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MSNBC Films

1 Season

MSNBC Films is an ongoing series featuring some of the best modern documentaries around. Each episode is its own film, telling a powerful and gripping story.

Starring:
Matt Korsch, Tyler La Marr

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1. Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead

"Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead" explores a most unlikely friendship - between one of the country's most impassioned crusaders for capital punishment and a mass-murderer awaiting execution on death row. The resulting portrait is funny, disturbing and vital: a penetratingly personal look at one of the most compelling and confounding moral questions of our time.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 19, 2009
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2. Witness to Waco

"Witness to Waco" provides an in-depth look into the Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by David Koresh in the late 1980s and early 1990s that ultimately met with a tragic, fiery end.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 18, 2009
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3. Witness: The Kidnapping of Patty Hearst

"Witness: The Kidnapping of Patty Hearst" chronicles the two-year search for the kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, through the eyes and words of those who lived it.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes Release date: December 27, 2009
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4. The McVeigh Tapes: Confession of an American Terrorist

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow brings viewers the inside story of the Oklahoma City bombing, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil prior to 9/11. Hear Timothy McVeigh's chilling confession in his own words for the first time.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes Release date: April 19, 2010
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5. I Married the Beltway Sniper

MSNBC Films brings viewers the inside story on the men behind the 'D.C. sniper attacks': John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Interviews with Muhammad's ex-wife Mildred -- who had divorced him long before the attacks -- tell of her former husband's transformation from a happy father of three into a cold-blooded killer -- who marked her as his final target.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes Release date: September 6, 2010
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6. The Assassination of Dr. Tiller

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow brings viewers inside the events leading to the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a prominent Kansas abortion doctor who was fatally shot by an anti-abortion extremist.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 25, 2010
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7. Hunting a Serial Bomber

How do you stop a serial bomber? Join federal agents as they hunt for Eric Rudolph in the North Carolina wilderness.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 26, 2010
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8. President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon, a Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews

MSNBC's Chris Matthews takes viewers behind the scenes of Bill Clinton's life after the White House, spending a whirlwind week with the former president traveling from New York City to Ireland.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 22, 2011
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9. Erasing Hate

In this hour, MSNBC goes inside the world of this former skinhead "pit bull" as he undergoes painful treatments to remove the physical representation of the hate he had exhibited to the world for more than half his life.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 26, 2011
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10. 9/11: In Our Own Words

9/11: In Our Own Words: NBC anchors and correspondents recall their memories of reporting on the morning of 9/11/01. Weaving together live footage with present-day interviews, the special covers the first several hours as the terrorist attacks on America unfolded.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: September 10, 2011
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11. Day of Destruction, Decade of War

Day of Destruction, Decade of War: Drawing from the field experience of Richard Engel and the analysis and insight of Rachel Maddow, MSNBC takes a broad look at the decade since 9/11/01, exploring how America responded to the attacks and how the country has changed.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 2 hours, 12 minutes Release date: September 1, 2011
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12. Mind Over Mania

This hour follows Raven and several other former Teen Mania interns who sought out therapy after their time with the Teen Mania.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 6, 2011
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13. Young Kids, Hard Time: Colt and Paul

With sweeping access inside the Youth Incarcerated As Adults (YIA) cellblock at the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana, "Young Kids, Hard Time" reveals what life is like for kids as young as 12 who will grow up behind bars. The YIA cellblock is home to 53 kids who are rarely permitted to leave the unit, due to the dangers posed by the adult prisoners just outside their door. But once a youth offender turns 18, they begin the immediate transition into the general prison population, where thousands of adult prisoners await. "Young Kids, Hard Time" explores post-conviction life for children staring down decades behind bars, illuminating the effects of sentencing kids to the adult prison system, and whether or not this practice leads to a safer society.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 20, 2011
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14. Inside the Box: Interrogation - Krebs, Cogdell

It's the place where lies unravel and alibis crumble, and in the interrogation room, cases can be made... or broken. In California, a seasoned detective takes us along, for a psychological showdown with a suspected serial rapist. And in Arkansas, a teenage boy tells us what's it like to be 12 years old, and sitting in the interrogation chair.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 8, 2012
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15. Inside the Box: Interrogation - Biela/Edmonds

It's the place where lies unravel and alibis crumble - the interrogation room, or as the police call it, "The Box." In the casino town of Reno, Nevada, an accused killer is confronted by his girlfriend, while detectives listen to every word. And in Mississippi, a mother bursts in, as her 13-year-old son confesses to murder. MSNBC takes you "Inside the Box," where cases can be made, or broken.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 10, 2012
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Product Details

Starring Matt Korsch, Tyler La Marr
Season year 2012
Network NBC News
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This documentary gives an incomplete picture of the cult that is Teen Mania, however, what is portrayed is, nonetheless, accurate.

