The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

  • 2015 Nominees
    In its 75th anniversary year, Peabody Awards introduced a new format for honoring the best storytelling in electronic media. The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors selected 60 finalists, later renamed nominees, from programming released in 2015. The nominees were selected from approximately 1,200 entries across news, entertainment, documentary, children's, public service, and web/interactive programming. From this group, 30 programs were chosen to receive the coveted award.
  • Abdi and the Golden Ticket (This American Life)
    Abdi and the Golden Ticket

    Reporter Leo Hornak follows Abdi Nor, a Somali refuge living in Nairobi, Kenya, in his dire attempts to become an American through the U.S. Diversity...

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  • All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore (MSNBC)
    All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore

    Months after Freddy Gray's death in police custody, this report takes a deeper look into the root causes and long history of racial tension...

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  • American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam (PBS)
    American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam

    During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon, heroic Americans take matters into their...

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  • American Experience: Walt Disney (PBS)
    American Experience: Walt Disney

    An unprecedented look at the man who created a world and built an empire around stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance, while questioning...

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  • Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
    Beasts of No Nation

    2015 A young boy named Agu is ripped from his village in an unnamed West African country and forced to serve in a guerrilla army, living...

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  • black-ish (ABC)
    black-ish

    2015 black-ish sits comfortably within several American TV traditions: It's a traditional family comedy with parents who love each other...

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  • Book of Negroes (BET)
    Book of Negroes

    The epic story of Aminata Diallo, a young girl abducted from her West African village, and her decades-long journey from enslavement to freedom...

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  • Burning Questions (WTAE)
    Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times

    2015 Important journalism often begins with a simple "Why?" Justin Antoniotti, news director at Pittsburgh's WTAE, wondered why the station's...

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  • Catastrophe (Amazon Video)
    Catastrophe

    A heartwarming comedy set in London about an Irish woman and American man who struggle to begin a relationship after a short fling during...

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  • Guns in America (CNN)
    CNN's Coverage of Guns in America

    A series of reports on survivors of gun violence and their fight against the NRA, a foiled school massacre plot, and the business of...

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  • Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis
    Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis

    Working off a tip, reporters investigated abuse and deplorable conditions in Texas prisons—including higher rates of death among inmates with asthma...

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  • Desperate Journey (PBS)
    Desperate Journey

    2015 From June 2015, when the United Nations reported that the number of refugees and displaced persons globally had surpassed 50 million...

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  • Deutschland 83 (SundanceTV)
    Deutschland 83

    2015 Though the cold war belonged primarily to the U.S. and USSR, its impact was felt most directly in the countries physically split by the...

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  • Divided by Law
    Divided by Law

    A special report on four U.S.-born children whose mother was banned from the country for 10 years tells how the kids support one another...

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  • Do Not Track
    Do Not Track

    2015 Remember the old saying about "free lunch," that there's no such thing? It applies to the internet as well. As Brett Gaylor says on Do...

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  • European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/Year of Migration (BBC News, BBC Radio, BBC World Service)
    European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/The Year of Migration

    2015 The biggest news story in the summer of 2015 was the unprecedented flow of refugees from Syria, Libya and elsewhere, throngs of...

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  • Fargo (FX Networks)
    Fargo

    2015 The second season of the midwestern "true crime" drama follows a young State Trooper as he investigates a case involving a local...

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  • Fresh Off the Boat
    Fresh Off the Boat

    A classic immigrant story set in the mid-1990s, told through the eyes of a first-generation Asian-American kid after his family relocates to suburban...

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  • Gardeners of Eden (pivot)
    Gardeners of Eden

    Actress Kristin Davis takes viewers on a gripping journey to Africa to reveal the devastating impact ivory poaching has on elephants and how...

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  • Get Real - Heart of the Haze (Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd)
    Get Real - Heart of the Haze

    An investigative report on forest fires in Indonesia that combined with record levels of pollution created a toxic health risk for people in an...

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  • Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me (CNN)
    Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me

    A documentary highlighting the musical talent and legacy of Glen Campbell during his "Goodbye Tour" also raises awareness through its honest retelling of...

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  • Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief (HBO)
    Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief

    2015 Lawrence Wright, on whose book Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary is based, says on camera that he did not set out to do an...

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  • Gravity Falls (Disney XD)
    Gravity Falls

    Twelve-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines spend summer vacation with their Great Uncle Stan Pines, unraveling local mysteries in the fictitious town...

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  • Growing Up Trans (PBS)
    Growing Up Trans

    An intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new frontier for transgender children, exploring the medical possibilities, struggles, and choices they...

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  • How to Dance in Ohio (HBO)
    How to Dance in Ohio

    2015 Autism is one of America's fastest-growing developmental disorders, affecting one in 68 children. How to Dance in Ohio is a window on...

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  • 1971 (PBS)
    Independent Lens: 1971

    The story behind ordinary citizens who risked everything to uncover FBI abuse in 1971 explores the line between law enforcement and spying, accountability...

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  • Independent Lens: India's Daughter (PBS)
    Independent Lens: India's Daughter

    2015 Essential viewing, though painful at times to watch, India's Daughter chronicles the internationally infamous gang rape and murder of...

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  • Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (PBS)
    Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    A documentary exploring the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present...

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  • Inheritance (FRONTLINE)
    Inheritance

    An interactive and emotional journey with filmmaker Ken Dornstein, whose brother David died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in his...

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  • Injured Heroes, Broken Promises (KXAS-TV, NBC 5)
    Injured Heroes, Broken Promises

    A yearlong investigation uncovered hundreds of complaints from active duty U.S. Army soldiers describing mistreatment, harassment, and verbal abuse...

