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Ben Franklin's Bones

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


When skeletal remains of at least 10 people turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren’t the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine. Continue


Brother Outsider: Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

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POV
PBS


On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rustin was honored for his commitment to equality and justice worldwide. This video is from whitehouse.gov. Continue


Brother Outsider: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
PBS


Brother Outsider filmmaker Nancy Kates and executive producer Sam Pollard describe the mark that Bayard Rustin left on America. Continue


Director DuVernay talks writing speeches for MLK in 'Selma'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The movie, "Selma," is getting plenty of attention. What's less well-known is the extent to which director Ava DuVernay rewrote much of the script -- and that includes writing her own versions of Dr. King's speeches. Gwen asked DuVernay about the unique challenges of trying to capture the essence of iconic speeches without copying them. Continue


Breaking Through

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The Italian Americans
PBS


We note the passing of Mario Cuomo, who was a proud Italian American who embodied the larger story of America. Here's an excerpt featuring him in the upcoming PBS series Italian Americans, which premieres in February. Continue


David Oyelowo on Martin Luther King and "Selma"

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Actor David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King in the new biopic "Selma," talks with Charlie Rose about the civil rights era and King's legacy. Continue


The Sights and Sounds of the Yukon

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


The Klondike region spans thousands of miles from Alaska across Canada’s Yukon Territory. The area is incredibly remote. In fact, Dawson City lies only three hundred miles from the arctic circle. The landscape is marked with mountain ranges, raging rivers, and seemingly endless wide-open spaces. This video expresses the pristine beauty and natural sounds of this unique part of North America. Continue


The Photographers

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


The lasting treasures of the Klondike gold rush are the remarkable photos taken at the time. The two most prolific photographers were Eric Hegg, and Frank La Roche. Hegg, a Swedish American, came to the Klondike to expand his photographic business. La Roche traveled to the Klondike along with the first wave of stampeders. He sold his prints and published an album entitled “Enroute to the Klondike” Continue


The Palace Grand Theatre

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


The jewel of Dawson City is the Palace Grand Theatre. Built by Arizona Charlie Meadows, a showman from the Wild West shows, it opened its doors in 1899. It had a short yet prosperous run during the gold rush showcasing popular performances of the time. In 1961, after years of neglect, the Canadian government restored the theatre. At present, the Palace Grand is a popular and lively cultural venue. Continue


Women in Business

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Business tells the story of the exceptional women—past and present—who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Continue


Ben Franklin’s Scientific Achievements

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


America’s Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was intellectually curious about the world and he operated in it as a gentlemanly scientist. He pursued experiments related to electricity, he looked at better ways to make clocks and improve bifocal lenses. In 1752, he had won world-wide fame when he proved that lightening was not an act of God but in fact electricity. Continue


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

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PBS


During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement. But his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. Continue


The Rise of the Body Snatchers

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


In the 18th century, private anatomy schools were set up across London to give medical students the opportunity to learn anatomy by dissecting human cadavers. But supply lagged behind demand. Anatomists needed many more bodies than the ones of hanged murderers, which were the only bodies legally available at that time for their study. This created a business for body snatchers. Continue


Gwen's Take: Selma -- Then and Now

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Washington Week
PBS


"But as retold in this film, often through the eyes of people whose names no longer ring a bell, you will be shocked by the saliency of the story." Continue


December 19 Preview: David Oyelowo

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Actor David Oyelowo speaks with Charlie Rose about his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the new film "Selma." Continue


Ben Franklin's Bones: Preview

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven Street was the former residence of Benjamin Franklin. Continue


The Klondike Gold Rush Trailer

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


The Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Over 100,000 people voyage to the far North intent on reaching the Canadian boom-town Dawson City and striking it rich. Historians and authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Present-day characters reveal that the frontier spirit is still alive in the Klondike. Continue


The Cremation of Sam McGee

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


Robert Service is the great Bard of the Klondike gold rush. Although he arrived to the Yukon in 1904, five years after the rush was over, his poems and ballads capture the spirit of the time like no other. Service’s most celebrated work is “The Creation of Sam McGee.” The work is brimming with humor and exquisite imagery. In this web video, Dawson City actress Sue Taylor recites the famous ballad. Continue


The Klondike Gold Rush

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The Klondike Gold Rush
PBS


The Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Over 100,000 people voyage to the far North intent on reaching the Canadian boom-town Dawson City and striking it rich. Historians and authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Present-day characters reveal that the frontier spirit is still alive in the Klondike. Continue


Aarón Sánchez's Revolutionary Roots

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Chef Aarón Sánchez learns how his great-great-grandfather Rafael, who was once the wealthiest cattle owners in Northern Mexico, fled north to the United States among more than 890,000 Mexicans to avoid the revolution. Continue


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