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Age of Hope (1900)
Original broadcast: Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 9pm
Optimism reigns as the new century begins
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Paris Exposition of 1900, Queen Victoria's funeral, President McKinley's assassination, technology and consumerism, American democracy, Theodore Roosevelt, the Russo-Japanese war, Russian Revolution of 1905, African National Congress, emigration to America, the first flight across the English Channel, mobilization and the tremors of war.

Killing Fields (1916)
Original broadcast: Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 10pm
Marching to glory, soldiers face death on an industrial scale in a ghastly global war
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Conscription, machine guns and mustard gas, aerial bombing, the trenches, Battles of Verdun and the Somme, conscientious objectors, military justice, American participation, armistice.

Red Flag (1917)
Original broadcast: Monday, April 20, 1998 at 9pm,
Communism brings hope-and horrors-to Russia's millions
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Storming of the Winter Palace, Lenin, Bolsheviks, civil war, mass literacy campaigns, Lenin's death, Soviets' "five-year plan," collectivization, kulaks, "show" trials, Stalin's purges.

Lost Peace (1919)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 8, 1998 at 9pm
The hope for a new world order
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Armistice celebrations, Woodrow Wilson, the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, German reparations, World Disarmament Conference, pacifist movements, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Italy and Ethiopia, Franco and the Spanish Civil War, Lord Chamberlain, Austria, Czechoslovakia.

On the Line (1926)
Original broadcast: Monday, May 25, 1998 at 9pm
Mass production forever alters the lives of workers and consumers
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Henry Ford, the Model T, mass production, the moving assembly line, Detroit's River Rouge Plant, Italy's Fiat, Stalin's industrial revolution, Stakhovites, the United Auto Workers, labor movement, wages.

Great Escape (1927)
Original broadcast: Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 9pm
The world forgets its troubles and falls in love with the movies
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Silent movies, Charlie Chaplin, The Jazz Singer, decline of live entertainment, movie palaces, film in the Soviet Union and India, propaganda, New Deal documentaries, the birth of television.

Breadline (1929)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 1, 1998 at 9pm
Economic depression triggers unemployment on a global scale
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Wall Street and the US stock market crash, mass unemployment, Chilean copper mines and nitrate towns, German banking crisis, Jarrow Shipyards, the allure of Communism and Fascism, Nazi rearmament, FDR's New Deal.

Sporting Fever (1930)
Original broadcast: Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 10pm
Fans root for the home team in a sports craze that pushes nationalism to new levels
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: 1908 Olympics, baseball, Babe Ruth, first World Cup, boxing, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, racism, the Berlin Olympics, sport in the Cold War, sport and television.

Master Race (1933)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 15, 1998 at 9pm
Nazism overtakes German society
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Adolf Hitler, racism, public works, Mein Kampf, Hitler Youth, the annexation of Austria, march on Prague, the Allies, Kristalnacht, the ghettos, the "Final Solution," concentration camps, propaganda.

Total War (1939)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 22, 1998 at 9pm
Civilians become targets-contributing to the war effort with their labor and their lives
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Economic mobilization, shipbuilding, women and children join the war effort, slave labor, the Blitz, siege of Leningrad, Dimitri Shostakovich, air raids, Hamburg, Pearl Harbor, Tokyo fire raids, the atom bomb.

Fallout (1945)
Original broadcast: Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 9pm
Nuclear energy is unleashed
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: The atomic bomb, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, nuclear testing, protest movements, H-bomb, arms race, effects of radiation poisoning, "mutually assured destruction," Arms Reduction Treaty (Reagan/Gorbachev), Chernobyl.

Brave New World (1945)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 29, 1998 at 9pm
A "cold" war embroils the US and the Soviet Union in a contest of ideologies
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Meeting on the Elbe, refugees in Europe, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill at Fulton, Nikita Khrushchev, propaganda wars, NATO, the Berlin blockade, Korea, Hungarian uprising, Berlin Wall.

Freedom Now (1947)
Monday, July 6, 1998 at 9pm
Colonial rule is overthrown in Asia and Africa
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: colonial rule, Mohandas Gandhi, Indian independence, Ghana, Kenya, Mau Mau uprisings, government corruption-a new oppression, Algeria, Mozambique.

