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Retro Report on PBS

Retro Report on PBS

Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 7
Repeats Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2 a.m. beginning Oct. 8

Also airs on Fusion on Saturdays at 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 12

This new eight-part magazine-format series is hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and features New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz. It offers viewers a fresh perspective on current headlines, revealing their unknown—and often surprising—connections to the past.

In today’s 24-hour news cycle, with breaking headlines, all-news networks and online outlets constantly competing for attention, RETRO REPORT ON PBS aims to widen the discussion, revealing the story behind the story, providing new insights into how today’s events have been shaped by the past.

Of local significance, on Oct. 21 in the show’s fifth episode, New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz takes on the burning issue of flaming water, which has a long history in the United States—most infamously in 1969, when the polluted Cuyahoga River in Cleveland burst into flames on national television.

Other topics to be explored include how decades-old research on human behavior shows that social media’s addictive power is by design rather than chance; why half a million children still have dangerously high lead levels even though it was banned from gasoline and household products decades ago; and how the sex education policies of today are informed by failures of programs created during the Clinton era.


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