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Season 7, Episode 26 The Great Pink Scare

First Aired: June 6, 2006

“The Great Pink Scare” recalls the 1960 arrests of three gay Smith College faculty members in Northampton, Mass. The instructors were among a group detained by police during a pornography investigation that focused on gay men. Included: comments from historians Barry Werth and Martin Duberman, and detainees Ned Spofford and Joel Dorius. “The house of cards I had built fell and smashed,” recalls Dorius, who died in 2006. “I had no job, no profession, nor any possibility of a return to one.”

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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