PBS profiles nation's second president
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Did No. 2 try harder?
John Adams, the nation's second president, played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of his era - and all the more effectively so teamed with Abigail Adams, his remarkable other half.
That's the message of "John & Abigail Adams," a joint biography that sheds light not only on these two outstanding Americans, but also on their transformative times.
He was brilliant, argumentative, even irascible; a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; a wartime emissary to France, and the nation's first vice president before taking office as president in 1797.
She was a savvy observer of the tumultuous political scene, not afraid to speak her mind in an age when women were excluded from politics. Meanwhile, she steadfastly tended the home fires, often facing hardship and even danger.
Together they forged one of the greatest partnerships in American history. Relying heavily on their extraordinary correspondence (with illustrative dramatic re-enactments), the story of John and Abigail Adams provides a strikingly intimate look inside a marriage of companions who helped change the world.
This "American Experience" program airs 9 p.m. Monday on PBS.
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The program airs 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Nickelodeon.
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In "Saddam's Road to Hell," Roberts follows a team of investigators in search of the forensic evidence that will clearly establish Saddam's guilt. It's one of the reports making up "Frontline/World," which bills itself as "stories from a small planet." Another: An investigation into 29 miners murdered at an illegal diamond mine on a protected Indian preserve in the jungles of Brazil.
"Frontline/World" airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS.
The first chapter will be 60 seconds; the rest will be 40 seconds in length and air in the first-act break after 9 p.m. on series including "Cold Case." (Saturday and Jan. 31, "The Courier" takes the night off.)
Viewers can follow the story in more detail online at CBS.com, and after the TV airing, episodes also can be seen on cell phones via Verizon Wireless V Cast Service, CBS said.
Set in Depression-era California, the film finds Eliza (Sydney Penny) faced with the likelihood that she will lose her struggling farm. How will she, her two kids and feisty Aunt Batty (Shirley Jones) stay out of the poor house?
When all hope is gone, new hope arrives in the person of a young drifter named Gabe (Jason Gedrick), who, beneath his scruffy facade, has a good heart, a sad past and a longing to help Eliza pull through.
Tom Bosley and Barry Corbin also star in the film, which airs 9 p.m. Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.
Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at email@example.com
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