ballofconfusion 603x452Tuesday, February 18 at 9 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. Has there ever been a year like 1968? Assassinations, racial unrest, nationwide riots, and an endless war in Vietnam put the nation on edge and produced a historic three-way presidential election where all the candidates were deeply flawed. Backed into a corner by rising casualties in Vietnam and with no easy exit strategy, President Johnson stunned the nation in March 1968 when he announced he would not seek a second full term in the White House. As his efforts to secure a compromise peace proved futile, LBJ's popularity plummeted further. Even darker hours came when Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were cut down by assassins' bullets. Race riots and anti-war protests erupted in hundreds of cities across the country and the world. The hostilities and bitterness spilled over onto the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago where massive demonstrations and an unforgiving police response nearly tore the party apart. The American voters faced an unwelcome but unavoidable dilemma: could they right America's course, especially with an unsatisfying set of choices in the November election for the White House? Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace were at the eye of the storm, and in some ways contributed to the intensity of the tempest. The world watched as a fractured electorate narrowly and without evident enthusiasm chose Nixon. In Ball of Confusion, the story of 1968 and the presidential election are told through interviews with Larry J. Sabato, Ted Koppel, Skip Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Mark Updegrove, Fred Malek, George Wallace Jr., and Peggy Wallace, among others.

On Television

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    February 02, 2020

    Baba Wain

    Sunday, February 16 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. Jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright uses music as a starting point to stress the values of discipline, hard work and self-respect for underserved kids in Oakland through his African Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy. His well-rehearsed student…
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    January 29, 2020

    Rebels With a Cause

    Wednesday, February 12 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. The story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores — the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working…
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    Jan 27, 2020

    NOVA: Black Hole Universe

    Monday, February 10 at 8 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of…
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    Jan 27, 2020

    Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

    Monday, February 10 at 8 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. Nicknamed "Architect to the Stars," African American architect Paul R. Williams had a life…
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    Jan 24, 2020

    Independent Lens: The First Rainbow Coalition

    Friday, February 7 at 9 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and…
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    Jan 22, 2020

    Heartland Local Food

    Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. The local food debate going on at the Farmers Market in Lawrence, Kansas is representative…
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    Jan 22, 2020

    Howards End on Masterpiece, Episode 1

    Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. A passionate misunderstanding, a surprise visit, and a stolen umbrella set into motion a…
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    Impeachment Trial Coverage on NorCal Public Media

    Northern California Public Media will carry live coverage of the US Senate Impeachment Trial. Watch on KRCB TV in the North Bay, or watch and listen…

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