Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Part 3 | The Fire of Life (1910-1919)

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, campaigns for American entry into World War I — and pays a terrible personal price. Franklin masters wartime Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, while Eleanor finds personal salvation in war work. Her discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Part 2 | In the Arena (1901 – 1910)

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but in the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all presidents, battling corporate greed, preserving American wilderness, carrying the message of American might around the world. FDR weds Eleanor Roosevelt, and jumps at the chance to run for the New York state senate.

Independent Lens

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity

Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. This documentary traces the evolution of her movement philosophy over 30 years as Streb pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky. The film culminates with her group's gravity-defying performances in London’s Cultural Olympiad before the 2012 Olympics.

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Connections with Renee Shaw

Pellom McDaniels: “The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy”

Pellom McDaniels, faculty curator of African-American collections and assistant professor of African-American studies at Emory University in Atlanta, talks about his book, "The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy."

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Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West

Chronicling the life of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, this program examines the iconic figure from his birth near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1734, through his years in Kentucky and to his death in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1820.

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Kentucky Life

Derby Lore: Black Jockeys, Derby Pie, Derby Hats, and Track Ponies

In the years following the Civil War, African American jockeys dominated horse racing and won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby; the unsung heroes of the racetrack are the track ponies;

American Experience

Last Days in Vietnam

n April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind.

The Day the ’60s Died

The Day the '60s Died chronicles the chaotic month of May 1970 when it seemed America was at war with itself. The young against the old. Conservatives against radicals. Radicals against themselves. The government against its citizens and citizens against the government. What was it like to be an American in May 1970?

PBS Presents

Dick Cavett’s Vietnam

On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and A/V material.

Stories of Service

The Draft

Race, class, culture — the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. But ending the draft has produced unintended consequences, creating a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who bear the entire burden of endless wars. "The Draft" tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation.

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