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The Empire State Building

Premiered January 6, 1998, on The Discovery ChannelThe Empire State Building

Thanks to a handful of visionaries, and legions of workers, the Empire State Building rose as a striking testament to human excellence. Although no longer the world's tallest building, the Empire State remains the most glamorous skyscraper.

Credits

Executive Producer: Lisa Zeff
Producers: Seth Kramer, Daniel B. Polin
Co-Producer: Shebana Coelho
Editor: Doug Abel
Narrator: Jack Smith
Original Music: T.O. Sterrett
Executive Producer for the Discovery Channel: Sean Gallagher

Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War

Crucible of EmpirePremiered August 23, 1999, on PBS.

Roosevelt charging up Kettle Hill, the Rough Riders and the sinking of the Maine - these are what many people commonly know about the United States' 1898 war with Spain. What they may not remember is that this was the war that moved the United States to center stage as a world power.

Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War, narrated by award-winning actor Edward James Olmos, examines the colorful characters and historic events surrounding this 100-year-old-war and its relevance through the 20th century.

Using reenactments, interviews with noted authors and popular historians, and more than a dozen newly arranged popular songs from the period, Crucible of Empire looks at the influence of race, economics, new technologies and the news media on America's decision to go to war.

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Millennium Minutes

Six Millennium Minutes were broadcast during 1999 on PBS stations nationwide.

Each Millennium Minute is a sixty-second piece focusing on a specific development, event or person of the past one thousand years. The topics cover a wide range of human endeavor, starting in the first century of the millennium and continuing into the 1990s.

Murasaki Shikibu writes the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, 1011. Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley reads the words of Lady Murasaki as viewers see 11th century Japanese calligraphy written using authentic implements. Shakahasbi flutes play in the background as the emotional prose captures the universal themes of love and loss captured in the novel written nearly a thousand years ago.

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Picasso Paints Picasso

Premiered on October 7, 1998, on PBS

More than any artist in history, Pablo Picasso painted auto-biographically. His canvases and sculptures are as explicit as any written journal or diary. Picasso Paints Picasso decodes the artist's work while examining his influence, process and role as cultural icon.

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Major Underwriters

Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Paley Foundation

Credits

Executive Producers: Daniel B. Polin, Kenneth M. Mandel
Producer/Writer/Narrator: Perry Wolff
Co-Producer: Severine Bourlet
Editor: Paul Zehrer

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