Season 1, Episode 10 Yearning to Breathe Free

First Aired: January 31, 2003

“Yearning to Breathe Free” examines social and environmental-reform efforts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Voices include Meryl Streep (Mother Jones), Sean Connery (John Muir), Ralph Fiennes (John D. Rockefeller), Blythe Danner (Emma Lazarus), Jane Alexander (Jane Adams), Michael Caine (Newspaper Editor), Matthew McConaughey (Mark Twain), Harry Connick Jr. (Joseph Pulitzer), Julia Roberts (Appleton's Journal), Reese Witherspoon (Factory Girl), Chevy Chase (Theodore Roosevelt), Dana Reeve (Ida Tarbell) and Stanley Tucci (Frederic Bartholdi). Katie Couric narrates.

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Stanley Tucci Frederic Bartholdi
Philip Bosco Edward de Laboulaye
Jane Alexander Jane Adams

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  • Premiered: January 12, 2003
  • Rating: TV-G
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  • Premise: A 16-part history of the U.S., as told by historical figures (noted actors supply the voices), plus occasional commentary. Based on books by Joy Hakim. (more)

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