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Game Changers

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At key moments in history, remarkable individuals find the courage to reinvent the world as we know it.

From Picasso and Presley to Lenny Bruce and Ladonna Harris —trailblazing 20th century social and cultural icons get a timely spotlight in our popular ongoing series.

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Spring 2020 Edition

Ursula Leguin Series

Worlds of Ursula K. Leguin

  • USA
  • 68
    Director:
  • Arwen Curry
SAT, APR 4 - 1:45 PM

Explore the remarkable life, legacy and imagination of the late science fiction author whose groundbreaking works forced the mainstream to embrace fantasy in literature. Featuring interviews with Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon and more!

Elvis Tupelo Series

Elvis: Return to Tupelo

  • USA
  • 90
    Director:
  • Michael Rose
SUN, APR 12 - 1:30 PM

Before the gold records, movie deals and infamous variety shows, trace how Elvis Presley’s storied upbringing in the quiet town of Tupelo, Mississippi helped mold him into the rock’n’roll legend he would become.

Lenny Bruce Series

Lenny Bruce Without Tears

  • USA
  • 85
    Director:
  • Fred Baker
SAT, APR 18 - 1:45 PM

The man who made comedy the frontline for free speech, Lenny Bruce shattered the rigid taboos of his time with his wry, deeply iconoclastic humour—even when it cost him.

Noam Chomsky Series

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times

  • USA, Japan
  • 74
    Director:
  • John Junkerman
SUN, APR 19 - 5:45 PM

Witness legendary linguist, activist and political dissident Noam Chomsky at the height of his intellectual prowess as he shares razor-sharp insights into the state of American politics in the aftermath of 9/11.

Fela Kuti Series

Finding Fela

  • USA
  • 120
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alex Gibney
SAT, APR 25 - 5:30 PM

Political firebrand, musical innovator, global icon—the controversial life and extraordinary legacy of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti is explored by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney.

Ladonna Series

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

  • USA
  • 63
    Director:
  • Julianna Brannum
SUN, APR 26 - 2:00 PM

Comanche civil rights trailblazer LaDonna Harris disrupted the course of American history, inspiring Indigenous leadership around the globe to unite around shared values and combat marginalization and discrimination.

Picasso Series

Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius

  • USA
  • 89
    Director:
  • Michael Blackwood
SUN, APR 26 - 4:00 PM

With celebrated artists as your guide— including Gerhard Richter, David Hockney, and Roy Lichtenstein—get an extraordinary glimpse into the motifs, methods and movements of one of the most important artists of our time.

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