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1988

4 Oct. 1988
The Great San Francisco Earthquake
An account of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent effort to rebuild.
 
10 Jun. 1988
Radio Bikini
It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test. Shows great footage from these times and tells the story of the US Navy Sailors who were exposed to radioactive fallout. One interviewed sailor suffered grotesquely swollen limbs and he is shown being interviewed with enormous left arm and hand.
 
18 Oct. 1988
Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo
A profile of historian Angie Debo and her exposure of the governmental conspiracy to steal mineral-rich lands from their tribal owners.
 
25 Oct. 1988
Eric Sevareid's Not So Wild a Dream
Journalist Eric Sevareid recounts his experiences growing up during the Great Depression and World War II.
 
8 Nov. 1988
Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?
A look at modern-day cowboys in the Wyoming Rockies.
 
15 Nov. 1988
Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close
Filmmaker Robert Drew updates his 1963 documentary Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) which followed the confrontation between President Kennedy and Alabama governor George Wallace.
 
22 Nov. 1988
Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
The life of Geronimo, as told by the Chiricahua Apaches.
 
29 Nov. 1988
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Revisited
Writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans revisit the Alabama tenant system depicted in their 1936 book "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men".
 
13 Dec. 1988
The Radio Priest
The story of Father Charles Coughlin who, during the Depression, used the radio to protest against what he saw as society's ills.
 
20 Dec. 1988
Hearts and Hands
The historical events of nineteenth-century America as depicted in the quilts of the country's women.
 
27 Dec. 1988
Views of a Vanishing Frontier
An exploration of the Native Americans of 1830s western America, as seen through the eyes of European travelers Prince Maximilian of Bavaria and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer.
 

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