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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Ripley: Believe It or Not

 

LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, as an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not!” franchise grew into an entertainment empire, expanding from newspapers to every form of media in the 20th century: radio, film and, ultimately, television. At the center of it all was Ripley, whose obsession with the odd and keen eye for the curious made him one of the richest men in the country. Americans not only loved his bizarre fare, but were fascinated by the man himself; the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity.

 

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS
From Myanmar to Scotland

 

Six unlikely heroes from around the globe celebrate the power of the human spirit, the beauty of nature, and the diversity of world cultures as they protect the Earth for future generations. True underdogs, they wield tools as simple as art, scuba gear and the local pub to take on powerful opponents … and win.