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Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

1h 51m

Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, Sandra Day O'Connor was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

Episodes

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish

    S33 E42 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • The Codebreaker, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker, Spanish

    S33 E41 - 52m 51s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

  • Sandra Day O'Connor: The First: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

    S33 E6 - 1h 51m

    Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, Sandra Day O'Connor was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

  • Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 1h 51m

    Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, he built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Oz

    S33 E4 - 1h 52m

    Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum never lost his childlike sense of wonder and eventually crafted his observations into a magical tale of survival, adventure and self-discovery, reinterpreted through the generations in films, books and musicals.

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Voice of Freedom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Voice of Freedom

    S33 E2 - 1h 40m

    On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.”

  • Goin' Back to T-Town: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Goin' Back to T-Town

    S33 E2 - 53m 28s

    Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

  • The Codebreaker: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker

    S33 E1 - 52m 49s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

Extras + Features

  • William Randolph Hearst: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    William Randolph Hearst

    S33 E43 - 1m 18s

    William Randolph Hearst believed he was not reporting history but was instead creating it. By the end of the 1920s, Hearst owned newspapers in almost every major city, as well as magazines and even radio stations.

  • Joseph Pulitzer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Joseph Pulitzer

    S33 E43 - 1m 18s

    Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper editor and publisher. In 1883 he moved to New York City, where he purchased The New York World.
    The World became the most popular newspaper at the time, printing a quarter million copies on weekday mornings.

  • Marion Davies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Marion Davies

    S33 E43 - 1m 18s

    Marion Davies was the mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Hearst used his influence and wealth to launch a film career for Davies.

  • Millicent Hearst: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Millicent Hearst

    S33 E43 - 1m 18s

    Millicent Hearst was married to the media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. She met W.R. in New York City in 1896, when he was 33 and she was a 16-year-old showgirl.

  • Chapter 1 | Citizen Hearst, Part 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chapter 1 | Citizen Hearst, Part 1

    S33 E43 - 9m 52s

    Explore the life of William Randolph Hearst, the pioneering media mogul and inspiration for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

  • Trailer | Citizen Hearst: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Citizen Hearst

    S33 E43 - 1m 45s

    Explore the life of William Randolph Hearst. The model for Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, he controlled a vast media empire, wielded unprecedented power and influence, and forever transformed the media’s role in American life and politics.

  • Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court

    S33 E6 - 1m 10s

    During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promised to nominate the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. He made good on that promise in 1981, when he announced Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination.

  • Trailer | Sandra Day O'Connor: The First: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

    S33 E6 - 2m 20s

    The Supreme Court’s first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, she was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

  • Trailer | Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 30s

    Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, Billy Graham built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • Billy Graham: American Evangelist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham: American Evangelist

    S33 E5 - 1m 14s

    William Franklin Graham, Jr., an American evangelist and preacher was born on November 7, 1918 in rural North Carolina. In 1934, Graham attended a traveling revival meeting and had a religious experience.

  • Billy Graham Crusades: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham Crusades

    S33 E5 - 1m 14s

    The first Billy Graham crusade was held in 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By some estimates, Graham reached more than 210 million people in over 185 countries.

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