Less Lethal, Lost Vegas Underground, Trash Talk

Joseph Gareri
If civil unrest comes to America, law enforcement will be ready with new, so-called "less lethal" weapons. But are these weapons really safe and effective? Ex-CIA officer Mike Baker puts the weapons -- Tasers, sonic sound and PepperBalls -- to the test. Next, we go underneath the city of Las Vegas where a vast network of storm drain tunnels are inhabited by hundreds of people who have fallen through the cracks of society. Finally, in San Francisco we investigate internet rumors that recycling is really a hoax.

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Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien
Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

In Las Vegas, investigate reporter Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien explore the vast network of storm drain tunnels inhabited by hundreds of people who have fallen through the cracks of society. 960 1280

  

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Boston crime reporter Michelle McPhee is guided by Matt O'Brien into this hidden world, where she sees disturbing art, ominous poetry on the walls and the forgotten souls who live under one of the richest, brightest and busiest destinations on earth. 960 1280

  

Recycling center

Recycling center

Internet chatter and talk radio are calling recycling a hoax, suggesting that many of the items placed in those blue bins by well-meaning Americans ultimately end up in landfills anyway. 960 1280

  

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson gets access to his local recycling center to find out how much of the city's so-called recyclables really end up being re-used, and how much ultimately ends up in the landfill. 960 1280

  

Taser International

Taser International

Former CIA officer Mike Baker travels to Scottsdale, AZ, to the headquarters of Taser International, the maker of the ubiquitous weapon used by 17,000 police officers in 107 countries. 960 1280

  

Taser International headquarters

Taser International headquarters

While at the Taser International headquarters, Mike investigates how the weapon works, fires one and even subjects himself to the incapacitating 1800-volt jolt. 960 1280

  

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

At McHenry County Jail in Illinois, Mike gets shot with PepperBalls. PepperBalls contain pava, a chemical derived from spicy chili peppers. 960 1280

  

PepperBalls

PepperBalls

Mike holds a few PepperBalls. Could these “less lethal” weapons be used to stifle protest and dissent without harming people? 960 1280

  

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