Achievements in feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, conservatism and gay rights in the 1960s are discussed. Remarks by: Gloria Steinem; Robert Kennedy Jr.; former representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.); Cecile Richards; Marlo Thomas; Douglas Brinkley; and Gail Collins.
Dramatic events of 1968 are recalled, including the Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, assassinations, developments in the Southeast Asia wars, the end of the Johnson administration, violence at the Democratic National Convention and Nixon's election. Remarks by: Tom Hayden; Gloria Steinem; Lance Morrow; Evan Thomas; Dan Rather; Morley Safer; Tim Naftali; and Mark Kurlansky.
Space exploration in the 1960s is discussed. Remarks by: NASA administrator Charles Bolden; astronauts Mike Massimino and Dave Scott; Tom Hanks; Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson; historian Douglas Brinkley; author Tom Wolfe; and science journalist Andy Chaikin.
The influence of British rock bands on American music in the 1960s is discussed. Remarks by: Graham Nash; Smokey Robinson; Dave Clark; Michelle Phillips; Mickey Dolenz; Jann Wenner; Nelson George; David Wild; Tom Hanks; and Mikal Gilmore.
Key moments in the civil-rights movement are recalled, including the March on Washington, lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, Freedom Summer, integration and the Children's Crusade. Remarks by: Diane Nash; Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.); Rev. C.T. Vivian; Bob Moses; Diane McWhorter; Taylor Branch; David Garrow; and Isabel Wilkerson.
The Vietnam War is discussed, including a look at Lyndon B. Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin. Remarks by: Tim O'Brien; Frederik Logevall; Karl Marlantes; Neil Sheehan; Andrew Bacevich; George Herring; Tom Hayden; and Philip Caputo.
A look at the assassination of John F. Kennedy, including an examination of the 1964 Warren report and interviews with eyewitnesses. Remarks by: historians Robert Dallek and Robert Caro; journalists Robert MacNeil and Dan Rather; and Alexandra Zapruder, whose grandfather famously captured the assassination on film.
Major events and milestones of the 1960s are explored in this documentary series. The premiere features a look at the changing landscape of television, including "The Twilight Zone," "The Fugitive" and "I Dream of Jeannie." Remarks by: Tom Hanks; Sally Field; Dick and Tom Smothers; Carol Burnett; Dick Cavett; Diahann Carroll; Carl Reiner; Vince Gilligan; and Petula Clark.