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New Television; Public Nuisance, A

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Margaret Sanger

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New Television
Public Nuisance, A
Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

“A Public Nuisance,” from a script written by Esther Katz and Terese Svoboda, is a look at the life and work of Margaret Sanger. Sanger’s role as a radical advocate of birth control and women’s rights is examined through quotations from her own writings and the public record -- archival film and still images and dramatizations of key events in Sanger’s life. While seriously upholding Sanger as a pioneer and hero, the work manages to be humorous in its approach and includes several vignettes in the style of vaudeville performances.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Birth control
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966
Film and Television
Bull, Steve (Director)
Svoboda, Terese (Director)
Katz, Esther (Producer)
Hegarty, Laurence (Producer)
Hutner, Nathaniel ()
Feliciello, Ralph ()
Hang, Kate ()
Bull, Franklin ()
Gersch, Karen ()
Biagi, Giancarlo ()
Ellis, Richard ()
Blake, Larry ()
Hackett, Ruth ()
Gale, George ()
Seckinger, R. Anna ()
Smith, Rose ()
Flynn, Thomas ()
Carlson, Susan ()
Charas, Andrew ()
Fernandez, Laura ()
Dinnerstein, Rachel ()
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