Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc

Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc Founded 1990. Created more than 20 prime time PBS documentaries and miniseries. Won a couple of Emmies, nominated for two more.

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It's been a brutal year politically. How about a ceasefire? That's what Alaska is doing - stop party warfare and give mo...
12/17/2020

It's been a brutal year politically. How about a ceasefire? That's what Alaska is doing - stop party warfare and give more voice ato independent voter - 53% in Alaska. And 45% among under-40 voter in US. Alaska' formula is Real Change. Doesn't Anchorage look peaceful? Check it out - https://bit.ly/3nAlqD8

It's been a brutal year politically. How about a ceasefire? That's what Alaska is doing - stopping party warfare and giving more voice to independent voters - 53% in Alaska. And 45% among under-40 voter in US. Doesn't Anchorage look peaceful? Check out Alaska's formula for Real Change.- https://bit.ly/3nAlqD8

PEOPLE POWER 2.0- If you're feeling as though ordinary voters lack clout, LOOK WHAT A GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT JUST DID IN F...
12/13/2020

PEOPLE POWER 2.0- If you're feeling as though ordinary voters lack clout, LOOK WHAT A GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT JUST DID IN FLORIDA. Big victory against economic inequality by hiking minimum wage to $15 an hour. In all, 29 states have taken action Find out how your state stacks up. https://bit.ly/3gz8Otw

PEOPLE POWER 2.0- If you're feeling as though ordinary voters lack clout, LOOK WHAT A GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT JUST DID IN FLORIDA. Big victory against economic inequality by hiking minimum wage to $15 an hour. In all, 29 states have taken action Find out how your state stacks up. https://bit.ly/3gz8Otw

Can Democrats win control of the US Senate? It may adepend on newcomers to Georgia. See how changing demographics in Geo...
12/12/2020

Can Democrats win control of the US Senate? It may adepend on newcomers to Georgia. See how changing demographics in Georgia give a boost to Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff (l) and Raphael Warnock for upset victories against incumbent Republicans. https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

Can Democrats win control of the US Senate? It may ride on newcomers to Georgia. See how changing demographics in Georgia give a boost to Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff (l) and Raphael Warnock for upset victories against incumbent Republicans. https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

12/09/2020
Who Stole the American Dream?

Call Corona a tale of two planets - On one, the super rich; on the other, the rest of us. Here on earth, 80 million Americans lack enough money to pay the rent or put food on the stabhle. Uo in the stratosphere, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and 650 US billlionares have hauled in $1 trillion - Yes, $1 trillion more. tthanks to corona. Find out how and why. FOR THE FULL VIDEO, join me on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAPTPhecsyE&ab_channel=ThePeoplevsThePoliticians

Call Corona a tale of two planets - On one, the super rich; on the other, the rest of us. Here on earth, 80 million Americans lack enough money to pay the rent or put food on the table. Up in the stratosphere, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and 650 U.S. billlionares have hauled in $1 trillion - yes, $1 trillion more - thanks to corona. Find out how and why. FOR THE FULL VIDEO, join me on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAPTPhecsyE&ab_channel=ThePeoplevsThePoliticians

BILLIONAIRES 2.0 - You know their names and faces, but not how much America;s billionaire elite made while morst America...
12/04/2020

BILLIONAIRES 2.0 - You know their names and faces, but not how much America;s billionaire elite made while morst Americans felt the crunch. It's as if the billionaires live on another planet. You will not believe the mountainous profits they made, thanks to corona. Check out the numbers - https://bit.ly/36Hvpkn

BILLIONAIRES 2.0 - You know their names and faces, but not how much money the Billionaire made while most Americans felt the crunch. It's as if the billionaires live on another planet. the numbers are almost impossible to believe unless you see them yourself. Check it out - https://bit.ly/36Hvpkn

threats?  and why is SecState Brad Raffensperger under intense pressure from Georgia repubblicans as the state heads int...
11/30/2020

threats? and why is SecState Brad Raffensperger under intense pressure from Georgia repubblicans as the state heads into critical runoff elections for two US Senate Seats? See Raffensperger's response in his own words. Brave guy. worth a look - https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

Why is Georgia's Republican secretary of state getting death threats? and why is SecState Brad Raffensperger under intense pressure from Georgia repubblicans as the state heads into critical runoff elections for two US Senate Seats? See Raffensperger's response in his own words. Brave guy. worth a look - https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

