Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis, Tuesday, October 23, on PBS
Fifty years ago, planet earth faced the possibility of nuclear annihilation. The earth, knowing it would survive, didn’t care, but a surge of relief flooded those waiting for a flash, then nothingness. In honor of this momentous event, duck and cover parties are being enjoyed wherever beer is served, and PBS presents Cuban Missile Crisis – Three Men Go to War, a documentary that explores the role of the three men—John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Nikita Khrushchev—whose decisions, personalities, and values navigated mankind through the two most dangerous weeks in human history. According to producer/director John Murray, “The film is about this fundamentally important moment when we had the technology to raze our planet and almost did…and how three human beings, the leaders in place at the time, handled the unfolding disaster.”
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Cuban Missile Crisis – Three Men Go to War, premiering Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings), recalls a time so terrible that schools had regular air raid drills and teachers presented instruction on how to resist Communist brainwashing techniques. (The air raid procedures and the anti-brainwashing techniques would have been equally effective had there been a nuclear attack.)