Screen Savors: Big ideas on the small screen

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, YES Docu, which consistently offers high-quality programming, is presenting a series called Docu-Conspiracy, billed as “10 days of movies that will make you think twice.”

It kicks off on August 30 at 10 p.m. with Merchants of Doubt, Robert Kenner’s often wickedly funny but ultimately disturbing look at the pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities who appear on television news programs speaking on such subjects as climate change, medicine and toxic chemicals. The director, who made the acclaimed documentary Food Inc., traces the activity of these so-called experts back to the days when tobacco companies claimed that nicotine was not addictive and looks at exactly who they are and, more importantly, who is paying them. The documentary will also be shown on YES VOD and will be repeated on September 4 at 9:30 p.m.


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