The genesis of the social and political currents that dominate today’s headlines began in the 1960s. The influences of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring influenced environmental activism; Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique influenced feminist activism. Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative, and the so-called Stonewall riots, were also kickstarters to cultural and political change. Feminist icons Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Marlo Thomas, and journalists Gail Collins and Douglas Brinkley, along with Barney Frank, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and others explore the beginnings of the women’s, environmental, conservative, and gay movements – and how the 1960’s altered how Americans worked, loved, lived, and looked at each other.
THE SIXTIES: The Times, They are A-Changin’ debuts Thursday, Aug. 7 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am. All times Eastern.
During the broadcast, CNN Crossfire host S.E. Cupp and CNN contributor and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson will answer viewers’ questions via Facebook. Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.
Executive produced by multiple Emmy® award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific) of Playtone, and Emmy® award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Co. (HCO), THE SIXTIES explores the landmark era of cultural, political, and technological change during the 1960s, infusing new relevance to the cultural touchstones that changed the world. THE SIXTIES airs Thursdays at 9:00pmET on CNN/U.S. More information about THE SIXTIES may be found by visiting www.cnn.com/sixties.