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PBS Premiere: July 26, 2005Check local listings »
Encore Broadcast: Sept. 26, 2006


On Independence Day at Stern Ranch in central California, 77-year-old solar-energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he is seriously ill — possibly dying. Part King Lear, part Western, The Self-Made Man is a true-life family drama about a controversial issue: Should we control how we die?

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