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Tuesday, November 19th, will mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This famous speech reminded Americans that the founders of our country created the nation on the principals of freedom and liberty. It also encouraged the people to honor those who died in the Civil War by committing to the preservation of America as a country where all men are created equal.


In honor of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we’ll be airing Lincoln@Gettysburg on CET and ThinkTV16. This program is set in 1863, when Lincoln proved himself a master of the new frontier – not on the battlefields, but in his “high tech” command center armed with a new machine called The Telegraph.


The "Internet" of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. The results of Lincoln's pioneering experiment in electronic leadership led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg – both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War, and in a few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed: the Gettysburg Address.


ThinkTV and CET have also challenged our communities to memorize The Gettysburg Address. Get details here:


And here's a preview of Linconln@Gettysburg

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It’s been almost 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. But what actually happened? Was there a cover-up? What about a conspiracy? Although the tragedy is nearly five decades past, the mysteriousness of the event as well as the lasting national impact has kept it fresh in many minds.


In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, ThinkTV and CET will present three new JFK programs: JFK: American Experience, NOVA: Cold Case JFK and Secrets of the Dead: One PM Central Standard Time.


JFK: American Experience

Part 1: Monday, Nov. 11, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Part 2: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This new portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history.


NOVA: Cold Case JFK

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination — and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare. Now, NOVA follows a group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the assassination.


Secrets of the Dead: JFK – One PM Central Standard Time

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This program tells the story of two men: one, the president of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — the other, respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. This special recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the New York CBS Newsroom from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of the President’s death.


Preview of JFK Week:

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The 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address is Nov. 19, 2013 and Ken Burns – in conjunction with his upcoming PBS documentary The Address – has challenged America to memorize the speech in hopes that it will become to greatest mass memorization in history.


In honor of this famous speech and Ken Burns’ challenge, ThinkTV and CET are asking classrooms, organizations, clubs, families, groups and individuals to memorize The Gettysburg Address and submit an original video. We’re looking for everything from clubs reciting the speech together to family musical mash-ups!


If you have an idea for an original video, all the details and rules are available online at and We’re hoping people have the speech memorized by the 150th anniversary on Nov. 19, but the deadline for video submissions isn’t until Nov. 27. Submitted videos will be posted on our website for public voting the week of Dec. 2 and the top three videos will be featured on our webste.


If you have any questions about this project, contact CET’s Jason Dennison at or ThinkTV’s Diane Kroplin at with the subject line “Gettysburg Address Challenge.”

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For the week of Halloween, CET and ThinkTV are excited to bring you an American Experience presentation of one of the scariest stories of all time – War of the Worlds.


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary radio drama that caused widespread panic. Shortly after 8pm on Halloween Eve in 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke in with a news announcement reporting strange explosions on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by news that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey.


Although most listeners understood that the news was part of a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old Orson Welles.


The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.


Watch the first chapter of the program online now: 

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For the next month, ThinkTV16 and CET will be following Henry Louis Gates. Jr., as he follows African-American history, from the origins of slavery to present day. This six-part program draws on some of America’s top historians and previously untapped sources to guide viewers on an engaging journey through more than 500 years of history.


African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will premiere at 8pm Tuesday, Oct. 22, and continue each Tuesday through Nov. 26.


Gates said: “The story of the African-American people is the story of the settlement and growth of America itself, a universal tale that all people should experience … Since my senior year in high school, when I watched Bill Cosby narrate a documentary about black history, I’ve longed to share those stories in great detail to the broadest audience possible, young and old, black and white, scholars and the general public. I believe that my colleagues and I have achieved this goal through The African Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross.”


Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.


The first episode, The Black Atlantic, explores the truly global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the transatlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents.


Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a 10-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions — American, French and Haitian — would mean for African Americans and for slavery in America.

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