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Independent Lens

1999-Present Docu-Series

Watch the award winning show that has consistently continued to take every year’s documentary awards by storm, the independent lens showcases a range of independent documentaries based on any number of vast subjects with each of these documentaries being narrated by a celebrity host to add more life to the show and bring a touch of the comfort of routine to documentaries that are anything but routine. A combination of real life footage and historically accurate re-enactments ensure that the viewer becomes completely involved in the subject matter of the documentary.

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Independent Lens Accept the Call

Yusuf Abdurahman, who left Somalia as a refugee 25 years ago, has his worst fear realized when his son is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. Follow Yusuf as he strives to understand why his child would leave America and attempt to join ISIS.

3:00 AM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens The First Rainbow Coalition New

See how community-based movements came together across lines of race and ethnicity to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing in 1960s Chicago.

10:00 PM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens The First Rainbow Coalition

See how community-based movements came together across lines of race and ethnicity to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing in 1960s Chicago.

2:00 AM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens The First Rainbow Coalition

See how community-based movements came together across lines of race and ethnicity to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing in 1960s Chicago.

4:00 AM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens The First Rainbow Coalition

See how community-based movements came together across lines of race and ethnicity to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing in 1960s Chicago.

4:00 AM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens Cooked: Survival by Zip Code New

Learn the story of a heat wave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heat wave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city.

10:00 PM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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Independent Lens Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Learn the story of a heat wave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heat wave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city.

2:30 AM on PBS - Network HD - Eastern

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