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Each episode of The Awful Truth is 30 minutes long, opening with a monologue by Michael Moore and leading to a journalistic exposť of some social wrong typically perpetrated by a large corporation. Much like he did in his documentaries Roger & Me and The Big One, Moore often ambushes his targets, surprising them and forcing them to speak candidly. This candor helps produce the scathing edge that has made Moore's projects so popular. Among the highlights of the 12 episodes are Moore and crew busting a giant health insurance company that tries to avoid paying for an organ transplant to save a man's life, confronting homophobic and hate-spewing Rev. Fred Phelps in a pink RV christened the "Sodomobile," and sending an Awful Truth mascot chicken into Disney World to expose the deplorable working conditions of the employees in costume. For the second season of The Awful Truth, host Michael Moore offers a slight change in format. Instead of opening each program with a monolog before a studio audience, he begins each show by greeting the viewer from Times Square. This street-level approach also allows for a number of impromptu interviews with whoever happens to be passing by. Although the format has shifted slightly, Moore's guerrilla politics remain the same. In one program he institutes a wallet exchange program in an African-American neighborhood. If wallets are day-glow orange, he reasons, police officers will not mistake them for guns and shoot innocent people. In another show, Moore travels to the Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS) in an effort to prevent several illegal aliens from being deported. Each program is broken into sequences of sketches, short films, and visits to corporate wrongdoers. Targets of Moore's satire include the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress in general, and well-known figures like Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush.

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