Season 1, Episode 5 Cosmopolis (1914-1931)

First Aired: November 18, 1999

“Cosmopolis: 1914-1931” (Part 5 of seven) recalls the WWI years and the “Roaring '20s” in the city that F. Scott Fitzgerald called “the land of ambition and success.” Of course, an egg was laid on Wall Street in 1929, but before that happened the city gave rise, narrator David Ogden Stiers says, “to a new culture, a mass culture” that was broadcast live on radio networks headquartered in New York. And rising in the city was the Empire State Building. But when it was completed at the time of the Depression, it, too, was a commercial failure.

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  • Premiered: November 14, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: A seven-part history of the world's `undisputed cultural and economic capital' from 1609 to the end of the 20th century, told in dramatic readings and interviews with historians. An eighth chapter, titled `The Center of the World,' was added following the… (more)

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