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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 13, Episode 2 The Rockefellers

First Aired: October 23, 2000

The conclusion of a profile of the Rockefellers explores how John D. Jr. accomplished “the seemingly impossible task of redeeming the family name,” says narrator David Ogden Stiers. “Junior” (1874-1960) did that by giving away $500 million, much of it while his father (1839-1937) enjoyed a vigorous retirement. The show also charts the fortunes of the next generation of Rockefellers, chiefly second son Nelson, the long-time New York governor. Many of their children rebelled. “The real problem,” says Steven Rockefeller, “is the integration of power and goodness.”