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In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
Orgasm Inc. - The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women…
When the Bough Breaks
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And, for African Americans, the rate is nearly twice as high than it is for white Americans. Even well-educated Black…
Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the…
Being Mortal
PBS
Frontline follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how…
The Poisoner's Handbook
PBS
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes…
States of Grace - An Inspiring Journey of Resilience, and Renewal
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the…
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Becoming American
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning less and having the stress of adapting to a new…
Hungry for Change - Your Health Is In Your Hands
We all want more energy, an ideal body and younger looking skin. So what is stopping us from getting this? From the creators of the best-selling documentary 'Food Matters' comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world! HUNGRY FOR…
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP - The Grassroots Movement to End the AIDS Crisis
An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the…
Motherland - An Intimate Look at the World's Busiest Maternity Hospital
Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers. As the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the…
Near Death - The Intensive Care Unit at a Boston Hospital
NEAR DEATH is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death. More specifically the film presents the complex interrelationships among patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff…
Birthright: A War Story - The War on Women’s Reproductive Health
This is the real-life version of "The Handmaid's Tale." In America today, a radical movement has tightened its grip on state power, seeking to control whether and how women bear children. In this crusade, pregnant women are subject to state…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. As…
The Pathological Optimist - The Man Behind the "Anti-Vax Movement"
This film explores the controversial Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his medical license for his infamous study suggesting a link between vaccines and autism that sparked one of the biggest firestorms in modern medicine. Winner of the Best Documentary…
Food Matters - Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine
This documentary is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures, we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and maladies.…
The Life Equation - Big Data and Global Health
Big Data is being used to analyze and determine healthcare options and billions of people are affected. But what, and who, is lost in the number crunching? THE LIFE EQUATION introduces us to Jose, a new kind of health worker.…
Pink Ribbons, Inc
Pink ribbons...they're everywhere: tee-shirts, hats, yogurt cups, KFC buckets, car ads, NFL stadiums...the list goes on and on. They make us feel good, as if we're all engaged in a successful battle against breast cancer. But who is really benefiting?…
Magic Bullets
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search,…