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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


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


Week 36 (December 22nd - December 28th)

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37 Weeks
GPB/Georgia Public Broadcasting


It is the final week of 1864. Atlanta, the South’s industrial hub, is decimated, the damage totaling nearly $100 million in 1864 dollars. Forcing on the Confederacy “the hard hand of war,” Sherman proves the South cannot be protected; public confidence in the Confederate government collapses. Sherman’s final blow is to lead his army through South Carolina and beyond, the heartland of secession. Continue


How America moved on in the days after the Civil War

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


President Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago, just days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War after four years. To discuss the lasting effects of both events, Jeffrey Brown talks to Martha Hodes, author of "Mourning Lincoln," James McPherson, author of "The War That Forged a Nation,” and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Continue


The Cherry Blossoms

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The National Mall – America's Front Yard
PBS


Every spring, one and a half million people go to see the nearly 4,000 Japanese cherry trees that bloom on the National Mall and Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The caretakers of the trees, the National Park Service arborists, dedicate three months of work almost exclusively on the cherry blossoms. Premieres Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Dick Cavett on Hosting a Talk Show During Vietnam

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PBS Presents
PBS


There had never been anything in history to parallel the war in Vietnam and its coverage on television in America. Dick Cavett talks about his show and hosting a controversial subject and differing opinions. Continue


Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Hamilton"

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical productions include "In the Heights," talks to Charlie Rose about his hit: a hip-hop musical about the unlikeliest of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda calls the play, "the story of America then, told by America now." Continue


Week 34 (December 8th - December 14th)

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37 Weeks
GPB/Georgia Public Broadcasting


With the March to the Sea 4 weeks underway, thousands of refugee slaves in search of liberation follow the Union army. They are both boon and bane to Sherman’s cause: providing labor, but hindering movement. At Ebenezer Creek, the bridge is dismantled so none can follow. Countless refugees drown; survivors are shot by Confederate troops or remanded to their owners. The enslaved are not yet free. Continue


Get a Closer Look at Now en Español

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VOCES
PBS


Flip through photos from Voces: Now en Español. Explore the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five dynamic women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences. Premieres Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Week 37 (December 29th - January 4th)

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37 Weeks
GPB/Georgia Public Broadcasting


As Sherman’s war in Georgia concludes, the Confederate cause is defeated. Sherman has destroyed property, left thousands destitute, and is the most despised man in the South. But his methods prove true: he has crippled the Confederacy and shortened the war. Lincoln’s reelection and emancipation are won in tandem. The promise of freedom does not guarantee social justice. But there is hope in 1865. 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 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


The Mother of Hubble

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NOVA
PBS


Astronomer Nancy Roman worked on Hubble's design and development for more than 25 years. Continue


Week 35 (December 15th - December 21st)

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37 Weeks
GPB/Georgia Public Broadcasting


It is mid-December, 1864. Union forces capture Fort McAllister, opening the Ogeechee River to its supply ships off the Georgia coast. Led by General Hardee, 15,000 Confederates guard Savannah. On the 17th, Sherman telegrams him, demanding to surrender. Hardee does not yield, though Savannah Mayor, Richard Arnold, does. Sherman wires President Lincoln, presenting Savannah as a Christmas gift. Continue


Dick Cavett's Vietnam - Split America

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PBS Presents
PBS


The interviews featured on the Dick Cavett Show captured the split in America's views on the commitment in Southeast Asia, and how to get out. Continue


County Clerk Changes History

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this video extra, learn more about the story of Clela Rorex, former County Clerk in Boulder, CO, who in 1975 helped change history by becoming the first in the United States to approve a marriage license for gay couples, including Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan. Their 40-year struggle for marriage equality is featured in Limited Partnership on Independent Lens on PBS, June 15, 2015. Continue


"We were the last eleven"

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American Experience
PBS


As North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, eleven U.S. Marines found themselves on the roof of the American Embassy with no U.S. helicopters in sight. "Last Days in Vietnam" premieres April 28 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience. Continue


Memory of the Camps

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FRONTLINE
PBS


In the spring of 1945, Allied forces liberating Europe found evidence of atrocities which have tortured the world's conscience ever since. As the troops entered the German concentration camps, they made a film record of what they saw. FRONTLINE found the unfinished film stored in a vault in London's Imperial War Museum and broadcast it for the first time in 1985. Continue


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