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    Inside the American Mob (2013)

    Take a look at the little-known but pivotal escapades, capers and cadavers that truly compose the history of the mob in America. Episode 1: Stayin’ Alive In The ’70s In the early 1970’s, the five families of the American mafia ruled the streets of New York City, but a new generation of FBI agents […]

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    Kidney Valley (2016)

    Kavre province in Nepal has been dubbed “Kidney valley”: there’s hardly a household in which a family member hasn’t sold his or her kidney on the black market. There is no legal way for patients to obtain donor organs other than from a relative. In the absence of a suitable familial match, the patient’s […]

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    Killing Jimmy Hoffa (2014)

    Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance is one of the great crimes of the century. Despite a massive Federal investigation spanning 4 decades and hundreds of suspects, only the general contours of the crime are known. In the American mythology Hoffa is both hero and villain; a self-made man who ran the nation’s largest union and was […]

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    Klansville U.S.A. (2015)

    Having been dormant for decades, the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) reemerged in the U.S. after the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, gaining momentum in the U.S. as the civil rights movement grew. That the Klan would rise once again wasn’t surprising, but where the reincarnation took place was. North Carolina […]

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    Make It Legitimate (1984)

    Mob presence in the political and business infrastructures of cities like New York and Chicago gave the Mafia the power base needed to run illicit activities, such as gambling and bootlegging. A phenomenon of the modern era of Mafia business is its infiltration into legitimate commerce, as a cover for illegal activities. The episode […]

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    Making of the Mob (1984)

    This episode is an in-depth look into the shady underworld of the Mob. Starting with the government’s prohibition of alcohol that gave the mob its foothold in the underbelly of America, to the illicit high-stakes drug wars that take place on the streets of today, in this second episode we see the gangsters and […]

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    Manda Bala (2007)

    Manda Bala profiles such subjects as a businessman who bullet-proofs his cars, a plastic surgeon who reconstructs the ears of kidnap victims, former Governor and Senator Jáder Barbalho, a powerful Brazilian politician from the state of Pará who used a frog farm for money laundering, and the owner of the frog farm himself. The […]

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    Mark Whitacre: Operation Harvest King (2009)

    Mark Edward Whitacre came to public attention in 1995 when, as president of the BioProducts Division at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) based in Decatur, Illinois, he was the highest-level corporate executive in U.S. history to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblower. For three years (1992–95), Whitacre acted as an informant for the […]

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    Marked: Death of the Yakuza (2009)

    No criminal group in the world is more closely identified with tattoos than the largest: Japan’s Yakuza, 80,000 strong. In this episode of Marked, we go deep into Japan’s underground for an exclusive look at the stunning full body-suits of ink that mark the skin of today’s yakuza. Hidden within the layers of spectacular […]

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    Mr. Untouchable – Godfather or Snitch (2007)

    The true-life story of a Harlem’s notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, “Mr. Untouchable” takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug king pin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest […]

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    Narco Cultura (2013)

    To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto – a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. NARCO CULTURA looks at this explosive phenomenon […]