Aired: December 31, 2016

Pulitzer100: If You Like the Truth

This program is funded in part by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, which seeks to focus on journalism and the humanities, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by Pulitzer Prize-winning work. For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prize Board, and Columbia University.

Photo by Rick Atkinson

  • If You Like the Truth... (28 min.)

    With: Rick Atkinson

    Lieutenant General George Crocker says that when he was first introduced to Rick Atkinson he was told, “If you like the truth, you’ll love Rick.” Over his long career as a journalist and historian, Atkinson has won four Pulitzer Prizes for work that he has either written or contributed to. As part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfire Initiative, we honor Rick Atkinson’s career, from Vietnam Veterans, WWII, and the Persian Gulf War to DC police shootings and the War in Iraq. His motto, he says, is on a little sign taped next to his desk: “Get On With It.”

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  • Heartbreak, Violence, and Hope (14 min.)

    With: Sasha Waters Freyer (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    The images of New York City street photographer Garry Winogrand captured the heartbreak, violence and hope of postwar America. When he died suddenly in 1984, he left behind more than 300,000 images unseen — until now. Sasha Waters Freyer is developing a documentary, “All Things are Photographable,” about the life and work of Winogrand.

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  • TV Engages with the Past (10 min.)

    With: Alison Landsberg (George Mason University)

    Historical dramas and reality history programs have become an increasingly popular way to engage with history. But do they really contribute to our understanding of the past? Alison Landsberg says they might actually foster more holistic interpretation in viewers.

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  • TV Can Teach

    The highly-anticipated season premiere of “The Americans” airs this week. According to one Virginia historian, the Cold War spy drama could be much more than an hour of entertainment. Lilia Fuquen reports.

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