For the Record is an investigative documentary television series on TheBlaze. The show was born from the idea from Glenn Beck that "real investigative journalism is dead" and that For the Record would "restore the truth" in journalism. A pilot episode titled "For the Record Presents: The Machine" aired on November 1, 2012. Season One first aired on March 13, 2013.
In its debut episode, For the Record chronicles the expansion of the National Security Agency since 9/11 through first-hand accounts from former NSA agents. The agents show how the NSA has transformed from foreign intelligence gathering to spying on U.S. citizens and takes viewers inside the world of the Utah Data Center – the NSA's new data center at Camp Williams, Utah, which the agents contend is a "spy center."
"Brotherhood Backlash / Trapped"
May 8, 2013
For the Record follows Copts in Egypt, revealing religious persecution - and even claims of genocide - under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. First-hand accounts from men and women inside Egypt tell of a life under forced conversions and marriages into Islam, kidnapping, raping, and other atrocities. The second part of the episode focuses on sex trafficking in the United States.
June 26, 2013
For the Record investigates the August 2011 Chinook shootdown in Afghanistan that killed 38 people, including 15 members of Navy SEAL Team Six. Family members remember the victims and former special operations members examine the tactical decisions that led to the tragedy.
For the Record drives back into the NSA and its surveillance of citizens. Plus, unrest in Egypt continues even after Morsi has been ousted.
September 12, 2013
For the Record exposes the truth about the immigration debate as ranchers talk about their perilous existence along the southern border.
September 18, 2013
It's a war you have never heard of, inspired by a book you've never read. The goal? The toppling of America.
September 25, 2013
For the Record exposes the truth about the Boston bombing that the mainstream media won't report.
"Jihad Is Our Way"
October 2, 2013
Religious persecution, kidnapping, murder and rape. Stories from people who were inside Egypt living under Muslim Brotherhood rule.
October 9, 2013
The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt and branded as ruthless terrorists. So why are they embraced by the U.S. Government?
October 23, 2013
It's a weapon you've never heard of, and it could destroy America in the blink of an eye. See how close our enemies are to acquiring the ability to launch such an attack, and find what we can do to protect ourselves.
October 30, 2013
For the Record looks at Agenda 21 and its subsequent impact on our property rights and civil liberties.
November 6, 2013
For the Record investigates the role of Al-Shabaab in radicalizing the 80,000 strong Somali population in Minneapolis. The possibility of an attack carried out by Al-Shabaab on American soil is very real, and the danger isn't just isolated to war torn countries in the Middle East. In Minneapolis, both Muslims and non-Muslims are responding to the radicalization of American born Somalis by taking action.
November 13, 2013
The Obama Administration has actively pursued and prosecuted whistleblowers to squash information 'leaks' in an unprecedented fashion.
For the Record investigates the war on whistleblowers inside the State Department. How loyalty to the bureaucracy protects people who commit serious crimes, while those who simply point out wrongdoing can face serious punishments.
September 24, 2014
For the Record investigates ISIS, the threat it potentially poses to the United States, and the U.S. government's response.
October 1, 2014
For the Record investigates civil asset forfeiture; how the government can take your money without ever charging you with a crime.
October 8, 2014
In a special hour-long documentary, the producers of For the Record expose the way Washington really works and how it has become the richest city in America. From committee seats for sale to all the ways Congressmen get rich at taxpayer expense, it's a shocking look inside the booming borders of "Beltway Nation."
"General Holder's War"
October 15, 2014
With just a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, For the Record investigates voter fraud and provides clear examples of a phenomenon that some insist "doesn't exist." So why is the Department of Justice actively fighting against simple steps that could prevent it and ensure the validity of our elections?
"The Boston Blueprint"
October 22, 2014
In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, investigators and the media largely ignored questions about how the suspects might have been radicalized. However, the Tsarnaevs were just one example in a troubling pattern of clear links to terrorism - all within Boston's Islamic community.
October 29, 2014
The "P5+1" nuclear deal with Iran is set to expire in November 2014. Now, with ISIS pushing across the Middle East, many have forgotten about the threat a nuclear Iran could pose. What's at stake in the latest negotiations? For Israel, it could be a matter of life and death.
