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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 20, Episode 7 Walt Whitman

First Aired: April 14, 2008

A profile of Walt Whitman (1819-92), the self-educated poet who sang the body electric in mesmerizing free-flowing verse, given voice here by actor Chris Cooper. Accented by archival photos and materials, the biography explores Whitman's stints as a newspaper reporter and, during the Civil War, a hospital volunteer, and recalls how the first edition of his seminal "Leaves of Grass" collection, which he published himself in 1855, was dismissed by critics. J.K. Simmons narrates.

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