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December 20th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

What would it be like to grow up with a chimp? Jenny Lee explains in 'Project Nim'

When Jenny Lee was 13, an unusual guest joined her family: a chimpanzee.

Nim, the 3-year old chimp, became "like a brother" to her, Lee says, while he lived and played with her family in a controversial experiment to teach the chimp sign language.

Lee joins "Starting Point" Thursday to discuss Nim's stay with her family, which is featured in an HBO documentary "Project Nim," debuting Thursday on HBO at 9 p.m.

Filed under: Books • Documentary • Science
October 1st, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn address challenges facing women in ‘Half the Sky’

A popular bestseller by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explores the unimaginable horrors and challenges facing women around the world. The 2009 non-fiction success, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” has inspired a new two-part documentary by the same name, featuring celebrities from Olivia Wilde to Meg Ryan who travel the world with Kristof and WuDunn to address the hopes and struggles of exploited women. The widely acclaimed authors sit down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the documentary, which will air in two parts on PBS on Monday and Tuesday.

Filed under: Documentary • Women's issues
July 11th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

New doc 'Shenandoah' tells story of undocumented immigrant killed by teens

It's been four years since the small community of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania was rocked by a horrible act of violence that caught the nation's attention.

A group of white high school football players beat an undocumented Mexican immigrant to death and the police helped cover up the crime.

Eventually the truth came out, and two of the teenagers involved were convicted of hate crimes, although they were acquitted of murder.

A new documentary, "Shenandoah," revisits the case.

On Starting Point this morning, director David Turnley and executive producers Billy Peterson and Danny Glover discuss the film and the difficult questions that the story raises about the immigration debate taking place in America.

Filed under: Documentary • Immigration
June 14th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Ice-T makes directorial debut with documentary 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'

You might know Ice-T as an actor, playing Detective Fin Tutuola in "Law and Order Special Victims Unit". You might also know him as a rapper, with songs like "Colors" or "OG."

Now he's making his directorial debut with a new documentary, called "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap." The film features interviews with dozens of musicians, including Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nas and more.

Ice-T drops by the "Starting Point" set to talk about this latest project and the influence rap and hip-hop has had on American culture.

"It's a culture that's basically gone global," he says. "Everybody is part of hip-hop now. People don't really know where it comes from. So I said this is my chance."

"Once you see this film, it will give you the history of where it came from and how serious it is to the artists that are involved in it," he adds.

Filed under: Documentary • Rap