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American Experience, The Movement and the “Madman”

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American Experience, The Movement and the Madman

American Experience, The Movement and the “Madman”

PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Tuesday, March 28, at 9 PM

Wednesday, March 29, at 2 AM


Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Wednesday, March 29, at 8 PM


Explore how two brilliantly orchestrated antiwar protests in the fall of 1969—the largest the country had ever seen—pressured President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam, including a threat to use nuclear weapons. At the time, protestors had no idea how influential they would be and how many lives they may have saved. 

Told through remarkable archival footage and firsthand accounts from movement leaders, Nixon administration officials, historians and others, this film reveals how the leaders of the antiwar movement mobilized disparate groups from coast to coast to create two massive protests that changed history.