Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 28 (11:00-11:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: March 28 (12:30 a.m.), 29 (3:45 a.m.) and 30 (10:30 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), and April 1 (11:30 p.m.) and 3 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: March 29 (8:00 p.m.) and April 2 (1:30 a.m.)
Cities like Detroit and Cleveland are at the forefront of a new phenomenon: scrapping. People left behind are literally ripping apart old schools, houses, hospitals and factories for raw materials to hawk to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal is one of the U.S.' biggest exports, with billions of dollars' worth traveling to China every year, where it's invested in their infrastructure. The price for a pound of copper, for example, is about five times more than it was in 2002. Correspondent David Choe looks at the life cycle of scrap metal, from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy.
After a long and costly war in Afghanistan, American foreign policy has taken a drastically different approach to dealing with suspected Taliban insurgents. In place of the old "boots on the ground" strategy, President Obama has increasingly relied on remote-controlled drone warfare, in which operators thousands of miles away eliminate targets with the click of a button; their only interaction with the battlefield is through a screen. Drones are touted as a surgical weapon that keeps soldiers out of harm's way. But for innocent victims described as "collateral damage," drone strikes are hardly precise. Correspondent Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are only growing in the wake of Obama's drone campaign.