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TV Programs: Winter 2010

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Influenza 1918
January 18, 2010, 1 hour
It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 people—until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.

Wyatt Earp - Premiere
January 25, 2010, 1 hour
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend.

The Donner Party
February 1, 2010, 90 minutes
The harrowing tale of the ill-fated emigrant group who set out for the promised land of California in the spring of 1846, only to meet with disaster in the snows of the Sierra Nevada the following winter.

The Bombing of Germany - Premiere
February 8, 2010, 1 hour
In World War II British and American Allied forces carried out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany’s cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians.

The Kennedys
February 15, 2010, 3 hours
A dramatic portrait of America’s most famous political family and their repeated pursuit of the presidency.

Amelia Earhart
February 22, 2010, 1 hour
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart would disappear without a trace on the eve of her 40th birthday.

Dolley Madison - Premiere
March 1, 2010, 90 minutes
America's "first First Lady" used her unelected position to legitimize the nation’s new capital, create a political and social style for the new country, and give Americans a sense of their own national identity.

The Lobotomist
March 22, 2010, 1 hour
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry.

Victory in the Pacific
March 29, 2010, 2 hours
The unprecedented loss of life in the Pacific towards the end of WWII, and the decisions made by leaders that finally ended the war.

The Polio Crusade
April 12, 2010, 1 hour
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease. The medical breakthrough saved countless lives and had a pervasive impact on American philanthropy that continues to be felt today.

Earth Days - Premiere
April 19, 2010, 2 hours
A look back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement from the 1950s to the first 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action.

My Lai - Premiere (website launching March 24)
April 26, 2010, 90 minutes
A film that revisits the 1968 My Lai Massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities.

Road to Memphis - Premiere (website launching March 31)
May 3, 2010, 90 minutes
The stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that entwine when the turbulent forces in American society lead the two men to their violent collision on April 4, 1968.

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World - Premiere (website launching April 14)
May 10, 2010, 2 hours
The whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, employed the world’s most multi-cultural workforce — all the while capturing the American imagination.

The 1930s: Hurricaine of '38
May 12, 2010
Before radar had been invented, the worst hurricane to hit America devastated the East Coast and killed over 600 people in a terrible natural disaster.

The 1930s: Riding the Rails
May 24, 2010
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.

The 1930s: The Civilian Conservation Corps
May 31, 2010
One of FDR's most popular New Deal programs, the CCC put three million young men to work in the nation's forests and parks, planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting fires, and maintaining roads and trails.