October 9, 2008

New Globe Trotting Season of Current TV’s ‘Vanguard’ Premieres October 22

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Modern pirates. Japan's robot invasion. America's secret war -- just a few of the stories tackled in the all-new season of Current TV's "Vanguard," premiering Wednesday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. A new "Vanguard" report will premiere each week on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode of the weekly series immerses viewers in a new story, providing an intimate look at compelling events across the country and around the globe.

The season begins on Oct. 22 with "America's Secret War.""Vanguard" correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to the Iraq-Iran border to investigate claims that the United States is supporting militant groups attacking Iran. From the rugged Qandil Mountains, van Zeller meets the female guerillas who have been launching deadly raids into Iran and accompanies a small group of rebels through what some believe is the frontline of a covert American offensive.

In their ongoing quest to create documentaries that are gripping and accurate, "Vanguard" journalists have traveled around the world to report on topics ranging from the violence of white supremacists in Moscow to oil rebels in Nigeria, and have even documented a Vanguard journalist's first-hand experience with voluntary waterboarding.

"The 'Vanguard' team does whatever it takes to be at the forefront of events during a tumultuous time in our world," says Laura Ling, vice president, "Vanguard.""You can't tell a complete story with arms length journalism -- our style is toe-to-toe."

   Upcoming episodes of "Vanguard" include:    Great American Detour -- October 29nd at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  "The Great American Detour" documents a 20-day, 4,000-mile bus trip        across the country.  "Vanguard" producer Lauren Cerre zigzags from        Los Angeles to New York, stopping to talk to people about national        issues affecting their lives.  With the entire country as a backdrop,        Cerre highlights the most important and frequently ignored issues in        America today.    Modern Day Pirates -- November 5th at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  Kaj Larsen goes on a search for modern day pirates in the straits of       Malacca, one of the most trafficked seaborne trading routes in the       world.  Kaj talks to pirate trackers, sailors who have been attacked       and visits infamous dens to find the pirates themselves.    I Heart Global Warming -- November 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  The frozen nation of Greenland is thawing.  While Greenland's melting       ice sheet implies unfavorable environmental effects, Adam Yamaguchi       finds Greenlanders have surprisingly positive reactions to this       climatic upheaval.  The big melt is ushering in a new modern age.    Maxed Out -- November 19th at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  Young Americans raised in a relatively prosperous time are currently       experiencing their first major economic jolt.  From a college student       without savings and a recent graduate trying to move away from home,       to young people who are trying to stay afloat living on their own,       this episode takes a look at the very personal side of economics.    Chinatown, Africa -- November 26th at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  China's emergence as a global power may be most visible in Africa.  In       search of resources to fuel its booming economy, China has become a       major, but controversial power on the continent.  In "Chinatown,       Africa,""Vanguard" correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to       Angola, China's number one oil supplier and largest African trading       partner.    Getting Out of Prison -- December 3rd at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  In the U.S., hundreds of thousands of inmates are released from prison       every year.  The trick is staying out -- up to 70 percent of       California convicts are back behind bars within two years.  Laura Ling       follows several newly released inmates as they attempt to defy the       odds.    Japan: Robot Nation -- December 10th at 10 p.m. ET/PT   --  Japan is approaching the problem of a shrinking population with a       unique solution: a robot nation.  "Vanguard" correspondent Adam       Yamaguchi travels to Japan to show the growing power of the country's       automated touch.    

Each "Vanguard" episode is also available online for on-demand viewing immediately following its TV premiere. For past episodes of "Vanguard" or more information, please visit: http://www.current.com/vanguard.

About Current

Current is a new breed of media company that works with its young adult audience to create and distribute media that informs, enriches and inspires. The company is comprised of Current TV and Current.com, the first fully integrated online and broadcast platforms that help users determine the news and information that is relevant to them. Current connects young adults with what's going on in their world through its unique blend of citizen journalism and viewer participation, offering programming and content that's authentic, often surprising and consistently compelling. Current pioneered the television industry's leading model of interactive viewer created content (VC2) that comprises roughly one-third of Current's on-air broadcast. The network has also advanced advertising models via Viewer Created Ad Messages (VCAMs).

Current is now viewed in the U.S., U.K., Italy, and Ireland in more than 58 million households through distribution partners Comcast (Channel 107 nationwide), Time Warner (nationwide), DirecTV (channel 366 nationwide), Dish Network (channel 196 nationwide), Verizon, AT&T, BSkyB (channel 183), Virgin Media (channel 155) and Sky Italia (channel 130).


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Web site: http://www.current.com/vanguard