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Retro Report on PBS

Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Join journalists Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani as they connect the present to the past through four distinct and varied stories, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit.

Episodes

Season 1
Episode 6
Public housing influenced by a 1970s experiment. Newborn tests are a legacy of a boy who...
Season 1
Episode 6
Newborns today are tested for genetic and immune disorders that might not be apparent at...
Season 1
Episode 6
Some major cities are trying to help poor children succeed by helping their families move...
Season 1
Episode 6
In 1982, boxing fans tuned in for a championship bout between Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini of...
Season 1
Episode 6
From Reagan’s Star Wars to Trump’s Space Force, New Yorker magazine humorist Andy...
Season 1
Episode 6
Not enough babies are being born to support an aging population in some parts of the...
Season 1
Episode 5
The federal government banned lead from gasoline and household products years ago, but a...
Season 1
Episode 5
Scientists are worried that soon, simply reducing carbon emissions won’t be enough to...
Season 1
Episode 5
New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz takes a look at America’s history of flammable...
Season 1
Episode 5
Suicide rates have been rising steadily across the country, with U.S. service members and...
Season 1
Episode 5
Texting could reduce suicides. Surrogate parenthood. Lead is banned but a toxic mess...
Season 1
Episode 5
Parenthood through surrogacy is widely accepted in the United States, but it's not...
Season 1
Episode 4
The drama of modern free agency has become as much a part of professional sports as the...
Season 1
Episode 4
Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements in the history of public health. So why are...
Season 1
Episode 4
Blasting the media has been a hallmark of President Trump. He has also championed the...
Season 1
Episode 4
There are now so many wild horses on public land – nearly 100,000 – that they have become...
Season 1
Episode 4
New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz reviews the highly ineffective tropes and...
Season 1
Episode 4
President Trump is taking on the press with a time-tested strategy. Explore the origins...
Season 1
Episode 3
After a sexual assault scandal at the Tailhook convention rocked the Navy in 1991, one...
Season 1
Episode 3
Why would someone film an assault instead of intervening? And why didn’t those watching...
Season 1
Episode 3
In the 1980s, rising public awareness about waste was fueled by a bizarre news story: the...
Season 1
Episode 3
Today psychedelic drugs are back in the lab,  providing hope for people who suffer from...
Season 1
Episode 3
50 years after Apollo 11, New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz looks at the...
Season 1
Episode 3
Why crime witnesses fail to act. A Naval officer who transformed the U.S. military....
Season 1
Episode 2
Uncover crime evidence pulled from DNA websites. See how drug rules stem from a pill’s...
Season 1
Episode 2
We hear a lot about fake news these days, but New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz...
Season 1
Episode 2
Humans are wary that robots could replace them. So what can we learn from the legendary...
Season 1
Episode 2
Parents worry about the latest video games, like Fortnite. A generation ago, Dungeons and...
Season 1
Episode 2
Strict prescription drug safety regulations in place today resulted in part from the...
Season 1
Episode 2
DNA information that is available on genealogy websites is doing more than satisfying...
Season 1
Episode 1
Social media’s addictive power is by design. Colin Kaepernick’s protest has ties to 1968...
Season 1
Episode 1
The #MeToo movement is shedding renewed light on sexual harassment at work and the long...
Season 1
Episode 1
When N.F.L. players starting with Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem...
Season 1
Episode 1
Andy Borowitz, the New Yorker magazine humorist, has come up with a simple solution to...
Season 1
Episode 1
Social media’s power over consumers is not by chance, it is by design. Theories pioneered...


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Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past.