Documentary

Photo: Great Florida Cattle Drive

Florida's cattle culture dates back nearly 500 years, from the first cattle unloaded by Spanish sailors near present-day Port Charlotte, to the cattle-driving "cow hunters" of the 19th century, to the modern-day industry that tops more than 1  billion head of cattle in the state and boasts one of the largest commercial cattle herds in the country.

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We explore the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole in the U.S. More than 2,500 inmates in America’s prison system are serving life terms for crimes committed as juveniles. We’ll talk with the filmmaker behind the POV (Point of View) documentary “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” which premieres August 4th on PBS. The film documents the story of one Tampa-area man charged with four back-to-back life sentences for his role in a string of robberies committed when he was 14 years old at the behest of his mother’s 24 year old crack dealer.

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Graham v. Florida finds that life sentences for juveniles for crimes other than murder are unconstitutional, which could make Kenneth eligible for early release. Through Kenneth’s story, we’ll explore whether society is served by sentencing juveniles to life in prison and other revelations about our justice system.

  When Marina Berkovich escaped Kiev, USSR and landed in the United States as an 18-year-old refugee she never would have guessed her career as a Naples documentary producer would put her face-to-face with a Holocaust denier. Kiev, she said, was the “City of Denial” in the USSR, a country of denial, after all.

Then this spring a BBC TV show, which uses DNA analysis to find out more about historical figures, claimed Hitler’s mistress had Jewish heritage. They said they had used some of Eva Braun’s hair for the test. Berkovich and her husband were assigned to get reaction for a prime Russian TV network. And that reaction would be from one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers, who claimed to own a lock of Hitler’s hair. We’ll hear from Berkovich on how she dealt with this rare interview and why the denier is in Florida.