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  The Western: America’s Story, Part One
The Great Train Robbery, considered by many historians to be the first Western film, premiered a century ago in 1903. ...

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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The Western: America’s Story, Part Two
Aired 1/18/2007

Scholars are divided over American’s fascination with the Old West. Some say the Western film is more flawed and less heroic than movie audiences assume. Others say the films reflect the real hardship and courage of Nineteenth Century America. What do Westerns say about American life? And what do they say about our changing view of history and heroes?
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  R. Philip Loy
    Professor of political science at Taylor University
  Holly George-Warren
    Author of Cowboy: How Hollywood Invented the Wild West
  Scott Simmon
    Co-director of film studies at the University of California at Davis

Originally Aired: 5/22/2003

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