Tag: FX (TV Network)

Deepfakes — Believe at Your Own Risk

Episode 21: ‘Fake Believe’ Producer/Director Andréa Schmidt Watch — very closely — as an ambitious group of A.I. engineers and machine-learning specialists try to mimic reality with such accuracy that you may not be able to tell what’s real from what’s not. If successful, they’ll have created the ultimate deepfake, an ultrarealistic video that makes […]

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The Plan to Rescue El Chapo’s Son: Chaos, Guns and Fear

Episode 20: ‘The Siege of Culiacán’ Producer/Director Andréa Schmidt By the time the Mexican soldiers showed up at the drug cartel scion’s door, the city was already burning. After they handed him a cellphone to call off his henchmen, it would only get worse. Young girls in their school uniforms ducked for cover as Sinaloa […]

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In Yoga, Blurry Lines Easily Crossed

Episode 19: ‘Hands On’ Producer/Director Jamila Wignot When sweaty, barely covered bodies bend and twist in tight space in a yoga class, boundaries can get blurry. What one person may consider a well-intentioned hands-on adjustment to a yoga pose can seem inappropriate to someone else. The combination of physical touch, spirituality and power dynamics have […]

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The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Episode 15: ‘Segregated City’ Producer/Director Sweta Vohra Two teenagers — one black, the other white — growing up a few miles apart have had two very different experiences in the New York City public school system. The gap in the quality of their education has likely put them on unequal paths for the rest of […]

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Russia’s Playbook for Disrupting Democracy

Episode 13: ‘The Blueprint’ Producer/Director John Marks Russia’s brazen interference in the 2016 American presidential election shouldn’t have been a total shock. President Vladimir Putin’s government had done it before, almost a decade earlier in tiny Estonia, where Russian operatives provoked political violence and mounted malicious cyberattacks. In fact, many of the methods Moscow used […]

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How Tainted Gold May Have Ended Up in Your Phone

Episode 12: ‘Apple’s Gold’ Producer/Director Brent McDonald If you’re reading this on your phone, you may be holding illegally mined gold from Colombia, where the precious metal has replaced cocaine as the main source of income for organized crime. The growing demand for gold as a conductive metal used in phones and other electronic products […]

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When It Comes to Dance, ‘Pose’ Never Stands Still

The dance world doesn’t always escape the land of television without a bruise or two. There’s nothing the camera loves more than a bloody toenail. And then there’s “Pose,” on FX. This look at the ballroom scene in New York City is equal parts grit and glamour. Its horrifying moments don’t have anything to do […]

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Life-Changing Drugs Almost Nobody Can Afford

Episode 11: ‘The Six Million Dollar Claim’ Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger Patients suffering from rare diseases who had little hope for a treatment now have access to life-changing medicines, thanks to pharmaceutical companies’ investment in so-called orphan drugs, which treat diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people. But the increasing number of people who would benefit […]

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What Is YouTube Pushing You to Watch Next?

Episode 9: ‘The Rabbit Hole’ Producers/Directors Gemma Jordan and Alyse Shorland A wave of vocal, right-wing provocateurs has been elected to public office in Brazil in recent years, riding a surge of enthusiasm from their loyal YouTube viewers. Watched more than almost any TV network in Brazil, the nearly ubiquitous social video platform even helped […]

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New York Times Up to 4.7 Million Subscribers as Profits Dip

As digital revenue becomes more central to the newspaper business — and with a small boost from the launch of “The Weekly,” a television show on FX and Hulu — The New York Times Company on Wednesday reported second-quarter revenue growth of 5.2 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Operating profit declined by […]

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Young Climate Activists Push Democrats to the Left

Episode 8: ‘Hard Left’ Producer/Director Samantha Stark Many Democrats want their 2020 presidential nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But liberal activists, party officials and even some of the candidates themselves disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish […]

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Facebook Love Scams: Who’s Really Behind That Friend Request?

Episode 7: ‘Connecting the World’ Producer/Director Rolake Bamgbose A lonely Florida woman established a Facebook romance with a man she thought was an American soldier in Iraq. It wasn’t until she had sent him tens of thousands of dollars from her and husband’s life savings that she learned her buff, blue-eyed friend was a fake. […]

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G.M. Leaves Lordstown Behind in Hard Bet on Future

Episode 6: ‘The End of the Line’ Producer/Director Alyse Shorland With its focus on a future of self-driving cars and renewable fuels, General Motors is leaving some manufacturing plants like the one in Lordstown, Ohio, in its rearview. Workers who spent a lifetime at the plant — and constructed their lives around G.M. as they […]

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Trump’s Inauguration: The Money Behind the Most Expensive Presidential Debut in U.S. History

Episode 5: ‘Inauguration, Inc.’ Producer/Director John Pappas Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration was the most expensive in the country’s history, with $107 million raised for black-tie parties and bespoke gifts. That’s more than double the previous record set by Barack Obama. Where did the money come from? Where did it all go? And why should we […]

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When ISIS Killed Cyclists on Their Journey Around the World

Episode 4: “Collision” Producer/Director Singeli Agnew An American couple quit their Washington office jobs to bike around the world in search of experiences they couldn’t find from behind their desks. After thousands of miles through more than two dozen countries, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan’s journey came to a violent end on the side of […]

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The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family by the Trump Administration

Exclusive from ‘The Weekly,’ Our New TV Series on FX and Hulu The youngest known child taken from his parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was a 4-month-old baby named Constantin Mutu. While he was sent to Michigan to live with a foster family, his father was sent to a detention facility and ultimately deported to […]

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How NYC Taxi Drivers Bought Medallions and Became Victims of a Reckless Lending Scheme

Episode 2: The Myth of the Medallion Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger How does a New York City taxi driver who makes about $22,000 a year get a loan for almost $1 million? Our reporters investigating the taxi industry for “The Weekly” found that a group of under-regulated industry leaders created a financial bubble in the market […]

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