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VIDEO: Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens
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Length: 52:53
Aired: 5/1/2012

On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of letting himself be distracted, the young athlete channeled his raw emotions into one of the most remarkable achievements in athletic history: four gold medals in two days. Beginning in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where Owens grew up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE details his early career; describes Adolf Hitler’s outsized ambitions for the 1936 Olympics; explores the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event; and explains the pressures on Owens to attend. The film also reveals the unlikely relationship Owens struck up at the games with his German rival, and explores why, despite his success in Germany, Owens struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling with its own deeply entrenched racism. watch

ESPN Launches Newsmagazine E:60

ESPN will premiere its first prime-time sports newsmagazine, E:60, tomorrow night (Oct. 16, 7 pm/ET). The slighlty awkward title is a play on the network’s “360” cross-platforming initiative. (Similarities to the granddaddy of newsmagazines, 60 Minutes, must be purely coincidental.)Named after the 360-degree cross-platform approach to sports journalism, E:60 is an hour-long series that will cull in-depth interviews, investigative sports reports and behind-the-scenes footage. (The series will air for four weeks, then return for five more episodes in the spring and six next summer.)“Sports is so central to the culture these days and is the flashpoint for issues that extend beyond sports, and we think there’s a need and a place for another vehicle for really exploring the great journalistic stories that are happening in sports today,” says Robert Wallace, ESPN vice president and E:60 executive producer. “That’s our mission.”The premiere epis...read more

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Year Title Description
2012 Jesse Owens: Jesse Owens: American Experience
Season 24, Episode 7
Episode, Remarks by
2007 E TV Show Series, Reporter
2002 Outside the Lines: In the Crossfire: Testing the Waters Episode, Reporter
1988 The Sports Reporters TV Show Series, Host
1985 Sunday NFL Countdown TV Show Series, Reporter

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