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Life Arts    H1'ed 7/2/17

America's Birthday: Fueling the 2nd Revolution with Paine's Passion

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Ian Ruskin as Thomas Paine
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Thomas Paine's radical voice inspired the first American Revolution and earned the undying appreciation of Gen. George Washington and the rebelling colonists. His words, in his iconic Common Sense and other writings, are just as relevant and inspiring today, and have been brought to life in Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over Again. The film will air on PBS to approximately 200 million viewers over the July 4th holiday.

Veteran actor Ian Ruskin's extraordinary performance resurrects the passion of Paine and inspires the second American revolution. Elliott Gould narrates.

Ian Ruskin as Thomas Paine in To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine
Ian Ruskin as Thomas Paine in To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine
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Selected airings are listed below. (If you do not see your area listed, go here, open the "set station" button and enter your zip code or local station. Then open the "schedule" button and go to July 3rd or 4th.) It's always a good idea to check local papers to confirm airings, as dates and times can change.

Other ways to see the video: purchase or rent the DVD here, on Amazon here, and on Vimeo here.

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Ruskin also wrote the screenplay for Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over Again (which was renamed for the PBS airing. The DVD title is To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine) For more info on Paine and the film, see the OEN article, How Thomas Paine Still Fights for the Soul of America.

Watching this film and sharing it with friends may be the most valuable way you can honor and celebrate the birthday of your country.

SELECTED PBS AIRINGS, July 2 through 23, 2017

Ft. Smith AR KAFT-.3: July 3rd, 4th, and 9th

Mountain View AR WKEMV-.3 Plus: July 3rd, 4th, and 9th

Monterey CA KQET-.2 SD: July 2nd

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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