Category Archives: Politics

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin Debuts on PBS

“They will not break us.”–Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. If, like me, you’ve been anxious to find out more about the courageous Ukrainian president who, in just a few short weeks, has touched the hearts and minds of freedom lovers the … Continue reading

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Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip Makes Timely Debut on PBS

“I remain your New York corespondent Walter Winchell, who can sit at his window and review those passing below.  He sees everyone he likes… or doesn’t. He can either drop a flower… or a flower pot.”–Walter Winchell.  If names like … Continue reading

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Fauci, Cuomo and Feel-Good Media Help Us Heal

“America is America because we overcome adversity and challenges. It is what makes us great.”—Governor Andrew Cuomo. Let’s face it. This may not be the most opportune time to catch up on documentaries and feature films about killer viruses, natural … Continue reading

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Jane Fonda in Five Acts Takes Center Stage on HBO

“I just wanted to be ok.  I wanted to be a good girl.”—Jane Fonda. Those are startling admissions from the two-time Oscar®-winning actress and polarizing political activist who President Richard M. Nixon and his cronies loved to hate. Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker … Continue reading

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John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls Rings True on HBO

“To refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is unpatriotic.” — Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ). The Kunhardt filmmaking clan … Continue reading

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1920 Bombing of Wall Street Revisited on American Experience

The parallels are unsettling.  Immigrant profiling and deportation.  American workers embittered by a profiteering moneyed class. Homegrown terrorists schooled in bomb-making and rhetoric by foreign-born anarchists. Russia vs. the F.B.I. As revisited in the fascinating new documentary, The Bombing of … Continue reading

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The Write Stuff: Screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward and The Vietnam War

“If we live long enough, we may even get over war.” —Maya Angelou. I graduated from high school in 1965 and college in 1969.  The relentless war in Vietnam fueled an escalating war on the streets of our inner cities and … Continue reading

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Vote for All That Is Good, True and Decent

“Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim,” said human rights activist, author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel upon accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.  I made sure to remember his … Continue reading

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Weiner The Man, The Myth, The Documentary Makes Its Showtime Debut

“I did a dumb thing. But I did a lot of other things too,” says former New York Congressman and New York City Mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner. That’s quite an understatement, given the actual “dumb thing” that imploded Anthony Weiner’s promising political career … Continue reading

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Open Your Eyes and Skip the Trump Dog and Pony Show

“A blind person is a mouth with no hands.”–Nepalese Proverb. I confess that lately I’ve let too much time elapse between blog posts. I haven’t given up on “media that matter,” the mission of my blog, FrontRowCenter.  But, frankly, I admit that I’ve been short-circuited … Continue reading

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