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Jean Shepherd's America; Make School or Die


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Jean Shepherd's America
Make School or Die
Program Number

113; 210

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

Winter comes early to Big Sky Country (Montana) as Jean Shepherd’s America travels to the Old West, gets caught in a giant snowstorm without skid chains and seeks refuge in the Versailles of motels.

Rebroadcast as Program 210 on 6/18/1985.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Barzyk, Fred (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Jean Shepherd's America; Make School or Die,” 09/13/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DD3AD08AC5B74B41955FBAC29B2D81D1.
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APA: Jean Shepherd's America; Make School or Die. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DD3AD08AC5B74B41955FBAC29B2D81D1
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