Documentary Films

The next documentary in our Through the Lens series is a true story of desperation, scams, and goat testicles. Director Penny Lane joins us to talk about John Romulus Brinkley, a man who claimed to have a cure for impotence and many other ailments in 1920s Kansas. He took to newfangled radio to tout his unorthodox treatments, but soon found his nemesis in one Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lane’s film is called NUTS!

Nobody Speak

Jun 26, 2017

Monday, we're talking about what happens when the right to privacy comes up against a free press. Director Brian Knappenberger's film uses as a case study the trial over Hulk Hogan's sex tape. With the funding of an internet billionaire, Hogan sued and ruined the online tabloid Gawker. It’s a tawdry story, but the film explores the ways big money can silence the media. It’s called Nobody Speak. (Rebroadcast)

Peace Officer

Oct 5, 2015

William “Dub” Lawrence was Sheriff of Davis County and founder of Utah’s first SWAT team. He would have never imagined that 30 years later, that Davis County SWAT team would kill his son-in-law in a controversial stand-off. In their new documentary, Utah filmmakers Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson follow Dub on his mission to figure out what went wrong with the system he once served. They’ll join us Monday to talk about their film and about how policing is changing nationwide.