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9-Man | Preview 1

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America Reframed
PBS


A preview of 9-Man with Jack Tchen, Founding Director of NYU's APA Studies Program. The untold history of Chinese men and the sport of 9-Man in America during the Chinese Exclusion Act. Continue


Twilight: Los Angeles

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Great Performances
PBS


Online debut: April 29, 2015. Anna Deavere Smith's powerful one-woman theater piece about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the L.A. riots on America's conscience. Award-winning director Marc Levin weaves Smith's stage performance with news footage and interviews to create a portrait of rage, sorrow, loss, and battered hope. Continue


General Colin Powell on the Meaning of Memorial Day

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National Memorial Day Concert
PBS


General Powell shares his experience of visiting Washington D.C.'s war memorials and witnessing the remembrances left by family, friends and loved ones of service members who served and sacrificed. Continue


The Marine Guard's Story

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American Experience
PBS


Marine Guard Juan Valdez was one of the last left waiting for evacuation from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during the American evacuation of Saigon April 29, 1975. Continue


Armitage's Story

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American Experience
PBS


In April 1975, the Pentagon assigned Richard Armitage to remove or destroy South Vietnamese naval equipment to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemy. After rendezvousing at Con Son Island, he saw the remnants of the South Vietnamese fleet crammed with thousands of refugees trying to escape Vietnam. "Last Days in Vietnam" premieres April 28 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience. Continue


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


The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln

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Washington Week
PBS


Many people believe the ghost of President Abraham Lincoln is still haunting the White House 150 years after his death. The New York Times' Peter Baker tells the story of Ronald Reagan's dog Rex who exhibited strange behavior in the Lincoln Bedroom. But was it really a ghost? "I think in some ways people might like the idea that Lincoln is still hanging around watching over us," Baker says. Continue


Last Days in Vietnam, Vietnamese

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American Experience
PBS


This is the theatrical version of the documentary, with Vietnamese subtitles. In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind. Continue


A Photomosaic of U-166

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NOVA
PBS


A high-res mapping expert pieces together thousands of images to make one wide shot of the U-166 wreck site. Continue


Extended Clip: The Journey Downriver

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American Experience
PBS


In 1975, Consul General Terry McNamara and Marine Consulate Guard Steve Hasty were in Can Tho, 78 miles southwest of Saigon. When they were told to evacuate only Americans, they went against orders and took hundreds of South Vietnamese refugees with them. This clip is subtitled in Vietnamese. "Last Days in Vietnam" airs April 28 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience. Continue


Dick Cavett's Vietnam

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PBS Presents
PBS


On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and A/V material. 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


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