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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2007

This biography explores whether Americans should celebrate Jackson or apologize for him. The program reveals the world of America's 7th president, who boldly founded the Democratic Party -- yet was viewed by his enemies as an American Napoleon.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life...

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by Nelson Mandela
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

As Nelson Mandela prepares to step down as president of South Africa, FRONTLINE presents a deeply personal biography of one of the great figures of the 20th century.

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by WGBH History Unit
Available on:
Podcast
Year Released:
 2002

American Experience, television's most-watched history series, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form our nation.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors.

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by Werner Herzog
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2000

Wings of Hope is a 2000 made-for-TV documentary directed by Werner Herzog. The film explores the story of Juliane Koepcke, a German Peruvian woman who was the sole survivor of Peruvian flight LANSA Flight 508 following its mid-air disintegration after a lightning strike in 1971.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1980

The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1980 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else in association with KTEH public television in San Jose, California.

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by Charles Bukowski
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2003

Packed with interviews from Bono, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, and more. Bukowski: Born Into This pulls rare footage culled from every phase of Bukowski's past and paints an intimate portrait of writer Charles Bukowski, revealing a tortured man who survived year

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by Werner Herzog
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2004

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo) follows enigmatic airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington as he embarks on a trip in the heart of Guyana to test his new helium-filled invention above the rainforest.

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by Christopher Hitchens
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1994

Christopher Hitchens investigates whether Mother Teresa of Calcutta deserves her saintly image. Probes her campaigns against contraception and abortion and her relationships with right-wing political leaders.

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