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A dramatic anthology featuring works by American writers such as Langston Hughes, Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather; and Puerto Rican migrant Esmeralda Santiago, whose memoirs `Almost a Woman' earned the series a Peabody Award in 2003. The occasionally airi (more…)

Premiered: October 25, 2000

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Season 1, Episode 4 The Ponder Heart

First Aired: October 15, 2001

Peter MacNicol stars as the richest and most generous man in his 1930s Mississippi town in an adaptation of Eudora Welty's fanciful 1954 comic novel "The Ponder Heart." MacNicol plays Daniel Ponder, who lives to give things away. Of course, this exasperates family patriarch Sam Ponder (Boyce Holleman), but Daniel's niece Edna Erle (JoBeth Williams) manages to keep him under control. Then Sam and Edna Erle decide that Daniel should find a wife, but not a 17-year-old beauty (Angelia Bettis).

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Season 1, Episode 5

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