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  • STARZ's Fail State

    Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, FAIL STATE investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C. that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploit millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. Combining five years of research and interviews from over 60 experts, policymakers, whistleblowers, and students defrauded by their colleges, director Alexander Shebanow presents a searing exposé on the for-profit college industry and the lawmakers enabling widespread fraud and abuse in American higher education. FAIL STATE debuted on STARZ on December 17th, 2018.
  • All Is Not Forgiven

    The investigation found that reforms promised by the Vatican after the priest sex abuse scandal were ignored. Only when confronted with the findings of the investigation did the Archdiocese of Los Angeles admit that its background check of priests did not go beyond reviewing a letter from a former superior.
  • Trouble on the Land

    The story examines a massive agricultural project in Tanzania involving an Iowa-based company called AgriSol Energy. The investigation found tens of thousands of refugees living on the land AgriSol planned to farm -- land the company claimed was vacant.
  • What Really Happened at Bari Alai?

    The investigation looks to provide answers to a deadly Taliban attack that received little press attention. The story exposes the tensions that arose between coalition and Afghan forces under austere and stressful conditions, and how growing anger towards American soldiers created an environment of distrust.
  • The Mysterious Case of Kevin Ku

    The story reports on Kevin Xu -- a Chinese national who was cuaght trying to sell fake drugs to undercover immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and FDA agents in 2007.
  • Spiritually Bankrupt

    The investigation revealed the coordinated lengths to which the Roman Catholic Church was protecting its vast wealth from sex abuse victims.
  • Where There's Smoke

    "Where There's Smoke" investigates the military's practice of using open burn pits to dispose of the millions of tons of waste, including hazardous materials, generated by base operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • A Family Secret

    The story reports on "bacha posh," the tradition where families in Afghanistan disguise their daughters as sons and raise them as boys.
  • "Iran's Manhattan Project"

    This investigative report reveals how Iran has "been able to launder billions" of dollars, with assistance from New York banks, to improve their nuclear weapons program. The U.S. has relied on "unenforceable sanctions" that have allowed Iran to easily bypass the measures in place. After their permission to film was "revoked," the investigative team posed as tourists to get the rest of the story.
  • "Carbonomics"

    The key elements lawmakers intend to use against global warming are "carbon offsets" of the "cap-and-trade" legislation. The investigation reveals these offsets have created a "loophole" and could potentially "undermine the entire effort to solve the climate crisis." The current United Nations-run program is "greatly flawed," and there are "scientific uncertainties" about the effectiveness of the "pollution reductions."