When to Watch
This 3-part series documents the life of former Secretary of State George Shultz, providing a rare close-up look at this remarkable man who served his country at the highest level during an unforgettable time. It offers a never-before-seen look at the inner workings of the Reagan White House, capturing the intrigue and infighting as advisors vie for the ear of the President over historic issues such as Iran/Contra and the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative. Through the vivid memories of George Shultz, other cabinet members, journalists and historians, the gripping tensions of these times come to life.
“A Call to Service” – Episode One
The first episode introduces George Shultz through the details of his early life: his service as a U.S. Marine, his academic career as a free-market economist at MIT and as dean of the business school at the University of Chicago and his early cabinet posts as secretary of labor and secretary of the treasury under President Nixon. As he's sworn in as secretary of state under President Reagan, the war in Lebanon presents a dangerous diplomatic challenge. A second crisis boils over when it's discovered that the CIA is secretly aiding Nicaraguan Contra rebels. Through it all, Shultz clings to one goal: to bring Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leaders together for the first time.
PBS Airdate was:
Mon, Jul 12, 2010 -- 10:00pm
“To Start The World Again” – Episode Two
Philippines dissident Ninoy Aquino is assassinated and the island nation is thrown into turmoil. The administration continues to be concerned with the Nicaraguan Contras and with the release of hostages in Iran. As Reagan is sworn in for his second term, Shultz works to set up a summit meeting with the new Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. While Reagan and Shultz are in Geneva, the situation in the Philippines erupts when Aquino's widow, Corazon, is elected president but President Ferdinand Marcos declares himself the winner. Ignoring White House staff objections, Shultz persuades Reagan to abandon Marcos and recognize Aquino.
PBS Airdate was:
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 -- 10:00pm
“Swords Into Plowshares” – Episode Three
Shultz is in the midst of preparations for the summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, when news breaks that the United States was indeed trading arms for the Nicaraguan Contras to secure the release of the Iran hostages, and Newsweek reveals that the CIA is mining the harbor in Managua. The Reykjavik summit leads to the most significant nuclear arms reduction pact of the Cold War and is the pinnacle of Shultz' career in government service. In January 1989, Shultz leaves the State Department. He returns to the world of ideas as a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and continues to travel the world as a passionate advocate for nuclear disarmament.
PBS Airdate was:
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 -- 10:00pm
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