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American Experience
Brilliant Madness, A
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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At the age of 30, John Nash, a stunningly original and famously eccentric MIT mathematician, suddenly began claiming that aliens were communicating with him and that he was a special messenger. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Nash spent the next 30 years in and out of mental hospitals, all but forgotten. During that time, a proof he had written at the age of 20 became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994, Nash was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. The program features interviews with John Nash, his wife, Alicia, his friends and colleagues, and experts in mental illness and Game Theory. Narrator: Liev Schreiber.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Brilliant Madness, A,” 04/11/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D17907BC68EC44BBAA56C690646DE415.
MLA: “American Experience; Brilliant Madness, A.” 04/11/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D17907BC68EC44BBAA56C690646DE415>.
APA: American Experience; Brilliant Madness, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D17907BC68EC44BBAA56C690646DE415
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