After Napster, many consumers got used to media on demand. There was no turning back.
H.I.V. rates have fallen in many places, but the AIDS crisis persists in parts of the U.S.
Flawed research predicting remorseless teen killers led to life sentences.
A decades-old battle is re-emerging over how sex is presented in the classroom.
Sex ed; a crime myth; Ryan White’s legacy; napster; Andy Borowitz on bullying.
New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz takes a look at a thriving industry: bullying.
A new understanding of risk emerged from the study of a NASA disaster.
The rise of special operations units today can be traced to two past operations.
Immigration; hot coffee lawsuit; special ops; Challenger legacy; Borowitz on Anita Bryant.
Her complaint sounded frivolous. But the facts told another story.
Today's immigration policies echo an anti-immigration movement 25 years ago in California.
Andy Borowitz examines how Anita Bryant inadvertently energized the gay rights movement.
The surprising medical legacy of David Vetter, the boy in the bubble.
Public housing, the bubble boy, boxing, overpopulation and Borowitz on Space Force.
A new approach to reducing poverty has its roots in a 1970s public housing experiment.
In the 1960s, fears of overpopulation sparked talk of population control. What happened?
Andy Borowitz takes a look at the sci-fi origins of Donald Trump’s Space Force program.
As concussions plague football, are there lessons from earlier concerns about boxing?
Reducing suicide; Baby M; Lead perils; climate help from Cold War science; Andy Borowitz.
Andy Borowitz investigates why America’s water supply seems to keep bursting into flames.
Is geo-engineering the climate an answer to global warming?
Half a million American children have high lead levels, but who should clean it up?
Parenthood by surrogacy is accepted across the U.S., but it's not closely regulated.
An intervention to reduce suicides showed promise in the 60s, but was overlooked.
Presidents vs. press; measles cases soar; free agency; wild horses, “apologies.”
Andy examines the tropes and clichés politicians use to cling to power after a scandal.
Wild horses are caught in a battle between the government, ranchers and environmentalists.
Today’s superstar athletes reaping the benefits of free agency owe a debt to Curt Flood.
Vaccine skepticism was fed by a discredited 1998 study which still has repercussions today
President Trump’s efforts to clamp down on White House leaks have echoes of Nixon.
Psychedelic drugs, associated with the 1960s, are now treating depression and anxiety.
Why don’t people intervene when they encounter violence streaming live online?
How the 1991 Tailhook sexual assault scandal is still shaking up the military today.
The 1987 garbage barge was a fiasco, but it helped raise public awareness about recycling.
Andy Borowitz looks at the evolution of the myth that the moon landing was faked.
Bystander behavior; a Navy scandal; psychedelic drugs; wayward trash barge; zany theories
We hear a lot about fake news, but Andy Borowitz examines another horrible tend: no news.
Exploring fears about A.I. by revisiting a 1997 chess match between man and machine.
D&D, once at the center of a moral panic, is now seen as an antidote to screen addiction.
How a pill that led to drug safety guidelines became a case study for rising drug prices.
DNA information available on genealogy websites is today being used to solve crimes.
DNA clues; thalidomide; robot ambivalence; obsessive gamers; Borowitz on no news.
Humorist Andy Borowitz has found a solution to the problem of political ads on TV.
How a decades-old Wall Street sexual harassment battle is affecting today’s workplace.
The #TakeAKnee movement has ties to a protest at the 1968 Olympics.
Our social media addiction is explained by theories pioneered by B.F. Skinner decades ago.
Social media loops, athlete protests, Wall Street harassment; pet threat; Andy Borowitz
About 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.
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