“The circus had arrived in America in the nation’s earliest days, small and insignificant. But as the country grew, the circus would evolve with it into a gargantuan, industrialized entertainment, appealing to both the humble and the illustrious. It would stitch into one nation a patchwork of disconnected communities, and dazzle not just Americans but the entire world.” – Narrator (Michael Murphy), THE CIRCUS on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times? Watch as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and historian David M. Kennedy investigate the idea of a unifying AMERICAN CREED. Tune in Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.
Very sad news. Actress Emma Chambers has passed away at the age of 53. She will best known to public broadcasting fans as Alice Horton on THE VICAR OF DIBLEY.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked Hollywood and even sparked a wider social movement. See how the now-disgraced mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades as FRONTLINE presents Weinstein – Friday at 9pm on UNC-TV.
“In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky – her grand old woods – her fertile fields – her beautiful rivers – her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding and wrong – when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.” – Frederick Douglass (Morgan Freeman), The Civil War