Have you ever wondered how Mitch McConnell gets Senate Republicans to toe the line? Well, see what Mitch did for the end...
11/27/2020

Have you ever wondered how Mitch McConnell gets Senate Republicans to toe the line? Well, see what Mitch did for the endangered GOP Senators in the campaign homestretch. And check the Biden vs Trump numbers, as the 2020 money race breaks all records. The numbers will shock you - have a look - https://bit.ly/3nUhFsk

Have you ever wondered how Mitch McConnell gets Senate Republicans to toe the line? Well, see what Mitch did for the endangered GOP Senators in the campaign homestretch. And check the Biden vs Trump numbers, as the 2020 money race breaks all records. The numbers will shock you - have a look - https://bit.ly/3nUhFsk

Are you sick of the harsh partisan warfare in our politics? Well then, take a look at the election reform just adopted b...
11/20/2020

Are you sick of the harsh partisan warfare in our politics? Well then, take a look at the election reform just adopted by Alaska voters. They junked party primaries and created one non-partisan primary - all candidates, all voters. See how this works and how it happened. - https://bit.ly/3nAlqD8

Are you sick of the harsh partisan warfare in our politics? Well then, take a look at the election reform just adopted by Alaska voters. They junked party primaries and created one non-partisan primary- all candidates, all voters. See how this works and how it happened. - https://bit.ly/3nAlqD8

As Georgia moves into runoff election that will decide control of US Senate, GOP Secretary of State reports death threat...
11/17/2020

As Georgia moves into runoff election that will decide control of US Senate, GOP Secretary of State reports death threats and intense Republican pressure to change vote recount in favor of Trump and protect GOP. Get the Georgia story - https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

As Georgia moves into runoff election that will decide control of US Senate, GOP Secretary of State reports death threats and intense Republican pressure to change vote recount in favor of Trump and protect GOP. Get the Georgia story - https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

Do you remember the last time an incumbent president lost his bid for re-election? It was in 1992, when Republican Georg...
11/16/2020

Do you remember the last time an incumbent president lost his bid for re-election? It was in 1992, when Republican George HW Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton. Do you recall what Bush said and did back then? For a lesson on how to make American Democracy work, read on... and share.. .https://bit.ly/3k7je3V

Do you remember the last time an incumbent president lost his bid for re-election? It was in 1992, when Republican George HW Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton. Do you recall what Bush said and did back then? For a lesson on how to make American Democracy work, read on... and share.. .https://bit.ly/3k7je3V

Who Stole the American Dream?
11/12/2020

Who Stole the American Dream?

Can Democrats win the Senate? It all depends ON Georgia - and the political arithmetic is tough but inviting for Dem challengers Jon ossoff and rev. Raphael Warnock. Find out how they can win? https://bit.ly/36q3WCs

Once again Billionaire mega donors have tried to overpower the voiced votes of WethePeople ibn the 2020 election. Let's ...
11/03/2020

Once again Billionaire mega donors have tried to overpower the voiced votes of WethePeople ibn the 2020 election. Let's see who wins today. But remember, the billionairtes will be back next time unless we fix campaign finance laws.

$643 million: Combined contributions of the top 10 family donors to 2020 campaigns for the White House and Congress, as of October 23.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson has been the biggest campaign donor in the 2020 elections cycle. His total outlay: $187,071,000.

For more inequality by the numbers: https://inequality.org/subscribe

Here's a shocker. sicke and elderly people iN alabama wanted to vote in person but ask that they be allowed to do that a...
10/25/2020

Here's a shocker. sicke and elderly people iN alabama wanted to vote in person but ask that they be allowed to do that at curbside, turning their ballots by hand rather than standing in long lines and risking corona, Counties say okay. Secretary of state says No. supreme court sides with state vs individual voters.

