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Al Capone: Icon

Al Capone: Icon

Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer, or both? From his early days rising through the ranks of New York\'s...

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American Experience: A Brilliant Madness

American Experience: A Brilliant Madness

John Nash was an eccentric American mathematical genius whose youthful plunge into schizophrenia might well have ended in obscurity or tragedy...

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American Experience: Billy the Kid

American Experience: Billy the Kid

On April 28, 1881, just days from being hanged for murder, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the...

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American Experience: Clinton (2 DVD Set)

American Experience: Clinton (2 DVD Set)

In the tradition of American Experience\'s acclaimed Presidents series, Clinton provides an intimate, honest, balanced look at the 42nd president\'s...

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American Experience: Fidel Castro

American Experience: Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro has survived U.S. hostility, an invasion, several CIA assassination attempts and an economic embargo. His face has become an iconic...

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American Experience: Houdini

American Experience: Houdini

Wrapped in chains and encased in a crate, magician Harry Houdini was dropped into New York's icy East River. Horrified onlookers watched him emerge,...

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American Experience: Jesse Owens

American Experience: Jesse Owens

On August 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the...

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American Experience: Lee & Grant: Generals of the Civil War

American Experience: Lee & Grant: Generals of the Civil War

Step behind the battle lines with generals on both sides of the Civil War as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the military prowess and political ambition...

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American Experience: Mary Pickford

American Experience: Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford created a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. She was also a creative producer and shrewd...

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American Experience: The Presidents (2012)

American Experience: The Presidents (2012)

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents THE PRESIDENTS: eleven 20th century biographies that offer an intimate and compelling look at the men who have defined...

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American Masters: Althea

American Masters: Althea

Althea Gibson emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper\'s daughter, her...

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American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century. His remarkable...

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American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

David Geffen\'s far - reaching influence - as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist - has helped...

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American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Quite possibly the biggest star that television has ever produced, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in...

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American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

The story of the woman who created two of the world\'s greatest lovers—Scarlett O\'Hara and Rhett Butler. Born in Atlanta in 1900, Margaret...

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American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as \"a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,\" icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their...

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American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked

American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Explore the life of Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer. He...

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American Masters: The Day Carl Sandburg Died

American Masters: The Day Carl Sandburg Died

The Day Carl Sandburg Died tells the panoramic story of Sandburg\'s life, his work and the enduring legacy of his ideas. It includes his...

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You'll Have the Sky

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You'll Have the Sky

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You\'ll Have The Sky brings one of the 20th century\'s best-loved writers out from the shadow of her often controversial...

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Annette Funicello: Her Life with Multiple Sclerosis

Annette Funicello: Her Life with Multiple Sclerosis

Annette Funicello was the most popular \'Mouseketeer\' on \'The Mickey Mouse Club\' television show, attracting fans all around the world. She...

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Arthur Currie - Master of War: The Great War Tour

Arthur Currie - Master of War: The Great War Tour

General Sir Arthur Currie led the Canadian Corps to a series of spectacular victories hastening the end of the Great War. Norm Christie retraces...

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Battle Tested: W5

Battle Tested: W5

W5\'s Kevin Newman sits down with new Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan about how his past in policing and the military will guide his future. The...

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West: American Experience

Buffalo Bill's Wild West: American Experience

William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West -- one that endures today. In 1883, he transformed...

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Canada's 23rd Prime Minister: An Introduction to Justin Trudeau

Canada's 23rd Prime Minister: An Introduction to Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau was elected Canada\'s 23rd Prime Minister on October 19th 2015. He is the eldest child of former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott...

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great is a colorful, true story about a young girl, who transforms herself from an obscure German Princess into Russia's most powerful...

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Craig Oliver: Confessions of a Newshound

Craig Oliver: Confessions of a Newshound

Craig Oliver, CTV\'s chief political correspondent, talks with Lloyd Robertson about his five decades of life in journalism. His tumultuous childhood...

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Diana Krall (W5)

Diana Krall (W5)

W5 profiles Jazz performer Diana Krall.

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E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men

E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men

Beginning with his unusual childhood in Alabama, E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men chronicles the famed biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author\'s...

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Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read and written about American authors. Many of his works are still in...

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FDR: American Experience

FDR: American Experience

Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises:...

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Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of this 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates,...

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First Person Singular: Elie Wiesel

First Person Singular: Elie Wiesel

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel reflects upon his life, work, and concerns for mankind's future. The celebrated author of "Night"...

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FRONTLINE: Inside Obama's Presidency

FRONTLINE: Inside Obama's Presidency

As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. With inside accounts from...

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George H. W. Bush: American Experience

George H. W. Bush: American Experience

The latest in a series of critically-acclaimed presidential portraits, this biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his...

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His Way (Michael Buble): W5

His Way (Michael Buble): W5

In 2004, Canadian Michael Buble was beginning to make a name for himself by revisiting a bygone era - a time before the Beatles, when simple tunes...

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HOLDING ALL THE CARDS

HOLDING ALL THE CARDS

Profiles Canadian poker sensation, Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu, 30, is considered one of the best young poker players in the world. At 23, he became...

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Howie's Horrors: W5

Howie's Horrors: W5

In our lengthy W5 interview, Howie Mandel opens up about an episode in his youth that his therapists believe has been a very big trigger in his...

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Hurricane Hazel: W5

Hurricane Hazel: W5

She\'s been the face of Canada\'s sixth-largest city for over 35 years, but how does one explain Hazel McCallion\'s aura of political...

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JOHN & ABIGAIL ADAMS

JOHN & ABIGAIL ADAMS

Relying on the correspondence between the second president and his wife, this joint biography sheds light on the characters of two remarkable people...

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John Leguizamo: Tales from a Ghetto Klown

John Leguizamo: Tales from a Ghetto Klown

This one-hour documentary features an unprecedented view of John Leguizamo the artist, writer, and bi-cultural phenomenon, as he struggles to mount...

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Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Profiles Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor as the most prominent members of the most important family in our history. Through their stories, we will...

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KINSEY: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

KINSEY: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Alfred Kinsey was a little-known biologist when, in the 1940s, he began compiling data from thousands of interviews about the sexual practices of men...

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Life of a Soldier: W5

Life of a Soldier: W5

He was part of Canada\'s greatest victory on the battlefield and went on to become a legend in its greatest sport. In marking the 100th anniversary...

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Lloyd Robertson: And That's the Kind of Life It's Been

Lloyd Robertson: And That's the Kind of Life It's Been

After 60 years in broadcasting and 35 years at CTV, Canada's most-trusted news anchor Lloyd Robertson signs off for the last time at the end of his...

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MARCUS GARVEY: LOOK FOR ME IN THE WHIRLWIND

MARCUS GARVEY: LOOK FOR ME IN THE WHIRLWIND

Powerful orator and pompous autocrat, Marcus Garvey inspired loyalty in millions of African Americans while infuriating their leaders. A strong...

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Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World Narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downtown Abbey), the film brings to life the great adventure story of...

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Mister Rogers and Me

Mister Rogers and Me

Mister Rogers & Me - America\'s Favorite Neighbor changed millions of lives. This is one man\'s story. Mister Rogers summered in a modest house on a...

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Most Honorable Son

Most Honorable Son

After the Pearl Harbor attack, Ben Kuroki volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He would become the first Japanese-American war hero, surviving 58...

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Mr. Prime Minister: W5

Mr. Prime Minister: W5

An exclusive interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just days after he led the Liberal Party to an historic majority win in Canada\'s 2015...

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My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

Would you risk your life to save a stranger? My Italian Secret tells the story of cycling idol Gino Bartali, Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, and other...

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