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Get a Closer Look at The Draft

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Stories of Service
PBS


Flip through photos from The Draft. Throughout history, when the president waged war, and needed a big army, he turned to the draft. But the draft has always stirred controversy, exposing fault lines of race, class and culture, in society. Airs Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Nixon at the Lincoln Memorial

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


President Nixon made an unplanned visit to the Lincoln Memorial in the middle of the night to speak with anti-war protestors. Continue


Burning Down the ROTC Building

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


Protesting escalates at Kent State as students set the ROTC building on fire and tried to prevent firefighters from putting out the flames. Continue


The Draft | Up in Flames: Draft Card Burning in NYC

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Stories of Service
PBS


In the tumult of the Vietnam War protests, Congress declared destroying draft cards a federal crime. Tom Cornell and David McReynolds took their chances with civil disobedience, and were among the organizers of a legendary draft card burning in Union Square. Protestors and counter-protestors clashed as draft cards went up in flames. Continue


The Draft | The Origins of the Vietnam War

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Stories of Service
PBS


Anti-communist fervor prompted American involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy and Johnson committed young men to the cause via the draft — and public opinion initially supported the drums of war. But anti-war protestors gradually gained support as rising draft numbers made it impossible to ignore the reality of combat. Continue


Protecting Anonymity

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Independent Lens
PBS


1971 filmmaker Johanna Hamilton joins The Burglary author Betty Medsger and Citizen Four director Laura Poitras to discuss the measures Medsger and the Washington Post took to protect the anonymity of their sources, the Media, PA burglars, who revealed FBI surveillance of American citizens some forty years before the Snowden revelations exposed large-scale NSA surveillance in the digital age. Continue


Invisible Universe Revealed

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NOVA
PBS


Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos. Airing April 22, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Continue


The Lincoln Memorial

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The National Mall – America's Front Yard
PBS


The Lincoln Memorial, designed by architect Henry Bacon, sits at one end of the National Mall. Key features include the long and high steps that lead inside the structure, a large statue of Lincoln sitting in a chair, and walls inscribed with his great addresses. Continue


Gwen's Take: Dames and Leadership

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Washington Week
PBS


"I am expanding my thinking, and along the way, reclaiming the word 'dame.' If the women Cokie Roberts writes about are 'dames,' you can call me a dame anytime. It always struck me as a spunky description anyway." Continue


Paper Proof

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI look back on the night they sorted through the FBI documents they’d nabbed and discovered the shocking evidence of spying on Americans and other abuses. Continue


The Rise of the Student Protest Movement

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


The death of 4 students at Kent State symbolized the state of the nation. In the aftermath of the events at Kent State, strikes and protests increased on college campuses across the country. Continue


Moments After the Shooting

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


Moments after the shootings at Kent State in 1970, Professor Glenn Frank begged students to disperse to prevent more deaths. Continue


Sneak Peek

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The Day the '60s Died
PBS


In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. Continue


The Draft | WWI: Wilson & the Selective Service Act

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Stories of Service
PBS


President Wilson re-branded the draft with the Selective Service Act, outlawing substitution and establishing medical and educational deferments and local draft boards. But while 3 million draftees were willing to fight the “war to end all wars,” the conflict only set the stage for an even greater struggle. Continue


The Draft | The History of America's Draft

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Stories of Service
PBS


America’s place on the world stage has always depended on its military might, and its military might has always depended on the draft. But the draft has stirred up controversy since America’s founding, throughout its history, and continues to do so today. What does it mean to serve one’s country in a time of war? What do you owe your fellow Americans? Continue


Abraham Lincoln's Enduring Legacy

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Washington Week
PBS


150 years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Peter Baker explains his enduring legacy and why he is the one president all future presidents want to emulate. But while Lincoln's legacy is an inspiration for future presidents, it can also be a burden, perhaps for President Obama more than any other president. Continue


9-Man | Promo

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America Reframed
PBS


A competitive Chinese-American sport, 9-Man was a way for Chinese workers to escape the day-to-day but today, it provides a lasting connection to culture and community pride. Follow several teams over the course of one season as they prepare for battle and fight for the championship in Boston. What does the future hold for this street ball battle? Continue


First Peoples Preview

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First Peoples
PBS


See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant. FIRST PEOPLES premieres Wednesdays, June 24-July 1, 9:00-11:00 pm ET and July 8, 9:00-10 pm ET on PBS. Continue


“Nothing to Stop It”

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, FBI Agent Neil Welch talks about what he believes is the inevitability of government abuse. “It will happen, there’s nothing to stop it.” Continue


The Idea of a Break-In

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, John and Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, as well as Bill Davidon, the mastermind and de facto leader of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, talk about how Bill first approached them with his incredibly risky idea: break in to an FBI audience and send files to the press. Continue


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