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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
PBS
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. This Peabody…
Gumbo
PBS
Jazz is born in the unique musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, emerging from such genres as ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, European classical music, funeral parade music and the blues.
Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
Episode 1 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem's untested regime in the South.
Ken Burns: The Mayo Clinic - Faith, Hope and Science
PBS
This is the story of the renowned institution that has been called the "place for hope when there is no hope." By combining the history of the institution with stories about present-day patients, the film makes an important contribution to…
The Scripture of Nature
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The National Parks
PBS
In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California's Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land's scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a…
Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
PBS
Jack Johnson -- the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century -- enters the ring once again in UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND…
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The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
Ken Burns: Thomas Jefferson
PBS
Thomas Jefferson is a two-part portrait of one of the most fascinating and complicated figures ever to walk across America's public stage - our enigmatic and brilliant third president. Thomas Jefferson embodies within his own life the most profound contradictions…
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The Gift
PBS
During the tumultuous era known as the "Jazz Age," the rhythms and spirit of jazz music mirror the world that emerged in the wake of World War I. The program introduces two extraordinary individuals: Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
The Last Refuge
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The National Parks
PBS
By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialization has left many Americans worried about whether the country - once a vast wilderness - will have any pristine land left. At the same time, poachers in the parks are rampant,…
Ken Burns: The Brooklyn Bridge
PBS
The "Great East River Bridge" was the largest bridge of its era, a technical achievement of unparalleled scope, marked by enormous construction problems, equally ingenious solutions and heroic human achievement. In unexpected and wonderful ways, the Brooklyn Bridge captured the…
Magic Bullets
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search,…
The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
Episode 3 of The Vietnam War
PBS
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
Episode 2 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
Episode 4 of The Vietnam War
PBS
North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers' war.
Ken Burns: Mark Twain - Part 1
PBS
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this series, Ken Burns has created an illuminating…
Ken Burns: Empire of the Air - The Men Who Made Radio
PBS
For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first "mass medium." In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility…
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
Episode 6 of The Vietnam War
PBS
On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson's promise that there is "light at the end of the tunnel."
The People - To 1806
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The West
PBS
The West begins as the whole world to the people who live there. It becomes a New World when Europeans arrive, a world shaken by incompatible visions. And almost three centuries later, when Lewis and Clark venture west to find…
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
Episode 8 of The Vietnam War
PBS
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.