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"American Experience" Reagan: Part I (1998)

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American Experience: Season 10: Episode 11 -- Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited Moscow in 1988, but his dream of ending the Soviet Union came after retirement in 1989. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is the second of four parts.


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Adriana Bosch (writer)
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Original Air Date:
23 February 1998 (Season 10, Episode 11)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Baker III ... Himself
Helen Caldicott ... Herself
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Patti Davis ... Herself
Michael Deaver ... Himself

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself
Ed Meese ... Himself
Edmund Morris ... Himself
Lyn Nofziger ... Himself
Maureen Reagan ... Herself

Nancy Reagan ... Herself
Ron Reagan ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Regan ... Himself
Ed Rollins ... Himself
George Shultz ... Himself

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself
George Will ... Himself

Episode Crew
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adriana Bosch  writer
Austin Hoyt  writer

Produced by
Adriana Bosch .... producer
Josh Clark .... associate producer
Margaret Drain .... executive producer
Austin Hoyt .... executive producer
Austin Hoyt .... producer
Larry LeCain .... field producer
Bob M. McCausland .... field producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Chas Norton .... field producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer
Original Music by
Michael Bacon 
Cinematography by
Terry Hopkins 
Film Editing by
Betty Ciccarelli 
Bill Lattanzi 
Production Design by
Alison Kennedy (series designer)
Chris Pullman (series designer)
Makeup Department
Dianne Marcelli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Trish Cahalan .... post-production supervisor
Christine Larson .... unit manager
Tobee Phipps .... production manager
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... field audio
Richard Bock .... sound re-recording mixer
John Cameron .... field audio
Francis X. Coakley .... field audio
Doug Dunderdale .... field audio
John Haptas .... field audio
Edward B. Jennings .... field audio
Alfred Livecchi .... field audio
Mark Mandler .... field audio
Robert Marts .... field audio
Scott Szabo .... field audio
Les Udy .... field audio
John Zecca .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
David Eubank .... assistant camera
Mark Gunning .... camera operator
Terry Hopkins .... camera operator
Bob Long .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Maureen Barden .... post-production coordinator
Frank Capria .... post-production editor
Doug Martin .... on-line editor
Mark Steele .... on-line editor
Mark Steele .... on-line engineer
Music Department
Michael Bacon .... series theme adaption
Paula Kimper .... score preparation
Charles Kuskin .... music theme
Other crew
Prudence Arndt .... archival researcher
Michael Azevedo .... interactive media
Johanna Baker .... publicist
Adriana Bosch .... series editor
Judy Crichton .... executive consultant
Jim Deering .... on-line engineer
Danielle Dell'Olio .... interactive media
Ramon Fabregas .... intern
Nancy Farrell .... project administrator
Barbara Gregson .... archival researcher
Barbara Gregson .... film/photo researcher
Lewanne Jones .... archival researcher
Janice Kambara .... archival researcher
Caroline Mudge .... intern
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Dan Nutu .... photo restoration
Mahlon Picht .... archival researcher
Carla Raimer .... archival researcher
Deborah Richardson .... archival researcher
Helen R. Russell .... project administrator
Nina Schreiber .... intern
Alison Smith .... archival research director
Vincent J. Straggas .... on-air promotion
Joseph Tovares .... series editor
Paul Wilson .... photo restoration

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Typical Left-Wing Bias, 31 October 2008
Author: ntvnyr30 from Staten Island, NY

The 4/10 rating isn't for Ronald Reagan, who is my favorite POTUS. The rating is for taxpayer-funded, forever leftist PBS who presented it.

As Nixon said, history is written by liberals. I can extrapolate Nixon's statement to include documentaries as well. The knocks on President Reagan during this are unbelievable: three times they showed the largest anti-nukes rally in New York as if that was a watershed moment in Reagan's Presidency (guess who was right after all?). They completely glossed over the fact that Reagan won the biggest electoral landslide in history. They also glossed over the greatest economic expansion in history to date. Probably even more insulting was that they proposed that Reagan got the idea for the Strategic Defense Initiative from one of his old war movies.

I remember when this first aired, a lot of conservatives were praising it. I think if you look at it closer, the slights to the greatest POTUS of the 20th Century are pretty frequent in this bio.

By the way, speaking of typical left-wing bias when Reagan's official biographer, Edmund Morris, was discussing the aftermath of the assassination attempt he mentioned that Reagan's mind began to decline "slowly and steadily". Fair enough. But the New York Times shortly after the program appeared seized upon this comment and editorialized about Reagan's mental status during his Presidency, quoting Morris yet somehow omitted the word "slowly". You can look it up. This is from the so-called "paper of record". Whose record? Karl Marx?

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