As a former member of this cult, I am pleased that they are finally being exposed to the public for what they really are.

MSNBC, as with any cable network, looks to sensationalize their stories, so they focused on a weekend retreat, rather than the entirety of the cult. But, that weekend gives a good picture of some of the dangerous doctrines that are in place at Teen Mania.

If you notice, a lot of changes are being made at Teen Mania.... though they are all surface-level changes in an effort to pretend that they are making real changes.
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I'm an Alumnus of the Honor Academy. I spent one year there, I also went on several summer trips with Global Expeditions and after graduating from the HA continued to be a summer volunteer on campus even without going on summer mission trips. I've had a decent bit of experience with Teen Mania in several areas and capacities and I can say that this film does an excellent job of portraying some of the darker aspects of Teen Mania.

I wish there had been more of an emphasis on the day to day spiritual/emotional abuses, manipulation (blatant and subtle) that goes on at all levels of leadership, less than stellar living and working conditions, and faulty "Christian doctrines" that are taught on a day to day basis, as well as some light shed on some of the abuses people have encountered on their summer mission trips, but they did a good job with the limited time frame they were working with. I applaud them for tackling such a heavy and intricate topic to expose Teen Mania for what it truly is and hope that MSNBC's work, as well as the bravery the Alumni in the film showed in speaking out so publicly, will continue to reach people and help them avoid the unnecessary struggles, heartbreak, and traumas that so many have suffered at the hands of Teen Mania.

For anyone wanting to learn more about the sad (to put it mildly) stories that have come out of Teen Mania, I encourage you to visit recoveringalumni dot com.
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I was a part of TM and by the end of my time there, there wasn't a doubt in my mind that more harm then good could come of them. My heart goes out to anyone who has been affected by them. This documentary sheds light on the world and hype that teen mania builds to influence teens and young adults at their most vulnerable time.
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I think Cindy has an excellent point about researching Teen Mania if you or a family member is interested in sending a child or young adult on any of their events. A quick google search will bring up much more negative information on Teen Mania and the Honor Academy than positive.

It is also an important note that many people who leave Teen Mania ARE now atheist, agnostics, or pagan, not Christian. That is an odd fact that a "Christian Organization" is churning out atheists and not stronger christians.

The sad truth is that much (if not all) of what was shown on the hour long documentary is accurate which is why the changes Cindy notes happened. It is also interesting to note that a typical "work year" is 2080 hours (40 hrs x 52 weeks), Cindy states interns (18-25 year olds) are working 3000+ hours which is over 57 hours per week. These young people are PAYING $8000+ a year to be over worked at an organization that treats them poorly.

I wish they would have touched on the living conditions 6-9 people per room with bunk beds stacked 3 high, unhygienic bathrooms where staph infections run ramped. Terrible un-nutritious food - Teen Mania spends less on food per person than the state of TX spends on inmates. Little to no access to the outside world (ie friends and family). Being over worked... there is so much more they could have shown.
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I have some experience with Teen Mania so I was excited to see this when I heard all the buzz about it online. It was interesting and sad and makes me look at how others I knew may have been affected by the group. Anyone wanting more info should visit [...]
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I attended the Honor Academy in 2007 and 2008. It was the craziest year of my life. I went in excited about God, eager to learn, looking for an adventure and ready to take the challenge. I left confused, a mess, not sure of anything anymore, anxious and scared. I had separated myself from my family and friends and didn't trust anyone. It's been 5 years since I left and thankfully I can say that I'm doing much better and I owe that to the [...] blog. This documentary was a big deal. I loved the content and it was the most helpful to see that this could be aired on public television. It's so easy to feel scared, like you're the only one and no one cares about you. This meant so much and gave me an opportunity to explain to my family what had happened.
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By Randall C Kemp on February 11, 2014
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Not that it's possible to be non bias but they could have been slightly less partial to certain Political beliefs that McVeigh had, this doc def has that "trust the govt they do everything right" vibe to it.
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Although I appreciate the quality of this series of documentaries, to me, the standout was "The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist." From a psychological standpoint, drilling down into the motivations and the mind of Timothy McVeigh was not only fascinating but extremely well executed in writing, technical features, and content.
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