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Season 18, Episode 6 The Self-Made Man

First Aired: July 26, 2005

Bob Stern, an ailing 77-year-old businessman, calmly weighs the pros and cons of suicide in “The Self-Made Man,” his daughter Susan Stern's unusual family memoir. The film juxtaposes home movies and comments from family and friends with a July 4, 2001, videotape in which the elder Stern is seen laying out a “cost-benefit ratio,” as he puts it, on his life. The family opposed suicide but, sighs son Mike, “I guess he saw himself as a bad investment, and that it was time to sell.”

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
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  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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