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When filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick began research for a 10-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, they thought they knew the material. After all, Burns was of draft age in 1970, though his draft number was too high for him to be called to serve.

But as they began interviewing subjects and sorting through archival footage, Burns and Novick soon came to appreciate just how complicated the war was. "We went in, both of us, with this kind of arrogance about it, and immediately had that blown out of the water," Burns says. "We realized we knew nothing."

This has been quite a space week for Americans.

After Monday's stunning solar eclipse, Wednesday night PBS will air its two-hour documentary film about the two Voyager missions, launched 40 years ago. The Farthest: Voyager In Space, celebrates a technological and intellectual achievement rarely matched in history. Two small, nuclear-powered spacecraft have traveled farther than any other man-made machine and have forever changed our views of the solar system — and our place in it.

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Prominent political journalist Gwen Ifill died Monday at the age of 61. Ifill was the first African-American woman to host a major political television talk show, when she took the helm of Washington Week in Review in 1999. In 2013, she was named co-host of PBS News Hour. Murray State University history professor and commentator Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his personal connection with Ifill and her legacy.

Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, has died, according to PBS. She was 61.

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

From NPR: PBS is remixing classics like Reading Rainbow and Mr. Rogers for the pleasure of fans. Be warned, expect plenty of Auto-Tune.