The BEST episodes directed by David Grubin

America 1900 (2): Change Is in the Air
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#1 - America 1900 (2): Change Is in the Air

American Experience - Season 11 - Episode 2

An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century − unforeseen opportunities and unplanned-for challenges.

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LBJ (2)
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#2 - LBJ (2)

American Experience - Season 4 - Episode 2

Lyndon Johnson's ascension to the Presidency and the controversial events of his tenure such as the Great Society and the Vietnam War are chronicled here.

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LBJ (1)
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#3 - LBJ (1)

American Experience - Season 4 - Episode 1

LBJ's career started in 1938 when he was elected a congressman, one of the youngest ever. He was elected to the Senate in 1948 under a cloud of suspicion. LBJ won by only 87 votes. In 1954, when the Democrats took over the Senate, LBJ became the youngest majority leader ever at age 46. In 1957, LBJ engineered passage of the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction, but the bill had too many compromises and no teeth. By 1960, LBJ felt he was ready for the presidency, but John Kennedy got there first and then picked LBJ as his vice president.

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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (1): Ambition
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#4 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (1): Ambition

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 7

The story of the Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's childhoods and their courtship is told.

RFK
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#5 - RFK

American Experience - Season 17 - Episode 1

After an assassin's bullet took his brother's life, Robert F. Kennedy was bereft, not only of someone he loved, but of a role that had given meaning to his life. He had devoted himself to his glamorous brother John, suppressing his own ambitions for the sake of the Kennedy name. JFK's death plunged him into unremitting pain and grief, and left him struggling to find his own voice. In his suffering he began to empathize with impoverished Americans and others who were marginalized or disenfranchised — African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans. Just as he began to discover his own identity and move beyond the shadow of his brother, he, too, was assassinated.

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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (5): The Frightful War
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#6 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (5): The Frightful War

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 11

While criticism of Abraham Lincoln increases during the Civil War, Mary Lincoln plunges into debt.

Tesla
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#7 - Tesla

American Experience - Season 28 - Episode 7

A profile of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the genius engineer who developed a way to distribute electricity over vast distances; and who envisioned a world linked by wireless technology.

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#8 - The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

American Experience - Season 21 - Episode 1

The career of America's most famous and controversial nuclear physicist and his fall from grace during the Cold War.

Truman (1)
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#9 - Truman (1)

American Experience - Season 10 - Episode 1

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.

The Great Air Race of 1924
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#10 - The Great Air Race of 1924

American Experience - Season 2 - Episode 1

Early American aviators try to cross the planet with primitive planes of limited range and under harsh conditions.

FDR (1): The Center of the World (1882-1921)
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#11 - FDR (1): The Center of the World (1882-1921)

American Experience - Season 7 - Episode 1

This first episode looks at the early life of FDR. Born into a wealthy family, there was little about his youth that would suggest the giant of history that he would become. His entry into state politics and a significant meeting with a woman named Eleanor would change his life and the course of a nation.

T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (1): The Long Campaign
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#12 - T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (1): The Long Campaign

American Experience - Season 9 - Episode 1

The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.

America 1900 (1): Spirit of the Age
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#13 - America 1900 (1): Spirit of the Age

American Experience - Season 11 - Episode 1

An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century − unforeseen opportunities and unplanned-for challenges.

America 1900 (4): Anything Seemed Possible
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#14 - America 1900 (4): Anything Seemed Possible

American Experience - Season 11 - Episode 4

An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century − unforeseen opportunities and unplanned-for challenges.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (3): Shattered
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#15 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (3): Shattered

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 9

The Lincolns arrive in Washington with Abraham's ability to lead in question.

FDR (3): The Grandest Job in the World (1933-1940)
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#16 - FDR (3): The Grandest Job in the World (1933-1940)

American Experience - Season 7 - Episode 3

In episode three, the subject is FDR's leadership of America during the Great Depression. The nation turned to this son of great wealth for a host of social programs that promised a New Deal for the common man.

