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The lost tapes of kidnappings, murders, riots, and attacks have been unearthed to be shown for the first time in decades. The Patty Hearst's kidnapping, the Pearl Harbor attacks, the riots in Los Angeles, and the Son of Sam murders that rocked and terrified New York City are all presented as they unfolded on radios and televisions across America. Each of these 20th-century events is presented in real-time as they were covered by journalists and local news broadcasts.

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The 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a detailed account taken straight from original sources captures moment by moment.
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On April 14, 1970, the explosion of an oxygen tank leaves the astronauts on board Apollo 13 in grave danger; what follows is a tense and chaotic three days for the Apollo crew members, Mission Control and the American people.
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A look at the 1992 L.A. Riots, revisited through television and radio reports, home video, and police footage.
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In October 2002, Washington, D.C., is rocked by a string of mysterious shootings; 10 people are killed in total, and the gunmen are apprehended after a 23-day manhunt, leaving the nation to grapple with a different kind of terrorism.
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The life and death of civil rights activist Malcolm X, who gave voice to the anger and frustration of African Americans during the 1950s and '60s; includes footage of rallies, audio tapes and recordings made on the day of Malcolm X's assassination.
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On April 3, 1974, once-in-a-lifetime tornado conditions form over the "Tornado Alley" of the American Midwest; in total, 148 tornadoes are recorded over an 18-hour period, leaving 315 people dead and causing more than $600 million in damage.
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Never-before-seen tapes capture the Tet Offensive, the military campaign launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in January 1968, an event that shocked and horrified the American public and put a devastating face to the Vietnam War.
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Reliving the scandal of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton; featuring exclusive, never-before-televised recordings from historian Taylor Branch.
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The story of the "Son of Sam" murders chronologically retold through local newscasts, home movies, and police footage.
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The story of the Patty Hearst kidnapping is retold as it happened through local and national newscasts and declassified documents.

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