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Jesse Jones

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BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A BILLION?
THE STORY OF JESSE H. JONES

Emmy Award Winning Documentary Narrated By Walter Cronkite

He saved the nation from complete financial collapse and at one point was considered to be the most powerful person in the country, next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet, Jesse Holman Jones has never been properly recognized in the annals of American history.

In April, PBS paints a vivid portrait of this remarkable man who was to become one of the main architects of modern America. Narrated by Walter Cronkite, Brother, Can You Spare A Billion? The Story Of Jesse H. Jones, features a dynamic mix of historical film footage, information uncovered in the Jones archives and interviews with John Kenneth Galbraith, John Morton Blum and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Produced and directed by Boston filmmaker Eric Stange and co-written with executive producer Steven Fenberg, this multi-award winning one-hour documentary airs nationwide on PBS April 3, 2000 from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET (check local listing).

Narrator Walter Cronkite says of Jones, "He's a forgotten hero from one of the most important chapters in our nation's history."

In the 1930s, America came closer to being torn apart than it had at any time in its history since the Civil War. The ravages of the Great Depression had not only shattered people's trust in America's institutions, it had shaken their faith in the very ideals that buttress the American dream.