November 12, 2014
The outbreak of Ebola in the United States exposed some significant flaws in the country's response to pandemics. It also shows how vulnerable the country could be in the event of a biological terror attack.
November 19, 2014
The U.S. State Department estimates that 27 million people worldwide are trapped in modern-day slavery - many of them young girls forced to work as sex slaves. Now a small group of Unlikely Heroes is doing something about it, working to free kids from some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.
"Green On Blue"
November 26, 2014
American troops in Afghanistan face the threat of insurgent attacks every day, but a wave of insider attacks from supposedly-friendly Afghan troops and police known as "Green On Blue" incidents meant they were in danger even in their own bases. For The Record investigates a 2011 incident that killed nine Americans, and which still has a lot of unanswered questions.
"Losing Our Land"
December 3, 2014
The iconic American cowboy is under attack. Environmental extremists are pushing the government to drive people off the land and turn huge swaths of the west back into wilderness. Now the ranchers are fighting to keep both their businesses and their way of life alive.
Season four of For the Record premiered Wednesday, February 18, 2015 with new host Sara Carter. It includes eight episodes.
Original air date
February 18, 2015
For The Record investigates the changes to America's intelligence network in the decades since the Cold War ended. An increased reliance on technology has pushed more traditional human sources of intelligence to the back burner. But does that really prepare the country for some of the world's newest and growing threats?
March 4, 2015
For The Record profiles Americans struggling to pay for their health insurance or to find doctors willing to take their new policies, then looks at innovative concepts in insurance-free primary care. Would we all be better off if we treated our health insurance more like our auto insurance and only used it for true emergencies? One segment focuses on a doctor in Dallas providing concierge-level care to middle-class clients at a cash-only clinic. Another highlights a nurse-practitioner in Ohio who charges based on her time, and who keeps costs low by not dealing with insurance companies.
March 11, 2015
For The Record talks to Muslims and former Muslims about the reason the faith is so misunderstood. Why has the U.S. government done such a poor job identifying radical Islam and partnering with true moderates? It all has to do with the difference between Islam and Islamism.
March 18, 2015
For The Record investigates the threat posed by cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism. From data breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot to keeping the electrical grid safe from hackers, cybersecurity is a growing concern. Experts like former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden explain their concerns and why this threat is very different than others the nation has dealt with in the past.
March 25, 2015
For The Record looks at the fight between food safety and food freedom. The government says products like raw milk aren't worth the safety risk, and in some cases has conducted armed raids to shut down producers. But supporters of raw milk and similar products say it's none of the government's business what they eat or drink.
April 1, 2015
For The Record investigates the animal testing industry. The federal government spends billions of taxpayer dollars on animal testing every year, but there are serious questions about how much value those tests actually have. Is it worth the suffering for the animals?
April 8, 2015
For The Record travels to Hidalgo County, Texas for a first-hand look at a community shaken by cartel-related violence and corruption. Interviews with community leaders, law enforcement and new immigrants paint a picture of what life is really like on the border - and how those dangers could soon spread to other parts of the country.
April 15, 2015
For The Record updates its season three episode of the same name. An investigation uncovered evidence that the gunman, Ahmed Gul, was paid $250,000 before the killings, and that U.S. leaders found out about it during the investigation, but never reported the information.
Season five of For the Record premiered in September 2015 with a new schedule and a new format without a consistent host. Instead of weekly episodes, the show now produces approximately one episode per month.
Original air date
"The Obama Doctrine"
September 2, 2015
For The Record launches season five with an investigation of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. The P5+1 deal has come under harsh criticism from both sides of the U.S. political spectrum and questions about how the concessions made by the U.S. negotiators may have been shaped by President Obama's personal philosophy.
"It Is About Islam"
September 30, 2015
For The Record investigates the al-Qaeda "20 Year Plan" which has tracked eerily closely to reality for the past 14 years. Now, could the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe possibly play a role in the next stage?
"Journey to the Front Line"
October 29, 2015
Sara Carter returns to For The Record for an episode on the plight of the people of Kurdistan. Inspired by a message from a friend who told her the story U.S. leaders told about the 2014 massacre of Yazidis did not match reality, she travels to northern Iraq to investigate herself.