SUPREME COURT & VOTING 2.0 - Nation's high court blocks in-person curbside voting for sick, elderly and disabled voters in Alabama, even though it has been used before and state law allows it. Voters appealed for help during Covid. Get the story. https://bit.ly/2Tm5M10

2020 Election 2.0- In swing state of Florida, tough state law blocks voter registration for vast majority of 1.4 million...
10/08/2020

2020 Election 2.0- In swing state of Florida, tough state law blocks voter registration for vast majority of 1.4 million former Florida felons, granted voting rights by 2018 popular referendum. Maybe only 30,000-40,000 actually got on voter rolls. See how vast majority are being blocked. https://bit.ly/36LMnP9

2020 Election 2.0- In swing state of Florida, tough state law blocks voter registration for vast majority of 1.4 million former Florida felons, granted voting rights by 2018 popular referendum. Maybe only 30,000-40,000 actually got on voter rolls. See how vast majority are being blocked. https://bit.ly/36LMnP9

Preview of Voting 2020? Chanting Trump supportes disrupt early voting in Virginia. "Some voters and election staff did f...
09/22/2020
Trump Supporters Disrupt Early Voting in Virginia

Preview of Voting 2020? Chanting Trump supportes disrupt early voting in Virginia. "Some voters and election staff did feel intimated by the crowd," said Fairfax County voting registrar Gary Scott. County fee need to provide escorts to get people around demonstrators and into County Government Center to vote.

A group waving Trump flags and chanting “four more years” created a commotion at a polling location in Fairfax, Va. A county official said some voters and staff members felt intimidated.

If you're worried about ther safety and reliability of voting by mail, here are some tips on how to track your ballot on...
09/20/2020
Review | How to track your ballot like a UPS package

If you're worried about ther safety and reliability of voting by mail, here are some tips on how to track your ballot online.

Worried about Election Day? Now if you vote by mail, you can obsessively track your ballot’s every move online.

In a decision that could help Joe Biden in hot battleground state of Wisconsin, state supreme court rejects belated appe...
09/16/2020

In a decision that could help Joe Biden in hot battleground state of Wisconsin, state supreme court rejects belated appeal of Green Party presidential candidate to get on the ballot. Court clears the way for absentee ballots to be mailed to more than one million voters who asked for them. Get the full story. https://bit.ly/2FDtItb

In a decision that could help Joe Biden in hot battleground state of Wisconsin, state supreme court rejects belated appeal of Green Party presidential candidate to get on the ballot. Court clears the way for absentee ballots to be mailed to more than one million voters who asked for them. Get the full story. https://bit.ly/2FDtItb

How can a leader who ducked the draft with a bad foot dare to poor mouth those who served? This story is so disturbing b...
09/07/2020
Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

How can a leader who ducked the draft with a bad foot dare to poor mouth those who served? This story is so disturbing because the sources had to with Trump and close to him that day. Notably two generals, his White House Chief of Staff and the former Chairman of the JCS. Confirmation came easily for other news organizations.

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.

09/03/2020
Who Stole the American Dream?

Trumponomics 2.0: With Wall Street hitting record highs in spite of a limping economy and 25 million unemployed, blimps seem to be a hot item among the stratospheric rich..

Trumponomics 2.0: With Wall Street hitting record highs in spite of a limping economy and 25 million unemployed, blimps seem to be a hot item among the stratospheric rich..

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL.2.0 - What matters is not blah-blah, blah, but what happen. This is good followup reporting. W...
09/01/2020
Perspective | Trump promised a payroll tax holiday — but so far it’s all just talk

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL.2.0 - What matters is not blah-blah, blah, but what happen. This is good followup reporting. What Trump claimed he was doing for workers- so far is just eyewash. snake oil.

President Trump signs executive actions on Aug. 8 that he said would provide economic relief to millions of Americans by deferring taxes. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) By Allan SloanAllan SloanEmailBioColumnistAugust 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDTTalk is cheap. And it’s often a lot easier to talk about a...

Reporter's lesson - keep digging: The longer we work, the more we learn about how torture does not work, and smart FBI i...
09/01/2020
C.I.A. Uncensors Memoir of F.B.I. Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists

Reporter's lesson - keep digging: The longer we work, the more we learn about how torture does not work, and smart FBI interroigation - without torture - learned more than dirty spook tricks.The story will come out, despite Trump:

Nine years after the C.I.A. blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published.

MAIL VOTI(NG - Pros and Cons. Which states are promoting mail voting this fall. What's post office doing? What's Congres...
09/01/2020
Progress Report: Voting Rights - Reclaim the American Dream

MAIL VOTI(NG - Pros and Cons. Which states are promoting mail voting this fall. What's post office doing? What's Congress doing? Get the latest skinny from the inside.
https://bit.ly/3hP9H0X

The Corona Challenge to the 2020 U.S. Elections The coronavirus has hit the 2020 U.S. elections with hurricane force, scrambling the political landscape, forcing 15 states to postpone their primaries, causing millions of anxious Americans to adopt voting by mail, overwhelming state and local electio...