T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (4): Black Care
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#17 - T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (4): Black Care

American Experience - Season 9 - Episode 4

The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (6): Blind with Weeping
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#18 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (6): Blind with Weeping

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 12

Focuses on the battle of Gettysburg, the surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (4): The Dearest of All Things
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#19 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (4): The Dearest of All Things

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 10

Mary struggles with personal grief, as Abraham Lincoln becomes consumed with the nation's tragedy.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2): We Are Elected
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#20 - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2): We Are Elected

American Experience - Season 13 - Episode 8

Sheds light on the Lincoln marriage during Abraham's time in Congress and his run for president.

FDR (4): The Juggler (1940-1945)
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#21 - FDR (4): The Juggler (1940-1945)

American Experience - Season 7 - Episode 4

In this last episode, the story turns to the war years. The days leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II were turbulent ones in America. FDR's strong leadership charted America's course, as the newly emerging world power took on the responsibilities of the war in Europe. Meanwhile, back in America, the New Deal was still a work in progress.

FDR (2): Fear Itself (1922-1933)
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#22 - FDR (2): Fear Itself (1922-1933)

American Experience - Season 7 - Episode 2

In this second episode, the subject is FDR's courageous fight with polio. With his wife Eleanor Roosevelt at his side, FDR, wins the Democratic nomination for president. He takes office at the beginning of the Great Depression. Exhorting the nation to keep the faith, FDR utters his famous words: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (3): The Good Fight
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#23 - T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (3): The Good Fight

American Experience - Season 9 - Episode 3

The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.

T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (2): The Bully Pulpit
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#24 - T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (2): The Bully Pulpit

American Experience - Season 9 - Episode 2

The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.

America 1900 (3): A Great Civilized Power
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#25 - America 1900 (3): A Great Civilized Power

American Experience - Season 11 - Episode 3

An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century − unforeseen opportunities and unplanned-for challenges.

Truman (2)
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#26 - Truman (2)

American Experience - Season 10 - Episode 2

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.

The Buddha
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#27 - The Buddha

PBS Specials - Season 2010 - Episode 7

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life.

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Marie Antoinette
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#28 - Marie Antoinette

PBS Specials - Season 2006 - Episode 10

She has been portrayed on film by some of the most famous actresses of their times, from Norma Shearer to Kirsten Dunst, and her name is now synonymous with privilege and excess. But who was the real Marie Antoinette? This film goes beyond the infamous, yet apocryphal quote, ‘Let them eat cake’, that has been used for centuries to damn the seemingly frivolous queen of France. Instead viewers are introduced to a tender-hearted, complex woman, whose life began in splendour, yet ended under the guillotine’s blade. History has often blamed Marie Antoinette for the French Revolution and subsequent Reign of Terror. Her story is, undoubtedly, tied up with one of extravagance, inequality and bloody revolution, but could the wife of Louis XVI in fact have been a scapegoat? This film, featuring input from luminaries such as Simon Schama, traces her journey from her childhood in Austria, to her troubled marriage and life in the extraordinary Palace of Versailles, and ultimately, to her final hours in a squalid prison cell. Could the time have come for a reassessment of one of history’s most famous women?

Rx: The Quiet Revolution
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#29 - Rx: The Quiet Revolution

PBS Specials - Season 2015 - Episode 7

A staggering 50 percent of American adults suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and arthritis — and one in four has two or more chronic health conditions. In Rx: The Quiet Revolution, you’ll travel across America to discover a quiet revolution happening in medicine. From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, see physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals placing the patient at the center of their practice — transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs and improving outcomes.

The Trials of Oppenheimer
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#30 - The Trials of Oppenheimer

Storyville - Season 2009 - Episode 20

J Robert Oppenheimer was one of the most celebrated scientists of his generation. Shy, arrogant and brilliant, he is best known as the man that led the Manhattan Project to spectacular success. As the years progressed he also grew into a scientific statesman, leading a government agency, the Atomic Energy Commission, which was trying to develop ways to avoid a nuclear arms race. His attempts at politics, though, were a lot less successful than his scientific endeavours. As he grew more powerful, he started to make serious enemies amongst the establishment, particularly a friend of President Truman's - Lewis Strauss.