NEW SERIES LOOKS AT TOP NEWS STORIES THROUGH THE LENS OF THEIR OFTEN SURPRISING HISTORICAL ROOTS
Retro Report is a new weekly one-hour-magazine format program hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and featuring New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz.
Presented by Georgia Public Broadcasting and produced by Retro Report, the series offers viewers a fresh perspective on current headlines, revealing their unknown—and often surprising—connections to the past. Retro Report on PBS premieres October 7 at 8:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.
In today’s 24-hour news cycle, with breaking headlines and 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, in order to gain new insights and shed perspective on events that are still resonant today. Each episode will explore four distinct stories, together with a special weekly segment featuring the wit and wisdom of author and comedian Andy Borowitz.
Topics to be explored include how Colin Kaepernick’s bended knee during the national anthem was deeply rooted in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City protest, why the government spends nearly $50 million a year to care for approximately 100,000 wild horses thanks to an obscure law passed more than 50 years ago, how the modern-day recycling movement was fueled by a news story about a barge full of garbage in the 1980s and the tragic story behind why modern U.S. drug-approval laws are so strict.
Premieres Monday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.