Truth and Power

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (98)

Truth and Power was a documentary television series that originally aired on Pivot Network in 2016. Hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal, each episode of the show explored some of the most pressing issues facing society today, from police brutality to corporate corruption and government surveillance.

As an actress, Gyllenhaal is best known for her work in films like Donnie Darko, The Dark Knight, and Crazy Heart, but in Truth and Power she takes on a different role: that of a journalist and advocate for social justice. Throughout the series, she conducts interviews with experts in various fields and highlights the stories of people who have been impacted by the issues at hand.

One of the key themes of Truth and Power is the idea that information is power. In each episode, Gyllenhaal and her team investigate cases where important information has been hidden or suppressed, and they shine a light on those who are fighting to bring the truth to light. For example, the first episode of the series focuses on police brutality, and Gyllenhaal interviews people who have been victimized by police officers and those who are working to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions.

Another episode of the series explores the issue of government surveillance, examining how the U.S. government has used mass surveillance programs to watch its own citizens without their knowledge or consent. Gyllenhaal talks to both experts in the field of cybersecurity and regular people whose lives have been impacted by government surveillance.

Throughout the series, Gyllenhaal uses her platform to give voice to those who are often marginalized or ignored by mainstream media. She highlights the stories of people who are fighting back against systems of power that seek to suppress them, and she encourages viewers to take action in their own communities.

One of the most powerful aspects of Truth and Power is its commitment to telling stories that are often difficult to hear. In each episode, Gyllenhaal doesn't shy away from showing the real human impact of the issues at hand. For example, in an episode about immigration detention centers, she interviews families who have been separated from loved ones and people who have been held in detention for months on end.

Overall, Truth and Power is a timely and important series that shines a light on some of the most pressing issues facing society today. With Maggie Gyllenhaal as its host, the show is able to combine powerful storytelling with a commitment to social justice, inspiring viewers to take action and make a difference in their own communities.

Truth and Power is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 2016.

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Flying Robots
10. Flying Robots
March 25, 2016
Drones are rapidly populating skies all over the world. Overseas, military drones are masters of surveillance and precision killing. At home, they�۪re small flying cameras, research tools, and toys. It isn�۪t just hobbyists sending cameras into American skies: law enforcement is rapidly incorporating drone surveillance into routine missions, and the law is struggling to keep up. Individuals of varied backgrounds-a young American activist, a North Dakota farmer, and a robotics expert-help us navigate this Wild West of new technology.
Camp Justice
9. Camp Justice
March 18, 2016
A small chain of islands in the Indian Ocean was the site of closely guarded secrets from the War on Terror. The island's native inhabitants, and their advocates, fight to uncover the island's role in that war and regain access to their homeland.
Data Vampires
8. Data Vampires
March 11, 2016
A diverse group of consumer privacy advocates take on the most voracious of data vampires: little known corporate entities that gather and manipulate consumers�۪ personal information in an effort to influence their behavior. Advocates use various tools in the battle against data-gathering corporate goliaths from litigation and enacting regulatory standards and policies to experiments designed to outsmart online tracking. Along with privacy experts and industry insiders these technology and civil liberties advocates unravel the inner workings of this elusive 21st century data economy.
Hacking the Presidency
7. Hacking the Presidency
March 4, 2016
Harvard professor and Silicon Valley icon Lawrence Lessig is an unlikely politico. Driven by an irrepressible goal to fix a corrupt political system, Lessig leaps head first into the cutthroat race for President of the United States. His platform centers on reforming the campaign finance system, which fuels the radical inequality in America today. Lessig's unorthodox platform and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" story captures the attention of supporters and voters, but his presidential campaign encounters institutional roadblocks that force his resignation from the race. However, the shared message of challenging big money in politics continues on with other candidates in an election cycle built around overhauling a perceived rigged political system.
Shooting the Messenger
6. Shooting the Messenger
February 26, 2016
Ordinary people equipped with cell phones, social media accounts, and inexpensive video cameras are changing the power balance between police and their communities. Chris Seltzer and Antonio Buehler are among these citizen journalists, who feed the public vital on-the ground-footage, often at a personal cost. Chris and Antonio lay out the price they've paid for filming the police, while critics make the case that law enforcement has suffered from being filmed. In this contentious time for policing, who controls the narrative of what happens on the streets?
Activists or Terrorists?
5. Activists or Terrorists?
February 19, 2016
Journalist Will Potter and punk-rocker academic Ryan Shapiro's passion for animal rights has taken them from protests in the streets to the latest front on the domestic war on terror. The pair, along with their fellow animal rights activists, became the targets of government and law enforcement intimidation for their efforts to expose and protest corporations' controversial treatment of animals. Undeterred, Will and Ryan make it their mission to use freedom of information laws to uncover how the United States government uses harsh policies and the label of "terrorist" to silence animal rights activists.
Prisoners for Sale
4. Prisoners for Sale
February 12, 2016
Two former prisoners turned journalists are among the private prison industry's most out-spoken critics. They take viewers into the controversial issue and multi-billion dollar business of mass incarceration. Their story illuminates the messy entanglement of lucrative contracts, extravagant lobbying, fierce secrecy, and deplorable conditions that distinguishes the United States' prison industrial complex.
The Stingray
3. The Stingray
February 5, 2016
Daniel Rigmaiden- a brilliant, young scam artist turned whistleblower-evades the FBI for months after being accused of filing fraudulent tax claims and illegally collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the IRS. After being tracked down and arrested by the feds, Daniel becomes convinced his location was identified through illicit means. He uses his time, then in prison, to investigate. His obsessive search for the truth leads to a groundbreaking discovery: law enforcement used a secret technology called a Stingray to intercept his phone calls and personal information, as well as those of millions of unsuspecting Americans. He takes his discovery public, and the revelation not only carries implications for his case, but also for the fate of the Fourth Amendment.
Government-Sponsored Spyware
2. Government-Sponsored Spyware
January 29, 2016
The rise of government-sponsored spyware is examined through the eyes of two young Moroccan activists and the team of innovative hackers who uncovered the foreign government tracking their every move online. During production of this episode, the commercial spyware company behind the malicious software was itself hacked, revealing countless secrets about the lucrative business of selling spyware to oppressive regimes that track dissidents, activists and journalists.
1. #blacklivesmatter
January 22, 2016
A group of young activists ignited a twenty-first century civil rights movement with Black Lives Matter and now the FBI, along with local law enforcement, is tracking their organization's every move.
Where to Watch Truth and Power
Truth and Power is available for streaming on the Pivot website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Truth and Power on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 22, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (98)