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Orson Welles

The Tuesday Playlist: War of the Worlds at 75, Women of Interest, Naked Vegas

Today's history lesson: You shouldn't always believe what you hear. Long before TV, let alone social media like Twitter and Facebook, the medium of radio held sway over the public consciousness — and more to the point, the collective imaginatio… Read more

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JFK: Part 4 Season 1, Episode 4 Paid

The final installment follows Kennedy through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency. Kennedy faces Khrushchev again in the Cuban Missile Crisis, ignited when Soviet warheads are spotted in Cuba. Negotiating his way out of the crisis proves to be one of Kennedy's finest hours, and he spends the rest of his term working for nuclear disarmament.

Truman, Pt. 1 Season 0, Episode 0 Jun 10, 1997 Paid

He was a farmer, a businessman, an unknown politician who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the highest office, Harry Truman was the least prepared, but would prove to be a surprise. Acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin recounts his struggles and success as an army captain and marriage to his lifelong sweetheart, Bess. When he landed the vice presidency in 1944 he had no idea that his world was about to change forever. This is the first of two parts.

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Elevating the City
01:33 — In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage Commissioners selected Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough to solve Chicago s publi (more…)
A History Lesson for the Supreme Court
From AMERICAN EXPERIENCE A Class Apart: The 1954 Supreme Court had little awareness of what life was like for Mexican-Americans.

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Kerry Washington
Ask Matt: How Scandal-ous, Smash's Crash, PBS Is Hot, Middle Graduation, More

Send questions and comments to and follow me on Twitter! Question: [SPOI…

Tuesday Playlist: The Return of Justified and Cougar Town, Jimmy Kimmel's Move, More

A week's worth of notable TV has been crammed into one very busy night. Let's take it from the top.

The American Experience: The Amish
Roush Review: Bearing Witness to the Amish Way of Life

As modern life keeps accelerating, with everything so fast-paced and high-tech, the Amish quietly ad…