Season 21, Episode 1 The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

First Aired: January 26, 2009

The Season 21 premiere profiles scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led America's development of the atomic bomb, spoke out against the H-bomb and, in 1953, had his security clearance revoked due to his association with communists during the 1930s. Included: reenactments starring David Strathairn; interviews with former colleagues; and insights from historian Martin Sherwin ("American Prometheus") and author Richard Rhodes ("The Making of the Atomic Bomb").

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David Strathairn J. Robert Oppenheimer

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: 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)

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