During the heyday of americas middle class, CEOs in the biggest companies made about 30-40 times the average worker. Tod...
08/29/2020
CEO compensation surged 14% in 2019 to $21.3 million: CEOs now earn 320 times as much as a typical worker

During the heyday of americas middle class, CEOs in the biggest companies made about 30-40 times the average worker. Today the ratio is many times higher and it keeps getting worse. Here's the latest.

What this report finds: Corporate boards running America’s largest public firms are giving top executives outsize compensation packages that have grown much faster than the stock market and the pay of typical workers, college graduates, and even the top 0.1%. In 2019, a CEO at one of the top 350 f...

YOUR VOTE 2020: Nothing matters more to our democracy this year than your vote and holding our election on time, Nov 3. ...
08/28/2020
Organizations: Voting Rights - Reclaim the American Dream

YOUR VOTE 2020: Nothing matters more to our democracy this year than your vote and holding our election on time, Nov 3. Good people stand ready to help you register to vote, vote in person or get an absentee ballot, and make sure your vote is properly filed and counted. Here's where to get help: http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/organizations-vote/

Where to get help. Organizations at work on strategies to make voting easier and fight obstacles like strict new voter ID laws.

Defying Trump, 21 states are facilitating mail voting. Now Trump openly opposes more funds for US Post Office, saying th...
08/14/2020

Defying Trump, 21 states are facilitating mail voting. Now Trump openly opposes more funds for US Post Office, saying they'd just use the money to handle huge mail vote. That just spikes worst problem in 2020 elections - not fraud but undercount of tens of thousands of votes. See where it's happening, why and what to do. - https://bit.ly/3fTJn47

Defying Trump, 21 states are facilitating mail voting. Now Trump openly opposes more funds for US Post Office, saying they'd just use the money to handle huge mail vote. That just spikes worst problem in 2020 elections - not fraud but undercount of tens of thousands of votes. See where it's happening, why and what to do. - https://bit.ly/3fTJn47

Defying Trump, 21 states are going big-time for mail voting. But primary elections in New York and other states show tha...
08/13/2020

Defying Trump, 21 states are going big-time for mail voting. But primary elections in New York and other states show that main threat to a fair election is not vote fraud but an undercount- not dead people voting illegally but live people voting legally and their ballots not getting counted. Find out where and why - https://bit.ly/3fTJn47

Defying Trump, 21 states are going big-time for mail voting. But primary elections in New York and other states show that main threat to a fair election is not vote fraud but an undercount- not dead people voting illegally but live people voting legally and their ballots not getting counted. Find out where and why - https://bit.ly/3fTJn47

Are you fed up with the partisan warfare in our politics?  Have you gone independent? Understandable, but that shuts you...
07/29/2020

Are you fed up with the partisan warfare in our politics? Have you gone independent? Understandable, but that shuts you out of most important elections. So find out what, reformers in Florida, North Dakota and Washington State are doing to treat you fairly..https://bit.ly/331M0Oi

Are you fed up with the partisan warfare in our politics? Have you gone independent? Understandable, but that shuts you out of most important elections. So find out what reformers in Florida, North Dakota and Washington State are doing to treat you fairly..https://bit.ly/331M0Oi

Is our democracy coming apart at the seams? Dark money, Gridlock, vote suppression? Well, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. SEE THE UPS...
07/17/2020
PBS Airdates - Reclaim the American Dream

Is our democracy coming apart at the seams? Dark money, Gridlock, vote suppression? Well, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. SEE THE UPSIDE.-Grass roots citizen movements fighting back. Watch them winning fairer, cleaner, more open elections in THE DEMOCRACY REBELLION ON PBS Saturday and Tuesday AMs Gat your local air times here - https://bit.ly/31X5140

Find airdates for "The Democracy Rebellion: A Reporter's Notebook with Hedrick Smith" on your local PBS station. Monday, January 6: Milwaukee, WI – 11pm on WMVS; Grand Rapids, MI – 11pm on WGVU-HD

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