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Prime Time Schedule: Congressional Holiday Recess, December 23-27, 2019

by MaggieStrolle

American History TV Prime Time Schedule
December 23-27, 2019
Starts at 8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, December 23
1979 Iran Hostage Crisis
Forty years ago, on November 4, 1979, Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took hostages, setting off a crisis that would continue until January 20, 1981. The Canadian documentary "444 Days to Freedom: What Really Happened in Iran - The Inside Story," details the Iran Hostage Crisis from the perspective of several hostages and diplomats, and uses video recorded by Iranians inside the embassy compound. Actor William Shatner provides the narration.

 

Tuesday, December 24
History Through Cartoons  
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Pat Oliphant and his work are the subjects of discussion at the University of Virginia, which has just acquired his cartoon collection. We hear from presidential scholars, including Ken Hughes and Kent Germany from UVA's Miller Center. They focus on the presidencies from Lyndon B. Johnson to Ronald Reagan.

 

Wednesday, December 25
Apollo 11  
The Apollo 11 moon landing took place 50 years ago on July 20, 1969. American History TV and Washington Journal marked the anniversary with three hours of LIVE interviews and viewer calls from the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall. Guests included: Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins; Air & Space Museum director Ellen Stofan; John Logsdon, founding director of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and author of "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon"; Teasel Muir-Harmony Air & Space Museum space history curator and author of "Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects.

 

Thursday, December 26
Environmental History  
The Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 helped galvanize the clean water and environmental movements -- even though it wasn't the worst fire the polluted river had seen. Historian David Stradling joined us from along the river in Cleveland to talk about the fire, the myths associated with it, the urban poverty and environmental crises of 50 years ago, and the campaign by Mayor Carl Stokes to find solutions. Mr. Stradling is co-author of "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland." He also responded to viewer calls and tweets.

 

Friday, December 27
First Africans in Virginia 400th Anniversary  
In August 1619 - 400 years ago -- an English privateer ship landed at Point Comfort, Virginia, with African captives on board - the first recorded Africans in British North America. American History TV covered the official commemorative ceremony at Point Comfort marking the anniversary, with speakers including Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Governor Ralph Northam.

 

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also in Prime Time this week. Only on C-SPAN3.