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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
American Experience: JFK
A two-part profile of John F. Kennedy begins with his early years, detailing the health challenges he faced; his heroism after his PT boat was hit by an enemy destroyer during World War II; and his first run for Congress. Also: the 1960 presidential race, which featured the first televised presidential debates. Among those sharing insights: his sister Jean Kennedy Smith and niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; presidential biographers Robert A. Caro and Robert Dallek; and historian David Nasaw. | more stories like this

Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
American Experience: Lyndon B. Johnson
A two-part political biography of LBJ begins with his rise as a New Dealer in the 1930s; the “stolen” Senate election in 1948; his influence as Majority Leader and loss of it as Vice President. | more stories like this

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:00pm
Newton Minow: An American Story
A profile of former FCC chairman Newton Minow, who described television as a "vast wasteland" in 1961. Included: remarks from Minow, his wife Jo and daughters Martha, Mary and Nell. | more stories like this

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9:00pm
How Sherlock Changed the World
How the investigative techniques used by the fictional Sherlock Holmes influenced real-life criminal investigations. Included: remarks from forensic scientists, including Dr. Henry Lee, and author Anthony Horowitz ("The House of Silk"). | more stories like this

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 6:00pm
Ball of Confusion: The 1968 Election
The presidential election of 1968 is recalled. It was a tumultuous year and very tight election; Richard Nixon won with just 43.4 percent of the vote, defeating Vice President Hubert Humphrey and former Alabama governor George Wallace. President Lyndon B. Johnson bowed out of the contest early on due to his dwindling popularity as a result of the Vietnam War; Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were both assassinated; and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago erupted into violence. | more stories like this

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:00pm
Trash Dance
In "Trash Dance," choreographer Allison Orr observes Austin, Texas, sanitation workers on their routes; and tries to convince them to take part in an interpretive dance about their daily routines. | more stories like this

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