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  Irving Berlin’s America, Part II
From Ragtime to Swing and from Broadway to Hollywood, Irving Berlin’s music defined American songwriting for more than half a century. ...
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Irving Berlin’s America, Part I
Irving Berlin pulled himself up from poverty on New York’s Lower East Side to become America’s most famous and enduring songwriter. ...
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The Western: America’s Story, Part One
Aired 1/11/2007

The Great Train Robbery, considered by many historians to be the first Western film, premiered a century ago in 1903. In the years that followed, generations of filmmakers turned again and again to the stories from the frontier--the conquest of Indian land, the California Gold Rush, the expansion of the transcontinental railroad and all of the other tales of rugged individualists settling a wild land. Did Hollywood’s silver dreams reflect fact or legend? What do Westerns tell us about America?
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  Holly George-Warren
    Author of Cowboy: How Hollywood Invented the Wild West
  R. Philip Loy
    Professor of political science at Taylor University
  Scott Simmon
    Co-director of film studies at the University of California at Davis

Originally Aired: 5/15/2003

   
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The American Musical, Part 2
  aired 5/24/2007
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  aired 5/17/2007
One Nation, One Standard
  aired 5/10/2007


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