Episodes

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Season Three

PN 52: Playwright Dominique Morisseau on “Detroit ’67,” “Pipeline,” “Shameless” & more
While Detroit is in the headlines for the 50th anniversary of its darkest days, we focus on one of its[...]
PN 51: Errol Morris & Elsa Dorfman on “The B-Side”
Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman has worked for several decades on Polaroid’s rare 20" x 24” format camera. She had a[...]
PN 50: D.A. Pennebaker on “Monterey Pop” at 50
Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Who are among the classic acts captured by D.A. Pennebaker in "Monterey[...]
PN 49: Steve James From “Hoop Dreams” to “Abacus”
New York's Chinatown is the backdrop for Steve James' latest documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail." He follows a David[...]
PN 48: HBO’s Sheila Nevins on Seductions, Heartbreaks & Her New Book
Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald and Glenn Close are among many esteemed performers who read stories on the audio version of[...]
PN 47: Jonathan Demme & Renée Shafransky on Spalding Gray
“Swimming to Cambodia,” the 1987 film directed by Jonathan Demme, had a rippling influence. It laid the path for a[...]
PN 46: Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus on “Hot Girls Wanted”
Sex and technology are the focus of the new Netflix series "Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On." Pure Nonfiction host Thom[...]
PN 45: Matt Tyrnauer on “Citizen Jane”
Jane Jacobs, author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," changed the way we think of urban planning.[...]
PN 44: From Indiana Jones to Guatemala’s Civil War – Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern
"Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Jurassic World" and “Sully” are among Frank Marshall’s stellar producing credits. Now his company Kennedy/Marshall[...]
PN 43: Laurent Bouzereau & Mark Harris on “Five Came Back”
Steven Spielberg is the executive producer for the new 3-part Netflix series “Five Came Back” about the Hollywood directors who[...]
PN 42: Made in Miami – Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman on “Cocaine Cowboys”
“Cocaine Cowboys” is a cult classic exploring the 1980s drug trade in Miami. Packaged like a gangster film, the documentary[...]
PN 41: Danae Elon on “P.S. Jerusalem”
Danae Elon’s latest film “P.S. Jerusalem” is a first person account of moving back to the city of her childhood[...]
PN 40: “True South” – Jon Else on Henry Hampton & “Eyes on the Prize”
“Eyes on the Prize” is a landmark documentary series chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. Debuting on public[...]
PN 39: Marina Zenovich on Roman Polanski & California’s water crisis
“Chinatown” created a mythology out of California's water politics. Now Marina Zenovich investigates a modern version of that story in[...]
PN 38: Clay Tweel on “Gleason”
New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason became a sports hero one year after Hurricane Katrina when he blocked a[...]
PN 37: Oscar Nominees for Documentary Feature
Hear the five Oscar nominated directors for Documentary Feature. We present highlights from our past interviews with filmmakers Roger Ross[...]
PN 36 – John Heilemann on “Trumped”
John Heilemann, the veteran political reporter, is one of three creators - along with Mark Halperin and Mark McKinnon -[...]
PN 35 – Syrian Filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia In Exile
Before Trump’s travel ban for Syrians, we sat down with Orwa Nyrabia at the Sundance Film Festival where he was[...]
PN 34: Island President Mohamed Nasheed in Exile
The Sundance Film Festival is always full of surprises. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers begins this episode with reflections on[...]
PN 33: Inside Sundance w/ Josh Braun
The Sundance Film Festival remains a hot spot for launching documentary films. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers got an early[...]
PN 32: Laura Poitras & Henrik Moltke on Project X
What mystery lies behind the windowless building in Manhattan at 33 Thomas Street? In the short documentary “Project X,” Oscar-winning[...]

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