Boomtime (1948)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 14, 1999 at 9pm
Post-war prosperity transforms lifestyles and cultural values in the United States and abroad
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: The Marshall Plan, industrial advances, Treaty of Rome, growing productivity, Levittown, motorization, birth of car culture, "Americanization," teenage consumers.

Asia Rising (1951)
Original broadcast: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 10pm
From the ashes of war, Japan and Korea rise to economic prominence
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: US military occupation of Japan, effects of the Korean War, shipbuilding, imports/exports, automobile as export, improved education, steel production, 1964 Tokyo and 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Living Longer (1952)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 21, 1999 at 10pm
Medical advances further the fight against disease
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Polio vaccine, mass inoculation campaigns, World Health Organization, eradication of small pox in India and Africa, public health, population explosion, family planning, contraception campaigns, AIDS, return of tuberculosis.

Endangered Planet (1959)
Original broadcast: Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 10pm
Runaway growth brings prosperity at a price
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Minamata, Japan, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, DDT, smog, Torrey Canyon, Environmental Protection Agency, acid rain, Greenpeace, chemical accidents, Love Canal, Rio summit, Earth Day.

Skin Deep (1960)
Original broadcast: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 9pm
Racial oppression is challenged in the United States and South Africa
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Apartheid, Soweto uprising, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Bill (1964), African National Congress, Nelson Mandela, desegregation, Arkansas Nine, lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Riders, Selma, March to Montgomery, Voting Rights Act (1965), voter registration.

Picture Power (1963)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 21, 1999 at 9pm
Television unexpectedly transforms society, culture, and politics
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: 1939 World's Fair, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, Kennedy-Nixon debate, JFK assassination, Civil Rights movement, power of advertising, creeping commercialism, Apollo 11 moon landing, Munich Olympics, direct satellite broadcasting, Dallas, the advent of cable, revolution in Eastern Europe.

Great Leap (1965)
Original broadcast: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 9pm
China yields to Chairman Mao
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Mao Zedong, The People's Liberation Army, "take-over" of 1949, land reform, Great Leap Forward, denunciation meetings, communes, Cultural Revolution, Red Guard, the Gang of Four.

Young Blood (1968)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 14, 1999 at 10pm
A new generation challenges the Establishment
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: The Civil Rights movement, Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam, anti-war movement, student protests in 1968 Paris, 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Weather Underground, rock and roll, popular culture, Hippies, counter-culture, Yippies, anti-nuclear campaigns.

Half the People (1969)
Original broadcast: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 10pm
At home and at work, women fight for equal rights
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Discrimination, Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, civil rights, equality, the Pill, National Organization for Women, Equal Rights Amendment (1972), Roe vs. Wade, women and Islam, UN Women's Conference in Beijing (1995).

Guerrilla Wars (1973)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 28, 1999 at 9pm
Revolution succeeds through guerrilla warfare
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: Cuba, Castro, Che Guevara, Vietnam War, napalm, Agent Orange, Afghanistan, Mujahideen (Soldiers of God), "scorched earth" policy.

God Fights Back (1979)
Original broadcast: Monday, June 28, 1999 at 10pm
Religious fundamentalism flourishes in the East and West
John Forsythe narrates
The people remember: Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Moral Majority and the religious right, Ronald Reagan, Washington for Jesus, assassination of Anwar Sadat, Algeria, Islamic Salvation Front, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Iran-Iraq war, jihad, Pat Robertson.

People Power (1991)
Original broadcast: Monday, April 20, 1998 at 10pm
Communist rule crumbles in the Soviet Union
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: 1980 Gdansk, the role of the Church, Solidarity movement, martial law in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Berlin Wall, Romania, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin,the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Fast Forward (1999)
Original broadcast: Monday, July 5, 1999 at 9pm
New technologies connect the world-while age-old rivalries threaten the New World Order
Alfre Woodard narrates
The people remember: End of the Cold War, arms reduction, global economy, foreign competition, rise of nationalism, reopening of Shanghai Stock Market, civil war in Bosnia, Los Angeles riots (1992), gated communities, computers and the Internet.





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