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Women In Politics

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Politics profiles women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. Continue


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The Italian Americans
PBS


The Italian Americans reveals how Italian immigrants challenged the notion of the American “melting pot” — chronicling four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th Century wave of immigration to today. Continue


Every Mother's Son: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
PBS


Filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold on the making of their film Every Mother's Son. Continue


We Come from People

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Trace three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that shaped our nation’s sense of itself. Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors' intimate relationship with their slave master; Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story Continue


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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
PBS


This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. 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


Nas' Enslaved Roots: "A Receipt for a Human Being"

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Nas encounters his 3rd Great-Grandmother's Bill of Sale, a devastatingly telling document, and imagines his enslaved ancestors' daily lives. Continue


Education Clip: Eleanor Roosevelt Overcoming Fear

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The Roosevelts
PBS


Eleanor continued her work on behalf of civil rights -- championing integration of the armed forces, applauding the integration of the schools, publicizing instances of discrimination, supporting the Freedom Riders, and ignoring the death threats that never stopped coming her way. She then takes on Joseph McCarthy. Continue


Makers Women in War Preview

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Track American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Continue


Do we burden the presidency with impossible expectations?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers favorably but aren’t as kind to the modern presidents. Aaron David Miller argues that the American “addiction” for greatness sets today’s leaders up against impossible standards. Margaret Warner sits down with Miller to discuss his new book, “The End of Greatness.” Continue


Our People Our Traditions

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage but also history of perseverance. Tony Kushner delves into the history of the Holocaust to discover his ancestors’ fate; Carole King confronts the discrimination her ancestors faced in America; and Alan Dershowitz finds out that the first Hassidic synagogue in Brooklyn played a secret role in WWII. Continue


Strange Captain Strange

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NOVA
PBS


A pilot transforms how airplanes fight during WWI, but nearly plummets and dies trying. Continue


Every Mother's Son

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POV
PBS


Every Mother's Son profiles three New York mothers who unexpectedly find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change. Continue


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Across the Creek
PBS


Broken by the legacy of colonialism, the Lakota Tribes struggle for restoration, healing and rebuilding. This film is a conversation between the elder and younger generations about reclaiming their stories and culture. By looking at the family structure, spirituality, language and values, they hope to build a vision for the future. Continue


Makers: Women in Business

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Hear about 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


Women in War

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in War looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Continue


Education Clip: Public Service

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The Roosevelts
PBS


Eleanor’s work was always her salvation. In the 1950s, she was still political active. She played hardball politics with a New York city boss, campaigned for Adlai Stevenson for president, and eventually supported John Kennedy in his 1960 bid for the White House. All the time, she continued to push for progressive/liberal initiatives and didn’t hesitate to criticize those with whom she disagreed. Continue


Education Clip: Eleanor Roosevelt: Political Activist

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The Roosevelts
PBS


In the 1920s, Eleanor began to champion several causes including the League of Nations, the five-day work week, ending child labor, and supporting Prohibition. But both hers and FDR’s time away from home began to take a toll on the children and family. Continue


Women in Space

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. Continue


Makers Women in Space Promo

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. Continue


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