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Season 26, Episode 01 The Poisoner's Handbook

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Jan 8, 2014
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The Poisoner's Handbook Jan 8, 2014 The story of New York City's first medical examiner, Charles Norris (1867-1935), and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler (1883-1968), who pioneered the use of forensic science to explain violent and suspicious deaths. Included are remarks from renowned medical examiners Marcella Fierro and Michael Baden and author Deborah Blum ("The Poisoner's Handbook"). Oliver Platt narrates.

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Season 26, Episode 02 1964

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Jan 15, 2014
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1964 Jan 15, 2014 Recalling 1964, a pivotal year in U.S. history. While the Beatles captured the imaginations of the nation's youth, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, unveiled his vision of a "Great Society" and squared off against Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Also covered: the murders of three Freedom Summer volunteers; and the influence of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." Based in part on Jon Margolis' "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964."

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Season 26, Episode 03 The Amish Shunned

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Feb 5, 2014
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The Amish Shunned Feb 5, 2014 The Amish practice of shunning those who leave their faith is explored through the experiences of individuals who have left their communities. Also: faithful Amish men and women share the heartbreak they feel when a loved one leaves.

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Season 26, Episode 04 Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

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Feb 12, 2014
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Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Feb 12, 2014 The story of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whose turn-of-the-century exploits made headlines, led them to be pursued by Pinkerton detectives and inspired the popular 1969 film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

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Season 26, Episode 05 Freedom Summer

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Jun 24, 2014
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Freedom Summer Jun 24, 2014 Shattering the foundations of white supremacy over 10 memorable weeks in 1964.

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Season 26, Episode 05 The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

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Feb 19, 2014
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The Rise and Fall of Penn Station Feb 19, 2014 The story of New York's Pennsylvania Station, which opened to the public in 1910. One of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, it covered nearly eight acres and required the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. It closed its doors some 50 years later, giving way to Madison Square Garden, a high-rise office building and sports complex.

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Season 26, Episode 06 Freedom Summer

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Jun 25, 2014
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Freedom Summer Jun 25, 2014 Recalling the summer of 1964 in Mississippi, when student volunteers from around the country joined local activists in an effort to register to vote as many African-Americans as possible. (Due to intimidation and arcane tests, less than seven percent of the state's African-Americans were registered.) Activists also set up schools to teach children about African-American history; and created a rival Democratic Party to challenge the all-white delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

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Season 26, Episode 07 Cold War Roadshow

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Nov 19, 2014
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Cold War Roadshow Nov 19, 2014 In 1959, at the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence

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Season 26, Episode 08 Freedom Summer

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Jul 14, 2015
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Freedom Summer Jul 14, 2015 First responders, journalists, shop owners, those inside the pressure-packed control center of Con Edison on West End Avenue, and other New Yorkers tell about what happened when the lights went out on July 13, 1977

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Season 26, Episode 09 Walt Disney (1)

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Sep 14, 2015
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Walt Disney (1) Sep 14, 2015 In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture.

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Season 26, Episode 10 Walt Disney (Part 2)

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Feb 19, 2014
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Walt Disney (Part 2) Feb 19, 2014 In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

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Season 26, Episode 11 Freedom Summer

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Jun 25, 2014
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Freedom Summer Jun 25, 2014 In the summer of 1964, more than 700 students join with organizers and local blacks to canvas for voter registration, create Freedom Schools and establish the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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Season 26, Episode 12 The Pilgrims

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Nov 24, 2015
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The Pilgrims Nov 24, 2015 The challenges the Pilgrims faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration.

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