his vice-presidential candidate. Available on HBO, among other places.