It’s Thanksgiving Day, 1970, the Atlantic Ocean. A US patrol boat meets a Soviet fishing vessel. A Soviet sailor jumps across the icy water onto the American boat in a frantic bid for freedom. To his horror, and to the outcry of the world media, the Americans return him to the Soviets. Through rare archival footage and a dramatic, first-person re-enactment by the would-be defector, 86-year-old Simas Kudirka, we relive one of the most unpredictable Cold War muddles.
The Pharmacist is an American true crime documentary series. It released in February 2020 on Netflix, the series relates the efforts of Dan Schneider, a small-town pharmacist in Poydras, Louisiana, to identify his son’s killer and how this led to his gathering evidence against a prolific “pill mill” doctor in New Orleans. Available on Netflix.
In the middle of the night, the soldier Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, some snacks, water and some money. Then he sneaks quietly from a remote outpost of the US Army in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later it appears to him: he is in over his head. A well-made eleven-part podcast that digs into the case that has divided the United States.
Available to listen to where podcasts are available. See this link for further information.
Lincoln is a 2012 American biographical film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biographical novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln.
The movie is available at Amazon Prime
A documentary from 2019 about when a Chinese company brings new life to a closed down factory in Ohio, USA. Fascinating story about a culture clash and an American dream in decline. Available at Netflix.