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  • Invisibilia (NPR)
    Invisibilia

    A podcast and radio show that explores complex ideas about human behavior through character-driven documentary stories that offer listeners new ways...

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  • ISIS in Afghanistan (PBS)
    ISIS in Afghanistan

    2015 At great personal risk, veteran afghani journalist Najibullah Quraishi, a FRONTLINE correspondent, and his producing team drove deep...

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  • Katie Morag (CBeeBies)
    Katie Morag

    2015 Adapted for television from Mairi Hedderwick's series of books, Katie Morag ferries viewers to the fictional Scottish isle of Struay to follow...

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  • Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime)
    Listen to Me Marlon

    2015 The late actor Marlon Brando not only left a legacy of iconic film performances, from Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront to Don Vito Corleone...

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  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
    Marvel's Jessica Jones

    2015 In 2015, superheroes were everywhere in American media-with both DC and Marvel extending their franchises through epic feature...

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  • Master of None (Netflix)
    Master of None

    2015 It could have been just another TV comedy about a 30-something guy and his buddies in Manhattan. But actor-comedian Aziz...

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  • Meet the Composer (WQXR.org)
    Meet the Composer

    2015 The Meet the Composer podcasts celebrate, annotate and explore the music of contemporary composers infrequently heard even on...

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  • MR. ROBOT (USA Network)
    MR. ROBOT

    2015 Even now, with high-quality dramatic series superabundant, everyday real-world problems mostly go untouched thematically. MR. ROBOT...

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  • Night Will Fall (HBO)
    Night Will Fall

    2015 When images of the Nazi concentration camps flooded collective consciousness in 1945, few expected that other images were being...

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  • 911: Lost On The Line (WXIA-TV)
    911: Lost On The Line

    2015 In January 2015, a suburban Atlanta woman died from injuries suffered when her SUV skidded into a pond. She talked to a 911 operator...

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  • POV: Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) (PBS)
    POV: Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

    2015 Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) illuminates the plight of and the debate over the more than 11 million undocumented...

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  • Precious Lives (WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio, WNOV, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
    Precious Lives

    A partnership of local media outlets address the causes and consequences of gun violence on Milwaukee's youth in a series of multiplatform stories...

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  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields (HBO)
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields

    2015 Once again expanding the boundaries of sports reporting, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel sent a news team to Africa to report...

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  • Secret Mustard Gas Experiments (NPR News)
    Secret Mustard Gas Experiments

    2015 It's not news that the United States military tested mustard gas on American troops during World War II. Information about...

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  • 60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity (CBS)
    60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity

    The devastation of chemical warfare is at the forefront of this Scott Pelley report on the August 21, 2013 sarin gas attacks that killed...

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  • 60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America (CBS)
    60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America

    Two-part series examining the death penalty in America exposes flaws in the legal system that led to innocent people being on death row, and...

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  • The Case for School Desegregation Today (This American Life)
    The Case for School Desegregation Today

    2015 This American Life tapped reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, now at the New York Times, to help tell three radio stories that make...

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  • The Cosby Accusers Speak (NBC)
    The Cosby Accusers Speak

    Twenty-seven women who publicly accused Bill Cosby of drugging and assaulting them were brought together to share their experiences, pain, and anger in...

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  • The Counted: People killed by police in the United States (theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings/)
    The Counted: People killed by police in the United States

    A groundbreaking interactive investigation revealing the actual number of people killed by police in the U.S., telling the stories of who they were, and...

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  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)
    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    2015 Director Andrew Jarecki’s stylish, detailed examination of suspicions that new york real-estate scion Robert Durst was connected to...

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  • The Laquan McDonald Investigation (WMAQ-TV)
    The Laquan McDonald Investigation

    2015 Months before the wider world learned the name of Laquan Mcdonald, reporter Carol Marin and her team at WMAQ-TV in Chicago...

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  • The Leftovers (HBO)
    The Leftovers

    2015 Set several years after the unexplained disappearance of 2 percent of the world’s population, The Leftovers powerfully mines...

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  • The Memory Palace (thememorypalace.us, Radiotopia)
    The Memory Palace

    Hosted by Nate DiMeo, this monthly podcast features interesting historical narratives concerning such subjects as the Cardiff Giant and the CIA project Acoustic...

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  • The Rain Forest Was Here - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon (NPR Broadcast + Digital npr.org)
    The Rain Forest Was Here - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon

    Multiplatform series delves into the truth behind deforestation in Brazil, uncovering the alarming reality on the ground through gripping narratives of...

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  • Transparent (Amazon Video)
    Transparent

    2015 Everyone in the Pfefferman family is restless. Maura is still coming to terms with her new life as a woman, and her ex-wife, Shelley, is...

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  • UnREAL (Lifetime)
    UnREAL

    2015 Reality television is known as much for formulaic convention as for an explosion of current shows, but UnREAL demonstrates how much...

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  • Veep (HBO)
    VEEP

    With Selina Meyer now President of the United States, she and her staff must grapple with how to make her seem more presidential...

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  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
    What Happened, Miss Simone?

    2015 What Happened, Miss Simone? will put a spell on you. Opening with a tensely dramatic video clip from a 1976 concert at which Nina Simone...

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  • Wild Kratts (PBS Kids)
    Wild Kratts

    Brothers Chris and Martin Kratt travel the globe in this animated comedy adventure series where they meet and rescue amazing animals by activating...

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  • Wolf Hall (PBS)
    Wolf Hall

    2015 The greatness of Wolf Hall lies in the way it re-invents a familiar genre, the historical costume drama, and moves it to an entirely...

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