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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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Tue., July 29, 2014
2:00 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., July 29, 2014
2:00 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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Sun., August 3, 2014
1:00 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.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Sun., August 3, 2014
1:00 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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Remember the radio station WHFS, the arrival of the pandas, the Bicentennial, and George Allen joining the Redskins? Share your memories of growing up or living in the Washington, DC area during the 1970s.

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Washington in the '70s Slideshow

Featured Songs

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Discussion Guide

This activity guide, designed for all age groups, provides engaging opportunities to explore Washington D.C. history and culture.

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