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THE CONTENDERS – 16 for 16
Goldwater/Reagan – The Conservatives

 

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

 

Goldwater/Reagan – The Conservatives
Follow the political career of Barry Goldwater, who lost his presidential bid in ’64, but whose conservatism sowed the seeds of Ronald Reagan’s entry into politics.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Reagan: Lifeguard

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - Reagan: Lifeguard

 

The life of the actor, governor, and president who saw America as “a shining city on a hill” is recalled by those who knew him best: wife Nancy Reagan and three of his children. Also interviewed are those in his inner political circle as well as his counterparts on the world stage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who negotiated historic arms agreements with Reagan.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Reagan: An American Crusade

 

The life of the actor, governor, and president who saw America as “a shining city on a hill” is recalled by those who knew him best: wife Nancy Reagan and three of his children. Also interviewed are those in his inner political circle as well as his counterparts on the world stage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who negotiated historic arms agreements with Reagan.

 

An economic transformation in 1983 secured Reagan’s second term. The episode chronicles his last four years in office-from the loss of his closest advisors and the Iran-Contra scandal to the dawning of the fall of Communism in Europe.