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TCA ’21: PBS slates “Medical Racism” from Stanley Nelson, Tulsa Massacre doc

American pubcaster PBS is revealing new programming and initiatives during its Winter TCA Press Tour, running today (Feb. 2) through to Feb. 5, including a new documentary from Stanley Nelson and ...
February 2, 2021

American pubcaster PBS is revealing new programming and initiatives during its Winter TCA Press Tour, running today (Feb. 2) through to Feb. 5, including a new documentary from Stanley Nelson and his Firelight Films.

PBS science series ‘Nova,’ a production of WGBH Boston, is collaborating with Nelson (pictured) for the first time on the one-off project Medical Racism (w/t), slated to premiere in late 2022.

The two-hour film will explore racism’s devastating impacts on Black Americans’ health and solutions for an equitable future, connecting today’s stories to a history that includes the Tuskegee syphilis study, the eugenics movement and slavery in the Americas.

Among the projects revealed today, PBS has also slated Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten for May 31.

The film examines the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 on the 100th anniversary of the assault in which a mob of white residents set fire to  “Black Wall Street” — hundreds of Black-owned businesses and homes in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It will also look at the crime in the context of other racial massacres and police killings, including the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Elsewhere, the WNET Group, parent company of PBS’s flagship station Thirteen, announced the reporting initiative Exploring Hate: Anti-Semitism, Racism and Extremism in response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The initiative will feature national, regional and local programming, and will launch April 13 with American Insurrection, a new documentary from investigative PBS strand ‘Frontline.’

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