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PBS Announces New Programming During Summer 2018 TCA Session

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Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced
new programs launching in 2018 and beyond. A brief synopsis of each
program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.

PBS
and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Announce WOODSTOCK, New Documentary From
Filmmaker Barak Goodman

Award-winning ‘Oklahoma City' Filmmaker
Revisits the 1969 Event on 50
th
Anniversary

PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE announced the new two-hour
documentary Woodstock, scheduled to premiere on PBS in
2019 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the historic
three-day concert that defined a generation. In August 1969, half a
million people from all walks of life journeyed from every corner of the
country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented
in scope and influence. Woodstock examines the
tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days — years that saw
the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual
politics — through the voices of those who were present for the event
that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution.

The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman, written
by Goodman and Don Kleszy, and produced by Goodman and Jamila Ephron,
with Mark Samels as executive producer.

RECONSTRUCTION:
AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, a New Documentary from Henry Louis Gates,
Jr., to Air Spring 2019 on PBS

Four-Hour Film Explores the United States'
Emergence from the Civil War and Slavery, and the Thwarted Vision for an
Interracial Democracy that Still Impacts the Country More Than 150 Years
Later

RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (w.t.), a new
four-hour documentary executive produced and hosted by Henry Louis
Gates, Jr., will premiere next spring on PBS stations nationwide.
Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard
University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African
American Research, will present the definitive history of one of the
least understood chapters in American history — the transformative years
following the American Civil War when the nation struggled to rebuild
itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and
revolutionary social change.

With RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (w.t.), Gates
continues a tradition of producing sophisticated documentary films about
the African and African-American experience for a broad audience,
including the Emmy Award-winning documentary THE AFRICAN AMERICANS:
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
, as well as the documentaries AFRICAN
AMERICAN LIVES
and BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE.

KEN
BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, New Collaboration with
Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

Three-Hour Documentary to Premiere Spring
2020 on PBS

KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a new
three-hour documentary executive produced by Ken Burns, will premiere
over three nights in Spring 2020 on PBS. Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., and acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will
collaborate on the new documentary inspired by Mukherjee's best-selling
2016 book, The Gene: An Intimate History.

Now in active production, KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN
INTIMATE HISTORY
, much like the book, will use science, social
history and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of
the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in
understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease and behavior.
From the story of the remarkable achievements of the earliest gene
hunters and the bitterly fought race to read the entire human genome, to
the unparalleled ethical challenges of gene editing, the documentary
will journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the
greatest achievements in the history of science.

Award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman will produce and, in addition to
Burns and Goodman, the film will largely have the same production team
behind the Emmy Award-nominated CANCER:
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
, an adaption of Mukherjee's earlier 2010
book that aired in 2015 on PBS.

About PBS

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with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to
explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content.
Each month, PBS reaches over 90 million people through television and 30
million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of
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and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS'
broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's
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classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS'
premier children's media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build
critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to
find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS
KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7
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