ABC News Specials

Produced and directed by members of TDG while at ABC News.

The Century


The Century, a 12-hour series anchored by Peter Jennings, explores some of the major events of the 20th Century, including Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, the race to develop the atom bomb, the sanitation strike in Memphis where Martin Luther King was assassinated, World War 1, World War II, Vietnam, the Iranian hostage crisis and Elvis Presley.

In Search of America


A fascinating exploration of American cultural identity. Traveling across the country, Jennings interviews Americans from all walks of life for their thoughts on the national character while examining the history of the principles established by the founding fathers.

Uprising! Afghanistan's Deadliest Battle


The incredible story of the prisoner uprising in northern Afghanistan that exploded into the war’s deadliest battle and led to the capture of the so-called American Taliban, John Walker Lindh.

UFOs: Seeing is Believing 02/24/2005 Drawing on almost 150 interviews with top scientists, investigators, those who claim to have witnessed UFOs, and those who claim to have encountered alien life forms, this two-hour program investigates and ultimately celebrates the possibility that we are not alone.

State of the Union


In interviews with political leaders, media analysts, and people in communities around the country, ABC News found what appears to be a new phenomenon: the polarization is feeding on itself. It’s not just politicians, business or religious leaders, liberals or conservatives — or the media: It’s each of us. And it’s alarming.

China Inside Out: Bob Woodruff Reports


China Inside Out, a documentary reported by ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, explores the stunning global transformation that is taking place at the outset of what is already being called “The Chinese Century.” While much of American foreign policy has been focused on the Global War on Terror, China has been shaking hands and making deals all around the world. In this hour-long documentary, Woodruff examines four of those relationships to discover how China’s rise is impacting all of us.

Out of Control: AIDS in Black America


Out of Control was the first national network television documentary to examine how and why AIDS has become overwhelmingly a black epidemic-not in Africa or the Third World, but right here in the United States.

To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports


On January 29, 2006, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff was severely injured in Iraq when his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb. Woodruff, who was wounded along with cameraman Doug Vogt, sustained multiple life-threatening injuries, including devastating brain trauma. In his first on-air report since the incident, Woodruff tells the incredible story of his life-altering injury and miraculous recovery.



There are places in America where the unthinkable is happening — too many babies are dying. In most cities, black babies are dying at three times the rate of white babies. That’s what’s happening in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the nation’s highest rate of infant mortality. A baby dies there on average every 43 hours. But many people are working to change that startling statistic.

Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil


America is addicted to oil, consuming 400 million gallons of gas every day. That’s more than a half million dollars spent on gas every minute of every day. Oil is the biggest business in the world and it is an industry that last year earned $180 billion in profits – one gallon at a time.