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Verses in Exile Trailer

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PBS Indies
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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


Baker's Appointment as Secretary-of-State

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James Baker
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By 1988 James Baker is a well-known Washington insider, but when President-elect George H.W. Bush names him Secretary of State, some wonder if his power-player skills will translate to the world stage. David Gergen, former President Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and others comment on Baker’s assets and talents as he assumes the role of America’s top diplomat. Continue


Baker and Florida 2000

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James Baker
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Former President Bill Clinton and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin are among those who comment on Baker’s most controversial role: chief strategist for George W. Bush in the disputed 2000 presidential election in Florida. ”I hated it,” says Bill Clinton. "He whipped us — but he was good at it!" Continue


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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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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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
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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


Black History Month: From the Independent Lens Archives

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Independent Lens
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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


Baker’s Effectiveness as Reagan’s Chief-of-Staff

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James Baker
PBS


Many people describe James Baker as the most effective and powerful presidential chief-of-staff in modern history. David Gergen, Lesley Stahl, Hedrick Smith and others explain how Baker used compromise, negotiation and charm to help carry out the “Reagan Revolution.” “It’s not that you’re trying to acquire power for power’s sake,” says Baker. "Power really accretes to those who get things done.” Continue


The Man Who Made Washington Work – Preview

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James Baker
PBS


Power-player, deal-maker, diplomat: whether it was ending the Cold War, conducting Middle East peace talks, or settling a disputed presidential election, James A. Baker III was at the center of the action. Premieres Tuesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. 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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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


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