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Washington in the '70s

Flash back to Washington in the 1970s, a decade that began under a cloud of war, riots, and division and ended with a feeling of promise, calm, and relative harmony. This WETA TV 26 production charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time.

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Mon., August 21, 2017
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Mon., August 21, 2017
9:30 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Mon., August 21, 2017
2:30 pm
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Mon., August 21, 2017
2:30 pm
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Tue., August 22, 2017
2:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Tue., August 22, 2017
2:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Tue., August 22, 2017
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Sun., August 27, 2017
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Sun., August 27, 2017
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

Washington in the '70s  

A history of the nation's capital in the '70s, focusing on local issues. Interviewed: former mayor Marion Barry and U.S. representative Walter Fauntroy; Pat Buchanan; Connie Chung and Maury Povich; the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Colbert King; jazz guitarist Chuck Brown; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy; educator and local politician Charlene Drew Jarvis; gay-rights activist Frank Kameny; DJs Cerphe Colwell and Donnie Simpson; architect Arthur Moore; and impresario Mike Schreibman.

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Washington in the '70s Slideshow

  • Protesters participate in one of the May Day rallies in early May, 1971. The rallies comprised a days-long civil disobedience movement against the Vietnam War. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Protesters participate in one of the May Day rallies in early May, 1971. The rallies comprised a days-long civil disobedience movement against the Vietnam War. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • The 1971 Redskins Cheerleaders. (Photo credit: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association)
    The 1971 Redskins Cheerleaders. (Photo credit: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association)
  • Giant Panda from Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeff Kubina.
    Giant Panda from Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeff Kubina.
  • DJ Cerphe poses for the camera (Photo courtesy Cerphe Colwell)
    DJ Cerphe poses for the camera (Photo courtesy Cerphe Colwell)
  • Attendees of the 1974 Human Kindness Day festival. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Attendees of the 1974 Human Kindness Day festival. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • Pedestrians in Georgetown, July 1974. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Pedestrians in Georgetown, July 1974. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • Walter Fauntroy poses with Taxation Without Representation bumper stickers on July 29, 1975. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; Copyright Washington Post)
    Walter Fauntroy poses with Taxation Without Representation bumper stickers on July 29, 1975. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; Copyright Washington Post)
  • In 1975, police officers map their strategy on the trunk of a car. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    In 1975, police officers map their strategy on the trunk of a car. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • Construction of the Dupont Circle Metro Station. (Photo courtesy Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)
    Construction of the Dupont Circle Metro Station. (Photo courtesy Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)
  • The scene where Maurice Williams was shot during the 1977 Hanafi hostage crisis. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    The scene where Maurice Williams was shot during the 1977 Hanafi hostage crisis. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • Two women and a young child stand outside a store on 14th Street. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Two women and a young child stand outside a store on 14th Street. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • G. Gordon Liddy speaks at a press conference. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    G. Gordon Liddy speaks at a press conference. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • Elvin Hayes has the ball in a Bullets versus Hawks game. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Elvin Hayes has the ball in a Bullets versus Hawks game. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
  • "The Godfather of Go-go," Chuck Brown. (Photo courtesy Chuck Brown)
    "The Godfather of Go-go," Chuck Brown. (Photo courtesy Chuck Brown)
  • Marion and Effi Barry on January 2, 1979, after Mr. Barry was sworn in as mayor. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)
    Marion and Effi Barry on January 2, 1979, after Mr. Barry was sworn in as mayor. (Photo credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post)

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