Executive Producer Trevor Noah and MSNBC Films docuseries "The Turning Point" seek to spark discussion through explorations of hot button topics, with a deliberate editorial directive to minimize the blame game.
Trevor Noah spoke about the inception and ethos of The Turning Point earlier with Jimmy Fallon:
Jimmy Fallon: This is very, very interesting. It's a bunch of documentaries. It's on MSNCB, and these films look at issues like climate change, voting rights. And how do you choose what stories to cover with these?
Trevor Noah: Well, I'm really lucky that we had a fantastic team that came together to create this idea, for looking at the news, beyond just the moment that it happens. You know, I know America loves the take of the day, I get that. You know, I do a daily show, but I sometimes think that we lose perspective if we don't think about the why's and the how's, the story behind the story. How does it affect people in a way that you didn't consider? How do you even separate yourself from the surface issue to speak about what's actually happening?
Jimmy Fallon: And how did we get there, and also what are we learning, and how and what are we changing?
Trevor Noah: Yeah, but just, without — a lot of the time, it's — everything is associated with blame, and I think sometimes if we have a conversation about what is without looking at who you want to or not want to blame, you can just have a discussion around the why, and then you can go from there. I feel like we live in a world where people argue about everything, and I don't think you have to agree with everyone on everything. You can go, "That's my parking spot", I go: "That is my parking spot" But now we're getting to a world where I go: "That's my parking spot" and somebody goes: "What parking spot?"