AXS TV TO PREMIERE THREE MORE EPISODES OF DAN RATHER PRESENTS IN 2014, OPENING WITH ‘A CRISIS INSIDE THE SECRET SERVICE,’ NOV. 18 AT 8pE/5pP
The Investigative Series Also Features ‘Underground Sounds’ on November 25, and the Two-Hour Special Examining the Shameful Side of International Adoption in ‘Unwanted In America’ on December 2
(L-R) Dan Rather and former Director of the U.S. Secret Service Ralph Basham
LOS ANGELES – October 21, 2014 – AXS TV closes out the 2014 season with premieres of three brand new episodes of the award-winning investigative journalism series Dan Rather Presents, airing Tuesdays at 8pE from November 18 through December 2. With his trademark candor, Rather fearlessly explores eclectic topics such as the Secret Service’s security troubles, the world of underground musicians, and the shameful side of international adoptions in America. These hours provide an in-depth look at some of the country’s most provocative topics.
This series of specials kicks off on Tuesday, November 18, with Dan Rather Presents: A Crisis Inside The Secret Service. In this timely piece, Rather delves into the highly-publicized security breach that occurred when Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence, and made his way inside one of the most protected buildings in the world. Cutting to the heart of the matter, Rather sits down with a former Secret Service director, as well as respected scholars, journalists, and others, delivering a no-holds-barred report on a once-proud establishment that is now an agency in crisis. This first-hand account brings to light the real problems within the Secret Service, the ramifications of those problems, and the measures that are being taken to correct them, as Rather seeks to answer the central question: Is the President really safe?
Then, Rather examines the current state of the music industry in Dan Rather Presents: Underground Sounds, on Tuesday, November 25, at 8pE. In the ever-changing world of music, dreams often end before they’ve begun. With file-sharing on the rise, up-and-coming artists have been forced to adapt as it becomes increasingly difficult to profit from their Art. In this informative segment, Rather interviews some of these talented performers who have made the decision to go underground, transforming New York’s subway stations into a competitive landscape where struggling musicians come from all over to make a name for themselves while attempting to earn an honest living.
And, on Tuesday, December 2, tune in for a special two-hour event, as Rather hosts Dan Rather Presents: Unwanted in America-The Shameful Side of International Adoption, at 8pE. Over the past 15 years, roughly 250,000 children have been adopted into the U.S. Experts estimate that as many as 10% of these international adoptions could be ending in failure. In fact, this report uncovers that there are no official numbers, and no government agency keeping track of internationally adopted children on U.S. soil. In this hard-hitting documentary, Rather exposes the trauma being dealt by a neglectful industry, where many of these children are cast off into a twisted underground network of internet chat rooms by adoptive parents who have changed their minds. Bringing the children to the forefront, Rather gives a voice to these innocent victims who have been failed and betrayed by a broken system.
“In his legendary fashion, Rather has crafted three more unprecedented specials, diving headfirst into the stories that people are either talking about, or will be talking about,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s senior vice president, programming and development. “From well-known headlines, to stories that the public may be completely unaware of, he’s not afraid to report on sensitive issues as security breaches in the White House or international adoption issues that affect us all. Dan Rather Presents always brings to light issues we need to be made aware of, whether we realize it or not.”
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