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1968/Television

Sunday, March 4, 2018 12:15 PM Paley Center
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The Paley Center for Media presents screenings of 1968 television programs from its archives—including the historic special report from Vietnam by Walter Cronkite and an episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with Pete Seeger—that will look at how the medium reported the news and how it adapted to the changing national mood.

12:15 PM
Who? What? When? Where? Why?: Report from Vietnam by Walter Cronkite
In early 1968, CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite traveled to Vietnam. What he saw there convinced him that he had been misinforming the public about the progress of that war—resulting in this February 26, 1968, special report. (CBS, 30 min.)

12:45 PM
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (guest Pete Seeger)

The highlight of this installment of the weekly comedy-variety show is folk music legend Pete Seeger's powerful rendition of his anti-war song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy." Seeger had originally performed it on a Smothers Brothers show the previous September, but CBS censored the song prior to its broadcast. (CBS, 60 min.)

1:45 PM

Experiment in Television: Youth '68 – Everything’s Changing or Maybe It Isn’t
Jim Henson wrote and produced this experimental documentary which aired on April 21, 1968, and blends film montages, interviews, and rock music to create a portrait of contemporary American youth—and their changing attitudes toward patriotism, sex, and mortality. (NBC, 60 min.)

2:35 PM
James Brown: Live in Boston
This special concert by James Brown and his band, broadcast live from the Boston Garden on April 5, 1968, was booked on extremely short notice less than twenty-four hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (WGBH, 110 min.)

Part of: The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

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