`Crossroads' series moves PBS in a different direction

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April 15, 2007|By Matea Gold | Matea Gold,Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK -- America at a Crossroads did not get off to an auspicious start. From the beginning, the ambitious $20 million effort to examine the complexities of the post-Sept. 11 world through a series of documentaries - an initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private nonprofit organization that distributes federal funds to public television and radio - was greeted with skepticism.

Independent producers and local station programmers, alarmed that CPB officials at the time were agitating for more conservatives on the air, feared the venture was driven by a political agenda. Tensions flared publicly at a March 2004 forum in Manhattan, where hostile audience members exchanged angry accusations with a panel assembled to discuss the project.

America at a Crossroads premieres at 9 tonight on MPT (Channels 22 and 67) and WETA (Channel 26).

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