devastation

BREAKING BIG
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz

BREAKING BIG: Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz

 

Track the route of San Juan’s Mayor Cruz after Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane. The city leader stood up and fought for relief aid, becoming the heroic voice of her struggling island and the Puerto Rican people.

 

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WE’LL MEET AGAIN
Rescued from Mount St. Helens

WEʻLL MEET AGAIN: Rescued from Mount St. Helenʻs

 

Join Ann Curry for the reunions of people whose lives crossed during the deadly eruption. Mindy searches for a scientist’s family to tell them how he saved her life, and Sue wants to find the helicopter pilot who rescued her from near-certain death.

 

 

FRONTLINE
Business of Disaster

 

Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes. The film focuses on 2012’s Hurricane Sandy: the thousands rendered homeless, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.

 

NHK SPECIAL
My Small Steps from Hiroshima

NHK SPECIAL: My Small Steps From Hiroshima

 

This documentary tells the story of Kaoru Ogura, who dedicated his life to telling the world about the Japanese city where the first atomic bomb was dropped. He brought public figures from other countries together with survivors in postwar Hiroshima, even though he himself was born and raised in the U.S. The devastation shocked the visitors, causing them to spread the word internationally. They eventually began supporting the victims and joining in the anti-nuclear movement.

 

NHK MARCH SPECIALS
Five Years, Five Stories

 

When the massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Tohoku region six years ago, life as people knew it was instantly gone. Among the survivors were children, who experienced the disaster and its aftermath at an impressionable time in their lives. The documentary shares five stories of those children, looking at how they have struggled with the past, and follows them as they search for a way to move forward.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Big Burn

 

In the summer of 1910, an unimaginable wildfire devoured more than three million acres across the Northern Rockies, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation’s fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. The film provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility in the face of nature’s frightening power.