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Jean Shepherd's America; It Won’t Always Be this Way

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Jean Shepherd's America
It Won’t Always Be this Way
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Series Description

In these humorous and affectionate television poems, humorist Jean Shepherd celebrates America in all its richness and diversity -- from cars to candy, baseball to beer, motels to money. Each week a different aspect of our national psyche is explored as Shepherd travels to the Okefenokee Swamp, Death Valley, Milwaukee, the Old South, and other far-flung locations -- using the PCP-90 portable camera.

See April and May 1971 Program Guides for cover stories. Series release date: 4/11/1971

Program Description

“There has always been a basic tension in the way we want to live,” says Jean Shepherd. “On the one hand, we want roots, the nesting instinct. On the other, we want mobility, freedom to go anywhere.” Jean Shepherd finds tomorrow’s styles of living, mobile-homes and a new city on Marco Island, Florida.



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Barzyk, Fred (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Jean Shepherd's America; It Won’t Always Be this Way,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B262CCC66880479498D235FB3F8D8EA1.
MLA: “Jean Shepherd's America; It Won’t Always Be this Way.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B262CCC66880479498D235FB3F8D8EA1>.
APA: Jean Shepherd's America; It Won’t Always Be this Way. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B262CCC66880479498D235FB3F8D8EA1
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