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The Real Story of the Pilgrims

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Mayflower II at sail in Plymouth Harbor

In a new documentary for the PBS series American Experience, filmmaker Ric Burns tells the tale of a small group of extreme people whom history and myth record as the founders of a new nation. The Pilgrims faced countless challenges when they came to the New World in 1620. The fact of their survival and success is not only commemorated every November, it also exists in the very myth of America’s origins. Burns joins us Tuesday to winnow fact from fiction as we explore the true story of the Pilgrims.

“The Pilgrims” on American Experience airs on PBS stations across the country on Tuesday, November 24. In Utah, it airs at 8 p.m. on KUED 7. Check your local listings for screenings elsewhere.

Ric Burns is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Among his films are New York: A Documentary Film; Death and the Civil War; and Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World. He wrote and directed the new American Experience documentary The Pilgrims.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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