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Filmmaker Talks about New Film on Racial Bias in America

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Independent Lens
PBS


American Denial tells the the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal, whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma, probed deep into the United States’ racial psyche, and exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial biases still rooted in America’s systems and institutions today. One of the film's producers talks about making this timely documentary. Continue


Best of Genealogy Roadshow

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Genealogy Roadshow
PBS


Enjoy the most intriguing stories selected from both seasons of the series. From immigrant voyages and famous ancestors to murder mysteries and family connections, the episode revisits the journeys in cities across the country as people uncover their family histories. Continue


The Loyal Americans (1930-1945)

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The Italian Americans
PBS


A second generation of Italian Americans begins to enter the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment. Fiorello LaGuardia becomes mayor of New York City. Joe DiMaggio, the son of a San Francisco fisherman, becomes an American hero. But with the outbreak of World War II, loyalty to America is questioned and Italians are forced to choose between two nations. Continue


The Pilot's Story

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American Experience
PBS


Captain Gerald "Gerry" Berry was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps during the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Capt. Berry was tasked with evacuating U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin from the U.S. Embassy, an order which proved to be more complicated than he expected. Continue


Why We Made Last Days in Vietnam

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American Experience
PBS


American Experience Executive Producer, Mark Samels, discusses why the events depicted in "Last Days in Vietnam" are an important chapter in American history. Premiering April 28, 2015 on PBS American Experience. Continue


"A Terrible Moral Dilemma"

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American Experience
PBS


Col. Stuart Herrington recalls the struggle of members of the South Vietnamese Military in staying behind to fight while their families were evacuated. Last Days in Vietnam premieres April 28 on PBS American Experience. Continue


Petra: Lost City of Stone

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NOVA
PBS


How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city? Continue


Thomas A. Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

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Independent Lens
PBS


First documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. The filmmaker talks about his relationship with photography and what he hopes viewers will gain from seeing the film. Continue


Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

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NOVA
PBS


How has this unique structure, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes? Continue


The American Dream (1945-present)

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The Italian Americans
PBS


In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them? Have Italian Americans finally shed the old stereotypes and become fully accepted in America? Continue


The South Vietnamese Officer's Story

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American Experience
PBS


In April 1975, Dam Pham was an Army Officer Lieutenant in the South Vietnamese Central Intelligence Service. When the North Vietnamese arrived in Saigon, Pham stayed in Vietnam with his family rather than evacuate. After 13 years of hard labor in a re-education camp, Dam Pham was released and made his way to America. Continue


Last Days in Vietnam, Chapter 1

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American Experience
PBS


In 1973, U.S. troops had begun to withdraw from Vietnam after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. Thousands of Americans remained in the country, and several had Vietnamese girlfriends, wives and families. In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army began to close in on Saigon, and South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Premieres April 28 on PBS American Experience. Continue


"We Jumped Out"

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American Experience
PBS


When a South Vietnamese helicopter was too large to land on the US Navy ship, the USS Kirk, the family on board had no chance, but to make a leap of faith. Last Days in Vietnam premieres April 28 on PBS American Experience. Continue


Verses in Exile Trailer

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PBS Indies
PBS


Verses in Exile is a web series in four parts that tells the tangled tale of Cambodia’s most famous contemporary poet prior to his deportation. With no choice but to be told entirely in a land his family fled, Kosal Khiev recounts his journey from refugee to troubled youth, from prison inmate to free roaming poet. Continue


Cancer: A Conversation

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
PBS


This 30-minute special features a roundtable conversation hosted by Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of “Stand Up To Cancer.” Couric interviews Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film is based. Continue


Italian American Pride

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The Italian Americans
PBS


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Black History Month: From the Independent Lens Archives

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Independent Lens
PBS


For Black History Month, a survey of some of our favorite Independent Lens films about African American history and culture, from Whitney Young to Muhammad Ali, soul food to hip-hop. Continue


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