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KET gets groovy with special week of 1960s-themed programming

For Release: 2014-07-21 12:03:00

KET takes viewers on a flashback to the 1960s, with a week of programming that chronicles the politics, music, pop culture, flower power, civil rights, war and sweeping change that came to symbolize the decade — and which forever shaped America.


KET’s Sixties Week, Aug. 10-16, aims to capture the power and nostalgia of that complicated — and yet hopeful — decade, in which a generation of Baby Boomers came of age and spawned an American cultural revolution.


Highlights from the week include 1964: American Experience, airing Sunday, Aug. 10 at 9/8 pm on KET. Based on the book The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, the documentary spotlights that pivotal year, in which the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, Berkeley students rose up in protest and African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem.


Perhaps nothing else defined the 1960s so much as its music, and KET’s special programming week offers documentaries on Burt Bacharach, The Dave Clark Five, Motown, Jimi Hendrix, and, of course, The Beatles.


The Fab Four are the focus of three back-to-back specials beginning at 8/7 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 13 on KET2. First How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin tells how the group’s music infiltrated the Iron Curtain to influence an entire Russian generation. Immediately following at 9/8 pm on KET2, Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited, offers a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the iconic film. Then, at 10/9 pm on KET2, Great Performances: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour shares the 1967 film in its entirety — featuring classic Beatles hits like “I am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and more.


Finally, you can’t document the 1960s without an investigation of JFK’s assassination and legacy as well as the decade’s divisive politics, and KET’s programming shines a light on both. JFK: Breaking the News, airing Monday, Aug. 11 at 10/9 pm on KET, details the news coverage following Kennedy’s death, while The Kennedy Half-Century, airing Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 8/7 pm on KET2, chronicles the impact and influence of JFK’s life, administration and tragic death.


A Ripple of Hope, airing Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2/1 pm on KET and Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9/8 pm on KET2, weaves together first-hand accounts of the events of April 4, 1968 — the date of Martin Luther King’s assassination — to relay how Robert F. Kennedy shunned campaign managers’ advice to address a grieving, intercity Indianapolis crowd with a message of hope.


Then, in Nixon’s the One: The ’68 Election, airing Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 9/8 pm on KET, talk show host Dick Cavett narrates an in-depth look at Nixon’s stunning victory in the 1968 Presidential race and examines the ways in which that historic election gave rise to Red State/Blue-State America.


Additional programming highlights from the week include:


Sunday, Aug. 10
In Performance at the White House: “Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song,” 8/7 pm on KET
The 1964 World’s Fair, 9/8 pm on KET2
In Performance at the White House: “The Motown Sound,” 10/9 pm on KET2


Monday, Aug. 11
The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over, A Great Performance Special, 9/8 pm on KET2


Tuesday, Aug. 12
Pioneers of Television “Sitcoms,” 9/8 pm on KET
60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo, 9:43/8:43 pm on KET


Thursday, Aug 14
Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman, 9/8 pm on KET2


Friday, Aug 15
Jimi Hendrix: American Masters, 9:30/8:30 pm on KET


Saturday, Aug. 16
Movie Classics: “Bonnie and Clyde,” 9/8 pm on KET


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Contact: Abby Malik



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